Biden is on Track to Admit Fewer Refugees Than Trump

“We cannot and we must not fall victims to politics of fear and hatred that drives the far-right…..[Biden] “must follow through on his promise.”

(Rep. Ilhan Omar)

In addition to abysmally low numbers, Biden hasn’t re-started the flow of refugees from Muslim countries, the flow Trump halted for a handful of countries that hate us.

Syrians, Somalis, Iraqis are waiting and frustrated, but not nearly as frustrated as the refugee contractors*** and their friends in Congress like Minnesota Somali Rep. Ilhan Omar.

As I have said before, the mystery for me is this:

How do the contractors who have been paid since at least 1980 to place refugees in your towns and cities and who have had a pipeline to the US State Department via their swamp dwelling bureaucrats (even as Trump was in the White House) not know what is going on?

Apparently they don’t and the guess is that Biden doesn’t want to look too pro-immigration as the southern border is being overrun.

Well, duh!

It is too late for that as most of America sees Biden as the most open borders President ever!  

And, besides the average American voter does not even fully understand the difference between fake asylum seekers (illegal aliens!) at the southern border and the Refugee Admissions Program.

It is ludicrous to think that voters are sitting around saying, gee it’s good of Biden to stop the refugee flow right now so let’s give him some brownie points because he is slowing, by a tiny bit, the Great Replacement!

Yesterday the Washington Post got in on the guessing game.

Biden’s delay on refugees baffles and frustrates allies

Senator Ted Kennedy created the present refugee and asylum system with the help of Joe Biden in 1979. Jimmy Carter signed the Refugee Act into law in 1980. A question I have asked for over a decade is this: Why has Biden’s Delaware resettled only a handful of refugees since then? Maybe Joe doesn’t like foreigners in HIS neighborhood!

President Biden sent a stark message in February to foreigners fleeing oppression, persecution and danger: The United States stands ready to help them once again. He pledged an eightfold-plus increase in the annual cap on refugees set during the Trump administration, saying he would aim for a “down payment” on that promise “as soon as possible.”

More than two months later, Biden has not made good on his vow. He has yet to sign a directive that would lift the cap for the next fiscal year or enact more-immediate changes to the Trump limits.

His advisers have provided little public clarity on why, angering many human rights advocates who say the delay is inflicting growing harm on refugees desperate to take flight to the United States.

[….]

People close to the White House’s decision-making attribute the delay to several factors. Some point to the administration’s ongoing struggles to contain a massive increase in migrants arriving at the southern border, saying they detect political concerns from the White House about expanding the refugee program at a moment when there is increasing pressure on Biden to be tougher on immigration and border security.

Jenny Yang of World Relief

“What’s missing is the political will of the president,” said Jenny Yang, vice president for advocacy and policy at World Relief, one of a handful of resettlement agencies working with the government.

The result, Yang said, is that “the program is effectively operating as if President Trump were still in office.”

[….]

Before becoming a highly paid refugee contractor CEO,  Vignarajah worked for Michelle in the White House.

“Unfortunately, I think it shows that President Trump may have been effective in conflating refugee resettlements and the asylum program,” said Krish O’Mara Vignarajah, president and CEO of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, another resettlement agency working with the government.

She said there “is no substantive reason” why Trump’s directive should remain in place, given that changing it is “not a herculean task” for Biden.

I don’t know why Lutheran CEO Vignarajah is complaining as her organization is raking in millions of your tax dollars to take ‘care’ of the Unaccompanied Alien (mostly teens) Children invading the border.

Biden cautious on immigration!

Biden’s careful posture underscores the broader caution with which he and his advisers are approaching immigration.

Keenly aware of how the issue has sparked impassioned divisions in recent years, Biden, who ran as a unifier, did not emphasize it as a candidate. As president, he and his aides have treaded lightly, wary of inflaming a polarizing debate that could threaten to his appeal to a broad swath of voters.

He didn’t emphasize it as a candidate because controlling immigration appeals to most Americans and plays in Trump’s favor!

Some of the most fervent concern has come from Democrats in the House. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), who lived in a refugee camp in Kenya as a child after her family fled a civil war in Somalia, warned in a recent statement that “We cannot and we must not fall victims to politics of fear and hatred that drives the far-right.”

Biden, she said, “must follow through on his promise.”

[….]

Biden announced that he would raise the annual cap on refugee admission to 125,000 for the first full fiscal year of his administration, which begins in October. He informed Congress that his target for the current fiscal year was 62,500.

But he never signed a new presidential determination, a decision that has left Trump’s directive in place. Now, Biden is on pace to accept the fewest refugees this year of any modern president, according to a report the International Rescue Committee released last week. The Biden administration has admitted only 2,050 refugees at the halfway point of this fiscal year, according to the nonprofit organization’s report.

Data from the Refugee Processing Center. You can readily see that if Biden follows through on what he said, his numbers would eclipse anything George Bush or Barack Obama ever did.

Six months into the fiscal year and only 2,050 refugees have been admitted. They have to do some real hustling if they want to beat Trump’s lowest year of 11,814.

 

The Washington Post continues….

The report says Biden’s inaction means “tens of thousands of already-cleared refugees remain barred from resettlement and over 700 resettlement flights have been cancelled.”

Absent a reversal of Trump-era restrictions, most refugees from civil war-ravaged Syria, who have the highest resettlement needs according to the report, do not have a chance of coming to the U.S.

Refugees from other Muslim countries are also being hit hard by current rules, according to the report

[….]

Some White House allies find the president’s delay perplexing because the refugee program has attracted bipartisan support in recent years. Even some of the Republicans who have been critical of Biden’s handling of the border have called for raising the refugee cap to expand the legal pathways for immigrants to come to the United States.

Republican Senator Portman:  Increase the refugee cap!  Any Republican wanting to increase the cap is making the Chamber of Commerce types happy!

“The refugee program is much more of an orderly and legal process that is entirely distinct” from the situation at the border, said Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio). “I would increase the refugees cap from where it was in the Trump years, and I would make the asylum system work as it should.”

There is much more.

 

***In case you are new to RRW, here are all of the unhappy contractors.

They worked to ‘elect’ Biden/Harris and lobby for open borders.  As taxpayers you pay them millions annually to change America by changing the people.

Americans Last! is their motto!

Refugees Struggling in America, Yet Biden Promised 125,000 New Refugees in 2021

“Most of the refugees and immigrants that I work with were working in service jobs and restaurant jobs. All of those jobs are going away right now. Everybody’s panicking.”

(Somali refugee living in Lancaster, PA)

So let’s bring in 125,000 more, right Joe!

Almost daily I see stories like this one about how resettled refugees in America are struggling with the Chinese Virus crisis, with joblessness, housing costs, and even with finding enough food.

Yet we have nine federal resettlement contractors*** urging on the Biden administration to keep his promise of raising the refugee admissions ceiling for the year from the 15,000 Trump had designated to the 125,000 Biden campaigned on. 

From Deborah Amos, an NPR reporter who doesn’t do much homework! But, like most Leftist reporters thinks a good emotional story is all she has to do to influence the masses.

Life Is ‘Really Tough’ For Refugees Trying To Settle In Pandemic America

 

Deborah Amos

The loneliest part of coming to America is the first few months, says Mustafa Nuur, who came as a refugee from Somalia in 2014.

Now, the coronavirus makes it so much harder for newcomers, he says. Despite the pandemic, the U.S. admitted 21,533 refugees in 2020, some arriving as late as September, according to refugee resettlement agencies citing official numbers.

“Everybody is getting overwhelmed,” says Nuur, who helps newly arrived refugees get settled in Lancaster, Pa. “Most of the refugees and immigrants that I work with were working in service jobs and restaurant jobs. All of those jobs are going away right now. Everybody’s panicking,” he says.

Federal financial support for refugees ends at 90 days, when they are expected to become self-sufficient. That hasn’t changed during the pandemic. Now, refugees fear eviction and poverty as jobs are scarce. The usual challenges of moving to a new country are all the more daunting when many schools, offices, banks and places of worship are closed and work is drying up.

Work is drying up, so of course we need more low skilled workers.

This comes at a time when many of the nonprofit agencies that resettle refugees are in financial peril, decimated by Trump administration cutbacks, and are hopeful for a reboot under President Biden.  

The contractors are in financial peril!  Give me a break!

Academic Bethany Letiecq has been tracking the pandemic’s stresses on refugee families.

“If you are a refugee, coming here with very little, English might be limited, job opportunities can be limited, trying to just meet your family’s basic needs can be a full-time job,” says Letiecq, associate professor of human development and family science at Maryland’s George Mason University.

Many depend on community food banks when paychecks disappear without notice, Letiecq says, and most local rental assistance programs are only short term. “Maybe a month of rental support, but we’ve been in a pandemic for so many months,” she says.

So let’s bring more so they too will suffer (right along with poor and struggling American citizens).

Eviction is a real fear, says Krish O’Mara Vignarajah, the CEO and president of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, one of the nine domestic resettlement agencies that coordinate with the State Department.

Coordinate with the State Department!  They are almost entirely PAID by the State Department and HHS! These aren’t good Christians opening their wallets and passing the plate at Sunday service, they are federal contractors!

“A significant part of the population that we’re serving right now face this as a real threat,” she says.

Bring more refugees anyway!

This is what makes me shake my head!

https://www.lirs.org/meet-krish

Look who is doing the boo-hooing!

Amos features Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) head honcho Krish O’Mara Vignarajah to make the case for the poor and downtrodden refugees struggling with surviving in evil Trump’s COVID America.

Vignarajah, (who worked with Michelle Obama in the White House), is a relatively new CEO of the almost entirely federally funded Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service.

I wonder what the poor struggling refugees would think if they knew that  Vignarajah was likely receiving a salary of over $300,000 annually, most of it coming from taxpaying Americans who are suffering too.

Although, Vignarajah’s salary is not yet available since LIRS is very slow at producing its Federal IRS Form 990’s, her predecessor Linda Hartke who left under a cloud in 2018 that has never been explained, was pulling down a salary of nearly $400,000 when she was given the heave-ho.

Gee, did Amos ever write about that controversy that rocked LIRS for months? Was it, as rumored, a result of shenanigans with federal grant money?

Here is a portion of the most recent salary page at LIRS Form 990:

Doing well by doing good!

 

Now check out page 9 where we can see the amount of government grants LIRS received in that same year.  How much went to helping refugees like Mustafa of Lancaster or was most of it for salary, employment benefits, travel and office space at their digs at the Inner Harbor of Baltimore?

LIRS total income was just over $50 million. Over $42 million is government grant money (aka your money).  Their take from the US Treasury amounts to about 88% of their income (service fees are your money too).

They could not exist without you, the taxpayer, but Amos never reports that!

 

For fun see Vignarajah and her hubby–non-profit power couple.

 

America Lasters!

***For New Readers these are the nine federal refugee contractors who have worked to put Biden and Harris in the White House and are lobbying for millions of illegal aliens to be transformed into legal voting citizens.

They are largely paid by you, the taxpayer, for their work of changing America by changing the people and are putting Americans last!

Endnote:  Long time readers must think I am a broken record.  But remember new readers come along all the time!  And, for me, year after year, hope springs eternal that one day some ‘mainstream’ media outfit will do real investigative journalism and expose what a scam on America the US Refugee Admissions Program has come to be.

Yippee! Biden’s ‘Cultural Enrichers’ are on the way!

Somalis will soon be on the way to America as Biden lifts Trump’s travel ban! They will need jobs, housing, medical care, food— all to be supplied by you—the American taxpayer.

 

My alerts have been filled to overflowing with the good news Open Borders advocates have been waiting for.

The dark days are over, the sun is shining, Joe has been installed, the borders will open and soon the masses who will “enrich the fabric” and “enhance the American mosaic” in your (racist) towns and cities will be on the way.

Chamber of Commerce CEO Thomas Donohue. https://www.uschamber.com/press-release/us-chamber-ceo-encouraged-bidens-plans-immigration-reform

Trump’s efforts to keep us safe, keep Americans in their jobs and prevent more cases of the costly Chinese virus entering the US are out the window.

And, move over American workers the Chamber of Commerce is jumping for joy as an influx of New Americans want your jobs!

They will work for less, complain less, and vote for socialist Democrats!

From Breitbart:

U.S. Chamber to Joe Biden: You Can Help Americans by Importing Foreign Workers

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce says its corporate members can create jobs for Americans if President Joe Biden’s amnesty and migration bill provides them with “the world’s most talented and industrious people.”

The chamber made the January 20 press statement as it applauded Biden’s draft “U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021” that would dramatically accelerate the inflow of foreign workers into Americans’ blue-collar and white-collar jobs.

If you are still living back in the day when big business supported Republicans, wake up.

The party of corporate CEOs is the Democrat party!

In the 2020 election, the U.S. Chamber backed numerous Democratic candidates, largely because the Democrats promised to inflate the labor supply with cheap foreign workers.

More at Breitbart.

Now here is Time magazine heavily quoting from Islamic supremacist Linda Sarsour.

Activists Praise Biden’s Reversal of Trump-Era ‘Discriminatory’ Travel Ban. But the Work Isn’t Over Yet

It isn’t enough to lift the ban, they want a law banning any future bans.

Even after Biden’s reversal, advocacy groups are continuing to push for congressional action to ensure no future president can revive the ban.

The most recent version of Trump’s ban included more countries than the original, and drew scrutiny for its inclusion of six African countries, leading critics to call it the “Muslim and African ban.” It placed varying degrees of restrictions on U.S. visas for citizens from a large group of countries, including Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, North Korea, Nigeria, Myanmar, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Sudan and Tanzania.

More than 42,000 people have been unable to enter the U.S. because of the travel restrictions since 2017, according to the Brennan Center for Justice’s analysis of state department data.

[….]

Linda Sarsour initially opposed Biden during the primary, she spoke publicly about his dementia, but Biden managed to cozy up since then. https://www.conservative-politics.com/conservative-culture/biden-camp-privately-cozies-up-to-muslim-activists-after-disavowal-of-linda-sarsour/

“The executive order is just the first step,” she [Linda Sarsour, a Palestinian-American activist and executive director of MPower Change, a Muslim grassroots movement] says. “It’s the intention to make a wrong right. But there’s also work that comes with that.”

In order to ensure no president has the power to enact such sweeping restrictions again, they are continuing to pressure Congress to pass the No Ban Act.

The law would limit executive authority to prevent any future presidents from issuing similar bans. Such restrictions would only be allowed to apply to cases in which the Secretary of State has identified particular circumstances and credible facts that justify exclusion.

The bill passed the House last July but then stalled in the Senate. With Democrats recently taking control of both chambers, the measure is more likely to be successful.

The No Ban Act is part of a sweeping immigration bill—which Biden sent to Congress Wednesday—that also includes creating pathways to citizenship for undocumented people, cracking down on family separation and providing new funding intended to help immigrants and refugees integrate into the U.S.

[….]

“The rescinding of the Muslim ban is temporary and it’s based on the philosophy, the ideology of the current president,” Sarsour says. “We need the No Ban Act because we need this to be on the record forever because we do not know what’s going to happen in 2024 or 2028.”

More here.

And, here is one more, writer Joshua Cohen at a Jesuit publication manages to work in all the usual platitudes on the subject of refugees.

But, my main reason for posting this (besides laughing at his jargon-filled piece)  is that he flat out lies and no one but me will call him on it. His lie is featured in a pull quote:

What the hell!  Can’t these ‘journalists’ do some research?  I showed you two days ago the refugee admissions numbers at a State Department data base going back to 1975. (While you are there, look at St. Obama’s numbers that never reached 100,000, while Biden has promised 125,000!).

In 2020, 11,814 refugees were admitted and that doesn’t include the scores of other special refugees from Afghanistan.

But, why muddy-up a good piece of propaganda with the facts!

 

From America The Jesuit Review:

After four years of Trump, it’s time to reset the U.S. refugee policy

LOL!  Look at this one section of Cohen’s piece:

Refugee resettlement in the United States should not be a conservative or liberal issue. At its core, it is a humanitarian issue, and one that reflects our aspirations to be a compassionate and generous people. Most Americans have immigrant roots, and many can trace their family histories to include refugees. These refugees have built new lives here and enriched the fabric of their communities. In recent years, they have included Bosnian and Somali refugees who have further enhanced the American mosaic.

As an affluent nation, the United States has a moral duty to assist people in desperate situations. Closing doors to those who have suffered unthinkable horrors demonstrates fear and weakness. 

You are immoral, lacking in compassion, stingy, fearful and weak because you don’t want to change America by changing the people, says Cohen.

Joe Biden Plans to Admit the Most Refugees in any One Year Since 1992

Not even Saint Obama proposed such a huge number.

In the midst of a pandemic when large numbers of Americans are unemployed and struggling…

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris campaigned on lifting Trump’s so-called Muslim ban and immediately setting the ceiling to 125,000 refugees to be admitted in this fiscal year (FY21).

Trump had set the ceiling at 15,000 the lowest cap since the program began over four decades ago.

That 125,000 does NOT include those flowing toward our borders now in anticipation of Biden opening the borders and would be the highest cap in nearly 30 years.

(The 125,000 ceiling is only for those we fly into the US from the third world at taxpayers’ expense.)

Because we need to have facts, which are going to be harder to get as the Refugee Processing Center (US State Department contractor) has removed the very useful “Interactive Reporting” function we have have come to rely on for the last decade to understand who is being admitted and placed in your towns and cities, I will be posting information like this below when I can get it.  (To be archived in my Knowledge is Power category).

“Interactive reporting is no longer available”

This information (below) is available at the moment:

See that Biden has said he would admit tens of thousands more refugees than any predecessor (including Obama) for the previous nearly 30 years.

The number greater than 125,000 was 132,531 (1992), one of George HW Bush’s big refugee admission years!

The Refugee Act of 1980 was signed into law in the spring of 1980 by Jimmy Carter who of course later that year went on to lose the election to Ronald Reagan.  The vast majority of those early refugees were from Southeast Asia and they were escaping COMMUNISM.

Interesting that it was George W. Bush who really opened the flow from Africa.  And, it was Clinton who favored the flow from Russia.

President Trump admitted the least number of refugees in one year—11,814 in FY20.

Total refugees (again these are the refugees we flew into the US mostly at the behest of the United Nations)— 3,456,532—admitted over four decades.

Biden/Harris plan to put the US Refugee Admissions Program on steroids as they have promised the refugee resettlement contractors—the nine fake non-profits below.  Your tax dollars fund them to change America by changing the people.

Court of Appeals Rules: YOU Have No Say in Whether YOUR Town Will Accept Refugees

And, if you want to have some say, it means you are “unkind” and “un-American” according to Mark Hetfield CEO of the supposed non-profit group HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society).

HIAS is one of the groups which financially benefit from the resettlement of refugees as your tax dollars fund their work of changing America by changing the people.  This is what Hetfield said last year at the time of the lower court ruling against the President.

 “An overwhelming majority of governors and municipalities have already expressed their desire to continue welcoming refugees. To those few who have not, we say not only is it unkind and un-American to ban refugees from your states and towns, but it is unlawful.”  

Hetfield, his organization and eight other federal contracting groups like HIAS***, have been deciding for decades where the impoverished third worlders we fly into the country will be placed and they want to keep making those decisions.  After all, you are all a bunch of boobs and racists in their minds.

This is not a surprise.  As much as I have been a Trump fan, and as much as I admire his effort to allow local governments and state governments to have a say, his initiative was not well-thought-out. And, he was blind-sided by feckless Republican governors.  In fact, almost all Republican governors thumbed their nose at the President’s offer to give them a say.

Included among those governors who did not back the President were Arizona’s Governor Doug Ducey and South Dakota’s Kristi NoemOnly Gov. Abbott of Texas supported the President.  I believe Kemp (GA) and Desantis (FL) were silent.   (Someone correct me if I am wrong about those last two).

The recent Appeals Court decision ends any hope of consideration for your views about the placement of refugees and you will be back to only using your voice (ha! ha!) as they work to add more impoverished and potentially ill people to your towns and cities.

You really must involve yourselves in local politics!

As the incoming Biden Administration has said, they want to ‘welcome’ 125,000 refugees to America in year one to make up for what they will call the lost Trump years.

Here is CBS from Dallas-Fort Worth:

4th Circuit Upholds Ban On Trump’s Order Allowing States To Refuse Refugees

SAN DIEGO (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — An executive order by President Donald Trump had aimed to give state and local governments the ability to shut out refugees, but the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a ban on the order.

The three-judge panel said the executive order that required both state and local entities to give their consent before allowing refugees to be placed in their areas “would cause inequitable treatment of refugees and undermine the very national consistency that the Refugee Act is designed to protect.”

Read it all here.

Tomorrow Biden/Harris will be coronated and the entire federal government structure will turn to the job of pouring more migrants of all stripes into the American heartland, indeed into every small and medium-sized city from sea to shining sea.

Those migrants, including supposedly “vetted” refugees will need jobs or welfare that will further increase joblessness among already strained citizens in the wake of a worldwide pandemic.  They will also need healthcare as they are not tested in advance for COVID-19 and other communicable diseases.

Americans Last!

*** For new readers these are the Progressive groups, some claim they are ‘religious’ charities, that put the wellbeing of refugees and illegal migrants ahead of struggling Americans.

Some of these federal contractors have been busy for four decades changing the demographic make-up of the United States and they are back in power!

Endnote:  I have been busy writing at my other blog Frauds and Crooks about the Great Election steal of 2020 and other issues.  I will be picking up the pace here at RRW as new readers will be arriving as Biden and Harris go into high gear, supported by the entire structure of the federal government, to change America.

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