First 10,000 Syrian Refugees Arrive in New Orleans-Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:
In the wake of deadly terrorist attacks on Paris, blog sites have reported that the first 10,000 Syrian refugees have arrived in New Orleans.
Reports that the first 10,000 Syrian refugees have arrived in New Orleans are false.
That rumor started with The Hayride, a right wing blog site, on November 2, 2015. The website reported that the first 10,000 Syrian refugees had been resettled in Louisiana, specifically in Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Metairie and New Orleans:
The 10,000 Syrian refugees are first flown to the United States, according to the French news wire Agence France-Presse, with the State Department paying the International Organization for Migration (IOM) for the airfare.
Then, once the refugees arrive in the country, they could be dispersed across the 180 cities listed above, where they are to aided within the first 30 to 90 days in settling and finding employment in the area.
After approximately 90 days, refugees are no longer eligible for the State Department-funded support that they were receiving through migrant and refugee services. However, they are able to join support programs through the Department of Health and Human Services.
Additionally, it is unclear how much the screening process for the 10,000 Syrian refugees will cost American taxpayers.
To back up the claim that the first 10,000 Syrian refugees had arrived in Louisiana, The Hayride linked to a Yahoo News story headlined, “How the US plans to welcome 10,000 Syrian refugees.” But the story didn’t confirm that 10,000 Syrian refugees had arrived in Louisiana — it talked about how 10,000 refugees that President Obama plans to resettle in the country over the next 12 months would be vetted and located:
Once the US State Department receives their case files it employs NGO contractors to pre-screen them for eligibility for refugee status, then they are subjected to health and security checks.
Officers from the Department of Homeland Security fly from Washington to the camps and conduct interviews with candidates, seeking to weed out what a US official called “liars, criminals and terrorists.”
Each case file is reviewed by the National Counterterrorism Center, the FBI’s terrorist screening center, the DHS, the Department of Defense and “other agencies” — US intelligence.
“Refugees are subject to the highest level of security checks of any category of traveler to the United States,” another State Department official told reporters.
After the deadly terrorist attacks on Paris on November 13, 2015, The Hayride’s false report that the first 10,000 Syrian refugees had been resettled in New Orleans spread across various right wing blog sites and officially went viral.
President Obama announced in September 2015 that the he would push for the U.S. to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees total — not just in New Orleans or Louisiana — in fiscal year 2016. As for New Orleans, The Times-Picayune reports that a total of 14 Syrian refugees had been settled in Louisiana so far in 2015 — not 10,000.
So, reports that the first 10,000 Syrian refugees have arrived in New Orleans are false.