Federal government website directly refutes McCrory’s claims about refugee kids

Pat McCrory press eventIn a rambling press conference today, Gov. Pat McCrory made a number of rather remarkable claims about the settlement of several hundred Central American child refugees in North Carolina.

During the event — read a summary and watch the full video by clicking here — the Governor claimed that the state knows virtually nothing about the children in question and reiterated the claims he made several days ago in a letter he signed along with five other conservative governors that sponsors for children were not properly vetted, that the children may not be properly vaccinated and that the children may be headed for the worlds of drugs and prostitution.

In other words, by all indications, neither the Governor nor his staff have bothered to check out the website of the Federal Office of Refugee Resettlement — i.e. a location in which many of his concerns and claims are specifically addressed and refuted on several pages devoted to the child refugees crisis.

Had he bothered to do so he could have read the following from a special page that describes the process being employed right now — which might have also provided him with a hint as to why the Feds haven’t invited McCrory and HHS Secretary Aldona Wos (who stood sullenly at the Guv’s side during his ramble) into the process:

Unaccompanied Children Released to Sponsors by State

When a child who is not accompanied by a parent or guardian is apprehended by immigration authorities, the child is transferred to the care and custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR).  ORR cares for the children in shelters around the country until they can be released to a sponsor, typically a parent or relative, who can care for the child while their immigration case is processed.

Ensuring that a potential sponsor can safely and appropriately care for the child is a top priority.  A background check is conducted on all potential sponsors, and steps are taken to verify a potential sponsor’s identity and relationship to the child.  In some cases where concerns are raised, a home study is done.

Before children are released to a sponsor, they receive vaccinations and medical screenings. We do not release any children who have a contagious condition.

The sponsor must agree to cooperate with all immigration proceedings.

If ORR cannot identify a viable sponsor, the child will typically remain in ORR care unless the following happens:

  • The child goes before the immigration judge and requests a voluntary departure
  • A judge orders the child to be deported and DHS repatriates
  • The child turns 18, transferring custody back to DHS
  • Legal relief, in some form is granted by an immigration judge

Ensuring the privacy and safety of children is of paramount importance. We cannot release information about individual children that could compromise the child’s location or identity. (Emphasis supplied).

The site goes on to explain that the current national total of refugees kids is 30,340 — of whom 1,191 children are in North Carolina.  It even provides a breakdown by gender and country of origin.

The bottom line – As noted the other day, there’s plenty of blame to go around on the refugee crisis, but uninformed, anti-immigrant fear mongering by Pat McCrory sure isn’t going to help. Let’s hope fervently that, once the Governor makes his political hay by ginning up the conservative base, he goes back to doing what he’s done best on this subject: keeping his beak closed.


  1. Gene Hoglan

    August 5, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    Meh. He’ll read the website after he’s done signing whatever pointless do-nothing order his boss puts in front of his desk.

  2. Alex

    August 5, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    This one is a really funny ! The government promising all of these things is the same government that couldn’t provide decent medical care for it’s soldiers with some of them dying before they could even get an appointment. This is the same government that spent billions of dollars for a website that didn’t even work. This is the same government that lost $ 100 Billion dollars last year to fraud and waste in it’s entitlement programs. This is the same government that let a low-level employee like Snowden steal half of the nation’s intelligence programs. This is the same government that can’t even secure it’s southern border. Please excuse me while I laugh out loud !

  3. Alan

    August 5, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    No Alex, we can’t excuse your ignorance. The issues with the VA have been with us for many years, including your beloved President Bush.

    Please excuse me while I laugh out loud at Team Civitas employees masquerading as concerned citizens.

  4. Alex

    August 6, 2014 at 6:04 am

    As usual Alan you miss the point entirely. It makes no difference who the president was during this mess. What it shows is a bungling bureaucratic government that has trouble doing anything right regardless of the billions spent. To think they will handle the situation as stated in the website is almost laughable when they can’t even stem the flow of illegal immigrants. Only someone as naive as yourself would even believe this. By the way you’ve run the Civitas thing in the ground so much that it’s not even amusing any more. As they say to some comedians…”You need some new material “

  5. Pertains!

    August 6, 2014 at 7:42 am

    Alex can you not find a Tea Party site to write your (or cut and paste) lengthy and boring opinions. Reading the back and forth entries was entertaining at first but the thrill is gone.
    Find yourself another site so you can Share your old fashioned views with people with a similar narrow minded view. Please?

  6. JamesB

    August 6, 2014 at 8:18 am

    Throwing kids under the bus to distract from the budget. Class act.

  7. Alan

    August 6, 2014 at 9:41 am

    As usual, Alex misses the point entirely and jumps to his reflexive defense of all things McRory, mixed in with yet more anti guv’mint crazy talk completely unrelated to the subject in question. Alex, I think you (and the other interns) are the ones in need of some new material, it gets a little boring to read the same old anti-(insert topic here), it’s all Obamas fault, Obamacare isn’t working, Medicare is broken, etc. etc., talking points over & over again.

  8. John Grooms

    August 6, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Alex, people might be more amenable to considering your opinions, whether cut and pasted or “homemade,” if you’d simply learn that the possessive use of the word you misspelled repeatedly is “its,” not “it’s.” If you can’t at least feign sounding literate, then please give up. Thankyewsomutch.

  9. Pat Ferguson

    August 6, 2014 at 11:09 am

    “I care about these children like I do the children of NC” says the pen pusher who signs law after law that robs the same NC children of education, medical care and food – and he has the master implementer of those laws standing by his side. Hogwash! Why would he bother to check the validity of his info when he never does for anything else. What a loombah we’ve got in that office.

  10. Alex

    August 6, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    My grandfather used to say there were 3 categories of people.Great minds would talk about ideas, average minds would talk about things, and small minds would talk about other people. I guess we pretty much know which category John and ” Pertains” would fit into. It has always fascinated me that “progressives” talk constantly about diversity, but absolutely despise diversity of thought. Wouldn’t it be a dull world if we all thought the same ?

  11. ML

    August 6, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    Alex here’s an idea: stop talking.

  12. John Grooms

    August 6, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Alex, you’re mistaken. I love diversity of ideas, even though you didn’t evince any diversity in your mundane diatribe, which was pretty much boilerplate conservative talking points that frankly aren’t worth disputing here — I’d hardly call your comments as “talking about ideas” and I hope for your sake you don’t really think you were saying anything original. What I hate is the pretense of someone presenting him or herself as a serious thinker when he or she can’t even remember simple things like the difference between its and it’s. That’s all l’m saying — don’t come around slamming others’ views if you can’t at least give a damn about proper grammar and spelling. I’m sure that as a conservative, you think the state of education is terrible these days, so put your computer keys where your mouth is.

  13. Jack

    August 6, 2014 at 7:19 pm


    Now that you’ve talked about other people rather than talking about ideas what now?

  14. Alan

    August 6, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    Mr. Grooms! Job well done!

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