Former Refugee ‘bigwigs’ Beg Pompeo to Not Suspend Refugee Admissions

As I have been reporting, September is the month when the President normally sends a “determination” to the Hill (for consultation only) in which he reports what the refugee admissions ceiling will be in the upcoming fiscal year which begins October 1. However, he is not required by law to agree to admit any refugees.

All of my recent posts on the topic are tagged FY2021.

There are rumors that President Trump will simply not send anything to Congress effectively signaling a suspension of the program.

Editor:  BTW, regular readers of RRW might be interested in seeing two posts at Frauds and Crooks that could easily have been posted here because they are refugee related. See here and here.

Below we have news from ABC about a letter to Pompeo from mostly a bunch of people you (or I) have never even heard of who participated in changing America by changing the people for decades.

Trump admin urged to accept refugees amid concerns it will indefinitely delay admissions

A group of prominent former U.S. officials is joining state and local governments, U.S. lawmakers, religious leaders and resettlement agencies in urging the Trump administration to increase refugee admissions in fiscal year 2021 amid historic need around the world.

We followed Obama’s last Asst. Sec. of State Anne Richard extensively on these pages.


A State Department spokesperson declined to comment on Trump’s cap and “the internal discussions or the timeline related to its development,” but told ABC News it was ultimately the president’s decision.

Reuters reported earlier this month that the administration is considering postponing or further cutting admissions.

Schwartz preceded Richard. See RRW posts on Schwartz. Both Richard and Schwartz had early career help from organizations connected to George Soros.

More here.

Do we believe for a second that this letter will hold any sway with the President?

Here is the nothingburger letter and the signatories (Purcell and Dewey are reportedly Republicans):

The Honorable Frank Loy
Former Director of the Bureau of Refugee Programs (1980–1981) Former Undersecretary of State for Global Affairs

James N. Purcell, Jr.
Former Director of the Bureau of Refugee Programs (1982–1986) Former Director General of the International Organization for Migration

The Honorable Phyllis Oakley
Former Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration (1994–1997) Former Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research

The Honorable Arthur Dewey
Former Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration (2002–2005) Former United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees

Samuel Witten
Former Acting Assistant Secretary for Population, Refugees, and Migration (2007–2009) Former Deputy Legal Adviser for the U.S. Department of State

The Honorable Eric Schwartz
Former Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration (2009–2011) Former NSC Senior Director for Multilateral and Humanitarian Affairs

The Honorable Anne C. Richard
Former Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration (2012–2017) Former Director of the Secretary’s Office of Resources, Plans, and Policy, Department of State

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3 thoughts on “Former Refugee ‘bigwigs’ Beg Pompeo to Not Suspend Refugee Admissions

  1. Personally, I hope “ALL” programs for “ANY” aliens, legal or otherwise be stopped until this Wuhan Virus from China is brought completely under control and the damage it has or will have done to our economy has been reversed.

  2. All of these clowns hold themselves out as so noble . It is clear that they are not concerned about the millions of Americans who are out of work . It is not even rational to bring impoverished foreign nationals into this country during a global pandemic . They are driven by their agenda to change America and their lust for feeding at the government trough.

  3. Why is this addressed to former officials or is it from former officials? They have no pull do they? Personally I hope the program will be suspended indefinitely due to all of the chaos and violence in the cities of America. Why would any of them want to come to a country that is even worse than where they were living. Frankly the good ole USA is not much better than Somalia or other 3rd world countries except it is a minority that is fomenting the violence and this minority of anarchists are not in control of the government YET. This would be my dream come true to suspend the program. I just finished watching the movie Patriot Day about the Boston Marathon bombers. Both refugees except they came over as asylum seekers. According to documentaries, the mother radicalized them and convinced them to hate America. Russia warned us but unfortunately the FBI dropped the ball again. They interviewed them but determined they were not a Threat. Tell that to those that lost loved ones and lost limbs etc. Couldn’t they have put a tail on them? Bugged their phones? They did it to Donald Trump, certainly they could do it to the Boston bombers. Apparently the older brother was suspected of a triple murder earlier but was never caught. And we had to go after Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, Carter Page, Roger Stone? No wonder they didn’t have time for terrorists. Shameful

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