The other day when we reported that the Heritage Foundation got it so wrong with its “Roadmap for Reform” one of my first thoughts was it is because they clearly are living in a D.C. bubble and have no idea of what is going on in ‘flyover country.’
I think it is because the mainstream media isn’t reporting on the trouble in towns and cities where refugee overload has created enormous tensions. We don’t expect fairness from CNN etc, but Fox News is just as much to blame!
This Fox News story by Elizabeth Llorente makes my point. Llorente clearly hasn’t read very much about the program and then she uses Linda Hartke, of all people, as her source for views from the religious Left.
We will get to Hartke shortly, but first this. Reporter Llorente clearly got this talking point from the refugee contractors (probably from Hartke!).
The number of refugees entering the U.S. has plummeted since President Trump lifted a four-month ban on admissions.
Only 3,108 refugees came to the U.S. in October and November, the first two months of the new fiscal year. The Obama administration admitted 18,300 refugees in the same period last year. The new numbers represent a dramatic 83 percent drop.
Take a look at this data (below). What do you see? Those two months she uses as comparison are the highest two October/November admissions for probably 20 years (at least 10 here). Yes, Trump’s numbers are thankfully low, but it is disingenuous to take the top Obama months and compare them this way—this is what the lying Left does all the time!
In the fall of 2016, fearing that Trump would be elected in November, the Obama administration was working furiously to bring in extremely high numbers in those months leading up to and following the election. The numbers were so high that refugees were dumped into motels because the contractors couldn’t keep up.
Now to Linda Hartke!
Of all the people to quote representing the nine contractors*** she picked the embattled Hartke and gives her many column inches to lament! (Does she know Hartke personally?)
Don’t these reporters at Fox News read?
Hartke is embroiled in accusations of financial mismanagement. See Michael Patrick Leahy at Breitbart’s expose here.
Llorente goes on….
Groups that work with refugees lamented the drop, saying the U.S. should not scale back its support for people fleeing upheaval.
Could Fox just once mention the fact that these “groups that work with refugees” are paid government contractors who have a financial interest in seeing ever-larger numbers of refugees admitted to the US.
“It’s tragic, really,” said Linda Hartke, president and chief executive of the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, which resettles refugees. “It’s tragic for refugees who’ve fled for their lives, who are simply looking for the chance to be safe and provide for their families and see their kids go to school and live in dignity.”
She said to Fox News, “It hard for many Americans to understand why this administration fails to see that we not only have an international obligation to protect the most vulnerable, but an opportunity to demonstrate American leadership.”
As for the administration’s withdrawal from the global talks on migration, Hartke viewed it as bewildering.
“The global compact was an opportunity, including for our neighbors, to be much more thoughtful about the flows of migrants, what’s good for this country and for our neighbors as well,” Hartke said. “Having these conversations in a global context is something we shouldn’t be afraid of.”
And, in light of what is happening inside Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, I have to say that Hartke has chutzpah!
Readers, stop believing everything Fox News says, please read many sources of alternative media to become fully informed.
Here, for new readers and for reporter Llorente, are the nine federal resettlement contractors paid by you to place refugees in your towns and cities. These middlemen get paid by the head for their ‘charitable good works,’ so they have no incentive to ever see a reduction in numbers.
- 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)