Refugee News Round-up: Fourth Week of March 2021

The mystery deepens and frustrations grow as Biden still has not signed the all important Determination to begin the admission of the 62,500 FY2021 refugees his State Department consulted Congress about more than month ago.

As I reported a couple of weeks ago, refugees were ready to fly into America from throughout Africa, Asia and the Middle East when we learned that plane tickets were canceled because Biden had yet to sign a document that would begin this branch of the invasion.

Across Africa and the Middle East, Refugee Plane Tickets to America Canceled

There are only 6 months left in this fiscal year, so getting 62,500 resettled throughout the country would be a major undertaking as it represents a number not seen in decades.

Here The Hill on Thursday published an opinion piece by Mary Elizabeth Margolis  from a new political lobbying group that promotes refugee resettlement and the candidates who push for changing America by changing the people.

Voice for Refuge Action Fund got its start just in time to make this big endorsement last year:

This is their team and they endorse candidates at all levels claiming that they are the first legally approved group to do so. https://www.voiceforrefuge.org/endorsements/

Why is Biden stalling refugee resettlement?

There are fewer refugees being resettled to safety in the U.S. right now than there were during the last year of the Trump administration. Read that again.

Mary Elizabeth Margolis

For refugee protection advocates, hopes for a Biden administration have been high.

From the beginning of his campaign, President Biden promised he would quickly restore American leadership by rebuilding the historically bipartisan life-saving refugee resettlement program — which was decimated under the Trump administration. It’s the reason we at Voice for Refuge, the only refugee focused 501(c)4, heartily endorsed President Biden.

To his credit, after inauguration President Biden quickly signaled his intent to follow through on his commitment to support refugee resettlement. Through executive action, he rescinded the previous administration’s wrongful refugee bans and laid the foundation to strengthen refugee protections and increase refugee admissions.

President Biden also announced his plan to increase the refugee admissions goal, known as the presidential determination, for the remainder of this fiscal year to 62,500 — from the historic low of 15,000 — and then to 125,000 for Fiscal Year 2022. This change would also end the Trump-era guidelines harmfully restricting which refugees could be resettled, which had made even meeting the tiny existing goal nearly impossible. The harm caused by the overly restrictive refugee categories cannot be overstated.

As the administration met its legal obligations to consult Congress on the revised refugee admissions goal, it seemed as if it would only be a matter of days before families would be reunited and American communities would be able to start welcoming more refugees home. Flights were booked, apartments were prepared, and then nothing.

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President Biden has not been forthright with why this delay is happening.

LOL! Not being “forthright!” Just imagine the language they would be using if this was Trump!

More here.  We also learned that Biden has not chosen an Assistant Secretary of State for PRM to oversee the program.

RCUSA gets up a letter….

Maryland US Senators Van Hollen and Cardin are making themselves the face of the refugee invasion caucus in the US Senate. https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/24/politics/democrats-biden-refugee-response/index.html

The Refugee Council USA is the long-standing consortium of groups that lobbies for refugees and includes the nine federal resettlement contractors*** and a whole host of open borders groups.

One of their favorite activities is to gin-up letters and here on Wednesday they did just that.

Over 200 groups sent Biden a letter demanding he get moving on opening up the flow from around the world, including from those terror producing countries that Trump had restricted.

We elected you so get moving buddy!

PRESS RELEASE: More than 200 local, state, and national organizations urge President Biden to sign a revised refugee admissions goal

Today, Refugee Council USA and 208 local, state, and national organizations sent a letter to President Biden, urging him to follow through on his promise to refugees around the world.

See the letter here to see who exactly is trying to flood America with third worlders.  In addition to national groups there are groups listed by state.

And, along with the usual contractors and ‘religious’ charities, CAIR is listed, as is Islamic Relief USA and even Codepink!

BTW, RCUSA tracks monthly admissions to the US, see here.

Dragging out Jimmy Carter…..

Jimmy Carter is the granddaddy of the US Refugee Admissions Program and Senator Joe Biden helped create it!

I missed this news last week, but it’s worth adding here.

This is Mark Hetfield of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society using Jimmy Carter to chide Biden.

At the Dallas Morning News:

On the anniversary of the Refugee Act, Biden needs to act

Mark Hetfield of HIAS

On Feb. 12, the Biden administration made the case in a 15-page document to Congress that the White House intends to issue an “emergency presidential determination” to reset the U.S. refugee resettlement program because of “grave humanitarian concerns” and “the public interest.”

The Biden administration’s subsequent failure over the last five weeks to address what is, in its own words, an “emergency” is both perplexing and harmful.

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The now deceased Senator Ted Kennedy was the chief sponsor of the Refugee Act of 1980, Biden helped get the bill passed and Jimmy Carter signed it into law on Saint Patrick’s Day 1980.

With the stroke of a pen, Biden can reverse the harm that Trump has caused the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, raise the refugee ceiling from its current all-time low and, most importantly, end discriminatory policies barring refugees based on national origin.

Yet, in spite of the good intentions expressed on Feb. 12, Biden has merely continued all of the Trump administration’s refugee resettlement policies.

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This past Wednesday was the 41st anniversary of President Jimmy Carter signing the Refugee Act of 1980. To mark the occasion, he issued the following statement reflecting on the importance of the Refugee Act

And then here is Hetfield’s wrap:

As a nation of immigrants and refugees, we now wait for Biden, who as a young senator was a co-sponsor of the Refugee Act, to restore the promise of the act and the American tradition of being a welcoming country.

More here.

No one ever asks (except for me!), but it is interesting to note that Joe Biden’s Delaware hardly ever ‘welcomed’ refugees and here, in the 40 years this program has been changing America. Why is that?

I had more news for the week, but this is getting too long.  Maybe it will keep for next week.

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

They worked to ‘elect’ Biden and as taxpayers you pay them millions annually to change America by changing the people.  Americans Last! is their motto!

See my category News Round-up for previous posts.  Round-ups have been sporadic over the years, but I am trying now to do them regularly.

 

Trump Initiative to Give State and Local Government a Say in Refugee Resettlement was DEAD Before Biden EO

I am willing to blame (almost) everything on the newly installed Biden/Harris Administration, but Trump never had support for his effort to give state and local governments a say in placement of refugees.  Why?

First, because the Leftwingers at three federal contracting agencies, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, Church World Service and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, had taken the EO to court and had already won!

The contractors have been calling the shots on locations for decades and they plan to keep it that way!

 

An Appeals Court, the day before Inauguration Day, had already put the nail in the coffin on this Trump effort to protect you and give you a say in refugee resettlement site selection.

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

And….

Republican Governors did not back Trump!

More importantly, governors needed to support the plan and the vast majority, at least 18, Republican governors in the nation opposed the President, except for a handful including DeSantis and Kemp who remained quiet, leaving Governor Abbott of Texas the only Governor in the Nation brave enough to back the plan!

Three More Republican Governors Turn on Trump, Cave to Leftists on Refugee Program Reform

White House Supposedly Blindsided as Republican Governors Cave on Refugee Resettlement

….most importantly, the supposed reformers working for the President apparently did not have a firm understanding of how weak most Republican governors are on immigration issues of any sort.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott was the only Republican to support the President’s effort to reform the UN/US Refugee Admissions Program before the resettlement contractors shut it down with a lawsuit. https://refugeeresettlementwatch.org/2020/01/10/breaking-news-texas-governor-abbott-says-no-will-not-accept-more-refugees-in-2020/

For new readers, most Republican governors are weak because they are backed by global corporations and the Chamber of Commerce types who want a steady supply of CHEAP labor!

Hey, and for all of you Kristi Noem fans, she DID NOT SUPPORT THE PRESIDENT on this and I suspect it is because of that big Chinese-owned Smithfield Foods slaughter house in South Dakota and its appetite for cheap refugee labor.

In addition, of course, to the myriad other meatpackers scattered across South Dakota that Noem was obviously not willing to buck. (Not presidential material in my view!)

And, even if Biden left a little (fake) wiggle room as the Breitbart article suggests in its incomplete story, there is NO concern for you from Biden/Harris— for those of you who live in the communities where refugees have been resettled and where tens of thousands more will be resettled.

Biden is aiming to bring in more refugees than any president in three decades.

The US State Department and its contractors*** will be choosing locations for the impoverished third worlders new homes as they have been doing for 40 years.

Here is Breitbart’s story without some of the most important facts!  You can read it yourself, but remember…

As Biden arrived in the White House, there was effectively no longer a Trump EO to protect local citizens and states, and a big part of the blame goes to REPUBLICAN GOVERNORS who did not back the President.

Joe Biden Puts Americans in the Dark by Revoking Ability to Reject Refugee Dumping in Their Communities

Too bad Breitbart isn’t reading RRW!

 

Americans Last!

***For New Readers these are the nine federal refugee contractors who 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, as well as raising the refugee admissions ceiling from 15,000 this year to 125,000.

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

During Trump’s Presidency Many Refugee Agency Affiliates Closed

I don’t know exactly how many, but I have heard that around 100 offices closed.

The nine contractors*** call them affiliates, but you could also call them subcontractors (I do).  I suspect they don’t like the later word because it then appears that there are lots of bucks moving around, and there are!

As the Obama Administration was ending we had reported that efforts were underway by the US State Department to add as many as 40 new locations for the placement of refugees since the contractors were wearing out their welcome as they overloaded towns and cities with poverty.

Here is a map from the Refugee Processing Center showing where refugees were being placed in 2016.  I know it is hard to read but you can see it enlarged either at the link above at RPC, or use the link under each map.

See that the nine contractors are color-coded and listed in the right hand corner, and note that more than one contractor can have local offices in cities especially eager for more diversity and for more needy people to care for.

We can only assume those cities have run out of their own poor people!

https://www.wrapsnet.org/documents/PRM-RPP+Affilaite+Sites+2016+-+LG.pdf

 

Now here is a map of the locations for refugee resettlement at the time Biden was installed in the White House.

https://www.wrapsnet.org/documents/2290-PRM-FY20-Affiliate-Sites-Large.pdf

 

You can expect to see a re-opening of some of those offices closed during the Trump years, and pay close attention to local efforts, often by those “Interfaith” political organizations, agitating for new offices.

Frankly, the only way forward now is to work at the local/state level for most of your political activity.

Americans Last!

***For New Readers these are the nine federal refugee contractors who 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, as well as raising the refugee admissions ceiling from 15,000 this year to 125,000.

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

This post is archived in my ‘Knowledge is Power’ category.

Nine Refugee Contractors Will Push Legislation to Set a Floor on Refugee Numbers

To make sure a future President will never be able to do what Trump did to them!

[R]eopening the doors to refugees is “how we will restore the soul of our nation.”

(Chairman Joe)

 

We frequently talk about the refugee ceiling that a President places on the US Refugee Admissions Program, but the Open Borders agitators in the resettlement industry aren’t satisfied with that.

They want to make sure that no future President can do what President Trump did to them and that is set an extremely low ceiling for admission of third worlders into American towns and cities.

They want a floor of 95,000 so they can be assured of a steady stream of US taxpayer dollars to their coffers!

In other words, they want no interruption to their money supply-chain from your wallets to their wallets.

From the Associated Press:

Broken by Trump, US refugee program aims to return stronger

Despite potential problems reopening the pipeline, advocates say it’s important that Biden set this year’s ceiling at 125,000 people to start building the program back up.

Even as the refugees we have now are suffering!

He’s also vowed to seek legislation setting an annual baseline of 95,000 refugee admissions, which would help stabilize funding for resettlement agencies. *** Biden’s campaign said the number could go beyond that “commensurate with our responsibility, our values and the unprecedented global need.”

Yup!  Joe, Ted and Jimmy Carter are responsible for the Refugee Act of 1980. Tells you all you need to know!

Biden, who co-sponsored legislation creating the refugee program in 1980, says reopening the doors to refugees is “how we will restore the soul of our nation.”

“Resettling refugees helps reunite families, enriches the fabric of America, and enhances our standing, influence and security in the world,” Biden said in June for World Refugee Day.

More here.

But, this is where it gets hilarious. 

Yes, ol’ Joe did help create the Refugee Admissions Program and yet he managed to keep the number of third worlders that were placed in Delaware at near the bottom of the list for the entire nation.

Below is some of what I said in 2017 about Biden’s record on refugees for Delaware:

So from FY03 through today (in FY17) we admitted 886,324 refugees to America (not including asylum seekers) and Delaware got a whopping 139 of them!

In the years Joe Biden was Vice President, Delaware got only 50 refugees.

Enduring mystery: How did Delaware dodge the refugee bullet for decades?

 

Unfortunately that post was the victim of WordPress.com when it bowed to pressure from the speech police to remove my site and some of the illustrations were lost..  And, of course we can no longer access all of the data at the Refugee Processing Center (due to fraud by foreigners) to give you up-to-date numbers on Delaware’s abysmal resettlement history.

 

America Lasters!

***For New Readers these are the nine federal refugee contractors who 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 as well as raising the refugee admissions ceiling from 15,000 this year to 125,000.

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

 

United Nations News Promotes International Rescue Committee’s Big Plans for Biden

in 2013 David ‘moneybags’ Miliband, former Socialist British Foreign Secretary, and CEO of the International Rescue Committee gave George Soros the IRC’s top honor—their Freedom Award!  https://refugeeresettlementwatch.org/2013/11/09/federal-refugee-contractor-gives-freedom-award-to-george-soros/

 

Hint! Their plans do not involve taking care of poor Americans first!

You can ‘enjoy’ listening to the International Rescue Committee’s lackey as she explains what Biden should do to increase the number of refugees to be admitted to the US here.

How the Biden Administration Can Reset America’s Approach to Refugees, Asylum Seekers and International Migration

 

The United States has a long history of supporting refugees and asylum seekers. Until the Trump administration took office, the United States was the single largest country for refugee resettlement in the world. In most years prior to 2017, about half of all refugees who were resettled to a developed country came to the United States. 

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With Trump leaving office, the incoming administration has an opportunity to reset America’s approach to refugees, asylum seekers and international migration more broadly.

Biden promises 125,000 in his first year, much higher than in any Obama year.

Ash at the Clinton Global Initiative

I could care less what Nazanin Ash, vice president for global policy and advocacy says, but the article triggered my interest in checking out salaries (something I haven’t done for awhile) at the ‘non-profit’ refugee promoting group which received over $440 MILLION from you, the taxpayer, in a recent year.

The Manhattan-based ‘charity’s’ 2018 Form 990 is here.

Poor Ms. Ash, she doesn’t even come in the top ten salaries for this behemoth working to change your American towns by changing the people. 

They expect to be back in business now that Biden and the Dems have stolen the election, but they sure didn’t take any pay cuts during the lean (ha!ha!) Trump years.  

Parents!  Tell your kids to grow up to be charity workers!

Imagine how many poor people could be helped with that $1 million annual salary that moneybags Miliband is raking in!  Not to mention the millions that others working for the International Rescue Committee are making.

See my extensive archive on David Miliband.  When the brother to ‘Red Ed’ arrived from the UK in 2013 he started at a salary just over $400,000.

As American workers and the previous refugees they placed throughout the country are struggling to make a living during the Chinese virus ‘crisis’ it is sickening to see how greedy these charity workers are.

As I have said many times, if these non-profits were raising their money privately, I wouldn’t care what they pay their top executives, but when they take even one dollar from hard working Americans it becomes our business. 

Has America run out of poor people?

For new readers here (below) are the nine federal contractors just licking their chops as they prepare to go back to work bringing more poverty to America.

This is what I said to Neil Munro at Breitbart, and you should ask the same every chance you get.

There’s no sense trying to argue with [progresives] except to turn it back and say; ‘What about our own poor people? Why aren’t they interested in taking care of our poor Americans? Our homeless? Why are refugees and immigrants somehow cooler and more desirable to take care of than our own poor people? Have we run out of poor Americans to take care of?’ No, clearly, we have not run out of poor Americans.

These are the charities, including ‘religious’ charities that put migrants ahead of Americans!

http://philarefugeehealth.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/PRM-New-Site-Development.pdf