As we have said repeatedly, and most recently here, the Hawaiian judge did not have the power to slow the flow of refugees entering the US, nor did he have any power to set the ceiling. That said, a week after the 120-day slowdown was to go in to effect, the numbers entering the US picked up dramatically since we reported 38,111 as of Wednesday (for FY17).
Who is calling the shots on refugee admissions? Career bureaucrats or Sec. of State Tillerson? Either way, why the big jump in admissions over last two days? And, what is taking Trump so long to choose Asst. Sec. to oversee refugee program?
Today data at Wrapsnet indicates that another 342 refugees arrived in the US in the last 48 hours. We are now at 38,453!
If the US Department of State had been preparing for a 120-day pause to begin on March…
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