That would be the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society one of the nine federal contractors*** that monopolize all refugee resettlement in America.
They have been the most litigious of the nine while they receive more than $20 million a year directly from the US Treasury to place refugees in US cities. HIAS has also been the leader of the contractors’ political agitation campaign against the President.
We told you here just last Saturday that they are closing some of those offices because the paying client (a.k.a. refugee) numbers have dropped (especially those on the Iran to Austria express that HIAS liked so much).
Mark Hetfield [right] speaking at HIAS anti-Trump rally in New York last February. Rep. Keith Ellison was also a featured speaker. Hetfield collects a salary and benefits package of $358,718 (2015). I call that doing well by doing good. HIAS pockets over $20 million annually from you—the taxpayers of America.
Here is the news about today’s court case from The Times of Israel:
A federal court in Seattle will hear an argument brought by Jewish groups challenging the latest Trump administration ban on refugees.
One of the two challenges being heard, Jewish Family Service v. Trump, has been brought by HIAS, the Jewish immigration advocacy group, on behalf of its partners, Jewish Family Service of Seattle and Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley. The second case is ACLU of WA v. Trump.
The cases will be heard Thursday morning in the US District Court in the city.
The new set of restrictions on refugees include a minimum 90-day suspension of admission of refugees from 11 countries, nine of which are predominantly Muslim, and a suspension of the so-called follow-to-join process, which reunites family members with refugees already in the United States.
“The global refugee crisis has reached record high proportions, yet the Trump administration has set a record low ceiling for refugees that may be resettled to the United States,” HIAS President Mark Hetfield said in a statement announcing the suit.
There is no legal question about whether the President can set the number of refugees to be admitted to the US (Refugee Act of 1980 gives him that power), so not sure why the number issue is relevant to the case involving restrictions on certain countries. I can only assume this is all about whacking Trump (again) through the media as they take a major hit to their pocket books.
Will the feds give them money anyway?
BTW, watch for this! Right after 9/11 when President Bush lowered the refugee numbers dramatically (less than 30,000 for 2 straight years), we have been told that the contractors, hysterical about the hit a reduction in paying clients would be to their budgets, were able to get funding for doing very little from the federal government. We will be watching for any news of that happening and will be raising the red flag if we get wind of it!
***For new readers, these are the nine federal resettlement contractors that are paid by you, the taxpayer, to place refugees in your towns and cities. There will be no serious reform of the US Refugee Admissions Program as long as they are paid by the head to place refugees and as long as they are effectively Leftwing community agitators as well:
- Church World Service (CWS)
- Ethiopian Community Development Council (ECDC) (secular)
- Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM)
- Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS)
- International Rescue Committee (IRC) (secular)
- US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) (secular)
- Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (LIRS)
- United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)
- World Relief Corporation (WR)
Endnote: New readers might want to see last week’s weekly roundup for more information on RRW and rules of the road. Click here.
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