The Heritage Foundation recently published a report on the refugee resettlement program, "The U.S. Refugee Admissions Program: A Roadmap for Reform." The report has factual errors or misleading statements on almost every page.
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Businessman and Examiner.com columnist Jim Simpson is a former White House staff economist and budget analyst. His writings have been published in Big Government.com, American Thinker, Washington Times, WorldNetDaily, FrontPage Magazine, Soldier of Fortune and others. His blog is Truth & Consequences.
Capital Research Center has just released the second of its Dangerous Documentaries, America Under Siege: Soviet Islam. I can say without hesitation that this is the most important documentary released this year. Veteran researcher Trevor Loudon joins leading foreign policy experts to explain the nexus between international Communism and radical Islam.
The Muslim man who brandished pistols, assault-style weapons and ammunition outside a Sioux Falls, S.D., Christian conference earlier this month was charged Friday with making terrorist threats, the Associated Press reports.
A conference held on April 9 on Christian and conservative issues in Sioux Falls, South Dakota was threatened by a Muslim man carrying multiple firearms. He attended the conference and posted numerous videos on his Facebook page, including a display of the multiple assault-style rifles, pistols and ammunition he was carrying on his person and in his van.
The Thomas More Law Center has initiated a lawsuit on behalf of the Tennessee General Assembly. The suit charges that the government is violating both the U.S. Constitution's Spending Clause and the 10th Amendment by forcing Tennessee to cover the costs of refugee resettlement in the state even though Tennessee dropped out of the program in 2008.
President Trump needs to deny the Left a victory over his immigration executive order. The court challenge now being heard by the infamously unconstitutional and extremist 9th Circuit threatens to set a precedent that will codify open borders and leave the president powerless to protect us. Trump can snatch victory from the jaws of defeat and deny the Left their unconscionable and unconstitutional attempted power grab by rescinding this EO and issuing stronger multiple replacements as stand alone orders.
The Left, in collusion with the taxpayer-funded refugee resettlement industry, has pulled out all the stops to oppose President Trump's executive order on refugees. They have promulgated so much misinformation on this subject that it defies description. We have almost universal misreporting by the media, disappointingly including supposedly "conservative" media like the Washington Examiner, which should know better. Relying on emotion rather than facts, the media have joined the dull roar of protest to bewail the treatment of Syrian refugees, and imply those who support Trump are "bigots", "racists" and "Islamophobes". Some sane counterpoint is in order.
In his first press conference since the election, President-Elect Donald Trump called CNN reporter Jim Acosta "fake news" and refused to take his questions. In so doing, Trump once again effectively turned the Democrats' own tactics against them. The whole "fake news" meme was initiated by Democrats following the elections, when they scrambled to blame anyone but themselves for their massive electoral failures. We the People were supposedly tricked into supporting Trump because we ignorantly listened to "fake news" sites like Breitbart and The Daily Caller.
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Practically every security professional in the U.S. has warned that Syrian refugees cannot be safely vetted, and warn that Islamic State (IS) and other terrorists may attempt to exploit that vulnerability. Despite this, refugee resettlement advocates insist that fears about vetting of Syrian refugees are "stupid". First, they argue, refugees are among the most exhaustively vetted immigrants of all. Second, refugees don't get to decide what country they will be resettled to; that is a decision made by the resettlement bureaucracy. Finally, they chuckle, why would any self-respecting terrorist wait many months or even years in a muddy, stinking refugee camp, without adequate food and water, to run the gauntlet of U.S. security screening to be accepted as a possible refugee for resettlement to the U.S.?
60 Minutes aired a short interview about the refugee vetting process with Homeland Security Director Jeh Johnson on Sunday. To say that Bill Whitaker, the interviewer, failed to do his job is an understatement. It is a study in serial journalistic malpractice. Johnson lied and misled about the vetting process from start to finish and was not once challenged by Whitaker.
Today's Refugee Resettlement program is a study in government-sponsored fraud. The nine primary resettlement contractors, called "Voluntary Agencies" or VOLAGs, work with 350 subcontractors called "affiliates," and are paid per head to resettle refugees. This includes $2,025 for each refugee from the State Department’s Reception and Placement program, and a Voluntary Agencies Matching Grant of up to $2,200 for employment-eligible refugees from the Health and Human Services Department's Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR).
Listening to the local news on the radio recently, I heard a report about how newly elected Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz plans to save $8 million by, among other things, merging the “Office of Sustainability” with the Department of Environmental Protection and Resource Management.
Nothing changes so much as it stays the same. The Democrats continue to be relentless in their determination to destroy this country, and Republicans, despite just coming off an historic electoral victory nationwide, still don’t get it.
For years we have heard the common refrain that “the people don’t get it,” or we’re “stupid,” or we “really don’t care.” Ignoring the Americans who serially vote Democrat because they have been bought off with welfare payments or some other benefit, I have always argued otherwise, and Reagan’s 1980 and 1984 landslide victories bore me out. Of course, as president, the senior Bush quickly smashed that resurgent national spirit with a “wicked political pivot” back to insipid mediocrity.