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Comment worth noting: Reverse African out-migration through colonization of Africa by first-world countries

Posted by Ann Corcoran on August 14, 2014

Isn’t that a novel and sensible idea!

Editors note:  We have a category (comments worth noting) here at RRW where we post comments from readers that you might have missed at individual posts or which came to me directly.  In response to our post From Catalonia to Calais…. reader ‘momodoom’ suggests “historically proven” colonization by advanced countries would make Africa a more appealing place to live.   Yes indeed!

Momodoom:

Africa in the late 19th Century. Is it better-off today? Obviously not! https://resourcesforhistoryteachers.wikispaces.com/WHII15

All these Africans (and Middle Easterners) fleeing their homes for the green grass of Europe! But really – who wouldn’t want to leave Africa? What does it have to make people want to stay there?

Nothing.

Well, what could Africa do to become more appealing to people? What could the world do to make Africa more appealing…?

Colonization! Historically proven to make Africa a more civilized place.

The U.N. should sponsor a program to allow any Western country in to various failed Third World states. They would “conquer” the country insofar as its legal system and enforcement, and the ensuing lack of corruption and greater stability would allow for investment – both from within the country, and from interested parties throughout the world, creating improved economic circumstances which might persuade their youth to stay in-country.

There would be a plethora of details to be worked out, but it would be a far better system than the one currently in place: Western countries propping up failed and corrupted states with aid money, who then produce excess population which then proceeds to leave said failed state to come and invade the Western countries.

I see this as a win-win!!

Can you hear the hissing now from the politically-correct one-worlders?

All of our posts on the ‘Invasion of Europe’ are here.

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Comment worth noting: Looks like the feds have been getting ready for the ‘Dreamers’ for several years….

Posted by Ann Corcoran on August 9, 2014

….by funding citizenship and training services.  You will recognize some of the usual suspects, not just getting grants from the Office of Refugee Resettlement but also from Homeland Security which makes finding all of their federal bucks more complicated.

This is from reader ‘Julia’ who found this list of grantees for “Citizenship and Training”at USA Spending.gov.  For a little summer Saturday fun, check out the over $30 million that has been expended so far through quasi-non-profit groups (I hope someone is monitoring how all this taxpayer money is being spent!).

Julia especially noted the DACA grants. By the way, just this week the HuffPo reported on how many Dreamers have signed up and how it’s going, here.

Signing up the kids!

Julia:

Below is a list of organizations that received funding for Citizenship and Training programs from the Department of Homeland Security.  Funding for these programs began in FY 2010.  Most of the organizations provide other services to the immigrant population.  Note the organizations that provide assistance with DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).  Also, note the organizations that coordinate their efforts with other organizations.  Website information for the organizations is still being completed and will be updated.

It seems that if DACA is expanded through executive order, there is already a network of organizations in place to facilitate the DACA application process.  Please note that this list is not a compilation of all organizations that provide assistance with DACA.

One of the first on the list to sign up new citizens (and be sure to check out the $$$ going to the Colorado African Organization):

Posted in Changing the way we live, Comments worth noting, Community destabilization, Immigration fraud, Obama, Refugee Resettlement Program, Taxpayer goodies, Where to find information | Tagged: , | 3 Comments »

Comment worth noting: “I always laugh when people talk about ‘non-profit’ companies as being altruistic…”

Posted by Ann Corcoran on July 31, 2014

Reader ‘sodiumpen’ sent us this comment and I wanted to be sure you saw it (because I haven’t carefully followed the newest federal illegal alien contractor Southwest Key Programs as well as I should have!).  Sodiumpen posted this as a comment to our post from yesterday about Pittsburgh, here.   Those Lutherans we wrote about his morning look like a ‘penny ante’ outfit compared to this one!

sodiumpen (emphasis added is RRW’s):

I always laugh when people talk about “non-profit” companies as being altruistic, etc as if they are some charity.

Most NPs have fatter salaries and greater perks than you ever find in the comparable private sector companies. Looks like this NP was in on and profiting from Obama’s “transformation of America” since the get-go.

Dr. Juan (slick) Sanchez makes those Lutherans look like pikers! http://www.swkey.org/about/leadership/dr_juan_sanchez/

“Austin-based Southwest Key Programs has received more than $368 million in government grants over the last six years, $356 million of which went to provide food, shelter and other services for unaccompanied minors coming into the United States. The nonprofit, which employs 2,200 people in six states, has undergone explosive growth in its budget during President Obama’s time in office, according to tax filings and federal spending databases.

Southwest Key Programs went from receiving just $670,800 in federal grants in 2008 to $31 million in 2009, Obama’s first year in office, according to the Office of Management and Budget’s online database. So far this year, it has received $122.3 million from the Health and Human Services Department’s Office of Refugee Resettlement.

. . .Critics say the nonprofit’s success at securing federal money shows that the Obama administration knew about the growing problem of unaccompanied minors for years and did not take appropriate action to address the issue.

. . .Southwest Key Programs also has close ties to a national immigration advocacy group which has a complicated relationship with the White House. The nonprofit shares two officers with the board of directors for the National Council of La Raza,*** the largest Latino advocacy group and the most aggressive in pushing Obama to curb deportations of illegal immigrants.

Dr. Juan Sanchez, who serves as president of Southwest Key Programs and made a salary of $338,000 in that role in 2012, is the uncompensated secretary of the board of La Raza, according to forms the organizations are required to file with the IRS. Anselmo Villereal, who serves on Southwest Key Programs’ board of directors, is the uncompensated treasurer for the Council.

Read the full article here:
http://washingtonexaminer.com/nonprofit-that-helps-unaccompanied-minors-has-seen-explosive-growth/article/2551471

***Don’t forget Obama’s Domestic Policy mouthpiece Munoz came from La Raza too!  The corruption in this White House is blatantly obvious!  Come on Congress do something!

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Legal Representation for Central American Minors: WHAT ABOUT THE MAYANS?

Posted by Ann Corcoran on July 20, 2014

Editors note:  From time to time we post good comments from our readers.  This is another excellent piece by reader ‘pungentpeppers’ with an entirely new and problematic angle on the ‘unaccompanied minors’ crisis that few are aware of!  See our category “comments worth noting” for more reader commentary.  Our extensive coverage of the ‘unaccompanied minors’ border surge is here.

 

Certain members of Congress want a law requiring taxpayer-funded legal representation for underage Central American migrants.  I’ll ignore for now that there are not enough immigration attorneys, or room in our courts, to handle tens of thousands of long, drawn-out, and often dubious, cases.  Instead, let’s focus on the big interpretation wall we’re going to hit because, as usual, nobody remembers the Mayans!

Attempting to learn English, 15-year-old Hugo speaks Q’anjob’al an indigenous Mayan language. http://wvpublic.org/post/language-barriers-pose-challenges-mayan-migrant-children

Not everybody in Central America speaks Spanish.  This fact is slowly dawning on our politicians.  San Francisco’s Mayor Ed Lee in an interview with the San Francisco Bay Guardian said:  “I’m trying to wrap my arms around the fact that many of these kids don’t speak Spanish.  They speak Mayan and different languages.”

Mayan is not one language but a native language family that includes many mutually unintelligible tongues.  About 40 percent of Guatemalans are Mayan, and they speak around two dozen native languages, including M’am, Q’anjob’al, K’itche and Ixil.

Although young people who arrive here could learn basic English, if such a law were enacted, they would still need help to communicate with their lawyers and the courts.  They would need legal interpreters.  Here’s where it gets messy.  For the Guatemalan Mayan language called “Ixil”, there is ONE legal interpreter in the whole country!  Her name is Sheba Velasco and she’s been very busy of late.  Hers is a mentally-stressful job.  People expect her to help them stay in the U.S., but there’s nothing she can do legally for them except interpret the language.  There’s so much work, she told NPR, I can’t do all of it. It’s hard.”

Sheba Velasco has an important message about the unaccompanied minors currently flooding the country.  She doesn’t agree with parents sending their children on the dangerous journeys, she told CBC Canada. For starters, their safety is at risk, but second, she’d prefer they stay in Guatemala where they can practice their cultural traditions and language. She knows many families are poor and struggle but Velasco said coming to America is not necessarily how to get a better life.

“What I would like to share with them is, you can make it where you are,” she said.

She feels badly that families fall for the lies they are told by smugglers. The coyotes, as they’re called, show photos of the U.S. around her village, and tell young people how easy it is to make money there. Parents essentially sign their houses over to the banks to get money to pay the smugglers. Their children get caught at the border, are sent home and everything is lost, Velasco explained. In the worst-case scenario, their children don’t even make it back.

“I would not send my children,” she said. “Their life is more important to me.”

The situation of these rural Mayan young people belies the current media gospel that everyone from Central America is fleeing from gangs.  They don’t live in cities and they don’t speak Spanish – they can’t even communicate with gangs!  As economic migrants, under our laws, there’s no chance they will obtain legal asylum in our country.  We should not foolhardily rush into shackling ourselves into providing legal representation, when there are not enough interpreters and their chances of winning such cases are practically nil.

More about Sheba Velasco here:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/mayan-translator-hears-sad-stories-from-migrants-at-u-s-border-1.2707816

A story about recently arrived Mayans:
http://wvpublic.org/post/language-barriers-pose-challenges-mayan-migrant-children

The bill in Congress that would mandate legal representation:
http://washington.cbslocal.com/2014/06/24/dems-announce-bill-for-legal-representation-of-illegal-immigrant-children/

About Central Americans and Mayans in the U.S.
http://www.sfbg.com/politics/2014/07/16/more-funding-promised-central-american-child-refugees-lee-warns-new-influx

http://www.guatemalanmaya.org/featured/mayan-languages-our-diverse-culture

Posted in Asylum seekers, Changing the way we live, Comments worth noting, Immigration fraud, Refugee Resettlement Program, Taxpayer goodies | Tagged: | 11 Comments »

A Tennessean responds to open borders agitators

Posted by Ann Corcoran on July 19, 2014

What about America’s needy, elderly, and disabled people?

Editors note:  That is the question I hear all the time at the local level! 

For some reason that I can’t explain, this post continues to be our top post—Tennesseans urging US Senators to block possible border surge to Tennessee—every day since it was published a week ago today.  On July 16th we reported on an attack by Progressive Open Borders activists on the Tennessee citizens (and RRW) calling those who are concerned about Tennessee’s own needy people their favorite pejorative—“nativists.”

A Tennessee citizen responds (emphasis is mine):

Elder refugees on a Catholic Charities field trip to a tourist site, an historic farm. CC of TN is worried about losing government funding for such projects.

It’s exactly what you expect out of these groups. Just as soon as you try to have a rational dialogue about fiscal impact, funding priorities and program sustainability, they resort to name-calling.

Despite their caterwauling of anti-this and anti-that, the truth is that the conflict in Tennessee started with simple questions of “what is the state cost for the voluntary federal refugee resettlement program?” and “what if those state dollars were used to pay for services that Tennessee’s disabled citizens are still waiting for?”

The disabled are the more than 7,000 Tennesseans with intellectual disabilities (what used to be known as mental retardation) who are unable to care for themselves.

The federal government has said repeatedly that it has deliberately shifted the costs of the voluntary resettlement program to the states and a 2012 GAO report disclosed that the federal resettlement contractors get paid for each individual person they bring to a state, so they have a built-in incentive to increase those numbers.

Catholic Charities of TN said in their resettlement proposal that TN schools provide “free” English Language Learner services even though in 2012 TN’s state and local governments spent a combined $70 million for English Language Learner services in the public schools.

In 2008 Tennessee opted out of the voluntary federal program. Now the resettlement program is run by a federal contractor who in 2011 said they were going to expand the program in TN – without any input from the state of course. This has resulted in more people, more money for the contractors and higher enrollment in the state’s Medicaid program.

The state passed a bill that simply codified the federal code provisions which require the refugee contractors to coordinate with the state and give advance notice when refugees are due to arrive.

The idea for a local moratorium on resettlement when capacity becomes an issue, came from a federal hearing, and Tennessee’s State Refugee Coordinator (federal contractor) running the program agreed that was okay.

Federal contractor data showed that of the about 4,500 people they brought to Tennessee over a three year period, Medicaid (TennCare) enrollment in this group doubled during that time. During this same period at least one-third of their clients were considered “non-employable” because they were either children or 65 and older.

Contractors enroll eligible seniors into SSI which is also funded in part with state dollars.

Way back when the federal government reimbursed states for the state funded portion of SSI, Medicaid and cash welfare. That stopped in 1991.

This information raised more questions about how state dollars were being spent for a voluntary federal program. In the absence of any state law, the federal contractors believed themselves unaccountable to the state.

The bill to address this would have required the contractors to report for example, how many people they enrolled into TennCare and the cash welfare program. The State Refugee Coordinator initially said the contractors couldn’t provide that information. Then they “remembered” that the Cooperative Agreements signed with the federal government require tracking how many people and into which publicly financed programs they are being enrolled.

The State Refugee Coordinator was also asked to report how many of the students they help enroll into public school also receive ELL services. Again they said there was no way to get this information even though the contractors are receiving school impact grants that they use to hire staff that liaison between the schools and the families.

Isn’t it ironic that while complaining about the possibility of ORR diverting refugee resettlement money to help the illegal immigrants crossing the border, the State Refugee Coordinator was quoted saying that the loss of funds would effect the contractor’s “children in schools” program.

In a more recent article we are told that if the funds get cut because of illegal immigration, the elder refugees (who they define as 55 and older), will lose the “special help” they get that includes bingo games, bowling, and field trips to the art museum and pumpkin patch. These are services which the federal contractors say enhance the “quality of life” for their clients.

What about the “quality of life” issues for Tennesseans with intellectual disabilities? Federal refugee resettlement contractors like to claim that the refugee resettlement program is fully funded by the federal government. They really believe that if they say it enough it will be true. Well, it simply isn’t – even the federal government says this isn’t true.

About the photo:  It was published at USA Today (from the Tennessean) in a story about how Catholic Charities, which as a ‘Wilson-Fish’ ***agency calls the shots (along with the federal government) for all refugees going to Tennessee, complains that they might lose funding for their elder refugees if too much money is diverted to care for the ‘unaccompanied minors’ —- all part of a public relations campaign to get Congress to shell out a few more billions for the migrant tide to America.

Most sensible Americans are asking—what about our own needy, elderly, and disabled people?

***Is yours a Wilson-Fish state where Catholic Charities, Lutheran Social Services or other entities run the program with no state government involvement?

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Philadelphia: Liberians furious about fire response; riot

Posted by Ann Corcoran on July 9, 2014

Editor:  This is a guest post from ‘pungentpeppers.’   I’m traveling today and will see how much I can still get posted.  The mainstream media is doing a pretty good job of paying attention to the “refugee” issue these days—thanks to the unaccompanied alien minors surging at the border (LOL! less work for me!).

We don’t take very many Liberians through the regular resettlement program (one of the articles ‘pp’ linked says 3,300 went to Philadelphia), but large numbers who were here for other reasons, some illegally, were also granted ‘temporary protected status’ and never went home.  TPS is another LEGAL immigration program for “refugees” that needs to be scrapped.  Search RRW for ‘temporary protected status’ to read more.

Diversity is beautiful alert……see link to tax fraud by Philadelphia Liberians too (below)!

Pungenpeppers’ reporting from Philly:

After a fire took four young lives, an angry, mostly Liberian mob stormed the streets of Southwest Philadelphia yesterday (Monday) taking over entire blocks. At times hurling water bottles at police, the outraged crowd were protesting what they perceived to be a too slow response to the fire that also destroyed a block of homes in their Liberian neighborhood.

Gathering on the heels of threats made against firefighters, the noisy protesters blocked a fire station, preventing crews from responding to emergency calls. Per NBC10’s George Spencer, at the scene, it was “one of the angriest mobs I have seen as a reporter”.

Saturday’s blaze started before 3:00 a.m., perhaps after fireworks set alight a sofa that was being used as porch furniture. The fire exploded and spread quickly to neighboring row homes. Dewen Bowah, 41, was in the home alone at the time taking care of seven children. She saved three daughters, but could not reach her 4-year-old twins, Maria and Marialla Bowah, or the children of another mother, 1-month-old Taj Jacque and 4-year-old Patrick Sanyeah who perished. Bowah, who saved her life by jumping out a second story window, was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

At the stormy protest, Patrick Sanyeah, whose son — also named Patrick — died in the fire, shouted “These people let our kids burn to ashes!” Other family members and neighbors accused police and firefighters, yelling “Murderers!” After nightfall, the crowd finally dispersed.

“Obviously the fire is the individual incident that set this off,” said Liberian community activist Christian Dunbar, “but I think this is frustration from a community that feels underrepresented.” Dahn Dennis, president of the Liberian Association of Pennsylvania, said, “The route being taken now is not the right way. This is not the representation of Liberians. We are decent people.” Many Liberians have been settled in Philadelphia by refugee resettlement contractors. Per a Philadelphia Weekly report, since the late 1990s, more refugees have arrived in Philadelphia from Liberia than from any other country—about 3,300 in total.

Fire investigators plan to return this morning to sift through the ashes. Last year, the Philadelphia Fire Department distributed free smoke detectors to the residents of the street, and it’s been reported that the detectors were installed in the home at that time.

Sorry, this is a major story, and I used many links:

About the Protests:
http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2014/07/07/protest-outside-fire-station-near-scene-of-deadly-blaze-that-killed-4-children-in-southwest-philadelphia/

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20140708_Protest_shows_anger__frustration_after_fatal_SW_Phila__fire.html

http://6abc.com/news/protests-near-scene-of-deadly-sw-phila-blaze/158251/

http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Several-Arrested-During-Protest-of-Response-to-Fatal-Fire-266127201.html

About the Fire:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2681549/I-hear-little-kids-screaming-Tragedy-four-children-including-baby-boy-killed-late-night-blaze-ripped-eight-homes.html

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/children-killed-fast-moving-rowhouse-fire-24436019

Re Liberian Refugees (from 2010)
http://www.philadelphiaweekly.com/news-and-opinion/cover-story/refugees-settling-in-philadelphia.html

Addendum:

By the way, out of Liberia yesterday, is news that Liberians in the Philadelphia area have been involved in tax refund fraud.

Liberia: African Immigrants Dupe U.S. Government of Six Million

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Commentary: A Baby’s Dead – Nobody Taught The Refugees

Posted by Ann Corcoran on July 6, 2014

Editors note:  This is a guest commentary from reader ‘pungentpeppers.’

We began resettling the more primitive Somali Bantus in 1999. http://www.bantusupport.pdx.edu/

What’s happening to the money used to settle refugees in the U.S.?  It sure isn’t being spent to teach refugees the basics of life in the U.S.A.

A baby boy, born to Somali refugee parents, might still be alive today if his family understood about smoke detectors.  Officials said 7-month-old Mohamed Ali likely died of smoke inhalation after his family’s apartment building in Phoenix caught fire June 23.  The baby’s mother and grandmother were able to get out the other children living in the apartment, but heavy smoke and a wall of flames prevented them from saving the baby.

The fire displaced about 80 people from the 16-unit complex, which is largely occupied by refugee families. Most have since returned to their apartments.

Per police spokesman Sgt. Trent Crump, investigators believe the family’s apartment didn’t have a working detector — the battery was missing. Crump said that it’s not clear who ­removed the battery or when.

From Arizona Central:

Fatuma Dubow, a Somali refugee who lives in the complex, said most people from her homeland don’t have electricity, so checking a smoke detector or understanding how it works is knowledge that develops over time.

When asked if she has checked her smoke detector’s battery, Dubow said she didn’t know how.

“I tried one day, but I couldn’t,” she said Tuesday as a maintenance man repaired water damage to her kitchen from fighting the fire.

Another Somali refugee who lives nearby said she knew that smoke detectors were important but was under the impression that they alerted police and fire automatically during a fire.

The woman, who did not want to provide her name, said it takes some immigrants years to learn things such as how to dial 911 or what to do when they smell a gas leak. Some type of instruction would help, she said.

(Continue reading here)

Generally refugee resettlement agencies send a caseworker to meet the family at the airport and drive them to a furnished apartment. [It is in their contract with the federal government--ed].  They are then told how to work kitchen appliances, operate the air-conditioner, lock the doors and windows, run the hot- and cold-water taps and call 911. Cathy Peterson, of Catholic Charities Community Service, said “The heath and safety (primer) would include the smoke alarms”.

It’s plain that this group of refugees were not given adequate instruction or training.  It is unfair to them, and to their neighbors, to settle them in unfamiliar environments that are poles apart from what they are used to, and to expect that somehow, magically, the foreign newcomers will “breath in” our way of life.

If people cannot read or understand the basics, what’s the use of giving them a quick talk and handing them a health and safety booklet?!  Do the refugee agencies expect Phoenix fire officials to teach them our way of life in Bantu?! The refugee agencies get paid big bucks to bring people here, but their profit-maximizing, hare-brained “bring ‘em and dump ‘em” scheme – well, it just cost this baby his life.

 

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Commentary: Is US Sen. Lamar Alexander vulnerable in Tennessee? Yes! says a reader

Posted by Ann Corcoran on June 24, 2014

Editors note:   In the wake of the stunning loss in Virginia by a squish on immigration—Rep. Eric Cantor—a reader from Tennessee sent us a comment.

***The Tennessee primary is August 7th, early voting begins on July 18th.***

 

 

 

Lamar Alexander: the next Eric Cantor beat down!

Anti-amnesty Tennessee state Rep. Joe Carr is challenging incumbent U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander in what could be the another Brat-Cantor race. Honest post-election commentary summed up Cantor’s defeat in Virginia as “he was pro amnesty so he lost.”

Sen. Lamar Alexander voted YES, helping to pass the pro-amnesty “Gang of Eight” (S.744), last year even though as Breitbart, reports, Lamar was told less than a month before his YES vote, that a yes vote would create the overwhelming border surge we are facing today:

“On May 29, 2013, less than a month before the Senate would pass its amnesty bill, officials from the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council of the American Federation of Government Employees wrote a letter to senators before the vote on the Senate’s comprehensive amnesty bill, warning them that passing a bill granting amnesty to illegal immigrants would be a magnet that attracts more while subjecting illegal immigrant youths to victimization.”

Lamar and others were warned:

“Driven by mere speculation that S. 744 may be enacted by Congress, illegal border crossings have spiked dramatically. Thousands of unaccompanied children, runaways, and families now attempt to illegally enter the United States in hopes of receiving legalization.”

Estimates for illegal minors (unaccompanied alien children, aka UAC), in 2015 are as high as 142,000. In response, the Senate Appropriations Committee on which Lamar serves, voted to give Obama $1.94 billion, to help the administration with the amnesty motivated rush at the border. Ironically, the Congressional Budget Office estimates that amnesty YES votes like Lamar’s which included $39 billion to increase border security will only improve border security by a mere 8%.

Lamar’s YES vote on amnesty is also helping to bring new emergency shelters for hundreds of illegal minors to places like Lawrenceville, Virginia. Angry citizens packed a school auditorium to tell federal officials they didn’t want the disease, government spending and crime that would go along with bringing the illegal immigrants to their community. Gang affiliation has long ceased to be a bar for unaccompanied minors even when they are tatted head-to-toe with MS-13 gang tattoos.

Given the government’s explicit directive to Border Patrol to withhold information from the public, communities must be on alert.

Lamar’s primary challenger, state Rep. Joe Carr has a voting record on illegal immigration that looks nothing like Lamar’s.

Carr was the sponsor of Tennessee’s successful E-verify law and other legislative measures prohibiting taxpayer benefits to illegal immigrants and banning sanctuary cities that serve as open invitations to illegal immigration.

Seems like an easy choice. Forget Lamar, VOTE CARR.

Editor:  See Rep. Carr’s website by clicking here and help him defeat Alexander.  Early voting begins July 18th so hurry!  See all of our posts on problems with refugees and immigration generally in Tennessee.  See especially this one about turning red states blue.  And, we have an entire category devoted to Nashville (click here), which is home to a well-established ‘pocket of resistance.’

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Comment worth noting: About that Syrian Occupy Movement in France

Posted by Ann Corcoran on April 28, 2014

Editors note:  When we receive a comment to a post that we don’t want to lose buried in the comments section, we highlight it as a special post.  Here, reader ‘pungentpeppers’ responds to yesterday’s post in our ‘Invasion of Europe’ series about Syrians camping (occupying!) in a Paris park.

From ‘pungentpeppers:’

About that “Syrian Occupy Movement” in France… French news reports give more insight as to what is happening.

The French are no stranger to squatter camps. In the past Roma Gypsy families arriving from Eastern Europe have set up camp for themselves on public and private land. There is just not enough available housing. Where to put these many newcomers has become a major headache for France. This latest group of park squatters in Saint-Ouen, in the Paris suburbs, are Syrian Muslims, and practically all are Sunni (like the Syrian rebels).

Local Muslims living in the area are bringing the Syrians food, raising money for hotel rooms, and allowing them to sleep at a local mosque. One Syrian at the park, Lamia al-Nassan, was interviewed by TV’s France24. She praised the local Muslims: “Fortunately the Muslims are here to feed us – otherwise, we’d be dead!”

Lamia (24) with youngest of her four children: I sold all my jewelry to get to France, to live in a park?

Unrealistic Expectations: Per the L’Express newspaper, these Syrians falsely believed that, as soon as they arrived in France, the “State of Human Rights” (as they call France) would immediately provide each family with suitable lodging and preferably asylum.

A news report by France24 features at the top a photo of Lamia, age 24. Dressed in black Islamic attire, she holds an infant – the youngest of her four children. She does not mince her words in expressing her disappointment with the French: “I thought France would protect us, that we could put the children in school. I sold all my jewelry – spent everything. Now we have nothing and have to stay here.” She laments further, “How could I have imagined that in France, they would leave us to sleep in a park?”

Costly Problem: These families, if allowed to settle, will cost the French taxpayer dearly. Their culture values huge families; their women do not work outside the home. One of the fathers, named “Mohamed” by the newspaper L’Express, looks like he is 60 years old. The father of eight children, he is shown sitting alongside a young girl of preschool age. He will not support himself, let alone a wife and eight kids.

All Those Pregnant Women: Per France24, temporary lodgings were found for the group, and the municipality has locked up the park. However, pregnant Syrian women have returned to sit on the sidewalk alongside the park’s iron fence. One of them, Sonia Ramadan, is six months pregnant and she has not seen a doctor – but she dares not pass through the doors of a French hospital because she does not speak a word of French. Zeyna al-Nasser is two months pregnant. At age 22, this frail-looking young woman already has three other children. One wonders, despite young children and pregnancy, why did these Muslim women travel with their menfolk, across many safe countries to non-Muslim lands where they do not speak the language? Were they merely on a quest for the best, or is it something else that drives them?

Their Motives: Are They Syrian Rebels or Are They Opportunists? The moment these migrants crossed the border from Syria, these migrants had reached safety. However, they kept on traveling. They journeyed through several Sunni Muslim countries to reach Morocco.

In Morocco, they paid smugglers for passage to Spanish Melilla. “Mohammed” told the L’Express reporter that he paid 1200 Euros (about $1,660) to cross the fence separating Melilla from Morocco. Once in Melilla, humanitarian groups gave them plane tickets for Barcelona. From there, they headed for France. Were they, as the L’Express journalist Karim Ben Said, who is Muslim himself, puts it – merely seeking a “normal life” with their wives and their children? Or do they have some other political motive connected to Sunni Islam?

One of the Syrians, “Jamal” told L’Express that he first went to Lebanon, but that the Shia Hezbollah does not want them there. He then moved to Jordan but left, even though most of his family remains there. He then traveled to Algeria, but had to leave because that government supports the Syrian president. Was Jamal a fighter, and therefore could not stay in Jordan or Lebanon or Algeria? (Dare France accept such asylum seekers?) Or, was he merely dissatisfied with life in those particular countries, finding spurious excuses as to why they are unsuitable?

Puzzlingly, Jamal denies that Europe was his goal: “We did not necessarily aim to reach Europe, it is the circumstances that led us here.” The stories of these many Syrians, however, discredit Jamal’s tale of accidental arrival in France. It appears they were in pursuit of their personal goal – life in the rich European country named France.

Contrary to their expectations, these Syrians might not get what they wish for. France has already disappointed them – and the rule of law states that a refugee does not have the automatic right to live in the country of his own choosing. The Syrians might not be able to force the French to settle them. If so, per L’Express, some of them have their eyes set on another target: Sweden!

To see photos and French language reporting about these Syrian better life seekers, see:

http://www.lexpress.fr/actualite/monde/proche-moyen-orient/refugies-syriens-de-saint-ouen-le-long-chemin-vers-la-france_1510799.html

http://www.france24.com/fr/20140424-syrie-parc-saint-ouen-guerre-refugiees-syriennes-france/

http://paris-ile-de-france.france3.fr/2014/04/21/saint-ouen-les-verts-demandent-l-etat-d-intervenir-pour-loger-plus-de-160-syriens-qui-campent-dans-un-square-463587.html

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Reader’s comment: Woeful week for interpretation

Posted by Ann Corcoran on April 19, 2014

Regular reader and researcher par excellence, ‘pungentpeppers,’ has put together some samples of the growing problems with interpretation services increasingly needed as immigrants from around the world require court interpreters (something we have been noting a lot lately).

Woeful week for interpretation

INTERPRETER WOES aplenty this past week: wrongful interpretation suit; mistrial called because a foreign-language-speaking juror was on a case; no interpreters available to work for a terrorist; and an interpreter goes berserk.

The City of Portland (Oregon) is named as a defendant in a $3 million wrongful death-by-misinterpretation lawsuit. The Spanish-speaking husband of Elidiana Valdez-Lemus called 9-1-1 for help after his wife could not breath. His call was referred to a professional interpreter who may have mixed up the address “2601 111th Avenue” with “2600 101st Avenue”. Also named in the suit are Language Line Translation Solutions, Lingo Systems, Language Line Service, AT&T Corp. and the unknown name of the company that provided the Spanish-language interpreter. ….. Sue and put them all out of business! (http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2014/04/spanish_interpreter_botched_9-.html)

Mistrial declared in first degree murder case against Kevyphonh Sounyaphong

In Fort Smith, Arkansas, a judge declared a mistrial in a murder case because a juror understood Vietnamese, a language spoken by one of the witnesses. Kevyphonh Sounyaphong was on trial for the strangulation death of Sakounsouk Vilayhong. An Vietnamese interpreter was brought to translate the testimony of a witness for the defense. One of the jurors disagreed with the interpretation and may have said something that was tantamount to introducing new evidence to the case. ….. Moral: never put anyone on the jury who understands any of the foreign languages that may be heard in the courtroom. Interpretation is just one person’s “interpretation” of what another person said, and there are often disagreements. (http://www.4029tv.com/news/mistrial-in-fort-smith-trial-over-womans-death/25536964)

Maybe nobody wants to work for a terrorist? Bernard Kleinman, the attorney for Libyan Al-Qaeda suspect, Anas al-Libi (real name Nazih Abdul Hamed al-Raghie), is complaining that he cannot find an Arabic interpreter in North Carolina. …. You can’t force people to work for a terrorist if they don’t want to. (http://news.yahoo.com/libyan-qaeda-suspect-deprived-rights-us-jail-213417624.html)

And finally from Ireland the story of the Interpreter Gone Berserk. Damaris Dickenson, a Kenyan interpreter, assaulted a 20-month-old boy by spitting on him after she flew into a rage because the toddler was kicking the back of her seat while traveling on a bus. Damaris also spit on the boy’s father, who is from China. Judge Ann Watkin stated that Damaris had “lied through her teeth” when she falsely accused the bus passengers of ganging up on her and abusing her racially. She was given a suspended sentence. ….. Since she made up the racial abuse story, maybe she makes up stories when she interprets, too? (http://www.herald.ie/news/courts/woman-who-spat-in-babys-face-on-bus-is-spared-jail-30188114.html)

Note to “welcoming” communities:  It is federal law in America that your local jurisdiction provide “qualified” court interpreters (at public expense) for immigrants in court for whatever reason.

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