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Thursday, April 27, 2017

How's Trump Doing on Refugee Admissions Pledge?

SO HOW'S MR. TRUMP DOING ON HIS REFUGEE ADMISSIONS SLOWDOWN? And I don't want to hear defenders saying he was undermined by renegade judges--which, of course, he was, but that's only part of the story.
The point is HE NEVER HAD TO PLACE A REFUGEE SLOWDOWN/A REDUCED CAP IN AN EXECUTIVE ORDER! Which begs the question, did he and/or his advisors knows this, but not wanting to offend the powerful "resettlement industry", included the annual cap reduction in the EO anyway? Incompetence or an intentional ruse to placate the obscenely self-serving resettlement industry?
The Refugee Act of 1980 gives the President enormous powers to unilaterally cap resettlement and to slow down the processing of refugees by simply imposing more stringent vetting requirements. In short, he didn't and doesn't need an EO to do this!!!!!! And as for the renegade judges, he should at least promptly call for their impeachment!!!!!! (That said, he is also constitutionally empowered to nullify those ridiculous rulings.)
Since Inauguration Day, 12,218 "refugees", many from Somalia and Syria, have been resettled in the United States. This puts the number for this fiscal year at 42,235. At this rate, Trump's FY'17 "cap" of 50,000 will be exceeded by over 10,000!!!! Not pretty.
Mr. Trump was either hoodwinked by his advisors when crafting the EO or he knowingly played a part of this ruse.
The lawless judges will surely have blood on their hands, but we can't excuse executive "incompetence" either, should this influx lead to more otherwise preventable terrorist bloodshed in the homeland.
Sorry, but I'm calling it as I see it. And this from a retired private sector refugee resettlement manager and immigration counselor. So, no, I am in no way a xenophobe. Quite the contrary. Just a commonsense patriot.

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