While the White House is trying to placate the American people like children over the government’s direct role is causing the Syrian immigration wave with hashtag campaigns on Twitter like #RefugeesWelcome, four Congressional Representatives and Senators have released an open letter to the Obama Administration informing everyone that oh by the way his foreign national resettlement program is directly violating federal law.
U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL), Congressmen Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Lamar Smith (R-TX) released the following letter to the Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell:
“Dear Secretary Burwell:
It has come to our attention that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has failed to submit an annual report to Congress regarding the activities of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), in violation of federal law. Section 413(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, as amended, requires the Secretary of HHS to submit an annual report to Congress ‘no later than the January 31 following the end of each fiscal year[.]’
The FY2014 report – which was due no later than January 31 of this year – is still outstanding, and must be produced immediately.
In its FY2016 ‘Justification of Estimates for Appropriations Committees,’ HHS requested over $1.6 billion for ORR. This request illustrates the exponential growth in ORR’s budget in recent years. Indeed, as recently as FY2012, ORR received $768,334,000 in funding – or less than half of what it currently seeks.
Our nation is presented with serious economic and security threats emanating from our refugee resettlement programs. Congress cannot, and must not, issue a blank check to ORR, especially at a time when the Administration is actively in defiance of federal law.
We look forward to the immediate submission of ORR’s FY2014 Annual Report to Congress.
ORR is the office in charge of handing out welfare to refugees. ORR is currently attempting to double its budget in FY2016 without submitting legally required reports to Congress on what they’ve been up to over there.
The letter comes just a few weeks after Sen. Sessions released another statement warning that the president’s “American SAFE Act” is a dangerous refugee plan and that the proposals being considered fail to protect the American people because the bottom line is “there is simply no way to vet Syrian refugees.”
Why anyone would believe any different at this point is just silly. Look at how badly the government failed at “vetting” the so-called moderate Syrian rebels it spent hundreds of millions of dollars arming and training so they could go where? That’s right, to join ISIS.
And the same thing could happen here according to Sessions:
Moreover, when the Administration was asked if Syrian refugees could end up coming to the United States and joining ISIS like Minnesota’s Somali refugees, the answer was blunt: ‘we can’t predict the future.’
They know what’s up.
Meanwhile here’s Obama, just “touched” by Americans writing to open their homes to refugees:
“I’ve been touched by the generosity of the Americans who’ve written me…offering to open their homes to refugees.” https://t.co/Jiwdvk8nII
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) November 27, 2015
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