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Could Congolese refugees bring Ebola to America?

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 24, 2014

That is a possibility presented by Aaron Klein writing at World Net Daily this week, here.  Hat tip: several readers.

We briefly noted the fact that Ebola, although supposedly a different strain than the one making the news, is present in DR Congo.

And, we are bringing a huge number of Congolese refugees (DR Congo) to America at the UNHCR’s urging—50,000 by 2019, see our post yesterday.

We admitted 4,540 Congolese refugees to the US in FY2014 which ended on Sept. 30th, 2014  (go here, map is incorrect, scroll down to table).

However, I think a greater long-term threat to America is what we reported yesterday—Congolese women in need of mental health treatment raising children in some impoverished home in your town or city.

Remember readers! Refugee health treatment is the responsibility of your local health departments!  See our health issues category here for what other diseases and health problems (including mental health) you are responsible for.

From World Net Daily which is becoming the go-to major internet news source*** for refugee news (something we are very grateful to see):

Since an outbreak of Ebola hit the Democratic Republic of the Congo in July, the Obama administration has brought into the U.S. at least 1,900 refugees from the disease-stricken nation, WND has learned.

Required medical screening for refugees may not detect all diseases. The mandatory blood and urine tests for all refugees would not detect Ebola.

The strain of Ebola found in the Congo is slightly different from the virus that has been ravaging West Africa. Researchers have concluded the Congolese outbreak is not connected to the epidemic in West Africa.

The U.S. refugee program this year is on pace to resettle 70,000 citizens, including a limit for the fiscal year of 2014 of 14,000 from Africa, with the State Department giving priority to Congolese refugees.

Since July, at least 1,900 Congolese refugees have been resettled within the U.S., according to statistics provided by the State Department.

A report from the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration shows 944 refugees were admitted from the Congo in July; 628 in August and 338 in September, for a total of 1,910 Congolese refugees.

The exact number of arrivals from the Congo for this month are not yet published. However, the total number of October arrivals so far from the region of Africa, according to the State Department, is 934, with most likely coming from the Congo.

The Congo has had its own outbreak of Ebola that started in late-July reportedly after a hunter brought home an infected bush animal carcass. Since then, 49 people have died in the Congo.

There is much more, read it all.

*** See all of the articles on refugees and the US resettlement program in recent months by World Net Daily reporter Leo Hohmann by clicking here.  See especially American mayors saying STOP!

Posted in Africa, Changing the way we live, diversity's dark side, health issues, Refugee Resettlement Program, Taxpayer goodies, Who is going where | Tagged: , , | 3 Comments »

Hey Maine dummies: Just because they are Africans doesn’t mean they carry Ebola

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 20, 2014

And, you know stereotyping is very wrong and doing so makes you a very very bad person.

RRW geography lesson! Just found this very useful map that updates every day the countries where Ebola has been reported (in case you plan to go to Africa).

I just re-read this article and wondered why it was news.

We know here at RRW that Maine is in overload with its mostly African immigrants and the recent rush of asylum seekers, but this article is nothing more than a lecture to those dummies (I’m not calling anyone a dummy!) who live in Maine and don’t know about geography and other such things more worldly people might know about.

Read it yourselves.  The bottom line is that no one can seem to find any Africans in Maine yet stereotyped as possible Ebola carriers, but just in case you Mainers have a hankering to start stereotyping, don’t do it says the Portland Press Herald.

…representatives of several Maine immigrant communities in Portland and Lewiston-Auburn said they have not experienced any negative interactions because of the Ebola outbreak.

But rest assured, the powers-that-be are getting a jump on the non-problem by distributing information on how you should be thinking.

By the way, it isn’t just happening in Maine, I saw other articles before I went away where “communities” were heading stereotyping off-at-the- pass.

One more effort to drill in the immigrants-are-victims meme (but, hey, aren’t they now stereotyping?).

About the map which can be found by clicking here—Tourism Update says it is updated every day.  Cool huh?

See our Health Issues category for more on refugee and immigrant health in America.

And in case you aren’t aware we are taking refugees right now from DR Congo.  The State Department is trying to get about 50,000 of them in here.

 

Posted in Africa, Changing the way we live, health issues, Refugee Resettlement Program | Tagged: , | 1 Comment »

Rural Dutch province under siege with influx of asylum seekers; single African men a big problem

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 15, 2014

This is one more in our ‘invasion of Europe’ series….

Yesterday we told you about the English town of Middlesbrough and how residents there are struggling to cope with the flood of asylum seekers (Africans and Middle Easterners) in need of homes and services, today it is a rural region of the Netherlands feeling the strain.

 

Drenthe is a province in Holland known for its scenic beauty and outdoor recreation. http://www.nederlandfietsland.nl/en/cycling-province-of/drenthe

 

From Dutch News (hat tip: Diana).  They were filling up a vacation park.

Fewer asylum seekers will be placed in a holiday park in rural Drenthe than the 1,400 originally planned, officials have decided, after locals complained of being overwhelmed by so many people.

The Pipodorp park is currently home to 400 asylum seekers and the problems are being caused by a group of around 100 single men, many from Eritrea, Nos television said.  [The men all probably got into Europe as 'boat people' who then just made their way north.  They are supposed to stay in the first country they reach in Europe, but they don't care about EU rules!---ed]

Locals have complained that minibuses they use to get around are now full of refugees and shop-keepers have spoken of 40 at a time turning up in the village shop. Oranje itself has a population of around 120.

Local mayor Jan Broertjes has now agreed with the national refugee placement agency COA that only families from Syria will be placed in the park. The men will be relocated later on Wednesday.

Wifi

The Oranje park will now be given security guards and wifi, so that residents no longer have to go into the village to use the internet.

There has been a surge in refugee numbers, particularly from Syria, in recent months. In the first six months of the year, some 12,300 people requested asylum in the Netherlands, double the 2013 figure.

Earlier, school chiefs said they were struggling to cope with the number of refugee children.

We bring you these stories from Europe (about the invasion) for a couple of reasons:  We have many European readers who follow us every day and because Americans need to know how bad it could get.

Posted in Africa, Asylum seekers, Community destabilization, diversity's dark side, Europe, Taxpayer goodies, Who is going where | Tagged: , , | 4 Comments »

Eden Prairie, MN Somalis want taxpayers to provide more low-income housing (for their people)

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 12, 2014

Remember readers, if your town (or state—Wyoming!) is “welcoming” refugees (and is initially generous with social services) this is the inevitable outcome—aggressive refugees, once their numbers reach a sufficient level, will demand more from local taxpayers.

Community organizer Asad Aliweyd Director of the New American Academy in Eden Prairie: “…the need is huge.” http://metrostability.org/news/article.php?sid=Alliance_Welcomes_New_Board_Members

From the Minneapolis Star Tribune:

As an outer-ring, affluent suburb, Eden Prairie may seem an unlikely city to draw a growing refugee community. But 17 years ago, Somali-Americans like Asad Aliweyd moved there for its top-ranked schools, safe community and job opportunities.

Now, nearly two decades later, Eden Prairie has the third-largest Somali population in the Twin Cities, next to Minneapolis and St. Paul, according to the city, with an estimated 3,500 to 5,000 residents.

The Somali language is second only to English in Eden Prairie schools. The police department has its first Somali police reserve officer. And the city has Somali businesses, including a halal grocery store, and two mosques.

“Eden Prairie is more welcoming to Somalis than anywhere else,” said Aliweyd, a former math teacher who now runs a center providing classes for Somali youth and adults.

But he and other Somali leaders are pushing for more support from the city and school district, and for more affordable housing as the city plans for development along the future Southwest Corridor light-rail line. There, Aliweyd envisions a multicultural market like Minneapolis’ Midtown Global Market and more affordable apartments.

“In Eden Prairie, we are in an island,” he said of Somali resources. “If we weren’t here, no one would be doing this.”

City and school leaders say they are providing free resources to residents for everything from finding housing to filling out job applications, hosting a popular monthly program for Somali mothers and having Somali-speaking coordinators to help families.

We’re trying to help them out the best we can with limited budgets,” City Council Member Brad Aho said.  [Bend over!---ed]

There is a lot more in the article.  Go here to continue reading.

Here are our previous posts mentioning Eden Prairie.

Columbus, Ohio activists working hard on behalf of Somalis looking for good affordable housing, here.

See one of our top posts for all time, from 2011Why so many Somalis in Minneapolis?—and thank the US State Department, Catholic Charities, Lutheran Social Services and World Relief Minnesota for dropping the original Somali seed community into the fertile ground of a generous, welfare-rich, state.

Posted in Africa, Changing the way we live, Community destabilization, Muslim refugees, Refugee Resettlement Program, Resettlement cities, So what did they expect?, Taxpayer goodies, Who is going where | Tagged: , | 2 Comments »

Oregon: “Domestic partner” of Democrat governor admits to sham marriage to Ethiopian

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 12, 2014

This isn’t a refugee story, but it does involve one of our favored refugee nationalities—an Ethiopian—who paid the now “fiancée” of Gov. John Kitzhaber $5000 more than a decade ago to marry him to gain US citizenship.

Just for your information, we have tens of thousands of Ethiopians now in the US through refugee resettlement.  In fact the Director of the entire federal Office of Refugee Resettlement is Ethiopian Eskinder Negash.  Additionally one of the nine major federal refugee contractors is the Ethiopian Community Development Council.

Earlier this year we reported on a huge marriage fraud bust in the African migrant go-to state of Maine, here.

Hayes has been living with the Governor as his “domestic partner” since 2003 according to wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Kitzhaber

Here is the juicy news from KATU.com (hat tip: Cathy):

PORTLAND, Ore. – In a stunning admission Thursday, Gov. John Kitzhaber’s fiancée Cylvia Hayes admitted to illegally marrying an Ethiopian immigrant in the late 1990s for money and so he could stay in the United States to get a college degree.

Hayes said she was paid about $5,000 and made the “bad decision” to marry the man during a “difficult and unstable period” of her life and that she was “associating with the wrong people” at the time.

[.....]

Hayes apologized to the people of Oregon and to the governor for her actions and said Kitzhaber did not know about the marriage until this Tuesday.

“I was ashamed and embarrassed; therefore, I did not share this information even with John once we met and started dating,” she said.

She also said she has retained a lawyer and is prepared to accept the consequences.

The Governor did not attend the Hayes press conference.

There is a lot more, read it all here.  Hayes might not be prosecuted, but sources tell KATU that the Ethiopian scammer could be deported.

More Bloggers needed!  Someone should write a blog focusing on scams being perpetrated by migrants on America.  Heck, look at all the food stamp fraud (trafficking!) cases we have reported over the years.  And, then there are the Medicaid fraud cases in addition to the phony marriages.  There would be fresh news every day for you to report.  You could have a blast!

Posted in Africa, Crimes, Immigration fraud | Tagged: , | 2 Comments »

What is trending in Syrian refugee news today?

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 10, 2014

Our Syrian refugee alerts are overflowing as usual, so I thought perhaps I should occasionally report the hottest issues. Here are a few stories today:

President Jose Mujica greeted the refugees in person after their two-day journey. The Uruguayan resettlement plan is unprecedented in Latin America. http://omnifeed.com/article/www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-29561681

First, the possible fall of Kobani to ISIS is sending the biggest tidal wave of refugees toward Turkey (which will surely further destabilize that country).

From Syria Deeply entitled:  ‘180,000 Refugees from Kobani Mark the Biggest Displacement in the Biggest Refugee Crisis, Ever’

Since the ISIS advance on Kobani, the Turkish government and aid agencies have been struggling to respond to the influx of more than 180,000 Syrian refugees into southern Turkey

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that the Syrian Kurdish border town of Kobani was “about to fall to ISIS.” Since the advance on Kobani, the Turkish government and aid agencies have been struggling to respond to the influx of more than 180,000 Syrian refugees into southern Turkey. The sudden, massive flow of refugees fleeing ISIS is the largest displacement in the Syrian conflict.

Humanitarian groups project that there will be 3.59 million Syrian refugees by December 2014, with annual budget requirements of US$3.74 billion (56% of which remains unfunded). For UNHCR, the Syria operation is now the largest in its 64-year history.

 Just a reminder for new readers, the US State Department says we are going to take thousands of refugees from Turkey, here.

The UNHCR wants foreign aid for Greece so it can cope with Syrian and Somali migrants arriving by the thousands

From All Africa:

UNHCR officials in Greece called for the European Union countries to support Greece as many refugees are in that country.

Joorjoos Tasabobulos is UNHCR official in Greece. He said the number of fleeing refugees coming to the Greek islands of Agenee K/bari, Agen and Dodeshense is on the increase. He said in the first eight months of this year, 22,089 refugees of which 65% are Syrians have arrived there whereas other refugees included Somalis, Eritreans and Afghans.

Elsewhere refugees numbering 140,000 from Somalia, Eritrea, Syria and Sudan arrived in Italy but Italy lacks resources to manage them.

See our series on the ‘invasion of Europe’ by clicking here.

Uruguay takes Syrian refugees.

You would think this was the most important item in the Syrian refugee news today based on the number of stories the news has generated.

From the BBC:

A small number of Syrian refugees have arrived in Uruguay from Lebanon.

Forty-two refugees, belonging to five families, were greeted on arrival by the Uruguayan President, Jose Mujica.

They will spend two months in accommodation near the capital Montevideo where they will learn Spanish and attend classes on local customs.***

Other Latin American countries have taken Syrians in but Uruguay is the first to assume all resettlement costs.

Officials say the two-year resettlement programme will cost Uruguay around $3m (£1.9m).

They say the adults have already been guaranteed jobs and the children have places in local school. A second group is due to arrive next year.

*** Note this huge difference in how these refugees will be assimilated—in a center for a few months to learn the language and customs!  In the US they are just deposited in cities and urged to be on their own, to be “self-sufficient” in three months.

Click here for all Syrian refugee posts archived at RRW.

Posted in Africa, Asylum seekers, Europe, Muslim refugees, Refugee Resettlement Program, Who is going where | Tagged: , , | Leave a Comment »

Somalis in Norway: demanding and reluctant to work

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 9, 2014

We just told you about Denmark a few minutes ago, now here is more news from Scandinavia….

From The Foreigner:

A growing number of Somali immigrants are feeling humiliated by The Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV), a new report shows.

Independent research foundation Fafo’s study (in Norwegian) NAV’s treatment of this group has a negative effect on their trust in institutions and experience of inclusive Norwegian citizenship.

NAV employees have explained that the major problem of getting Somalis into the job market is their lack of education and language skills.

According to some NAV workers, Somali immigrants are particularly demanding and reluctant compared to other groups.

“Many Somalis are lacking very basic training in the form of language, for example. Therefore, they feel that NAVs more work-oriented initiatives are worthless,” Fafo researcher John Horgen Friberg told NRK.

Holy cow!  Norway has taken in 33,000 Somalis!

State collapse and civil war has led to that many Somalis lack basic education. It has also worked to diminish their trust in governmental institutions.

This collapse of the Somali state in 1991 led an influx of Somali immigrants to Norway. Some 33,000 emigrated to the Scandinavian country between 1990 to 2013.

Of course it is all the fault of the government agency!  You might want to revisit a post we wrote in December 2013 about a report George Soros Open Society produced on Somalis not adjusting in Norway (all the government’s fault too).

See our whole ‘invasion of Europe’ series by clicking here.

Posted in Africa, Asylum seekers, Changing the way we live, Community destabilization, Europe, Muslim refugees, Refugee Resettlement Program, Stealth Jihad | Tagged: , | 4 Comments »

Learn more about “The Boat People” and the Invasion of Europe

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 8, 2014

The Irish Times has published a very detailed article about the alien invasion of primarily Italy (from Italy they move on northward) as tens of thousands of Africans and Middle Easterners attempt the sea crossing into Europe.  Many die in the attempt, but the Italian government is funding a costly campaign to rescue them at sea.

In my view, they will never stop coming until European governments start turning those boats back to North Africa.

Why do we publish so much about Europe when America is being invaded as well?  Because you need to know it is worse and demographic conquest is more advanced and speeding up in Europe.  A lesson for us?  I sure hope so!   See the Irish Times, here.

See our complete ‘invasion of Europe’ series by clicking here.   Oh, and pick up a copy of The Camp of the Saints!

Update October 9th:  More to ponder, how many boat people rescued by the Italians will be carrying Ebola?  Some EU leaders want to slow immigration!  From the NYT.  Good luck with that!

Posted in Africa, Asylum seekers, Changing the way we live, Crimes, diversity's dark side, Europe, Immigration fraud, Muslim refugees, Who is going where | Tagged: , , , | 2 Comments »

Norway deports Somalis, but Somali government refuses to take them

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 4, 2014

Think about this dilemma for every Western country with trouble-making Somalis!  The new Somali government doesn’t want them back!

See our post just about two weeks ago—Soul-searching in Scandinavia—about how Norway is getting tougher on the issue of Muslim immigration.

From Horseed Media:

Somalia’s government has refused to receive a number of Somali refugees who were deported back from Europe, an official has confirmed.

Abdullahi Gafow, Director of Immigration and Citizenship. I wonder does he have the nerve to send those planeloads back to Saudi Arabia? http://refugeeresettlementwatch.wordpress.com/2014/01/05/saudi-arabia-deports-200-more-somalis-who-were-only-seeking-a-better-life/

Abdullahi Gafow, Director of Immigration and Citizenship, said that six Somali nationals were ‘’illegally’’ deported back from Norway and they were denied an entry.

‘’We won’t receive any refugees who are forced or illegally deported. We have already sent them back’’

‘’ The Norwegian government informed us that they will deport them back by force, but we also told them that we won’t accept,’’ he claimed.

Earlier this year, Somalia’s semi-autonomous region of Puntland also refused to receive Somali nationals from the Norwegian government.

Human rights and advocacy groups have voiced their concerns on deportation of Somalis seeking for asylum, saying that it represents a clear violation of international refugee conventions.

Across Europe, tens of thousands of Somalis are in legal limbo, waiting to have asylum claims processed, or under threat of return to the war-torn nation t if their applications have been rejected.

See our extensive archive on Norway by clicking here.

By the way, we have been told the US is deporting Somalis, but I doubt the Obama Administration has put a single one on a plane.

 

 

Posted in Africa, Crimes, Muslim refugees, Obama, Refugee Resettlement Program, Who is going where | Tagged: , , | 10 Comments »

African immigrants to America double every decade

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 4, 2014

Earlier this week, Brenda Walker at Limits to Growth posted this very interesting news about recent Census numbers involving African immigration to America.

Walker begins:

Africa-born people are currently in the news, in a bad way, given the spread of ebola to America in recent days.

As it happens, this week the Census released a 10-page report about Africans in the US: The Foreign-Born Population From Africa: 2008-2012.

It has numerous charts and tables like the map below, showing the location of national groups in the US. We now know about the 10,000 Liberians in north Texas because of the ebola flap, but there are many more of that nationality in Philadelphia.

Go to Limits to Growth to see Walker’s commentary with maps and more charts!

Which African countries are represented in your city?

This post is filed in our extensive ‘where to find information’ category.

Come to think of it, I’m kind of surprised that the Census Bureau is even reporting this information, isn’t it just downright politically incorrect to notice!

 

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