Reblogged from Refugee Resettlement Watch web site.
This is an opinion piece published in The Tennessean yesterday and posted in its entirety here with permission from the author.
Barnett is an expert on the UN/US State Department Refugee Admissions Program and its history having followed its progression for literally two decades.
From The Tennessean:
Before the Refugee Act of 1980, refugee resettlement was the work of true sacrificial charity, where sponsors and charities committed to maintaining and supporting the refugees with housing and employment, even medical care if needed. There was an explicit bar to the access of welfare benefits. The sponsor was responsible for all costs. This helped to guarantee assimilation and is how we absorbed post-WWII refugees, those fleeing communist oppression in Eastern Europe, the Hungarian Revolution and other upheavals.
With the 1980 Refugee Act and related laws, the charities morphed into money-making federal…
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