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Julie Hirschfeld Davis; Shear, Michael D. New York Times (Online), New York: New York Times Company. Sep 6, 2019.


WASHINGTON — The White House is considering a plan that would effectively bar refugees from most parts of the world from resettling in the United States by cutting back the decades-old program that admits tens of thousands of people each year who are fleeing war, persecution and famine, according to current and former administration officials.

In meetings over the past several weeks, one top administration official has proposed zeroing out the program altogether, while leaving the president with the ability to admit refugees in an emergency. Another option that top officials are weighing would cut refugee admissions by half or more, to 10,000 to 15,000 people, but reserve most of those spots for refugees from a few handpicked countries or groups with special status, such as Iraqis and Afghans who work alongside American troops, diplomats and intelligence operatives abroad....

...Advocates of the nearly 50-year refugee program inside and outside the administration fear that approach would effectively starve the program, making it impossible to resettle even those narrow populations.

Helene Cooper and Thomas Gibbons-Neff contributed reporting.
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The Trump Administration has settled on 18,000 as the refugee resettlement cap for 2020. This year the cap was 30,000, the lowest number since the start of the modern resettlement program in 1980.

Additionally, the administration achieved another milestone in October. For the first month since the Refugee Act of 1980, the United States settled ZERO refugees.

World Relief put out this report:

https://reliefweb.int/report/united-states-america/world-relief-laments-zero-refugee-admissions-october-2019

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“It’s a shame that at a time when we’re facing the world’s worst refugee crisis since World War II, and we’re seeing the ongoing new displacement of Syrians, Rohingya and others, that the U.S. has accepted zero refugees this month, for the first time in our records,” said Jenny Yang, vice president of advocacy and policy at World Relief. “We should be doing more, not less, and keeping the door open to protect the persecuted who have no safe place to go.”

From LIRS:

https://www.lirs.org/Presidential-Determination-FY2020

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“America’s legacy as a country of refuge is gravely damaged by this misguided decision to implement the lowest refugee admissions ceiling in our nation’s history,” said Krish O’Mara Vignarajah, president and CEO of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service. “Future generations will not judge us kindly for closing our Golden Doors to the most vulnerable children and families, the religiously persecuted and military allies who risked their lives to protect our troops.”
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Our refugee agency is right. We should be ashamed, not proud that we are making it harder for those fleeing danger and persecution to come to our land.
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The left is this country will be upset, but a pause in refugee settlement in this country is sorely needed.  Obama, working with various church organizations settled refugees throughout the country and the local communities were often ill-equipped to deal with the influx.

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I favor more legal immigration, not less. That having been said, I do not think those who think otherwise are immoral to do so. I think first and second generation immigrants as a percentage of the overall population is near or at a record high. Assimilation is not easy. Those who argue we need time to catch our breath and recombobulate, so to speak, as a nation and culture have a valid point of view.I will disagree with it based on my different assessment of the facts and my sense of what the future will bring, not on a moral imperative for open borders.

I think people are driven to decry anyone who opposes immigration as racist or heartless because they sense that the real issue is the need for American culture to regroup and assimilate all the newcomers that have arrived in the past decade or two.  That’s exactly what progressives don’t want to see happen. They see traditional American culture as racist and oppressive. American culture is the problem being solved by mass immigration. Reducing immigration now is, to them, like giving a boxer a breather right when you have him on the ropes. 

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The left is this country will be upset, but a pause in refugee settlement in this country is sorely needed.  Obama, working with various church organizations settled refugees throughout the country and the local communities were often ill-equipped to deal with the influx.

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Not the case here in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, which settles more refugees per capita than any place in the nation, and 20 times more than the nation as a whole. Our experience with welcoming refugees is very positive.

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The left is this country will be upset, but a pause in refugee settlement in this country is sorely needed.  Obama, working with various church organizations settled refugees throughout the country and the local communities were often ill-equipped to deal with the influx.

Linda

Not the case here in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, which settles more refugees per capita than any place in the nation, and 20 times more than the nation as a whole. Our experience with welcoming refugees is very positive.

Kurt Strause
The same is true in Minnesota, by and large, where Lutheran Social Services and Catholic Charities worked to settle record numbers of Somali and Hmong refugees. And this goes back long before Obama!

The arrival of refugees has been so constricted lately that Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minnespolis has dropped its resettlement programs.
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The Trump administration increased security screening requirements and decreased the annual refugee arrival ceiling last year. Fewer than 950 refugees arrived in Minnesota last year, compared with more than 3,000 in 2016.
A good article with pros and cons is at https://www.twincities.com/2018/01/13/the-not-so-welcome-mat-minnesota-winces-at-refugee-cutbacks/

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Glad to hear your good reports.  I would also be interested in hearing, off the record, what the local police have to say and what neighbors have to say about the sudden influx from whatever country. 

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I would also be interested in an objective, factual report on the impact on schools and hospitals.  Do sponsored refugees qualify for welfare or other forms of governmental assistance? 

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In many cases, they do. And tell me what you think is wrong with that?
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Re: Trump Administration Considers a Drastic Cut in Refugees Allowed to Enter
« Reply #10 on: November 08, 2019, 10:00:20 PM »
Glad to hear your good reports.  I would also be interested in hearing, off the record, what the local police have to say and what neighbors have to say about the sudden influx from whatever country. 

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The article to which I linked would have given you some of that. I don't know what would satisfy your interest.

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Re: Trump Administration Considers a Drastic Cut in Refugees Allowed to Enter
« Reply #11 on: November 09, 2019, 12:44:03 AM »
I would also be interested in an objective, factual report on the impact on schools and hospitals.  Do sponsored refugees qualify for welfare or other forms of governmental assistance? 

Linda

https://medium.com/@andreacervone/clarkton-reaffirms-welcoming-policies-for-refugees-3a4348a3639e

Clarkston, Georgia is another town that has thrived by welcoming refugees from all over the globe.

By the way, your question about welfare is a red herring. Most refugees find jobs quickly in order to pay back the loans they take out to get here.

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Re: Trump Administration Considers a Drastic Cut in Refugees Allowed to Enter
« Reply #12 on: November 09, 2019, 01:23:31 AM »
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The arrival of refugees has been so constricted lately that Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minnespolis has dropped its resettlement programs.

This is the problem with the erratic approach that the administration has taken. With the drastic reduction in resettlements hundreds of resettlement offices have had to close down. The loss of experienced staff and administrative know-how will make it hard to reconstruct if the numbers ever go up again.
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Re: Trump Administration Considers a Drastic Cut in Refugees Allowed to Enter
« Reply #13 on: November 09, 2019, 04:20:35 AM »
And that loss is another side effect of this administration’s inhuman policies towards refugees who are our neighbors in need.
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Re: Trump Administration Considers a Drastic Cut in Refugees Allowed to Enter
« Reply #14 on: November 09, 2019, 09:58:36 AM »
The left is this country will be upset, but a pause in refugee settlement in this country is sorely needed.  Obama, working with various church organizations settled refugees throughout the country and the local communities were often ill-equipped to deal with the influx.

Linda

Not the case here in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, which settles more refugees per capita than any place in the nation, and 20 times more than the nation as a whole. Our experience with welcoming refugees is very positive.

Kurt Strause

Of course, if local residents say they are NOT pleased with the influx of refugees then they are castigated by the media and powers-that-be as merely racists, xenophobes, anti-immigrant, bigots, white supremacists, etc whose opinions are automatically discounted (or worse).  So, many who have objections (or whose experience with welcoming refugees is negative, to borrow your phrasing) simply keep quiet.