This news is a day old, so who knows maybe Obama has already decided the magic number of Syrian (mostly Muslim) refugees he will be dropping into America towns and cities in the coming year.
Last week we learned that Sec. of State Kerry consulted with key House and Senate committees, as the Refugee Act of 1980 requires, and it seems the number he was bandying about was 10,000 (some say Kerry said 5,000) for FY2016.
If Obama approves a different number just two weeks before the start of the fiscal year, Kerry is required to go back to the Hill for additional “consultation,” and, in any case, the House and Senate Judiciary Committees are required to hold hearings on the Presidential Determination.
The fact that the lazy (scared?) committees have not held a refugee ‘consultation’ hearing since before 9/11 is no excuse not to have one for this very critical decision!
(The last hearing held on the President’s refugee determination appears to be this one from 1999. Has there been no hearing since then because they didn’t want you to know how many Muslims were being admitted to the US through this program?—ed)
A hearing can’t stop the President, but it sure can help the American people understand what is about to happen to them!
Where are you Reps. Goodlatte and Gowdy? Prove me wrong! Tell us you are doing something and I will apologize!
Here is a bit of interesting news at Bloomberg (hat tip: Joanne). Again, it is a day old, so who knows if Obama has made a decision.
Check out Samantha Power (bff George Soros)! The nerve of this woman. You can credit her, Hillary and Susan Rice with the destabilization of North Africa and the invasion of Europe because she was a driving force behind the ousting of Col. Gaddafi (who was able to hold back the migrant hordes) and the subsequent destruction of Libya.
As Iraqi Refugee Czar in the early days of the Obama White House, Power famously said she was tired of doing ‘rinkey-dink-do-gooder’ stuff like helping Iraqi Christians! See our complete Samantha Power archive here.
Here is Josh Rogin at Bloomberg:
The Obama administration is preparing to announce a plan to admit more refugees over the next two years, but at this point the numbers being proposed are too small to relieve the crisis streaming out of Syria.
Wednesday at the White House, the most senior national security officials will discuss raising the limit on the number of refugees from around the world allowed to enter the United States — from 70,000 this year to 85,000 next year and 100,000 in fiscal 2017, three administration officials told me. If members of the National Security Council Principals Committee agree on the plan, it will be sent to President Obama’s desk, and administration sources say he is likely to quickly approve it.
The plan has the strong support of White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, whose priorities often differ on the Syria issue. McDonough is focused on the fight against ISIS. Power wants to confront Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, and do more to protect the civilians being killed by both. [So what does confront mean? Does Power want the US military to bring down Assad?—ed]
The throngs of desperate migrants fleeing Syria and the images of children washing up on European shores have spurred the Obama administration into action, officials said.
Continue reading here.
Note that there is much discussion about how long it would take for the flow to get underway. Don’t believe it!
We know that the UNHCR has 17,000 (or more by now) prepped to come to America from their camps which house Muslim Syrians. As soon as October 1 is here, the floodgates will open!