“It is remarkable that the US takes responsibility for these people in an act of charity and solidarity.” (Maltese official with a sigh of relief that they aren’t left holding the bag! The Maltese people are fed up with the boatloads arriving on their shores. )
I know, I know, it is the same old story I’ve been writing about for nearly 5 years! The Bush Administration managed to pervert the refugee resettlement process by taking some of the illegal aliens who arrive in the tiny Mediterranean Island of Malta to the US as “refugees.” Now, everyone thinks this is so great and no one remembers the process was perverted in creating the Malta-model for resettlement—illegal aliens arrive in a safe European nation where they are supposed to request asylum (if they can justify it!). Instead we transform many (mostly single young Muslim men) into refugees for US resettlement.
Here is just the latest installment from the Malta Independent (I see we have a new ambassador):
A total of 27 Somali and Eritrean migrants, including three families, yesterday left Malta for the US under the US Refugee Resettlement Programme (USRRP). This brings the total of refugees relocated in the United States since 2007 to 985.
US Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley* and Home Affairs Minister Carmelo Mifsud Bonnici bid them farewell on the start of this new journey in their life.
The ambassador having arrived in Malta only last week, this was the first time she was present for such a departure.
In comments to The Malta Independent, she said the experience was “exciting” and “gratifying”. She had heard before what Malta does for the migrants and the dangerous trips they take to get here.
“The US admires Malta for the hospitality and we are partners in this,” she said. “Malta has for these people been a safe haven and we are proud to be partners.
“The US Refugee Admissions Programme is very close to my heart and I intend to make every effort to ensure it remains active. It represents a continuation of America’s commitment to welcome refugees and to provide a safe haven for those most in need,” Ms Abercrombie-Winstanley continued.
“This programme is a success thanks to the collaboration of the Maltese government and several local and international organisations which offer support to the refugees throughout their time in Malta,” she noted.
The US is the largest beneficiary of the African illegal alien migration to Malta!
On their arrival in the US, the migrants – a family of four, two couples and 19 single men will be assisted by NGOs to proceed to their final destinations in various states.
This departure brings the total number of beneficiaries of international protection who resettled in the US from Malta since 2007, to 985, making the US the country receiving the majority of migrants making it to Malta. As part of the USRRP programme that was launched in 2008, 957 beneficiaries were settled.
This year alone, a total of 174 migrants have left Malta for the US and more are expected to depart in the coming weeks.
*Now I understand—we want something from Malta! So, once again we are using the “refugee program” for some other foreign policy objective! You get to have a bunch of new Somali young men in your towns in need of “services” and the US gets what?—read about it! In my testimony to the State Department on May 1, this was one of my ten reasons for a moratorium—Congress needs to reform this program and disallow its use for other foreign policy goals, here.
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