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Nashville school system a wreck due to immigrant overload and poverty

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 16, 2014

Responsible! David Lubell, Welcoming America

I wish now I had the time before I go away for a few days to post all the stories I had piled up about school systems across America in deep financial (and social) trouble due largely to the cost of educating immigrant children whose needs are enormous.  I was planning a big post on the ‘towers of babel’ problem and wish now I had posted them individually.

Responsible! Holly Johnson Catholic Charities

Here is one, at the Nashville Scene (considered a far-Left publication) entitled: As Nashville’s immigrant population grows, Metro public schools are straining at the seams that just came in this morning and will leave it to you to read.

The Nashville public school system is deteriorating as it struggles to educate students speaking 38 languages (we have actually seen some school systems with more than that number of languages) and who come from impoverished immigrant homes, while Nashville citizens who can afford it, are pulling their kids out of the public schools.

And as readers here know, Catholic Charities is busy, busy, busy bringing more refugees into Nashville.

Responsible! Tom Negri needed more cheap labor for the hotel industry.

Here is just a bit of the Nashville Scene story:

 Mishell [the immigrant star of the story—ed] attends Overton High School, considered one of the entry points for Nashville’s immigrant population into the public school system, and hence into American life. It’s a stone’s throw from tony private Franklin Road Academy, and just three minutes from the governor’s mansion.

But it might as well be in another country. The school is bursting at the seams, and a staggering 70 percent of its student body — that’s 7 out of every 10 kids — comes from a low-income family.

That hurdle is compounded by a vast communications gap. At Overton, which serves South Nashville’s sprawling mix of immigrant cultures, some 38 separate languages are spoken. At nearby high schools Glencliff and Antioch, according to the state report card, more than 1 in 6 students are trying to learn English while speaking another language at home.

For new readers we have an entire category (74 previous posts!) on the problems Nashville has had going back years as a preferred refugee resettlement site.  I find reader shocked to learn that Nashville is so far gone, it is such an unlikely place for massive demographic change.

Photos:  I am sure there are more I could post of those responsible for the travesty Nashville’s public school system faces, but I am running out of time before I go away—be back Monday (the 20th) to post your comments.

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Tennessee concerned citizen to speak on refugees/states rights in Union City Tuesday

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 11, 2014

Editors note:  This is an example of what you can do as American patriots to help get the message out that the refugee resettlement program of the US government is flawed and in need of immediate reform—become a citizen investigator and help spread the word.

If you are in the vicinity of Union City, please get to this meeting!

The following article by special features editor Glenda Caudle is published with permission from The Union City Daily Messenger.

(Emphasis below is mine.)

Tennessee’s Citizens Pay the Price for Resettlement of Refugees Here 

Think the resettlement of refugees in Tennessee has no effect on you and your family? Think again.

Joanne Bregman, an attorney with experience in the appellate division of the National Labor Relations Board and on Capitol Hill, was a New York native and longtime liberal when she chose, with her U.S. Army veteran husband, to make a life in the South and settled in Nashville some years ago.

Although she has kept her license active, she has not practiced in the Volunteer State. But that doesn’t mean she has been uninvolved or is unaware. It means, instead, that she has focused her attention on needs that are paramount for her family and, through it all, she has not only changed many of her political opinions, but she has used the analytical skills she learned as a young attorney, coupled with the passion to do what is best for her own special needs daughter, to find a new way to use that expertise.

Tennessee Governor Haslam warns agencies to prepare for large budget cuts due to revenue shortfall. http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/politics/2014/09/30/haslam-asks-bigger-cuts-revenue-shortfall/16504221/

Mrs. Bregman will be in Union City Oct. 14 at 6:30 p.m. to talk about questions related to the state’s refugee resettlement program and to give local residents an idea how that program affects their lives. She will be the guest speaker at the Obion County TEA Party meeting in the family life center at Union City First United Methodist Church at 420 East Main St. There is a parking lot for the church and an entrance to the family life center behind the sanctuary on South Ury Street.

Refreshments will be served at 6:30, with the program to begin at 7.

The special guest for the local organization is a writer and speaker and a student of the federal-state relationship in the refugee resettlement program.

She is the granddaughter of immigrants who came to this country with no English language skills at a time when there were also no government programs to assist those seeking a new life.

Still, through hard work and determination, her grandfather found a job in a candle factory, while her grandmother stayed home to raise a large family, with the goal of having their children become Americans.

“Today, when I think about what they did, I feel we are taking a hand in our own destruction in this country with what we are abandoning,” Mrs. Bregman says. Describing herself as a previous “low information voter” with little knowledge of how political systems, in particular, work, she says circumstances forced her to become more politically astute and more thoroughly educated on how states and local communities are negatively affected by decisions at the federal level.

Assisting families with special needs children, she found herself unraveling some of the intricacies of TennCare on their behalf and, while she doesn’t consider herself an expert on the subject, she says she can hold her own in any discussion about the program.

She also found out about some of the problems those families were facing with an education system that was not always abiding by the rules and with a Department of Children’s Services whose background checks for employees working with nonverbal special needs children were often deficient.

That discovery and the resulting effort to see a bill passed that would address the problems served as her introduction to the Tennessee State Legislature.

“There were lots of legislators there who were very kind to us, because they understood we were just citizens. They led us and assisted us to get a good bill,” she says.

Two years later, she found herself assisting Tennessee Eagle Forum, a group with whom she shares some views, though not necessarily all. Her efforts were always as a citizen lobbyist, since her priority was in meeting the needs of a disabled daughter who required 24/7 care.

Along the way, she met Don Barnett, who has devoted years to working on the issue of refugee resettlement. Barnett, she says, was a prophet, who noted as early as 2004 that America would find herself in precisely the situation she does today, with thousands of children streaming across her southern border, because of changes in the law about dealing with minors.

Barnett requested her help with a thorny problem and, through this work, Mrs. Bregman says she was flabbergasted by the things she learned.

“It was so symbolic of where we are with our federal government today,” she says of the experience. It has been more than a year, she points out, since she was part of filing a freedom of information act request related to refugee resettlement, and she still has not received the documents; nor have representatives of legislative offices been able to shake them loose from federal clutches. The State Department denied ever having received the request, in fact.

“Things are so dysfunctional and entrenched in our federal government that it astounds me,” she says.

Nevertheless, she has pressed on in her effort to unravel information and what she has learned has continued to astound and distress her, even as it has aided in her understanding of states’ rights and the ways fiscal priorities are addressed by the government.

In 2013, she says, Gov. Bill Haslam said that healthcare costs for Tennesseans in need of assistance would gobble up 60 percent of all new state revenue. Then, a few weeks ago, he warned all departments in the state that they must prepare for 7 percent budget cuts across the board. “So he’s predicting some bad stuff, and maybe cutting some essential services,” she says.

Meanwhile, she knows first hand about the backlog of citizens with disabilities in Tennessee waiting for assistance from the state.

Tennessee has a Medicaid waiver program with a proposed two for one match of federal and state dollars that is designated to enable citizens with disabilities to live in their communities, rather than in far more expensive institutions. The problem is, the program has been a low priority and has never been adequately funded, even under Democratic leadership at the state level.

As a result there are more than 7,000 Tennesseans on a waiting list to get this important assistance.

By contrast, the State Department, relying on the selection “committees” of the United Nations, takes upwards of 70,000 refugees into this country every year and passes them on to the states. In Tennessee, these resettled refugees immediately become eligible for TennCare, while Tennesseans with desperate needs languish on a list.

In 2008, Tennessee withdrew from the federal refugee resettlement program, so the federal government simply contracted with Catholic Charities to run it, instead.

“When people in Tennessee say, ‘Stop. We don’t want this program,’ how is it possible that the feds simply go through a private agency after that?” she asks.

The refugees, she points out, don’t always come with reliable documentation about their histories, so it is impossible to tell if they have terrorist ties. Think the mention of that fact is a scare tactic? Then consider that two refugees in Bowling Green, Ky., were charged with providing material support to al-Qaeda, and that is only one example.

If the program worked the way the federal government optimistically describes it, Mrs. Bregman says, most of the money to help these refugees would come from private donations, with federal dollars simply augmenting the program. The fact is, however, private funding is far outstripped by dollars that come from the pockets of taxpayers in the states.

What would happen, Mrs. Bregman asks, if instead of spending the money on refugees, Tennesseans chose to spend it on their most vulnerable citizens?

There is no Constitutional authority for making the states responsible for the costs of the federal program, Mrs. Bregman contends, and yet, it happened anyway, and the feds continue to go around the state authority and contract with private agencies to get the refugees “settled.” The term encompasses sign-up for SSI and all public benefits, plus immediate entry into the education system. While the federal government offers this amazing largesse in the land of opportunity, however, the states pay the price — which means taxpaying citizens pay the price, both in dollars removed from their pockets and services lost or delayed for themselves and their families.

The refugee resettlement issue and other 10th Amendment concerns will be the focus of the Nashville citizen volunteer’s program locally.

The community is invited to attend and learn what the federal government is up to and what they can do to alter the picture, relying on the Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Readers, Tennessee is at the forefront of challenging the federal refugee resettlement program.   We need more people like Joanne Bregman and Don Barnett sounding the alarm—fearless citizens concerned for the future of America in all 50 states!

About Tennessee Governor Haslam’s budget shortfall, guess he didn’t read about the immigrants getting all the jobs in Tennessee, here.  So, if the immigrants are working, where is the money going—overseas, as remittances, maybe?

See all of our extensive coverage on Tennessee by clicking here.  See especially Tennessee is a Wilson-Fish state and learn what that means—feds and a private contractor circumvent state government.

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Who is working in Tennessee?

Posted by Ann Corcoran on September 10, 2014

Grassroots citizen activists in Tennessee are doing the grinding work of pulling facts and figures together in one place so Tennesseans will be better informed.

The ‘tn council 4 political justice’ has published a two-part answer to that all important question—who is working in Tennessee?  And, the short answer is that refugees and other immigrants are getting the jobs and it’s all about the political power and cronyism of their well-connected friends (all the way to the Governor’s office and beyond!).

We come for the jobs says Mohamed-Shukri Hassan (TN coordinator American Muslim Advisory Council). Photo: http://www.lipscomb.edu/www/archive/detail/101/27858

Here is how Part I opens:

An August 2014 Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) analysis of Tennessee’s employment growth since 2000 shows that the jobs have gone to legal and illegal immigrants.

“Tennessee’s working-age immigrant population grew 176 percent from 2000 to 2014, one of the highest of any state in the nation. Yet the number of natives working in 2014 was actually lower in 2000.”

CIS used the same data the government uses to determine labor market participation.

Who are legal immigrants in Tennessee?

Refugees are legal immigrants that are brought to Tennessee by federal contractors like Catholic Charities. They come with work authorization and access to all forms of public assistance including TennCare, SSI and cash welfare, if they meet the eligibility requirements. Federal contractors like Catholic Charities always say that the federal government pays the full cost of the resettlement program. That is not true. The federal government has admitted many times that they have shifted the bulk of the program’s cost to the States.

More….

Part II is here:

The August 2014 Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) analysis can tell you who isn’t working in Tennessee. Their conclusion based on the same data the federal government uses to determine labor market participation shows that the jobs in Tennessee are going to legal and illegal immigrants:

 “Tennessee’s working-age immigrant population grew 176 percent from 2000 to 2014,  one of the highest of any state in the nation. Yet the number of natives working in 2014 was actually lower in 2000.”

With Chamber of Commerce support for both amnesty and refugee resettlement, this should come as no surprise.

Bridge Refugee Services is a refugee resettlement agency in Knoxville. It partners with Church World Services (CWS), one of the nine national resettlement organizations. A volunteer refugee advocacy group has posted the complaints they received about Bridge’s treatment of refugees. One post addresses four reported worksite injuries in over eight months that the refugees claimed Bridge did not help them address. The volunteer that works with the refugees opined that the “agency even sided with the temporary employment agency that placed the refugees, and is more concerned about keeping up their employment placements than they are with the refugees’ welfare.”

In the federal resettlement contracting business, employment numbers are very important, however illusory they may be, as exposed by a former Bridge Refugee Service caseworker. Despite any reported problems, Bridge continues to receive federal grant money. The last publicly available report in 2010 shows $902,445 in taxpayer funds.

Keep reading…. We come for the jobs!

For new readers we have an entire category devoted to posts about news from Nashville, here.  And here is our entire Tennessee archive. By the way Tennessee is a Wilson-Fish state and so the US State Department contractor Catholic Charities is running the refugee show there.

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All of Tennessee’s employment growth since 2000 has gone to immigrants

Posted by Ann Corcoran on August 6, 2014

We should have posted this news when it was hot earlier this week (thanks to all those who sent it), so you may already have seen it.  I would love to see a similar study by the Center for Immigration Studies of some other states with an even higher immigrant load then Tennessee.

We have written extensively on Tennessee (click here) where a ‘pocket of resistance’ continues to grow in Nashville (see our category devoted to posts on Nashville).

Tennessee Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker both voted for the Senate’s Gang of Eight amnesty bill.

From the Center for Immigration Studies:

The Gang of Eight Senate immigration bill (S.744) passed last June would have roughly doubled the number of new foreign workers allowed into the country and legalized millions of illegal immigrants already in the United States. Both Tennessee senators — Lamar Alexander (R) and Bob Corker (R) — voted for it.

To put into context the possible effects of this legislation on Tennessee, the Center for Immigration Studies has analyzed recent government data on employment. The analysis shows that, since 2000, all of the net increase in the number of working-age (16 to 65) people holding a job in Tennessee has gone to immigrants (legal and illegal). This is the case even though the native-born accounted for 60 percent of the growth in the state’s total working-age population.

 * The total number of working-age (16 to 65) immigrants (legal and illegal) holding a job in Tennessee increased by 94,000 from the first quarter of 2000 to the first quarter of 2014, while the number of working-age natives with a job declined by 47,000 over the same period.

 * The fact that all of the long-term net gain in employment among the working-age population went to immigrants is striking because natives accounted for 60 percent of the increase in the total size of the state’s working-age population.

  Read it all!

 

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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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2nd Tennessee alert on border surge and what citizens need to do!

Posted by Ann Corcoran on July 15, 2014

Editor:  Every day since we posted the first action alert from Tennessee citizen activists who want to make sure the ‘unaccompanied minors’ now surging across the Texas border don’t end up in Tennessee, it has been our Top Post every day (see right hand sidebar for Top Posts). 

This is a follow-up alert for Tennesseans which readers in other states might use as a model.  Tell your elected officials wherever you live—no illegal alien drops in your state!

And, tell them to suspend all other refugee resettlement in FY2014 and FY2015 until the border crisis is resolved.

 

2nd ALERT Re: Border Surge and Tennessee – New Information

Refugee resettlement contractors say don’t give their money to the children. They want the money for their businesses! These contractors are paid to bring refugees to Tennessee.

This year Congress increased funding for refugee resettlement contractor business to $1.489 billion, an increase from last year’s $1.12 billion but still short the additional $1.6 billion that refugee contractors demanded.

Federal refugee contractors like the TN Office for Refugees (TOR) operating in Tennessee, are complaining that the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) may use some of the contractors’ money to help the children crossing the border. TOR says that if their money is reduced they won’t be able to help the refugees they have brought to Tennessee. To date, there has been no suggestion by TOR that they would reduce the number of people they plan to bring to the State.

The federal contractors have been directed by their leadership to lobby Congress for more money, which in part is why Pres. Obama’s original request of $2 billion in emergency spending for the border is now $3.7 billion. If Congress approves this request, the illegals will get to stay and TOR will get all its money. Why shouldn’t the contractors get to save their cake and eat it too?

A high percentage of minors are trying to reunite with family members living in the U.S. who may not be here legally. In 2013, President Obama directed immigration agents to try not to deport illegal immigrant parents in the U.S. who have minor children. The refugee contractors are paid to unite the minors with anyone claiming kinship regardless of whether that person is in the country legally.

Once these minors are released, they must attend public school. In Tennessee, K-12 education and all services including breakfast and lunch programs, must be provided. Under certain circumstances, TennCare must pay for their emergency medical care. Will Tennessee schools also have to ban the American flag to avoid offending non-citizens?

Eventually, the illegal minors are supposed to appear for an immigration hearing. Of the $3.7 billion Obama has requested, approximately $15 million would pay lawyers to represent the minors at their hearings. The ACLU has already sued to make sure the minors have lawyers, citing a report that says that immigrants with lawyers are five times more likely to win their cases than those who represent themselves.

On July 12th, Rep. Marsha Blackburn visited the Ft. Sill relocation facility in Oklahoma where approximately 1,100 illegal minors are housed. Is she considering a recommendation for TN?

Pals yuk it up on Inauguration Day 2013: Harry Reid, Lamar Alexander, Chuck Schumer and Barack Obama. http://abcnews.go.com/meta/search/imageDetail?format=plain&source=http://abcnews.go.com/images/US/ap_inauguration_ip_002_130121

Tennessee’s political establishment including Gov. Haslam, Lt. Gov Ron Ramsey and Speaker Beth Harwell and Tennessee’s Republicans in D.C. except Rep. DeJarlais, signed on as co-chairs of Lamar Alexander’s reelection campaign.

They agreed to help Lamar after he voted for amnesty.

Contact the D.C. politicians and tell them that if they plan to help the minors, then:

• TOR and other federal contractors must accept a reduction in federal money and suspend further FY2014 resettlement in Tennessee.

• Federal contractors must suspend all other FY2015 refugee resettlement until the border surge issues are resolved. Every year the U.S. resettles approximately 140,000 refugees and asylees; estimates of border crossers will well exceed these totals.

Sen. Bob Corker – 202-224-3344, http://www.corker.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contactme

Sen. Lamar Alexander – (202) 224-4944, http://www.alexander.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=Email

Rep. Marsha Blackburn – 202-225-2811, https://blackburn.house.gov/contactform/

Rep. Diane Black – (202) 225-4231, https://black.house.gov/contact-me/email-me

Rep. John Duncan – (202) 225-5435, https://duncan.house.gov/contact-me/email-me

Rep. Steven Fincher – (202) 225-4714, https://fincher.house.gov/contact/email-me

Rep. Chuck Fleischmann – (202) 225-3271, https://fleischmann.house.gov/contact-me/email-me

Rep. Phil Roe – (202) 225-6356, http://roe.house.gov/contact/

Contact Gov. Haslam, Lt. Gov. Ramsey and Speaker Harwell and tell them that any plan to assist the federal government with the border surge must be approved in a special session of the Tennessee General Assembly:

Gov. Bill Haslam – (615) 741-2001, bill.haslam@tn.gov

Lt. Gov. Ramsey – (615) 741-4524 or (800) 449-8366 x14524, lt.gov.ron.ramsey@capitol.tn.gov

Speaker Harwell -(615) 741-0709, speaker.beth.harwell@capitol.tn.gov

All of our coverage of the ‘unaccompanied minors’ (aka unaccompanied alien children) is here.

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Tennesseans urging US Senators to block possible border surge to Tennessee

Posted by Ann Corcoran on July 7, 2014

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Posted on the door of Catholic Charities office in Nashville. I wonder when the “and Child Welfare Program” was added to the sign?

Update July 19th:  Tennessean responds to ‘Imagine 2050′ here.

Update July 16th:  We learn that hard Left ‘Imagine 2050′ attacks Tennesseans calling them “nativists” here.

Update July 15th:  New alert today in Tennessee, here.

Update July 12th:  Every day since this was first posted (July 7) it has remained at the very top of our Top Posts!

Editor: This is an action alert making the rounds in Tennessee. Use it as a model for what you can do to protect your state and our national sovereignty!

(See also, VDARE call to action, here).

ALERT Re: Border Surge and Tennessee

Do Federal Contractors Plan to Bring Illegals Surging the Border to Tennessee?

Before Tennessee Sens. Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander voted YES on amnesty they were advised by border law enforcement that a YES on amnesty would likely result in a border surge.

Sen. Corker is the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that has jurisdiction over the U.S. refugee resettlement program. Illegal minors crossing the border are treated as conditional refugees pending a deportation hearing where they may or may not show up.

Sen. Alexander is on the Senate Appropriations Sub-committee that approved $1.94 billion to help Obama with his border surge problem; an increase of over a billion dollars from last year. This money will be diverted from other social service programs. Federal refugee resettlement contractors are now complaining that they will be losing public money they use to support their refugee resettlement businesses. They are advocating that more public money be appropriated for their use.

http://refugeeresettlementwatch.wordpress.com/2014/07/06/refugee-contractors-have-organized-campaign-to-get-more-tax-dollars-due-to-border-invasion-tennessee-this-time/

Federal refugee resettlement contractor Catholic Charities that runs the program in TN does not currently resettle “unaccompanied alien children” (UAC). These are the illegals currently surging the border. 90,000 UACs are expected this year with estimates up to 150,000 in 2015.

On July 10th, resettlement agencies that do not currently resettle UACs, will be on a conference call with the Federal Office of Refugee Resettlement.

Why? Historically in Tennessee, refugee resettlement agencies like Catholic Charities have not taken UACs. But, more federal refugee contractors are needed to handle the surge. So the federal government is trying to find places to set up “emergency shelters” where the UACs can be housed.

Catholic Charities of TN, has said they plan to expand the federal refugee resettlement program in Tennessee. Since taking over the program they have increased the number of people being brought to Tennessee by 66%. They are paid for each person they bring to Tennessee.

Then they enroll their clients into TennCare which the citizens of Tennessee subsidize.

The state of Tennessee has absolutely no say about whether or how many people the federal refugee contractors bring. If Catholic Charities decides to say YES and open emergency shelters in Tennessee, it will be one more example of the federal government trying to force the State to fix a problem created by federal policies.

California Democrat Sen. Diane Feinstein said, “…my staff learned that many of the children were smuggled across the border after hearing radio ads promising they would not be deported…[and that], religious organizations are spreading the same message.” Also, border agents have recovered “cheat sheets” of prepared answers that will help avert deportation. Evidence of communicable diseases and/or affiliation with gangs like MS-13 do not bar minors from U.S. entry.

Residents of Lawrenceville, VA protested loudly enough against the opening of a shelter in their community, so the federal government decided to go elsewhere. Democrat leaders in Baltimore, MD also rejected plans for an emergency shelter.

Will that “elsewhere” be in Tennessee communities? Make your voice heard:

Tennesseans need to contact pro-amnesty Senators Corker and Alexander and your House representative and tell them the following:

• Secure the border before any other action is taken
• No emergency shelters for UACs to be opened in TN
• All refugee resettlement to be halted until the surge at the border is resolved
• No to amnesty

Sen. Bob Corker:
DC: 202-224-3344
Fax: 202-228-0566

to email: http://www.corker.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contactme

Sen. Lamar Alexander:
DC: (202) 224-4944
Fax: (202) 228-3398

to email: http://www.alexander.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=Email

Please pass this on

About that poster on Catholic Charities door:  there doesn’t seem to be any mention of child welfare on their website.   For the many new readers arriving here, remember Catholic Charities and the federal government make all the decisions regarding which refugees and how many are sent to Tennessee!

By the way, Tennessee has been labeled a “pocket of resistance” by the Office of Refugee Resettlement and its contractors.

See all of our coverage of the ‘unaccompanied minors’ invasion of America by clicking here.  There are dozens of posts spanning several years in the archive.

 

Posted in Changing the way we live, Community destabilization, Immigration fraud, Nashville, Refugee Resettlement Program, Taxpayer goodies, The Opposition, Who is going where | Tagged: , | 19 Comments »

Refugee contractors have organized campaign to get more tax dollars due to border invasion; Tennessee this time

Posted by Ann Corcoran on July 6, 2014

Here is one more in a spate of stories ginned-up by the federal refugee contractors*** and their 350 subcontractors to bring media attention to their supposed plight.  Waahhhh! We are going to lose funding because of the flood of illegal alien teens (unaccompanied minors) now being treated as asylum-seekers by the Obama Administration (which by the way, the contractors helped encourage to come to America!).

Our solution as I said here yesterday:

Not enough money, stop bringing refugees into the US this year (and next year too).

These people remind me of animal hoarders with a psychological ailment who fill their homes with cats, don’t have the finances to care for them properly, and don’t know when to stop!

From The Tennessean (hat tip: Joanne).  LOL! You can always count on The Tennessean to help Catholic Charities whine!  Emphasis below is mine:

A surge in children illegally crossing the southwestern U.S. border in recent months may soon have an unexpected impact on refugees living in Nashville.

Last week, President Barack Obama asked Congress for more than $2 billion in emergency funds to help address a growing crisis along the Rio Grande, where more than 52,000 children traveling alone and 40,000 women with children have been apprehended illegally crossing the border since October.

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Holly Johnson, Catholic Charities of Tennessee, decides which ethnic groups and how many refugees will come to the state. The state has no say in the matter. http://www.cctenn.org/node/531

The president’s solution would involve redirecting funding already budgeted for refugee programs across the country. Tennessee stands to lose more than $1.6 million of its annual $11 million budget. The cuts would hit programs designed to serve elderly refugees, children in schools and preventive health care for refugees, according to Holly Johnson, state refugee coordinator for the Tennessee Office of Refugees.

The president’s proposal puts refugee advocates in an uncomfortable position, pitting the needs of the population they serve against those of the newly arrived children…. [Too bad! Maybe the Catholic priests and lobbyists who went to Central America late last year shouldn’t have encouraged the migrants to start moving north!—ed]

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Tennessee accepted more than 1,600 refugees in the last fiscal year. Most of the refugees arriving in Tennessee come from Iraq, Burma, Bhutan, Somalia and Iran. Refugees, by definition, have fled or been forced to leave their countries to escape violence, persecution or natural disaster.

Definition of a Refugee

Tick me off!  Note how reporters just parrot what the contractors tell them about the definition of a refugee.  This has been going on for years—the open borders lobby re-defining “refugee” until it means anything they want, including kids who supposedly are fleeing gang violence.

Here is the definition of a refugee as updated in 1967 (from the original 1951 UN Convention):

A person who owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country; or who, not having a nationality and being outside the country of his former habitual residence as a result of such events, is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to return to it..”[8]

Do you see anything in there about wars, violence or natural disasters?   Refugees and asylum seekers are supposed to be able to prove they are being persecuted!  Economic migrants and people who claim they are fleeing crime are not refugees!

See, US Catholic Bishops call the illegal aliens, refugees, here.

For our growing readership, all of our posts going back several years on ‘unaccompanied minors’ are here.

***The contractors

 

Posted in Changing the way we live, Community destabilization, Crimes, Immigration fraud, Nashville, Obama, Refugee Resettlement Program, Resettlement cities, Taxpayer goodies, The Opposition, Who is going where | Tagged: , | 8 Comments »

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.’

Posted in Comments worth noting, Nashville, Obama, Other Immigration | Tagged: , , | 3 Comments »

Tennessee: housing market “unkind” to refugees/immigrants

Posted by Ann Corcoran on April 6, 2014

Do we see a trend developing here!  It appears that the Open borders activists must have sent out talking points—tell the media that there is unfair treatment of refugees/asylum seekers and other migrants rampant in America!

We just now posted on the not-so-nice Minnesotans, here.  And, we have a story from Portland, Maine last week that we didn’t get to about problems asylum seekers are having with landlords there.

Hawa Abdullahi: We would like more low-income housing for our people. http://www.centerforrefugees.org/our-team/

Now comes the news from Nashville, a major resettlement site for Catholic Charities, that they are having problems with “fair housing” in that ‘welcoming’ city and surrounding counties.

Not mentioned, of course, are the problems that impoverished or disabled native Nashville area citizens are likely having getting housing when they have to compete with the immigrants!

From The Tennessean  (Hat tip: Joanne).  Emphasis is mine:

Immigrants and refugees in Nashville have more help than ever finding stable housing, but forces beyond their control have made life tougher in recent years.

Increasing apartment rental costs have been hard on international newcomers, said Hawa Abdullahi, social services coordinator with the Center for Refugees and Immigrants of Tennessee, at a conference on fair housing in Nashville.

“We have seen a lot of rent going up, which is hard for people to cover,” she said. “We see a lot of people getting pushed … moving to Antioch, Smyrna, and places like that. It’s really getting hard right now to find apartments.”

Abdullahi spoke about immigrant housing experiences as part of the Fair Housing Matters Conference. The fight against housing discrimination has taken on new urgency locally and across the nation because of increased federal funding and new directives meant to make housing available to all people.

Abdullahi described how the refugee families she works with struggle to get by on wages that rarely top $10 per hour.

The panelists said immigrants struggle to find housing because of language barriers, discrimination, poor credit histories, and limited options near public transit.

And refugees, in particular, arrive with debt. People approved by the U.S. government to move into America to escape persecution in their home countries, they receive financial assistance for eight months but must pay back the travel costs that move them to America in the first place.  [This plane fare issue is bogus—many just walk away from the debt.  What they never tell you is that the ‘church contractor’ (in this case Catholic Charities) gets to keep a portion of the loan if it is repaid!  Only a small portion of your tax dollars are reimbursed to the US treasury.–ed]

About 1,300 refugees are resettled in and around Nashville each year — with more than two-thirds joining families that already live here.   [Just a reminder readers, that when yours has become a "welcoming" city, the first refugees arriving apply to bring their family members.  It is called chain migration---ed]

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“The city of Nashville is getting better. Definitely (officials) are aware Nashville is a destination for immigrants,” Morales said. “For surrounding counties, that’s a different story.”

Nashville has been such a hot spot over the years that we have a whole category designated just for Nashville, here, with 65 previous posts.  Nashville was recently chosen by the federal government as a “preferred community” for refugee resettlement, here.

Posted in Asylum seekers, Changing the way we live, Community destabilization, Nashville, Refugee Resettlement Program, Taxpayer goodies, The Opposition | Tagged: , , | 5 Comments »

 

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