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Thu Dec 11 19:40:46 MST 2014
The federal government is preparing for another “surge” in refugees and
this time they won’t be coming illegally from Central America.
The U.S. State Department announced this week that the first major
contingent of Syrian refugees, 9,000 of them, have been hand-selected by
the United Nations for resettlement into communities across the United
The announcement came Tuesday on the State Department’s website
WND reported in September
Syrians would make up the next big wave of Muslim refugees coming to the
U.S., as resettlement agencies were lobbying for the U.S. to accept at
least 75,000 Syrian refugees over the next five years.
Until now, the U.S. had accepted only 300 of the more than 3.2 million
refugees created by the Syrian civil war in which ISIS, El Nusra and other
Sunni Muslim jihadist rebels are locked in a protracted battle with the
Shiite regime of Bashar al-Assad.
But the U.S. government has been the most active of all nations in
accepting Islamic refugees from other war-torn Middle Eastern countries,
such as Iraq and Somalia.
Now, the Syrians will be added to the mix. They are cleared for refugee
status by the U.N. high commissioner on refugees (UNHCR), who assigns them
to various countries. Once granted refugee status by the U.N. they are
screened by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for any ties to
The State Department announcement makes it clear that the 9,000 refugees
represent just the beginning of an extended program to accept more Syrians.
“The United States accepts the majority of all UNHCR referrals from around
the world. Last year, we reached our goal of resettling nearly 70,000
refugees from nearly 70 countries. And we plan to lead in resettling
Syrians as well,” the statement reads. “We are reviewing some 9,000 recent
UNHCR referrals from Syria. We are receiving roughly a thousand new ones
each month, and we expect admissions from Syria to surge in 2015 and
The United States, with its commitment to accepting 70,000 displaced people
a year, absorbs more refugees than all other countries combined. This
number is understated, however, as once refugees get to the United States
they are placed on a fast track to citizenship and are able to get their
extended families to join them in the states under the government’s Refuge
Family Reunification program.
The refugees have been placed in more than 100 communities across 49
Wyoming does not have a refugee resettlement program
Despite the large numbers, the U.S. has come under criticism from aid
groups for its pace in taking in refugees from the Syrian war, which is by
far the largest refugee crisis of recent years, reported Ann Corcoran
Resettlement Watch <http://refugeeresettlementwatch.wordpress.com/>.
U.S. officials say the resettlement program has moved slowly because the
United Nations refugee agency, which they look to for referrals, didn’t
begin making recommendations until late last year. And the United States
takes 18 to 24 months on average to carefully vet each applicant to make
sure he or she poses no security risk.
Muslim countries in the Middle East have so far not stepped up to
permanently take in their Islamic brothers and sisters although the
temporary refugee camps to which the Syrians have fled are in Jordan,
Turkey and Lebanon.
[image: Syrian refugee camps like this one have popped up in Jordan and
Syrian refugee camps like this one have popped up in Jordan and Lebanon.
The State Department announcement was careful to explain that the U.S. will
take in only those Syrians who are “persecuted by their government.”
Christians in Syria are being killed by ISIS and other Muslim rebels, not
by “their government,” but the Sunni Muslims are being killed by the
It also would not take 18 to 24 months to “vet” Christian refugees for
“There is no doubt the majority of Syrians to be admitted to the U.S. will
be Muslims because it would be unlikely there would be a ‘security risk’
with the Christians,” according to Corcoran.
She said screening has become more rigorous since 2009, when authorities
were alarmed to discover that two members of al-Qaeda had entered the
country posing as Iraqi refugees. That concern has been sharpened by
worries that fighters from the Islamic State militant group may try to
enter the United States.
On Tuesday, Anne C. Richard, assistant secretary of state for population,
refugees and migration, said at a U.N. meeting in Geneva that the Obama
administration was going to step up its efforts because the refugee outflow
had swelled “to a mass exodus.”
At the Geneva meeting, 28 countries agreed to take in 66,000 refugees. But
that was far short of the 300,000 Syrians that officials at the U.N.
refugee agency believe need to be permanently resettled.
Corcoran alerted readers of her blog who live in cities already stocked
with large numbers of refugees that they should contact their members of
Congress if they have concerns about getting new shipments of displaced
persons. The added burden that refugees put on social services has prompted
several mayors in Massachusetts and New Hampshire to request that the
federal government shut off the refugee spigot, as reported recently by WND
The mayor of Athens, Georgia, Nancy Denson, has requested that her city not
be added to the list of cities accepting refugees until a full accounting
of the costs can be tabulated.
Richard, in her announcement, said resettlement agencies and “charities”
are already mobilizing to help the soon arrival of new Syrian refugees.
“Like most other refugees resettled in the United States, they will get
help from the International Organization for Migration with medical exams
and transportation to the United States. Once they arrive, networks of
resettlement agencies, charities, churches, civic organizations and local
volunteers will welcome them. These groups work in 180 communities across
the country and make sure refugees have homes, furniture, clothes, English
classes, job training, health care and help enrolling their children in
school. They are now preparing key contacts in American communities to
What Richard fails to mention is that most of the resettlement work done by
the above network of agencies is taxpayer funded through various grants
distributed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Refugee
The nine contractors that lobbied for more Syrian refugees are:
• Church World Service (CWS <http://www.cwsglobal.org/>)
• Ethiopian Community Development Council (ECDC) <http://www.ecdcus.org/>
• Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM)
• Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) <http://www.hias.org/>
• International Rescue Committee (IRC)
• U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI)
• Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (LIRS) <http://lirs.org/>
• U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) <http://www.usccb.org/>
• World Relief Corp. (WR) <http://worldrelief.org/>
The cost of resettling 70,000 refugees comes to just over $1 billion per
year to the U.S. government, according to a State Department report for
fiscal 2015 <http://www.state.gov/j/prm/releases/docsforcongress/231817.htm>.
This includes running the program and issuing federal grants to the nine
resettlement agencies. The $1 billion figure does not include the cost of
the unaccompanied alien children program, supplying food stamps, subsidized
housing, interpreters, Medicaid, WIC, temporary assistance to needy
families (TANF) and educating the children, much of which falls to states
Corcoran estimates that, taken in total, the cost of the U.S. refugee
resettlement program could run as high as $10 billion per year.
“Those numbers are just not obtainable,” she said.
That also does not include the potential cost of security risks. WND
reported in September
22 Somali-Americans brought in through the refugee program have been
documented by the FBI to have left the country to fight for Al-Shabab, a
terrorist organization in Somalia, while several others have gone to fight
for the Islamic State, also called ISIS, in Syria. Dozens of others have
been prosecuted for sending money or other material support to terrorist
Several of the resettlement agencies, such as the U.S. Conference of
Catholic Bishops <http://www.usccb.org/news/2014/14-196.cfm>, have posted
statements on their websites welcoming President Obama’s recent executive
action granting amnesty to up to 5 million illegal aliens. The religious
“charities” conduct their refugee resettlement work with government grants
accounting for 90 to 98 percent of their budgets, as previously reported by
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