…but, get this: It turns out that many of the illegal alien/asylum seekers have been transported out of Israel to third countries.
I had heard rumors that we are taking some of those!
I just checked Wrapsnet and we did take 8 ‘refugees’ off Israel’s hands in October. (The November processing countries will be out in a few days and I’ll check again.)
Here is how asylum is supposed to work: migrant asks for asylum in the first safe country he or she reaches and it is that country’s problem to process the asylum claim and grant it or not.
However, the whole process has been skewed for at least 10 years (the time I have been involved, it could be more) by things like our deal with Malta and more recently Australia*** where we take their rejects!
Is it happening with Israel too?
Here the UN High Commissioner for Refugees says that in fact the UN has helped over 2,000 asylum seekers move from Israel and be placed in “third countries.’
This is just one more reason we must get out from under the thumb of the UN! The only asylum seekers that are our responsibility are the ones who arrive on our border! (We aren’t asking Israel to take some of ours!)
The head of the UN’s refugee agency says Israel is choosing to forget its own painful past and should treat its African asylum seekers more compassionately.
“The Israeli government’s decision to expel 40,000 African asylum seekers is of great concern,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi told Haaretz at a conference in Rome over the weekend.
The Israeli government approved a plan last month to close its detention center housing African asylum seekers from Sudan and Eritrea, and launch an expulsion operation in the coming weeks to deport them back to their homeland or another African state.
The asylum seekers will soon receive notices demanding that they either leave Israel or face jail for an unlimited amount of time. Israel is reportedly paying Rwanda $5,000 for every asylum seeker it takes in. Additionally, those agreeing to leave Israel will receive $3,500 and get their airfare paid. The move could cost the government about 1 billion shekels ($287 million).
Grandi says his organization has been talking with the Israeli government about African asylum seekers for many years, noting that the UN has helped some 2,400 refugees be resettled from Israel to third countries (i.e., somewhere other than Israel or their homeland).
Then there is a discussion about that dreadful other UN agency, UNRWA, that is specially designed to take care of Palestinians in perpetuity. Those ‘refugees’ are never resettled elsewhere in the Middle East (can you say rich gulf states like Saudi Arabia) so that the thorn is always there in Israel’s side.
Grandi spent nine years at the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, first as deputy commissioner general and then, from 2010, as commissioner-general. His term as refugee commissioner runs until 2020.
He defended his former UN agency for its work with Palestinians. “UNRWA is often accused of either perpetuating the refugee status of Palestinians or of exempting Israel of its responsibilities toward civilians in the occupied territories by providing services on its behalf,” he said. But the disappearance of the underfunded agency “would not solve the issue of Palestinian refugees – rather it would exacerbate it,” he warned.
I will bet the White House doesn’t know we are taking more Africans as ‘refugees’ who are really Israel’s problem.
*** Go here to learn about the terrible precedent we are setting with the “dumb” Australia deal, and for my lengthy archive on Malta, where we have been taking their illegal aliens to the US ever since the George W. Bush administration, click here.