U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., wants to increase the number of refugees who are allowed to enter the United States, and he’s filed a resolution in the House of Representatives to urge President Donald Trump make it happen.
Johnson filed House Resolution 1073 on Thursday to urge the president to let 110,000 refugees who are fleeing persecution or violence in their native countries come into this country. Johnson’s office said the number of refugees that will be allowed into the country this year is 45,000 people and that the number is expected to be lowered to 30,000 in fiscal year 2019.
“It’s in our national security interests to take in refugees because that helps stabilize frontline nations who are overburdened by refugees, and the refugees who come to this country create jobs as entrepreneurs and are self-sufficient within six months,” Johnson said in a statement.
Johnson used harsh rhetoric against the Trump administration elsewhere in his statement, accusing the White House of pushing “xenophobic and anti-immigrant policies” which the congressman said are “a direct correlation to the paltry number of refugees that are being resettled.”
Johnson’s resolution has 51 cosponsors and has been endorsed by several groups, including the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, Center for Community Change, Center for Popular Democracy, Family Action Network Movement, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, New York Immigration Coalition, QLatinx, Refugee Empowerment Center, Rights for All People, Safe Horizon Immigration Law Project, Services Immigrant Rights & Education Network, Veterans for American Ideals and the Workers Defense Project.
Isakson endorses Reeves in state Senate District 48 race
Republican Senate District 48 candidate Matt Reeves picked up an endorsement this past week from a notable name in Georgia politics: U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga.
Reeves’ camp announced the endorsement Monday, hours before Reeves appeared at a candidates forum in Peachtree Corners. Reeves is running to replace outgoing state Sen. David Shafer, R-Duluth, who opted to run for lieutenant governor this year rather than seek re-election to the Senate.
“I am proud to support Matt Reeves for State Senate,” Isakson said in a statement. “This Gwinnett County and Johns Creek State Senate seat is critical to our success in Georgia, and I know that Matt is the right person for the job. His commitment to his local community and his experience as Legal Counsel for the House Judiciary Committee will serve the citizens of Senate District 48 well.”
Perdue calls funding process used by Congress ‘broken’
U.S. Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., criticized the process Congress passes funding measures during an appearance on Bloomberg TV this past week and called for changes to be made for the system.
Perdue, who is no stranger to criticizing the way things operate in Washington D.C., opened a new salvo on Congress during the appearance after the Senate passed a continuing resolution to fund the government until early December.
“Congress’s funding process is broken,” Perdue said in the appearance. “In the last 44 years, Congress has only fully funded the government on time four times. It’s outrageous, and it’s got to be fixed now.”
But while Perdue has been critical of the continuing resolution, his fellow senator from Georgia, Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., was more measured in his comments on the measure earlier in the week.
“Today’s legislation is another step toward completion of the work the Senate began in August to help ensure on-time funding of programs that help more hardworking Georgians and their families succeed,” Isakson said in a statement on Tuesday.
Political Notebook appears in the Sunday edition of the Gwinnett Daily Post.