I found this flow chart this morning while researching my earlier Texas post and thought it might be useful for all of you asking what the steps are to enter the US.
Pay attention to the fact that they list war as a reason one could be a refugee, but in fact war itself is not a trigger for the internationally understood definition of “refugee” which says one must be PERSECUTED. Here (below) is the definition of refugee (the word “war” is not mentioned).
Obama bastardizing the refugee definition!
It should be noted that ‘economic migrants,’ or people fearing crime in their home country, are also NOT refugees, but Obama is further bastardizing the definition to include the “children” from Central America! (What is going to stop him from adding every poor country in the world to the program once he gets the Central American “refugee” program up and running?)
From Geneva Academy:
The Definition of a Refugee
International legal protection of refugees centres on a person meeting the criteria for refugee status as laid down in the 1951 Refugee Convention. Under Article 1(A)2, the term “refugee” shall apply to any person who:
“…owing to well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country; or who, not having a nationality and being outside the country of his former habitual residence as a result of such events, is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to return to it.”
Thus, according to this provision, refugees are defined by three basic characteristics:
* they are outside their country of origin or outside the country of their former habitual residence;
* they are unable or unwilling to avail themselves of the protection of that country owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted; and
* the persecution feared is based on at least one of five grounds: race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion.
It is important to stress that the term “asylum seekers” refers to persons, who have applied for asylum, but whose refugee status has not yet been determined.
See also, besides the UNHCR, that the federal contractors (VOLAGs), which monopolize the program, also control one of the steps.
From the Office of Refugee Resettlement: