In light of the many Somalis who have been arrested and convicted on terrorism charges (here is the most recent case) and in light of two highly publicized cases of Somali youths we cared for on our taxpayer dime attempting to kill Americans since September in St. Cloud, MN and in Columbus, OH, we are admitting the highest weekly average of Somalis to the US that we have ever done in the last 30 years!
Using the data available to the public at Wrapsnet.org (Refugee Processing Center), we searched for the number of Somalis (virtually all Somalis are Muslims) admitted between October 1, 2016 and December 1, 2016 and this is what we found:
2,598 were admitted in the last two months. (More Somalis than Syrians, here).
And check out the top ten states which ‘welcomed’ them. (40 states got some number of Somalis, but large numbers will head to Minnesota and Ohio as soon as their initial resettlement funds run out.)
Top Ten states for Somali resettlement in the first two months of this fiscal year:
New York (283)
Kentucky (169) It is new for KY to be anywhere near the top for resettlement, where are you Rand Paul?
Note to the Donald Trump transition team: You can’t solve the problem if you only restrict entry to some Middle Eastern countries! Although we pick up most of the Somalis from camps in Africa, we are admitting Somalis who have “made their way” to far flung corners of the world, including to Europe!
Read the Refugee Resettlement Watch blog and see how your city/state is being overrun with illegals and refugees.
A quick search of the database shows that places like Bowling Green, Ky., Owensboro, Ky., Glendale, Ariz., and Erie, Penn have all been seeded with more Middle Eastern refugees than the entire state of New Jersey.
This is a clear violation of the refugee law. The statute directs the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) to “insure that a refugee is not initially placed or resettled in an area highly impacted by the presence of refugees or comparable populations.” When making this determination the director of ORR is supposed to take into account, among other things, “the proportion of refugees and comparable entrants in the population in the area.” [8 U.S.C. 1522]
While Obama has established a plan to bring in 110,000 refugees this year, Trump can block the roughly 80,000 that are slated to come in after he takes office.
To begin with, §212(f) of Immigration and Nationality Act gives the president unilateral authority at will to shut down any form of immigration under any circumstance. In particular, §207 delegated to the president full authority to set the number of refugees to be admitted in a given year. Thus, Trump can easily shut down refugee resettlement through executive action on day one of his administration.
Even if Trump doesn’t want to take such a “drastic” step of unilaterally suspending refugee resettlement with the stroke of a pen, he could indirectly shut off the pipeline of refugees. This is where the State Department comes into play and why it’s so important to get an immediate sense of where Rex “Souter” Tillerson stands on this issue.
Three departments are involved in the refugee process, but the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) is the gatekeeper of selecting individuals from the global pool of refugees to be brought to America. They accept these pools of refugees by deferring to the judgement of the UN’s Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). If Rex Tillerson shares the sentiments Trump expressed on the campaign trail, he can simply ignore the “Framework for Cooperation” with UNHCR and close the pipeline of new refugees.
Furthermore, as it relates to Syrian refugees, Tillerson could easily shut down the “surge operation” that the State Department set up in Amman, Jordan. By deploying extra resources to Jordan and condensing the “vetting” period to just three months, Obama’s State Department has set up a seamless pipeline in which they can churn out several thousand applications per month and get them approved by DHS. Turning out the lights on this operation can and must happen on January 20.