Colorado Senator to Trump: Open US Borders and Admit More Refugees

Doing so will benefit our “collective public health” says Colorado Democrat Michael Bennet.

Editor: I don’t know if anyone noticed, but sorry I haven’t been posting.  It wasn’t for lack of wanting to, but a big storm took out our TV and internet for a couple of days. LOL! I have to admit, I wasn’t sure if I wanted it back on! Amazing how many projects around the farm could get done with most access to the world cut off!

And, there really isn’t a whole lot of refugee news happening. There are a lot of stories about how refugees in America are suffering due to the stay at home orders, but I’m sure that you don’t want to hear too many of those.  I’m going to put up a bunch of short pieces to get caught up.

As far as I’ve been able to figure out, the Administration has not fully re-opened refugee resettlement nor made a statement that I know of.  However, this news from Colorado would indicate that reopening has not occurred.

From Colorado Politics:

Bennet objects to Trump’s coronavirus border policy

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet said America should help refugees and asylum seekers not turn them away at the border, the plan imposed last month by President Trump.

Senator and former Presidential candidate Bennet sent a letter to the administration to demand reopening of US borders and resumption of the refugee resettlement program—to benefit us all?

The administration suspended refugee resettlement programs and began denying asylum seekers entry to the country under the president’s emergency powers for the COVID-19 pandemic.

Friday Bennet sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf urging the administration not to use the global crisis “for anti-migrant or anti-refugee policies, or use it as an excuse to shut the door on those fleeing war or persecution.”

“COVID-19 is certain to have tragic consequences to refugees around the world. Refugees living in crowded and unsanitary conditions are especially at risk of exposure to COVID-19 without access to clean water and food,” the letter states.

As I said a few days ago, the warnings about refugee camp carnage have not yet materialized.

“An extended ban on resettlement programs will endanger the lives of even more refugees, further jeopardizing our collective public health.”

More here.