In the US, there are nine Volags (voluntary agencies) funded by more than $1 billion each year by the State Department to resettle refugees in the US. Under the Trump administration, the flow of immigrants has been reduced to a trickle – an average of 1,727 people per month, which is the lowest number in 15 years. As expected, the Volags are not pleased.
US District Judge, James Robart of the federal court in Seattle, ruled that the federal government must process refugee applications for people “with a bona fide relationship to a person or entity within the United States.” This ruling was in spite of the Supreme Court’s ruling that Trump’s ban was Constitutional. The lower court challenges were brought by a Jewish pro-immigration group and the ACLU.