House of Representatives firebrand Trey Gowdy is again proving his strength in a pushback against a plan by the Obama administration that would open the way for thousands of Muslim immigrants to settle in the United States.

Gowdy's most recent stand is against the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP), a government organization that recently cleared the way to open an office and begin resettlement of refugees in his home district in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

In response to USRAP's decision, Gowdy fired off a feisty letter to Secretary of State John Kerry in which he confronted Kerry with questions he wanted answered.

Among those questions Gowdy asked these:

What state and local officials have been notified and consulted?

When are the first refugees expected to arrive in Spartanburg?

What federal, state, and local benefits are the refugees entitled to receive a) upon designation as a refugee and b) upon resettlement in the Spartanburg area?

How many refugees will be resettled in the Spartanburg area?

How are the refugees chosen to resettle in Spartanburg?

What is the country of origin of each of the refugees to be resettled in the Spartanburg area?

Who is responsible for ensuring housing, employment, and education services for the resettled refugees?

Who is responsible for ensuring resettled refugees maintain employment, as opposed to tracking employment for the first few months after being resettled?

How many of the refugees to be resettled in the Spartanburg area are of the age to attend K–12 schools? Of those, how many need the local government to provide interpreters or teachers who speak the native language of the refugee for the students?

Do any of the refugees to be resettled in the Spartanburg area have criminal convictions? If so, for what crimes has each been convicted?

Please explain the background check process performed on refugees scheduled to be resettled in Spartanburg.

Will this be the only time refugees will be resettled to the Spartanburg area pursuant to the agency’s proposal? Or can additional refugees be resettled pursuant to the proposal?

It seems absolutely outrageous that a government organization would be able to clear the path to migrate thousands of immigrants into a part of the country without informing the elected representatives over that area. Trey Gowdy has every right to be angry with USRAP's decision and to demand information about the program.

That being said, the Obama administration's current record with immigration issues and crises is terrible. The odds that they'll respond to this issue and actually give satisfactory answers lies somewhere between "unlikely" and "absolutely impossible."

h/t: The Political Insider



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