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There goes the hellhole myth for El Salvador and Guatemala; so why the flood of migrants?

Posted by Ann Corcoran on September 18, 2014

Could it be that Obama Administration pals in the No Borders movement (including the Catholic Church) used the “children” as pawns and started the stampede northward?  I think so, and hope one day we will all have the truth.

In the meantime, here comes a worldwide study that puts El Salvador and Guatemala in the top ten countries where people are most satisfied with their lives, while the US is number 12!

From the Daily Mail  (hat tip: ‘pungentpeppers’).  A picture is worth a thousand words:

 

Latin America is the place to feel happy: Seven of the top 10 countries in the well-being poll hailed from the Americas, with Canada rounding out the top 10. Six of the 10 worst were from Africa

 

Here is how the article begins (Respondents were asked to rate their well-being over five categories: purpose, social, financial, community and physical):

People in Panama feel happiest about their lives, according to a new global well-being poll in which the U.S. finished 12th and the United Kingdom 26th.

There were six Latin American countries in the top 10 in the poll, which asked people to measure their well-being across five key areas.

Panamanians were well above the world average for feeling positive about their lives – 61 per cent were found to be ‘thriving’ in at least three of the five facets – compared with just 17 per cent internationally.

Read it all.

See all of our posts on ‘Unaccompanied minors’ by clicking here.  The archive goes back several years.

Posted in Africa, Canada, Europe, Immigration fraud, Obama, Refugee Resettlement Program | Tagged: , , , | 1 Comment »

AG Eric Holder: Citizens can’t use zoning laws to block mosques

Posted by Ann Corcoran on September 17, 2014

More evidence of the stealth jihad?  You betcha!

I guess what Holder is saying is that gobbling up land, overcrowding roads, and overloading sewer and water systems is O.K. if it is done for Allah.  Note that this has stemmed from cases in Minnesota (the first state to fall to Islam?).

Hey, let’s distract them with the ISIS crisis while we establish the caliphate right here in America!

And, this is what I would like to know—where are the environmentalists who have spent decades putting land use laws in place?

From American Thinker (Hat tip Judy)—Holder Issues Fatwa:

The Grand Mufti of the Department of Social Justice (aka, DOJ) has issued a fatwa prohibiting states from using zoning laws to deny building permits for Islamic “culture centers” — Mosques with “youth centers.”

… as a grand jury investigates another Minneapolis mosque for radicalizing recruits for ISIL, the Justice Department is suing local officials for blocking a new extremist mosque in the area.

Attorney General Eric Holder sued St. Anthony, Minn., after the Minneapolis suburb rejected the Abu Huraira Islamic Center and its 15,000-square-foot mosque over zoning issues.

The mosque website openly endorses jihad.

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The idea is to distract public attention by combating bloody Islamist organizations abroad and smooth the path for stealth jihad on the home front.

Read it all.

And, why do they need all these mosques and Islamic centers?

They need them to accommodate the growing Muslim immigrant population.  They aren’t converting that many Americans, it is immigration that swells their numbers.  It is called Al-Hijra, the Islamic Doctrine of Immigration (learn about it)!

Update:  See news about Congressional Report that says foreign-born population will rise dramatically within ten years.

Posted in Changing the way we live, Community destabilization, Crimes, Muslim refugees, Obama, Resettlement cities, Stealth Jihad, The Opposition | Tagged: , , , | 2 Comments »

Maryland Governor O’Malley calls UACs “refugees,” doesn’t know what he is talking about

Posted by Ann Corcoran on September 13, 2014

I’m reporting on what an uninformed governor says only because this governor wants to follow Obama to the White House.  So, all readers across the US, keep track of Martin O’Malley’s positions—he is a leader in the Democrat Party for Open Borders (no borders!) and has facilitated the growth (with tax dollars) of the notorious CASA de Maryland.

O’Malley (left) hoping to be the next O-man in the White House. Rumors abound that Obama doesn’t like O’Malley, but his policies will be the same as Obama’s.

Here is what he said to a Hispanic advocacy group in Washington on Thursday about the Unaccompanied Alien Children.

Maryland has received the largest number per capita of any state we are told.

From Southern Maryland Online:

WASHINGTON (Sept. 11, 2014) — Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, in his keynote address to the Hispanic National Bar Association’s annual conference Thursday morning, called on the association’s members to help in his state’s efforts to provide pro bono representation for the large numbers of unaccompanied minors who’ve crossed the U.S. border this year to escape violence in Central America.

“When unaccompanied children fleeing violence in Central America arrive at our doorstep, it is not only for their good, but for our good and the good of the nation that our children will share with them that our nation should act hospitably and revere the human dignity and the courage that those children have possessed,” he told a crowded ballroom at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington.

O’Malley, who is considering a bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, came under fire earlier this year when he openly criticized President Barack Obama’s plan to deport many of the children back to the countries from which they fled.

“We are Americans, and we do not return refugee kids who find themselves on our doorstep back into war-torn or famine-racked places where they will face certain death,” O’Malley told reporters in mid-July. “I think we have to act like Americans.”

Since then, Maryland has accepted 2,804 children, according to the latest figures from the Office of Refugee Resettlement, the largest number of refugees per capita of any state in the country. Each is currently living with family or friends while awaiting deportation hearings.

Nebraska pro-immigration lawyer explains why the “children” are not refugees.

Coincidentally I came across this news item at the same time as the O’Malley disingenuous comment where a pro-immigration lawyer tells the public why the children are not “refugees.” Yet anyway!

Unaccompanied minors from Central Nebraska cannot be granted refugee status because people are classified as being refugees before ever arriving in the United States, Maynes said. That is why Sudanese and Somali immigrants – who actually lived in refugee camps – are legally considered refugees.

She said the question for unaccompanied minors is whether they can be classified as seeking asylum, a designation given to immigrants after they arrive in the U.S. Although in different categories, refugees and asylees must meet at least one of the same criteria to receive those legal designations under U.S. immigration law.

Both refugees and asylees must have a “well-founded fear of persecution” because of their political opinions, religion, nationality, race or for being a member of a protected social group, Maynes said. She said some immigration lawyers are arguing that unaccompanied minors should be part of a protected social group because as children, they are vulnerable to the predations of Central American gangs.

Of course the important point is that the Open Borders advocates and lawyers are working toward turning the “children” into legitimate asylum seekers by stretching the definition of “refugee” and thereby making anyone in the world, claiming to be escaping crime, eligible for entry into America.

Go here for all of our coverage of the ‘unaccompanied minors.’

Posted in Immigration fraud, Obama, Refugee Resettlement Program in Maryland, Taxpayer goodies, The Opposition, Who is going where | Tagged: , | 1 Comment »

Business publication beats up on Israel (again) over refugees

Posted by Ann Corcoran on September 12, 2014

….and reveals more about UN/Obama Administration plans for thousands of Syrians to arrive in the US soon!

Our “refugee” alerts are full and overflowing with Syrian news.  Here is an article from the Business Insider which shows which countries are taking Syrian refugees (something we have reported many times).

Business Insider / Oxford University Refugee Studies Centre

But, what caught my eye was the criticism toward Israel for not taking in Syrians.

Readers, Israel is one of only a few countries in the world trying to save itself from being overwhelmed by the third world on the move.  Everyone in their right mind can see that Israel would be committing suicide if it opened its tiny country to the mostly Muslim migrants on the move around the world.

Business Insider:

Israeli Intransigence

Israel, which shares its northern border with Syria, has steadfastly refused to receive refugees.

Yuval Ben-Ami, an Israeli journalist and author based in Jaffa, told Business Insider, “at this point in its history, Israel seems determined to barricade itself, primarily of its immediate neighborhood.”

Ben-Ami says the idea of Israel accepting Syrian refugees is “extremely foreign” to Israelis, and that even refugee advocates speak little about the Syrian issue because it seems fruitless.

But near the end is another important part of this story. Once again we are being alerted to expect thousands of Syrians to arrive in the US soon.

We are going to be up there with Germany!  20,000?

While the United States is the largest donor to Syrian relief efforts, it has accepted only 63 Syrian refugees this year.

However, the UNHCR told Business Insider it expects the U.S. to rank up with Germany as one of the top two receivers of Syrians in 2015.

The U.N. said the U.S. accepted a request to load its resettlement intake toward the end of this year, with the organization already submitting 2,500 applications for consideration over the coming months.

Click here for our extensive archive on Syrian refugees.

Posted in Europe, Israel and refugees, Muslim refugees, Obama, Refugee Resettlement Program, Who is going where | Tagged: , , , | Leave a Comment »

If Obama (with his pen) transforms illegal aliens from Central America into “refugees” will he be changing the law (again) without Congress?

Posted by Ann Corcoran on September 9, 2014

Sure sounds like it thanks to this very detailed and heavily footnoted report from a conservative think tank—National Center for Public Policy Research—released yesterday.

 Possible Obama Scheme to Designate Huge Numbers of Latin American Illegal Immigrants as “Refugees” Would Violate Limits on Refugees Set by Obama Himself

Such a Strategy to Circumvent Congress Would Violate Refugee Procedures Set by U.S. Law and Harm Immigration Chances of Desperate Refugee Applicants from Other Continents

Washington, D.C. – President Obama reportedly is considering designating Latin American illegal aliens as “refugees” from gangs and drug lords to justify an executive action blocking them from deportation and providing them with a means of seeking American citizenship.

This scheme, if imposed, would seriously disrupt carefully-crafted rules and limits for accepting refugees into the United States and put refugee candidates from other parts of the world, such as Africa, at a severe disadvantage. [LOL! Maybe that is not a bad thing when it comes to Somalis!---ed]

Such a scheme would violate a limit on refugees set by Obama himself. It also would upend highly specialized conditions and procedures related to the acceptance of refugees set by U.S. law.

By the way, this reference to a “limit” refers to the Presidential Determination sent to Congress at the beginning of each fiscal year in which the Administration sets ceilings for which refugees we will be taking.  Look for the new one (for FY2015) any time in the next few weeks.

Read it all.

Filed in ourwhere to find information’ category.

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Secrecy still surrounds the placement of ‘unaccompanied alien minors;’ frustrates law enforcement

Posted by Ann Corcoran on September 8, 2014

Here is a story from South Carolina (a state btw that does not take a lot of refugees) where they have discovered that several hundred of the alien minors who streamed across our southern border have been sent.

There is nothing earth-shattering here, it is probably happening in every state, but the local county sheriff says what every law enforcement agency across the country must be saying….

Beaufort County Sheriff Tanner: There must be trust between federal and local government. Good luck with that!

Beaufort County Sheriff P.J. Tanner:

On Thursday, he echoed a similar message he shared with members of the Bluffton Tea Party: There must be trust between federal and local governments.

From The State:

The data listed counties to where more than 50 children had been relocated. In South Carolina, only Beaufort County and Greenville County, with 106 relocated children, were included on that list. In total, 434 children have been relocated to South Carolina between January and July.

The new data give some sense of where the children have been relocated. However, information such as their names and specific whereabouts have not been made available, even to local government officials, Beaufort County Sheriff P.J. Tanner said Thursday at a meeting of the Beaufort Women’s Republican Club.

Tanner said knowing the names and whereabouts of the children would help if an issue arose with them, and would also help address concerns from residents about what effects they might be having.

No one is talking!  Not the federal government! Not ORR’s State Refugee coordinator, or any of the usual federal contractors!

Attempts Thursday and Friday to reach Dorothy Addison, the state coordinator for the Office of Refugee Resettlement, were unsuccessful.

Tanner and state Sen. Tom Davis, R-Beaufort, criticized the secrecy surrounding the relocation of immigrant children to South Carolina at a Bluffton Tea Party meeting Aug. 12. Davis said Friday he still had not received information from the federal government about the children.

The children are allowed to stay in the United States and attend school until their immigration status is ruled upon in court. But it could take months — or even years — for a case to reach resolution, according to Lowcountry Immigration Coalition co-chairman George Kanuck.

Kanuck said his organization also does not know the children’s whereabouts and had not heard of an exact number before last week. Local members of the Catholic Diocese of Charleston had told him that only a few children had been relocated to Beaufort County, after he reached out to local religious organizations to try to find out more about the children.

However, the Catholic Diocese is not taking care of any children in Beaufort County, spokesman Maria Aselage said.

Kanuck said he had also contacted the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, the contracted partner of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, but it, too, was reluctant to give out information about the children. Attempts Thursday and Friday to reach the South Carolina chapter of the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service were unsuccessful.

All of our coverage of the ‘unaccompanied minors’ “crisis” may be found by clicking here.

Endnote:  As you all surely know by now, Obama has postponed his unilateral amnesty until after the November elections blaming the delay on the mass arrival of the “children.”

Posted in Changing the way we live, Community destabilization, Immigration fraud, Obama, Refugee Resettlement Program, Who is going where | Tagged: , , | 2 Comments »

Human Rights Watch: US must take Syrian refugees in order to help out Syria’s neighbors

Posted by Ann Corcoran on September 5, 2014

Why should we? They are all Muslim countries and should take care of their own kind of people! Right?

Every day I look for the news that will come inevitably—the news that the US has opened its doors to Syrians in a big way.

Bring in the Syrians! Bill Frelick of Human Rights Watch is getting impatient with the Obama Administration.

And, every day for months I’ve noticed that not a word of complaint has come from the “humanitarian industrial complex” after a PR flurry earlier in the year where the contractors made it clear (and here) that they want 12,000-15,000 Syrians sent to your towns and cities each year going forward.

This Human Rights Watch writer is voicing the first complaint I’ve seen in awhile.

(I have a theory that the US State Department told its contractors to shut up or else they would stir up even more opposition to the resettlement of what will be mostly Sunni Syrians.)

Bill Frelick in a piece entitled, ‘US to Syrian Refugees: We’ll Give You Money But Stay Away, Please,’ at the Huffington Post says:

With the number of Syrian refugees in the Middle East hitting 3 million, it’s worth examining how the United States and other countries not on the frontline of the conflict have stepped in to help countries like Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey. These countries have the misfortune to be neighbors not only of Syria, but of Iraq and Israel/Palestine as well, other places that have been the source of millions of refugees.

Consider this: Lebanon is hosting 1.14 million refugees from Syria, the equivalent of 83 million refugees in the United States — or the combined population of California, Texas, and New York. And what has the United States done to relieve the human burden on Lebanon and Syria’s other neighbors? In the first 10 months of fiscal year 2014, the US admitted a grand total of 63 Syrian refugees.

Obama will make an announcement soon! 

Or, at least the US State Department will.  The annual Presidential Determination letter will be sent to Capitol Hill sometime in the coming weeks (it has to because the new fiscal year begins October 1), and in it the Administration will spell out its refugee wishlist for the coming year.  There is no way they aren’t going to bring in thousands of Syrians, it is just a question of how many thousands.

Posted in Changing the way we live, Muslim refugees, Obama, Refugee Resettlement Program, Who is going where | Tagged: , | 1 Comment »

Did Obama’s pal, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, cook the books on the number of ‘unaccompanied alien children?’

Posted by Ann Corcoran on August 24, 2014

….turns out tens of thousands of the kids never existed!

Biden, Johnson, Obama (looks like they are on to us!)

That’s what blogger ‘sundance’ at The Conservative Tree House alleges and seems to have the numbers to prove it.  There are still a lot of unaccompanied minors (mostly teenagers), but the number is about half of what the Obama Administration has been claiming.

In reality, says ‘sundance,’ the numbers of children with parents (mostly with Mom) is where the larger numbers are to be found.  And, of course those migrants are just run-of-the-mill illegal aliens, not UACs who are given special treatment.

Why would they do this?

Maybe to push Congress to pass ‘comprehensive immigration reform’ pronto?

Here is how ‘sundance’ begins (hat tip Judy):

We began documenting two months ago the “border crisis” of unaccompanied alien children, UAC’s, was a pure ruse, a figment. Constructed simply to create the optics of crisis and support the demand for comprehensive immigration reform prior to the congressional recess.

Evidence continued to mount week after week as we followed the money flowing out of the DHS and HHS agencies to various left-wing social constructs who were profiting from the scheme. Panic and alarm sounded as $3.7 billion was demanded by Obama to cope with the non existent “border crisis” - couched more favorably as a “humanitarian crisis”.

Three weeks ago we shared the fact that well over 40,000 reported UAC’s were missing from this years record keeping.  The facts catching up with the ruse.

Well, the truth was/is they’re not technically missing because they never existed in the first place. DHS, which compiles the reports coming from the Border Patrol, and then gives the statistical summaries of the reports, had artifically inflated the apprehension numbers to support the White House narrative.

However, DHS, or more accurately Jeh Johnson, could not divert the end user of the apprehension reports, The Executive Office of Immigration Reform, the entity who controls the court dockets, from recording the missing reports.

Comparative FOIA’s into the recording agency, The Border Patrol, and the end user, The EOIR, showed the statistical ruse.

The reports were missing because they were never written; they were never written because the UAC’s were not actually real.

Read it all!  See their excellent work! There is a lot of documentation to prove that one more time we can’t trust this White House.  And, you know it would explain why we kept hearing of possible housing sites that would a couple of days later turn out not to be needed.

And, it would explain why, after one crisis story after another about the UAC’s gobbling up all the funding for the normal refugee flow, the money started reappearing in the refugee contractors’ budgets.  Remember when that ‘carrot-tasting class’ money was so quickly restored.

Of course my next question is where did all the money go that went to Baptist Child and Family Services for the “children.”

All of our reports on the ‘unaccompanied minors’ are archived here. We have been reporting on the issue for years.

Posted in Changing the way we live, Community destabilization, Immigration fraud, Obama, Refugee Resettlement Program, Taxpayer goodies, The Opposition | Tagged: , | 5 Comments »

Shocking report! Hundreds of refugees resettled in Texas positive for TB, other diseases

Posted by Ann Corcoran on August 22, 2014

I’ve said it before and will say it again, the general public may not fear a terrorist attack from so many Muslims entering the US (legally and illegally), but they will get mighty excited if their kids come home from school with TB (or parasites even)!

This week a reader brought to our attention this very thorough and important report on the health status of refugees resettled in Texas in calendar year 2013.  We didn’t know such reports existed, but apparently in some states where the state itself still has some control over the program, reports like this one are generated.

We assume that in certain states, especially Wilson-Fish states, where contractors (like Catholic Charities) have complete control of who is resettled and how many in a state, that such information is not readily available to the public.  Is the contractor even keeping records?

So here is what we are learning about Texas refugees from the “Texas Refugee Health Program Report 2013″ here.  Open: Epidemiological Report. There is lots of really interesting information about which counties refugees went to etc., so check it out.  Here are just some bullets that interested me.

Paging Dr. Obama, the refugees are SICK!

* Texas reported 10,729 new refugees in the state in calendar year 2013.  7,195 were regular refugees, smaller numbers were Cuban parolees, asylees, and those holding special immigrant visas (Iraq and Afghanistan).

* Refuges from Iraq, Cuba and Burma make up the largest groups.

* 92% of arrivals were health-screened which means that about 858 were not screened for one reason or another.  Why?

* 91% of arrivals needed an interpreter (imagine what that is costing Texas).  Be sure to see the pie chart with the myriad languages which health practitioners must wrestle with.

* 3,583 of the arrivals were screened for Tuberculosis and 19% tested positive (that is about 680!).  If you carried out this rate for 100,000 plus refugees resettled in the US every year (and every one was tested) we are looking at over 19,000 refugees each year entering the US with a positive TB skin test. Now some will argue they might not have active TB, but that doesn’t mean they won’t become active at some point in time.  So, who monitors these people as they move on to other cities and states?

*  293, of those screened, tested positive for Hepatitis B.

*  97 were positive for HIV (remember you pay for their treatment!)

*  And, surprisingly there were 76 cases of syphilis largely in the Cuban sample.

*  We didn’t see anything about mental health, a common problem with refugees, but it could be there.  See our ‘health issues’ category for posts on mental health and refugees.

*  There were 231 newly arrived refugees over age 65 and even one between 91 and 95 years of age.

For some end-of-summer reading fun, go here (especially you Texans!).

Our reader sent us reports for Utah ( go here).  And, in Minnesota, out of 2,125 refugees screened, 474 tested positive for TB (22%).

We sure are lucky to have Obamacare taking care of all these “new Americans” health needs, aren’t we?

Posted in Changing the way we live, health issues, Obama, Refugee Resettlement Program, Taxpayer goodies, Who is going where | Tagged: , , | 3 Comments »

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.

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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!

Posted in Changing the way we live, Community destabilization, Legal immigration and jobs, Obama, Refugee Resettlement Program, The Opposition | Tagged: | 1 Comment »

 
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