Shortly after taking office in January of this year, President Trump issued an executive order drastically decreasing the amount of refugees that America will take in during fiscal year 2017. This came as a stark contrast to former president Barack Obama’s target of up to 110,000 refugees to be allowed into the country.
As of Wednesday, that 50,000 limit has been reached, with the official count of refugees standing at 50,086.The State Department announced Wednesday that the country had hit its cap of 50,000 refugee admissions for the fiscal year.
Refugees scheduled to travel Wednesday would be allowed to proceed before travel ban restrictions kick in the next day, the department said in a statement.
The cap is set each year by the president. President Obama increased it from 85,000 in 2016 to 110,000 this year.
But President Trump knocked it down to 50,000 as part of his executive order banning travel from six majority-Muslim countries for 90 days and suspending refugee resettlement for 120 days.
President Trump’s refugee policy still allows a narrow path for refugees to enter America, but only those who have “bona fide” relationships in the country will be allowed in. The administration includes parents, spouses, children, adult sons or daughters, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, siblings, fiancés or fiancées, and in-law parents in their definition of a “bona fide” relationship.
The State Department confirmed that refugees absent an approved relationship would be denied entry to the country at this point.
“Beginning July 13, only those individuals who have a credible claim to a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States will be eligible for admission through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program,” the State Department spokesperson said in the email to KPCC.
The list of approved relationships excludes the following: grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers- and sisters-in-law.
Despite the list of approved relationships appearing quite diverse and expansive, Democratic opposition groups have challenged these standards in court, arguing in favor of grandparents and other relatives to bypass these stipulations. A legal request came out of the state of Hawaii, as it did when a judge approved a stay on Trump’s original travel ban earlier this year until the Supreme Court recently overruled it, attempting to overrule the president’s definition of a “bona fide” relationship for refugees.
However, unlike the challenge to Trump’s travel ban coming out of Hawaii, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the request to expand the relationships considered “bona fide”, dealing a crushing defeat to the Democrat opposition groups bent on manipulating the legal system to thwart each and every one of Trump’s policies.
While the left and pro-refugee groups would have Americans believe that refugees are mostly families, women and children the reality is quite the opposite. If we observe the mass migration that has taken place in Europe, we can see that the vast majority of migrants are, in fact, military aged males. Not only do reports show that refugees are mostly young males, but they are a disproportionate number of these migrants are young, unmarried, unaccompanied males
Now that President Trump’s travel ban is in effect, as well as his order preventing the acceptance of refugees beyond the 50,000 cap, Democrats will simply attempt to expand the definition of a “bona fide” relationship for a refugee until it encompasses anyone who could be considered a distant cousin or relative. If successful, this would essentially render Trump’s travel ban and refugee cap ineffective, as various refugee groups will simply have their legal team establish whatever relationships would ensure the admission of their desired refugees into America.
Although Trump and his “America First” agenda faces daily legal battles from the left, his policies are slowly finding victory as the Democrats are forced to expend massive amounts of resources and funds in court battles.
Essentially, through the course of finding liberal judges sympathetic to the anti-Trump causes, the Democrat opposition groups are telling millions of American voters who elected Donald Trump as president that their opinions, viewpoints and beliefs are invalid. By not allowing Trump to legally execute his authority to fulfill his campaign promises they are telling the country that, no matter how many voters agree with Trump’s agenda, the elite establishment will not allow it to continue. Through legal manipulation, the funding of opposition groups and planned protests the left is fighting to undermine democracy and exert their authority over the entire country, regardless of the results at the ballot box.
Fortunately for America, more voters are aware of the establishment propaganda being churned out by the media, and are better equipped than ever before to combat the forces who seek to subvert democracy in this country.