What I’d like for you to do and read everything. Stop being so quick to jump on the wagon and start talking shit. The War in Syria has been going on since 2011. So this isn’t NEW. And this isn’t a TRUMP thing. We’ve been accepting refugees. Under Obama we did and Bush and so on… That’s what we do here in America.
Under the ” ban” that Trump signed it’s easy. Didn’t the United States turn away the Jewish refugees? Yes they did. Why? They thought they were Nazi spies. Was that irrational thinking? No! They did what they had to do to PROTECT the country. But what’s going on with the folks today? They don’t want Security, they want no walls, no borders. But when ANOTHER gay club gets the terrorist treatment, all of a sudden, it’s a problem. When what’s happening in France and Turkey starts happening here, and their families become casualties, then let’s see them talk. LET this man try and do his job. I see why we have communist countries. Some people need your shut the fuck up. There is no ONE solution to all of our problems. Letting everyone in is just stupid. And keeping everyone out is paranoia. But it’s being done legally. If you have a visa or Green card, you can get in to this country. If not, you have to wait.
After the Paris attack, they closed their gates and shut down the airport until they felt secure. NOBODY in and nobody out. The ban was eventually lifted once the leader felt safe. Just imagine how Bush felt having 9/11 happen on his watch. Trump is saying, NOT ME! And If I were President, I’d be worse and start deporting people. Anybody related to a terrorist would get kicked out.
Oh and Mexicans, I’d have folks driving around checking ID. Is it stereotype? Yes. But they do it to blacks. We get frisked and racially profiled all the time. It’s about time somebody else gets to know what it feels like. Especially check the Construction industry. I know they are full of illegals.
Below is what you may not know about refugees coming to the US.
Refugees are subject to the strictest form of security screening of any class of traveler to the U.S. before they are allowed to enter, with extensive background, security and health checks. The resettlement process is run by the State Department, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Health and Human Services. DHS receives refugee referrals from the U.N. refugee agency, UNHCR, and then begins vetting candidates for resettlement. Specially trained DHS employees travel to the country where a candidate is residing to conduct in-depth interviews to ensure the individual meets the criteria as a refugee and does not pose a security risk to the U.S. The U.S. then investigates and verifies the claims made by an applicant for asylum.
Unlike in Europe, Syrian refugees are not arriving via boat or land to the U.S., nor can they fly into the country without being approved for refugee status. That process frequently takes 18 months or more, meaning refugees are arriving in the U.S. at a very slow pace compared to the numbers by which they are arriving in Europe.
“We should trust the system that we’ve built. Europe, they’re having just random migration coming in, versus us, we have planned migration coming in,” says Suzanne Akhras Sahloul of the Syrian Community Network in Chicago. “Our system is much better and the way things are set up are organized and they come through an agency and the agencies keep track of them.”
Refugees are processed in conjunction with nine nonprofits, not solely by the government.
Nine national resettlement agencies process cases of refugees that have passed all the appropriate security checks. Those agencies include: Church World Service, Ethiopian Community Development Council, Episcopal Migration Ministries, the Hebrew Immigration Aid Society, International Rescue Committee, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops/Migration and Refugee Services, and World Relief. Six of these organizations are faith-based.
Those nine organizations meet each week with the State Department to decide how refugees will be redistributed. Each agency accepts new cases based upon their organization capacity, taking into consideration budget and current caseload.
Refugees are sent all over the U.S.
The resettlement agencies look at each particular case and make a determination about where the person or family should be sent based upon a number of factors.
“The most common reason for a refugee to be assigned to a particular place is a personal or family connection,” a State Department spokesperson says, speaking on background. “We try very hard to get refugees close to people that they know because we think that they have a better chance of success if they have support network when they first arrive, aside from just the volunteers.”
Other factors that could impact where someone is sent include ensuring the person has easy access to appropriate medical care for any health conditions; language abilities and available job prospects.
Refugees are sent to nearly every state and to different communities across the country. Syrian refugees have been sent to 138 cities in 36 states since the country’s civil war began in 2011. Nationality of origin is not a factor in determining where people are placed.
Refugees must pay back the cost of their flight to the U.S.
After one of the nonprofit resettlement agencies receives the case of a particular individual or family, the International Organization for Migration coordinates their travel to the U.S. city where they will be resettled. The plane ticket is paid for at that time, but after they arrive and begin working, the refugees must pay back the cost of the ticket.
Refugees don’t get long-term subsidized housing.
Each refugee receives a stipend of about $1,000 to cover their first three months in the U.S. Before an individual or family arrives, the local resettlement organizations work to find a suitable apartment. They ensure the rent will be affordable and are in charge of distributing the stipend to cover the costs of rent for three months. They are not placed in special apartment blocks and do not receive special rates.
“[The housing] is on the open market. We’re trying to rent apartments just like anybody else,” says Stacie Blake of the U.S. Committee for Refugee and Immigrants. “There’s nothing special or privileged about that.”
After three months, refugees are responsible for paying rent as normal tenants in their apartment buildings and are also free to move elsewhere within the city or state or to another state altogether.
Refugees have to apply for jobs.
Resettlement agencies also aid refugees in applying for jobs. Syria was a lower middle-income country before the war, and many refugees are educated and trained. But that doesn’t mean they can pick up where they left off.
“Let’s just say they were a doctor. You can’t just come be a doctor here, you have to start over to get your credentials,” Blake says. “So now they can’t be a doctor, so now what will they do?”
Refugees frequently find work in low-skilled jobs, like hotel services and manufacturing. They interview and go through a job-application process just as anyone else would.
The government doesn’t track refugees after they arrive.
Once arriving in the U.S., refugees are allowed to move anywhere in the country, just like any other legal resident. If a refugee does choose to relocate, a local organization works to transfer the case to another resettlement agency in the new location, but that is not always possible.
“We do not track refugees,” the State Department spokesperson says. “Once a refugee arrives they can move wherever they want.”
Refugees sometimes chose to move to where they have a community of people from their country or that speak the same language. This can create cities where many refugees from one country live, like the large Somali community in Minneapolis.
Some argue that the government should know where refugees, some of whom have been through extensive trauma, are living.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a Republican, ordered state police to track Syrian refugees currently residing in his state.
“I issued an executive order telling my agencies to do everything we can,” Jindal said. “We don’t want these refugees in our state. I’ve ordered the state police to track the ones that are already in Louisiana.”
Christian resettlement organizations help refugees of all faiths.
Five of the nine resettlement agencies are Christian and one is Jewish, but all serve refugees of all nationalities and faiths.
“Last year at the national level – and I think this would be true for the refugees we served roughly – the plurality of refugees who came in were Christians of some sort, about 45 percent, but about 40 percent Muslims,” says Matthew Soerens of World Relief, one of the nine resettlement agencies. “We serve them all without distinction. As Christians, it’s a unique honor to help persecuted Christians as well and it’s an important part of the program. But we’re Christians who believe in loving our neighbors.”