The Trump administration is capping the annual number of refugees allowed in the United States at an all-time low of 30,000, the lowest number since the State Department implemented its refugee program in 1980. Read more: Half the world’s refugee children can't go to school: UN "The improved refugee policy of this administration serves the national interest of the United States and expands our ability to help those in need all around the world," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday. "We are and continue to be the most generous nation in the world." Pompeo also said the United States needed to prevent criminal and terror threats. President Donald Trump slashed the refugee ceiling to 45,000 last year, but the actual number of refugees resettled with two weeks left before the end of the fiscal year stands at around 21,000. The United States accepted 85,000 refugees in the final year of the Obama administration. Pompeo said asylum applications, mostly from Mexico and … [Read more...] about US cuts refugee ceiling to historic low of 30,000 for 2019
Democrat presidential primary candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is promising to import at least 700 percent more foreign refugees into the United States if she becomes president. In her national immigration plan released this week, Warren broke from her economic patriotism agenda wherein she has committed to holding multinational corporations accountable for outsourcing American jobs overseas and shifting to a permanent nationalist trade policy that puts the needs of American workers first.Warren’s immigration plan now includes drastically increasing legal immigration and refugee resettlement to provide businesses and corporations with a never-ending stream of cheaper foreign workers that America’s working and middle class will be forced to compete against. Specifically, Warren wants to increase the number of foreign refugees currently arriving in the U.S. by 700 percent — eight times the rate of President Trump’s refugee total last year, in which … [Read more...] about Warren Promises to Import at Least 700 Percent More Refugees to U.S.
There are likely “tens of thousands” of fraudulent refugees from Africa living in the United States, a CNN investigation reveals. In an investigative report by CNN, fraudulent refugees from Kenya who posed as persecuted Somalians detail how they and their entire families came to the U.S. and lived on food stamps for years.CNN reports: Like other families who arrived as Somali refugees, he says they first depended on food stamps to get by. But the family of seven successfully navigated their new life, and his siblings grew up to become nurses and teachers. [Emphasis added] … But his family members weren’t refugees, and they weren’t born in Somalia — they were born in Kenya, and he says his father faked their refugee status in the 1990s to get into the US. [Emphasis added] “I feel bad for them [the real refugees], but at the same time it is all about first come, first served. I feel like if they had come before us, then we would have been the … [Read more...] about CNN: ‘Tens of Thousands’ of Fraudulent African Refugees Living in America
More than a million people have now reached Europe through irregular means in 2015, the International Organisation for Migration has announced, in what constitutes the continent’s biggest wave of mass migration since the aftermath of the second world war. Out of a total of 1,005,504 arrivals by 21 December, the vast majority – 816,752 – arrived by sea in Greece, the IOM said. A further 150,317 arrived by sea in Italy, with much smaller figures for Spain, Malta and Cyprus. A total of 34,215 crossed by land routes, such as over the Turkish-Bulgarian border. The overall figure is a four-fold increase from 2014’s figures, and has largely been driven by Syrians fleeing their country’s civil war. Afghans, Iraqis and Eritreans fleeing conflict and repression are the other significant national groups. The European migration flow is nevertheless far more manageable than in the Middle East, where roughly 2.2 million Syrian refugees live in Turkey alone. In Lebanon, … [Read more...] about Over a million migrants and refugees have reached Europe this year, says IOM
Wet clothes are spread out on bushes and stones. Some people have lit fires. The torn heap of a grey rubber boat lies folded up on the coast. Outside the abandoned concrete shells of a holiday village originally built for German tourists in the 1980s, Yasin and his friends nervously await the arrival of their smuggler. Here, near the upmarket Turkish coastal town of Çeşme, hundreds of refugees brave the icy winds of early December to make their way to the Greek island of Chios, less than two miles off the Turkish coast. “We tried to cross this morning, but the boat hit some rocks and was torn,” said Yasin, 28, a Kurd from Iran who claims he had to leave his country for political reasons. All 45 passengers managed to get back safely to the Turkish shore, but most of them threw all their belongings overboard when the dinghy took in water. The smuggler, an Afghan, has promised to come back with a new boat. Some of Yasin’s friends worry about possible arrest, or … [Read more...] about Turkish crackdown leaves refugees in limbo