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A thank you to GA Atty General Sam Olens

Many have been outraged at Attorney General Sam Olens' recent letter of opinion to Governor Deal regarding the legality of preventing federally funded benefits to Syrian refugees.

Olens' letter can be seen here [parts of the letter are referenced in brackets below].
The fact is Sam Olens gave us a gift.  What he has told us in his statement is in fact validating what we have been saying for 3 years.

[If the State no longer wants to function as the federally-designated refugee resettlement program, it may cease participation after giving 120 days advance notice to the Director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement.   See 45 C.F.R. §400.301(a).]

We can leave the Refugee Resettlement (RR) program anytime we choose after giving 120 days notice! After we leave the RR program the federal funded special benefits refugees receive wind down and terminate in full within 9 months (except things like free college educations). 

These federally funded programs (refugee cash assistance, medical assistance, and housing assistance) cost Georgia nothing. Don't worry about them winding down. There are other small benefits. Family services (how to take care of children, how to ride the bus and/or drive a car) are also federally funded and will eventually work their way out of the system.  Opponents say the federal government will step in and run the program if we get out. The answer is maybe yes, maybe no. Wyoming has held off the RR program for years by refusing to participate. In past years Connecticut has taken only 10 refugees; Delaware and Rhode Island have taken even fewer. 

One thing that props up this program is community support. If the political leaders discourage community support, refugee operations move away on their own. Case in point is Terra Haute, Indiana where the community told RR to get out because the Samalians were wrecking the town.  

We too can stop this anytime we choose. If you notice in his opinion letter, Olens also mentioned grants and contracts.

[The Georgia DHS assures the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) that the goals and objectives of the Department's Refugee Resettlement Program comply with all other applicable Federal Statutes in effect during the time that it is receiving grant funding. (§400.5(i)(3)]

Grants are applied for and contracts are written to enforce the grant provisions. The issue here is stop applying for the grants and there will be no contract issues with the federal government.  

We do have the ability to get out of the Refugee Resettlement business. We do have the right to keep our state safe.


8 Comments to A thank you to GA Atty General Sam Olens:

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lyn helvey on Thursday, January 14, 2016 1:00 PM
Dear Atty General Olens Thank you for standing up and preserving our state. I know it is difficult considering the current administration that seems intent on destroying everything America stands for.
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Anonymous on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 2:00 AM
Vegus168 Thank you Ballstep2
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joy on Monday, January 25, 2016 1:02 AM
Grants are applied for and contracts are written to enforce the grant provisions. The issue here is stop applying for the grants and there will be no contract issues with the federal government.
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pay4essayonline blog on Monday, January 25, 2016 1:12 AM
There are many syriam refugee around the syria. The developed country should take care of those refugee people. As they are human, we should stand beside of those helpless people. The developed country should rethink about the people of the Syria.
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Monica Bell on Thursday, January 28, 2016 1:02 PM
Thank you Atty. Olens, It is so hard for me to watch as Washington makes dangerous decisions. It's as though our options don't matter. We are not heartless in Georgia, but we are not stupid ether. The refugees are from a different country , with totally opposite values than our country upholds and has flourished from. These refugees may or may not contain members of ISIS among them , but as Tray Gawdy has said.. It only took a few to kill a hundred and thirty people. It's truly not wort the chance and I thank you for protecting my loved ones. Mr. Olens I would be grateful if you could share the following with others as you go forth .. "Can a Muslim be a good American?This question was forwarded to a friend who worked in Saudi Arabia for 20 years. The following is his reply:Theologically - no, because his allegiance is to Allah.Religiously - no, because no other religion is accepted by His Allah except Islam (Qur'an 2:256).Scripturally - no, because his allegiance is to the five Pillars of Islam and the Qur'an.Geographically - no, because his allegiance is to Mecca, to which he turns in prayer five times a day.Socially - no, because his allegiance to Islam forbids him to make friends with Christians or Jews.Politically - no, because he must submit to the mullahs (spiritual leaders) who teach the annihilation of Israel and the destruction of America, the great Satan.Domestically - no, because he is instructed to marry four Women and beat his wife when she disobeys him (Qur'an 4:34).Intellectually - no, because he cannot accept the American Constitution since it is based on Biblical principles and he believes the Bible to becorrupt.Philosophically- no, because Islam, Muhammad,and the Qur'an does not allow freedom of religion and expression. Democracy and Islam cannot co-exist! Every Muslim government is either dictatorial or autocratic.Spiritually - no, because when we declare 'one nation under God,' we are referring to the Christian's God and not Allah.Therefore, after much study and deliberation, perhaps we should be very suspicious of ALL MUSLIMS in this country. They obviously cannotbe both 'good' Muslims and good Americans/Canadians; they cannot and will not integrate into the great melting pot of America.The religious war is bigger than we know or understand. Muslims everywhere have said they will destroy us from within." share as possible as you can for save fucture of America and our children from terrorism ,, if we not open our eyes today there must be worst results in fucture of our children and united states. Thank you, Mrs. Bell
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gail lee on Sunday, February 07, 2016 12:54 AM
Please, stop now. They will never integrate. Their religion won't allow them to assimilate. This is an idiotic thing to do. Some of you big brains should read a few books on the subject; if you do, you'll know they will NEVER assimilate.
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Equity Tips Today on Saturday, March 19, 2016 1:53 AM
Many have been outraged at Attorney General Sam Olens' recent letter of opinion to Governor Deal regarding the legality of preventing federally funded benefits to Syrian refugees.....Fantastic web site. Plenty of helpful information is here. I am sending it to several friends and also sharing in delicious way. And of course, thank you to your sweet post!
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replique montre on Thursday, December 15, 2016 2:07 AM
Please, stop now. They will never integrate. Their religion won't allow them to assimilate. This is an idiotic thing to do. Some of you big brains should read a few books on the subject; if you do, you'll know they will NEVER assimilate.
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