Never Let the Facts Get in the Way of Your Narrative

Since he came to power Donald Trump and his administration have been aggressively hostile to refugees.  Throughout his campaign Trump advocated for the “extreme vetting” of refugees before they could be resettled in the U.S.  Of course he never bothered to spell out what “extreme vetting” meant nor was he aware that there is no more difficult way to get into the U.S. than as a refugee.  The process takes approximately two years with several government agencies vetting you to see if you qualify for refugee status.  Trump’s “Muslim Ban” Executive Order also suspended refugee admissions for 120 day with the promise that the administration would undertake a thorough review of the refugee admissions process, however there is no indication that this will proceed in any fair or objective manner.  A story in the New York Times only emphasizes this point.  According to the story, Trump administration officials rejected a study by HHS showing that refugees actually brought in $63 Billion more in government revenue over the past decades than they cost the government.  This study is backed up by academic research that also finds refugees are a fiscal boon rather than drain on the U.S. economy.

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The Trump Administration is suppressing government research which contradicts is established narrative that refugees are dangerous and a costly drain on the American economy.  This is all being done as the administration is looking for justification to reduce the number of refugees admitted into the U.S. to below 50,000 which would be the lowest number since the 1980 U.S. Refugee Act (that gives the President the authority to set the number of refugees admitted each year).  This is shameful and should be condemned not least because the administration is pulling this in the midst of a global refugee crisis.

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