Editor’s note: I’ve been away for several days and so am terribly behind on the refugee news. I was in Albany to receive an award from the NY State Federation of Republican Women—their Woman in the Forefront award. It was quite an honor! And, I took the occasion for a mini-vacation to visit family and friends. Now back to work!
Yesterday, Leo Hohmann at World Net Daily reported that in order for Obama to reach his goal of placing 10,000 mostly Sunni Muslim Syrians in your towns by the end of the fiscal year (Sept. 30, 2016) he has to get them security and health screened and distributed at the rate of 358 per week. See Hohmann’s excellent report here.
So I thought I would have a look at how Obama is doing with the increased number of all refugees to be admitted.
In previous years Obama set the ceiling on refugee admissions at 70,000, but this year it is 85,000 from around the world with 10,000 of that number being Syrians. It appears he and his team at the US State Department are way behind.
Checking the data as of yesterday (12 days past the midway point in the year which was March 31), we have admitted 30,632 which leaves 54,368 to go.
To reach that goal in a little over 5 months we are looking for an arrival rate of nearly 10,000 a month! Yikes!
Will your town be a new resettlement site?
Before I get to the top states, we reported that they are going to have to find new ‘welcoming’ cities (such as Ithaca, NY and I heard they were back in my county seat trying to make inroads there where the program was halted for mismanagement in 2007).
Watch for efforts being made in your towns and cities to get a federal resettlement contractor office open. They will be scouting towns/cities with cheap subsidized housing which I think is probably their major limiting factor.
So here is the US resettlement map so far for Fiscal Year 2016 (source: Refugee Processing Center):
Here are the top ten states for resettlement in FY 2016. Remember these are only resettled “refugees” not the much larger category of migrants you pay for which are now called by the feds “humanitarian arrivals” whose total number is ranging around 200,000 a year now.
New York (1,742)
North Carolina (1,129)
And the next three (all over 1,000) are Florida, Illinois, and Minnesota.
LOL! And, I am sure it didn’t escape your attention that Washington, DC has received zero as has VP Joe Biden’s Delaware (and it isn’t the size of the state because tiny Rhode Island got 111 so far this year). Remember ol’ Joe was one of the Senators, along with Senator (don’t bring them to Hyannis) Ted Kennedy, who created this program over 35 years ago.