Tuesday, July 13, 2010
The President's First Priority in Office; Gaza Refugees
The Executive Order states, "it is important to the national interest to furnish assistance under the Act in an amount not to exceed $20.3 million from the United States Emergency Refugee and Migration Assistance Fund for the purpose of meeting unexpected and urgent refugee and migration needs".
One wonders why this was so exceptionally important as having to be addressed only one week into President Obama's administration. Further, while $20 million dollars is virtually nothing in the grand scheme of the federal budget, one further wonders how many refugees were transferred to the United States, what the reasoning for the transfer was, and why it cost so much money to do so? It would seem that the amount of money allotted for this could transfer thousands of refugees. Further, how did this come to the President's attention so quickly? Was this a fulfillment of a promise during the campaign? Is this a legitimate humanitarian issue?
Lastly, as many Palestinians in general tend to be unfriendly towards the United States at best and outright hostile at worst, why would we bring these folks into our country? Are these particular Palestinians ones that spoke out against the Hamas-controlled Palestinian government and thus needed asylum here? Have these folks been vetted by our government so we know they are indeed safe and not a threat to our country?
It is possible that this issue indeed was nothing more than a humanitarian one that the President quickly dispensed; however, based on the timing of the Executive Order and the fact that this administration has not done ANYTHING quickly sure does raise my suspicions. I, for one, would sure like to know the answers to these questions and what the motivations for this order truly were.