A former foreign service officer who worked in several capacities in the US Refugee Admissions Program around the world speaks from first hand experience when she says it is past time—way past time—for Congress to investigate the program.
After outlining examples of fraud that have been identified, Mary Doetsch says this at the Daily Caller:
It’s Time For Congress To Restore The Integrity Of The US Refugee Program
Perhaps even more disturbing than the actual fraud is the fact that this type of investigation is the exception rather than the norm. For decades, little heed has been paid to program’s extensive fraud.
As a former refugee coordinator who served throughout the Middle East, Africa, Russia and Cuba, I saw first-hand the flagrant abuses and scams that permeate the refugee program. I witnessed widespread exploitation and misuse, from identity fraud to marriage and family relation scams, and from private individuals profiting from their involvement in USRAP to distortion of the actual refugee definition to ensure greater numbers of people who are really migrants are admitted as refugees.
During my own time working in this program, I watched USRAP continue to expand unchecked, seemingly without concern for whether it served the best interests of its own citizens or the country.
While refugee admissions have been declining under the Trump administration, there has been almost no focus on programmatic fraud. Midway into the 2018 fiscal year, just over a quarter of the 45,000 individuals proposed in the FY18 refugee ceiling had entered the country. This slow-down in admissions may reduce some fraud, but without structural reform, it cannot be eliminated.
Too many government officials, often under the guise of humanitarianism, have continued to disregard both the external “pay-to-play bribery schemes” of the UN along with the internal fraud within USRAP operations. The once admirable refugee program has lost its integrity and must be reformed. The USRAP is in need of a complete overhaul and it’s time for Congress to take the lead.
Read it allhere.
Good luck trying to get Congress to do anything.
See what Ms. Doetsch said back in February 2017 in response to Trump’s announcement of restrictions to refugee resettlement from certain countries.
This morning as I see CNN crowing about how Trey Gowdy says the FBI did no wrong in planting someone in the Trump campaign, I am reminded of how the chicken! (yes Gowdy!) never lifted a finger to try to get to the bottom of the problems with the USRAP when he was chairman of the subcommittee responsible for overseeing the program.
The Refugee Act of 1980requires a hearing in both the House and Senate Judiciary Committees on the Presidential ‘determination’ on the number of refugees the President is proposing for the upcoming fiscal year—in advance of the fiscal year.
FY2017 begins a week from today!
We know that Senator Jeff Sessions scheduled a hearing and that the Obama State Department refused to attend (see here). ***Update*** Senate hearing postponed from last week is now scheduled for Wednesday the 28th of September. Details here. But where is the House?
I just checked the House Judiciary Committee hearing schedule and there is nothing scheduled this week on the largest and most dangerous number of refugees we have proposed to admit to the US probably ever!
Immigration Subcommittee Chairman Trey Gowdy has a hearing scheduled this week on how New Orleans became a sanctuary city, but nothing else.
(It is Gowdy’s subcommittee that would be responsible for reforming the UN/US State Department Refugee Admissions Program, but no one in 30 years, including Gowdy, has had the guts to tackle it.)
I’m sure that New Orleans illegal alien problem is a very important issue, but….
…no where near as important as 110,000 refugees (20,000-30,000 Syrians) arriving in the US beginning next Saturday!
And, so far, Chairman of the full committee, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, doesn’t have any hearing scheduled either when you know that the Administration will open the flood gates in October trying to get as many of their 110,000 in here before Obama leaves office in January.
Are Goodlatte and Gowdy going to sit by silently and watch?
I want you to have a look at the Congressional calendar (below) as it stands right now for the last few months and through the end of they year. They can’t wait to get that Continuing Budget Resolution (CR) done and get out of DC so they can campaign.
And, the reason we once again will be looking at a Budget rush-job is that Congress (under the leadership of Speaker Paul Ryan) once again did not get their work done in a timely fashion.
Look at this calendar! Frankly they shouldn’t be off for 6 weeks beginning this Friday!
But, don’t despair, you have perhaps one of the best opportunities to make their lives miserable as the majority of your representatives will be up for re-election on November 8th. You will need to reach them in their districts on this, in my opinion, the most critical issue this country faces—immigration and specifically refugee resettlement! Be at every townhall they hold. Picket their offices and their homes if you must to get their attention.
Don’t let any member of the House, or US Senator, tell you it is too late for this year! They will be coming back to finish the budget during the lame duck session and you need to ‘educate’ them at home because they can cut out funding for the refugee program in the lame duck! More on that later.
BTW, I don’t know where they are at the moment on the CR (short term funding of the federal government), but keep telling them you want the Refugee Admissions Program defunded (use the word moratorium!) because as frustrating as it is trying to get through to them, your persistence alone sends them a warning message about how important this issue is to you (and to the future of America!).
For any of you who want to read-up on the issue, everything I’ve written on Congress’ role as the branch of government that doles out the money for Obama’s programs is tagged ‘Where is Congress.’
It is my duty to report on this bill being championed by Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) and Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, but sorry I can’t get too excited about it. And, although he is apparently a co-sponsor, why isn’t Subcommittee Chairman Trey Gowdy (bff Open borders Marco) leading this effort? Hmmm…..
Here is the press release from the House Judiciary Committee announcing the mark-up of a bill that will likely go nowhere. I could be wrong, but at this late stage in the legislative calendar and with an election coming up in November, call me a cynic!
Does the Committee want to make sure that the earlier Babin bill(which would temporarily halt the program altogether) is squashed?
Are they trying to calm down citizens in their districts who are clamoring for governors (mostly Republican governors) to do something? In other words, is this a pat on your heads with a ‘don’t worry, go about your business, we will take care of you?’
And, let me ask you, do we really want this particular pro-donor class (big business establishment/Chamber of Commerce) Republican leadership making the determination about how many refugees are admitted anymore than say a Trump White House? Do you trust Rep. Paul Ryan and Senator Mitch (bring’em to Kentucky) McConnell to set levels? By offering fig leaves, are they attempting to save the whole program which in my view (after 8 years of following this) needs to be completely trashed!
And, does this bill do anything to disrupt the flow of billions of taxpayer dollars to unaccountable ‘religious’ non-profits who really call the shots on who is resettled where in America? Someone correct me, does it do anything to give them all the heave-ho? Again, sorry to sound so cynical. I am open to someone convincing me that this is going to do anything (other than attempt to quiet the angry masses).
Oops! There is one thing it does for sure. It causes the Open borders left and the Refugee Contractors (organized by their lobbying arm, Refugee Council USA) to go to their grassroots and fire them up once again,see here. I enjoy seeing them aggravated, but does stirring them up in this critical election year with a bill going nowhere really help us? Go here to see the press release (thanks to all who sent it!). That said, by all means though follow the lead of groups like NumbersUSA pushing for you to contact your members of Congress. You do want them to know that the issue is one that motivates and angers you!
The House Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security had previously scheduled this hearing before all hell broke loose with the ISIS terror attack in Paris and the subsequent political explosion here in the US about the Obama plan to resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees across the country before the end of September 2016. Go here for information on the hearing (I assume there will be live-streaming).
There is also expected to be a vote tomorrow on the bill many believe Speaker Paul Ryan is using to distract attention from the much more significant way of halting this unpopular resettlement plan and that is to cut the funding. Go here to learn more about all of that.
This is a hearing we have been wondering about literally for months. What took them so long?
Trey Gowdy is Chairman of the Subcommittee,go here for details.
Here is the witness list (what is this “invited,” haven’t they agreed to show up?):
Ms. Anne C. Richard (Invited)
Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, United States Department of State
Ms. Barbara L. Strack (Invited)
Chief, Refugee Affairs Division, Refugee, Asylum, and International Operations Directorate
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
Mr. Seth Jones
International Security and Defense Policy Center, RAND Corporation
Mr. Mark Krikorian
Center for Immigration Studies
Mr. Mark Hetfield
President and Chief Executive Officer
HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, one of nine federal resettlement contractors)
Go hereto our archives to learn more about Anne Richard, and herefor Mark Hetfield.
See Subcommittee members here. I’m assuming the hearing will be televised by C-Span.