It is amazing to see how the right people and a matter of will impacts immigration policy. Where there is will to make changes, changes are made. Important, of course, is the selection of the right people to implement that will. While many Trump policies on immigration are mired in interference from the courts and #TheResistence, especially in the immigration courts, but also in the enforcement bureaucracy, there is a shining bright spot, refugees. Refugee admissions have collapsed and it is all a matter of establishing a policy and insisting that the bureaucracy implement that policy.
The Trump administration has resettled slightly more than 10,000 refugees as it nears the midpoint of the fiscal year, putting it on pace for by far the lowest total since the modern system was established nearly four decades ago.
President Trump had set a cap of 45,000 refugees this year, but at the current pace it will come in at less than half that — leaving refugee advocates fearing he’s done damage that will last years into the future.
Muslim refugees, who during President Barack Obama’s final full year in office accounted for nearly half of refugees at this point, are just 17 percent of the total in 2018.
And refugees from terrorist hot-spot countries singled out in Mr. Trump’s travel ban, who accounted for about half of refugees in 2016, have fallen to less than 5 percent now, according to the latest State Department figures.
In one stunning case just 42 Syrians were admitted over the last six months — down from more than 5,000 Mr. Obama admitted from October 2015 through March 2016.
[Trump On Pace For Record Low Number Of Refugees, by Stephen Dinan, Washington Times, March 26, 2018]
And by will, I mean following advice I gave the Trump Administration on resisting the kritarchs by administrative sabotage. Something, at least the sabotage, has been recognized by the Cult Marx nation busters. I am disappointed my involvement with good advice to the Trump Administration was not recognized.
Bob Carey, a former director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), told Politico the refugee program, “isn’t being managed—or, it’s being managed to fail.” He continued, “What couldn’t be achieved through executive orders is being achieved through administrative roadblocks or lack of will.”
[The Trump Administration Is Sabotaging The Refugee Program, by Matthew De Corte, Niskanen Center, April 3, 2018]
I would say that is not a lack of will, but imposing one’s will on the refugee bureaucracy.
And there is further evidence of administrative sabotage coming from the Treason Bar:
In a call with reporters in September 2017 when the refugee cap was announced, one administration official said , “I state unequivocally that that’s not our goal, to slow-roll it, and we have every plan to process as many refugees as we can under this ceiling.”
Despite this claim, it is evident that the Trump administration is subverting domestic and international refugee resettlement efforts, particularly in non-European regions.
First, cabinet officials are stymying the administrative refugee process by severely cutting personnel. Although prior administrations took the opposite tack, this year, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) deployed nearly half of its Refugee Affairs Division officers to the southwestern border and to asylum offices in the U.S., instead of refugee offices abroad. They were tasked with helping clear out the asylum backlogs—which continue to grow— instead of interviewing refugees.
Barbara Strack, former chief of the Refugee Affairs Division, said the move has had a dramatic effect on the ability of USCIS to conduct refugee interviews. Without interviews, potential refugees have no path forward towards resettlement.
This limited availability of officers has also handicapped the ability of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials to screen refugees. In the first quarter of 2018, DHS cut back on its “circuit rides”—travel of DHS officials to other regions to screen refugees—to just five locations, which is less than one-third the number of locations under the Obama administration.
To make matters worse, these circuit rides were shorter than the 6 to 8 week standard, staffed by fewer officials, and excluded the Middle East —the region with the largest resettlement shortfall. DHS added more locations in the second quarter—conspicuously leaving out any locations in the Middle East—but the rides were still shorter.
The effect is the ballooning of the resettlement bottleneck. Those refugees who already underwent many months of vetting and were ready to book their travel to the U.S. must now wait, potentially until their documentation and relevant information expires. Circuit rides keep the system moving; reducing or eliminating them paralyzes the system.
[European Refugees Are Making It To America, But Many Others Are Not,
by Matthew La Corte, ILW.com, April 12, 2018]
It appears that someone was reading VDare or the now censored by Google Federale Blog.
What the ill-informed reporter McGuirk doesn’t report and probably doesn’t know is that it is USCIS employees who are sent overseas to process refugees. And the fact that President Trump had those employees sent home is the key to thwarting the kritarchs.
All President Trump needs to do is withdraw all the USCIS employees stationed overseas, in luxurious conditions at most posts, other than those assigned to investigate immigration benefit fraud. Those employees are from the Fraud and National Security Directorate.
Once the employees who process refugees are withdrawn, then State Department employees overseas who support refugee processing can also be withdrawn from those Embassies and Consulates that assist refugee processing. All this can be done administratively and will end the long-term flow of refugees.
[Trump’s Options In The Refugee War With The Kritarchs–The Executive Branch Can Refuse To Process The Refugees, by Federale, VDare, February 16, 2017]
Your correspondent is happy that someone in the Trump Administration is reading VDare and Federale. I hope they know I now have a replacement blog.
The success of the Trump Administration war on refugees shows the way for other immigration issues, impose your will on the bureaucracy. Up next should be the Executive Office for Immigration Review and #TheResistence there to immigration law enforcement.