Author Topic: LIRS Appoints Krish O’Mara Vignarajah as President and CEO  (Read 9661 times)

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Re: LIRS Appoints Krish O’Mara Vignarajah as President and CEO
« Reply #210 on: July 24, 2019, 01:29:17 PM »
A recent Politico article reports that the administration is considering eliminating refugee resettlement for FY2020. This would imperil the resettlement system and threaten the survival of the nine voluntary agencies that do the resettling, including LIRS. Is this really who we want to be as a nation?

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/18/trump-officials-refugee-zero-1603503

https://www.lirs.org/defending-refugee-admissions/

If this is a serious policy proposal that would be a bad move, bad for our responsibility to our neighbors in the world and ultimately bad for our nation for any number of reasons. As has been commented, it could have been floated as a bargaining ploy, one that has been used in bargaining, sometimes to good effect, sometimes not so much. As a proposal it should be resisted, but we also need to remember that it doesn't seem to have yet been seriously proposed. These things often change a great deal between wishful thinking and serious policy proposals.


There have been quite a number of wacky policy proposals being floated around, of which this is one. There have also been proposals that ICE be disbanded. Would that mean that we abandon border and customs protection? Decriminalizing illicit border crossing. Slashing funding for the housing and processing of would be immigrants while complaining of over crowding and substandard conditions at detention facilities. While it has been denied that Democrats favor open borders, many of their demands suggestions would have that effect.


If unrealistic and wrongminded proposals floated by the administration are to be denounced, shouldn't unrealistic and wrongminded proposals floated by the administration's opponents also be denounced. What is needed is real bipartisan work to hammer out policies that will be humane, workable, and caring for the interests of our nation and the people who already live here and our neighbors who wish to flee from intolerable conditions where they are to the US. Nobody would get everything they want for the people for whom they advocate, but that is how we get workable laws.
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Re: LIRS Appoints Krish O’Mara Vignarajah as President and CEO
« Reply #211 on: July 24, 2019, 02:21:27 PM »
A recent Politico article reports that the administration is considering eliminating refugee resettlement for FY2020. This would imperil the resettlement system and threaten the survival of the nine voluntary agencies that do the resettling, including LIRS. Is this really who we want to be as a nation?

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/18/trump-officials-refugee-zero-1603503

https://www.lirs.org/defending-refugee-admissions/

Is no one aware of the negotiating tactic, used by all sides in almost all negotiations, of appearing to ask for much, much more than their side wants so that they can then "compromise" by agreeing to the reasonable amount they wanted in the first place? ...

There was recently a scorecard of the promises he made while campaigning and not one of them has been accomplished.

Between that (though the "scorecard" apparently ignores the promises regarding regulations and judicial appointments) and the fiscal unrestraint demonstrated throughout his term by both the President and the Republican Senate (and, yes, House when under Republican control), mj4 has little to fear from Mr. Trump for the kind of nation we might become.  The Federal subsidies to the "nine voluntary agencies" (I'm curious about what is "voluntary" about them?) will be safe.

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Re: LIRS Appoints Krish O’Mara Vignarajah as President and CEO
« Reply #212 on: July 24, 2019, 04:48:40 PM »
mj4 has little to fear from Mr. Trump for the kind of nation we might become.  The Federal subsidies to the "nine voluntary agencies" (I'm curious about what is "voluntary" about them?) will be safe.

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The VolAgs are non-governmental non-profit organizations that work under contract with the State Department and Health and Human Services. That's how they are subsidized compensated.

How is the refugee resettlement funded?

Through the Department of State and the Department of Health and Human Services. The State Department’s Reception and Placement (R&P) program provides refugees with a loan to travel to the U.S., which they are required to start repaying after they arrive. The R&P program then supplies resettlement agencies a one-time sum per refugee to finance their first 30-90 days in the U.S. That money goes mostly towards rent, furnishings, food, and clothing, as well as costs of the agency staff case management and other integration services.

After three months, HHS’s Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) then works through the states and other nongovernmental organizations to provide refugees with limited cash and medical assistance, as well as short-term language, employment, and social services, and longer term integration services.

https://immigrationforum.org/article/fact-sheet-u-s-refugee-resettlement/

Here's an overview of the program if you are that curious:https://www.acf.hhs.gov/orr/resource/the-us-refugee-resettlement-program-an-overview

If you want to know what is voluntary about refugee resettlement, I'd suggest that your congregation sign up to settle a refugee. It's a challenging undertaking to say the least.

RefugeeOne is an LIRS affiliate in Illinois, but the other VolAgs also have a presence. World Relief appears to have the most offices, https://worldreliefchicago.org/.

https://www.acf.hhs.gov/orr/resource/state-of-illinois-programs-and-services-by-locality
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Re: LIRS Appoints Krish O’Mara Vignarajah as President and CEO
« Reply #213 on: November 02, 2020, 03:03:18 PM »
Family separation of migrant children allowed U.S. government to ‘traffic in kidnapping’ | COMMENTARY
By KRISH VIGNARAJAH
FOR THE BALTIMORE SUN |
OCT 26, 2020 AT 5:32 AM

Two years ago, our country watched in horror as our own government literally ripped children from their parents' arms and locked them away behind chain-link cages. The images and recordings of children crying in the media were so disturbing, so alien to who we thought we were as a free, civilized country, that politicians on both sides of the aisle called for its immediate end. The outcry was swift; the policy was ended.

But for the 545 children who still haven’t been reunited with their parents, it was only the beginning of a three-year nightmare with no end in sight.

for more...https://www.baltimoresun.com/opinion/op-ed/bs-ed-op-1026-migrant-children-parent-separation-20201026-mcb36wtkdbaqhnkhj6cuhykrya-story.html


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Re: LIRS Appoints Krish O’Mara Vignarajah as President and CEO
« Reply #214 on: November 02, 2020, 04:08:26 PM »
Family separation of migrant children allowed U.S. government to ‘traffic in kidnapping’ | COMMENTARY
By KRISH VIGNARAJAH
FOR THE BALTIMORE SUN |
OCT 26, 2020 AT 5:32 AM

Two years ago, our country watched in horror as our own government literally ripped children from their parents' arms and locked them away behind chain-link cages. The images and recordings of children crying in the media were so disturbing, so alien to who we thought we were as a free, civilized country, that politicians on both sides of the aisle called for its immediate end. The outcry was swift; the policy was ended.

But for the 545 children who still haven’t been reunited with their parents, it was only the beginning of a three-year nightmare with no end in sight.

for more...https://www.baltimoresun.com/opinion/op-ed/bs-ed-op-1026-migrant-children-parent-separation-20201026-mcb36wtkdbaqhnkhj6cuhykrya-story.html


Also a nightmare for the parents who are missing their children.
"The church … had made us like ill-taught piano students; we play our songs, but we never really hear them, because our main concern is not to make music, but but to avoid some flub that will get us in dutch." [Robert Capon, _Between Noon and Three_, p. 148]