The limit has been reached. On Wednesday the U.S. reached 50,000 refugees. No more will be accepted this year unless they can prove that they have a close familial relationship with an American citizen or organization.
President Trump’s travel ban languished in court for months until it was saved by the Supreme Court. The judges ruled that the president’s decision to reduce the number of refugees admitted into America would be enforced with one small caveat. Applicants had to be directly related to an American, or be sponsored by a U.S.-based school or business.
“Beginning July 13, only those individuals who have a credible claim to a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States will be eligible for admission through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program,” the State Department said in a statement.
Liberals are obviously displeased about the refugee cap, but their objections were found to be baseless. The president has every right to make immigration decisions. Who should, if not Trump?
“Today, the Trump administration, without consulting with Congress, has started to enforce the lowest refugee ceiling since Congress unanimously passed the Refugee Act of 1980. Countries much smaller and poorer than the United States are hosting much larger numbers of refugees and asylum seekers, while the U.S. is doing less and less,” Mark Hetfield, the CEO of the pro-refugee group HIAS, said earlier today.
Other countries are hosting more refugees because they’re closer to Africa and the Middle East. In many cases, for example in Italy, the country has been turned into a landing spot for refugees without their consent.
The U.S. is “constantly looking at ways of improving our screening to be able to make sure that Americans here at home are safe and we’re allowing in the kinds of folks who don’t want to do us harm,” said Heather Nauert, a State Department spokeswoman.
Immigration policy needs to prioritize the safety of Americans. A compassionate heart should still be ruled by sense. There are many people in distressed situations who would be a boon to whatever community they were in, but there are also many people who desire to do us harm.
“She left her husband back in Syria and doesn’t know where he is. So, officially, she is still married. But she is required to produce documents about her husband and her divorce, both of which she does not have,” Ali Aljundi, Syria Projects and Advocacy Officer at Oxfam and former refugee, told the San Francisco Examiner.
“Look at my kids. They came without English, and in less than five years, within two years, really, it’s like they were born here. It’s because here the people are welcoming, the education system is generally great and the integration system is very good.”
Aljundi and his family are clearly hard workers, but their story is an outlier. Most migrants do not, in fact, integrate easily. The culture barrier is often harder to break than the language one. Aljundi is a good man, but what about the militants dying to enter America? It can be nearly impossible to distinguish between devout Muslims and potential jihadists.
Fox News reports that “…roughly 26,000 refugees have already been vetted, interviewed and approved for relocation to the United States and an untold number of those people will be able to prove a valid relationship.”
Despite the liberal freakout, tens of thousand of refugees will likely trickle in before Christmas. The State Department isn’t behaving cruelly by reducing the numbering of refugees to be accepted. It needed to be done. Ex-President Obama had raised the limit to unsustainable levels.
Thank goodness Hillary Clinton wasn’t elected; she would have been even worse that Obama. American-born citizens might have become a minority under her watch.