Saturday, May 27, 2017

While Trump is Out of Country, The State Department Quietly Lifts Limit on Number of Refugees

NYT -  Despite repeated efforts by President Trump to curtail refugee resettlements, the State Department this week quietly lifted the department’s restriction on the number of refugees allowed to enter the United States. The result could be a near doubling of refugees entering the country, from about 830 people a week in the first three weeks of this month to well over 1,500 people per week by next month, according to refugee advocates.

Tens of thousands of refugees are waiting to come to the United States. The State Department’s decision was conveyed in an email on Thursday to the private agencies in countries around the world that help refugees manage the nearly two-year application process needed to enter the United States.

In her email, Jennifer L. Smith, a department official, wrote that the refugee groups could begin bringing people to the United States "unconstrained by the weekly quotas that were in place." A State Department spokeswoman, speaking on the condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to discuss the issue publicly, said the department had consulted the Department of Justice about its refugee quotas and had decided to adjust them.

Refugee groups now predict that entries into the United States could increase so rapidly that the total number of refugees admitted by Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year, could exceed 70,000. Refugee advocates were delighted by the State Department’s decision.

My question is: how does an unelected someone at the State Department overrule the set number of people allowed by the government into the country, knowing full well the President and his administration are fighting a court case to the Opposite. And where is Rex Tillerson on this??? The tentacles of Barack Obama's pro immigration State Dept. swamp monster need to be dealt with swiftly and immediately.

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