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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Did POTUS Put Us On?

In a betrayal of a campaign promise over refugee admissions, the Trump State Department has apparently put that big, beautiful door in the wall before the wall had even gone up.

In the coming weeks, at the very least, there will be an inundation of refugees entering the United States. It went from about 830 refugees for the first few weeks this month, to 1500 as tens of thousands more are waiting to get here.

And there is no reason to believe that it will slow down anytime soon. 

If refugee admissions continues at the projected rate, the Trump administration will have an Obama-esque rate of refugees coming here and the rate will be one of the sixth highest since 9-11.

The New York Times (May 27th) reported how the State Department quietly lifted the department's restriction on the number of refugees allowed U.S. entry. Their decision was conveyed in an email Thursday by Jennifer L. Smith, a department official to the private global agencies that assist refugees  manage the nearly two-year application process.

Smith wrote that refugee groups could start bringing people to the United States "unconstrained by the weekly quotas that were in place."

The way it looks by the numbers, the total number of refugees admitted by the end of the fiscal year, Sept. 30, could be around 73,000.

"This is long overdue, but we're very happy," said Mark Hetfield, president and chief executive of HIAS, an immigrant aid society.

The Republican Congress has been keeping big business donors smiling by sending them a steady supply of cheap labor and handing over tons of money for refugee resettlement. 

Remember, President Trump campaigned on the platform of a moratorium on refugee resettlement, but seems to be backsliding on this issue. The one thing that isn't clear is wether the State Department made this upward adjustment with the president's approval, but the Department of Justice had been contacted.

The question is, now that Trump definitely knows, what's he going to do about it?

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