Message from the U.S. Department of State

The United States of America is the largest single donor to the Syrian humanitarian response, having contributed more than $4.1 billion in humanitarian aid since the conflict began. This funding provides life-saving assistance such as food, medical care, and shelter to millions of vulnerable individuals in Syria and throughout the region.
We understand the huge challenges that the European states are facing and welcome continuing efforts to seek a comprehensive, coordinated response. We have also stressed that any solution to the crisis should focus on saving and protecting lives, ensuring the human rights of all migrants are respected, and promoting orderly and humane migration policies.
Refugee resettlement reflects the United States’ highest values and aspirations to compassion, generosity and leadership. President Obama has directed his team to significantly increase the number of Syrian refugees the U.S. will accept next year. We recognize that admitting more Syrian refugees to the U.S. is only part of the solution, but the President believes this policy decision is consistent with our responsibility to do more.
The U.S. has welcomed more than 3 million refugees for resettlement since 1975—more than any country in the world. The U.S. remains deeply committed to achieving the dual goals of safeguarding the American public from threats and providing refuge to some of the world’s most vulnerable people, most of whom are themselves, the victims of terrorism. Refugees are subject to the highest level of security checks of any category of traveler to the U.S. Screening includes the involvement of the National Counterterrorism Center, the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Center, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Defense.
Thank you for contacting the U.S. Department of State.

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Arrests of Immigrant Children, Families at Mexico Border Jump 52 Percent

BY: Morgan Chalfant
September 22, 2015 11:20 am

Arrests of unaccompanied immigrant children and families made by the U.S. Border Patrol at the southern border with Mexico in August increased 52 percent over the same month in 2014, a fact that the White House labeled “concerning.”

According to statistics published Monday, the patrol apprehended 10,000 unaccompanied immigrant children and families last month.

The Associated Press reported:

Since the start of the fiscal year in October, border agents have arrested more than 35,000 children traveling alone and more than 34,500 people traveling as families, mostly mothers and children. The total number of arrests for the year is down nearly 50 percent compared with a year ago, but border agents have reported a jump in arrests since July. The Border Patrol reported arresting 6,424 unaccompanied immigrant children and families in August 2014, compared to 9,790 this year.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Monday that the administration is surprised by the increase in immigrants attempting to cross the border.

“We have seen, just in the last month, in the month of August, a surprising uptick,” Earnest said.

The Obama administration spokesman regarded the figures as particularly “concerning” because the August heat typically produces a decline in the number of unaccompanied minors attempting to cross the southern border. Earnest said it remains unclear what caused the spike.

“This is something that we take very seriously,” Earnest alleged. “It’s something that the administration has been quite vigilant about over the last year and a half, and it’s something that we’re going to closely monitor in the months ahead.”

The increase in young immigrants comes one year after border officials were overwhelmed by upwards of 68,000 unaccompanied children flooding to the U.S. border with Mexico.

In 2012, President Obama issued an executive order that stopped the deportation of illegal immigrants who entered the country as children meeting specific requirements.

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The Percentage of Muslim Refugees on Welfare Will Disturb You

The Percentage of Muslim Refugees on Welfare Will Disturb You

President Obama recently announced that he wants to increase the number of Muslim refugees this country takes in to a staggering additional 10,000.
In light of that fact, it might be worthwhile to take a look at what the economic bottom line is going to look like when that happens.
According to the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, almost 92% of Muslim refugees in this country are currently on food stamps. Nearly 69% percent are receiving cash welfare.
Even if Americans were on board with President Obama’s desire to help finance the Islamization of America and the west, while bringing in untold numbers of ISIS fighters who are openly hiding among the refugees to this country where it will be easier for them to carry out their deadly terrorist agenda on our soil, the economic burden alone should cause us to reconsider.
According to Senator Jeff Sessions:
During the time period referenced in the chart (FY2008 to FY2013), the United States admitted 115,617 refugees from the Middle East and granted asylum to another 10,026.
Also during this 5-year time frame, according to the Department of Homeland Security, the United States granted permanent admission to a total of 308,805 individuals from these same 10 Middle Eastern countries (designated as refugee-sending nations) through the issuance of green cards. Those with green cards are Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) of the United States who may apply for citizenship after 5 years and bring their foreign relatives into the U.S. on green cards as well.
More broadly, concerning all immigration, the Migration Policy Institute notes that the U.S. has taken in “about 20 percent of the world’s international migrants, even as it represents less than 5 percent of the global population,” and that 1 in 4 U.S. residents is now either an immigrant or born to immigrant parents. The Census projects that another 14 million immigrants will arrive in the United States between now and 2025, easily eclipsing the highest previous historical watermark for foreign-born population share.

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