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Brownsville, TX: More OTMs coming across our borders seeking asylum

Posted by Ann Corcoran on January 6, 2013

This is a very informative little bit of news from Texas.  We have been told that Middle Easterners, Africans and Asians (Other than Mexicans) are coming across our southern border (probably northern too, we just don’t hear it so often), but this director of a shelter for illegals* in Texas confirms that is what he is seeing.

And, here is the really informative part—-immigration lawyers are apparently ready and waiting to process them as asylum seekers.    I have speculated that not only do these migrants get help once they cross the border, but I’ll bet a buck some in the open borders movement are advising their journey’s across the globe and prepping them to tell their stories of “persecution.”  See my speculation and call for a Congressional investigation here (LOL!  Two years ago this week! You can see how they listen to me!)

Check it out!  Here is the whole short news report (KRGV 5), but be sure to watch the accompanying video.  (Hat tip: Robin)

BROWNSVILLE – The Ozanam Center in Brownsville is experiencing a spike in the number of immigrants from countries other than Mexico, center officials said.

Many of those immigrants are seeking political asylum, Ozanam Center Inc. Director Victor Maldonado said.

Tauhidul Mazumder is one of those immigrants. He arrived in the Rio Grande Valley from Sri Lanka. He was smuggled into the United States trough Reynosa.

“I paid them $2,000 and we crossed the border. I don’t know how I crossed the border. We were in a car and the next time we were in McAllen,” Mazumder said.

Once in the United States, he filed for political asylum. He said he was threatened in his homeland and fears he will be killed if he is sent back.  [Could he be a Tamil Tiger?  That would explain persecution in Sri Lanka!--ed]

“I talked to a lawyer and they got me here,” he said

Mazumder said the lawyer told him the Ozanam Center could give him refuge free of charge for a month.

Maldonado said he has seen an increase in immigrants like Mazumder.

“The shelter has always taken individuals from everywhere in the world, but we have seen that trend from that part of the world. Now we are seeing more and more,” Maldonado said.

Immigration attorneys are sending the foreigners to the center, Maldonado said.

“Many of the individuals that are coming here are educated. They do know English, limited English, but we are able to communicate. We try to assist them and help them if we can with an attorney or someone who can help them,” Maldonado said.

He has money for the smuggler, he is educated and speaks English, is headed for NYC (mentioned in the video clip)….sounds like a legitimate refugee doesn’t he?  NOT!

By the way, we have other posts on Brownsville, here is one where a Somali smuggler was caught there a few years ago.

* Don’t you wonder who is paying for this shelter for illegals???

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Speaking of “preferred communities,” Erie, PA is to get 600 more refugees in 2013

Posted by Ann Corcoran on January 6, 2013

The FY 2013 refugee spigot is open and we are beginning to see reports about how many refugees might be coming your way this year.  Obama is aiming for 70,000 new Democrat voters in need of social services for FY 2013.   Yesterday I told you that Erie was a “preferred community” for refugee resettlement and has been for over ten years.

Back in 2008 there was some ‘funny money business’ going on with the International Institute in Erie (an USCRI subcontractor) but they must have gotten their problems solved when they canned the director.  And, they must be over the squabbles there between the resettlement contractors.

Below is the short news story that gives us two bits of information in addition to the notice about the large number of refugees the city is expected to absorb.    First, most are Bhutanese which definitely means we have decided to go beyond the original 60,000 Bush-approved Bhutanese/Nepalis we were taking from camps in Nepal.

And, the second thing you should know is that this demonstrates exactly how your city gets overloaded.  The resettlement contractors, here the International Institute of Erie and Catholic Charities, are paid to process-in the family members of the original seed population they initially resettled.  They are paid by the head so there is an incentive to find more family members to import.

“Welcoming” Erie:

More than 600 refugees will start calling Erie home in 2013.

Erie’s two refugee resettlement agencies, the International Institute of Erie and the local branch of Catholic Charities, expect to serve a total of 650 refugees in the 2013 fiscal year, officials with those agencies said.

The vast majority of the new arrivals will be Bhutanese, coming to Erie by way of refugee camps in Nepal, said Nandu Subedi, resettlement program leader for Catholic Charities in Erie.

The U.S. government approved the entry of Bhutanese refugees in 2007, and they started arriving in Erie in mid-2008, Subedi said. They’ve been arriving steadily every year since, about 600 to 800 annually, he said.

Since the start of the 2013 fiscal year in October, Catholic Charities has settled 49 refugees, all but six of them from Bhutan.

“A lot of their relatives are already settled here and the others like to move to where their friends and family are,” Subedi said.  [And the US taxpayer pays us to accommodate the refugees' desires and bring in the families, including the old grandmas in need of social security---ed]

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