According to data released by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the United States remains in first place for refugee resettlement.
The refugee agency has been urging for more resettlement spots in line with Global Compact on Refugees, which advocates for increasing refugee resettlement opportunities.
CIS offered an overview of 2019 resettlement activities in the images below:
Submission by Destination (top five countries)
Departures by Destination (top five countries)
In 2019, the United State government resettled more refugees than any other country on the planet. UNHCR press release from early February stated, “The largest number of UNHCR-facilitated resettlement departures last year were to the United States, followed by Canada, the United Kingdom, Sweden and Germany.”
The UN’s Global Compact on Refugees, which was established in 2018, pushes for increases of resettlement admissions. Additionally, it “pushes for faster and more flexible means of resettlement processing” and “encourages other pathways for admission as ‘complements’ to resettlement” via private sponsorship programs (such as student scholarships, employment opportunities, etc.). Thanks to President Donald Trump’s strong nationalist instincts, the U.S. government did not to endorse this refugee compact. However, countries like Canada did.
Per the UNHCR’s recent Factsheet and Resettlement Data Finder, 21,159 refugees were resettled in the U.S. The official U.S. government Refugee Processing Center portal found that the number of refugees resettled in the U.S. in the calendar year of 2019 (January 1-December 31, 2019) was 25,782. For the fiscal year 2019 (October 1, 2018 – September 30, 2019), it was 30,000.
Although refugee resettlement pales in comparison to migrant inflows via legal and illegal immigration, this is another facet of mass migration that should not be ignored. After all, various failed Democrat candidates like former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg have called for refugee resettlement levels in the six figures range.
Beyond economic costs, mass migration, regardless of how it occurs, can potentially undermine American civil liberties.
Immigrant voting trends indicate strong support for Democrats that has not waned in the last 50 years.
Immigration is no casual public policy matter and could put America and the rest of the West on the ropes.
Texas Political Establishment Attempts to Derail Shelley Luther’s Campaign
The special election for Texas’ Senate District 30 is on pace to be one of the most heated races in the Lone Star State.
At a candidate forum on September 18, 2020, Shelley Luther, the Dallas salon owner who was jailed for opening her business in defiance of Governor Greg Abbott’s shutdown order, confronted outgoing State Senator Pat Fallon.
Fallon vacated his seat and is now backing a successor in State Representative Drew Springer.
“We don’t want somebody who’s going to be at odds with our Republican governor,” Fallon said September 18 at the Grayson County Republican Women’s Club.
I didn’t support some of the things that he has done about opening up. … So, he’s made some mistakes. He’s our Republican governor, the 80/20 rule … because you’re not going to get any bills passed unless the governor signs them.
“Let me make something clear. I am accountable to my fellow citizens in Senate District 30. Not our Governor,” Luther responded on September 19 on Facebook:
This is exactly what is wrong with Austin. Our politicians are more loyal to Abbott than us, even when they disagree with him.
I will work with Governor Abbott when he is fighting to protect the liberty of Texans, and I will oppose him when he pushes unilateral dictates that shut down our local businesses.
Fallon and Luther had a tense exchange, which was caught on video.
“You want me to go all in on this race?” Fallon questioned Luther. “I have been 5 percent in on this race. You want me to go all in on it, I’m welcome to.”
“This has become a straight-up fight between Abbott and the ‘Kumbaya’ Professional Political Class vs. the grassroots and people who remember what limited government and principles should look like,” opined conservative activist Mike Openshaw.
“Respectfully, being willing to be jailed for fighting over-reaching government shows principle; that counts for something, Patrick,” Openshaw continued.
Luther has recently received endorsements from conservative Collin County Judge Chris Hill and Young Conservatives of Texas. Springer, on the other hand, received an endorsement from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which asserted that Luther was going down a “far right” path.
A Republican is expected to carry the senate district, which may still require a runoff if the leading candidate does not get enough votes during the first round of the special election.
Election Day will be on September 29.
Luther is viewed as the truly conservative option and many believe she could help break the political status quo in Austin that has kept conservative legislation from ever being passed.
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