President Trump is reportedly considering an executive order that would allow state and local governments to reject refugees from potentially dangerous refugees from third-world countries.
The State Department’s Refugee Resettlement program has been changing the dynamics of midwestern states like Ohio and Michigan, Pennsylvania and Illinois, by dumping refugees from third-world countries into them since 1980. With the help of Catholic and Lutheran charities, they’ve also been transplanting them in red states like Texas and North Carolina. Blue states like New York and California have also been top recipients of third-world refugees.
NBC News reports – According to the draft, “the federal government will resettle refugeesonly where both the relevant state and local governments have consented to participate” in the program that allows refugees to resettle.
If a state or local jurisdiction does not agree to take in refugees, the federal government will have to find another location, according to the draft. An exception to this rule would be made in the case of resettling spouses or children of refugees already settled.
The executive order is under consideration at a time when the Trump administration is debating how and whether to decrease refugee admissions beginning Oct. 1. In fiscal year 2016, the limit was 85,000 refugees; in fiscal year 2019, the number has been capped at 30,000. The administration is considering a further reduction, with some officials proposing zero admissions, according to two sources familiar with the matter.
According to Big League Politics – Peter Boogaard, a federal immigration bureaucrat who worked under former President Barack Obama, believes the proposed policy would “have a dramatic impact on the ability of future administrations to return refugee admissions to the normal historic levels.”
“Governors could elect not to take part in the refugee resettlement program. That would have a horrible impact on the program. That would literally be an abdication of federal authority,” said Mark Hetfield, president of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), who also said Trump is pushing a “malevolent and wasteful plan to concentrate refugees in blue states.”
Is Trump right to give states and local municipalities the ability to reject potentially dangerous refugees from third-world countries? Should states and local communities be burdened with supporting refugees from dangerous nations like Somalia, where citizens have no interest in assimilating? Tell us what you think in the comment section below.