The official story about how the vetting process works for refugees is that it takes several months and those entering the country are ran through databases and screened before being accepted. In an interview with Josh Tolley, Jill Noble of Missouri, tells a different story. Last year, she began attending UN refugee resettlement meetings, which were sponsored by Missouri Social Services.
She says that there is not an additional vetting process once refugees are in the United States. They arrive with no paperwork, so the paper trail begins after they are picked up from the airport. Refugees names are written as “FNU,” which stands for “full name unknown,” when a language barrier prevents agency workers from obtaining the refugee’s name. Those with names are issued Social Security numbers and passports immediately. The agencies then assist refugees in finding compatriots, which facilitates the refugees not assimilating into our culture. Once they have identification, the agencies assist them with finding entitlement benefits that they qualify for such as housing and welfare. The agencies are also supposed to help refugees find jobs.
Once in Missouri, Noble claims that few seek employment because the medical review team tries to identify them in a way that will qualify them for long-term Social Security disability benefits. It is a routine part of the screening to ask if they have frequent headaches or back problems that might help them qualify.
Noble says the agencies that facilitate refugees are receiving $25,000 just for picking them up from the airport and processing them. She says that additional money flows into the agencies in the form of block grants.
States like Tennessee and Texas that choose not to officially accept refugees only means that the states themselves do not process refugees. The state’s decision can be circumvented by the Wilson/Fish program. This program allows the states to be bypassed so that money for resettlement goes directly to third-party agencies. The disadvantage to this is that when states no longer process refugees, then they have no data about how many are coming in, who they are, or where they settle.