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Friday, June 3, 2011

Tennessee Legislature passes refugee resettlement act!

Law is the brainchild of two ACT! for America members
Seven months ago Paul Williams posted the column below, warning Americans about the next wave of refugees President Obama has decided to allow into the country for “humanitarian reasons.”

Over the past few years tens of thousands of such refugees, many from Somalia, have flowed into the U.S. This has frequently placed great strains on the local governments and their economies.

One additional consequence, and a dangerous one, has been the spawning of new terrorism cells within some of these refugee communities. For instance, numerous Somali Muslims have been arrested on terrorism-related charges over the past two years.

Tennessee has been particularly hard-hit by this avalanche of refugees. So two dedicated ACT! for America members in Tennessee, one the wife of one of our chapter leaders, crafted a bill to strengthen the state and local governments’ role in the refugee resettlement process.

We are proud to report that this bill recently passed both houses of the Tennessee legislature and was signed into law by the Governor!

In a nutshell, this bill gives local governments a much stronger voice in the refugee resettlement process. For instance, the law requires that local governments must be consulted as to their ability to “absorb” refugees before commitments to settle refugees can be made. “Absorb” refers to the ability of a local community to handle the housing, education and other needs of incoming refugees.

This commonsense law also has the potential of improving our national security. If legislation like this had been in place in Tennessee and other states three years ago, it’s very possible that fewer refugees from a country like Somalia, a hotbed for radical Islam, would have been allowed into our country.

This is just one more example of how ACT! for America is winning victories for you and your family. The growing strength of our nationwide organization is producing more and more victories just like this one.

Would you like to see us get laws like this passed in other states? You can help make this happen by visiting our website and making a contribution today! Every gift, no matter the size, will help us build on our momentum!

Obama to Allow 80,000 (Muslim) Refugees in 2011

President Barack Hussein Obama, in a determination letter to Congress, has announced that he will allow an additional 80,000 immigrants – – mostly from Islamic countries – – to resettle in the United States during fiscal year 2011.

Mr. Obama says that the increase in Muslim immigrants “is justified by humanitarian concerns or is otherwise in the national interest.”

The following “goals” for new immigrants has been set as follows:

Africa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15,000
East Asia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19,000
Europe and Central Asia . . . . . . . . . . 2,000
Latin America/Caribbean. . . . . . . . . . . 5,500
Near East/South Asia. . . . . . . . . . . 35,500
Unallocated Reserve . . . . . . . . . . . . 3,000

Refugee Resettlement Watch and other organizations have expressed grave concern that Mr. Obama is allowing so many immigrants into the country while so many Americans remain out of work and living in poverty.

According to the US Department of Labor, 14.8 million Americans remain unemployed. 6.1 million have been out of work for 27 weeks or over.

This figure has been challenged by the Union of the Unemployed who provide statistics that the actual number of unemployed Americans is 31 million.

The U. S. Census Bureau shows that the median household income for Americans has fallen to $49,777 – – a decline of 0.7% in the past year.

One in seven Americans no longer can feed themselves.

According to The Wall Street Journal, 14.3% of the American people live in abject poverty.

A refugee is defined by The US Department of Immigration and Naturalization as someone who has left one’s country due to persecution or a fear of persecution.

This accounts for the sharp rise of Somali communities throughout the country.

However, the definition of refugee is ‘fudged’ in several cases. “Refugees” who have not left their country due to persecution, according to Mr. Obama’s determination letter, can still be called “refugees” if they are from Iraq, one of the Islamic countries of the former Soviet Union, or Cuba.

According to Section 413 (a) of the Immigration and Nationalities Act, the Office of Refugee Resettlement is required to submit an annual report to Congress on the activities of the refugees.

The report is supposed to include the number who are on public welfare programs.

But no report has forthcoming from the Office of Refugee Resettlement since 2007.

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