'We will fight this Islamophobic and dangerous proposal'
President Donald Trump signed an executive order Friday that will pause the resettlement of Third World refugees in the United States for 120 days while a system of “extreme vetting” is put in place.
With the stroke of a pen, Trump set off a firestorm of criticism from the media, the religious establishment, business leaders and especially those in the business of resettling refugees. The volunteer agencies, or VOLAGs, which get paid by the government to resettle refugees, stand to lose millions of dollars in federal grants during the 120 days they sit idle.
The executive order itself seemed relatively mild to those who have been watching the refugee program for years with a critical eye.
Watchdogs such as Ann Corcoran at Refugee Resettlement Watch said she is concerned that after the 120-day pause expires, things will go back to business as usual.
“If it’s just a four-month moratorium that is nowhere near adequate,” Corcoran told WND. “This four months has to be used as an opportunity for Congress to reform the law, the Refugee Act of 1980, otherwise we’ll just be back to square one and they will all claim they did something when in fact they didn’t.”