New Jersey Tells Obama to ‘Pound Sand’, Makes Massive Move to Defy Federal Government

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Gov. Chris Christie announced that he has withdrawn the state of New Jersey from participation in the U.S. Refugee Resettlement program. Obama officials claim the federal government can continue to resettle refugees in the Garden State by working directly with nonprofit groups who help refugees resettle in New Jersey.

New Jersey 101.5 reports:

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Christie said last November that New Jersey would stop taking part in the federal Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement program, and the state this month formalized that decision . . .

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“The governor has consistently stated his opposition to the resettlement program in the absence of proper security vetting, safeguards and assurances being offered by the federal government,” said Christie spokesman Brian Murray.

Christie last November, at the time a candidate for the Republican nomination for president, said following the ISIS attacks in Paris that New Jersey would withdraw from the program due to concerns that the background checks on refugees aren’t able to ensure terrorists won’t enter the country. . .

The state Department of Human Services notified the Obama administration that the Governor’s Office was withdrawing the state from the federal Refugee Resettlement Program in an April 7 letter.

Technically, the state gave Washington 120 days’ notice that it is withdrawing, making the change effective in early August.

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New Jersey joins a dozen other states where resettlement programs are managed by nonprofit organizations because the state does not participate: Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee and Vermont.

In the six months covering October through March, 127 refugees settled in New Jersey. Twenty-four were from Syria, second only to 36 from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Eighty-one Syrian refugees settled in New Jersey between October 2013 and September 2015.

Breitbart’s  Michael Patrick Leahy has this:

In light of President Obama’s recent unpopular decision to accelerate the vetting of Syrian refugees from two years to three months, along with serious security concerns about the possible infiltration of Syrian and other Muslim majority country refugees by Islamist terrorists, the decisions by Kansas and New Jersey to withdraw from the federal program, along with the Tennessee lawsuit, may indicate a growing momentum of opposition to these Obama administration refugee policies around the country.

(h/t Conservative Tribune)

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