Thanks to Act for America Middle Tennessee for this alert
Do Federal Contractors Plan to Bring Illegals Surging the Border to Tennessee?
Before Tennessee Sens. Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander voted YES on amnesty they were advised by border law enforcement that a YES on amnesty would likely result in a border surge.
Sen.. Corker is the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that has jurisdiction over the U.S. refugee resettlement program. Illegal minors crossing the border are treated as conditional refugees pending a deportation hearing where they may or may not show up.
Sen.. Alexander is on the Senate Appropriations Sub-committee that approved $1.94 billion to help Obama with his border surge problem; an increase of over a billion dollars from last year. This money will be diverted from other social service programs. Federal refugee resettlement contractors are now complaining that they will be losing public money they use to support their refugee resettlement businesses. They are advocating that more public money be appropriated for their use.
Federal refugee resettlement contractor Catholic Charities that runs the program in TN does not currently resettle “unaccompanied alien children” (UAC). These are the illegals currently surging the border. 90,000 UACs are expected this year with estimates up to 150,000 in 2015.
On July 10th, resettlement agencies that do not currently resettle UACs, will be on a conference call with the Federal Office of Refugee Resettlement.
Why? Historically in Tennessee, refugee resettlement agencies like Catholic Charities have not taken UACs. But, more federal refugee contractors are needed to handle the surge. So the federal government is trying to find places to set up “emergency shelters” where the UACs can be housed.
Catholic Charities of TN, has said they plan to expand the federal refugee resettlement program in Tennessee. Since taking over the program they have increased the number of people being brought to Tennessee by 66%. They are paid for each person they bring to Tennessee.
Then they enroll their clients into TennCare which the citizens of Tennessee subsidize.
The state of Tennessee has absolutely no say about whether or how many people the federal refugee contractors bring. If Catholic Charities decides to say YES and open emergency shelters in Tennessee, it will be one more example of the federal government trying to force the State to fix a problem created by federal policies.
California Democrat Sen. Diane Feinstein said, “…my staff learned that many of the children were smuggled across the border after hearing radio ads promising they would not be deported…[and that], religious organizations are spreading the same message.” Also, border agents have recovered “cheat sheets” of prepared answers that will help avert deportation. Evidence of communicable diseases and/or affiliation with gangs like MS-13 do not bar minors from U.S. entry.
Residents of Lawrenceville, VA protested loudly enough against the opening of a shelter in their community, so the federal government decided to go elsewhere. Democrat leaders in Baltimore, MD also rejected plans for an emergency shelter
Will that “elsewhere” be in Tennessee communities? Make your voice heard:
Tennesseans need to contact pro-amnesty Senators Corker and Alexander and your House representative and tell them the following:
•* Secure the border before any other action is taken
•* No emergency shelters for UACs to be opened in TN
•* All refugee resettlement to be halted until the surge at the border is resolved
•* No to amnesty
Sen. Bob Corker:
Sen. Lamar Alexander:
DC: (202) 224-4944
Fax: (202) 228-3398