President Donald Trump has vowed to put a stop to all refugee resettlement in the United States when the voters return him to the White House. The proclamation was made in response to the Hamas attacks on Israel earlier this month. Once Israel made it clear that they would be retaliating severely against Hamas, nearly every Democrat in Congress suddenly began demanding that America take in 1 million new Palestinian refugees. This is an absurd demand, not just based on the fact that we are almost completely out of housing in America but also because that would undoubtedly bring Hamas fighters to America.
During a campaign stop in Derry, New Hampshire, Trump reiterated his promise to stop the invasion of America by hostile foreigners:
“A vote for Crooked Joe is a vote to turn the United States into a hotbed for jihadists and make our cities into dumping grounds resembling the Gaza Strip. A vote for President Trump is a vote to … keep radical Islamic terrorists and their supporters the hell out of our country.”
Does President Trump have the authority to shut off all refugee resettlement into the United States? The answer is that he absolutely does under federal law.
The term “refugee” has been bastardized so much by Joe Biden and his puppet master, Barack Obama, that many Americans no longer even know what the term means. But “refugee” has a specific legal definition, as does the term “illegal alien.” None of the 10 to 20 million illegal aliens who have invaded the country on Joe Biden’s watch legally qualify for refugee status. Not a single one.
Suppose a war breaks out in your country, and you are a civilian with no relation to the war or your country’s military—and then your house gets blown up. You decide to flee enemy troops and cross the border into a neighboring country. Congratulations! You’re actually a refugee in that situation.
Likewise, if you flee your home country because your own government is persecuting you and plans to jail, torture, or execute you because of your political beliefs, your gender (one of two choices only), your age or your religion, you’re a refugee. If you don’t fit into any of those narrow categories, you’re not a refugee.
Plus, when you leave your home country and set foot in the nearest neighboring country, you must apply for asylum there as a refugee. If you trudge through 10 or 15 countries or cross an ocean, until you reach the country that offers the best welfare benefits, you have forfeited the right to claim asylum as a refugee. That was one of the ways that President Trump got asylum claims to near zero when he was in office, via the Remain in Mexico policy. He made them prove they were refugees before they would be allowed into America. Less than one-half of one percent was able to do so.
Do you think that percentage is any different under Joe Biden today?
We have a federal law called the Refugee Act of 1980 that lays all the rules for this out. America is supposed to take in no more than 50,000 refugees per year under that law. The president has the authority to adjust that figure on a year-to-year basis, which means that Donald Trump has statutory authority to reduce the number of refugees to zero. Trump has also vowed to reinstate the travel ban against countries that are hotbeds for terrorism. That can’t happen soon enough!