Touting a new “adopt-a-refugee” brainstorm as a way to “put Americans in the driver’s seat,” the Obama administration believes the idea is a way to get around the growing opposition to the refugee resettlement program.
As a way to “crack open a new funding source,” the State Department is considering another idea – a pilot program that would allow American citizens to sponsor a refugee “from their country of choice” by paying for resettlement costs, including airfare, housing, clothing, and food, Bloomberg reports.
“It puts Americans in the driver’s seat,” said Matthew La Corte, policy analyst at the Niskanen Center, a Washington-based libertarian think tank that was an early supporter of the program. “It allows them to say ‘I have a spare bedroom. I was thinking of buying a new car but I’ll instead take that $10,000 and put it toward bringing a Syrian refugee over.”‘
Obama’s announcement that he will be increasing the number of refugees from 85,000 to 110,000 for fiscal year 2017 has been met with strong opposition, and Congress has already introduced bills to restrict funding of the program. Congress had set aside $3.1 billion for the refugee resettlement program for fiscal year 2016.
Last month, Senator Jeff Sessions stated, “The American people do not support these radical plans, which amount to a complete betrayal from their leaders in Washington.”
Bloomberg reports that Canada already has a private sponsorship plan. Since November 2015, 11,700 Syrian refugees were privately sponsored, out of the 31,000 Syrians Canada took in.
Backers of the proposal are hoping they’ll be able to tap into public sympathy that they say has grown after an image circulated of a 3-year-old Syrian boy who drowned on a Turkish beach.
In a move that actually takes Americans OUT of the driver’s sea, billionaire globalist George Soros’ has announced a plan to recruit CEOs and corporations to help sponsor refugees. Soros himself recently announced he is investing $500 million to help refugees start businesses in the U.S., and Obama met with many CEOs on the matter in a roundtable discussion at the United Nations assembly recently.
Over 50 companies have pledged more than $650 million to “empower” refugees, including Airbnb, UPS, Google, Goldman Sachs, HP, IBM and others.
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