“Our refugee system contains a million kinds of stupid.” – Mark Krikorian
Patty and I were lucky enough to attend a two day workshop hosted by Mark Krikorian and the Center for Immigration Studies on the problems with immigration in America. Needless to say, it was a shocking and enlightening experience. The FACTS revealed to us about the massive illegal AND legal immigration in the U.S. would blow your mind. Did you know American holds an immigration lottery every year whereby 50,000 lucky people from around the world are picked to come to America in the name of diversity? If that wasn’t crazy enough, the refugee program is being used to settle diplomatic disputes…Yes, towns across America are receiving the “troublemakers” or rejects from different areas of the world.
Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies is someone who has been trying to expose the problems with immigration for some time. It is reassuring to know that Senator Jeff Sessions attended this workshop and is now a big part of the Trump administration. Hopefully, the information is being passed on to our new president. If you think things are bad, then just know that they’re worse than ever under Obama.
Admitting Somalis who’d been settled for years in Pakistan – like the Ohio State jihadi and his family – is only one of them. Another “refugee” absurdity was revealed recently – the Obama administration has agreed to admit illegal aliens intercepted at sea by Australia and held in camps outside that country, on two Pacific islands.
The number of people said to be affected is reported to range from 1,600 to nearly 2,500; my colleague Nayla Rush has an overview here. These are people Australia has decided do not warrant refugee status (or what our law would consider asylum). Therefore they have no right to move to Australia. But for a variety of reasons, Australia cannot, or does not want to, send them back, and the “refugees” won’t accept offers of resettlement in New Guinea or Cambodia because they’re holding out for a First World country. What’s more, their presence in those Australian-run camps on the islands of Nauru and Manus (the latter owned by Papua New Guinea) has become a political headache. Most are from Iran, with smaller numbers from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, and elsewhere.
I can see why Australia would want this deal; it costs Oz taxpayers $2 billion to run the two island detention facilities and closing them down would rid the government of the headache. But if Australia doesn’t consider them refugees, why should we take them?
It appears we’re doing this as a favor to Australia; some speculate it’s a quid pro quo for Australia’s taking some U.S.-bound illegals in camps in Costa Rica, though how that’s comparable isn’t clear, and Australia has denied any such bargain. The chairman of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees, Bob Goodlatte and Chuck Grassley, also want to know why we’re doing this, and they wrote to the secretaries of State and Homeland Security asking for details on the secret agreement to bring the illegal aliens here. When Capitol Hill staffers asked the State Department how many such “refugees” would be resettled here under the secret deal, they were told the number was “classified.”
Read more at: NRO