By Ann Corcoran, October 7, 2020
Should we have expected any other reaction — except for virtue-signaling furor — from the nine federal refugee resettlement contractors* that have been changing America by changing the people for four decades, while we pay them to do it?
The contractors are working overtime to get Joe Biden elected President, since he has promised to admit 125,000 refugees in his first year in office.
As I reported the other day, President Donald Trump has set the ceiling for FY 2021 at the lowest level since the program was launched by Senators Ted Kennedy, Joe Biden and President Jimmy Carter in 1980.
Here come the reactions …
Catholics are up first, since the US Conference of Catholic Bishops leads the bunch in terms of numbers of refugees they have placed in hundreds of American towns and cities since the program began. The relevant news is that the President hasn’t signed the determination, and there is a pause in the program until October 26th.
From America Magazine: “Late on the night of Sept. 30 as the annual deadline for setting a figure for refugee admittances approached, the administration announced it would bring the refugee cap — the maximum number of displaced people the country decides to resettle in a federal fiscal year — to a historic low: 15,000.
The average during presidencies of both Republicans and Democrats had been around 95,000. But the announcement on the new cap doesn’t mean the bad news for refugees, or organizations that help them, ended there.
‘It’s not official, the president still has to sign it,’ so no refugees can enter the country until that happens, said Ashley Feasley, the director of policy for Migration and Refugee Services at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. ‘I have no idea when he’ll sign it.’ ”
Then we have Nazanin Ash, vice-president of public policy for the International Rescue Committee, weighing in (in the same America Magazine article).
“The number of refugees worldwide has grown by over 14 million over the last four years, while the Trump Administration has lowered refugee admissions levels by over 80 percent, vastly reduced access to the program for Muslim and Black refugees, severely reduced the number of persecuted religious allowed into the country, and ignored the world’s largest refugee crises,” claimed Ash.
Here is the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society statement from CEO Mark Hatfield: “It is a sad moment when our country shows such weakness when it should be leading. The Administration’s decision to set a record low number of refugees at a time of record high needs — and without even consulting with Congress, as required by law — shows how far we have fallen. Not only will refugees who have fled violence and persecution suffer, but so will our country, as refugees who become new Americans have contributed so much to this country.”
The Lutheran religious leftists also joined the chorus. “In just four years, this Administration has cut the refugee resettlement program from 110,000 to a historic low of fifteen thousand. At a time of unprecedented global need, today’s decision to further cut the refugee admissions ceiling is a complete abdication of our humanitarian and moral duty,” said Krish O’Mara Vignarajah, president and CEO of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service.
Church World Service excoriates the President, also. (By the way, CWS is the ‘crop walk’ organization, so if your church is holding a crop walk you are contributing to changing America through migration.) Rev. John L. McCullough, president and CEO of Church World Service, noted, “The proposed refugee resettlement number of 15,000, a more than 80% cut over historic norms, is unacceptable. Our values as a nation and as people of faith demand that we take action when people’s lives are in danger. But for the past three years, President Trump and his administration have strayed so far from these basic principles in the name of their cruel, racist and partisan goals that the life-saving refugee resettlement program is a shadow of what it once was. I urge all Americans to insist that Congress hold the White House accountable to operating the refugee program as required by U.S. law.”
CWS’s blast at the President continues here.
I’ll have more, as I am sure this isn’t the last of what we will hear from the contractors.
Ann Corcoran blogs at Refugee Resettlement Watch.
*For new readers these are the nine federally-funded refugee contractors that operate as a huge conveyor belt monopolizing all refugee placement in America. And, they do not limit their advocacy toward only legal immigration programs, but are heavily involved in supporting the lawlessness at our borders. The question isn’t as much about refugees per se, but about who is running federal immigration policy? I continue to argue that these nine contractors are the heart of America’s Open Borders movement and, thus, there can never be long-lasting reform of US immigration policy when these nine un-elected phony non-profits are paid by the taxpayers to work as community organizers pushing an open-borders agenda.
- Church World Service (CWS)
- Ethiopian Community Development Council (ECDC) (secular)
- Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM)
- Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS)
- International Rescue Committee (IRC) (secular)
- US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) (secular)
- Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (LIRS)
- United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)
- World Relief Corporation