Refugees and Asylum
The massive influx of people into the country continues unabated, in fact encouraged. In 37 years, or less, the population of our country will be 500,000,000. Refugees and asylum seekers are added to millions of legal and illegal immigrants in a never ending assault on our culture and our country.
A refugee is a person who is outside his or her country of origin or habitual residence because they have suffered (or fear) persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or because they are a member of a persecuted 'social group' or because they are fleeing a war or natural disaster. Such a person may be called an 'asylum seeker' until recognized by the state where they make a claim.
One count of refugees in the world is 13 million with the largest amount found in the Middle East and North Africa.
According to the Immigration Policy Center the United States leads the world in accepting refugees. In 2009 we accepted 60,000 refugees, 600% more than #2 country, Canada. In 2000 the United States took in 72,143 refugees, but saw a decline in the years following the 9/11 attacks in 2001.
By 2009, however, the number was back up to 74,602.
In fiscal year 2011 President Obama announced that upwards of 80,000 refugees would be admitted from the following regions.
- Near East/South Asia 35,500
- East Asia 19,000
- Africa 15,000
- Latin America/Caribbean 5,500
- Unallocated Reserve 3,000
- Europe and Central Asia 2,000
- Total 80,000
When Temporary Means Permanent
In 1990, Congress authorized the U.S. Attorney General to provide TPS to immigrants in the United States who are temporarily unable to safely return to their home country because of war, or an environmental disaster or some other extraordinary and temporary conditions. The Homeland Security Act of 2002 transferred the authority to the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security as of March 1, 2003.
Countries currently under TPS:
- El Salvador — initiated in response to the 2001 El Salvador earthquakes
- Haiti — initiated in response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake
- Honduras — initiated in response to Hurricane Mitch in 1998
However, there is nothing so permanent in the world than the word “temporary” when used with regard to immigrants or refugees or asylum seekers to the U.S.
What’s in store for the immediate future?
On June 9th of this year the Los Angeles Times reported,
A resettlement plan under discussion in Washington and other capitals is aimed at relieving pressure on Middle Eastern countries straining to support 1.6 million refugees, as well as assisting hard-hit Syrian families. The State Department is "ready to consider the idea," an official from the department said, if the administration receives a formal request from the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees, which is the usual procedure.
The United States usually accepts about half the refugees that the U.N. agency proposes for resettlement. California has historically taken the largest share, but Illinois, Florida, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia are also popular destinations."
As of this writing, an estimated 6.2 million Syrians, approximately 1/3 of Syria's 20 million people have been displaced from their homes including 2 million refugees now in Jordan and Lebanon..
How an American intervention of a few days or three months will impact the population is anyone's guess, but it's a sure bet that the number of refugees will grow.
With a track record of making Temporary status permanent, assisting criminals in their endeavors, providing endless welfare to refugees and importing terrorists from known terrorist countries it would be hard to underestimate the social chaos that awaits if the United States accepts half of the estimated 2 million refugees from Syria.
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