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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! (

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. (

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. (

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? (

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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Comment worth noting: how to answer when someone calls you “Islamophobic”

Posted by Ann Corcoran on March 8, 2014

I really must get away from the computer, but had to share a laugh with you!

Reader Jewel just gave us this advice if someone calls you an “Islamophobe” or “Islamophobic.”

Ask:  “Why do you suppose that is?”

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Comment worth noting: MNGOP endorses Somali candidate (he has our values?)

Posted by Ann Corcoran on March 8, 2014

Reader ‘wisdombegins’ has sent us the comment below.

I wish I had time to do this topic justice, but please follow the links sent by our reader.  A week or so ago we told you that the MNGOP moved its offices to be near “everyday Minnesotans.”

And, don’t forget the Center for Security Policy’s recent report about the Muslim Brotherhood’s influence on the GOP, here.

And, just this week the Republican-dominated Virginia legislature commended the notorious Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center.  So what is happening to the GOP?

From ‘wisdombegins:’

Please take note. The Minnesota GOP has endorsed

Abdimalik Askar

Everything about his life has been taxpayer funded! The reason he wants school choice is because he is a believer in taxpayer funded Islamic Charter Schools! That is his primary objective. This is truly Creeping Sharia!

The Republican Party needs to ask him how he feels about: 1. Separation of Church and State 2. Upholding laws that protect young girls from Genital Mutilation 3. Voter ID laws 4. Enforcing laws against the practice of Polygamy

Maybe you can think of some more carefully worded questions that would reveal Mr. Askar’s true objectives.

Readers, especially our new ones! This is a good time to visit a very old post by another commenter, Avi, about the Muslim Brotherhood’s quiet Jihad in Minnesota.

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Comment worth noting: Hey, Grover Norquist, Reagan did not sign Refugee Act into law

Posted by Ann Corcoran on February 25, 2014

Norquist and Republican friends should have been praising Jimmy Carter in their recent letter!

Update March 1:  Even the head of Human Rights First accepts Grover’s rewrite of history, here.

I should have noticed this myself!

Yesterday when we wrote about Georgia and Jimmy Carter, reader ‘tomasrose’ sent us this comment (below).   ‘Tomasrose’ is referring to the letter that has the earmarks of a Grover Norquist project written all over it, signed by Norquist’s sidekick Suhail Khan and 8 other Republican open-borders agitators asking for more refugee resettlement.

We reported the story here, and here is the letter itself.

We know about Reagan’s 1986 amnesty (which must have made Norquist happy, or maybe he was behind it!), but let’s not ‘credit’ him with the Refugee Act of 1980 as well!


According to Grover Norquist, Jason Carter needn’t feel any family kinship with the 1980 refugee act since it was Ronald Reagan who signed it into law, not Jimmy Carter. The reason the Refugee industry is so robust is because of general ignorance about the program. Exhibit A of this ignorance is found in Grover’s letter to Republicans asking them to let more questionable refugees in.

In the letter he states:
“President Reagan’s belief in America’s role as a refuge for the persecuted went
beyond his words. Thirty three years ago, he signed into law the Refugee Act of 1980…”

To set the historical record straight, here is Carter’s signing statement on March 18th, 1980 (the bill had been spearheaded by Ted Kennedy and Joe Biden in the Senate):

It gives me great pleasure to sign into law S. 643, the Refugee Act of 1980, which revises provisions for refugee admissions and assistance. This legislation is an important contribution to our efforts to strengthen U.S. refugee policies and programs.

The Refugee Act reflects our long tradition as a haven for people uprooted by persecution and political turmoil. In recent years, the number of refugees has increased greatly. Their suffering touches all and challenges us to help them, often under difficult circumstances.

The Refugee Act improves procedures and coordination to respond to the often massive and rapidly changing refugee problems that have developed recently.

It establishes a new admissions policy that will permit fair and equitable treatment of refugees in the United States, regardless of their country of origin. It allows us to change annual admissions levels in response to conditions overseas, policy considerations, and resources available for resettlement. The new procedures will also ensure thorough consideration of admissions questions by both the Congress and the administration.

Moreover, the Refugee Act will help refugees in this country become self-sufficient and contributing members of society. Until now, resettlement has been done primarily by private persons and organizations. They have done an admirable job, but the large numbers of refugees arriving now create new strains and problems. Clearly, the Federal Government must play an expanded role in refugee programs.

The Refugee Act is the result of close cooperation between the administration and the Congress, with important support from those who work directly with refugees in State and local governments and private groups. Everyone who worked so long on its passage can be proud of this contribution to improved international and domestic refugee programs and to our humanitarian traditions.

Note: As enacted, S. 643 is Public Law 96-212, approved March 17.

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Comment worth noting: It is Do-gooder-itis!

Posted by Ann Corcoran on February 23, 2014

This is from a comment thread at our post Friday—about African immigrants arrested in a massive DC Medicaid fraud ring bust.   But, it might just as well be applied to why so many Americans can’t wrap their minds around the fact that someone would lie to get into our country (or any civilized country) so that they might destroy us someday.

I asked reader ‘momodoom’ this:

Momodoom, Why are Americans so vulnerable to this….why don’t we ‘get-it’ that some cultures/ethnic groups are so willing to lie, cheat and steal—especially from Americans—they do not think like us!

Here is ‘momodoom’s reply this morning:

* sigh! * That’s the Question Of The Year! It’s Do-Gooder-itis, an illness of the perennially obtuse. Most of them are Christians and Jews who can’t be bothered with the intricacies of their religion, so they boil it down to simplistic phrases, like “God is good”, and then try to live their entire life by that phrase.

It’s also too much work for them to understand the intricacies of human nature, so they decide that everyone is, deep down, Just Like Them. Everyone is essentially good, no one wants to do any harm to anyone, everyone just wants to get along with everybody…

They just can’t conceive of a place where everyone learns, from birth onward, that life is a dog-eat-dog kind of place, that getting anything is hard in this life and that if you can find something to take for free you should grab it. Where cleverness is measured by how much you can take (and they just don’t call it “stealing”), that honesty is only for duping a person, and that good people are fodder for the evil ones, living in crushing poverty, and being butchered at will.

Readers:  ‘Comments worth noting is a category I sometimes forget about.  When a reader sends a particularly informative or otherwise interesting comment, we post it (as a post) so most of you don’t miss it.

Look for the tag ‘Do-gooder-itis!’ going forward!

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Comment worth noting: Reader reports on Minneapolis Somali fire

Posted by Ann Corcoran on January 29, 2014

Explosion/fire in Little Mogadishu (Minneapolis) on New Years Day 2014

I asked in a comment yesterday to our Brooklyn arson post if anyone knew what was happening with the Minneapolis Somali explosion/fire investigation.

Reader ‘Jewel’ sent us a recap from last week at Gates of Vienna where blogger Baron Bodissey said the following in response to reports that the fire was still “under investigation”:

I’ve been following the news of this incident since shortly after the explosion, and I’m forced to conclude that some or all of the following crimes were committed, and are still being committed. There may be others; I’m not a legal expert:

Official malfeasance
Dereliction of duty
Obstruction of justice
Destruction of evidence
Misprision of multiple felonies

It’s hard to determine who might be guilty of these offenses, but the list of suspects moves beyond Minneapolis city officials and up into the rarefied region inhabited by agencies of the federal government, including the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI.

These crimes were committed regardless of what caused the explosion. Even if the cause of the fire was a natural gas leak, or a malfunctioning propane heater, or an exploding can of deodorant, justice was obstructed and evidence was destroyed. There was a blatant attempt to deflect any meaningful investigation of what did cause the explosion, and the destruction of the relevant evidence ensures that the cause of the fire will never be determined with any certainty.

Bodissey’s must-read post is fittingly titled, “Ember Days”.

All of our previous coverage is here.  Why so many Somalis in Minneapolis?  Go here.  Thank the US State Department and its Catholic, Lutheran and Evangelical (World Relief) resettlement contractors.

Henceforth I think I will be looking on any fire involving Middle Easterners or African Muslims as suspicious.

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Comment worth noting: Are these the immigrant “entrepreneurs” we’ve been told America needs?

Posted by Ann Corcoran on January 27, 2014

This is a comment we don’t want you to miss from ‘pungentpeppers’ in response to the previous post on the South Carolina cigarette trafficking story.

Jordanian immigrant entrepreneur Kamel Qazah will now cost taxpayers a bundle while behind bars for the next 18 years!

“Immigrants open businesses and revitalize communities,” politicians say. Nasser Alquza boasted that he owned 30 businesses! He and his nephew Kamel Qazah (same family name, just spelled differently) ran a pizza parlor, a Subway franchise, a car lot, two gas stations, etc. Ideal, upstanding immigrants – or thieving, economic terrorists?

The nephew Qazah bragged to undercover agents that he could “sell anything.” That ranged from stolen electronics to Christmas decorations pilfered from a hijacked Wal-Mart truck. Uncle Alquza told investigators that he, too, sold a diversified portfolio of stolen merchandise – from baby formula to Advil to condoms. He also confided that he could launder hundreds of thousands of dollars overseas each month through various accounts. The secret to his success: Keep changing your operation, he told agents, and you’ll never get caught. And they weren’t alone – they ran their scheme in cooperation with a large network of family, friends and associates in the immigrant community.

Is that what America needs?! Immigrant “entrepreneurs” who steal merchandise, sell it, skip paying taxes, and ship the money overseas?!

Our legitimate business owners are burdened by taxes – but at least they have the satisfaction of knowing that the money they send to their to local governments pays for police protection, schools, road repair, local parks, trash collection, and to help fellow citizens who have hit on hard times. But our decent business owners just cannot compete against people who couldn’t give a hoot about the local community, and instead just milk whatever money they can get out of the American cash cow – ignoring all rules and obligations – and then launder their ill-gotten stolen money abroad to the Middle East.

Stop this harmful, “immigrant business” foreign aid program! Our towns and cities cannot afford it anymore!

Readers:  I had forgotten we had this category “Comments worth noting.”   I’ll keep an eye out for other good comments like this one and try to publish them more prominently going forward.

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Guest column: “A Child Bride And Her Four Dead Daughters”

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 21, 2013

Editor’s note:  Readers, on Friday a car crash in Columbus, Ohio involving a police cruiser and a car carrying an Iraqi family resulted in the deaths of the car’s occupants—an Iraqi refugee family, a husband and wife and four of their children.  ‘Pungentpeppers,’ a reader and frequent commenter here at RRW, has penned this piece after reading the many news accounts of what happened raising the ever-controversial issue of whether certain immigrants could be more appropriately (and more economically) helped by leaving them in their own countries or cultural zones.

“A Child Bride And Her Four Dead Daughters”

In Ohio, six members of one Iraqi refugee family died last week in an automobile accident.  It seems unfair to write about the dead.  They cannot defend themselves or explain.  But there were children who were wronged.  Their story must be told.

News about the tragedy uncovered certain facts.  Those facts reveal that our efforts to bring this family to our country were misguided.  The family, coming from a tribal background, either ignored, or could not understand, our system of values.  Our laws requiring the protection of children – and granting important human and civil rights to daughters – were violated.  Since the gap between our values and theirs was so huge, instead of bringing this family to the U.S., it would have been better to send aid to help them rebuild their lives in their own country.  They might have lived.  Here is the family’s story.

The accident scene: The cruiser’s dash camera revealed that the car driven by Eid Shahad had made an illegal turn on a red light.

Officer Shawn Paynter might never be able to forget what happened during the early morning hours of Friday, October 18.  He was on duty with the Upper Arlington Police Department near Columbus, Ohio.  That Friday, at 1:30 a.m., he was responding to an armed robbery in progress at a local McDonalds.  His police cruiser approached an intersection and entered just as the light turned yellow.  A Toyota Corolla, making an illegal turn, entered the intersection against a red light, and stopped right in front of him.  His car collided with the Toyota.  All six persons in the Toyota died at the scene. None wore seat belts.  Officer Paynter survived.  He suffered a head injury and is expected to recover.

Among the dead was Entisar Hameed, age 31, the mother of eight children.  She had arrived from Basra, Iraq, via Syria, as a refugee three years ago.  She was seated in the front.  Her husband, Eid Shahad, 39, was driving.  It was Eid Al-Adha, a four-day long Islamic holiday.  At that late hour they were returning home from a holiday visit on Thursday night to another family of newly-arrived Iraqis.  The mother had brought her four daughters with them for the visit:  Shuaa, 16, Amna, 14, Ekbal, 12, and 2-year-old Lina Badi.  The girls were in the back seat of the Toyota.  Not one was buckled in and the youngest girl, Lina, was not in a car seat.  There would have been no room for a car seat, anyway, with so many children packed into a small car.  In addition to her daughters who died with her, Entisar left behind four sons.  Her eldest, Mushary, was 17, and the other boys were 5, 6, and 12.

After the accident, acquaintances and friends spoke in glowing terms about the husband and father.  Eid worked as a home health aide for Sunrise Health Care; among his patients was his 77-year-old mother who had suffered a stroke.*  Eid was active and well liked.  He helped newly arrived immigrants from Iraq and other countries become acclimated to the U.S.  For example, he was known to take people grocery shopping and helped fix their cars.  He planned to help sponsor a new family** of Iraqi refugees that were due to arrive next month through the agency that had brought his family, Ohio’s Community Immigration Refugee Services.

In contrast, there was nothing reported in the news about Entisar, the mother who died, except her name and age. Entisar – her name means “Victory” in Arabic – seems to have lived a hard life.  She was married at around age 13, below the age of consent in Iraq, but not uncommon for a Muslim girl in Basra.  If she had been living in the U.S. at that time of her marriage, it’s likely that her husband would have been thrown in prison for having sexual relations with a minor.  Instead, our country decided to look the other way and allowed the family to immigrate – there is one set of laws for immigrants and another for Americans.  Once married, young Entisar gave birth to one child after another.  Her eighth baby, Lina, was born in the U.S.

In Ohio, Entisar lived with her husband, their eight children, and her sick mother-in-law, all packed into one small apartment.  Money had to have been tight – home health aides do not earn much – certainly not enough to support a large family of eleven.  The housing complex where they lived was full of Somali refugees who did not speak Arabic, so there was not much company there. Instead she had the company of her daughters.

The eldest boy, Mushary, was a senior at a local high school.  None of the daughters, however, were in school.  After they arrived in the U.S., some of the girls had been enrolled in Westside Academy, a school that describes itself as being globally conscious and even offers Arabic as a foreign language.  They later transferred to the International Academy of Columbus, run under the direction of Dr. Mouhamed Tarazi, and improved their English, but – per the Columbus Dispatch – they left that school earlier this year.  The story says the girls were to be “home-schooled by their parents”.  But it was doubtful that these girls were receiving any sort of significant education at home.  The father had a job and besides he was very busy helping others in the community.  And since their mother had been married when barely a teen herself, what sort of age-appropriate schooling would she have been able to give the girls who were 16, 14, and 12?  It is apparent that despite being in America – where both girls and boys go to school – Entisar’s daughters were headed down a traditional path of life that paralleled their mother’s.

Plainly, while they lived, nobody was checking up on this family of refugees to see how they were doing. Were they sending their daughters to school?  No.  Did their children wear seat belts or use car seats?  No.  Did the father understand traffic laws?  No.  What conditions were they living in?  Eleven people in one small apartment.  Refugees coming from certain backgrounds have too big a learning curve and too many obstacles to overcome.  Sadly, these same obstacles may have contributed to this family’s deaths.  America was not the best place for them.

The End.

Editor’s notes:

* This practice of setting up immigrant-run home health services (with government support) and then being paid to care for one’s own elderly (or ailing) family members is one area of potential fraud going forward as the US tackles the enormous health care problems associated with socialized medicine for all.

** The mention of “sponsoring” a new family does not mean what the average reader might be thinking—that somehow one family is helping pay for the resettlement of another family.   You, the taxpayer are doing the paying, the “sponsoring” family would likely be just acting as mentors.  And, sadly in this case, be teaching the new family how to get around American values.

For your further study, here are ‘pungentpeppers’ sources for this guest column:

Teen cares for family

About the burial on Saturday

About the six who died

ohio teen left to care

10TV story saying father’s employment

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Comment worth noting: Swedish Tsarnaev wannabes?

Posted by Ann Corcoran on September 30, 2013

Reader ‘pungentpeppers’ tells us a story from August that we didn’t know about—two Swedish citizens, brothers, of Lebanese descent joined the Jihad in Syria by traveling there using their travel-the-world-free card, a Swedish passport.  Our reader asks if Sweden bears any responsibility for allowing its citizens to go to another country to kill people?  A question that should be asked of the US State Department and Homeland Security too, should it turn out that we also gave citizenship to Somali refugees who then traveled on a US passport to kill scores of innocent shoppers in Kenya.

The story bears an eerie resemblance to the Tsarnaev Boston Bomber family except that these brothers didn’t kill their fellow citizens.   Emphasis is mine.

A pair of Swedish brothers, one of them a suicide bomber and the other a jihadi fighter, entered Syria by way of Lebanon, using their Swedish passports. The younger brother, named Moatassem al-Hassan, age 18, blew himself up this past August in a suicide bombing at a Syrian army checkpoint in the province of Homs. The other, Hassan al-Hassan, 20, was killed in a related military operation against the Syrian army.  Both brothers were fighting for a radical Islamic group named Jund al-Sham with links to al-Qaeda.

Moatassem al-Hassan: Swedish citizen suicide bomber

While still in Sweden just a year ago, Hassan, the elder brother, had started his university studies. And had he stayed in Scandinavia, Moatasem would have started his degree this year. “But they left everything and travelled back to Mankubeen, where their parents have been living for two years now,” said Jihad, a cousin. [This family resemble the Tsarnaevs. One son started college, but didn't continue, and both mom and dad had left their sons behind when they returned to live in the good old country.]

“And like Tamerlan Tsarnaev who traveled to Chechnya where it is believed he received terrorist training, these brothers traveled to Lebanon to learn the terrorist trade. However, unlike the Tsarnaevs, they never made it back to the West.”

The brothers were members of a large Lebanese Sunni family who are known for violence. Their brother Rabih died in street fighting in Lebanon. Their uncle Saddam, a man with close ties to Al-Qaeda’s Ayman al-Zawahri, blew himself up in a suicide bombing in Tripoli, Lebanon. Another uncle, Youssef al-Hajj Dib, is serving a life sentence in Germany after he planted two bombs on passenger trains. A catastrophe was averted because those bombs failed to detonate. Perhaps it was a blessing for Sweden that these two Swedish citizens left and did not come back.  For if they had returned to Sweden, they might have emulated their uncle Youssef, the “suitcase bomber”, and tried to blow up a train or two.

Doesn’t the Swedish government bear any responsibility? It allowed its citizens to go to another country and kill their citizens. Is the purpose of citizenship just to give a passport to someone so that they can gain financial benefit and ease of travel? The recipient need show neither responsibility nor commitment to Sweden? What type of perverted “citizenship” is this?

Although they are Swedish citizens, Middle Easterners consider these two “martyrs” to be Lebanese. Their homicidal acts in Syria threatened the stability of Lebanon and pushed that poor country towards the same road of terrible destruction faced by the Syrians. These brothers were handed all of the advantages that life in Sweden offered: money, a chance to study, the opportunity to create a good life. But Islam and Martyrdom, and Jihad in a country that is not your own, were more important than Swedish peace and secularism.

‘Pungentpeppers’ sent us three links, here, here, and here to read the details of the sorry tale.

My solution:  If you can’t sort them out in advance, you don’t let any of them in!

Readers we have written many many posts on the mess Sweden is in.  Go here to learn more.

Also, we have a category that we haven’t used much lately entitled “comments worth noting” for readers who submit a comment that is worth posting more visibly, like this one.

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Comment worth noting: Clarkston, Georgia saturated; refugee flow is being reduced

Posted by Ann Corcoran on March 1, 2013

Reader Mr. Parker has sent us this news from Clarkston (below).    We previously mentioned what had happened to the town that was memorialized in the warm and fuzzy book—“Outcasts United”.

I titled my post at the time “Propaganda United” partly because it was being read across the country, including in Maryland, as one of those ‘diversity is beautiful’ One Books.

Debris from a condominium, left, in Brannon Hill (near Clarkston) remains five years after it was leveled. Units in several buildings, right, are in such poor repair that they have been boarded up for years. No money because area populated by Somalis says accompanying story. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

You might want to see what the General Accounting Office said about community overload in a report that came out  in July 2012. Clarkston is given as an example of how communities aren’t properly warned or prepared (see page 12-14).  Indeed no one really knew what was happening beginning in the 1990′s when refugees began “finding their way” to the town.   GAO tells us obliquely that one of the reasons the resettlement contractors don’t properly alert local governments and other “stakeholders” about the arrival of refugees is that they fear the local governments (and citizens generally) will object!

Is Georgia one of those red states being turned blue by demographics?   According to the 2009 ORR Annual Report to Congress (the most recent report we have due to ORR breaking the law and not producing the 2010, 2011, or 2012 reports!) Georgia was in the top ten states for refugee resettlement.  The total number of resettled refugees for 2009 was 3,258 (number does not include secondary migrants!) which doesn’t come close to the enormous numbers that went to California, Texas, and New York for example.

From that report we learned that only 24% of Georgia refugees able and willing to work found employment that year (down from 45% in FY 2008).   And, 51% of Georgia’s refugees are on some form of welfare (in California 80% are on welfare!).

Clarkston moratorium (on new resettlement, secondary migrants still coming)

This is what Mr. Parker (who helps refugees assimilate and survive in the Atlanta area) reported yesterday in response to my post on Red States turning Blue.  He says the Bhutanese/Nepalese are turning the area around Clarkston into Little Nepal and will improve it.

Thought you may want to know that Georgia is reducing refugee resettlement by 20%
and the city of Clarkston essentially asked for a moratorium.

The agencies agreed to only place folks in Clarkston if they already have relatiives there, as the city feels their resources are overextended.. What they do not realize is that many Bhutanese are moving to Clarkston from other states to be with family and because of the desire to be in the largest Bhutanese Nepali community in the US. We even had refugees from suburban Roswell with great schools and low crime move to Clarkston. As an experiment one agency placed 6 Bhuatanese in Roswell. Three have moved to Clarkston and one is going to Pennsylvania. What is ignored by the politicians is that there is a great economic benefit in Clarkston due to new ethnic businesses and that many families are buying homes in the area and utilizing stores in Clarkston.

If refugees are not placed in Clarkston, then there will be tons of empty apartment as whites will not move there and it becomes an African American ghetto. Also many refugees live in unincorporated DeKalb Count with a Clarkston address. Yes-our area is becoming a little Nepal,but there has been minimal crime committed by this population although some of the young men (5) have committed burglaries. No food stamp frauds either.

People also move to Atlanta for a better climate more similar to Nepal, a low cost of living and the truly international mix here. I am not surprised that other Southern cities are popular as it is no different then the rush by non refugees to the south over the last 20 years. I do not see any conspiracy by the way, I think the fact that is cheaper to live in Republican Southern states is the reason for placements and migration

On a sad note we had another Bhutanese suicide* in Clarkston-second in 3 months and 21st in the US. A young father stabbed himself to death. He was being evicted and was outstanding with rent for 3 months. He had gambling and drinking issues. He was Christian and his church was helping but no one saw this coming. The suicide rate amongst Nepali Bhutanese is twice the US average and was high in the camps.

There was actually a conference call with ORR on this issue on the same day that he died. Very hard to know how to predict/prevent this and suicides seem to be limited to this community mainly because of concerns about money, loss of community, family displacement all over the US and lack of language and awful jobs in the chicken plants, replacing Hispanics who left.

The photo is from this story about how the refugees flooding into Clarkston in previous years have driven out the white residents and brought more poverty and decay.  I first wrote about it here.  Don’t expect to see any balanced reporting any time soon in the mainstream media (including on Fox News) on changing demographics through refugee resettlement.

* We have written about the high Bhutanese suicide rate here.  Culture shock?  Twenty years of being cared for by the UN in camps in Nepal (in their own culture) didn’t prepare them for the joys of American cheap apartment living, bills to pay (like those airfare loans) and meatpacker employment.  Does it ever occur to the wizards at the State Department (Asst. Secretary of State for PRM in 2007, Ellen Sauerbrey, announced that we would take 60,000 Bhutanese over 5 years, a number we have already surpassed) that some people are better off being left in their own cultures and may not survive in America?

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