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Sec. of Homeland Security visits Somali “community” in Minneapolis, hears complaints

Posted by Ann Corcoran on November 8, 2014

Says he wants help in identifying immigrants with bad intentions.  (Well, he didn’t exactly say that.)

In response, Somalis welcome federal help in keeping their youths from wanting to join the jihad, say they need more taxpayer funded stuff to keep them here.  (Well, not exactly in those words.)

Jeh Johnson with Somalis in Minneapolis. Somalis don’t want any airport profiling as they travel in and out of the US. http://www.kare11.com/story/news/local/2014/11/07/homeland-security-chief-johnson-somalis-luger-bihi-dube/18670865/

It seems pretty simple to me, don’t profile at airports as they leave the country, just let them leave and then strip them of their passports!

From Fox9 Minneapolis (emphasis is mine):

MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) –

Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson was in the heart of Minnesota’s Somali community Friday to listen and let local leaders know they aren’t alone. He encouraged grassroots efforts to build safe, strong and proud neighborhoods, telling the Muslim community this is your America too.

“I want to encourage people to be participants in our public safety, in our homeland security.” Johnson said. “This is your country too.”

Johnson talked about several hot button issues, insisting he is focused on community engagement.

“Muslims are always being targeted because they happen to be Muslims,” Abdirahman Mukhtar, with Pillsbury United Communities said.

The secretary’s agenda includes racial profiling and the extremist recruitment of young Muslims to fight in wars overseas.

“This is an exercise in trust,” Johnson said.

The secretary explained that efforts to block the pipeline that is sending potential fighters from the Twin Cities to far off places like Somalia and Syria starts on the ground in neighborhoods like Minneapolis’ cedar-riverside.

The message from the White House is the federal government needs help.

“If you see somebody who may be headed in the direction of violence, someone disaffected, angry in some way, help us to help you in the community,” Johnson said. “I don’t consider that snitching.”

“We are very happy that we are getting the right attention,” Abdirizak Bihi, a Somali community leader said.

Somali community leaders welcomed the cabinet level visit that included meetings and roundtable discussions with law enforcement and other stakeholders.  [‘Stakeholders’ never include those critical of the government—ed]

The hope is that Washington gets the message that there are problems on the ground here that need addressing to keep young immigrants from becoming disillusioned and influenced by terrorist organizations.

They need more job training, education, and nice places to live (and for you to pay for it!).

“There’s no employment opportunities, no job training, college readiness, the achievement gap,” Amano Dube with Pillsbury United Communities said. “They don’t have an appropriate place to live.”

And, LOL! don’t you dare profile them at airports as they try to get to Somalia or to the Middle East to join ISIS!  It continues to be a great mystery to me why so many “persecuted” Somalis are always flying back and forth to Somalia and East Africa.  How persecuted could they be?

BTW, more Somalis are arriving in Minneapolis every day thanks to the US State Department and its contractors.

Posted in Changing the way we live, Community destabilization, Crimes, diversity's dark side, Muslim refugees, Obama, Refugee Resettlement Program, Resettlement cities, Stealth Jihad, Taxpayer goodies, Who is going where | Tagged: , , , | 3 Comments »

Just when I thought I had found some real Christian charity helping refugees with private money

Posted by Ann Corcoran on November 7, 2014

As our daily readers know, a big part of what we do is to expose the supposedly charitable Christian and Jewish groups which say they are driven to care for the “least of these among us” purely because it is a Godly thing to do. Then we find out they are doing their ‘charitable work’ by ripping off local, state and federal taxpayers.  Some of their ‘leaders’ are being paid handsomely (by you) to do it.

Adding insult to injury, they are bringing Muslim refugees to your towns and cities with your money.

World Help CEO Vernon Brewer. At least it appears that they help refugees where they are and aren’t paid to bring them to America. (As far as I can tell!)

So, this morning when I saw this news story from Virginia about a “Christian charity” called World Help, I said, wow!, this Christian charity is actually talking about saving Iraqi Christians by making dangerous trips to Iraq and helping them there.  I can’t see any mention of bringing more refugees to America.  Good!

Then I had a look at a recent IRS Form 990.

World Help (that year) was a $25 million a year operation.  Yes, it has some big salaries (not as big as some we have reported), but much to my surprise $8.7 million came to them in the form of “government grants.”   What is up with that?  For what?  I don’t know and don’t have the time to research it.  All I know is there needs to be book (is there one?) that describes the “religious charity” racket!

It gets a little worse.  To acquire those government grants they hired an outfit called CMF Unlimited from Florida.  On their 2012 Form 990, WH reported paying them $131,250 to acquire taxpayer-funded grants.

Then at some point after filing that return…..

CMF Unlimited was blamed by World Help in 2012 for submitting fraudulent records that helped the charity get on Forbes list of top 100 charities (Forbes announced the “error.”)

Apparently it’s a dog-eat-dog world out there in the Christian charity business.

From Forbes:

Calling itself a victim of “fraudulent documents,” World Help said today that the actual value of donated medical goods it received during 2011 was less than half the $227 million listed in its filing with the Internal Revenue Service. The large Forest, Va.-based Christian international-aid charity said it would soon file an amended tax return listing only about $100 million in gifts. That means that just a few months ago World Help filed a tax return claiming nearly twice the donations of goods for 2011 than it actually received.

“We are self-reporting this,” World Help president and CEO Vernon Brewer told Forbes. “It’s the right thing to do.” Without that added sum, World Help would not have made the latest Forbes roster of the country’s largest charities. “I feel so bad you put us on your list,” he said.

Brewer said a paid consultant World Help hired to seek gift-in-kind contributions, as donated goods are called, obtained an allotment  of medical supplies from Direct Relief International, a Goleta, Calif. charity also on the Forbes list.  In shipping paperwork and on its own tax return, Direct Relief had valued the goods at $3.3 million.  Brewer said his charity received from the consultant the same Direct Relief shipping paperwork–except that, according to World Help’s 2011 tax return,  it valued the goods at $100 million–a 3,o00% markup. “The values had been whited out and new numbers put in,” Brewer said. “We got fraudulent documents. A couple of zeros were added.”

World Help’s publicly filed tax return identified the consultant as CMF Unlimited Inc., based in the Fort Lauderdale area. Florida corporate records say its owner is Clifford M. Feldman. Brewer said Feldman has not returned any of his recent phone calls seeking an explanation. Voicemail messages seeking comment that Forbes left Wednesday for Feldman also were not returned.

In California, Direct Relief CEO Thomas Tighe said Wednesday he was “deeply concerned” when he learned that his charity’s modest $3.3 million donation had morphed into a reported $100 million donation still bearing his organization’s name on the paperwork. Of World Help, he said, “There was clearly a mistake that was made on their part.”

Someone needs to write a book (maybe there is one) on The Religious Refugee Charity Racket in America.   Hey!  There is a title right there!

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Heritage Action: Beware Obama expansion of the definition of ‘refugee’

Posted by Ann Corcoran on November 6, 2014

This is from two weeks ago, but it just came to my attention.  From Heritage Action Sentinel (hat tip: Joanne):

Refugee Memorandum: President Obama recently issued an executive memorandum that will allow for a limited number of children in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to apply for refugee status if they have relatives legally residing in the U.S. This policy is problematic in that it requires officials to justify the refugee status by loosening criteria. Although this proposal may currently be limited in scope, there is concern the administration would then use this justification to offer asylum to thousands of children here illegally, amounting to a massive loophole for administrative amnesty.

The U.S. is already the number one country of resettlement in the world, accepting 66,200 *** refugees in 2013. Our refugee and asylum policy does not need a politically motivated expansion that would trample current law while inviting another surge of illegal crossings. Congress should respond to any new avenue granting executive amnesty with legislation that stops the Obama Administration from continuing to break the law.

See Heritage’s report by clicking here.

Glad to see that it isn’t just the usual immigration restriction groups sounding the alarm.

*** Eskinder Negash, Director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, put the number at 143,000.  Go here to see how he gets that number.

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

Canada nagged: Must take in climate refugees, it is only fair

Posted by Ann Corcoran on November 6, 2014

From activists in the global warming industrial complex:

“This is not a matter of charity or generosity but one of justice and reparation.”

We chuckle about the concept of “climate refugees” moving around the world to get away from the weather, but these Leftist agitators are very serious and working every day on their PR campaign to promote this concept that the first world is required to take them in, or at least throw gobs of money at the wandering millions of so-called climate refugees (aka climate migrants).

It is our “collective obligation.” https://www.policyalternatives.ca/climatemigration

They are referring to them here as “climate migrants” because their leftist ideological brothers in the human rights industrial complex don’t like them using the word “refugee.”   They have been squabbling over the terminology, as you will see if you visit our climate refugees’ category.

Here is news from Canada as it is scolded by the nags:

The federal government should create a new “climate migrants” immigration class to better prepare for the inflow of people fleeing extreme climate change, says a new Canadian report.

The unique study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives urges Ottawa to formulate policies that would suspend deportations of arrived migrants whose homeland is affected by climate change, grant resident status to climate migrants on humanitarian grounds, and permit them to enter Canada under refugee resettlement programs.

“In the coming years, climate change will compel hundreds of millions of people to relocate and . . . many forced migrants will remain in nearby poor regions in the Global South,” says the study, to be released Wednesday.

“Greater support and certainty would be provided if Canada created a new immigration class of ‘climate migrants’ along with targets and programs to ensure Canada absorbs its fair share of those migrants. A potentially larger challenge is rallying public opinion and support for those climate migrants.”

There is more, if you want to read it here.

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa: Rwandan refugee charged with naturalization fraud

Posted by Ann Corcoran on November 5, 2014

The next time you hear one of the advocates for refugee resettlement claim that the screening is very thorough, remember this case!

I think one of our problems (well, the do-gooders’ problems) is that we (they) can’t wrap their minds around the incredible lies refugee wannabes are willing to tell.    See all of our posts on lying (and other criminal) Rwandan refugees by clicking here.

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

Can you believe it? Ken Ngombwa allegedly lied to get into the US as a refugee.

CEDAR RAPIDS — A Cedar Rapids man who is originally from Rwanda was charged Tuesday in federal court with naturalization fraud.

Ken Ngombwa, 54, is charged with one count of unlawfully procuring or attempting to procure naturalization or citizenship; one count of procuring citizenship to which he was not entitled; one count of conspiracy to unlawfully procure citizenship; and one count of making a materially false statement to agents of the United States, according to an indictment.

The indictment said Ngombwa attempted to obtain citizenship for himself and family members who accompanied him to the United States from Rwanda from March 1998 through Nov. 19, 2004.

Ngombwa and others allegedly made a number of false statements to U.S. immigration authorities, who decided to grant Ngombwa refugee status and permanent resident alien status, which permitted him to become a citizen.

According to the indictment, Ngombwa claimed he was the brother of Faustin Twagiramungu, a former prime minister of Rwanda.

Ngombwa appeared in court Tuesday and was released on bond. He was ordered to surrender any passport or travel documents, stay in Linn County, have no contact with potential witnesses and undergo a mental health evaluation.

If convicted, Ngombwa faces up to 30 years in federal prison and a $1 million fine. He also faces loss of citizenship. [So we get to pay for him in prison for 30 years?—ed]

Ngombwa also faces second-degree arson and insurance fraud charges in Linn County District Court. He is accused of setting multiple fires in his home in July 2013 and giving his insurance provider false information about the fire.

So will he and his extended family be deported?

Be sure to visit The Gazette for the arson story involving Ngombwa from earlier this year.

I think the US State Department should be responsible for paying for all of the legal costs associated with THEIR mistake.

Check out this story about how much the lying Rwandan cost us in New Hampshire a few years back.

I know it is still our tax dollars no matter what federal or state jurisdiction foots the bill, but I would still like to see these criminal cases paid for out of the US State Department’s budget.  Maybe they could even reimburse Iowa, Linn County and the city of Cedar Rapids for anything this liar cost the local and state government, even all the welfare they probably are still receiving.

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As the Republicans take over, will that change anything about refugee resettlement?

Posted by Ann Corcoran on November 5, 2014

No.

Bye Bye Harry! Guess he made a big boo-boo here in 2013. Going nuclear: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/senate-nears-vote-curbing-filibusters-article-1.1524644

See GOP takes over (if somehow you missed the news overnight!).

Remember the Refugee Resettlement program, as we know it (run by federal contractors with vested financial interests in bringing in more and more immigrants), has been around for nearly 35 years and has marched on under the radar and unchallenged until recent years.  Remember that it was Pres. George W. Bush who presided over the three biggest years in which Somalis (for instance) were admitted to the US.

For avid followers of RRW there is (in my view) only one way to slow this program and that is for you to continue to be vocal where you live, demand accountability from all those pushing to overload your towns and cities, and continue to develop ‘pockets of resistance’ until the point in time when Washington is forced to listen.

And, then the next step after that is to get the first-ever serious Congressional oversight hearings of the whole original law created by Ted Kennedy and Joe Biden and signed by Jimmy Carter—the Refugee Act of 1980—which has never been thoroughly reviewed with an eye to reform or complete repeal.

By the way, if Obama succeeds in shoving amnesty down our throats, it will only serve to create more anger toward immigrants (and their supporters) in general.  And, Republicans who think they can negotiate and capitulate to the Obama immigration agenda in order to take immigration off he table for 2016 will be stunned and shocked as the issue will not go away.

How much immigration we allow going forward is the most important decision our government will make in determining whether America survives or it doesn’t.  You must stay in the fight!

Posted in 2016 Presidential campaign, Changing the way we live, Community destabilization, Reforms needed, Refugee Resettlement Program | Tagged: , , | 6 Comments »

Office of Refugee Resettlement maps help you research your state, learn who is responsible

Posted by Ann Corcoran on November 4, 2014

Where in the USA are the refugees and the resettlement offices?

I just came across this very useful map for FY2013-2014 at the Office of Refugee Resettlement (HHS) to help you research what is happening with the Refugee Resettlement program in your state.

When you go to the site and click on your state, all of the federal money flowing there is available as well as a list of locations where refugees are resettled with names and contact information for those doing the resettlement.

I can’t emphasize enough how important it is for you to learn about the program where you live.  I know it’s an overused expression, but knowledge is power.  And, that is why we started this blog in the first place to help you gain that knowledge.

Click here for ORR’s interactive state map!  (When you look at the map, you might want to go here for information on what a Wilson-Fish state is).

ORR Regional Offices

In 2013, ORR Director Eskinder Negash, announced the creation of Regional refugee resettlement offices to coordinate state offices.  At that time there were regional refugee offices located within five of the ten Administration for Children and Family (ACF) offices.

ORR will open up to five regional offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, and San Francisco (and potentially additional regional locations).

Click here to see the ten ACF regions and regional headquarters.

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Cleveland urged to open city’s arms to refugees, even as they come with diseases!

Posted by Ann Corcoran on November 3, 2014

We’ve written about Cleveland on several occasions recently as it sits in the cross-hairs of the US State Department and its refugee contractors*** as a prime target for a “welcoming” community for dropping off refugees.  In fact, they even sent in federal contractor ‘Welcoming America’ last year to soften up the politicians there.

Remember readers, the refugee resettlement industry is running out of “welcoming” cities and needs to expand those already overloaded or find new locations before citizens catch on!

Here is the latest in an article entitled, ‘Cleveland hosts Refugee Summit, looks to become choice destination for newcomers’  (LOL! they love that sort of terminology—newcomers!).

BTW, one of the ways the refugee industry is attempting to sell resettlement is to say that refugees boost population and the economy in dying cities.  What they are really doing is helping slum landlords fill their empty apartments and bring welfare dollars from Washington’s money tree.  I wish someone would produce some real economic studies that include the welfare dollars from DC (from federal taxpayers) and the amount of money the refugees send out of Cleveland and America back to their home countries, among other costs, like healthcare.

Dr. Erick Kauffman, chief medical director of Neighborhood Family Practice: Forty percent have health conditions, and 14 percent arrive with infectious diseases. Photo: http://www.nfpmedcenter.org/our-providers.aspx

From Cleveland.com (hat tip: Joanne).  The city council held a summit last week (emphasis is mine):

CLEVELAND, Ohio — As political turmoil and civil war escalate in the Middle East and elsewhere in the world, Cleveland is readying itself to become home to international refugees looking for a fresh start in a safe and welcoming community, a panel of service providers told members of Cleveland City Council Thursday morning.

To kick off the city’s first Refugee Summit, which is open to the public and will be held in the City Hall rotunda from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. today, Council invited representatives from a cadre of social service, healthcare and resettlement agencies to describe the challenges that refugees face and the benefits of opening the city’s arms to the newcomers.

In recent years, refugees have generated more than $12 million in economic activity in the Cleveland area, said Brian Upton, of the nonprofit Building Hope in the City. They have taken 650 labor jobs since 2000, bought nearly 250 houses and represented $2.7 million in state and local tax revenue, he said.

And while Cuyahoga County loses an average of 11,400 residents a year, it has gained more than 3,500 refugees in the past decade, he said.  [Obviously, there are few jobs available in Cuyahoga County or the Ohioans wouldn’t be moving, so where are the refugees going to work?—ed]

Refugees tend to bring strong work ethics, too, and are 23 percent more likely than the average Clevelander to take an entrepreneurial risk, he said.  [They get federal grant money to take risks when opening businesses—ed]

Cleveland has apparently run out its own American poor people and local taxpayers are paying for housing for refugees!

City Councilman Joe Cimperman said that the city has invested $300,000 to rehab a four-unit apartment building for refugees. The facility on West 45th Street is expected to begin welcoming tenants in January, he said.

Cimperman said that he would like to see about 150 units available by this time next year.

So what are a few expenses for medical care, when there is federal money to be made!

But Cleveland’s refugee population — which largely comes from Iraq, Burma and African nations — arrive under great stress, said Dr. Erick Kauffman, chief medical director of Neighborhood Family Practice, the primary refugee healthcare provider in Cuyahoga County.

Often, they’ve experienced physical and psychological trauma, were victims of torture and violence or have suffered multiple losses, including the death of their children or spouses, he said.

Forty percent have health conditions, and 14 percent arrive with infectious diseases, he said.

Yikes!  Are they factoring health care costs into their budgeting?

See our Cleveland archive by clicking here.   Cleveland should be taking a lesson from the Mayor of Athens, Georgia who says she wants a plan before giving away the keys to the city.

We have 254 previous posts on refugee and immigrant health problems.

See more on Ohio refugees here including information on health screening.

And be sure to see Columbus, Ohio mosques mushrooming here.

*** These nine major federal contractors, which laughingly call themselves VOLAGS (voluntary agencies), have approximately 300 subcontractors working for them and are running in most cases on 90% or more federal funding.

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Weekly wrap-up for final week of October 2014

Posted by Ann Corcoran on November 3, 2014

RRW had its greatest number of readers during the past month of any month since our blogging began in July 2007!

Our top three posts for the week were as follows (top daily posts are in the right hand side bar):

1)  Are ISIS fighters sending their families to refugee camps?

2)  Our fact sheet

3)  Cheyenne, WY: Citizens to rally for states rights and against federal government sending refugees to Wyoming, Saturday Nov. 1  (update report coming today)

Have a look at our top countries at previous weekly reviews by visiting our blogging category.  The newest country to make the Top Ten countries from which we receive readers is Austria.

 For all of our many new readers!

This is where you can find information if you are arriving here at RRW for the first time (in addition to the fact sheet linked above). We have over 6,000 posts.

*  See our categories (left hand sidebar)

*  See the tag clouds (right hand sidebar)

*  Also, we have a great search function and since neither the categories nor the tags go all the way back to our first posts seven years ago, use the search window with a few key words.  You might want to first try your city, state, or country to see what we have reported from there over the years.

By the way, our category entitled ‘where to find information’ is filled with reports and documents, but with 304 posts archived there, it is pretty unwieldy now.

Past weekly roundups can be found in our category entitled ‘blogging.’

If you are a new reader, consider subscribing or follow us on twitter (@refugeewatcher) or facebook (RefugeeInfoResource).  ‘Like us’ on facebook!

And apologies to all who e-mail and comment, sorry if I don’t respond much, there are just not enough hours in my day!

It occurs to me that I do see everyone’s comments to posts because we do screen them (no foul language, no threats), so if you have something you want me to see, I don’t at all mind if you send the link as a comment to a post, even if it’s off-topic.

To regular readers, thank you for your continued concern for this very important issue.

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New Somalis arrive in Minneapolis in droves after 2008 dip; end up in homeless shelters

Posted by Ann Corcoran on November 2, 2014

I didn’t mean to make this Somali Sunday but here are our two other posts just this morning (here and here) on the impact of Somalis arriving in extremely large numbers in the US right now as part of the Obama Administration’s increasing focus on Somali refugees (Syrian and Iraqi Muslims feature prominently too).

This is some really good reporting at the Minneapolis Star Tribune yesterday by reporter MILA KOUMPILOVA .  Hat tip: ‘pungentpeppers’

As I began reading the news, I was expecting to see no information about why the Somali pipeline to America came to a grinding halt in 2008—the discovery that a large number (thousands) of Somalis had lied on their application to come to America to join family members who were found to be not related at all to the applicants. 

I am happy to report it is all here.

US State Department: We want them to stay where we have allocated money through a contractor for them. They want to be with their own people in Minnesota. Nevertheless, we will keep bringing them in! Photo: http://www.c-span.org/video/?309771-1/terrorists-refugee-programs

The article also sheds light on how Somalis resettled in other cities are hightailing-it to Minneapolis to be with their own kind of people (something we would be vilified for should we admit we want to be with our own kind of people).

As they move too quickly to Minnesota they leave behind their financial support (welfare set-up) that comes through the original refugee resettlement contractor.

We won’t be able to highlight as much of this as we would like, because it is jam-packed with information, but here are a few nuggets that interested me.  Be sure to read the whole article yourself!

Star Tribune (emphasis mine) setting the stage:

A week af­ter the Unit­ed States gov­ern­ment re­set­tled them in Con­nec­ti­cut this sum­mer, Nur Ali and his wife, Mahado Mo­ha­med, had de­cid­ed: They were mov­ing to Minnesota.  [Lucky Connecticut!—ed]

Tales of the state’s large So­ma­li com­muni­ty had in­trigued them back in the Ken­yan ref­u­gee camp where they had mar­ried and had five chil­dren. Now, a So­ma­li man they met in Hartford told them all re­cent ar­ri­vals head to Minnesota, home of “Little Moga­dis­hu.”

After a major dip in 2008, the year­ly num­bers of new So­ma­li refu­gees in Minnesota have re­bounded stead­i­ly. The num­ber of So­malis re­set­tled in the state has more than trip­led in four years. As resettlements nationally have picked up, more So­malis are also arriving here after brief stints in other states — often trading early support from resettlement agencies for the company of more fellow Somalis.

“You tend to go some­where you can con­nect,” said Mo­ha­mud Noor, the head of the Con­fed­er­a­tion of So­ma­li Community in Minnesota. “Be­fore peo­ple even ar­rive from Af­ri­ca, they know they are com­ing to Minnesota.”

But without the Twin Cities family ties of earlier arrivals, these newcomers often can’t lean as heavily on longer-term Somali residents. Mary’s Place, a Minneapolis home­less shel­ter, has be­come ground zero for fami­lies like Ali and Mo­ha­med’s. Somali participation in the state’s public food assistance program doubled in the past five years. Meanwhile, the Minneapolis School District, its So­ma­li stu­dent en­roll­ment up 70 percent since 2011, launched eight class­rooms with in­struc­tion in both Eng­lish and So­ma­li to help new­comers catch up.   [So who pays for all this?—you do!—ed]

State Department discovers massive fraud in family reunification program for Somalis!

Ali and Mohamed are part of a new wave of Somali refugees. Until 2008, the state resettled only refugees reuniting with family here.

But that year, DNA tests showed only about 20 percent of ap­pli­cants in a ref­u­gee fam­i­ly re­u­ni­fi­ca­tion program, most of them from Af­ri­ca, were ac­tu­al­ly re­lated to their stateside sponsors. The program was sus­pend­ed, even as So­malis ar­gued a broad­er defi­ni­tion of fam­i­ly was as much a factor as fraud. The num­ber of new So­ma­li ar­ri­vals plum­met­ed, from a high of more than 3,200 in 2006 to 180 in 2009.

Mean­while, more strin­gent back­ground checks for refu­gees in 2010 snarled the ap­pli­ca­tion proc­ess. Lar­ry Bart­lett, the U.S. Ref­u­gee Ad­mis­sions program di­rec­tor, says the stream­lin­ing of se­curi­ty checks since and the re­sump­tion of the fam­i­ly re­u­ni­fi­ca­tion program in 2012 led to the re­cent in­crease in So­ma­li ar­ri­vals — a trend he ex­pects to con­tin­ue in the next few years.

Somalis move even though their benefits don’t follow!

When these refugees move too soon after arriving in a different state, they get cut off from resettlement agencies there responsible for finding homes and jobs for them. Noor, whose group tries to assist newcomers with navigating the transition, says the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment needs to do more to dis­cour­age this early migration. At the U.S. State Department, Bart­lett says staff members strive to honor refu­gees’ host city pref­er­ence. Some refu­gees even sign a docu­ment af­firm­ing they are going to the city where they want to stay.

“The prob­lem with mov­ing quick­ly is that the bene­fits don’t al­ways fol­low you,” Bart­lett said. “We re­al­ly try to im­press that upon them.”  [So, does the contractor still get its cut of each refugee’s allocation?—ed]

 Read it all!

Who is responsible for the Somali mess in Minnesota besides the aforementioned US State Department?  Lutheran Social Services, Catholic Charities, and World Relief Minnesota.   See one of our top posts (from 2011) of all time here.

Minnesota readers should be sure to save this important and informative story.

Posted in Africa, Changing the way we live, Community destabilization, diversity's dark side, Muslim refugees, Refugee Resettlement Program, Resettlement cities, Taxpayer goodies, Who is going where | Tagged: , , , | 1 Comment »

 

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