09/17/18

Resettling Refugees: Social and Economic Costs

>By: James Simpson | Capital Research Center

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Summary: A vast network of foundations, non-profits, government entities and political organizations have a vested interest in the continued growth of the resettlement of refugees in America. Because they receive billions of dollars in federal grant money, publicly-financed, tax-exempt organizations have significant incentives to support political candidates and parties that will keep these programs alive. These organizations need to be thoroughly audited and the current network of public/private immigrant advocacy and resettlement organizations needs to be completely overhauled. Resettling refugees should be a voluntary, genuinely charitable activity, removing all the perverse incentives government funding creates.

Federal Refugee Resettlement Grants

The nine VOLAGs, their many affiliates, and unaccompanied alien children contractors all receive funding from the federal government to resettle the various refugee categories. As mentioned earlier, unaccompanied alien children do not meet the definition of “refugee,” however their resettlement is managed through the Office of Refugee Resettlement and they are included when calculating the total cost of the overall program.

Most funding comes in the form of grants. Prime awards are grants directly from the federal government to the state or the contractor. Sub-awards are those given to contractors by other contractors or state governments that received the prime grant. They are left out to avoid double counting. Table III below enumerates prime grants to VOLAGs and unaccompanied alien children contractors for refugee resettlement and related programs. Some of the VOLAGs, for example the Ethiopian Community Development Council, focus almost entirely on refugee resettlement. Others, like the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, International Rescue Committee, and World Relief Corporation of the National Association of Evangelicals, have a broader mission.

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09/17/18

Resettling Refugees: Who’s Coming to America?

By: James Simpson | Capital Research Center

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Summary: A vast network of foundations, non-profits, government entities and political organizations have a vested interest in the continued growth of the resettlement of refugees in America. Because they receive billions of dollars in federal grant money, publicly-financed, tax-exempt organizations have significant incentives to support political candidates and parties that will keep these programs alive. These organizations need to be thoroughly audited and the current network of public/private immigrant advocacy and resettlement organizations needs to be completely overhauled. Resettling refugees should be a voluntary, genuinely charitable activity, removing all the perverse incentives government funding creates.

Who is eligible for resettlement?

According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), refugees are:

[P]eople who have been persecuted or fear they will be persecuted on account of race, religion, nationality, and/or membership in a particular social group or political opinion.

This mirrors the U.N. definition established at the 1951 U.N. Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and the 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees. It is important to note here, however, that under these definitions, “individuals who have crossed an international border fleeing generalized violence are not considered refugees.” This includes large numbers of people who are regularly resettled anyway, for example, some of the Syrians fleeing that country’s conflict, and most—if not all Somalis.

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09/17/18

Resettling Refugees: An International Agenda

By: James Simpson | Capital Research Center

Summary: A vast network of foundations, non-profits, government entities and political organizations have a vested interest in the continued growth of the resettlement of refugees in America. Because they receive billions of dollars in federal grant money, publicly-financed, tax-exempt organizations have significant incentives to support political candidates and parties that will keep these programs alive. These organizations need to be thoroughly audited and the current network of public/private immigrant advocacy and resettlement organizations needs to be completely overhauled. Resettling refugees should be a voluntary, genuinely charitable activity, removing all the perverse incentives government funding creates.

The refugee resettlement program is popular with many policymakers. It enjoys bipartisan support in Congress and statehouses because it supplies low-wage, low skill labor that many big businesses crave while enabling supporters to embrace “diversity” and thus avoid the Left’s favorite attacks and mischaracterizations: “bigot,” “racist,” “xenophobe,” “Islamophobe,” etc. This faux-moralizing on the Left stifles a necessary conversation our nation sorely needs. Meanwhile, the Left’s true motive is to import ever more people from third-world nations that are likely to become reliable Democrat voters once they achieve citizenship.

Under the Trump presidency, the United States’ refugee resettlement has been temporarily reduced, but by no means curtailed. A change in administration could resuscitate it overnight. There are many objectionable aspects of this program, not the least of which is finding resources to fund this enormous undertaking. The difficulty associated with assessing the true costs of the program’s key to resettling refugees presents another obstacle to policymakers at every level of government.

Program History

The current domestic refugee resettlement program formally called the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP), was created with the passage of now-deceased Senator Ted Kennedy’s Refugee Act of 1980.

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09/17/18

MCTA Shooting Range Has A Run-In With Antifa

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

The good people at MCTA Shooting Range & School in Mississippi seem to have had an up-close-and-personal encounter with the communist thugs of Antifa.

Via D. R. Zinn on Facebook:

Today MCTA Shooting Range & School had the misfortune of JBGC (John brown gun club) show up at our range under false pretense.

For those that do not know, JBGC is the militant faction of ANTIFA.

They scheduled a week ahead of time as a wedding party of 75 that were supposed to arrive at 1300. They, however, did not show up until 1550. After filling out release forms, they preceded to gear up in full gear, vest, and gun belt and red bandanas. It was not until then Thom realized who they were and what they were.

Since they only had 30 minutes to shoot until close, Thom let them shoot. Rather than potentially escalating the issue.

The silver lining in this is that we identified 3 walk-on individuals that are regulars, that have never let on what they are.

MCTA does not welcome these terrorists and those individuals are never welcome on our range ever. This is a formal warning. We will not tolerate terrorist organizations and will call LE at first sight as this is you are NOT WELCOME WARNING.

This is just one instance of Antifa actively training as a group to take out Americans in a given situation. Perhaps all shooting ranges and schools should check to make sure that the John Brown Gun Club and Antifa are not utilizing their services. Just a thought.

Hat Tip: Garry Hamilton