On Wednesday the House Judiciary Committee passed a bill capping annual refugee admissions at 60,000 a year, down from Obama’s proposed level of 85,000. The bill, H.R. 4731, is sponsored by the committee chairman, Bob Goodlatte (VA-6) and Raul Labrador (ID-1).
As our friend Daniel Horowitz of Conservative Review observed, this would have been a great idea 10 years ago, but at this point we need a full moratorium.
The Goodlatte/Labrador bill was enhanced by an amendment from Rep. Steve King (R-IA), which would allow states and localities to legally block refugee resettlement within their respective jurisdictions by placing the question to the people on a ballot initiative. (Senator Ted Cruz introduced a similar bill earlier this year by the way.)
Such a law is sorely needed and would obviate the necessity of litigation by states and localities that do not wish to bear the tax and social burdens of the federal government’s corrupt bargain with the far-Left refugee resettlement industry.
And these burdens are real.
As our friend Ann Corcoran of Refugee Resettlement Watch has documented, refugees and other smaller humanitarian admission groups are eligible for ALL federal, state and local welfare programs 30 days after arrival.
Refugee access to welfare on the same basis as a U.S. citizen has made the program a global magnet.
The federal programs available to them include: