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Every year, the president and Congress meet to set refugee quotas for specific countries. "By its very nature, it’s not a legal process; it is a political process,” says Bill Frelick, the director of the refugee program at Human Rights Watch. A vulnerable group of refugees who do not have a big profile and do not have a “special” connection to the United States, are left out. Acceptance of refugees is a popularity contest that is politically driven.
When Saigon fell in 1975, the U.S. had no comprehensive refugee policy. When refugees from the South China Sea started arriving, the government passed the 1980 Refugee Act, giving way to a universal definition for what it meant to be a refugee, and founded the resettlement program that exists to this day. The Vietnamese exodus continued through the '90s until the U.S. formally closed its resettlement program in 1994.
By 2007, the U.N.’s refugee agency called the Iraq exodus the "largest long-term population movement in the Middle East since the displacement of Palestinians" in 1948. But at that point, the U.S. had admitted fewer than 1,000 Iraqi refugees.
There are currently 2.6 million Afghan refugees. But in the last 20 years, the U.S. has taken in less than 20,000.By 1994, 2.3 million Rwandan people had fled the country. The U.S. has taken in less than 1,500. The 1999-2001 civil war in Liberia resulted in 640,000 refugees. The U.S., has accepted about 33,000.
Out of the more than two million Syrian refugees, the United States has taken in a total of 90 since that country’s civil war began.
Soviet Jews have been steadily streaming into the U.S. for decades surpassing their relocation to Israel. The Lautenberg Amendment, a special 1989 law, even granted refugee status to Jews from the former Soviet Union without having to prove specific persecution.
The 30 U.S. states refusing Syrian refugees on 'shaky legal ground,' say experts. In wake of Paris attacks, at least 30 U.S. governors announced plans to bar Syrian refugees from their state
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Tennessee GOP leader: Round up Syrian refugees, remove from state
Bloomberg Poll: Most Americans Oppose Syrian Refugee Resettlement
Americans agree with Republican presidential candidates on refugees, but are divided on whether to send U.S. troops to Iraq and Syria to fight the Islamic State, according to the poll.
Show discussing news, politics and culture from the perspective of Ayn Rand's philosophy, Objectivism. Hosted by Amy Peikoff.
Today we'll discuss the recent terrorist atrocities as well as the debate over the admission of Syrian refugees that has arisen as a result of these attacks. Also planned is a discussion of the importance of the right to bear arms, particularly today. Go to my blog for program notes about an hour before showtime.
Should the United States accept 10,000 Syrian refugees or should we deny them access? Is our vetting process for visas to enter the country substational enough? Should we listen to Donald Trump and stop accepting Muslims into our counry until we have a better vetting system in place? Is this possible? Tune in tonight as we discuss these issues. Callers are always welcome.
New Year, new show time! Behind the Headlines will now be broadcast 2 hours earlier than previously, that's 12-2pm EST / 5-7pm UTC / 6-8pm CET
New Year celebrations apparently passed relatively uneventfully in Germany, which last year took in a staggering 1.1 million refugees fleeing Western wars in the Middle East and North Africa. But then, four days later, descriptions of very ugly scenes in Cologne emerged in the media.
People took to the streets to protest against ‘sexual terrorism’ committed by ‘a thousand’ refugees, officials began retracting and contradicting earlier statements, and mass hysteria broke out in Germany and across the Western world as the media hinted at a massive cover-up.
On today’s episode of Behind the Headlines, we’re joined by Dutch Sott.net editor Amari Roos to discuss the backlash against refugees in Europe, the latest developments in the Middle East, the many ‘Islamic terror’-related incidents around the world thus far in 2016, and some of the recent extreme weather events.
Join us from 12-2pm EST / 5-7pm UTC / 6-8pm CET this Sunday, 17 January 2016, for a global perspective on current events
The U.S. does not know its own history, and as a consequence is repeating the same disasterous mistakes, over and over again. Hidden from us is the fact that "creating a master race" is an idea that started in the U.S.! In the next two hours Bob Kirkconnell, author of, American Heart of Darkness, will discuss:
What Ann Frank's step sister had to say about how her family was refused admission into the United States!
How did the Eugenics movement grow in the U.S. and move to Germany?
And how did it return after WW-II?
Where are we at today with a histerical and delusional America afraid of its own shadow?
Listeners are encouraged to call in and join the conversation!
The call-in line is open. I will be talking about the Refugee crisis, immigration and Filter Program ideas. What the heck is going on folks? Can't we stop the flow of refugees? Should we? Tune in tonight for more on these topics.
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