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Obama considering allowing 800,000 more immigrant workers into the US to appease big business

Posted by Ann Corcoran on August 22, 2014

You know who should be really worried about this (in addition to American workers) is anyone who is trying to help real legal refugees find work because this plan may include employers of low-skill labor as well if the likes of Tamar Jacoby get their way.

Refugee activists won’t be concerned of course because it’s more about open borders for the refugee contractors than it is about humanitarian concern for needy refugees (or needy Americans).

Obama: Go ahead and joke about golfing all you want, but I am getting it done!

Reports run as high as 50% for the unemployment rate among legal refugees from some ethnic groups.  (I can hear the howls from refugee contractors when I say it’s that high, but they don’t really know themselves because they keep phoney records on employment.)

The contractors must report to the feds the employment status of their refugees, but here is what they do—they get the refugee some piddling job that might only last a few months just so they can say their refugees are employed and it doesn’t matter if the refugee is fired or quits after that reporting date.   And besides, after a few months, refugees move on to other towns and cities and no one tracks what they are doing!

From Breitbart:

After meeting with a “bevy” of big-business groups, President Barack Obama is reportedly considering granting them up to 800,000 additional guest-worker visas via executive actions.

According to the Associated Press, “one of the more popular requests among business and family groups is a change in the way green cards are counted,” which would “essentially free up some 800,000 additional visas the first year.” In addition, “other requests have included removing the requirement that some spouses of U.S. citizens return to their native country for at least three years before they can apply for U.S. residency, as well as extending work permits to the spouses of all temporary H1-B skilled workers.” The Obama administration is also considering granting work permits for low-skilled industries as well.

The Obama administration “has already increased the number of guest-worker permits by possibly 100,000 when it allowed the spouses of high-tech guest-workers who are applying for permanent residency to obtain permits.”

Numerous companies – like Microsoft and Cisco – have massively laid off American workers while pushing the Obama administration for more guest-worker visas at a time when scholars and studies from organizations on the left, right, and center have debunked the notion that there is a shortage of American high-tech workers. The Obama administration reportedly wants to appease big-business interests so they give him air cover for his potential executive amnesty, which may enable millions of illegal immigrants to get work permits in addition to temporary amnesty.

[....]

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) accused the Obama administration of “actively working against the interests of the American worker.”

Not only will the “legal” immigrants be working, but they will be voting because anyone with a driver’s license can vote in most states.

The next time you hear someone say they disapprove of illegal immigration, but LEGAL immigration is o.k. pop them in the nose (gently of course).  Our problem is numbers now whether they are legal or illegal!

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Athens, GA mayor attempting to put brakes on proposed resettlement of (more?) refugees

Posted by Ann Corcoran on August 21, 2014

Another “pocket of resistance?”   LOL! I can see “Welcoming America” scurrying to Athens at this very minute!

In July we reported on a plan by US State Department contractor—International Rescue Committee (IRC)—to open an office and begin resettling Congolese refugees to Athens, GA.  See that story by clicking here.

Now comes news (hat tip: Joanne) that the Democratic mayor, Nancy Denson, is throwing cold water on the scheme by asking the IRC to “present a formal refugee integration plan.”  That is exactly what every town or city faced with this crisis (yes, a crisis when a refugee contractor comes to your town!) should do—demand a plan for public review.

Mayor Nancy Denson: refugees will place an “inordinate service burden” on community.

There must be a social and economic impact statement prepared!

In the early days of writing this blog, when I thought reform of the program was possible, I had suggested that every location faced with the surprise notice that the US State Department, the Office of Refugee Resettlement and their contractors were planning to set up shop in their town should ask the federal government to prepare a social and economic impact statement (which included gathering information from the public through public meetings) modeled after the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) which requires an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) when federal money/federal action is being used for a project in a local community that might significantly effect the “natural or human environment.”

The refugee/migrant impact statement would include such measures as the economic costs to local and state government (schools etc). Health needs of the arriving population would have to be assessed in conjunction with the local health department.  It would answer whether there was a good likelihood of the refugee ethnic group fitting in to the community.   Is there adequate housing for newcomers that does not take away from the local needy?  Where will they work?  And, the final plan would put a cap on the number arriving (similar to the carrying-capacity concept of the natural environment).   My concept calls for the plan to be reviewed and updated every few years.

It occurs to me in writing this, that in fact, since NEPA does address the impact on the human environment of a federal project, a sharp lawyer could possibly force the federal government to do an EIS for a new or expanding refugee resettlement plan.

So here is the latest news from Athens.  It doesn’t matter whether the mayor is a Democrat or Republican, any elected official with a brain can see that bringing hundreds of mostly illiterate people to a community is going to have an impact and thus asking questions in advance is the sensible thing to do!

From the Atlanta Journal Constitution:

Mayor Nancy Denson is seeking to put the brakes on plans to resettle 150 refugees in Athens-Clarke County in the coming months, according to records obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

In a letter to Georgia officials this week, the Democratic mayor complained that the International Rescue Committee did not reach out to enough people in her community early enough about its plans. She also raised concerns that the refugees could strain public resources in Athens-Clarke County, which is home to about 120,000 residents.

The IRC has proposed resettling refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Myanmar and Syria in the region over the next fiscal year. Denson said she wants the IRC to delay its efforts and to “present a formal refugee integration plan” to local elected officials and others.

“Serving refugees will add a burden to local charitable and other public resources, including safety net services,” Denson wrote Monday to Michael Singleton, Georgia’s state refugee coordinator. “Refugee students may also place an inordinate service burden on the school district due to limited English proficiency by the students and their parents.”

A spokeswoman for Georgia’s Human Services Department said Wednesday that the state agency is working on a response to the mayor’s letter.

You can read the next section of the article yourself, here, where the IRC makes its pitch for why Athens is great for them.

Then this:

The number of refugees coming to Georgia has been a source of controversy in recent years. Following requests from Gov. Nathan Deal’s administration for sharp cuts, the federal government has placed new limits on the number of refugees being resettled in Georgia. State officials started asking for reductions in 2012, citing worries that refugees are straining taxpayer-funded resources, including public schools.

Alarmed by the state’s position, resettlement agencies have been highlighting the economic benefits refugees bring. The agencies say refugees create a net gain for the state by working and paying taxes and attracting millions of dollars in federal aid to Georgia.

Another rare admission:  Frankly refugee employment rates are abysmal, but here they admit that it is federal welfare money that flows to Georgia and other states along with the refugees as if Washington has a massive money tree, growing dollars by the bushel.   This is the same dumb thing we heard from the Governor of Wyoming (a Republican!), who, in promoting his wished-for refugee program for that state, cited the federal dollars that would flow to the state—hey Gov! that is taxpayer money coming out of Wyomingites pockets too!

In addition to tax dollars that went to Washington and are benevolently (ha!) sent back, many of the needs of the refugees will come directly from local taxpayers for education, crime and health care.

We have a lot of posts on Georgia, go here for the complete archive.  You might want to especially see the one from last week about the burden the ‘unaccompanied minors’ will have on one Georgia county.

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Refugee contractor head-honcho, Lavinia Limon, gives her prescription for how America should handle the border surge

Posted by Ann Corcoran on August 20, 2014

….invite in more “children” because more migrants means more money for government contractors! (she doesn’t say that! I do!)

Lavinia Limon is the CEO of the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, known in the refugee industry as USCRI.  Below, published at the Budapest Business Journal (of all places) is her six-point prescription for what the Obama Administration should do to save the ‘unaccompanied alien children’ (child “refugees” she calls them) because how we respond will “define us as a Nation,” she says.

Revolving door!  Doing well by doing good!

Limon in 1996 as head of Bill Clinton’s Office of Refugee Resettlement. http://www.c-spanvideo.org/person/42360

It’s mentioned in her bio at the end of this opinion piece, but keep in mind she is one of several refugee contractors who have moved in and out of the revolving door from ‘non-profit’ contractor to government giver-of-grants and then back out again.

She was Bill Clinton’s head of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (in HHS) after first working in a ‘non-profit’ resettlement agency, and now she heads up the ‘non-profit’ group USCRI where she seeks grants from her former USCRI VP (Eskinder Negash) who now heads Obama’s Office of Refugee Resettlement.  Did you get that?

And, be sure to have a look at this post we wrote in 2008 when we nicknamed her “whoop-de-do” when one of her resettlement subcontractors was caught dumping (and not caring for) refugees in Waterbury, CT.   It had been revealed to the public that the contractor keeps a cut of what the refugees each are allotted by the feds and she told the reporter that the feds weren’t keeping up with the economic times and she mentioned everyone would squawk if their salaries weren’t growing.  She said:

 “Whoop-de-do” ….“God help us if our salaries had not kept pace with inflation like that.

So, let’s see how the inflationary times are treating USCRI and her salary!  (I’m going to get to her prescription for handling the southern border invasion, but this is too good!).

In 2008, we reported Ms. Limon’s 2006 salary (while USCRI was taking in $18 million):

In 2006 her salary and other compensation was $195,478.  That is up about $20,000 from the previous couple of years.

Are you ready for this!

First, you need to know that in its 2013 Form 990, USCRI took in $35,676,146 and $35,429,570 came from government grants (page 9)—that is, 99% of their funds are from you—the US taxpayer!  (much worse than any contractor*** we have reviewed so far). They apparently make virtually no effort to raise private funds in what was supposed to be a public-private partnership when the Refugee Act of 1980 was signed into law by Jimmy Carter.

So what is Ms. Limon’s salary today?  Drum roll please!

Now working as a government contractor, you can hire Ms. Limon to speak. http://speakerpedia.com/speakers/lavinia-limon

On page 7 of that Form 990 we learn that Lavinia Limon is making more than the Vice President of the United States whom she ever-so-gently disparages in her op-ed at the Budapest Journal.

Her salary from USCRI and other sources related to her work there is $289,192.  It went up 32% since 2006!  Has your salary increased that much over so short a time?  If she were in the legitimate private sector, then what they pay is none of our business, but she is essentially a government employee, so we have every right to blow our stacks!

Family business?  One Peter Limon is listed in that Form 990 as well pulling down a salary of $115,878 and $23,991 from related income.

Consider all of that information when you read this opinion-piece (that you paid for!).

From the Budapest Business Journal (more migrants please!):

…..we’ve proposed six actions that the United States should take to resolve this issue. We’ve personally handed our proposal to every member of Congress, and we’ve spoken about it with every reporter who’s called. We’re getting some traction on these simple, yet tested ideas:

1. Respect families by allowing parents from El Salvador and Honduras who reside legally in the United States under Temporary Protected Status to apply for their minor children to reunite. The children’s status would then be linked to their parents. This would immediately reduce immigration court backlogs, and would apply to an estimated 30–40 percent of the children surrendering at the border.

2. Keep kids out of the courtrooms by instituting a Children’s Corps based on the Asylum Officer Corps model. Officers will have training in child-sensitive interview techniques and Best Interest Determination standards, and will determine whether a child is eligible for legal relief. This will move the adjudication process from an adversarial judicial process to an administrative process for most children. Reports indicate that 40–60 percent of these children may be eligible for legal protection.

3. Help children avoid the dangerous journey by allowing them to apply for refugee status from their home country. We’ve previously used this process so that Soviet Jews, Vietnamese, and Cubans could avoid life-threatening escapes. Additionally, other North and South American countries may be willing to accept the children for resettlement.

4. Engage the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to determine international protection needs using its well-established procedures. The UNHCR could then refer cases to the U.S. Department of State for further interviewing and approval before resettlement in the United States, and possibly other countries.

5. Forgive the children by granting Children’s Protected Status (CPS) to all unaccompanied children who have already been brought into custody. We used this approach with Cubans and Haitians who arrived illegally in 1980. The government could announce a cut-off date after which new arrivals would be subject to expedited removal. Granting CPS will relieve the government of the burden and cost of adjudicating the cases of the thousands of unaccompanied minors who are at the border, and will increase the Department of Homeland Security’s capacity to handle other immigration cases.

6. Introduce hope by creating a Regulated Entry Procedure for 10,000 unaccompanied immigrant children per year per country from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. As precedent, a lottery system has allowed 20,000 Cubans to enter the United States annually for the past 34 years. The children would enter the United States legally through a process managed and regulated by the U.S. government.

I love the United States, and I have high expectations for its international behavior and reputation. We can do better, and I commit to being part of the solution.

Are you getting your money’s worth?

***The federal refugee resettlement contractors (Grant recipient big dogs Baptist Child and Family Services and Southwest Key Programs  are now on the scene devouring federal cash):

Our complete archive on ‘unaccompanied minors’ goes back several years, click here for all of those posts.

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‘Religious’ refugee resettlement contractor wants more refugee workers in North Carolina

Posted by Ann Corcoran on August 19, 2014

Is there any connection between Obama wooing big businesses to get on board with his threat to go-it-alone on immigration and the spate of stories we are seeing about how much businesses love their refugee labor force?  I wonder.

First we note this must-read article at Politico about the Obama Administration working to expand its plans for an executive branch-driven immigration overhaul by sweetening the pot for big businesses looking for tech labor and cheap labor (in the case of refugees it is cheap and captive labor!).

 

Public opposition has been building against more immigration generally as the 2014 election season advances in light of the illegal alien invasion on the southern border this summer.  However, if Obama can get big business on board, and thus blunt any establishment Republican opposition to changes in immigration policy (law!), it could be a winner for the Dems and for big business this fall.

Politico:

Representatives from Oracle, Cisco, Fwd.US, Microsoft, Accenture, Compete America and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce were among those present at a wide-ranging Aug. 1 session…

Later in the story we hear from Tamar Jacoby that she doesn’t want the needs of employers who want low-skilled laborers left out of the discussion.  See also Jacoby with Grover Norquist in 2009 NumbersUSA expose’.

Why so many stories lately about the refugee resettlement contractors*** serving as employment services for businesses?

The contractors previously kept a pretty low profile about their services to businesses large and small (they especially like meatpacking companies and the hotel/service sector).

Just last week the Washington Post wrote glowingly about the role resettlement contractor Church World Service is playing in bringing refugee laborers to North Carolina, here.   I wonder do the businesses give CWS a finders-fee for bringing them laborers?

Now here is the Winston-Salem Journal telling us how much another contractor, World Relief (National Association of Evangelicals)  is doing for North Carolina businesses.  It is a win-win—contractors get to wear the white hat of humanitarianism while making money!   Is World Relief in competition for refugee bodies with CWS?

World Relief’s Andrew Timbie begs US State Department in Washington for more refugees for NC. Remember readers that contractors are paid by the head for everyone they resettle.

 

KERNERSVILLE — The work here at EFI, which makes architectural glass and aluminum, takes strength and skill. Glass sheets can weigh as much as 155 pounds and the measurements must be exact. On a summer morning, the plant floor is noisy and hot.

In the company’s early years, it had trouble finding and keeping reliable employees. But these days, when Jeanne Clary, the company’s human resources director, has a vacancy she calls the World Relief office in High Point, a local refugee resettlement agency.

“I will almost always call World Relief first,” said Clary.

[....]

Andrew Timbie, the director of the High Point office of World Relief, has spent the summer making a pitch to his national office to send refugees this way. He expects to resettle 450 refugees in the next year, with a handful from Syria. “Generally speaking it’s a very good area for refugee resettlement,” he said. “The weather’s good. It’s warm. There’s a newcomer’s school. There are clinics here. There are lots of jobs for refugees.”

With the federal and state welfare goodies coming their way, businesses don’t have to feel bad about the low wages that are discouraging American workers.

The federal government provides refugees with a stipend that lasts for three months and extended federal benefits for six more months. They are also eligible for state aid, such as food stamps and Medicaid. But Timbie’s first goal is to help refugees find a job. In spite of North Carolina’s unemployment rate of 6.4 percent, Timbie said he can count on a handful of employers other than EFI that are eager to hire refugees, among them Ralph Lauren Corp. and Tyson Foods Inc..

LOL!  Tyson Foods is no surprise, they hire refugees and change American small towns throughout the mid West and South.  But, see Ralph Lauren goes to North Carolina, here—  says they will bring high-skilled jobs.  So how do the third-world refugees fit in?  Are they going to clean the offices at night?

There is much more in the W-S Journal, so please read it.

We have many posts here on North Carolina.  You might wish to review several from 2010 in which contractors (the Lutherans at that time) in North Carolina came under fire for overloading some locations and then not taking proper care of the refugees they resettled.

***The federal refugee resettlement contractors (I suspect grant recipient big dogs Baptist Child and Family Services and Southwest Key Programs  are now devouring all the federal cash):

 

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Prime Minister calls for Swedes to show tolerance toward the ‘refugee’ in-migration; cost

Posted by Ann Corcoran on August 19, 2014

In order for there to have been this speech by Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt there must be some serious rumblings of unwelcome from the average Swedish citizen.  It doesn’t take a genius to see that there is only so much money to go around when a country invites hordes of mostly needy Muslim third-worlders to come-on-in as Sweden has been doing.

Obama with Swedish Prime Minister Reinfeldt: both have allowed their countries to be overrun during their tenures, share African ancestry.

See our complete (and now lengthy archive) on Sweden, here.

Looks like in Sweden, as in America, this election season immigration is the hot button issue every pol must address.

From The Local:

Swedish prime minister and Moderate Party leader Fredrik Reinfeldt called on Swedes to show tolerance to refugees seeking safety in the country in his summer speech on Saturday.

“Show tolerance,” he urged referring to the increasing number of people fleeing wars in Syria and Iraq.

“I know that this will cause friction. I therefore call on the Swedish people to show patience and open their hearts.”

Reinfeldt cited the cost of taking care of asylum-seekers as one of the reasons why voters can expect no more spending pledges from the government before the September 14th election. [No more "pledges," but what about the reality once the election is over?---ed]

“We will promise no more in this election campaign,” he said.

The Prime Minister, who was speaking in combination with a Moderate Party election meeting on Norrmalmstorg in central Stockholm, observed that as many people were arriving now as during the Balkan wars of the 1990s.

He furthermore expressed ‘astonishment’ at the spending pledges made by the opposition parties and questioned where the money was going to come from to finance them.

More…

See wikipedia on the “moderate” Reinfeldt here:   “He has revealed that his personal distaste for the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats party is based on his partly African ancestry.”   (Gee, kind of like Obama!)

 

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One more reason for foreign nationals to legally stay in US—Ebola

Posted by Ann Corcoran on August 18, 2014

Every time we turn around we find one more legal reason foreign nationals can stay in the US.

The one federal program (besides refugee resettlement/asylum) we have noted most often on these pages is Temporary Protected Status a ridiculously named program since it is rarely temporary.  We still have Central Americans living here legally ten years and longer after some storm/earthquake roughed-up their landscape.  Their “temporary refugee” status (allowing them to work and do anything a legal immigrant can do, and since they get drivers licenses, they probably vote!) simply gets extended every 18 months or so. See our complete TPS archive by clicking here.

In fact, Liberians have been begging again for an extension of their legal status in the US, guess they will get their wish.

I didn’t know we had this program—Humanitarian Special Situations—-which reader Robin alerted me to last week.

Here is a press alert from USCIS entitled: Ebola Outbreak-related Immigration Relief Measures to Nationals of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone Currently in the United States.

Release Date: August 15, 2014

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is closely monitoring the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. USCIS offers relief measures to nationals of those three countries who are currently in the United States.

Immigration relief measures that may be available if requested include:

  • Change or extension of nonimmigrant status for an individual currently in the United States, even if the request is filed after the authorized period of admission has expired;
  • Extension of certain grants of parole made by USCIS;
  • Expedited adjudication and approval, where possible, of requests for off-campus employment authorization for F-1 students experiencing severe economic hardship;
  • Expedited processing of immigrant petitions for immediate relatives (currently in the United States) of U.S. citizens;
  • Expedited adjudication of employment authorization applications, where appropriate; and
  • Consideration for waiver of fees associated with USCIS benefit applications.

To learn more about how USCIS provides assistance to customers affected by unforeseen circumstances in their home country, visit www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/special-situations.

For more information on USCIS and its programs, please visit www.uscis.gov, call the National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283, or follow USCIS on Facebook (/uscis), Twitter (@uscis), YouTube (/uscis) and the USCIS blog The Beacon.

 

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New York Lutheran church may house alien children because the church is broke

Posted by Ann Corcoran on August 18, 2014

Update August 20th:  What do you know, change of plans, “children” not going there after all.  Hat tip: Robin

A “financially troubled” Lutheran Church on Long Island riled the community of Commack recently when it said it was considering housing some of the ‘unaccompanied alien children’ flooding the US border in recent months.

A NYC fire fighter who lives next door said:  “It’s basically going to be a hotel right next to my house.”

Lutheran church in Commack, NY could become a “hotel” for the unaccompanied alien children. http://www.dailygazette.com/news/2014/aug/16/plan-send-immigrant-kids-ny-church/

Who put them up to it—-Lutheran Social Services of New York *** which says it has the bucks to pay (an affiliate of the big kahuna Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service).

From Newsday (hat tip: Caroline):

A Lutheran church in Commack may host some of the tens of thousands of immigrant children illegally crossing the United States’ border with Mexico mainly to reunite with family here, the church’s pastor said Tuesday.

The financially troubled Holy Cross Lutheran Church had to cancel a meeting last week after outraged neighbors packed the church to protest the proposal, but Rev. Dennis Walker said the congregation is still considering it and hopes to meet in coming weeks to decide.

Walker said community opposition was being fueled by misinformation about the proposal, and he hopes “people will reconsider in a more rational light. This is minimal impact on the community with substantial benefits” such as jobs for workers who would remodel the building to create the living quarters.  [Here is one of my questions, if the "children's" border surge ended tomorrow and the church had already been remodeled, then what?  Would it house other migrants of some sort?---ed]

The proposal calls for about 40 children, 4 to 17, to be housed at the church at any one time between seven and 30 days, Walker said. The children would be in transit from federal immigration detention facilities to relatives in the New York area, and would leave only for medical appointments or other important issues, Walker said.

So who does have moola (federal cash!)?

The proposal was brought to the church by Lutheran Social Services of New York, the Manhattan-based agency that would cover cost for the renovation, using federal funds.

Nearby residents firmly oppose the idea. “It’s scary,” said Sheryl Cambria, 35, a special-education teacher at Lindenhurst High School. “I have two little kids. Who’s to say my house is going to be safe?” New York City firefighter Michael Cantwell, 44, said, “It’s basically going to be a hotel right next to my house.”

Not just in Commack, New York, but from sea to shining sea, this is what it is all about, the good pastor admits—

—they get money (your tax dollars) and get to “do the Christian thing!”  Who can beat that!

Walker said the Commack church is in dire financial straits after a day care business stopped renting space in June.

The immigrant children program could bring in $8,000 to $10,000 a month, help pay off a $25,000 debt — and allow the church to do the Christian thing, he said.

***According to Guidestar, Lutheran Social Services of New York does not file a Form 990 tax return with the IRS because it says it’s exempt as a “church.”  I’ve seen that occasionally over the years (of course, it’s a way of hiding their financials from the public) and wonder that the ACLU isn’t interested in examining this situation—federal money flowing directly to a church (and not a “religious” IRS-approved non-profit group).  Hmmm!

Any forensic accountants following the money trail?

Endnote:  The AP has a longer story posted on this past Saturday, here.  Note that the AP reporter tried to talk with someone at Lutheran Social Services of New York (offices on Riverside Dr at the “God Box” where God is a Leftwinger) and they refused to comment.

For more on ‘unaccompanied minors’ here at RRW, click here.

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NH: ‘Letter to the editor’ warns citizens of Dover to beware refugee resettlement

Posted by Ann Corcoran on August 17, 2014

Remember the brouhaha a few weeks ago when it was announced that an upstart refugee resettlement contractor from Manchester, NH was eyeing Dover and surrounding towns as a new resettlement site.  We reported on it here.  A plan for a public meeting at which the contractor would answer questions was abruptly cancelled when publicity began to swirl.

After ‘pungentpeppers’ spotted this letter (below) we learned that the Dover mayor and council did entertain comments this past week (absent the contractor ORIS) and here is a story on the meeting at Foster’s Daily Democrat.   The tone of the meeting sure makes it sound like Dover is not ready to take the migrant spillover from an overloaded Manchester.

Here is a letter to the editor (Here’s what ORIS is not telling Dover) published yesterday at Foster’s.  The writer has a unique perspective having been born in Dover and then having lived in the Somali capital of New England—Lewiston, ME.  Emphasis below is mine:

This is the photo Newsweek published in 2009 with their Somalis- bring-economic-prosperity-to-Lewiston propaganda. The article was debunked by statistics (published by AP) and by city leaders, but as far as I know Newsweek never corrected its story. http://refugeeresettlementwatch.wordpress.com/2009/01/21/i-knew-it-newsweek-did-not-tell-the-whole-truth-about-lewiston-somalis/

 

I have been following with concern the possibility of Congolese “refugees” relocating to the Tri-Cities. I was born and raised in Dover but spent most of my later years in Lewiston, Maine. Having lived through this situation in Lewiston, I believe I am qualified to provide you an honest assessment of what will become of the Tri-Cities if ORIS is successful. Although ORIS canceled the Aug. 13 meeting, do not believe for a moment they have gone away for good. Due to national immigration issues public sentiment is not on their side. When they do return expect them to be tactical in their approach, better prepared, and wield a heavier hand.

Lewiston’s first group of Somali’s arrived in 2000 during the dark of night, thus city officials were not prepared for the onslaught of people who arrived with nothing but the shirts on their backs. The exact number is still unknown, but most estimates are between 1,000 and 2,000. Twelve years later, the number is still unknown but is believed to be around 6,000. The numbers are not known because given their nomadic culture some leave, some come back, some don’t come back, and more tribes continue to arrive.

To believe the number of Congolese ORIS claims would be relocated to your area would be dangerously naïve. What ORIS is not telling you is that number simply represents the first wave. Adding to that is the multiple effect as many will have additional children and grandchildren and your welfare budget will spiral out of control.

The financial burden on a city with about 36,000 residents has been tremendous. State and Federal governments have not and will not pick up refugee related expenses leaving the residents of Lewiston to bear the entire cost and in very many cases at the expense of the working poor, veterans, disabled, and elderly, most who have worked their entire lives in Lewiston. When it comes to social services, expect the refugees to go directly to the head of the line.

If ORIS is successful expect your costs for education to increase much more than proportionately. Many of the positions that will need to be added are positions you do not have. You should plan for additional personnel to teach English as a second language. Lewiston had 50 students enrolled in ESL the year prior to the Somali’s arrival. The year after their arrival the number skyrocketed to 300.

Shortly after the first wave of Somalis arrived the city provided a school in their neighborhood for them to attend. You should be prepared for outrage from parents and children when the Congolese demand their children be allowed to attend other neighborhood schools thus displacing many children who have long attended their “neighborhood” school.

You should plan to increase your police budgets as well as adding additional police in your schools. The Somali and Bantu tribes are a latter day version of the Hatfields and McCoys. There have been numerous physical altercations between the two tribes as well as gang activity. Lewiston Deputy Police Chief James Minkowsky stated “we haven’t seen that it’s been fueled by drugs or alcohol but in some cases they seem to do it for the thrill of it. We’re not seeing the colors or the monikers but it’s still a gang mentality”. Prior to these attacks group robberies were almost unheard of according to police.

Those against refugee relocation should be prepared for broad accusations of being racist. In October of 2002 then Mayor Laurier Raymond wrote a letter to the Somali leaders asking them to hold off bringing more to Lewiston as the city could no longer afford the crippling financial burden. National media quickly picked up on the story labeling him a racist for simply doing what he was elected to do, govern the city.

In closing, reading publications such as The New Yorker and Newsweek would have you believe the influx of refugees has “revived” downtown Lewiston while many locals refer to the downtown area as “Little Mogadishu”. I would highly recommend you take the hour and a half ride up to Lewiston to see for yourselves what will become of your towns if ORIS is successful. A picture is worth a thousand words.

Paul Spellman

Lakewood Ranch, Fla.

We have an extensive archive on Lewiston, ME.  Click here for dozens of posts on problems there.  One of our top posts of all time at RRW is this 2009 post—Somali migration to Maine….  We also have written many posts on the problems nearby Manchester, NH is having especially as the mayor and other city leaders want to slow the flow to their city now—something that is virtually impossible to do once the refugee seed community has been established.   In addition to the natural demographic growth and the secondary migration mentioned by Mr. Spellman above there is the role the contractor plays in resettling the extended family members of the first refugees dropped off—it is called family reunification or chain migration.

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UACs: Appropriate food, appropriate music, medical care, and public education (in Mayan?)

Posted by Ann Corcoran on August 15, 2014

We have a troika of stories this morning on what the ‘unaccompanied alien children’ invasion means for US and local taxpayers going forward.

Since it’s still summer vacation (and some of you are still at Martha’s Vineyard), I don’t think the full impact will be felt for another couple of weeks, but get ready for it.

First, this morning reader Nisi sent us this article from the Washington Times yesterday which tells us a bit more about how the refugee-wannabee “children” are being cared for by Office of Refugee Resettlement (HHS) contractors.

Here is how the detailed article (with a lot of facts and updates) opens:

From culturally sensitive music to special meals for the lactose intolerant, the organizations the federal government is paying to house and care for the children who have surged across the border illegally are taking pains to make sure they are as comfortable as possible.

Dietitians scrutinize the menus each day to make sure they include enough whole grains but not whole milk. Counselors offer life skills classes in Spanish, and intensive English language training, including use of the Rosetta Stone program. Doctors and dentists treat the children at taxpayers’ expense — often the first medical care of the children’s lives.

Then we must educate the “children” says the Obama Department of Education.

Here is the news at Breitbart about the fact sheet released earlier this week, hat tip: Erich.

And, here is a really informative article from World Net Daily (yesterday) by Leo Hohmann about the impact of the order (to educate the children) which is already being felt in local school districts entitled: ‘Some speak Mayan': Illegal kids swamp public schools.

I bet they don’t have a Rosetta Stone program for twenty tribal versions of Mayan!

Dr. Eloise Barron (right), Hall County Asst. Superintendent of Schools (obviously working and not at the ‘Vineyard’) telling local school board members what they are up against. http://www.accessnorthga.com/detail.php?n=278155

Imagine trying to educate a student who cannot speak English or any of the common Spanish dialects, has never spent a day in school in his life and is now well into his teens.

As school starts in districts around the country, this is precisely the task many teachers will face as thousands of unaccompanied alien children from Central America show up for class.

At Hall County Schools about 50 miles northeast of Atlanta, 35 Central American students have enrolled so far and another 15 or so are expected this week, school officials told WND. Some will need expensive interpreters for obscure dialects, if they can even be found.

“There are 21 dialects of Spanish, all so different,” said Eloise Barron, assistant superintendent for teachers and learning at Hall County Schools.

And some of the Central American children are arriving from remote villages that speak only in Mayan, which is not one language but a family of more than 20 ancient tribal tongues.

“Some speak Mayan, and so the problem we’re having is we have about a third of our student population is Hispanic to begin with and some of the individuals we have we’re unable to converse with because they don’t know Spanish, and of course not English, so we’re having difficulty communicating,” Barron said.

There is more, read it all.

And be sure to see an earlier piece by ‘pungentpeppers’ about the legal needs of the “children” and how there aren’t sufficient interpreters for them.

For all of our coverage of the ‘unaccompanied minors’ border surge, go here.

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Commentary: FRANCE …… MIGRANTS’ LAND OF HOPE OR DISAPPOINTMENT?

Posted by Ann Corcoran on August 15, 2014

Editor:  This is a guest post by reader ‘pungentpeppers’ giving us a more vivid picture of what is happening with illegal migration in France (and Europe generally).  Note our post from earlier in the week—From Catalonia to Calais….

 

“In France, as here in the U.S., the press often shows illustrations of women and children in stories about illegal migrants and refugees.” But, the French are mostly “fed up.” Photo: L’Express. Pascal Leray.

 

From ‘pungentpeppers’ (emphasis is RRW’s):

Illegal migration is stressing the French Republic.

From Lyon in the south to Calais in the north, from the Paris suburbs of Bagnolet and Saint-Ouen, and east to the German border, and south to Menton on the Mediterranean, our basket of news from France is filled with recent worrisome stories.

Last year France ranked third, after Germany and America, among rich countries for asylum applications received.  French authorities handled almost 66,000 asylum requests, but granted protection to fewer than 11,500. Some migrants, refused asylum, stay on illegally. The rest join hundreds of others who want to leave France to try their luck elsewhere.  Many head for the northern port city of Calais from where they hope to smuggle themselves into the United Kingdom.

Calais in Disarray 

Angry mobs of hundreds of Sudanese and Eritrean migrants desperate to leave France battled each other last week in the northern French port city of Calais.  Wielding iron bars and knives, and hurling masses of stones and rocks, they fought for control of an area of land from which they could sneak onto trucks headed for the U.K.  More than 50 migrants were injured in the melee. The fighters are part of a group of about 2,000 Africans and Middle Easterners currently encamped in Calais, sleeping in makeshift tents, waiting for a chance to smuggle themselves abroad.  Conditions are rough, and numerous fights have broken out over food and supplies.  French police have at times bulldozed the migrants’ camp sites, citing health concerns – including an outbreak of scabies – but the migrants keep returning.

Truck drivers heading for the U.K. are terrified.  One driver, Tommy Harrison, was ambushed by a gang in Calais.  He said: “One of them pulled a knife on me while others climbed up on top of the cab and cut a hole in the curtain to get inside. It was very frightening.  There was very little I could do. About 10 of them got in. It’s hopeless going to the gendarmes [French police] because they don’t want to know, so I drove to a lorry park where I knew there would be other drivers and we got them out.”

The French blame the British for the terrible situation in Calais.  If Britain wasn’t such an attractive nuisance, the migrants wouldn’t try to go there, and Calais wouldn’t be having all of this trouble.

The New “French Resistance”?

It’s obvious that France isn’t measuring up when it comes to the uninvited migrants’ expectations for hospitality.  Instead of greeting needy foreigners with a warm “bienvenu” (welcome), and offering them housing, food coupons and interpreter services, the French instead give them the cold shoulder.  Perhaps it’s the famed “French Résistance” technique.  Migrants arrive thinking they will wear the French down – but instead the French wear the migrants down and try to make them want to leave.  If going to Britain isn’t appealing, the second prime destination choice for migrants escaping the country of fine wine and camembert is the land of ale and schnitzel.

To Germany By Train

Migrants have begun to head east from France to Germany in search of the elusive European “better life”.  They travel by train, using tickets purchased from smugglers.  So far this year, over 1,000 illegal migrants have taken advantage of Paris-Frankfurt rail links that connect the two countries.  The trend worries Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the governor of the German state of Saarland.  Her region is at the receiving end of the migration and is responsible for handling the asylum applicants arriving from France.  As in the U.S., an increasing number of migrants pose as unaccompanied minors who are guaranteed special youth housing, medical care, and schooling paid for by local German taxpayers.  German Chancellor Merkel is seeking French cooperation on the issue.  Perhaps Germany should do like the French, and send the migrants back to Italy?

One Way or Round Trip?

Tens of thousands of illegal boat migrants have landed in Italy after sailing across the Mediterranean from Africa.  Many of these newcomers, dissatisfied with the little that Italy has offered them, now dream of a better life in Germany, Britain or Sweden.  On the way to dreamland, however, lies an inconvenient nation called France and the very bothersome French border police.

Faced with a massive influx of migrants leaving Italy, the French border police, newly reinforced, is concentrating its efforts on catching illegal travelers entering the south of France through Menton, Lyon, and other places.  Many illegal migrants travel by rail, and the French border police have been arresting about one hundred a day, mostly Eritreans, on the trains and in train stations.  They are then sent back to Italy.  Thus the passengers, who planned a one-way trip, find that the French force them to travel round trip!  Some travelers, however, show up sick.

Kidney Dialysis and a Transplant for Free!

Doctors and medical staff who treat kidney disease patients in the southern French city of Lyon are extra busy these days.  Seriously ill kidney patients, from countries like Albania, Kosovo and Georgia, are arriving in Lyon seeking immediate medical treatment.  Per the typical scenario, the traveler arrives at the train station very ill.  He is immediately transported to a hospital emergency room.  There the doctors see that the patient needs kidney dialysis.  At that point the patient files for asylum, even if citizens from his country are not eligible.  He then starts his emergency medical treatments.  Per French law, three months after an asylum request is made, the patient becomes eligible for full free taxpayer-paid medical coverage and he is put on a waiting list for a kidney transplant.  Eventually, even though his asylum claim is denied, the patient is granted special status as an “unwell foreigner”.

Per a report in the French “Le Monde” newspaper, well-organized networks are sending seriously ill patients to France as a business.  The “medical refugees” arrive in Lyon knowing the full extent to which they can exploit the French system, have the names and addresses of dialysis centers in the city, and are quite open about coming to France “purely for health reasons”.

These new foreign patients are putting a serious strain on health facilities.  For example, the Edouard-Herriot hospital has only 24 kidney dialysis patient beds and is running at maximum capacity.  Besides the strain on medical facilities, unchecked migration is also contributing to a housing crisis in France.

Migrants Sleeping Rough:  If Not Under a Bridge, Then in Front of City Hall

Migrants quit France for lack of housing, per a “Newsweek” report.  “I’ve just been in Paris,” says Samuel (an Eritrean migrant), “and even the people I knew who had got asylum there were sleeping under a bridge.”

Last week a group of 200 Africans, mostly from Mali, set up camp outside the city hall of Bagnolet, a suburb of Paris. Joined by French anarchists, they demanded housing after the abandoned building where they had been squatting was destroyed in an arson fire.  The local authority found housing for two families who had school-age children.  However, the municipality issued a communique stating that they already have 3,000 applicants for social housing and do not have the means to relocate or house the rest of the migrants – and sent the police to evict them.  The migrants then sought shelter under a highway bridge at first, but later settled themselves into another squat in the same suburb, an unoccupied building that used to serve as an employment agency.

Saint-Ouen – First Syrians, Now Kosovars or are they Kurds?

Back in April, I wrote about the refugees from Syria who occupied a city park in the Paris suburb of Saint-Ouen.  After the municipality locked them out of the park, Syrian women continued to arrive, settling themselves on the sidewalk along the park fence.  Because there were children with them, the French authorities expedited the asylum process and located housing for the families.  The news of their victory must have spread, because in July a new group arrived on the scene.

This time, the municipality quickly locked up the park to prevent a recurrence of April’s events.  Instead, the latest group of arrivals – about 40 families – set up camp on and alongside a grassy strip under a highway bridge at the entrance to Saint-Ouen.  This new group was different from the April arrivals.  They did not seem interested in seeking asylum.  Their toddlers sometimes ran into the road amid the automobiles.  The parents allowed their children to go and beg from passing motorists.  During the evenings, the men fought over food and clothing donations.  Per William Delannoy, the mayor of Saint-Ouen, the men were taking goods donated to them by car to local markets for resale. At the time he believed they were not refugees but Kurdish nomads from Syria.  Per a later report, the municipality checked the group members’ papers and determined that although some were Syrian, most of them were Kosovar Albanians – and thus ineligible for asylum.

In France, as here in the U.S., the press often shows illustrations of women and children in stories about illegal migrants and refugees.  An August “L’Express” report about the latest Saint-Ouen migrants refers to the group as “Syrians” and features at the top a photoshot showing a pair of cute little fair-haired girls grinning and flashing peace signs.  How do the French people view such propaganda?  Below the article, the most popular reader comment with over 100 upvotes states simply, “les Français commencent à en avoir marre!” or “the French are getting fed up!”

Links in English:

http://refugeeresettlementwatch.wordpress.com/2014/04/27/invasion-of-europe-news-syrians-living-in-paris-park/

http://www.economist.com/news/europe/21612228-illegal-migration-causing-strains-across-continent-surge-sea

http://www.newsweek.com/2014/08/22/tension-rises-migrants-mass-calais-hoping-reach-britain-264046.html

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/african-migrants-fight-in-calais-camp-as-asylum-seeker-is-shot-in-the-head-9648856.html

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/492331/Calais-Dover-Drivers-Lorry-Migrants-Illegals-Violent-Britain-France

free kidney dialysis:
http://www.france24.com/en/20140805-medical-refugees-use-asylum-claims-access-free-french-health-service/

Links in French or German:

200 squatters from Mali outside Paris
http://www.jeuneafrique.com/Article/ARTJAWEB20140805182906/
http://www.la-croix.com/Actualite/France/A-Bagnolet-l-errance-des-sans-papiers-2014-08-11-1190742

migrants moving by train from France to Germany
http://www.bfmtv.com/international/berlin-sinquiete-limmigration-illegale-provenance-france-826957.html
http://www.bild.de/regional/saarland/saarland/zahl-der-fluechtlinge-vervierfacht-37186616.bild.html

migrants arriving from Italy
http://www.francebleu.fr/infos/menton/afflux-massif-de-migrants-menton-1693233

Saint-Ouen:
http://www.lexpress.fr/actualite/societe/video-a-saint-ouen-des-enfants-syriens-sans-abri-jouent-sur-la-route_1563149.html
http://france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr/paris-ile-de-france/2014/07/28/au-carrefour-de-la-porte-de-saint-ouen-les-refugies-se-bousculent-524135.html
http://www.leparisien.fr/espace-premium/seine-saint-denis-93/refugies-syriens-ou-reseau-organise-28-07-2014-4032019.php

 

Editor:  I was just imagining what America could look like someday with illegal alien squatters living under bridges and in encampments in US city parks (those cities away from the border!)—it will make news like that from Ferguson, MO this week look like a picnic.  Americans simply won’t tolerate it, especially those who are struggling to make ends meet themselves.  Or, is that sort of revolutionary “change” what some agitators are looking for?

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