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    Number of Refugees Resettled In U.S. Has Skyrocketed Since Trump's Ban Struck Down

    Number Of Refugees Resettled In U.S. Has Skyrocketed Since Trump’s Ban Struck Down


    But this is actually making things way more confusing for resettlement agencies.



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    March 29, 2017



    The number of refugees being resettled in the U.S. has shot up ever since a federal court struck down portions of President Donald Trump’s second executive order on immigration earlier this month.

    While this has allowed many to breathe a sigh of relief, it’s placing serious strain on the organizations responsible for bringing refugees to America and helping them resettle.

    “In accordance with the Court Order, and consistent with both our operational capacity and our capacity under available funding, we have increased the current pace of refugee arrivals to approximately 900 individuals per week,” a State Department spokesperson told The Huffington Post in a statement on Tuesday. “New refugee pre-screening interviews will continue to be scheduled and conducted at Resettlement Support Centers around the world.”

    Trump has signed two executive orders attempting to prevent refugees from finding safe haven in the United States since entering office. Both were legally challenged amid mass protests.

    His first order, signed on Jan. 27, halted the refugee resettlement program for 120 days, among other things, and slashed the number of people who could be resettled in the U.S. from 110,000 in the 2017 fiscal year to 50,000.


    As a result, the number of refugees entering the country weekly had been limited to 400 people, in an effort to avoid reaching the 50,000 quota too soon (the 2017 fiscal year ends on Sept. 30). Fewer refugees means less money allocated to the agencies that resettle refugees, since they receive federal funding contingent on the number of people they take care of.

    Parts of this order were struck down in federal court in February, but the quota remained unchanged. So the 400 per week figure was in effect until Trump’s revised ban was struck down in a Hawaii federal court on March 15, only hours before it was supposed to be implemented.


    "We have increased the current pace of refugee arrivals to approximately 900 individuals per week."State Department spokesperson -


    These increased resettlement figures are welcome news to the nine U.S. refugee resettlement agencies, several of them said. But the multiple orders and their ever-changing legal statuses has placed the agencies in operational limbo, causing many to significantly downsize their staffs.

    Church World Service announced Tuesday that it let go of 547 employees worldwide, beginning the week of Feb. 27. That represents about 50 percent of their entire staff, a spokeswoman said. Their Africa operations were hit the hardest, with more than 400 layoffs in Kenya alone.

    “The decision to reduce our staff was a direct result of these executive orders, which sabotage our ability to offer vital services, support and counsel to families seeking to rebuild their lives in safety,” CWS president and CEO Reverend John L. McCullough said in a statement.

    “The reductions in international and Kenyan staff were the result of budgetary constraints,” a State Department spokesperson added.

    World Relief is laying off more than 140 people in the U.S. alone and closed five of its national offices.




    Faraj Ghazi al-Jamous, a Syrian refugee, loads his family’s luggage into a taxi after departing from a hotel they had stayed in after they were prevented from travel to the United States in the Jordanian capital Amman on Feb. 1, 2017.

    Resettlement agencies carried out these layoffs assuming, back in February, that the quota would remain at 50,000, which would warrant way fewer staffers. But the portion of the second order containing the new quota was struck down ― meaning that it’s been reverted back to 110,000.

    After laying off hundreds of people, organizations like CWS could now find themselves grossly understaffed for the rest of the year.

    “The situation continues to be highly volatile for resettlement – unfortunately the [executive order] itself hasn’t been fully and permanently rescinded yet,” the CWS spokeswoman said. “So it’s unclear how long this stay will last and whether that will be through the end of this fiscal year.”




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    boooo! If this is accurate, as opposed to the general level of fiction writing at the Huffington Post, this is terrible news.

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    Not much has changed from when Obama was president. Only a few more illegals being rounded up. Any policy or EO Trump creates will always end up being struck down by a leftist judge. Why isn't he doing more to fight these judges? Maybe that was his plan. I'm disappointed and impatient.
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    Trump's "art of deal" wasn't effective with Australia's Turnbull - we are getting refugees they wouldn't even allow on their mainland and reports of child molestation there abound. These so called "refugees" are users, con artists, sleaze ball pedophiles and women subjugators.

    Same with those from south of our border STILL HERE! No talk of mandating e-verify for every job.

    Where is our UN knock down of this forced taking of "refugees"; they just so happen to be 99% muslim - ask the muslim in charge of the UN Refugee Resettlement. What is tillerson doing, what is Trump doing other than removing pollution regulations, next it will be cutting taxes for the super rich taking up his time. What is our UN ambassador pro amnesty niki haley doing other than bad mouthing russia and reaffirming sanctions?
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