Is Obama Opening the Floodgates for Hamas?
A Clarification from Brigitte Gabriel and ACT for America.org
Dear Friends ,
Yesterday we emailed you information regarding President Obama’s presidential memorandum authorizing $20.3 million in funds to help Palestinians under the Migration and Refugee Assistance Act of 1962. In that email we raised the question as to whether or not some of these Palestinians could end up “migrating” to the United States.
There have been some postings on the web that are maintaining that Obama’s action will lead to a mass immigration of Palestinians into the U.S. One posting we know of asserts that this is in error because the fund in question is for “migrating” not “immigrating.”
Here’s an excerpt from that post: “Just to be sure, I talked to an official at the State Department. He said the fund in question, known as ERMA (the U.S. Emergency Refugee and Migration Assistance fund), is run out of the White House. That is, the president has discretion to use it for what he determines are emergencies. It is for providing funds for people in place — that is, where they are in need in other countries, not here. He pointed out that “migration” is not the same as “immigration.” It means people moving around, that’s all.”Based on what we can ascertain, it does appear that what the official at the State Department is saying is correct about the intent of the program, and that no Palestinians will end up “migrating” to the U.S. as a result. But given the history of the State Department, you’ll understand if we’re a bit skeptical of an explanation that comes from a State Department official. We hope what the State Department official said proves to be true, but only time will tell if in fact any Palestinians are somehow able to use this program as a springboard to immigrate to the United States.
On a Palestinian-related issue, this week we delivered to UN Secretary-General Bank Ki-moon our petition calling for an investigation of Hamas’ treatment of children in Gaza. We want to thank each of the nearly 9,000 people who signed the petition.
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