Yesterday after talking to an expert on the US Refugee Admissions Program where we talked about the highly irregular arrangement with Malta to welcome to America some of those illegal migrants who arrived on Malta in the last decade through the boat migration from Africa to Europe, I checked the data at Wrapsnetand see that we admitted 123 ‘refugees’ from Malta in this fiscal year (so far).
I have followed the case of Malta for ten years now and have a large fileabout this highly irregular arrangement first launched in the Bush Administration and continued by Obama.
Refugee law says that asylum seekers are to ask for asylum in the first safe country they get to. It is not our responsibility to save Malta (an EU country!) from its own problems with illegal migrants/asylum seekers. What are US taxpayers getting out of this deal?
Why is the Trump State Department still participating in this legally questionable arrangement?
I know this is getting in to the weeds, but I want readers to understand that for instance, the Somali refugees arriving in the US are picked up all over the world, and so if there is a ‘travel ban’ for say Somalia it doesn’t mean that no Somalis are coming.
Most Somalis coming to the US come from Kenya because the big UN camps are there and the UN makes the first cut on who comes to America.
From time to time, I show you processing country maps which are posted at Wrapsnet(the State Department’s Refugee Processing Center) for the previous months of the fiscal year (by the 5th of the present month).
For background, visit this post from December 2016 where you can see the top PROCESSING country is Kenya followed by Turkey and Tanzania as numbers two and three.
I’m always annoyed to see Malta as a processing country because as a European country it is responsible for the illegal boat migrants who land on its shores (not America!), but ever since the Bush Administration we have been turning illegal aliens on Malta into refugees destined for Your Town, USA. See my huge archive on the disgraceful Malta deal,here.
And, tell me, how can they seriously assure us that some boat migrant from Libya who washed ashore on the island nation of Malta has been thoroughly security screened! Was he carrying his documents and criminal record in a ziploc bag?
Here is Wrapsnet’s processing countries map for the first month of President Trump’s first full fiscal year—October FY18. FY17 began when Obama was still in office.
Here below is a list of the countries from which we are processing refugees so far this fiscal year.
Malta to America Express!
See that Trump’s State Department has continued the Malta to America express! By the way there is no way I’ve ever figured out how to identify what nationalities are arriving from Malta. In the past we did learn that many are Somalis. The numbers are small but significant because we again are taking illegal migrants that are really Europe’s problem!
The Trump Administration could stop the Malta arrangement with a phone call if they wanted to.
And, I sure would like to know why we take any refugees from Israel! They should be taking care of whichever ‘refugees’ seek asylum there. What is that all about.
Since one of the top three sending countries is Kenya I checked Wrapsnet for the number of Somalis who entered the US in the month of October. The total number was 113.
Then, for fun! I wanted to see how many and where they went in Minnesota. The total was 23 in October. Minnesota got the highest number in the 113. The other 90 were scattered around America. None to St. Cloud right now.
Here are some of the top ethnic groups resettled in the US in October: Bhutanese (273), DR Congolese (181), Burmese (147), Somalis (113), Ukrainians (77) and Syrians (33).
Because knowledge is power, here is what you can do…
With long cold winter days ahead, you too might want to have fun with numbers at Wrapsnet, the US State Department’s data collection site. You never know what you might find out about your own state or even your own town!
Endnote: While we are looking at maps, you might want to revisit a map showing the countries that have been warned about the deadly Plague spreading out from Madagascar.
And, I have a huge archive on Malta. I have been following the illegal action of our US State Department which has for ten years (Bush started it!) been bringing illegal aliens from Africa (who arrived on Malta) to America as refugees!
Trump may have stopped the Malta-to-America express, but I don’t know for sure because Trump’s State Department is as secretive as all the previous ones I’ve seen on this issue.