CAPS — The recent terrorist attacks in Brussels and Lahore have put Americans on high alert about the potential if not probable consequences of the federal government’s refugee resettlement program. Now capped at 75,000 but to be expanded in 2016 to include at least 10,000 more Syrians and Iraqis, the White House is, despite public opposition, committed to inviting more refugees.
Over the last five years, according to Department of Homeland Security records, more than 680,000 green cards have been issued to Middle East nationals. But a Senate subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest found that unless the federal policy that deals with refugee resettlement dramatically reduces the numbers, during the next five years, another 680,000 people from predominantly Muslim nations could come to the U.S.
Committee Chair Jeff Sessions said: “Assuming no change in visa policy, the U.S. can expect to give green cards to another 680,000 more migrants from these countries over the next five years. A green card entitles recipients to access federal benefits, lifetime residency, work authorization, and a direct route to becoming a U.S. citizen.”
In his statement immediately following the murderous attacks in Belgium, Sessions urged that the U.S. “thoughtfully” reconsider its refugee policy, and noted that “there must be limits.”
In these dangerous times, thoughtful and limited refugee resettlement is paramount. Read the CAPS press release here that announced the launch of its new campaign against the misguided policy that Congress and advocacy groups promote when they lobby for more resettlement in the U. S. and ignore the better course of resettling refugees close to home.
Watch the brief CAPS video and sign the petition here that urges President Obama to adopt this compassionate solution to refugee resettlement.
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