US State Department Quietly Opens the Floodgates for Incoming Refugees

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President Trump issued an executive order to reduce the number of refugees entering the US, but that has been stalled in the courts. Meanwhile, the US State Department, acting entirely on its own, quietly lifted restrictions on the number of refugees allowed into the US.  Immigration advocates are pushing hard for a roll back of Trump’s budget cuts for refugee processing. Congress and the State Department are accomplishing that. It makes no difference what the voters want – or don’t want. –GEG

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.”

Although it came the same day as an appeals court ruling that rejected government efforts to limit travel to the United States from six predominantly Muslim nations, the move by the State Department had nothing to do with the court ruling.

The department’s quotas on refugee resettlement were largely the result of budget constraints imposed by Congress in a temporary spending measure passed last fall. But when Congress passed a spending bill this month that funded the government for the rest of the fiscal year, the law did not include any restrictions on refugee admissions.

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.

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How come you don’t discuss how the elder abuser conveniently picked non threatening Muslim countries on his asinine travel ban list? Maybe because he does business w the threatening ones? Why are you so sweatily running interference for this slug who gets very nervous when asked about putin?? He wants to kick 23 million off healthcare and start ww3 .

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Phil- Look deeper: Stop the Wars! If the illegal wars ended, no need to resettle refugees. It is 12 times more expensive to bring refugees to the U.S. than to resettle them in the Middle East. Trump won partly because he wanted to defeat ISIS and be done with the wars in the Middle East. Take a closer look at Israel, its influence on congress and the executive branch (the deep state alphabet agencies). The Israeli lobby is in control. Trump may or may not be a bad guy, but we do know that he is not in power.

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Trump must IMMEDIATELY fire Rex Tillerson, or he is part of the problem. FIRE TILLERSON NOW!!!