Jim Simpson In addition to Mr. Simpson’s above noted accomplishments, he spoke in the documentary films “Agenda: Grinding America Down” and “Agenda 2.” His comments follow.
He began his presentation by quoting Ann Corcoran of Refugee Resettlement Watch as saying, “This [immigration] is the single, most important issue for America.” The goal of the Left is to swamp the Nation with people who don’t understand our culture or desire to assimilate and become part of American culture and society. They come for welfare benefits, some come for work opportunities. The goal is to overwhelm American society, the economy, and free markets. Since 2009, 680,000+ Muslim immigrants have resettled in the U.S. Only very small percentages of them are women or children. Only three percent are Christians.
Citing a chart from Heritage Foundation entitled “Terrorism in the U.S.”, Mr. Simpson noted that the number of successful terrorism attacks has been increasing as time passes.
Refugees from Syria cannot be investigated, as has been attested by the heads of the CIA; FBI; National Intelligence; and even Jeh Johnson, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.
The infrastructure supporting refugee resettlement involves the Departments of State, Health and Human Services, and Homeland Security working with a massive array of organizations known as VOLAGS, i.e., “voluntary agencies”— even though they are well-paid—to settle refugees. These VOLAGS receive in excess of one billion taxpayer dollars annually for their efforts.
There are more than 900 active ISIS investigations going on now in the United States. Refugees have committed acts of terrorism, yet federal agencies refuse to reveal the immigration status of the perpetrators. According to George Washington University, as of February 2016, there were 85 known ISIS suspects in the United States, two of them in MI.
Another goal of the Leftist agenda is to achieve “social justice.” In 1976, the U.N. Conference on Human Settlement was established “to provide solutions for world problems and to create an international community based on equity, justice and solidarity,…” It was an agreement on universal goals that would: - Abolish private property; - Provide for “equitable” distribution of land, resources, and population throughout the world; - Change its goal from reducing population to replacement immigration in areas that now have low populations as a result of its former promotion of birth control and abortion, i.e., migration from Africa, Asia, and the Middle East to Western nations: Australia, European nations, and the United States.
The above goals were reiterated in the UN manifesto entitled “Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” [summarized here, U.N. document here], adopted unanimously in 2015. Its goal #10 calls on all governments and people to “reduce inequality within and among countries.”
In addition, in the U.S., HUD’s 2015 rule changes for the Affordable Housing Authority produced new rules known as “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” (AFFH), essentially extending federal control to even the lowest levels of government oversight. [To understand how AFFH will affect local governmental units in the U.S., read this article from National Review.]
The Refugee Act of 1980 [text here, description here], sponsored by Senator Ted Kennedy and co-sponsored by Senator Joe Biden, fundamentally changed refugee programs from giving priority to skilled, useful workers to unskilled, uneducated people who would swell the welfare rolls and vote Democratic.
As practiced today, refugee resettlement relies on the U.N. to refer people to recipient nations. In the U.S., the State Department works with resettlement contractors to determine where refugees will be placed each week. States must sign-off on the allocations, but they have very little control over the assignments. Local communities have NO say at all. These placements are determined and made in a highly secretive fashion, usually with local authorities being unaware of what is happening since they aren’t notified of the placements. Communities are transformed and become magnets for further placements. Such refugee communities may become enclaves, and, like sanctuary cities, become safe havens for terrorists where they are beyond the reach of the law. Too late, the local communities find out that the local housing, education, welfare, and job markets are overwhelmed by people who usually don’t even speak English. When federal funds to support an ever-expanding refugee population run out, the local communities have to deal with the problems that have been created.
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is the second largest organization in the world, the U.N. being the largest. It’s membership is 56 Muslim countries plus the Palestinian Authority; and it has a strong influence in the U.N.
The High Commissioner of the U.N., a communist organization whose charter was written by Alger Hiss, wants to resettle 480,000 Syrians in Western nations—most of them being targeted for the U.S.
The first principle of the U.N. Charter is its Leftist agenda. As all Marxists know, the issue is never the issue, the agenda is the issue [and one does whatever is necessary to accomplish the agenda]. Any issue (feminism, gay rights, civil rights, animal rights, environmentalism, poverty, education, health care, etc.) can be used to further the agenda. Leftists seize the moral high ground and vigorously pursue their goal to steal wealth and power.
Refugee resettlement sucks up welfare resources; and dilutes the culture, making the U.S. irrelevant by creating division and polarizing people. It also creates a new crop of compliant voters for the Left. Increasingly, our entire culture is becoming more and more reliant upon government. Refugee resettlement facilitates imposition of Islam, Hijra (migration), and jihad [a holy war waged on behalf of Islam as a religious duty; a personal struggle in devotion to Islam especially involving spiritual discipline--Merriam Webster Dictionary].
Twenty percent of émigrés to Europe are Syrians; however, over 70% of those are men of military age. In fact, they are not refugees according to the legal definition of that term (individuals who fear persecution based on race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group), but economic migrants. There are four million Syrians in camps in Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey. The immigrant investigation application process normally takes twelve months to two years. Now, the entire process for refugees is reduced to three months per applicant. It is more compassionate, and much less expensive to resettle refugees in place, i.e., in their native region. Resettlement should be the last resort. However, the Leftist goal is to eliminate borders so that the whole world’s population consists of refugees.
Since January of 2012, 100,000 Syrians refugees have settled in the U.S., this is in addition to other forms of legal immigration: asylum seekers, students, workers having job-related visas, marriage to a U.S. citizen, etc.; not to mention illegal immigration. In 2014, 20,000,000 people entered the U.S. through the visa-waiver program, which is available to citizens of certain nations and requires only that the person has a valid passport. The entire immigration program is out of control. Only 15% of the more than one million immigrants admitted annually come on employment visas. This massive level of immigration has the effect of depressing wages in the U.S. and the availability of jobs for U.S. citizens.
The cost of refugee resettlement now exceeds $2 billion annually. The VOLAGS [refugee resettlement agencies] receive LOTS of money, currently more than $5000 per person, for placements [doesn’t include the cost of transporting them to the U.S.]. They compete with each other to receive federal contracts. Their CEO’s are earning six-figure salaries for their “volunteer” and “charitable” efforts.
These organizations have religious-affiliation names, but they are extremely leftist, supporting the hard-Left agenda. The State Department works with nine contractors, which then work with another 350 sub-contractors, which, in turn, work with thousands of smaller organizations, all of them feeding on the Leftist agenda and government money. Six of the nine contractors are nominally religious, i.e., in name only. There is nothing religious about their work as proselytizing is forbidden. [In recent weeks, two of these have changed their names, eliminating any indication of affiliation with a particular faith denomination.]
Federal law (Immigration and Naturalization Act 412) specifies that refugees will be provided with housing, pocket money, food, clothing, medical care, education, English language training, and job training and placement. [It also spells out the responsibilities of the federal government toward states and localities, including notification and the ability of states and localities to refuse refugees due to lack of ability to provide the above noted services.] A refugee is considered self-sufficient as long as he doesn’t receive temporary assistance for needy families (TANF), but they may receive SSI. In 2014, studies done by the Census Bureau and the Office of Refugee Resettlement revealed that after five years, 44% of refugees still are collecting cash (5.3%), medical assistance (18.7%), and food stamps (15.1%).
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and big businesses promote hiring refugees at low wages that allow them to collect welfare benefits, thus keeping costs down for such businesses; while citizens remain unemployed and continue to pay taxes that support this whole program. Are our representatives ignorant of what is going on? We need welfare reform that includes work requirements. For the period 2009 – 2014, the U.S. spent more than $4 billion per year for 400,000 refugees, i.e., approximately $10,000 per person per year. Remember that the U.S. accepts more refugees per year than all other resettlement nations combined.
In addition to the extreme costs of the program, problems that are associated with refugee resettlement include: - Schools are affected by language incompatibility, yet they are expected to “teach” immigrant students who may speak a wide variety of foreign languages though not English—Manchester, NH high school students speak 82 different languages; - Refugees arrive here with a variety of health problems, including active as well as latent TB, which is highly contagious; HIV; and disfiguring sand fly parasites; - Refugees often are given hiring preference over U.S. citizens, including veterans; - Contractors’ attitude seems to be, “So what? You’ll continue to receive people every year”; and that the program must be kept secret from the public, known only to those in local communities who are providing things to refugees and, therefore, are receiving government money; - The attitude of the State Department is that they should send refugees only to U.S. cities that will be safe for refugees. “We would not bring refugees to any city in the United States that wasn’t going to be safe for the refugee to come to. And I put a little twist on that on purpose. The people of Twin Falls [ID] think the refugees are unsafe. I certainly, as someone who is resettling a refugee, would not take them to a place where I felt the refugee himself was going to be unsafe.” That is from Larry Bartlett, Director, Office of Refugee Admissions, State Dept. 9/22/15, Twin Falls, ID. [Where is the consideration for U.S. citizens who no longer feel safe because of uncontrolled immigration that allows criminals and terrorists to roam freely?]
On November 21, 2014, the White House Task Force on New Americans [see here and here] was created, by executive order [text here], for the purpose of establishing “welcoming communities and fully integrating immigrants and refugees,” i.e., forcing Americans to accept mass immigration and recognize the role everyone must play in furthering the integration of recent immigrants. Individuals and organizations that support this “Welcoming America” program include George Soros, Ford Foundation, Unbound Kaplan, Carnegie Foundation, Starbucks, Bill Gates, and many more.
The efforts noted below to deal with refugee resettlement are underway: - promotion of American Law for American Courts in both state and federal legislatures; - 31 state governors oppose refugee resettlement (despite their concerns, the flow continues at an accelerated rate); - TX and AL are suing the federal government for enacting the 2010 Refugee Act; - KS and NJ are withdrawing from the refugee resettlement program; - Angela Merkel of Germany and U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions, among others, are calling for the establishment of refugee “safe zones” within Syria; - Resettlement Accountability National Security Act (H.R.3314): Halt refugee program until Congress allows [through a joint congressional resolution]; - American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act (H.R. 4038): FBI certification of Iraqi and Syrian refugees [prior to review for approval to enter the U.S.]; - Refugee Resettlement Oversight and Security Act (H.R. 3573): Congress authorizes [annual] levels [of Syrian and Iraqi refugees to be accepted]; FBI/DNI/DHS screens refugees; - Visa Integrity & Security Act: ["amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide for new procedures pertaining to the processing of petitions and applications for immigrant or non-immigrant visas or for immigration benefits, and for other purposes."] (H.R. 5203) - Refugee Program Integrity Restoration Act (H.R. 4731): * Returns control to Congress * Reduces annual refugee caps * Preference [given] to religious minorities * Empowers state & local governments to decide resettlement. [Study these bills and press your representatives to support them.] - In July 2015, TX Representative Bruce Babin introduced legislation imposing a moratorium on refugee resettlement; - Sign a petition prohibiting refugee resettlement without local approval: here and here.
A video of Mr. Simpson’s presentation is available here, 52:46. This Youtube video features Jim Simpson discussing his book The Red-Green Axis: Agenda to "Erase America"; UN Directing Muslim "Refugee" Invasion, 19:39 minutes.
Clare Lopez Among many other accomplishments in the realm of security policy, Ms. ClareLopez completed Marine Corps Officer Candidate School (OCS) in Quantico, Virginia before declining a military commission in order to join the CIA; was named to Senator Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign national security advisory team; has served as a member of the Citizens Commission on Benghazi since 2013; was formerly Vice President of the Intelligence Summit; and was a career operations officer with the Central Intelligence Agency. Her comments follow.
Ms. Lopez opened her presentation by citing the article “The Future of Terrorism: What Al-Qaida Really Wants” by Yassin Musharbash, which identifies the seven-stage timeline for establishing a Muslim caliphate in the West: - 1st phase: 9/11/01 through the fall of Baghdad, Iraq in 2003; called “The Awakening,” it was intended to provoke the U.S. into declaring war on the Islamic world, which would “awaken” Muslims world-wide; 2nd phase: 2003 – 2006, known as “Opening Eyes,” this was a time to develop the Al-Qaida movement in Iraq as the center for global operations, with bases in other Arabic countries; 3rd phase: 2007 – 2010 “Arising and Standing Up,” the focus was to be on Syria along with attacks on Turkey and Israel; 4th phase: 2010 – 2013 Al-Qaida was to promote the collapse of hated Arabic governments that did not follow sharia law, and include attacks on oil suppliers and the U.S. economy through cyber terrorism; 5th phase: 2013 – 2016 The influence of Israel and Western nations in the Islamic world was greatly reduced and weakened, giving little resistance to, and allowing the declaration of, an Islamic State [caliphate] that was to foster a new world order; 6th phase: 2016 onward “Total Confrontation” everywhere upon the declaration of the caliphate, with conflict “between believers [in Allah] and non-believers [everyone else]”; 7th phase: “Definitive Victory;” among terrorists, the undoubted belief that Islamic efforts to accomplish world domination will succeed, through war lasting two years, and will be completed 2020.
Both Hijra and jihad are obligations imposed Allah. [Per dictionary.com: Hijra is 1. the flight (or migration) of Muhammad from Mecca to Medina to escape persecution in A.D. 622: regarded as the beginning of the Muslim Era; 2. the Muslim Era itself.]
Jihad [a holy war waged on behalf of Islam as a religious duty--Merriam Webster Dictionary] is being conducted against the U.S., Canada, and Australia through the Muslim Brotherhood [click here for an explanation of the Muslim Brotherhood, or Ikwan], use of sharia within those nations, proselytizing, and Muslim parents teaching the love of jihad to their children. It is violent, and includes preaching and teaching subversion.
We are in the period of “Total Confrontation.” Mosques are command-and-control centers. The goal now is to lure Western armies to Dabiq and to their destruction [Dabiq is “a place in Syria that is supposed to be the location for one of the final battles according to certain Muslim myths about a final apocalypse, per this article]. There are jihad attacks world-wide causing damage to soft targets and sowing terror.
The Islamic State (IS, ISIS, ISIL) set the stage for the final phase of jihad. ISIS is in every place where a Muslim swears bayat [per this definition: an oath of allegiance to an emir; a solemn promise, usually invoking a divine witness, regarding your future acts or behavior] to the Caliph. The Islamic State name changes with changes in leadership. We must attack the underlying ideology of sharia.
Jihad has three stages: immigrate, infiltrate, establish a caliphate. Immigration is underway through an organized influx of thousands of fit, military age men in Europe. In the U.S., our government selectively is supporting jihad here by deliberately adopting programs that undermine Western civilization. Refugees will not assimilate because Islam considers assimilation to be a crime against humanity. The Muslim Brotherhood is using resettlement to destroy the U.S. from within.
The Refugee Resettlement (RR) program is unconstitutional as it currently is operating, by excluding states and local governments from participation in decision-making. It is illegal; and dangerous because the immigrants cannot be vetted. It is expensive—there are fourteen different programs laced with fraud and costing ten to twenty billion dollars per year.
The hierarchy driving the RR program originates with the U.N. High Commissioner who then works with the U.S. Departments of State and Homeland Security. These, in turn, work with VOLAGS (religious organizations that relocate people) and the Office of Refugee Resettlement.
Five states are receiving the vast majority of immigrants. In 2014, MI was number four in that group. In 2016, MI has become the number one overall recipient. After the massacre of late 2015, Governor Snyder said “NO” to accepting more refugees. Previously, he was quite open to accepting them. We need to change state and federal laws to require or permit states to refuse to accept refugees. There is a surge underway to get thousands more Syrians here by the end of September 2016.
Ms. Lopez cited Ann Corcoran’s new blog “American Resistance – 2016” as worthy of our attention. [Ms. Corcoran’s introduction of this blog is at the right side of the screen. In it she states: “When the migrant numbers reach a critical mass, and they are almost there now, America will be changed forever....nothing else matters but this....the Presidential election of 2016 is, I believe, the most pivotal election since the founding of our great nation. If we choose the wrong President, especially as it relates to Muslim migration to America, we are doomed! The Hijra will be so far advanced by 2020, it will never be reversed....I believe with all my heart that 2016 is the tipping point---we either win or lose America itself this year!]
The question is not welcoming refugees, but will they make good U.S. citizens who will adhere to U.S. laws, customs, and society? None of this is likely as it is contrary to sharia.
The mosque is the center of the Muslim community. It is a place for prayer and worship; as well as collection of zakat: a tax that every Muslim individual and Muslim company must pay, a percentage of which must go to jihad. Mosques are modeled after Mohammed’s first mosque in Medina and contain: barracks; domes, which symbolize helmets; minarets, which symbolize bayonets; and worshipers, who are soldiers who must emulate the life of Mohammed. France is closing mosques, and, in the process, is finding weapons, ammunition, Islamic literature, videos, etc. Mosques also are bomb-making factories.
The Islamic Society of Greater Lansing, affiliated with the Islamic Society of North America which was created by members of the Muslim Brotherhood [see here and here], is located at 920 S. Harrison Rd., East Lansing, MI 48823. It is sharia-compliant; and has an attached pre-K through eighth grade madrassa. Click here and here for information about CAIR in MI.
The Muslim Brotherhood nominates and certifies all imams who work in prisons and some who work in state governments.
The U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO: click here and here) held its first international conference in February 2016, in Crystal City, VA. U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) spoke, as did Arsalan Suleman, U.S. envoy to OIC appointed by President George W. Bush. Their organizers are immigrants and descendants of immigrants. Their plan is to influence and infiltrate our political process, and to register one million new voters this year. Currently, they are contesting local races in seven key states, and expecting their winners to rise in the political system to higher levels of government. They are appealing to Hispanics; union members, especially teacher unions (they want to insinuate Islamic customs into classrooms); the inter-faith dialogue movement; and blacks. CAIR is the number one member of USCMO, the head of which claims the “Black Lives Matter” (BLM) movement. It uses the language of intimidation, marginalization, and themes of the civil rights movement. BLM is funded by George Soros. It is anarchist, anti-American, Marxist, racist, and violent. A Black Muslim female who advocates Muslim revolution recently was appointed Director of the Executive Office of Immigration Review. USCMO is openly allied with reform movements that organize violence at political rallies. These groups include MoveOn.org, Weather Underground, and the Revolutionary Communist Party. Their goal is anarchy. [To learn about another highly placed Muslim, read "Muslim former FBI agent who refused to wiretap fellow Muslims now Homeland Security Adviser".]
We can expect to see a convergence of America’s enemies, a willingness to embrace America’s enemies, and disruption and tearing down of law and order. We are in a period of organized chaos, of Islam vs. the United States Constitution. [Note the second article “May Day Detroit 2016” here from Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice. Especially notice the Endorsers cited at the end of the article.]
What can we do? - Learn about and understand the threat; - Enforce our laws against sedition; - Confront the enemies’ issues: write, expose, publicize, speak to local groups; - Be proud of American culture and history; - Honor our heroes; - Teach our history.
Dave Agema Former MI State Representative and current RNC National Committeeman Dave Agema addressed the issue of American Law for American Courts (ALAC). His comments follow.
Mr. Agema stated that the United States has been at war with Muslims since 1776, when we paid 20% of the national GDP to an imam in Tripoli [a.k.a. the Barbary pirates, to ransom our captured sailors]. He also said that ISIS now is in every state. Most legislators are ignorant of Islam. The Catholic Bishops think they can, and want to, get along with Muslims.
MI H.B. 4584 and H.B. 4585, known as the “Free Speech Defense Act,” [click here for an explanation of the need for these laws] have been sitting in the House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Thomas Hooker, since 5/12/15. These bills were presented as preliminary to re-introducing ALAC [which originally was introduced by Mr. Agema in 2011 as H.B. 4769]. Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof apparently thinks ALAC isn’t necessary in the United States.
If we don’t address ALAC, we’ll be like Great Britain, France, and Germany all of which have sharia law courts and zones. We must bombard MI legislators with demands for passage of ALAC, asking for a “discharge bill [from the House Judiciary Committee] with a record roll call vote.” Townships and counties need to pass a resolution or ordinance in support of ALAC.
Nahren Anweya Miss Nahren Anweya, an Assyrian Christian and naturalized American citizen, related her family’s experience of fleeing from Iraq when she was six years old. Having only three days notice of their imminent need to escape from Iraq, her family sold as many possessions as possible in order to have money for travel and settlement in a new land, her mother sewing the money into their clothes to prevent it from being discovered and stolen. Over the years, several of her family members in Iraq have been killed. At the age of fifteen, she wrote and submitted an article to the “Wall Street Journal” detailing what has happened to Iraqi Christians. She now writes for several magazines, and has appeared on the “Sean Hannity Show.” Her comments follow.
Miss Anweya stated that ISIS is referred to as daesh, which, she says, means “scum of the earth.” [Currently, it is being used more and more often to refer to IS, ISIS, ISIL by politicians and the press. Click here.]
There is a genocide in Iraq against Christians, but Muslims don’t want that truth to get out. Over time, Muslims are transforming traditionally Christian countries to Islam, ultimately attacking Christians. Christians preserve humanity in Iraq. They have a history of collaborating with Britain and the U.S. [See this 2014 article for a summary of Iraq’s plight in recent years: “Iraq’s Vulnerable Christians Further Imperiled by Jihadist Advance.”]
Who is funding ISIS? Initially, there were very small numbers of financial supporters, now there are huge numbers of supporters. Saudi Arabia is the number one funding source. Funding also comes from Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait—all U.S. allies—and some from U.S. contributors.
The U.S. will have its own crises if things continue as they are—we are on a path of self-destruction. A bigger threat than radical Muslims is the politically correct American who doesn’t know anything about the Constitution.
ISIS is in the United States. Miss Anweya asked, “When we have a Muslim President, how could it not be?” The rest of the world knows this, but Americans don’t. Americans are good people, they have good hearts, but they are naïve.
We can’t remove ISIS. It will be a problem forever. We have failed our country. We need to be actively working against what our corrupted government officials have done by making secret deals behind the scenes.
The U.S. government is not helping Iraqi Christians. Perhaps twenty percent of congressmen are. The Christian genocide in Iraq now is officially recognized by the U.S.
There is a religious war between Sunnis and Shi’ites. There also is genocide because of faith. In 2009, there were thirty million Christians in Iraq, now there are fewer than 30,000. Very few churches remain in Iraq—most were destroyed or converted to mosques.
The U.S. regards Kurds as allies. Genocide started in 1914. There actually were sleeper cells in Iraq that annihilated at one time 750,000 Christians, Armenians, and Greeks. The Assyrian language, the language that Jesus spoke, also is being destroyed. There was another slaughter when the British abandoned Iraq. In June 2014, 400 Kurds left Iraq allowing ISIS to invade. After the Iraqis surrendered, the Kurds returned. Males are executed, and women and girls are raped or taken as sex slaves or jihadi brides. When the U.S. allows sufficient refugees into the country, sleeper cells here will be activated, leading to slaughter here.
Only Christians can help Christians. They are the first people on the front lines to save other people or provide assistance in a disaster. But, who will do that for us? No one.
Miss Anweya stated, “Christianity is on the verge of ending in the Middle East. I don’t want to see that happen in this country. This is a holy war that is happening.”
When the U.S. left Iraq, the Christian genocide began. Saddam Hussein was protecting Christians. Iraqis prefer protection and support from Western countries. A united Iraq never will work. A Sunnistan, Kurdistan, and Christian sections are what is needed.
We must take action. Visit your city or county council and inform them of locally occurring refugee resettlement. Urge them to pass a resolution or ordinance that will protect your community from participation in resettlement. Also, demand action from your legislators on Rep. Jim Runestad’s bills: - H.R. 0197 “to urge the President of the United States to declare that the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham is committing genocide against Christians and other ethnic and religious minorities in the Middle East, thus enabling direct intervention and availability of resources to stop this atrocity,” [text]. The Resolution was referred to the MI House Committee on Government Operations on 1/13/16. - H.B. 5528 “to provide for certain information regarding refugee resettlement; to create a communication process for certain state departments and local units of government to collaborate in the process as set forth in federal immigration law; and to prescribe powers and duties for certain state offices and departments,” [text]. The Bill was referred to the MI House Committee on Oversight and Ethics on 3/24/16. - H.B. 5529 [text] is tied to H.B. 5528 and lays out a structure of operations for agencies dealing with refugees, and reporting requirements between those agencies and state government offices.
A video of Miss Anweya’s presentation is available here, 45:26.
Shane Trejo Mr. Shane Trejo, author and State Director of the 10th Amendment Center, said that states are filing lawsuits against the federal government regarding Refugee Resettlement.
When the federal Immigration and Naturalization Act was revised in 1984 by the Wilson-Fish Amendment, 49 states signed up to participate in the Refugee Resettlement Program (RRP). Only WY declined to participate. The Amendment lays out the regulations for administering the RRP and identifies assistance offered to participating states, yet leaves states with little to no influence. The federal government is ignoring protests from the states regarding the inability of the government to properly vet refugees, or states’ efforts to withdraw from the RRP. [This article from Breitbart summarizes the current situation.]
The courts, both state and federal, are favorable to refugee resettlement (RR), holding that RR falls strictly under the jurisdiction of the federal government and the president. [This article summarizes the efforts of the Thomas More Law Center to help states stop refugee resettlement within their borders.] The courts tend to uphold the status quo—in favor of federal power.
The Tenth Amendment Center relies on Federalist Paper #46, written by James Madison father of the U.S. Constitution, which advocates [quotations from Federalist Paper #46]: - Protest by the people: “the ultimate authority, wherever the derivative may be found, resides in the people alone,…”; - Outspoken governors; - Non-compliance with federal law; - State laws to thwart or counter federal over-reach: “the State governments must clearly have the advantage.”
We must work through legislatures rather than the courts. States have the right, under the 10th Amendment, to say “NO” to the federal government and to withhold resources from, and cooperation, with the federal government.
States need to: - Reclaim control of RR programs from non-profit organizations [VOLAGS] that are working with, and are funded by, the federal government; - Slow the process once control is regained; and - Make states less hospitable to resettlement.
Citizens need to become involved in arenas in which they can have the greatest influence and success, starting with their local governmental units: township, village/town/city government, county commission, schools, state representatives, and groups that inform about or stand against federal government over-reach.
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