State Dept. Sued After Hiding Refugee Travel Loan Info

rp_Syrian-refugees-UNHCR-photo8.jpg(Judicial Watch) Judicial Watch announced Wednesday that it filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of State seeking records on the number of “Refugee Travel Loans” issued by State’s Bureau for Population, Refugees, and Migration to the United Nation’s International Organization for Migration from 2010 to the present. Judicial Watch is also seeking the number of loans defaulted on and the amount of money written off on each defaulted loan. The suit was filed on January 24, 2017, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:17-cv-00157)).

Judicial Watch filed the suit after the State Department failed to respond to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request on February 5, 2016, seeking the following:

All records reflecting the number of Refugee Travel Loans furnished by the State Department’s Bureau for Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) per year; the number of travel loans that are defaulted upon per year; and the amount of money written off per defaulted loan.

The Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration provides funding for aid and relief work abroad and the bureau’s admissions office handles settling refugees in the United States. According to the agency’s website, it spent nearly $545 million “to provide new beginnings to the world’s most vulnerable refugees” in 2016 and more than $2.8 billion to “humanitarian assistance overseas.” It provided $103 million directly to the UN’s International Organization for Migration.

The International Organization for Migration, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, has an annual budget of $1.4 billion and (as of 2014) a staff of 9,000 throughout the world. According to the International Organization for Migration website, the organization provides interest-free loans “furnished by the Department of State” to “all refugees arriving in the United States:”

All refugees arriving in the United States are offered interest-free travel loans by IOM. Refugees who accept these travel loans are required to sign a promissory note prior to departure, committing themselves to repayment of the debt within 46 months after arrival in the United States.

IOM arranges for refugee travel using funds furnished by the Department of State, and is mandated to subsequently effect collections on behalf of the Department of State. Repayments made by refugees toward their loans are returned to the Department of State for use by the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) to defray the cost of future refugee travel.

In July 2016, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution making the International Organization for Migration part of the UN.

The Washington Post reported that the nine resettlement agencies contracted by the State Department to help resettle refugees in the U.S. actually make more than $5 million a year in commissions on refugee debt collection.

“The State Department has stonewalled our request for refugee loans and associated taxpayer losses for a year – an unlawful delay that screams ‘cover up’,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “This is an opportunity for the Trump State Department to come clean and clean up this refugee welfare program.”

In June 2016, Judicial Watch reported:

The U.S. government gives refugees on public assistance special “loans” of up to $15,000 to start a business but fails to keep track of defaults that could translate into huge losses for American taxpayers, records obtained by Judicial Watch reveal. The cash is distributed through a program called Microenterprise Development run by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Refugee Resettlement.


HHS is not the only government agency doling out huge sums of cash for this cause, though its focus on refugees appears to be unique. Others, such as the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Labor (DOL) also dedicate hundreds of millions of dollars to various microenterprise causes. For instance, in one recent year alone USAID spent $223 million on microenterprise development activities, according to figures released by the agency. The USDA also allocates large sums to provide loans and grants to microenterprise development through a special “Rural Microloan Revolving Fund” and the DOL regularly pours lots of money into various microenterprise projects that are promoted as workforce investments in areas with high rates of poverty.

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  • therealworld

    Why can’t a US Citizen get 15k for being on Public Assistance, You would think Liberals would ask for free money for ALL DEADBEATS

    • Susan Lindauer


      • Mathew Molk

        God bless you Sue,,,,But most veterans go get a job and work for a living. – Sure there are a few that CAN’T make it and a few more that WON’T even try, but basically, we take care of ourselves.

        Again, thanks for thinking of us. It was our privilege to serve you and the rest of our country.

      • Naval Lint

        Our oath keeps us together. Maybe our oath should be spoken to students every day?

      • Ron Gonshorowski

        Support Black Rifle Coffee.

    • Valerie Shutter

      We need to STOP this refugee influx and help our own people in the US. We can’t keep supporting them with our money. We are paying for them with taxpayer money when we have all we can do to support our own families They are not our problem and why should we support these freeloaders? You snowflakes need to get a clue. We need to do more to support Trump . He has the right idea. I support him 100 percent.

      • Tom Williams

        Nothing will ever be done about this mess until WE the voters “FIRE” the main problem ! The FREELOADER in the HOUSE and SENATE !! Demorats and Repubrinos that not only are FEEDING off of us HARD WORKING tax payers themselves ,but also giving the funds away to non-tax-payers as hard as they can !!

        • Mathew Molk

          A-Men, Thomas.

        • William Markey

          Vote them out. I live in california. They dont put republicans on our ballots. Except for president.

          • Ed Roberts

            I lived in the Bay Area up until1998 then moved back to my home state by the way isn’t any better we got Republicans but they are the same as Democratics, now our Governor wants to raise Fuel taxes to pay for Roads he may as well wait till the President starts throw money for the same thing.

      • William Markey

        I support President Trump

      • dinddong


    • Mathew Molk

      I think they do.

    • dinddong

      Good question, if you are Muslim, loan is ready for you.

  • Susan Lindauer

    This is Sick! So many American families are struggling & sacrificing. Democrats don’t care about us at all, but immigrants & refugees are loaded to the gills with welfare benefits that We the American People would never have the opportunity to receive from our own government!

    • Dee

      Hope BS like this stays front and center before re-elections ! These democrats are So Corrupt it makes me sick . Not only do they Not care about Anericans struggling the piss on Our Vets too ! Disgraceful !!

      • kbfallon

        Oh…hold the loans over their heads like a carrot and BINGO–guaranteed dem voters forever. Sneaky bastids.

        • raffaelecafagna

          Wake up America ; the leftist brainwashed retards democraps are destroying this Nation . All this is done on purpose to turn US into a third world country .
          It is an ” I do not care attitude on their parts ” just Destruction .

          • SiiRobertson

            White genocide is the order of the day for the tards, too.

        • Elaine Blackman

          We need to get the word out on this rather than just hoping someone will see it. I had a cousin who e-mailed the site to me.

      • dinddong

        You are right.

    • dinddong

      Right make everybody sick.

    • Nicodemus

      And everyone involved in HIDING this should be out of a job ASAP….along with some prosecutions for Holder, Lerner….yeah, I know Trump is being very methodical and getting all his lawyers and judges in place first….but I can’t wait for the axe to start swinging on all this corruption…

      • kbfallon

        Can’t wait ? He’s only been in office for what…three weeks now ? Find another President in our history who’s lit a fire under all their azzez so quickly ! I think he’s doing a MAGNIFECENT job don’t you? Who could have even dreamed he would do so much-so fast……he wasn’t kidding us when he said we would be saying–we’re winning too much Mr. President ! We can’t take it ! (hahaha)…it seems as though NO-ONE could have done a better job and the future looks bright for those of us who want to see our laws/constitution followed. Their azzez are grass and he’s the lawnmower !

  • cunning

    Shut this democratic scam down ASAP.

    • dinddong

      Hope President Trump will know about this.

  • wildmann

    No Immigrants!! We Don’t Want Or Need them!

    • Ron Gonshorowski

      Immigrants are fine with vetting. But this is a sneaky backhanded way to get around it. Canada wants the immigrants, let them have them.

      • Mathew Molk

        No Brother Ron. They are not OK. –

        Between 1892 and 1954 ,,,,62 years,,, 12 million of our ancestors went through Ellis Island. They were inspected and detected and a lot of them were rejected…If they got in they also didn’t get any advantages either. They better come with sufficient cash and a skill that the country could use. Both the general population and government treated the Indians better, and they treated the Indians like dirt. It was up hill all the way for the DPs. During that time the country needed them too, they had skills that our industry were short on and the DPs wanted to become citizens and embrace the American way of life.

        Now they want to saddle us with MILLIONS of useless moslems all at once that have no usable skills and will be going on welfare. Worse yet they have no intention what so ever of becoming Americans or living the American way of life. Quite to the contrary, they intend to make us moslems and live under their twisted sheria law or enslave and/or kill us if we do not convert to their way.They see us as insects

        Come back and talk to me when no American is looking for a job and no American Kids are cold or hungry. Then I’ll think about vetting and if we find someone that is actually persecuted then we can talk,,,,but I will say at no time would I EVER let a military age male into this country for any reason. – let him go fight the bad guys in his own country. If it was good enough for American Patriots at Valley Forge, it’s good enough for a bunch of moslems that are hated by their own kind.

        Read my lips,,,,,,No more immigrants until all of us who want to work are working. and all of our kids are taken care of.

        America for Americans.

        • Ron Gonshorowski

          I don’t disagree with you. Proper vetting, I think might alleviate some of the military aged people getting in.
          First you need to know that my grandfather came here on the Steamship Martha in 1884 at age 14 and found his parents and siblings in Kansas. When he got here he stated that he was an American and never spoke German again.
          Right now one of the countries not mentioned is Yeman, so I think this should be added.
          I am a strong supporter of the Trump policy. If Canada wants them, they can have them no matter the buzz word of the day that is used to describe them.
          Vietnam vet.

          • susiejg

            I think Yemen is one of the 7.

          • Ron Gonshorowski

            You’re right, but there was another hotbed one that was not included.

          • Elaine Blackman

            Yemen was one of the 7. It’s not one of the 6 on the revised EO.

          • susiejg

            Oh no. Didn’t know that.

        • raffaelecafagna

          The Law says : have a clean medical and criminal record from Origin ; the American Embassy at origin will run a background check on the immigrant ; have funds not to be a burden to the People and the Nation ; Assimilate .
          Obama changed all of this ; HIV+ can come here ; no vetting and funds to all .
          A refugee gets $1700 per month , housing , medicals , free education , EBT card ++++ .

          • susiejg

            Along with mumps, measles and who knows what other communicable diseases that we haven’t had for ages until recently.

          • Bokonon9

            We wiped out polio in the US during the 1960s and now we see polio again coming in from immigrants.

        • MaryAnnabelle Martin

          They also never pay taxes

        • John Carlson

          Fully 1/2 of those who emigrated to the US before 1940, when immigrants could receive welfare, returned to their homeland as they could not “make it” here. Thw welfare magnet has to be removed, period.

        • Elaine Blackman

          Not until our national debt is gone, too. They are the impetus to that with this program being one of many, including welfare, Obamacare, schooling, job preference, prison costs, gang activity, etc.

      • William Markey

        Canada wants the refugees. These are not immigrants. This article mixes the two words also. Yes we want legal immigration not refugeeism.

        • Elaine Blackman

          We need to clear up the mess we’re in right now before we can even know how many we can take. That’s why so many legal immigrants are against illegal immigration. And take away anchor baby citizenship. That shouldn’t be a way in for anyone, nor or in the future.

  • Loving America

    Check out the funds California have received from ‘Soros and Obama and their Gang Members and see why they hired Holder the Gun-Runner and Member of the Obama and Hitler Hillary Gang!’ You probably will find it all tied together..WAIT AND FIND OUT! Holder thinks he got by with his Crimes Against Hunantiy with Running Guns and Selling Them to Old Mexico and Syria…Why has he not been arrested and Waterboarded to get the Truth and nothing but the Truth from him to hand Soros, Clintons, and Obamas and all their Gang Members!

  • Mathew Molk

    Another gift from the half honky community organizer and the cackling witch.

    When will it end?

  • Tyronne Shoelaces

    Trump still has to get rid of the Obozo leftovers in the State Dept.

    • William Markey

      It is like getting rid of cockroaches.

  • Dianna9490

    Dont forget its against their religion to b charged ANY INTEREST! So TOTALLY ALL INTEREST FREE LOANS!

  • Harvey Mitterdorf

    Dude, it is not the state department that was stonewalling; it was the treasonous Obama Administration.

    • Naval Lint

      The State Dept has always been a den of thieves. The entire department should be fired. They’re even bigger crooks than the career politicians.

  • Tom Frederiksen

    Find out who is responsible for failure to fulfill Foia request and fire them.

    • Elaine Blackman

      Imprison them.

  • Scorpion fan

    The democrats who are vulnerable in 2018 elections will pay the price for going along with obamas programs like this and so many others…..keep your foot on the gas libertyheadlines….expose liberals for what they are! UNAMERICAN

    • Elaine Blackman

      We have to get the word out and also get the illegal voters out of the country. The voting laws need to be fixed, too. Identity needs to be required to get to vote and to get to be registered to vote. Illegals shouldn’t be counted towards electoral votes and they should be identified on censuses, IMO.

  • freepetta

    So basically we are paying people to come here? What kind of sick stuff is this? More Obama secrets. This stuff has to be discontinued immediately. How dare the stinking State Dept further waste our taxpayer money!!!

    • Linda Grice

      Not only are we paying them with the interest free loans…our govt is giving them jobs where they are paying half their salary. This has resulred in companies laying off american workers so they can cash in on the government wage subsidies they get paid for hiring immigrants. all the while, our citizens lose jobs they have had for years because it is “cheaper” for the company to hire immigrants because the US govt (WE!!!) pay half their wages! Send them home! NOW!!!!

  • Wmichaelmic

    People should be imprisoned for this. This is the most ludicrous scheme the State Department could possibly have cooked up, or is it? Where does the madness stop? All this under the Obama administration and Clinton/Kerry as Secretaries of State. Democrats don’t mind one iota to spend hard-working Americans tax dollars on this type of crap, especially if it gets them a vote.

  • Support Judicial watch. They are our first line of defence because our key legislators are on the dole of G.Soros.

  • William Markey

    Vote the dirtbags out of office. Please.

  • denis

    There is a hidden industry in the world. It is the “Refugee Industry.” The interesting part of this is that US taxpayers pay for this. All these charitable organization who do sponsor immigrants GET PAID to look after these people, they apply for Financial aid from the state department, in effect become another so called NGO that gets millions of $$$$$$$ from the state provide some aid for immigrants. They pocket the rest. Its profit for doing a “Good Deed.” Now the IOM (the International Organization for Immigration) gets tons of money that THEY LEND TO IMMIGRANTS on agreement of repayment. In reality its the promotion of the IMMIGRATION INDUSTRY, providing jobs for UN public servants,

  • comanchewill

    UNBELIEVABLE….all this going on when most AMERICANS didnt even know about our tax dollars paying for these loans etc…..REMEMBER THIS AMERICANS COME ELECTION TIME 2018

    • Elaine Blackman

      That’s WHY there was never a balanced budget!

  • irish1919

    Yes spend millions on illegal refugees and not on people in Appalachia. I’m not for big government but if we have to spend than keep it within our borders ( when we have borders ) . Hopefully Trump will have all his department heads get rid of all the waste and abuse. We have so many depts within departments which are doing the same things or nothing at all. Let’s take an ax to the federal government and get all these felts back to the states . The states have priostituted I themselves to the federal government ( us taxpayers) long enough . Put a halt to all immigration from anywhere in the world untill we can weed out the unwanted. What good is it to deport 100 and have 200 coming in in the meantime. Ridiculous .Start with the Education dept and health and human services. Block grant all Medicare to the states and put health care back in the private sector where it belongs . How do you replace Obamacare. Open up business around the country (competition) and block grant Medicare. The States need to take responsibility for all services supplied now by the government . I would believe these States should be responsible for its residents and not the taxpayers from other states. Bankrupt ? Too bad. Guess you will need new elective officials . Maybe fiscal conservatives would be better than spenders.

  • Bo

    Another example of the corruption necessary to help ILLEGALS and REFUGEES invade America. Susan Lindauer is CORRECT, this is SICK.

  • dkg

    I don’t remember seeing this on a ballot. How are these people allowed to use money like this???
    Thank You Judicial Watch. Thank You very much!!!!

    • Elaine Blackman

      The transparent government under Obama just confiscated money without a budget ever being balanced. It was part of his way to bankrupt the country and enslave all of us. Now you understand why keeping the illegals and “refugees” was so important to his agenda of NWO.

  • DJT Supporter

    Close all damned resettlements and sanctuaries in US at the expense of American taxpayers’ money, we have national debt almost 20 trillion dollars. These refugees and aliens take an advantage of American taxpayers’ money and government benefits. No More Refugees And Aliens! Close All Damned Borders! We hate huge waste a lot of tax money. America comes First!

  • Ed Roberts

    As Americans we don’t know where and how much our Government throw at These new people entering our country it wasn’t like this in the early 1900’s I think we need a place to start these people out living and working not giving them money to start business,we have to many problems with our own people living on the streets.

  • dinddong

    This is the work of Obama to help Muslim.

    Now you know how Obama spent $10 trillion in eight years.

    • Elaine Blackman

      He gave almost $200 billion to Iran and probably more with other programs and financial aides. That doesn’t even account for the 5 top Islamic, jihadist commanders he traded to them for one lousy deserting jihadist named Bergdahl who he even honored and promoted. I never saw any backlash about that from the rabid left that might have said he was being used for propaganda or popularity votes.

  • Robert Pekarik

    How much more proof are we the people going to need to admit once and for all that the democrat party and the career politicians that support them are corrupt to the core?

    • Wildflowers52

      And where is news like this from the MSM? Where?

  • dinddong

    Remove democrats on next election.

  • Richard Bagenstose

    democrats are looking for a new voter base , they lost all the american people , so they need refugees and illegals ,and criminals

    • Elaine Blackman

      They’ve still got all of those on welfare who don’t realize that if the country fails, they’ll be the first to go, just like on the Titanic.

  • Jim

    I’m starting to think that nothing will ever change until we the people stop paying taxes!

    • Elaine Blackman

      I’ve been thinking the same thing. Unfortunately, they have us over a barrel for the most part since they can confiscate our property and wages.

  • Mike

    This sounds like nothing more than a slush fund for these Departments. It looks like a huge cleanup is in order, I only hope that the Secretaries of those organizations clean everything up and I hope that President Trump stops funding the UN. I would bet that a LOT of UN members got very rich over being their. Talk about fraud waste and abuse.

  • SiiRobertson

    Thank you, Judicial Watch, for watching out for us! I hope many Americans are supporting you with their money.

    • Culper babe

      I joined them for a measly $25 per year. Can be any amount. Wish could give them more. Am kept well informed on all they do-and it’s a lot.

      • SiiRobertson

        Good for you! They’re a huge asset to our country.

  • Culper babe

    Cut the money to State and HHS for this nonsense.

    • kbfallon

      How about Extreme Vetting on any and/all …………democratic backed programs-agendas !

      • Culper babe

        If the Republicans can get around to doing their job, what you suggest would/could/ and should be happening.

  • Daniel F. Melton

    The global socialists in our state department dumping taxpayers down a hole with no bottom.


  • Herbert W. Love, Jr.

    OBAMA, “The president who almost destroyed America” had sneaky-Islamic favors, loans, invitation to come settle in America. It’s a better breeding ground for Islamic Muslims until such time they get all stirred-up by a Ayatollah, “Quran & Shara Law” to start chanting Death to Infidels. He should be impeached for grounds of, “undermining our society” with foreign Islamic immigrants that will never change or assimilate into Western Life Style Culture. Like FRANCE, US might suffer in the future.
    Google: (Islamic trouble in France 2017)

  • BRAIN S.

    Lending an immigrant or a refugee is a risky transaction unless it is adequately secured. The borrower could leave the country at any time and the lender will be left with a loss. Several such transactions could end up making an institution weak, and we have already seen what occurs when Banks fail. The country could have a recession and the investors lose their investments in the bank. Judicial Watch is correct to sue the state, as refugees get assistance to settle down, but should never become a burden to the state or the taxpayer, by providing loans which are hardly ever paid

  • needful

    our tax money at work!!!

    • Elaine Blackman

      Much deeper than that. At the very least, it helps to bankrupt us and therefore to deepen our bondage. At worst, they’re our future armies to enslave us into prison camps. There’s no way for us to know what demonic schemes they’ve hatched for us, the citizens of the country.

  • APB

    President Trump needs to immediately have a full accounting of all funds at State Dept and STOP ALL FUNDS AT ONCE FROM LEAVING THE USA to anyone in the US or World.
    This also needs to be done at DOJ and all agencies.
    Ensure all monies are properly dispersed by the head of State and DOJ, to prevent such issues as we saw under the illegal Obama regime, and ensure those funds meet the Congress approval.
    No moving around funds to violate Congress funding.

  • Karll

    Wow! There’s a program that needs to be shut down asap.

  • Donald Lindsey

    Under Obama he spent nearly $545 million “to provide new beginnings to the world’s most vulnerable refugees” in 2016 and more than $2.8 billion to “humanitarian assistance overseas.” It provided $103 million directly to the UN’s International Organization for Migration.

    Instead of helping the American people he preferred the company of Illegals, Mulsims, and terrorist groups to give tax payers money to like it was his own personal account. This is treason under the Constitution and the new Democratic Socialist Communistic Party allowed this. This party has no business in the federal government of these United States of America. USMC

  • American4Freedom

    This is appalling…it is time for the USA to rid themselves of the Democratic Party and all its followers! It is very obvious the Party is against the US Citizen and their well being. Its sad to say but our country cannot survive with the Democrats always looking to circumvent the constitution and our laws.Time to take over….

  • Kenny

    Ever wonder why so many immigrants want to move to USA. Now you know. The democrats doled out 1000’s of dollars to immigrants to move to america and take over Americans’ jobs and small businesses. The amount of dollars spent on immigration would cover the cost of the health care fiasco. What about all the other handouts we know nothing about. Clean the Swamp.

  • Kevin Soravilla

    My tax dollars at work are you kidding me,pathetic

  • JMH

    This money needs to be taken from pay of former Obama employees and Obama himself, Clinton, Holder, Biden, Reid, Pelosi, Shumer other senators, DOJ, State, HOmeland Security and anyone else complicit with this fraudulent act.

  • Kacy Stroud

    ‘ YEAH its AMAZING isn’t it ? ‘ How Generous this GOVERNMENT is with our Hard Earned Tax Dollars that go out to Support total STRANGERS and set them Up with a comfortable LIFE . . Its easy to Spend ” BILLIONS ” of DOLLARS on others when its not coming out of YOUR own Pocket or Account ! And at the same time these Immigrants must be thinking how Wonderful these PEOPLE are to welcome them into the USA as if ‘ WE ‘ all had a SAY in them being brought in ? The really
    SAD part is that this ” NATION ” is on the ” EDGE ” of an ” ECONOMIC ” COLLAPSE and bringing these ” MILLIONS ” and ” MILLIONS ” of IMMIGRANTS into AMERICA is just going to USHER in
    this REALITY even Sooner, well GEORGE SOROS is loving the Out Come to it ALL …….

  • vcb

    Wow! What a racket the democrats have been running. Just consider this: You let improperly vetted foreigners in the country; Loan them a bunch of money to “pay back”; Then they purchase guns from Holder’s era gun giveaway; Then they build suicide vests; Then they find some crowded place to start shooting and blowing up innocent people. Net result is: They don’t have to pay the loan back.

  • Elaine Blackman

    We need to help get the word out as well by helping bringing people to this site and others like a cousin did me.