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Catholic Priest: Increase the quota! Send more Africans to America!

Posted by Ann Corcoran on May 31, 2011

This is a story I’ve had in my queue for almost a week now.   A Catholic Priest, speaking about the situation in Tunisia involving violence in a refugee camp (we told you about the murders here), says to speed up the resettlement process—keep violence down by sending migrants to the West!

From Agenzia Fides:

“The Tunisian authorities have asked to speed up procedures to evacuate these people, both for those who can return to their country, and for those that can be accepted by other nations because they have the status of refugee- said Father Zerai -. There must be more willingness on behalf of those countries that had declared their willingness to accept refugees (European countries, USA, Canada, Australia) to increase the quota of refugees who can be accepted. “

Father Zerai reconstructs the latest episodes of violence. “Within the camp tension increased when a group of Sudanese tried to abuse a young Eritrean. His countrymen intervened in defense of the girl, triggering the reaction of the Sudanese. In the night between Saturday 21 and Sunday, May 22 they set fire to the tents of some Eritreans, killing four boys. ” The following day, May 23, a group of West Africans who were guests at the camp, blocked the road linking Tunisia to Libya, thus preventing the passage to the inhabitants of the place who had to go to work and have their businesses. So the villagers near the camp attacked, ransacked what they could and set fire to the tents of refugees.

” There are Eritreans, Ethiopians, Somalis, Sudanese, Nigerians, Ivorians, Senegalese and other West African countries in the camp – said the priest -. It was precisely the people from West Africa to hold the demonstration because they had not been granted the right to seek asylum in a host country, since they do not have the status of refugees, but so far they have not even been given the opportunity to return home. So they felt neglected by the international institutions and wanted to draw attention regarding their situation. “

But, of course they will behave themselves once they get what they want and you “welcome” them to your town!

Meanwhile the US Conference of Catholic Bishops is moaning about their loss of taxpayer funding (they are paid by the head!) as the flow of refugees (mostly for security hold-ups) is slowing to the US.

Posted in Africa, Crimes, diversity's dark side, Refugee Resettlement Program | 1 Comment »

Turkey making plans to keep out possible Syrian refugee flood

Posted by Ann Corcoran on May 31, 2011

They talk about creating a “safe area” within Syria for fleeing Syrian refugees, but it’s really all about keeping them out of Turkey (yet another Muslim country that doesn’t “welcome” its fellow Muslims).

Here is the most telling line in this whole story from Today’s Zaman (sometimes this article loads slowly, keep trying):

Turkey shares an 880-kilometer border with Syria, most of it heavily mined.  

LOL!  And, the US is criticized for a few fences and a few border guards!

Here is more on how Turkey is making plans to send troops into Syria to carve out a “safe” place for refugees within Syria.

Turkish officials have neither denied nor confirmed a report suggesting that the Turkish military has drawn up an operation that would send several battalions of Turkish troops into Syria to carve out a “safe area” for Syrian refugees.

“Watching the hundreds of refugees pouring from Syria across the northern border of Lebanon, the Turkish government is now so fearful of a repeat of the great mass Iraqi Kurdish refugee tide that overwhelmed their border in the aftermath of the 1991 Gulf War that it has drawn up its own secret plans to prevent the Kurds of Syria moving in their thousands into the Kurdish areas of south-eastern Turkey. Turkish generals have thus prepared an operation that would send several battalions of Turkish troops into Syria itself to carve out a ‘safe area’ for Syrian refugees inside Assad’s caliphate,” veteran journalist Robert Fisk wrote in an article published in the UK daily The Independent on Monday.

In the article titled “Who cares in the Middle East what Obama says?” Fisk also said that Turkey has been prepared to advance well beyond the Syrian border town of Al Qamishli — perhaps half way to Deir el-Zour — to provide a “safe haven” for those fleeing the slaughter in Syria’s cities.

[…..]

At the moment, there is no sign of a huge exodus of refugees from Syria to Turkey. Yet, there is certainly a lot of mental preparation, that is to say talking and planning, just to get ready for such a situation. We don’t have any intention of being caught unaware by anything,” the same diplomat, speaking under the customary condition of anonymity, told Today’s Zaman.

Ethnic nationalism is alive and well in Turkey.  Last year we reported that they don’t like Somalis either, here.

Posted in diversity's dark side, Europe, Muslim refugees | Comments Off

Stockton, CA: $2.6 million food stamp scammers sent to prison

Posted by Ann Corcoran on May 31, 2011

I’m guessing these prison-bound scammers are Pakistani.  What is a “smoke shop” doing in the food stamp business anyway?  How about if we have a law that food stamps can only be redeemed at large reputable grocery stores?

From The Record:

SACRAMENTO — The owner of a downtown Stockton smoke shop, his brother and daughter, were sentenced to federal prison for running a $2.6 million food stamp fraud scheme from the business, federal officials said today.

Ahmad Khan, 54, and his brother Mumraiz Khan, 49, on Thursday were sentenced to more than five years each for food stamp fraud and money laundering charges, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Sacramento said. Naheed Khan, 23, was sentenced to spend three years on probation for helping her father and uncle in the scheme, prosecutors said.

While the Smoke Shop & Snack at 435 E. Miner Ave. was authorized to redeem food stamps, in reality prosecutors said they used it as a front to run the fraudulent scheme for five and a half years.

According to prosecutors, the Smoke Shop would buy food stamps for 50 cents on the dollar. Rather than using the public assistance to buy food, prosecutors believe customers used that money to buy illegal drugs.

I have no idea how this family of Khans got into the US, but I urge everyone to start examining the E-2 Treaty Investor program as a possible source of these shop owners scamming food stamps, here.   Here are the E-1 and E-2 Treaty countries.   Awhile ago I did some serious searching around and learned that we have US immigration lawyers whose business it is to process the E-2 Treaty paperwork and even help the “investors” purchase convenience stores.

Posted in Crimes, diversity's dark side, Other Immigration | 1 Comment »

AG Holder visits Minneapolis Somalis, discusses “Islamophobia”

Posted by Ann Corcoran on May 29, 2011

US Attorney General Eric Holder was in Minneapolis this past Friday for a conference on “youth violence” and then held a meeting with Somalis to discuss issues relating to the disappearance of some Somali youths (refugees who threw away the American Dream) to go to Africa to become Jihadists and the Somali youths who are being prosecuted for sex trafficking crimes.

From AP (Hat tip:  Lynn):

MINNEAPOLIS — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder visited Minneapolis Friday to praise the city for its program to reduce youth violence, but was interrupted several times by outbursts from protesters who claim the government has been unfairly targeting anti-war activists in a federal investigation.

Holder was in Minnesota to headline a conference on youth violence prevention, and to meet with young adults from the area’s Somali community — who have felt under fire in recent years as authorities investigate the travels of men who returned to Somalia to possibly fight with a terror group.

He also held a larger closed-door town hall meeting with area Muslims to talk about their concerns about law enforcement and “Islamophobia.”

The meeting was interrupted by anti-war protesters, please visit the article for the complete story on Holder’s meeting.

After the conference, Holder held a town hall meeting with Somalis:

He [Holder] said reducing youth violence is a “moral calling” and one of the most important tasks in shaping the nation’s future. Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak said the program has led to a reduction in the numbers of youths involved in violent crime, including youth victims.

After the conference, Holder met with young adults in the Somali community, and held a larger town hall with members of the wider Muslim community.

U.S. Attorney for Minnesota B. Todd Jones, who was with Holder all day, said the attorney general met with the young Somali adults because that age group has been affected by the men who traveled to Somalia to possibly join al-Shabab, as well as a more recent federal investigation into human trafficking of young girls for sex.

“I don’t think it’s lost on anybody that we have some attention to pay to these issues involving Somali youth,” Jones said. He said Holder met with those ages 18-29 for about 40 minutes.

“They’re concerned about issues of profiling, harassment, perceptions of harassment. They are concerned about Islamophobia, being targeted, and the demonization of their religion, to a certain degree,” he said.

Jones said the group had suggestions for law enforcement and prosecutors. He declined to be specific.
“The AG did a lot of listening,” Jones said. “He very much appreciated the opportunity to hear from folks in an unfiltered way.”

Jones said the prosecutions have ramifications in the community when it comes to perceptions and stereotyping, and the overarching theme was that many felt they were being “demonized” for their religion. Jones said he and Holder made it clear the Department of Justice doesn’t prosecute communities, and works to protect communities from hate crimes.

Abdirizak Bihi, director of the Somali Education and Social Advocacy Center, attended the town hall meeting and said he was impressed.

He said Holder seems to genuinely care about civil rights issues Somalis face. Holder talked to the group about the different ways they can fight discrimination and how important it is for police to help them do that, Bihi said. Holder also distributed material on legal advocacy resources.

“I was very glad that he was well-immersed on the issue,” Bihi said, adding that Holder made it clear that part of his job was to protect Americans from domestic and foreign terrorists.

Why Somalis and why now?

Saeed Fahia,* executive director of the Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota, said he was impressed to see so many powerful African Americans together — referring to Holder, Jones and U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison.

Fahia said he thought the meeting was productive, but that his most important question for Holder was never answered.

“Why did he feel he needed to meet with Somalis as opposed to other groups?” he asked. “Why Somalis and why now?”

Indeed!  That is the question!  I think Holder and Homeland Security know more than they are letting the public know.  Holder is fully aware that if the Somalis continue to bring attention on themselves through crime or terrorism it would stymie Far Left plans to bring about their borderless socialist dream world.  Holder and his friends (Tom Perez included) surely think the colonization of America that they encourage will work in their political favor—I think they are sorely mistaken.  Islamists will not be Marxists in the end.

*We have written previously about Mr. Bihi (who has seemed rather harmless) but Saeed Fahia is another story.  Please visit this 2009 post we wrote about him and his organization which works with the likes of SEIU and receives taxpayer funded grants.

Posted in Africa, Changing the way we live, Crimes, diversity's dark side, Muslim refugees, Refugee Resettlement Program, Resettlement cities | 4 Comments »

Comments worth noting: Somali-America woman discusses Somali colonization

Posted by Ann Corcoran on May 28, 2011

Comments worth noting is our category to highlight comments that come from readers which we think are of significant interest and fear you might not see them otherwise when buried as simply a comment to a post.   A Somali woman (name withheld at her request) has written to us on several occasions.  We assume she is a Somali living in the US (or possibly Canada), but some Muslim readers have angrily denounced her and say that she is not Somali.   We take her at her word.

These are comments she made to my post on the Indians coming across the Mexican border.  The comments came before I wrote the previous post on failed state colonization.

Expanding the notion of Greater Somalia, she says:

Trust its a big business its silly for you to assume that Somalis are illiterate, Lol! Most Somalis speak at least 3-5 languages which includes Somali, Arabic, English, French, or Italian. Look at Somali intellectuals and Somalis who have achieved in the modelling industry or even Ayan Hirsi Ali herself they speak at least 4 languages. Remember Ayan Hirsi Ali has actually lied to get in the Netherlands and lied to get her papers, and she wasn’t even discovered till much later and she was an MP for the Dutch government. Most Somalis are business men and entrepreneurs look at what they have done to Kenya and South Africa (though not welcome there, they have extra security). They took over all the businesses in major towns and cities such as Eastleigh and Nairobi, native Kenyans feel like they’re living in a foriegn country. They are bying land in Kenya and buying off many things and settling, since most Somalis come from an extremly large family (the average Somali immediate family is 10 children, imagine including that with uncles, aunts, cousins, and other relatives) which is clear colonialization! The most recent census of the Somali birth rate and fertility in the CIA Factbook was 6.9 per woman however the number is higher it should be 8.9, and the mortality rate in Somalia is 15% which is actually lower than thought by most. Outside of Somalia which is obviously better is probably 3%. Kenyans are being driven from their country and the main driving force is the Greater Somalia which is an ideology that is 150 years set to unify all Somali historical lands under Somalia which includes most of East Africa. The updated version of this is that this includes all lands that Somalis inhabit which includes various parts of the world.

Biting the hand that feeds them

The Canadian border is very unsafe for the simple fact that it has no wall, no gaurds like the Mexican-U.S border criminals cross the border running from the death penalty in the US, so of course illegal immigrants and terrorists can cross and probably have crossed. If the Mexican-US border is unsafe and unsecure which actually has border patrol and a wall unlike Canada, Canada is nothing it is the most unprotected border in the world! The fact that Somalis are known for biting the hand that feeds them around the world should a ring bell in any American person’s head ding ding ding!

The other fact is that most Somalis are inclusive, work together collectively instead of individually pulling money together for their own interests despite living in America, Canada, Britain, Australia, New Zealand, and any other Western or even Middle Eastern country. And also this is the main tactic that Somalis to migrate to places, is that one or two families settle in a completly new area where there are basically no Somalis around and when they think of this place as welcoming and good they call other Somalis and tell them about the place and all of a sudden there are hundreds of them and more will soon follow. Sometimes they might call Somali males and tell them, if they come here they will offer them their daughter or there are good wives here to marry and then in a few days after the marriage the girl is pregnant. Tuulas are turning into bustling Somalis where natives whether White, African, Asian will become minorities in their own land without them even knowing.

I asked how do Somalis get the money to travel across the world and then come to our border and ask for asylum:

The money comes from family members living in the West, Somalis have developed a very sophisticated money transfer/laundering system known as the “Xawalah” in Somali or Hawalah. This system is established in every Somali community around the world whether in Western countries or otherwise. My mom used to use it to send the money to my grandparents and other relatives living in Africa and the Middle East. So where the money comes from isn’t a question at all. However there are also other ways which include fundraising in mosques and charities. In case you don’t know in Africa, Somalis are called “the theives of Africa” they work in cohesive, collective, and inclusive groups helping each other while sucking the system dry.

Greater Somalia is anywhere

You should look into the ideology of Greater Somalia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greater_Somalia
However this is an ideology which existed for 150 years and the more updated version is that Greater Somalia is any place where Somalis inhabit that includes the places where Somalis inhabit in great numbers.

Posted in Africa, Changing the way we live, Comments worth noting, diversity's dark side, Refugee Resettlement Program, Stealth Jihad | 8 Comments »

Failed state colonization is the greatest threat of our time….

Posted by Ann Corcoran on May 28, 2011

…..and successful states are aiding and abetting the colonization.

That is the thesis presented in an essay by blogger Daniel Greenfield (Sultan Knish).  Thanks to Lynn for sending it.

Here are some bits of Mr. Greenfield’s piece, but I urge all of you to visit Sultan Knish for the whole treatise.  Next, I’ll post a few comments from our reader Khadra from arguably the world’s most famous failed state—Somalia.

Greenfield:

Failed State Colonization is the greatest threat of our time. It marks a major shift from the old era of colonization where successful states colonized unsuccessful ones. Now failed states are colonizing successful ones. Failed states have become a global plague through their population migrations, which spread terrorism, crime and bankrupt the social systems of successful states. And as the migration wave continues FSC is turning formerly successful states into failed states.

High immigrant birth rates are a weapon

Failed states have higher birth rates and stronger group loyalties. That combination weaponizes their migrations into successful states with lower birth rates and weak group loyalties into a takeover. Failed State Colonization uses the disunity, tolerance and democracy of successful states to destroy them from the inside. It’s not always a conscious act, but that doesn’t make it any less destructive.

Borderless world goal is b.s.

Liberal immigration advocates cheer the destruction of our worthless culture as they look forward to a world state without borders. But there will be no world state without borders because the only people who believe in such a thing are wiping themselves out by importing migratory populations that don’t think nationalism and patriotism are evils. Muslim and Mexican immigrants are not ashamed of their history. They don’t think borders are a bad idea, so long as they’re the ones who control where those borders are set. The left is destroying the West, but it is only the West that ever believed in a world without borders.

Failed state populations bring their culture with them

The greatest error of immigration advocates is the failure to understand that immigration does not just import a population raw for the mixing, but entire cultures with their own political culture. The migrating population of a dominant state imports its culture. The very element that made it into a failed state.

Attempts by successful states to ‘save’ failed states leads to more colonization of the successful state

Successful states attempt to avert the catastrophe by trying to police failed states, sending planes to bomb Libya to keep the migrants out, trying to shore up the Mexican government with aid and advisers. But those are all dead ends that lead to further entanglement and migration. American efforts in Somalia, Iraq and Yugoslavia have accomplished one indisputable thing. They have increased the numbers of Muslim immigrants coming from those countries. Practicing Nation Building on failed states won’t stop them from colonizing us. It only accelerates the process.

Greenfield: no gradual decline, just a fall

Failed State Colonization is the greatest threat of our time, but it too is a symptom of the intellectual failures of the successful states. As failed states continue their prolonged collapse, they send out migrant populations which accelerate the collapse of the formerly successful states. This colonization means there will be no gradual decline. That we will not sink into the sunset like Japan, instead we will be brutally overrun. There will be no decline, but a fall.

Read it all.

Posted in diversity's dark side | 6 Comments »

US Law Schools getting into the act and helping Iraqis get to the US

Posted by Ann Corcoran on May 28, 2011

She got an idea, found a friend to go to Jordan with her and now runs a new legal aid business helping Iraqis convince the US State Department and Homeland Security that Iraqi clients need to get to the US.

From Connecticut Law Tribune:

It started at Yale Law School

So then Heller and a Yale Law School classmate, Jonathan Finer, decided the next semester to start the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project to help Iraqi citizens on the run gain official refugee status either in America or in another country.

They were onto something.

IRAP is the only such project in America devoted to helping refugee Iraqi’s settle elsewhere, and roughly 100 Yale law students volunteered that first year.

Now there are ten Law Schools involved

Heller never imagined how fast the project would grow. Already 10 other law schools, including New York University, University of California-Berkeley and the University of Pennsylvania, have started taking on cases. Two more law schools will start up in the fall.

At Yale, students can participate in the project through a seminar. During the academic year, Heller commutes to New Haven from New York City once a week to teach alongside clinical professor Michael Wishnie.

Through fellowship and grant funds, Heller opened a main office for IRAP last year at the Urban Justice Center in New York City. She hopes additional funds would allow her to hire a full-time staff attorney in addition to herself.

Heller estimates volunteer supervising attorneys and students have donated $2.4 million worth of legal help. Project volunteers help prepare visa applications, submit appeals, and try to successfully negotiate the resettlement process, an intimidating process for the Iraqi’s.

Helping them prove their persecution claim

The father, who had been kidnapped and tortured, fled Iraq and found a temporary haven in Jordan. But the family had trouble proving it had been persecuted, and its initial application for U.S. refugee status was denied.

Homeland Security relented when the daughter got sick

But the daughter had health problems, and that turned into a silver lining. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security relented after the girl had a series of epileptic seizures. Once the family won their appeal, IRAP got the girl free medical treatment with a local neurologist.

Makes me wonder how all this works with the International Organization for Migration which has a federal contract to do this same work in Jordan?

Posted in Iraqi refugees, Refugee Resettlement Program | 3 Comments »

Catholics bemoan possible loss of funding for resettlement as numbers decline; ponzi scheme could collapse

Posted by Ann Corcoran on May 27, 2011

As we have hypothesized on many previous occasions, “church” federal contractors don’t want the taxpayer money spigot turned off because they have grown dependent on your money to do their “charitable” work.   Apparently the number of refugees arriving has slowed due to enhanced security checks (good news indeed!)  and Catholics are wailing—we need our $700 per head to keep our offices open!

I don’t know that I have ever seen such an overt admission as this one about the connection between the refugee head count and the money.

From Catholic News Service:

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (CNS) — The number of refugees taking shelter in the United States has slowed to a trickle following new security measures put in place by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Meanwhile, Catholic refugee resettlement offices across the country are left waiting, uncertain when the flow of refugees will begin again — and when it does, how many refugees may be allowed to enter the country.

[….]

Each year, the U.S. bishops’ Migration and Refugee Services and its diocesan affiliates resettle between 27 percent and 28 percent of the total number authorized to come to the United States, with other aid organizations helping the rest.

An MRS staffer in Washington told Catholic News Service May 16 that of 80,000 authorized for entry this year, the agency and its diocesan affiliates expected to resettle 23,358 refugees. But because of the slow down, only 38 percent of the number authorized by Obama have entered the United States.

Delays in the refugee resettlement process are being caused by a backlog of security clearances and additional security “holds,” according to Larry Bartlett, acting director of the Office of Refugee Admissions for the State Department. The additional security measures are part of a larger series of security enhancements by the Homeland Security Department.

Agencies receive $700 per person to help with the resettlement process, providing vital services from the point of picking them up at the airport to helping them get settled into American life. This reimbursement is awarded only for the refugees who actually arrive.

Simply put, no new refugees means reduced funding for the aid organizations — and no reimbursement money to cover the expense of diocesan staff and services needed for refugees who are already here, until more refugees arrive.  [Sounds like a ponzi scheme!—ed]

Readers, the Refugee Resettlement program was originally set up with the understanding that it was to be a public-private partnership.  Now, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Migration and Refugee Services is almost completely funded with tax dollars.  Go here for example to their 2009 annual report (page 13) and note that on the income side of the ledger they received $58 million from government grants and contracts and collected $1.3 million from Catholic Relief Services (private donations).  That translates to 94% of all their funding is from YOUR taxes!

Go here to a post I wrote in February about what else (what other political issues) the USCCB uses your money for!

Asylum lawyer Jason Dzubow had this to say about the reduced number of refugees and the resultant loss of revenue to resettlement agencies due to increased security measures causing a slow-down in the refugee industry pipeline.

Posted in Reforms needed, Refugee Resettlement Program | 6 Comments »

California Congressman wants answers to killing of Iranian refugees in Iraq

Posted by Ann Corcoran on May 27, 2011

Congressman Dana Rohrabacher is calling for an investigation into the deaths of refugees and believes the US State Department is helping cover-up the killing of women and children.

Press Release from the Congressman:

Washington, May 26 – Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, plans to hold a hearing to investigate the April 8th massacre of Iranian civilians at Camp Ashraf in Eastern Iraq and what role the U.S. State Department may have played in a cover up of the crime.

“The shooting of unarmed women and children by Iraqi troops at Camp Ashraf is not a diplomatic incident to be explained away by our State Department,” said Rohrabacher. “It is a crime against humanity. My oversight subcommittee will hold a hearing to investigate this massacre to hold accountable those responsible, including those in our own government, who may have tried to cover up what happened.”

On the morning of April 8, 2011, an Iraqi Army unit invaded Camp Ashraf in Eastern Iraq, killing 34 and injuring over 300 of the unarmed camp residents. The incident curiously took place 12 hours after a U.S. military unit left the camp. The Iraqi Government has been blocking access to the refugee camp and the U.S. State Department is also prohibiting Members of Congress from visiting the location for fear it might upset the Iraqi Government. These actions have given rise to Mr. Rohrabacher’s concerns that the US State Department may be helping Iraq cover up what appears to be an atrocity committed against unarmed, innocent people.

As of today, the State Department continues to refuse a bipartisan request by Members of Congress to travel to Camp Ashraf in June.

Camp Ashraf is home to about 3,400 Iranian exiles who have lived in Iraq since after the Iranian Revolution.

How many of you even knew this occurred last month?

Update:  I thought about this later and realized that I had written about this Camp being in jeopardy in 2009 and wondered then if Obama would be blamed if our pull-out would cause harm to the refugees, here, and sure enough Obama is not being blamed yet.   Obama-worshiping media is silent as reader Gary points out.

Posted in Crimes, Other refugees | 4 Comments »

Story about Indians coming across southern border adds more evidence to my theory about asylum seeker fraud

Posted by Ann Corcoran on May 26, 2011

Before I tell you about the story which I should have posted a couple of days ago (hat tip Gary), briefly this is what I think is happening:

*Open borders advocates are using our asylum system to get more immigrants into the country.

*Businesses looking for cheap labor may be teamed up with non-profit “humanitarian” groups to facilitate the scam, and possibly even linked to the traffickers.  There likely are some terrorist networks using the system as well.

*Most asylum seekers are economic migrants, not really persecuted people (thus my use of the word “scam”).

*Refugee advocates know that the number of refugees is going to go down as our economic situation continues to be unable to handle the numbers on welfare and more and more people are questioning the program, thus their focus is shifting to asylees.

*Immigration lawyers have set up extensive businesses in border states and are somehow tipped off to the arrival of the newest asylum seekers.

Admittedly I don’t have all the pieces to the puzzle, but my first inkling of this new focus of the Open Borders crowd came when I saw this story about illiterate and obviously not well-off Somalis paying as much as $10,000 each, then getting across the world to our southern border and knowing to ask for asylum—it all sounded fishy to me.

So, now to this news article at KRGV News that is written in such a confusing way that I’ve had to search through it, excerpt sections and rearrange a few of them in the hopes that it will be understandable for readers.

Not sure here whether the writer is implying the Indians might be terrorists or that if the Indians get in so easily, terrorists will too.

HARLINGEN – A terrorist could be crossing the border right now.

Intelligence agents are focusing on that line between the U.S. and Mexico.

They are watching the people who come from India through the Valley.

The Indians say they’re trying to escape persecution in their home country.

How many are coming?

CHANNEL 5 NEWS asked for the numbers of Indian illegals detained in the last year from the U.S. Border Patrol.

During October and April of 2010, 730 Indians were caught. During the same time this year, more than 1100 have been captured. Nearly a 50 percent increase.

The Indians are briefly detained then released?

After being caught in the U.S. and taken to the detention center they are released many are taken to the Harlingen Bus Station.

CHANNEL 5 NEWS staked out the bus station to see, one night we saw a group of five Indian nationals, another night we saw a group of three, then a group of four.  [Maybe an investigative journalist should get on the bus and see where they are going!–ed]

Immigration lawyer helps them get released?

Border Patrol agents caught Rakesh Kumar coming into the country with a group of illegals from Central America.

CHANNEL 5 NEWS talked to him at the Hidalgo County Jail.

He’s facing pornography charges for bringing porn on a memory card. He’s a Sikh from Punjab.

Prosecutors dropped all the charges against him.

Burhan Nomani represents illegals. He’s an immigration lawyer in Houston.

[….]

Nomani meets the Indians after they end up in a federal detention center. He’s represented more than 100 so far.

A business man, a taxi driver, lawyers and “hotel people” tell them how to get here?

A CBP spokesman wouldn’t tell us how the Indians are getting here. But the Indians would.

“The hotel people told us who to talk to to bring me here,” says Sandeep.

Rakesh tells CHANNEL 5 NEWS a Guatemalan Taxi driver told him how to find a smuggler.

They got Visas at New Delhi Airport in India to get int Guatemala, smugglers drove and walked them into Mexico and then the United States.

Once in the U.S. they sometimes have friends come to pick them up. Others have to get outside help.

One businessman CHANNEL 5 NEWS spoke with says he picks up Indians from the bus depot almost every night after their lawyers or family call him.

He says he sees about 20 people a week, he helps them book trips out of the Valley and their immigration cases go with them.

Maybe there are terrorists among them, maybe not?

Burhan Nomani says the government believes terrorists could easily walk among the legitimate asylum seekers. They won’t be caught until they create chaos.

But, you can rest assured that some poor schlub from the slums of Calcutta is checked out very very carefully as immigration agents go over their backgrounds very very carefully before dropping them at the bus station and sending them on to your town!

Despite that, the vast majority of Indians coming into the Valley are not terrorists. In fact, Immigration agents check backgrounds and connections of every detained person before they are released.

Give me a break!  A border agent just puts in a call to the chief of police of Calcutta and receives a background report?  We don’t even know their real names or where on earth they have been living, but just run them on over to the bus station and move-em out!  They are someone else’s problem now!

By the way, according to the most recent annual report from the Office of Refugee Resettlement, 22,852 asylum cases were approved in 2008.

Update:  Thanks to Gary for sending some film clips about the situation on the border,here is Greta Van Susteren interviewing a ranch owner, Dr. Michael Vickers and here is a fascinating story (video account) from KRGV-TV about how the Texas Border Volunteers work to protect private ranches from illegal aliens crossing their land.

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