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In 2019, the U.S. Was the #1 Country in Trying to Turn Itself into a Third World Hellscape Through Refugee Settlement

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According to data released by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the United States remains in first place for refugee resettlement.

The Center for Immigration Studies noted that the UNHCR was shocked by a “tremendous gap” between “resettlement needs and the places made available by governments around the world.”

The refugee agency has been urging for more resettlement spots in line with Global Compact on Refugees, which advocates for increasing refugee resettlement opportunities.

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CIS offered an overview of 2019 resettlement activities in the images below:

Submission by Destination (top five countries)

United States 24,810
Canada 14,650
Germany 9,640
Australia 7,048
Sweden 5,408
Other 20,110
Total Submissions 81,666
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Departures by Destination (top five countries)

United States 21,159
Canada 9,040
United Kingdom 5,774
Sweden 4,953
Germany 4,622
Other 18,148
Total Departures 63,696

The 2017 and 2018 numbers under the Trump administration, can be found here and here.

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.

Additionally, certain migrant groups hold views that overwhelmingly threaten certain civil liberties such as free speech and the right to bear arms.

Immigration is no casual public policy matter and could put America and the rest of the West on the ropes.

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Greg Abbott Signs Executive Order Keeping Violent Criminals from Going Back on the Streets During the Wuhan Crisis

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After the Wuhan Virus was confirmed in several Texas jails in the last week, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order on March 29, 2020 that makes it more difficult for several inmates to be let out on “no-cost, personal recognizance bonds.”

Abbott tweeted, “Today I issued an Executive Order preventing [email protected] of dangerous criminals from prisons & jails. We want to prevent the spread of #COVID19 among prison staff & inmates. But, releasing dangerous criminals in the streets is not the solution. #txlege #coronavirus

Several cases of the Wuhan Virus were discovered in the Dallas County Jail and Harris County Jail last week, two of the state’s largest jails. In addition, a handful of cases were confirmed in state prisons. According to NBC DFW, the virus’ outbreak was “followed by demands to reduce the inmate populations by releasing, immediately and without bond or judicial delay, those held on misdemeanor crimes or awaiting trial on misdemeanor crimes. Some also called for non-violent felons to also be released on no-cost bonds.”

Abbott said Sunday that “releasing dangerous criminals makes the state even less safe” and issued a proclamation to prevent judges, and others, from releasing some inmates without a paid, cash bond.

In his executive order, Abbott declared that a person convicted of a crime that involved or threatened physical violence, or a person arrested for such a crime backed by probable cause, or a person with a criminal history of violent crime, cannot get out of jail on a no-cost personal recognizance bond.

With a PR bond, a defendant is released without having to post any money for his or her bond on the promise they’ll show up to their next court date.

Instead of virtue signaling and buying into the criminal justice reform movement’s desire to foment anarcho-tyranny, Abbott has held his ground by promoting public order.

A crisis like the Wuhan Virus pandemic does not need to be exacerbated by opening up the prison floodgates.

This is one case where American policymakers should use logic not emotion to craft prison policies in times of a pandemic.

Failure to do so will put the U.S. on the road to institutional failure.

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