CNN Finds Tens of Thousands of Fake African Refugees Living in U.S.

An October 9 report on CNN entitled “How fake refugees from Kenya got settled in the US and Europe” reveals that at least “tens of thousands” of Africans, mostly from Kenya, have conned their way into the U.S. claiming to be Somali refugees. The fake refugees have for decades lived off food stamps and the public dole after paying middlemen to obtain phony documentation for them and transport them to America.

Chart Showing Recent Refugee Resettlement in January 2016 (U.S. State Dept.)

The systematic fraud, begun in the 1990’s, continues to the present day. CNN talked with a Kenyan national in his twenties who is currently attempting to pay a “facilitator” to get him classified fraudulently as a Somali refugee. The Kenyan and his brother have thus far each paid $300 to obtain a number and card identifying them as refugees. Next, they plan to pay the same middleman $12,000 to transport them to the U.S. He said the facilitator had coached him in a phony story about having fled Somalia.

Many of the fake refugees now living in America entered through a refugee program known as “P-3”–a chain migration program available to “refugees” with ties to others already settled in the U.S. In 2008, that program was found by DNA testing to be so rife with fraud–at a level close to 90%–that the Bush administration shut it down.

(As an aside, David Steinberg of the Powerline blog has suggested that Rep. Ilhan Omar [D-MN], a member of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “Squad,” may have committed immigration fraud in the 1990’s when she falsely entered the country under the P-3 program as a member of the already settled “Omar” family. We have discussed Ms. Omar’s struggles with the truth before.)

In 2018, the Trump administration announced enhanced scrutiny of refugee applications coming from 11 countries, many of them African, thought especially suspect.

Nevertheless, an “untold number,” according to CNN, of fraudulent refugees continue to live in the U.S., with others–such as the Kenyan mentioned above–scheming how to get here.

Breitbart reports that in the past decade alone, the U.S. has permanently resettled more than 1.7 million foreign nationals and refugees — a foreign population larger than the size of Philadelphia. The resettlement of refugees in the U.S. costs American taxpayers nearly $9 billion every five years.

For the full report, see CNN. Also see the Breitbart article on the report.

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