Petition Withdraw NC from Refugee Resettlement Program to Gov McCrory

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Text of Petition


The purpose of this petition is to ask Governor McCrory to withdraw North Carolina from the federal Refugee Resettlement Program (Refugee Assistance Program). The primary purpose of government is to keep our citizens safe. It is time to place our citizens first.

The Threat

There are a number of impacts and risks imposed on the American people as a result of Refugee Resettlement. These impacts and risks include:

1. Transfer of communicable diseases – Diseases in the US that were either never observed or were previously eradicated are now appearing(1),(2). These diseases include tuberculosis (TB), leprosy, dengue fever, malaria, and flesh eating bacteria.

2. Economic cost – The cost to the American taxpayers just to bring the refugees here is more than $1 billion per year, depending on the number of arrivals. Refugee status enables immediate access to all social services and benefits available to US citizens. These costs include housing, medical expense, cash assistance, support services, food stamps, translation and English as a Second Language expenses. Reference 3 indicates a 5-year cost of $64,370 per refugee or $257,481 per household, just for public benefits and services. There are many additional costs arising from school overcrowding, overburdening of infrastructure, etc. All of this cost is paid by taxpayer dollars.

3. Safety and Security – Both FBI Director James Comey and DHS Head Jeh Johnson have acknowledged that they can’t reliably “vet” refugees coming from failed states like Iraq and Syria. The basic problem is that records do not exist to enable a determination of whether an individual might have criminal or terrorist ties or history, or even convictions. Furthermore, the Islamic State has announced that they are intentionally infiltrating the refugee stream with jihadis for the purpose of executing terrorist acts in the US and Europe. Europe estimates that they have over 5000 jihadis who have entered through the migrant stream. A Burmese refugee in New Bern, NC slashed three young boys to death, after being fully vetted by the Refugee Admissions process. Tashfeen Malik, wife in the husband and wife team that killed 14 in San Bernardino, was “vetted” by five separate government agencies(8). Even with “vetting”, there are no assurances that an incoming refugee sharing certain ideologies or religion would not self- or otherwise radicalize to cause a safety and security crisis, as has been observed multiple times in the US.

4. Cultural incompatibility – Some refugees are committed to a value system that is incompatible with Western values. Such incompatibilities can result in violence and intimidation, for example, against Jews, women, and homosexuals, and lawlessness where the refugees feel unbound to the host nation’s laws and customs, as well as sexual assaults and human trafficking of non-Muslim women and children. Other incompatibilities include polygamy and pedophilia or the taking of child brides. Most recently, a 5 year-old non-Muslim girl was raped by 3 Muslim boys in Twin Falls, Idaho(4). Sexual assaults in Europe are of epidemic proportions such as evidenced, for example, by the ~1200 assaults on non-Muslim women and children on New Year’s Eve 2015 in Cologne, Germany(5).

5. Refugees taking American jobs – Financial incentives(6,7) are being provided by the US government to employers to preferentially employ refugees, rather than employ American citizens. These incentives take the form of a tax credit. This favoritism is unfair and exacerbates the current condition where a record number of American citizens are no longer a part of the workforce.

All of these items represent significant and demonstrable threats to the American people, although Items 1, 3, and 4 are emphasized as they represent direct personal safety threats. The primary responsibility of this government is to protect the American people. It is time to place the American people first. We ask that our Governor take the actions necessary to ensure the Safety and Security of North Carolinians by withdrawing North Carolina from the Refugee Resettlement Program.

Effect of Withdrawal from the Refugee Resettlement Program

The withdrawal of North Carolina from the Refugee Resettlement Program may prove to be largely symbolic. That is a possibility. However, the withdrawal will make a statement, as Texas has recently made by withdrawing from the Program, and will cause some disruption of the Refugee Resettlement Program as the attendant bureaucracies adjust to the new situation, which could, effectively, result in reduced resettlement activity for a period. As a State withdraws from the Refugee Resettlement Program, it then falls under the auspices of the Wilson-Fish Amendment, which relieves the State of funding the resources needed to administer the Program, and also fund certain other benefits and services. These costs will be picked up by the federal Government, so we, the taxpayers will still pay for them, but at a reduced rate since the cost is effectively smeared over all 50 states. Under the Wilson-Fish Amendment, North Carolina will have precisely zero control over what the administrator of the Refugee Resettlement Program will do with refugees in our state. This does not represent a significant loss of control in that the States have limited, if any, control over what the Resettlement agency does now under the Refugee Resettlement Program. There is one possible advantage however, in that now as a Wilson-Fish state, it would be open for North Carolina to join in the suit against the federal government as the Thomas More Law Center is currently doing for Tennessee. The constitutional argument is that the federal government, without the permission of the existing 12 Wilson-Fish states, has “commandeered” state funds by placing refugees in their states, thereby obligating states to pay Medicaid expenses for the refugees, in violation of the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution, which states, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” The suit may or may not be successful. If successful, the Refugee Resettlement Program under the Wilson-Fish Amendment would become un-Constitutional and thereby unenforceable. This could cause a pause in refugee resettlement, but it might also be quickly resolved by relieving the State of that economic burden and taking it from the federal taxpayers, instead. On the other hand, it could force Congress to revise the 1980 Refugee Act and/or Wilson-Fish Amendment to recognize State Sovereignty, and let the individual states decide on the extent of involvement, if any, in the Refugee Resettlement Program. For example, a recent bill proposed by the House Committee of the Judiciary (H.R. 4731: Refugee Program Integrity Restoration Act of 2016) effectively did just that, although that bill has not yet been brought to the House of Representatives for a vote.

The point to be made is that resistance to unjust laws is the vehicle by which unjust laws are corrected or abolished. This petition, and the action it proposes, represents resistance to the unjust Refugee Act of 1980, including the Wilson-Fish Amendment, which brought the unjust Refugee Resettlement Program into existence.


1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Disease Surveillance Among Newly Arriving Refugees and Immigrants – November 15, 2013”, 62(SS07); 1-20.
2. “The Dark Side of Illegal Immigration, Fact, Figures, and Statistics on Illegal Immigration”
3. Karen Zeigler, Steven A Camarota, “The High Cost of Resettling Middle Eastern Refugees”, Center for Immigration Studies, November 2015.
4. Michelle Malkin, “Horror and Hush-Up in Twin Falls, Idaho”, National Review, June 22, 2016.
5. “New Year’s Eve Sexual Assaults in Germany”, Wikipedia.
6. US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, “Hire Global Talent”.
7. United State Department of Labor, “Work Opportunity Tax Credit”.
8. Margaret Brennan, “How Did Tashfeen Malik Slip Through US Vetting Process?”, CBS News, December 10, 2015.