The Trump administration rejects its own study finding refugees help the economy

Frederick Owens
September 21, 2017

"With over 65 million people forced from their homes, world leaders, including President Trump and Members of Congress here in the US, have a responsibility to support those who are most in need".

The rejected report contradicts the common refrain throughout Donald Trump's campaign and presidency so far that refugees are an economic burden and a security risk. The U.S.is considering cutting the number of refugees it accepts per year to 50,000-"a disturbing abdication of our responsibility" that would leave "leaves tens of thousands of lives in peril", according to one observer. "For us, it was a dream come true".

"Now, it's starting to feel threatened", she said. We're all kids who are raised to be productive citizens, who have all these dreams and hopes.

The research negates the Trump administration's repeated claim that allowing refugees from Syria and other countries would cause a drain on the US economy, used to bolster its argument for capping the number of refugees allowing in the U.S.at 40,000 to 50,000, or even lower. If Trump backs such a proposal, the message to those fleeing persecution and violence would be to shelter in place - any place, as long as it's not the United States. The majority of refugees come from three countries: Syria, Afghanistan and South Sudan.

The worldwide anti-poverty organization Oxfam rented the house over the weekend and invited four refugees to share their views about the president's anti-immigration policies from inside the very house that Trump grew up in. The Trump administration has until October 1 to set how many refugees the US will accept in 2018. "Congress will finalize spending bills, which determine the level of financial support the federal government will dedicate to aiding and resettling refugees".

A senior White House official was unaware of the exchange, according to Reuters, but said Trump was deeply interested in the subject and that "he would definitely engage if it were brought up".

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Following U.S. President Donald Trump's remarks on refugees today at the United Nations General Assembly, Amnesty International USA called on the U.S.to do more, not less to address the global refugee crisis.

The President could use this determination process as a means to create a de facto refugee ban 3.0, after already issuing two executive orders to ban refugees, which were largely blocked in federal court.

Last week, the Supreme Court issued a temporary ruling to block a 9th Circuit ruling that would have allowed up to 24,000 refugees into the country by the end of next month despite the administration's travel ban. "We seek an approach to refugee resettlement that is created to help these horribly treated people, and which enables their eventual return to their home countries, to be part of the rebuilding process".

The group was sure to lay out a "Refugees Welcome" doormat at the entrance to the home, which holds Trump family memorabilia.

As a policy, however, such a cost-based analysis fails to account for the fact that refugees who are selected through the U.N. system for resettlement in a third country like the United States, are chosen because they have exhausted all other remedies: they can not return to their home country, and they can not stay in their host country.

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