All Eyes on Florida Governor as Holdout on Refugee Consent

Florida has for decades been one of the top ten resettlement states in the nation, and so, just like Texas, has done more than its fair share of admitting impoverished third worlders and seeing to their (expensive) needs.

Now that Texas Governor Greg Abbott  (read that story and send thanks to the governor) says he wants to take a breather from primary resettlement, albeit for only a few months this year (from June to September), the nine federal refugee contractors*** have turned their guns on Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

Will Florida Governor support the President’s efforts to rein-in the UN-driven Refugee Resettlement Program or cave like the other pandering (to the Left) Republican governors?


The contractors already have  notches in their belts for 19 Republican governors who foolishly jumped, long before they needed to, and begged the US State Department for more refugees from Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

When I saw this article from Miami New Times, I laughed out loud!

Look who is trying to put the screws to the governor—none other than the “ministry” as the New Times calls them—Church World Service.

It is a long story for another day, but RRW exists because of Church World Service’s “ministry.”

(emphasis below is mine)

Florida Among Small Minority of States That Haven’t Agreed to Accept Refugees


The future of refugee resettlement in Florida hangs by a thread as Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis remains silent days before a crucial January 21 funding deadline.

Under an executive order signed in September by President Donald Trump, states and localities may choose whether to receive refugees in 2020. DeSantis is one of a shrinking number of holdouts: Only seven other states, six of them led by Republican governors, have yet to offer to accept more refugees, according to the resettlement agency Church World Service. Only one state, Texas, has declined to admit new refugees.

The Rev. John L. McCullough head ‘minister’ of Church World Service (far left) was arrested in October on the Capitol steps along with CAIR’s Nihad Awad protesting the President’s refugee reform efforts.



“Florida has historically been one of the most important states when it comes to refugee resettlement,” says Jen Smyers, policy and advocacy director for Church World Service’s immigration and refugee program. “It would be tragic for Florida to stop resettlement and would have serious implications for refugees already in the state.”

It isn’t tragic for Florida!  It is tragic for Church World Service because they stand to lose millions of dollars!

I must say we are now, after more than a decade of watching, seeing media reports about how this whole business of refugee resettlement revolves around these nine federal profiteers getting their (our!) MONEY!

A decision by DeSantis to cut off refugee resettlement would also effectively preclude Florida resettlement agencies from qualifying for large amounts of federal funding. According to Smyers, agencies such as Church World Service depend on grants tied to resettlement work to keep the lights on and to fund many key services for refugees already in the state, including cash and medical assistance, English-language classes, and job training. If those federal dollars dry up, Smyers says, Church World Service could be forced to shutter its offices in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties.

To “keep the lights on” and pay the Reverend’s annual salary of over $300,000 (twice what the governor of Florida earns), so he can be arrested from time to time?  See details of CWS income and McCullough’s compensation here.

Pay attention to this next paragraph. The lobbying pressure from the contractors is about their ability to get their MONEY in a timely manner!

The Reverend McCullough was arrested in 2014 protesting OBAMA’s deportation policies. The good Reverend earned over $1 million in salary and benefits in the last 4 years—good work if you can get it!

Technically speaking, DeSantis could make a decision anytime before new federal contracts go into effect June 1.

However, agencies such as Church World Service have until only January 21 to submit their funding proposals to the U.S. Department of State along with any letters of consent. In that sense, no decision from DeSantis could choosing to block resettlement.


Trump’s executive order also offered localities the opportunity to provide or decline consent to continued resettlement. However, the governor’s decision would likely take precedence.

If the governor says yes, individual counties are also required to say yes to the US State Department if they want refugees.  See the Funding Guidance (the rules for the Executive Order).

Click here for more.


*** For new readers these (below) are the nine federally-funded refugee contractors that operate as a huge conveyor belt monopolizing all refugee placement in America.

A ‘religious’ message from CWS’s “ministry!” CWS is one of three federally funded contractors suing to stop the President’s effort to reform the UN-driven Refugee Admissions Program.

And, they do not limit their advocacy toward only legal immigration programs, but are heavily involved in supporting the lawlessness at our borders.

The question isn’t as much about refugees per se, but about who is running federal immigration policy now and into the future?  

Go here to see that the nine contractors sucked down over $3 BILLION in federal grants in the last 11 years.

(I plan to say this once a day from now on!)

I continue to argue that these nine contractors are the heart of America’s Open Borders movement and thus there can never be long-lasting reform of US immigration policy when these nine un-elected phony non-profits are paid by the taxpayers to work as community organizers pushing an open borders agenda.

10 thoughts on “All Eyes on Florida Governor as Holdout on Refugee Consent

  1. The answer to the refugee problem remains in the country they are fleeing. When there is constant violence in your neighborhood and you are forced to leave, it’s not because you want to. You leave because you don’t have the resources to fix your neighborhood so you can stay. We need to help them stay and fix the neighborhood they are fleeing rather than house them here.

  2. Ann, I did not see anywhere in the Funding Guidance where it says if the Governor says Yes then the local county is obligated to say yes also? My governor has said yes but I am still working on my county. The county officials know nothing about it. Help.

    1. What state are you in? And, for the county to get refugees both the county and the governor must say yes. The governor cannot consent for any county.

      1. North Carolina and the governor has already said yes. Now that the judge has ruled against Trumps EO, I guess it doesn’t matter?

        1. I don’t know yet. I’m waiting for someone with legal knowledge to spell out what happens next.

  3. After speaking to both my county Rep and city Rep neither knows anything about it. The guidelines are not that clear. I am trying to educate them.

    1. Most places still haven’t figured out what they need to do. But, tell me your state and county and I can give you better advice.

  4. I love when millionaires march in the streets, whining that the government doesn’t make them happy enough.

  5. What would happen if you accept them and then load them onto buses to somewhere else? Enough is enough. It is very clear what this is and why it is happening. What a shame.

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