Amid a week full of executive realigning of immigration policies with the original laws passed by Congress, the Trump administration is setting its eyes on another proposal to give the American people more of a say in the future of their society. NBC is reporting that according to a draft proposal, "the federal government will resettle refugees only where both the relevant state and local governments have consented to participate” in the resettlement program.
This is a proposal I have long championed and wrote about in my book. While immigration in general is a national policy and was designed to be dealt with at a federal level, as I explain in chapter eight of Stolen Sovereignty, refugee resettlement is different:
In some respects, refugee resettlement is a more destructive form of social transformation for local communities than any other form of immigration. Unlike other categories of immigration, refugees by definition do not go through the organic process of becoming immigrants. They are brought over and resettled, often in large numbers concentrated in specific localities, with no acclimation to American culture or the ability to support themselves. Despite the plethora of resettlement assistance programs run by the State Department, HHS’s Office of Refugee Resettlement, and taxpayer-funded NGOs, most refugees wind up on the full array of welfare programs. Most important, they strain the public services and public education of the local jurisdictions that are forced to accept them.
Thus, communities are transformed in a matter of a few years (just look at Minneapolis or Lewiston, Maine), all at the behest of international officials, unelected State Department officials, HHS bureaucrats, and parasitic contractors who have everything to gain and nothing to lose by endangering the communities and saddling them with a fiscal burden. The states and the taxpayers have no say in the matter.
No legal body in this country — from Congress to state legislatures — would approve the resettlement of tens of thousands of Somali refugees if they had to affirmatively approve it today. Unfortunately, in the most grotesque violation of the social contract and consent-based citizenship, the most radical forms of cultural transformation are in the hands of unelected entities. This proposal would right this ship and empower the people.
When we bring in such large numbers of immigrants, we are inevitably importing the values of their part of the world instead of a manageable number of individuals yearning to champion our values. Should we not be concerned with the social transformation of our democratic values and the culture of some of our small and mid-sized cities?