Written by DML
The United States accepts more immigrants each year than all countries combined. As a guy who recently completed a film about the high rate of homelessness in America, I am sickened by the mass immigration funneling into the US. We need to take care of our own.
With the above said, I want to focus on our refugee program because it is a mess.
According to the National Immigration Forum, the United States admits refugees from more than 60 countries all around the globe. In FY 2018, U.S. refugees came mainly from Democratic Republic of Congo, Burma, Ukraine and Bhutan. Keep in mind, these are NOT the so-called refugees coming in via the southern border. That’s an entirely different category.
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.
Here is the problem, it appears the loans are not repaid.
FROM WATCHDOG JUDICIAL WATCH 2017:
In response to a Judicial Watch lawsuit, the State Department claims in a legal document that it has no records involving refugee travel loans that the agency gives foreigners overseas to buy plane tickets to fly to the United States. The program is operated by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), an intergovernmental group that assists refugees worldwide with hundreds of millions of dollars from Uncle Sam. The money is channeled through the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM). In fiscal year 2016 the State Department gave IOM $477,257,564, according to the agency’s report on contributions to international organizations. That doesn’t even include millions more that the State Department gives the IOM for special refugee resettlement “platforms” that pop up throughout the year.
On its website the IOM writes that it provides interest-free loans “furnished by the Department of State” to “all refugees arriving in the United States:” Judicial Watch launched an investigation into the refugee loan program and filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the State Department last year to uncover details. In the request Judicial Watch asked for all records from 2010 to 2016 reflecting the number of Refugee Travel Loans furnished by the State Department’s PRM to the IOM per year, the number of travel loans that are defaulted upon per year and the amount of money written off per defaulted loan. The State Department failed to respond to the FOIA request by the federally-mandated deadline and Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit earlier this year.
In a federal court document responding to Judicial Watch’s lawsuit, the State Department writes that its “search did not retrieve any records reflecting the number of refugee travel loans furnished per year using U.S. Government funds, the number of such travel loans defaulted on annually, nor the amount of money written off per defaulted loan.” In a footnote the agency writes that it did retrieve some records reflecting IOM’s “general reporting” on refugee travel loans, but none of it contained the “specific information sought” by Judicial Watch. This is outrageous because it suggests that the State Department can’t account for money American taxpayers are lending to foreigners to fly here to declare themselves refugees. A source with inside knowledge of the matter confirmed to Judicial Watch that the records exist and years ago a State Department insider provided figures that show only about half of the travel loans have been repaid since the program was launched in the 1950s, representing a loss of hundreds of millions of dollars to American taxpayers. Judicial Watch viewed the records, which span from 1952 to 2002 and reveal that the IOM issued $1,020,803,910 in “transportation” loans and recovered only $584, 219,453.
The U.S.-funded refugee loan program is a broader racket that extends beyond travel money and involves other government agencies. Last summer Judicial Watch obtained records about a program run by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Refugee Resettlement that gives refugees on public assistance special loans of up to $15,000 to start a business. The agency fails to keep track of defaults that could translate into huge losses for U.S. taxpayers, the records reveal. Since 2010 the HHS boondoggle, known as Microenterprise Development Program, has granted thousands of loans to refugees that lack the financial resources, credit history or personal assets to qualify for business loans from commercial banks. Most if not all the recipients already get assistance or subsidies from the government, according to the qualification guidelines set by the Microenterprise Development Program.
It’s a risky operation that blindly gives public funds to poor foreign nationals with no roots in the U.S. and there’s no follow up to assure the cash is paid back. The idea behind it is to “equip refugees with the skills they need to become successful entrepreneurs” by helping them expand or maintain their own business and become financially independent. The records obtained by Judicial Watch show that from 2010 to 2015, HHS gave a total of 3,096 of the so-called micro loans. In 2015 a record 558 loans were granted to refugees but it’s not clear for what amount. At the high end, if all 558 loans made that year were for the full $15,000 available to each refugee that would mean that HHS can’t account for an astounding $8.37 million in one year alone.
The President of the United States.
Trump sets the number of refugees accepted to the United States each year.
Upon arrival in the U.S., refugees receive employment authorization and are encouraged to become employed as soon as possible so that they can support themselves.
All refugees are required to apply for a green card to become a permanent resident after one year in the United States. After five years of residency, they become eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship.
In the case of Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, she took her citizenship to the next level by running for congress. Despite a shady background riddled with claims of corruption and ties to radical groups, Omar won her seat in congress in 2018. It wasn’t hard to win her district as it is filled with Somalian refugees and a high concentration of Muslims.
Here is the problem: In my opinion she cannot be trusted. Here is an excerpt from the Free Beacon, published on March 22, 2019:
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) has been holding a series of secret fundraisers with groups that have been tied to the support of terrorism, appearances that have been closed to the press and hidden from public view.
The content of these speeches, given to predominately Muslim audiences, remains unknown, prompting some of Omar’s critics to express concern about the type of rhetoric she is using before these paying audiences, particularly in light of the lawmaker’s repeated use of anti-Semitic tropes in public.
Omar recently spoke in Florida at a private event hosted by Islamic Relief, a charity organization long said to have deep ties to groups that advocate terrorism against Israel. Over the weekend, she will appear at another private event in California that is hosted by CAIR-CA PAC, a political action committee affiliated with the Council on American Islamic Relations, or CAIR a group that was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in a massive terror-funding incident.
Omar has a long history of spewing hate and evil, especially towards President Trump and the state of Israel and Her people. The terror attacks on Easter in Sri Lanka left 300+ dead. Islamic radicals targeted Christians but you’d never know that to be the case if you read the Twitter feed of Omar.
On the day of the attack, Omar tweeted just once. She did not condemn her fellow Muslims for carrying out such hateful death. Her tweets since have been focused on impeaching Trump. It is clear to me that this woman is not going to lash out against the killers for they share the same beliefs that are clearly found in the Quran.
From Christianity.com: By most conservative counts, the Quran contains over 100 passages that call Muslims to take up arms against unbelievers in the name of Allah.
“Kill them [unbelievers] wherever you find them… And fight them until there is no more unbelief and worship is for Allah alone” (Quran 2:191-193).
“Strike off their heads and strike from them every fingertip” (Quran 8:12).
“Allah has purchased from the believers their lives and their properties; in exchange for that they will have Paradise. They fight in the cause of Allah, so they slay and are slain” (Quran 9:111).
“Truly Allah loves those who fight in His cause in battle array…” (Quran 61:4)
“The Messenger of Allah said: I have been commanded to fight against people till they testify that there is no god but Allah, and that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah” (Sahih Muslim 1:33).
As countless people attend Easter service today, our prayers are with the people of Sri Lanka who lost loved ones in these horrible attacks. No person, of any faith, should be fearful in their house of worship.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) April 21, 2019
why are u not focusing all ur hate &anger on the real villains? Ur silence about Easter terror is defeating. Can’t understand why ur not condemning terrorists. Could it be you subscribe to the same beliefs? Maybe the leader is ur soulmate. I’m sure u find his type to be very sexy pic.twitter.com/k15K6g0fA2
— Dennis Michael Lynch (@realDennisLynch) April 23, 2019