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Terrorism investigation in Finland shakes up Somalis

Posted by Ann Corcoran on September 30, 2011

This is a story that is a bit confusing.  Perhaps something is lost in the translation, but the gist of it is that some Somalis have been arrested on terrorism charges (for what exactly is not clear) and the rest of the “community” has been shaken.

From Helsingen Sanomat

When the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Security Intelligence Service (SUPO) revealed two weeks ago Friday that it had started an investigation into suspicions of financing terrorism and recruiting for terrorist activities, many people of Somali background in Finland knew that something was going on.

It appears that the investigation centers around funding Al-Shabaab by sending remittances to Somalia.  The Somalis in Finland can’t really say who their families back in Somalia are hanging with these days.

People are also more cautious about sending remittances of money to Somalia. Some people wonder if just anyone might end up on a list of terror suspects if relatives have formed excessively close ties with the rebels.

“Not everyone in Finland knows what their relatives think about al-Shabaab, or ask what the money is used for”, Abdirahim Hussein says.

There is also no certainty about how many Somalis living in Finland actually support al-Shabaab. The issue is generally not discussed in public, as supporting the Islamist organisation is not allowed.

Read the whole article and see if you can follow it because next we are going to jump to Minneapolis for that Somali terror-funding trial on-going there.

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Female Genital Mutilation comes to Ireland with third world immigrants

Posted by Ann Corcoran on September 29, 2011

Well, really all of Western Europe and the US too.   And, according to this article in Women News Network, one of the big problems is that the general public doesn’t know much about the horrific cultural practice and those who come in contact with immigrant children are basically unaware and untrained to recognize signs that a child is suffering.

From Women News Network:

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a topic that has been rarely associated with Western Europe, yet due to the arrival of immigrants and refugees from Africa, the Middle East and Asia, female circumcision has become a specific Western concern. It is estimated that in the European Union alone, 500,000 girls and women live with FGM and every year another 180,000 are at risk of being circumcised.

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Therein lies one of the greatest challenges surrounding FGM in Europe, according to Leye [Dr Els Leye, a scientist at the International Centre for Reproductive Health at the university of Ghent (Belgium)]: “Those people that are most likely to come in to contact with FGM victims – teachers, health care staff, police, childcare workers – are not aware that FGM is a real problem nor are they trained to recognize the symptoms.”

A Somali woman in Ireland is fighting the practice there.

Ifrah Ahmed (23) was circumcised in Somalia when she was eight years old. “I don’t remember much. We were a whole group of girls being circumcised together.” Ifrah was circumcised a second time when she was thirteen. “I was circumcised by a doctor so I was one of the ‘lucky’ ones; I know of girls that were circumcised with broken glass.

What I still don’t understand is how a doctor – an educated man – can do such things to young girls.”

Ifrah fled to Ireland five years ago, when she was just seventeen. Today, she is a vocal opponent of FGM and one of the main faces of the European ‘Ending Female Genital Mutilation’ campaign. “I don’t want other girls to go through what I went through, no matter where they were born or where they live,” she says.

Even in Ireland, the Somali community has ostracized Ifrah for her stand against FGM and the social pressure to conform to tradition, also abroad, cannot be ignored. “Somali men here have told me that I should stop attacking things which are part of our culture and Somali women tell me that it will be my fault if girls can’t find a husband because they have not been circumcised. I have received threats, yes. I have even gone to the police with certain voice-mails and have had to leave Dublin because I am so outspoken about FGM.”

Despite her personal ordeal and the opposition she faces from her own community, Ahmed continues her campaign and remains optimistic. Ireland recently passed legislation outlawing FGM. Will imposing a law provide the answer, I ask her? “Certainly imposing a law will help, but we still have a long way to go,” she admits. “What is more important is that the law is enforced. Without follow-up, any legislation becomes meaningless.”

So where is the US campaign against FGM (you know its happening here too!)?

I’m heartened to see and to report that the National Organization for Women (NOW) has a campaign against the “barbaric” practice.

Posted in Africa, Changing the way we live, diversity's dark side, Europe, health issues, Refugee Resettlement Program, women's issues | 2 Comments »

Update on the legal case surrounding the so-called Maryland “Dream Act”

Posted by Ann Corcoran on September 29, 2011

Since there has been so much in the news lately about Governor Rick Perry and his support for taxpayer subsidized educations for illegal aliens, I thought some readers here at RRW might want to know that the issue is one of the hottest political issues in Maryland these days.

Briefly, the State Legislature narrowly passed a bill to give in-state tuition rates to illegal aliens and Democratic Governor Martin O’Malley signed the bill into law.  A grassroots, largely Tea Party, campaign got underway to put the law on the 2012 ballot as a referendum and let voters decide if they wish to spend their tax dollars this way.  Referendum petitioners succeeded beyond their wildest dreams to get enough signatures.  Then CASA de Maryland,* with the help of the Democratic National Committee’s former head honcho lawyer filed suit to stop the ballot initiative.  Here is a post at my other blog describing how Joseph E. Sandler brought suit (and who he is!).

Now, Judicial Watch has stepped in to defend the citizens right to be heard and the story is growing, here, at Big Government.

* Learn more about the multi-million dollar immigrant advocacy group CASA de Maryland, here, at Accuracy in Media.

Posted in Changing the way we live, Other Immigration, The Opposition | 2 Comments »

Manchester, NH seeks to solve its poor school test scores by not testing the immigrant kids!

Posted by Ann Corcoran on September 29, 2011

Many states that are overloaded with new “Americans” are suffering with the same problem—-how can their kids possibly do well under the federal ‘No Child Left Behind’ testing requirements when many get here from their home countries with little or no schooling.  Manchester, NH is going to buck the feds and not test those kids.

From the Union Leader(hat tip: Jay):

MANCHESTER — The Board of School Committee voted on Monday to end the federally mandated standardized testing of newly arrived immigrants with poor English skills.

The proposal passed unanimously and without debate. It is a policy board members have said in the past they support.

Students enrolled in Manchester schools who have recently arrived from another country will not be required for two years to take the annual standardized tests required under the No Child Left Behind law. If those same students had never been to school before — in the United States or their native country— then they would not have to take the test for five years.

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It is still uncertain what consequences Manchester will face for not following federal guidelines mandating testing of all students, said Brennan, but he hopes working with the state Department of Education will ease the path toward a compromise.

Manchester has already been labeled a district “in need of improvement” under the NCLB law because of standardized test scores.

Next thing you know we will be paying for separate but equal school systems for immigrant kids. Oh, yes!  Dekalb County, Georgia is already doing that, here.   What a coincidence, that county is the setting for the novel “Outcasts United.”

As is so often the case, the comments to this story at the Union Leader are more interesting than the story!  Check them out!

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US residency up for sale through investor visa programs

Posted by Ann Corcoran on September 27, 2011

This isn’t the subject of Refugee Resettlement Watch but I want to post these links to various LEGAL immigration programs that allow foreign nationals to buy their way into the US so as not to lose them (and to point out that LEGAL immigration is not all that its cracked up to be!).

I’ve written at length about the E-2 Treaty Investor program (summarized by an international law firm here) that allows nationals of certain countries to buy little enterprises in the US that ultimately allow them to stay to run their business—-convenience stores are a favorite and then it’s my theory that the immigrants then get into the more lucrative food stamp fraud business.   (Search Food Stamp Fraud here at RRW for dozens of those posts).

The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) tells us about another questionable visa program (EB-5 here) where big foreign money enters the US along with the investor (and his whole family)!

Michelle Malkin alerted the public to the potential for fraud, here in a column about ten days ago.

Everyone who says “legal immigration is o.k., it’s illegal I have a problem with” needs to reevaluate that assertion.

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It’s the china shop rule—you break it you own it!

Posted by Ann Corcoran on September 27, 2011

That is what Amnesty International says about Libya and that is how we also got tens of thousands of Iraqi refugees over the last four years or so—never mind that brutal dictators are gone and democracy is blossoming (well, maybe).

Here is a story from Voice of America last week that I never got around to posting:

European countries have been accused of a totally inadequate response to the refugee crisis on Libya’s borders. Hundreds of thousands of mainly sub-Saharan migrants were forced to flee Libya following the brutal crackdown on anti-government protests earlier this year.

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Human rights group Amnesty International says they are being forgotten by the outside world.

Charlotte Phillips is a refugee activist for Amnesty.

“Many are from countries such as Somalia, Sudan, and Eritrea, countries where we know there are conflicts and people are being persecuted,” said Phillips. “These are people who have been displaced not just once, but twice. They’ve been forced to flee from their homes and they’ve been forced to flee again from Libya.”

Libya under Colonel Moammar Gadhafi attracted hundreds of thousands of migrant workers from across Africa and beyond.

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Amnesty says just eight European countries have offered fewer than 700 asylum slots between them, and as Europe took part in the NATO bombing of Libya, it has a duty to take action.

“European countries can and must resettle refugees,” added Phillips.

Since Obama and his girls (Hillary, Samantha and Susan) helped to bring “democracy” to Libya by supporting the rebels, I assume Ms. Phillips will be telling us the same thing shortly (if she hasn’t already).

Check out how that rebel-run country is doing now, here!

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Catholic Charities of Houston-Galveston accused of covering up sex abuse incident

Posted by Ann Corcoran on September 26, 2011

Oh brother, here we go again!

Readers may not know that the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement doles out federal grants to all sorts of agencies and “church” groups to care for abandoned immigrant minors who have either entered the country illegally on their own, or been dumped by illegal immigrant or refugee parents on the move.  For more on ORR’s programs for unaccompanied minors, go here.

Turns out Texas has thousands of them (LOL! wanting a taxpayer supported college education I’m sure, but that’s another story).

This story is about how a multi-million dollar federally funded Catholic Charities agency in Houston is in deep doo-doo after allegedly attempting to cover up a sexual abuse incident last summer.

Here is some of the shocking report at the Houston Chronicle:

Senior management with Catholic Charities attempted to mislead federal officials about a sexual assault at St. Michael’s Home for Children, doctoring incident reports and failing to seek medical treatment for the child victim for days, according to a federal report.

The report, obtained by the Houston Chronicle, and a letter from the director of the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) detailed the findings of a federal investigation into a July 1 sexual assault at the north Houston shelter for immigrant children.

Managers with Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston “deliberately misled” federal officials about the incident, which involved the anal penetration of a child at the shelter and implicated two other youths housed there, according to federal documents.

The findings prompted ORR, which places children and teenagers caught crossing the border without family members into temporary care, to begin removing all the children and teens from the three area St. Michael’s shelters run by Catholic Charities – a process still under way.

In a statement issued Friday, Catholic Charities officials said that “when Catholic Charities learned of ORR’s concerns, the individual employee at St. Michael’s responsible for those concerns was subsequently terminated.”

“Catholic Charities is working with ORR and has every expectation that it will meet ORR’s recommendations and address its concerns and reopen the St. Michael’s Program soon,” the statement said.

The statement also said that Catholic Charities reported the sexual assault to Texas Department of Family and Protective Services officials within 24 hours of the incident, though state records show the incident was “self-reported” by the shelter on July 13.

Federal investigators conducted an unannounced site visit in August to investigate the sexual assault, reporting that the Catholic Charities senior management doctored initial reports to omit details of the sexual assault and tried to pressure staff not to disclose details of the incident to “protect the program,” according to the report.

“The ORR monitors found significant concerns, including the fact that management had full knowledge of the extent of the assault and submitted erroneous … reports to this office, which deliberately misled ORR,” the agency’s director wrote in a Sept. 8 letter to the president of Catholic Charities.

ORR moving the kids out.

On Sept. 8, ORR’s director sent a letter to Bonna Kol, the president of Catholic Charities Galveston-Houston, detailing the results of the investigation and saying the agency planned to remove all of the children from the organization’s care until the “corrective actions” called for in its report were addressed.

St. Michaels says with federal money (taxpayer funding) cutbacks they are closing anyway.

Joanie Wentz, vice president of development and communications for the organization, insisted the closure was not related to the July 1 incident. She said the St. Michael’s program, which is approaching its 25th anniversary, suffered a $1 million cut from the federal government in the last budget, reducing the number of beds from 88 to 52 and resulting in the layoffs of 19 employees.

The other day I told you about how much federal money was going to Catholic Charities of Ft. Worth, here—enough for  the creation of fiefdom, but chicken scratch compared to the Houston CC!   Check out how much government money goes to Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Houston-Galveston, the one crying poor mouth now.  Here is their most recently published Form 990.   Out of a gross income of $29 million, you, the taxpayers gave them $21 million that year!

So how many abandoned immigrant kids are there?  The Houston Chronicle goes on to report:

U.S. immigration officials placed 6,074 immigrant and refugee children in the care of ORR in 2009, the most recent data available. More than half of those – some 3,200 – were detained in Texas, the statistics show. [And, they need to go to college subsidized by you too---no they didn't say that!---ed]

The Houston Chronicle reporter did a very detailed piece so I recommend you read the whole thing.

We have written a lot about problems in Houston, check out all the posts, here, where Houston is mentioned.

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Palestinian refugees would not become citizens of a Palestinian state

Posted by Judy K. Warner on September 26, 2011

This is the most unbelievable item I’ve seen in a long time. No, I guess it’s not that unbelievable, since it concerns Arab leaders.  The Daily Star of Lebanon reports:

BEIRUT: Palestinian refugees will not become citizens of a new Palestinian state, according to Palestine’s ambassador to Lebanon….

The ambassador unequivocally says that Palestinian refugees would not become citizens of the sought for U.N.-recognized Palestinian state, an issue that has been much discussed. “They are Palestinians, that’s their identity,” he says. “But … they are not automatically citizens.”

This would not only apply to refugees in countries such as Lebanon, Egypt, Syria and Jordan or the other 132 countries where Abdullah says Palestinians reside. Abdullah said that “even Palestinian refugees who are living in [refugee camps] inside the [Palestinian] state, they are still refugees. They will not be considered citizens.”

Abdullah said that the new Palestinian state would “absolutely not” be issuing Palestinian passports to refugees.

In addition, such a state would not settle the conflict over the “right of return.” That is the claim by Arab leaders that all the descendants who claim descent from an Arab who lived in what is now Israel has the right to move to Israel. The intention is to destroy Israel, since millions of new Arab residents would either vote or terrorize Israel out of existence.

Oops, that’s the old definition. Now there’s a new game:

The right of return that Abdullah says is to be negotiated would not only apply to those Palestinians whose origins are within the 1967 borders of the state, he adds. “The state is the 1967 borders, but the refugees are not only from the 1967 borders. The refugees are from all over Palestine. When we have a state accepted as a member of the United Nations, this is not the end of the conflict. This is not a solution to the conflict. This is only a new framework that will change the rules of the game.”

Furthermore, we’d still be paying billions to the corrupt Palestinian leaders:

The Palestinian Liberation Organization would remain responsible for refugees, and Abdullah says that UNRWA would continue its work as usual.

I’m focusing on the refugee situation here because that’s what RRW is about. But the article that pointed me to the news, by  David Meir-Levi  at FrontPage Magazine, contains quotes from other leaders showing that a Palestinian state is only the next stage in the continued fight to destroy Israel.

Posted in Israel and refugees, Muslim refugees | 1 Comment »

Note to commenters

Posted by Ann Corcoran on September 24, 2011

Once again we are drifting into foul language in comments.  If you have commented recently and haven’t seen your comment posted, that’s why.  Just present your argument without name-calling and cursing—O.K.!

Also, I have offered several commenters (again) the opportunity to write a guest column about why the average American taxpayer, trying to make ends meet in his own family, should be taxed to support third world immigrants coming to the US with the encouragement of the US State Department and their contractors (and big industry employers who want cheap labor).  I’m still waiting for an essay based on reason and not on feelings of guilt.   After all, we have plenty of poor Americans who could use your care and attention.

Posted in Comments worth noting | 3 Comments »

Italian police clash with so-called “refugees” on Lampedusa

Posted by Ann Corcoran on September 23, 2011

Here they come—Africans escaping the Arab Spring!

Before you read the story, watch this youtube clip (hat tip: Ed)!*

Now, here is the story from The Independent (emphasis mine):

The Italian island of Lampedusa, where 50,000 migrants have landed this year following political upheaval in north Africa, descended into chaos yesterday with hundreds of immigrants clashing violently with police and residents.

Tensions first erupted on Tuesday night when Tunisian detainees torched the holding centre on the tiny Mediterranean outcrop in protest at plans to repatriate them. Serious clashes broke out yesterday when about 50 residents pelted a large group of Tunisians with stones after the migrants had threatened to explode gas canisters by a petrol station at the port.

Some 1,200 migrants were relocated to a sports field where further clashes took place. Riot police with shields and batons herded them into the corner of a raised terrace and beat them, forcing many to drop 12ft into a courtyard to escape the blows, according to reports on Italian television.

Angry residents of Lampedusa surrounded the town hall, calling on the mayor, Bernardino De Rubeis, to take a stronger line against the refugees. The local population of 5,000 has often been outnumbered by migrants.

The mayor replied by saying, “I have to defend myself and am ready to use it”, before producing a baseball bat from a desk drawer in his office and showing it to journalists. “It’s like a war zone,” he added, calling on the state “immediately to send helicopters and ships to evacuate the Tunisians”.  [Mr. Mayor, eventually you will need more than a baseball bat!--ed]

The Italian government has made it clear that it believes most of the Tunisians are economic migrants and wants forcibly to repatriate them.

Economic migrants should go back to Africa, after all, they will have democracy now right!  Isn’t that what Obama and NATO told us?

The Corriere della Sera newspaper quoted the Interior Minister, Roberto Maroni, as saying: “Within the next 48 hours all the illegal immigrants on Lampedusa will be transferred from the island and then repatriated.”

UN (the backers of a multicultural nirvana/borderless world) says NO!

The United Nations refugee agency warned last week that the situation on Lampedusa was deteriorating because of the prolonged detention of Tunisians and people fleeing Libya – without any moves to determine whether they might qualify for asylum. The UN urged the Italian government yesterday to speed up the transfer of refugees from Lampedusa to more permanent centres. It said they were harming themselves and staging protests.

Until the recent mass influx of north Africans, Lampedusa was a quiet community that relied on fishing and summer tourism for a living. The endless flow of arrivals and the catastrophic effect this has had on tourism have seen tempers fray.

Coincidentally, reader Paul sent this report from Pew (also wishing for a borderless world) from last year showing that Italy was the only European country that gets it about the impact of immigration on the country—73% of respondents said immigration had a bad impact on Italy.  That was in January 2010!  Imagine what Pew would find today.

You might want to revisit my posts on Europe (beginning with this one) from a week ago.  The end is near.

* When I watched this clip, I couldn’t help think of  ‘The Camp of the Saints!’

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