Mehlman: U.S. can't take in, care for every refugee

Friday, October 12, 2018
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

"USA Border" signA border watchdog organization is supporting the Trump administration's call for a 30,000 cap on refugee resettlement this year.

The State Department recently announced that the United States plans to cap refugee resettlement at 30,000 and predictably critics characterized the decision as cruel, pointing out the figure is the lowest ever. 

Amnesty International called the cap an "all-out attack" against refugees around the world, USA Today reported.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters the U.S. is overwhelmed with 800,000 pending asylum cases and pointed out that the U.S. provided more than $8 billion in humanitarian assistance in one year alone, 2017, the newspaper reported.

Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, or FAIR, says the United States and other countries cannot invite the entire Third World to resettle in the West.

Mehlman

"According to the United Nation's High Commissioner for Refugees," says Mehlman, "there are 68-and-a-half million people around the world who have been displaced from their homes through conflict or natural disasters who need to be taken of, and we do have an obligation but you simply can't resettle that many people."

The vast majority of refugees, he says, should be cared for close to their homeland with the expectation that when circumstances change, they can be repatriated back to their home countries. 

"It seems in the minds of a lot of people," he observes, "that the only way that a nation can demonstrate its commitment to protecting people who are in trouble around the world is through massive resettlement."

 

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