Should States Have To Pay For Refugee Resettlement They Don’t Want?

Today states that withdraw find resettlement continues without any oversight from state authorities yet with states continuing to be forced to pay.

By Don Barnett on April 2, 2019

The Federalist, April 2, 2019

Tennessee is the first state to tell the federal government that it can’t be forced to pay for the federal refugee resettlement program on the constitutional basis of federalism and the Tenth Amendment. It is suing the federal government over its continuation of refugee resettlement in Tennessee after the state withdrew from the program.

When the state withdrew more than 10 years ago, the federal government turned program administration over to the federal contractor, Catholic Charities of Tennessee, a nonprofit organization that earns most of its revenue from federal grants and contracts related to the refugee program. Catholic Charities immediately increased the number of refugees placed in Tennessee by nearly 50 percent, reaching an annual high-water mark of more than 2,000 per year by 2016. (Tennessee refugee numbers are down recently only because the overall national refugee quota was slashed after 2016.)


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