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Public written testimonmy and response from State Dept.

After not being given the opportunity to give public testimony on the "size and scope" of refugee admissions, below is the reply to our written testimony. (Read written testimony below)

We have not been allowed to see all testimony, especially the testimony of the refugee contractors which are almost completely funded with federal tax dollars, Please ask Congressman Trey Gowdy to investigate!!
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Dear Mr. Newton:
The Department of State values the input you have provided to the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. We also received your request to have access to comments made by other members of the public. We regret that we are unable to fulfill this request, due to privacy considerations. The Federal Register notice did not indicate that comments submitted would be made public.
Kind regards,
Delicia Spruell
Program Officer, Refugee Admissions • Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration • U.S. Department of State
2025 E Street NW, Washington, DC 20520 | phone: 202.453.9257| fax: 202.453.9393| email: spruellda@state.gov

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TO: U.S. State Department
RE:FY 2015 U.S. Refugee Admissions Program-Size and Scope
Contact:Delicia Spruell, PRM
Contact Email:spruellda@state.gov

To Whom It May Concern:
Georgia is receiving a disproportionate amount of refugees. Our state has taken more than 2,000 refugees per year since 1980 plus 2 1/2 that many asylees. 8 U.S.C. 1522 requires the Federal Refugee Director to communicate with state and local governments to determine if an area is inundated with refugees yet this has not been done and there is no movement on the horizon to limit or more proportionately distribute the inflow of refugees in the U.S.

As a result of our overwhelming numbers of refugees,the Justice Department requires Georgia's DeKalb County schools to communicate with parents and children in over 140 languages. The DeKalb school system is and has been inundated with refugees for years with more coming. The program has spilled over to Gwinnett County which now teaches school in over 30 languages. This is creating a huge burden in our schools and will soon inundate the entire Atlanta Metro Area.

Georgia taxpayers are paying an estimated $30 million/yr in welfare costs for refugees. 
The welfare cost is expanding exponentially and will eventually break down our welfare system. We have an obligation to Georgia citizens. We need to live up to that obligation first. Furthermore, refugee contractors have lobbied to change the law regarding economic "self-sufficiency".  Now Georgia contractors can, under the new statutory definition, tell legislators that the refugees are "self-sufficient" even though their numbers are including the refugees' welfare benefits. This definition is a complete mischaracterization of "self-sufficiency."  People incorrectly assume that refugees are paying their own way in life. Contractors do not point out the definitional distinction between statutory "self-sufficiency" and the common ordinary use of the term, this is misleading.  I compel the State Department to provide an honest definition of "self-sufficiency" and let the public make up their own mind.

In presenting testimony to our legislature resettlement contractors single out the agencies with the 3 most successful employment records while concealing the employment record of the largest and least productive contractors. The contractors (religious charities) represent to our legislators that 80% of the refugees are working and supporting themselves within 6 months of being in Georgia. This is false. The Federal Refugee Resettlement website shows that the employment average is less than 40% at the 3 month time period. At the end of the year the refugee employment rate drops to 18% and 15% thereafter. This false and constant manipulation of data has caused Georgians to loose respect for the contractors and the refugees they represent. 

In regards to the scope of the U.S. resettlement admissions program,there needs to be a much closer look at the screening process of people seeking refugee status as well as the legitimacy of their refugee claims. False claims and fraud are becoming more and more prominent with the slack screening process done by the United Nations. This can clearly pose great safety risks to U.S. citizens (i.e. Boston Bomber Brothers). Additionally, the refugees brought in are often the least qualified to work and sustain themselves. Georgia contractors mentor refugees for 30 days, find them some low wage job in local animal and vegetable processing plants, pester the refugee (by threatening to eliminate their welfare benefits) to work 90 days, and then run back to the airport to pick up another group. This manipulative trick that the contractors repeatedly and consistently use guarantees that the contractor is paid.  After 90 days the refugee quits work and becomes a lifetime welfare beneficiary.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has already notified the Federal Government that the state cannot sustain more refugees sent to Georgia. The program has turned into a money-grab for contractors and their well paid managers. 

I request a complete copy of all public comments made on this subject and I am sending a copy of my testimony to my elected members of congress.

Thank you for the opportunity to present this information.
Joseph Newton
Chairman, Georgia Citizens for Refugee Resettlement Relief

Cc:
Sen. Johnny Isakson, Sen. Saxby Chambliss, Rep. Rob Woodall, Rep. Jack Kingston, Rep. Paul Broun, Rep. Tom Price, Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, Rep. Austin Scott, Rep. Doug Collins, Rep. Tom Graves


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