KSOO news director Beth Warden talks to Rebecca Kiesow-Knudsen, VP of Community Services for Lutheran Social Services, and learns that South Dakota is unlikely to see many if any Syrian refugees, since we don’t already have a large Syrian community where refugees would find family ties to help them through their relocation:
But should LSS and South Dakota have the pleasure of resettling fellow beings seeking peace and safety, we can rest assured that those refugees will undergo a lengthy screening process. The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants breaks it down in 13 steps; the Center for American Progress breaks it down to 21 steps. Whatever way you count the steps, refugees generally slog through the process for 18 to 24 months.
As of September 30, wealthy EB-5 visa investors waited 14.4 months to get into the U.S. but faced less rigorous scrutiny of the sources of the funds they use to buy their way to the front of the immigration queue.
EB-5 investors also don’t spend time waiting in refugee camps for the United Nations to start their resettlement process. Some refugees from other nations have languished in camps for twenty years.
Hmm… two years to be processed, possibly more stuck in camps… enough time for those murderous widows and orphans of whom John Thune is scared to get new spouses and parents… or to be radicalized by their frustration and turn on nations fail to show practical compassion.
Bonus Geography: Ben Carson can’t count refugees or governors. The GOP Presidential candidate yesterday included South Dakota in a map showing states that have rejected Syrian refugees. Carson is wrong again: Governor Dennis Daugaard’s official position remains no position. That’s thin gruel, but the ACLU still applauds the Governor for not joining Carson and other mostly Republicans in unconstitutional fear-mongering. Update 10:41 CST: The Governor has issued a press release calling on the feds to “re-examine our process for background checks of refugee applicants seeking asylum and to reconsider whether the United States should continue to accept refugees at current levels.” Governor Daugaard must have decided he wasn’t monging enough fear to maintain his GOP discount card.
Bonus Threat Assessment: High school football has killed eleven American boys this year. No Republican legislators have called for banning high school football.