DHS Secretary Defends Obama Refugee Policy

syrian-refugees-rotator-720x470Recognizing there are about 170 days left of the Obama administration, reporters, almost from the word “go,” prodded Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson about the administration’s immigration policy at a recent breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.

The first immigration question Johnson fielded pertained to the immigration case recently lost by the administration. In this case, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals determined that children could not be detained even if they were accompanied by their mother or father. As expected, instead of bolstering immigration enforcement to deter unaccompanied minors (UAMs) and their families from crossing the border, Johnson hinted the administration will “review its policies” in light of the 9th Circuit ruling.

Additionally, Johnson was questioned about refugees being resettled in American communities, in light of recent terrorist attacks in Orlando and San Bernardino. Johnson stated that President Obama’s goal to resettle 10,000 refugees this year in the U.S. will be met. He claimed that the administration is not short-changing the process but thoroughly vetting each refugee before they are resettled and these refugees are only placed into communities that want them and can absorb them into their population.  While giving a seemingly straightforward response on the matter, Johnson did not address why 75 refugees were resettled in New Jersey despite Governor Chris Christie’s objections.

Johnson hemmed and hawed a bit when asked whether DHS would push the State Department to impose visa sanctions on countries that do not repatriate its citizens. Currently, there is a bipartisan push on Capitol Hill for sanctions against countries that won’t take back certain criminal aliens.

At times, Johnson talked out of both sides of his mouth. He said that the administration could not stop “removals,” noting that the alternative, open borders, would result in a surge of illegal aliens. At the same time he supported President Obama’s policies that encourage illegal aliens from Central America to come across our southwestern borders. He praised President Obama’s recent expansion of the Central American Minors (CAM) Refugee/Parole Program.

Johnson’s responses to the immigration questions posed at this event clearly reflect the administration’s position to not seriously enforce our immigration laws and instead highlight our dysfunctional immigration system.

About Author


Shari Rendall brings to the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) over 15 years of experience in government relations and grassroots advocacy. In her former position, Shari led the legislation department in coordinating lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill and briefing congressional and administration staff on a wide range of issues. She has also been responsible for grassroots communications and helping state associations devise their legislative strategies. She began her time in D.C. working on Capitol Hill in the office of former Sen. Bob Smith (R-New Hampshire) as a Legislative Aide.


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    How does “thorough vetting” work? Let’s see. A U.S. government employee calls a country. An gov. employee there answers, “Good morning, Office of the Tyrant.” Mr. So-and-so? No we have no records on him.”

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    Barbara Griffith on

    You need to go to Breitbart because they are showing a copy of the movie “Clinton Cash”. It is a very interesting see just how these two made their millions. It should open a lot of eyes. It’s like the Clinton Mafia.

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      bob says,
      i will do that, but i already know. trump is are only hope if he dosent make it,well bad news for America.

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    AClinton Dickens, Jr. on

    With a nearly $20 trillion budget deficit, we need to stop trying to control the world & as the Obama Administration wants, to bring more immigrants into the United States.
    The government can’t properly serve the legal American Citizen population.
    It is not the United States responsibility to care for the scum that other countries want to get rid of & the Obama Administration appears to welcome with open arms.
    If the United States Congress had the courage to do it’s job, Obama would have been impeached, convicted, & removed from office before his first term ended.
    He has set race relations back 50 years, taken the side of criminal elements, demonized law enforcement, & shown total disregard for the Constitution of the United States of America.
    He is a threat to the United States more dangerous than any we have faced in our Nation’s history.

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      It is a travesty what has happened to the country since Oboma’s rien as King. I truely believe he is not a citizen of the Unit ed States and that our government under his watch is totally corrupt. Corporations and foreign countries have taken over government. Our Senitors are no longer serving the needs of the people. To even contemplate Hillary for president is treacherous and unpatriotic. Our media is so perverted that it only serves the needs of the political leaders for which it is paid for. God help us.

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      William Jenkins says:
      August 13, 2016 at 4:36 pm
      It is a travesty what has happened to the country since Obama’s reign as King. I truly believe he is not a citizen of the Unitend States and that our government under his watch is totally corrupt. Corporations and foreign countries have taken over government. Our Senators are no longer serving the needs of the people. To even contemplate Hillary for president is treacherous and unpatriotic. Our media is so perverted that it only serves the needs of the political leaders for which it is paid for. God help us.

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      When we have millions of people here unemployed, the answer is NOT to bring millions of immigrants, especially illegal ones into the country and put the adults on the employment rolls! The last president to see this was IKE!!!

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    Worst President and Administration in HISTORY. Only 170 days left and I am counting down the days. I don’t even think Hillary could be this bad.

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    Yes, why wouldn’t Jeh Johnson support his master’s immigration/refugee policy? Who in their right mind would even think of asking why? These people, despite their high-ranking positions in our rancid federal government, have but one duty and it isn’t serving the interests of ordinary Americans. When will the apathetic public get its head out of the sand?

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      The Obama Administration cares about illegal aliens, their fellow muslims and people who vote Democrat, but that is it.

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    why wouldn’t he support obomas policy, oboma have the islamo nazi his job, and since he became head of dhs , they have stopped deporting and letting them back out on the streets , as far as i am concerned they can get rid of dhs, doj , oboma and there of the islamo nazis

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    Hessie L Harris on

    Our immigration system is not dysfuncional. Obama’ immigration policies are dysfunctional and illegal.

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      And Hillary will be more of the same. She has already promised to “go further” than him. Not to mention the way she sucked up to Al Sharpton for an endorsement, which just shows that she will keep up the same anti law enforcement policies already in place. Sharpton and this whole administration were in on the myths perpetrated during the whole Ferguson episode.

      We had Michael Brown’s mother front and center at the Democratic convention, telling everyone what a victim her 300 lb. baby boy was of a rouge cop. Never mind that the Holder Justice Dept. not only refused to indict officer Wilson, but said “Multiple credible witnesses corroborate virtually every material aspect of Wilson’s account and are consistent with the physical evidence.” Wilson’s account included Brown trying to take his gun away.

      And the media went along unquestionably with her story, not pointing out that there was a video of Brown robbing a store and manhandling a clerk just fifteen minutes before the encounter with Wilson. It’s no exaggeration to say that the Democratic party has become the party of criminals and law breakers. Every cop in the country should have condemned their effort to make Brown a martyr, because it just feeds into the perception that cops are out to shoot down blacks for no reason.

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          You’re right. He hasn’t paid a dime of that. Isn’t it like 5 million? No wonder people get cynical. Apparently laws only apply to some of us. Like the laws against identity theft. Let you or I do it and we go to jail. Illegals use someone else’s SS number and they get citizenship.

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        Dems had Michael Brown’s mother at the convention: Michael Brown-PUNK, BULLY, THIEF, CRIMINAL. And his step father was instrumental in inciting a riot. Wonderful upbringing. Did mom get mother of the year award??




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          Trump is right about the media. If the Republican convention had emphasized a family of sleazes like the Brown family, the media would have carried on for a week about it. As it is, a mother of one of the guys killed at Bhengazi, through the failure of this administration to act, excoriated Hillary at the Republican convention, and she got almost no mention in the media.

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      our immigration system is outdated, undermanned, and under payed like all govt workers except for the political ones

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        I agree but in the case of the Green Card processing centers it can be a jobs program. Just ask Vermont Senator Leahy who goes to great lengths to support any type of visa program that can increase employment at that states visa processing center. Leahy is another poster child for term limits. The more visas the more jobs for Vermont.

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    This unqualified, lawless degenerate Jeh Duh, is but another flaming example of the POS (Barack) that hired him in the first place. It’s all about the “fundamental transformation of America”, by these lowlife scum in OUR government!

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    I was watching a segment on CNN with Don Lemon and Jeffrey Tobin and the CNN house Republican, David Gergen, who is always trotted out as “the other side” when he’s really fairly liberal. They were saying it was “clear” what Trump was saying about the second amendment people, that it was a threat, when it’s no such thing. Lemon also showed a tweet from the Secret Service saying they were “aware” of the remarks, as if that was some proof of something. No doubt the SS was asked if they were aware, and they simply responded that they were. Nothing more than that. No actions taken, no investigation, nothing like that mentioned. Just a further example of the media echo chamber.

    A few days ago Trump made remarks about Somali refugees and the reaction from the media was “Trump Denounced For Comments”. Not whether what he said was true or not, just “spokesmen” one after another attacking him. But if you examine the facts, Somali refugees are on welfare programs in huge numbers.

    According to Maine.gov, “only 49% of the Somali working age population had worked at ANY time in the five years from 2001 to 2006.” According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, of 33,000 Somali refugees in 2013, 5950 were receiving “family cash assistance”, and food assistance participation was 17,300 adults and children. These so called “resettlement groups” bring them in and after a couple months dump them on the taxpayers.

    A few years ago Somali cabdrivers at the Minneapolis airport wanted the right to refuse passengers carrying liquor. A company in Wisconsin that makes small lawn equipment would not allow refugees to pray together three times during a shift because they said it was too disruptive. But just elect Hillary and her Muslim best friend Huma and we will be knuckling under to these people who claim so fervently how they want to “fit in”.

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    Europe Lost WWII Again

    Ask Germany if globalism is working, or LOL VW’s $10B Emissions Lawsuit Lies?

    Ask France if gun control works against diesel trucks smashing through pedestrians?

    And we’re suppose to let the killers in our country to be neighborly globalists?