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Senators request GAO study on how the Office of Refugee Resettlement is handling the UAC issue

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 10, 2014

The press release from Senators Grassley, Hatch and Coburn just released today reads as follows (hat tip: Rosemary).

WASHINGTON – Senators Chuck Grassley, Orrin Hatch and Tom Coburn are asking the Government Accountability Office to review policies of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, the agency charged with caring for unaccompanied minors crossing the southern U.S. border.

Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa and others want answers from the Office of Refugee Resettlement. Good luck!

The senators questioned the ability of the Office of Refugee and Resettlement (ORR) to accommodate the recent influx and how the office has prepared to deal with another surge which the administration suggests could include up to 145,000 more unaccompanied minors.

“The increase in the number of unaccompanied children crossing the border has strained the capacity of ORR and its grantees to provide them with appropriate accommodations and has raised questions about ORR’s management and oversight of the program,” Grassley, Hatch and Coburn wrote.

The senators also raised concerns about the sponsors to whom these unaccompanied minors are being released.

“In addition, concerns have been raised about children who are subsequently released to relatives or other sponsors throughout the country, including how sponsors are screened and monitored while they have custody of the children.  The agency is responsible for the well-being of these children, yet there’s question about whether custodians and grantees are adequately being overseen once a child leaves federal custody,” the senators wrote.

Grassley, Hatch and Coburn are Ranking Members of the Judiciary, Finance and Homeland Security and Government Affairs committees respectively.

Below is a copy of the senators’ request to the Government Accountability Office.  A signed copy of the letter can be found here.

Below is the text of the Senators’ letter, including questions they would like GAO to investigate.  

As long-time readers here know these studies can take months to complete (remember the Lugar study?), and having watched the ORR in action you know they will stall and drag this out for years!  So, don’t hold your breath!

The Honorable Gene L. Dodaro
Comptroller General of the United States
U.S. Government Accountability Office
441 G Street NW
Washington, DC 20548

Dear Comptroller General Dodaro:

According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, more than 57,000 children under the age of 18 traveling without an adult were apprehended at the United States’ southwest border between October 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014.  This was nearly twice the number apprehended during the same 9-month period a year earlier, and since that time, thousands more have entered through the southern border.

The Homeland Security Act of 2002 gave the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) responsibility for the care and custody of unaccompanied minors without legal immigration status as they await immigration proceedings, and the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 expanded HHS’s role in this area.  Within HHS, the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) is responsible for providing shelter and care to these children through cooperative agreements with non-profit organizations that ORR refers to as grantees.  Grantees house children in a safe and appropriate environment pending either placement with sponsors in the U.S. or return to their home country.

The increase in the number of unaccompanied children crossing the border has strained the capacity of ORR and its grantees to provide them with appropriate accommodations and has raised questions about ORR’s management and oversight of the program. Taxpayer funding has been reprogrammed for the increase in unaccompanied alien minors, and additional funding for fiscal year 2015 has been requested by the administration.  Yet, it’s unclear if a strategy has been formulated to deal with the impending surge in the next fiscal year, which the administration suggests could include up to 145,000 more unaccompanied alien minors.

In addition, concerns have been raised about children who are subsequently released to relatives or other sponsors throughout the country, including how sponsors are screened and monitored while they have custody of the children.  The agency is responsible for the well-being of these children, yet there’s question about whether custodians and grantees are adequately being overseen once a child leaves federal custody.

In light of these issues, we would like to request that GAO examine the following questions:

(1)    What steps has ORR taken to increase its capacity to accommodate unaccompanied alien children, including developing systems to efficiently place children in approved facilities, identifying additional appropriate facilities, and expanding the use of foster care placements?

(2)    How is ORR screening potential sponsors for unaccompanied alien children and ensuring that the agreements sponsors enter into with ORR are complied with?

(3)    How is ORR overseeing and monitoring the placement and care of unaccompanied alien children? Does ORR collaborate with state childcare licensing entities to determine the safety and well-being of children served from their perspective?

(4)    To what extent is ORR collaborating and sharing information with other government entities, such as the Department of Homeland Security and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about the whereabouts and well being of children?

(5)    What practices and planning mechanisms does ORR have in place to deal with seasonal migration issues, including predicting spikes and patterns, and planning for emergency situations? Does ORR have written plans in place? What bed capacity does ORR feel is adequate to meet the needs of unaccompanied alien minors protected to migrate to the United States in 2015 and 2016?

(6)    How does ORR vet and then oversee grantees?  What role does cost play in the analysis of applications by grantees?  Would there be any advantages or cost savings if ORR used government contracts rather than grants to fund facilities for unaccompanied alien children?  How much is ORR paying per unaccompanied alien children in both temporary and permanent shelter and has this amount changed in the past five years?  Are grantees abiding by all government requirements?  We believe these questions, along with a detailed breakdown of how ORR grantees are spending this money, would be beneficial.

(7)    What policies – both written and unwritten – does ORR or its grantees have in place that govern access to facilities that house or care for unaccompanied minors?  Are there policies or practices in place that restrict access by the public or by members of Congress, and to what extent are they followed?

(8)    To what extent is ORR or its grantees collaborating with communities where children are being placed to ensure that communities can prepare for placements and children have access to appropriate supports?

Thank you for your attention to this request.  If you have any additional questions, please contact our staff: Kathy Nuebel (Senator Grassley), Becky Shipp (Senator Hatch) or Dan Lips (Senator Coburn).

Sincerely,

Charles E. Grassley
Ranking Member
Senate Judiciary Committee

Orrin Hatch
Ranking Member
Senate Finance Committee

Tom Coburn
Ranking Member
Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee

For new readers, former Senator Richard Lugar asked for (and got) a GAO study on the refugee program a few years ago.

From start to finish the report took two years to complete!  It was requested in July 2010 and was published July 2012 and sits on a shelf somewhere.

His big concern then was the impact on communities that were being loaded up with refugees with little or no warning or consultation with Washington.  You can review the study here, but I never saw it have any impact (other than some negative press for the program).   It never resulted in any Congressional action or reform—no hearings, no review of the law, no nothing.

Meanwhile the “children” are escaping, stealing cars and scaring senior citizens, here.

All of our coverage of ‘unaccompanied minors’ is here.

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“Children” escape Catholic facility and carjack two cars one belonging to 91-year-old veteran

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 10, 2014

Update October 11Check this story in which the reporter actually refers to the illegal alien children as “refugees.”  They are NOT refugees yet, that is what the No borders agitators want them to be.

It was just a matter of time before the violent crimes got underway and the Office of Refugee Resettlement now has to review security in 139 facilities scattered across America.  Ho hum….

I guess Sister Cathy has her hands full. Check out Maryville Academy, here: http://www.maryvilleacademy.org/

From the Daily Mail (thanks to all of our readers who sent it).  The “vulnerable” children were just seeking asylum from crime in Guatemala.  Remember also that ol’ Rahm Emanuel asked for a thousand of the little darlings!

Two teenage asylum seekers from Guatemala have escaped a detention center in Illinois and carjacked a 91-year-old Navy veteran.

The incident has prompted the federal government to order a security review at all 139 shelters across the country that house illegal immigrant minors, MailOnline can exclusively reveal.

The boys, age 16 and 17, were able to walk away unchallenged from Maryville Academy in Des Plaines, Illinois, outside Chicago, on Wednesday morning and carjack two victims before they were arrested more than 225 miles away outside Iowa City, Iowa, according to authorities.

Police say they targeted an elderly man in Moline, Illinois, who was picking up his prescription at Walmart.

They threatened him with violence, forced him out of his car and then sped off with his Buick LeSabre.

[....]

More than 60,000 unaccompanied minors from Central America have poured across the US-Mexico border in recent months and claimed asylum, saying they were fleeing the drug cartel violence in their impoverished home countries.

The federal government is spending $868 million this year to house and resettle them.

Read it all.  There is lots more detail than you will get from the America press!

Here (in July) the Archdiocese of Chicago asked to be given federal bucks to house a bunch of the ‘Unaccompanied alien children’ at Maryville.

Lawrenceville could have been Maryville.

Lawrenceville, Virginia dodged a bullet when citizens protested a similar facility in a local college.  The feds are now being sued for racism because they backed out of the deal.

I should have posted the story earlier, but here it is at Frontpage Magazine:

Last June, community outrage forced the federal government to cancel plans to house hundreds of illegal alien children at a closed college in Lawrenceville, VA. A complaint filed by St. Paul’s College and nonprofit Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) of Virginia with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) alleges the move was racially motivated. Both entities also filed a separate complaint against the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) for canceling the lease, citing another alleged violation of anti-discrimination laws. “No one should block someone’s housing opportunity based on race or national origin,” said Helen O’Beirne Hardiman, fair housing director for HOME. “It’s unfair, and it’s completely illegal for government officials to step in to a private deal and say we don’t want Central American children coming to this community.”

I don’t get how this is a “private” deal when it’s all about federal grants and contracts.

Read it all.  It is all about the money.

For all of our coverage on ‘Unaccompanied minors’ including the role of the Catholic Church in the whole mess, click here.

Posted in Asylum seekers, Changing the way we live, Community destabilization, Crimes, diversity's dark side, Immigration fraud, Refugee Resettlement Program, So what did they expect?, Taxpayer goodies | Tagged: , , | 7 Comments »

RRW week in review for week ending October 10th

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 10, 2014

For new readers, we occasionally highlight at the end of the week the top posts for the week and the top countries from which readers arrive at RRW.  Previous reports like this one are archived in our blogging category.

For this week the top posts are:

1) Our fact sheet (always in the top three)

2)  Fiscal Year 2014 Wrap-up

3) Norway deports Somalis, but Somali government refuses to take them

For daily top posts see our right hand side bar.

Here are the top countries from which readers arrived at RRW this week (in descending order).  Of course, we exclude the US which is naturally always #1:

Canada

Australia

United Kingdom

Germany

Lebanon (new this week)

Ireland (new this week)

France

Norway

Netherlands

India

We have written 5,996 posts to date so the best way to find information here is to use the categories, tags or to use a couple of key words in our search window!

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.  And, sorry for the repetition sometimes, but there are new people joining us every day who know nothing about this complex program aimed at moving third-worlders to Western countries.

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What is trending in Syrian refugee news today?

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 10, 2014

Our Syrian refugee alerts are overflowing as usual, so I thought perhaps I should occasionally report the hottest issues. Here are a few stories today:

President Jose Mujica greeted the refugees in person after their two-day journey. The Uruguayan resettlement plan is unprecedented in Latin America. http://omnifeed.com/article/www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-29561681

First, the possible fall of Kobani to ISIS is sending the biggest tidal wave of refugees toward Turkey (which will surely further destabilize that country).

From Syria Deeply entitled:  ‘180,000 Refugees from Kobani Mark the Biggest Displacement in the Biggest Refugee Crisis, Ever’

Since the ISIS advance on Kobani, the Turkish government and aid agencies have been struggling to respond to the influx of more than 180,000 Syrian refugees into southern Turkey

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that the Syrian Kurdish border town of Kobani was “about to fall to ISIS.” Since the advance on Kobani, the Turkish government and aid agencies have been struggling to respond to the influx of more than 180,000 Syrian refugees into southern Turkey. The sudden, massive flow of refugees fleeing ISIS is the largest displacement in the Syrian conflict.

Humanitarian groups project that there will be 3.59 million Syrian refugees by December 2014, with annual budget requirements of US$3.74 billion (56% of which remains unfunded). For UNHCR, the Syria operation is now the largest in its 64-year history.

 Just a reminder for new readers, the US State Department says we are going to take thousands of refugees from Turkey, here.

The UNHCR wants foreign aid for Greece so it can cope with Syrian and Somali migrants arriving by the thousands

From All Africa:

UNHCR officials in Greece called for the European Union countries to support Greece as many refugees are in that country.

Joorjoos Tasabobulos is UNHCR official in Greece. He said the number of fleeing refugees coming to the Greek islands of Agenee K/bari, Agen and Dodeshense is on the increase. He said in the first eight months of this year, 22,089 refugees of which 65% are Syrians have arrived there whereas other refugees included Somalis, Eritreans and Afghans.

Elsewhere refugees numbering 140,000 from Somalia, Eritrea, Syria and Sudan arrived in Italy but Italy lacks resources to manage them.

See our series on the ‘invasion of Europe’ by clicking here.

Uruguay takes Syrian refugees.

You would think this was the most important item in the Syrian refugee news today based on the number of stories the news has generated.

From the BBC:

A small number of Syrian refugees have arrived in Uruguay from Lebanon.

Forty-two refugees, belonging to five families, were greeted on arrival by the Uruguayan President, Jose Mujica.

They will spend two months in accommodation near the capital Montevideo where they will learn Spanish and attend classes on local customs.***

Other Latin American countries have taken Syrians in but Uruguay is the first to assume all resettlement costs.

Officials say the two-year resettlement programme will cost Uruguay around $3m (£1.9m).

They say the adults have already been guaranteed jobs and the children have places in local school. A second group is due to arrive next year.

*** Note this huge difference in how these refugees will be assimilated—in a center for a few months to learn the language and customs!  In the US they are just deposited in cities and urged to be on their own, to be “self-sufficient” in three months.

Click here for all Syrian refugee posts archived at RRW.

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Taxpayers fund savings accounts for refugees

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 9, 2014

How do refugees get money for cars, houses, education, businesses?

The program is known as Individual Development Accounts through the Office of Refugee Resettlement (HHS).

Albert Mbanfu, Director of the International Center in Bowling Green, Kentucky. http://www.bgdailynews.com/new-international-center-director/image_02fb9de4-89e7-5d6d-97e8-6cf648b73901.html?mode=jqm

This is one of the many ways your local refugee resettlement contractor is able to hand out government (your) cash to refugees and surely get a little cash for themselves for administering the program.  (There are also micro-enterprise loan programs especially for refugees as well).

The local contractor gets a grant from ORR and then refugees may sign up for the savings plan.

For every dollar they save toward certain savings goals, they are matched with a dollar from the US Treasury.  Frankly the complete unfairness of the program to American low income people is often responsible for the hard feelings toward some refugees in certain areas.

We have heard disgruntled citizens ask, for example:  how are they getting cars?

We have reported on this program often but the story we mentioned from Kentucky (yesterday) contained a reference to the program that you may not have noticed, so I thought some clarification was needed.

Here is the section of the ‘Refugees get new homes’ Bowling Green article (hat tip: Robin) that I want you to see:

When Me Meh and her family escaped Burma for a refugee camp in Thailand, they lived in a bamboo house without electricity or other amenities.

The family of 10 resettled in Bowling Green in 2009, bringing with them only some clothes and important papers, Meh said. She was 17. Meh’s two older brothers and her father started work while she went to school and her mother took care of their home.

After a couple of years, the three had saved $4,000. She said the International Center gave them a grant that matched their savings, and they were able to put a downpayment on a house.

The reader is left with the impression that this very nice resettlement contractor—the International Center—was being generous, but this is taxpayer money that was only passed-through the contractor’s coffers!

Go here for a recent list of grantees for the multi-million dollar program.  And, for more information you might want to look at page 38-40 of the FY2012 Annual Report to Congress.   While you are visiting the Annual Report, check out all of the other grant programs that refugee contractors can apply for.  You will be amazed!

Addendum:  I was once told by an official involved with the refugee program in Washington that there is no financial audit done of these resettlement contractors.

Posted in Changing the way we live, Community destabilization, creating a movement, Refugee Resettlement Program, Resettlement cities, Taxpayer goodies, Where to find information | Tagged: , , , , | 2 Comments »

Somalis in Norway: demanding and reluctant to work

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 9, 2014

We just told you about Denmark a few minutes ago, now here is more news from Scandinavia….

From The Foreigner:

A growing number of Somali immigrants are feeling humiliated by The Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV), a new report shows.

Independent research foundation Fafo’s study (in Norwegian) NAV’s treatment of this group has a negative effect on their trust in institutions and experience of inclusive Norwegian citizenship.

NAV employees have explained that the major problem of getting Somalis into the job market is their lack of education and language skills.

According to some NAV workers, Somali immigrants are particularly demanding and reluctant compared to other groups.

“Many Somalis are lacking very basic training in the form of language, for example. Therefore, they feel that NAVs more work-oriented initiatives are worthless,” Fafo researcher John Horgen Friberg told NRK.

Holy cow!  Norway has taken in 33,000 Somalis!

State collapse and civil war has led to that many Somalis lack basic education. It has also worked to diminish their trust in governmental institutions.

This collapse of the Somali state in 1991 led an influx of Somali immigrants to Norway. Some 33,000 emigrated to the Scandinavian country between 1990 to 2013.

Of course it is all the fault of the government agency!  You might want to revisit a post we wrote in December 2013 about a report George Soros Open Society produced on Somalis not adjusting in Norway (all the government’s fault too).

See our whole ‘invasion of Europe’ series by clicking here.

Posted in Africa, Asylum seekers, Changing the way we live, Community destabilization, Europe, Muslim refugees, Refugee Resettlement Program, Stealth Jihad | Tagged: , | 4 Comments »

Denmark limits family reunification for asylum seekers; fears domino effect in Scandinavia

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 9, 2014

As invasion of Europe continues, some countries get it (but is it already too late?)

Update October 11:  See Does Dhimmitude in Denmark Describe Our Destiny?

Remember readers that in certain European countries, Syrian (and presumably others recognized for asylum status) are sometimes limited in how long they stay.  It is expected that when the conflict ends they will go home!

In the US, successful asylum seekers stay for life as do refugees resettled at the UN’s request.  We do have a Temporary Protected Status program for certain people who are supposed to only stay until their country is stable, but as you know they never leave (and are just waiting for the Obama amnesty to make them completely legal).

Denmark has additional problems as a number of their Muslim youths are fighting with ISIS. http://www.biennews.com/denmark-has-more-fighters-in-syria-than-the-u-s/

Here is some news from Denmark.  I was especially interested in an earlier story about how Denmark fears the huge migrant influx that could come from Sweden in the not-so-distant future!

From The Local:

Hoping to stem the tide of refugees from Syria, the government will now only allow for family reunifications if refugees’ initial one-year resident permit is renewed.

As a follow-up to its decision to introduce a new temporary residence permit for asylum seekers, the Justice Ministry said on Tuesday that refugees fleeing civil wars like the one in Syria will only be able to bring their family members into the country if their original one-year resident permit is extended under the new rules. As a follow-up to its decision to introduce a new temporary residence permit for asylum seekers, the Justice Ministry said on Tuesday that refugees fleeing civil wars like the one in Syria will only be able to bring their family members into the country if their original one-year resident permit is extended under the new rules.

“There are major consequences and costs associated with moving an entire family to Denmark. Therefore, that should only happen if there is the prospect of remaining in Denmark for a certain duration. But if the conflict [in a refugee’s home country, ed.] drags on and the stay is extended, then it is reasonable to bring one’s spouse and children to Denmark,” the justice minister, Karen Hækkerup, said in a press release.

Hækkerup announced the new one-year residence permits in September as a way for Denmark to deal with the record influx of asylum seekers.

Denmark worried about what deal with Sweden could do to Denmark!

From The Local in mid-September:

As Sweden prepares to go to the polls on Sunday, that country’s immigration and asylum policies are creating debate in Denmark.

With Sweden taking in a record number of asylum seekers – 340,000 are expected over the next four years – Danish politicians are warning of the negative impact the influx could have on Denmark.

“The many Syrians who are coming to Sweden as refugees will become Swedish citizens in a matter of a few years. And with the agreements we have among the Nordic nations, there is nothing to stop them from then immediately moving to Denmark – without a Danish residence permit – and receiving welfare benefits from day one. It is a big danger,” Søren Espersen of the Danish People’s Party told Berlingske.

Espersen called on the Danish government to express “Danish concerns about the completely excessive immigration underway in Sweden” to their Swedish colleagues.

These deals, especially the EU deals that strip countries of their sovereignty, are going to be the death of them all.

See our whole ‘invasion of Europe’ series by clicking here.

Posted in Changing the way we live, Community destabilization, Crimes, diversity's dark side, Europe, Muslim refugees, Refugee Resettlement Program, Who is going where | Tagged: , , | 7 Comments »

High rate of suicide among Bhutanese refugees resettled in US continues; some wish they had stayed in camps

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 8, 2014

For new readers, please visit our Bhutanese archive for background because I would have to write a book to bring you up to speed.  We have been taking thousands of Bhutanese (Nepalese) refugees ever since the Bush Administration began admitting them in 2007 (or was it 2008), it doesn’t matter, the bottom line is now we are headed toward 80,000 admitted so far and many are struggling.

According to this article as many as 55 have hanged themselves when they learned the “American dream” was a nightmare for them.

From the Los Angeles Times (hat tip: Joanne):

Som Subedi (left) on suicide watch for Lutheran Community Services (salary paid by the US taxpayer).

Som Subedi is stuck in traffic. He’s running late to check on one of his flock: a 37-year-old woman who’s among scores of newly arrived Bhutanese immigrants he watches over like a worried parent.

Ran Gurung is on Subedi’s watch list. A refugee advocate, he fears Gurung is not adjusting well since arriving in June from a camp in Nepal, where her husband mysteriously vanished. She came to the U.S. alone, with only a few relatives already here for support.

Feds didn’t want to listen at first.  Why? I suspect they didn’t want anything to interfere with the warm and fuzzy feeling they get from their do-gooder work.

That’s how Subedi discovered a disturbing trend: Bhutanese immigrants in the U.S. are killing themselves at an alarming rate. Many deaths take place during the 15-day Dashain holiday that starts in late September. The festival celebrates family and community.

He calls it the Suicide Season.

In six years, up to 55 Bhutanese immigrants have hanged themselves, using ropes or traditional scarves, and Subedi suspects the rate might be even higher. He has hounded federal agencies such as the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement to investigate the trend. He sent emails, made telephone calls, even traveled to Washington to address officials.

“I was bothering them,” he said. “I was a pest. It was what I had to do.”

The American dream is dangerous!

Why were people killing themselves when they were finally free of the hopelessness of the camps, able to start a new life?

Then it struck Subedi: For many Bhutanese, the American experience was just plain lonely.

He wrote a column for the Oregonian newspaper, questioning the American dream. “I am a refugee from Bhutan,” he began, describing how he once encouraged friends in the camps in Nepal to hurry to the U.S., a place he called “close to heaven.”

He wrote: “Now I see those newly arrived struggling; they question me about my ‘heaven.’ Some say they would return, if possible, to their dark refugee camps rather than face their desperate situations in Oregon. I have come to feel that ‘the American dream’ is dangerous, because people come here with great expectations. I have stopped calling the camps in Nepal.”

There is so much more, read it all.

I hope all of this gives pause to the social engineers at the UN (which promoted this resettlement because they wanted to close the camps in Nepal, while never of course wanting to close the camps housing the Palestinians!), the State Department and their paid lackeys (the church contractors).  The arrogance of Americans!  It never seems to occur to any of them that people are better off in their own cultures with their own kind of people.

We did learn just recently that the Bhutanese program is to be closed and the spaces made available to Syrians (who will be another unhappy bunch arriving in your cities soon).  Come to think of it maybe the Syrians won’t be so unhappy because the mostly Muslims mission here will be to be part of Al-Hijra thus giving more meaning and purpose to their lives in America.  The Bhutanese are mostly Hindus.

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Articles sure look like coordinated propaganda campaign by US refugee contractors

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 8, 2014

Sioux Falls, Tucson, Lowell, Minneapolis, Bowling Green:  More refugees on the way!

I’ve been collecting articles that have appeared in several states over the last ten days, all sounding a similar theme—basically all is well in “welcoming” American towns and cities which have become primary welcoming resettlement sites for the US State Department and its resettlement contractors.

It appears that early October was the target date for getting the propaganda machine cranking. 

First we had the ‘welcoming’ news from “Welcoming America” about the ‘welcoming’ mayors, here.   Then there was the release of the movie in a theater near you on October 3rd entitled “The Good Lie” which I need to see to determine which of many lies about refugees the film is promoting and is there any mention of the ‘bad lies.’

And, articles in papers in at least five states (surely others too which I have not yet seen) about the program and how fabulous (did I say welcoming?) it is.  And, funny coincidence is that this is all happening as Obama released his new refugee plan for FY 2015 (which began on October 1).

Bowling Green, KY Iraqi refugee sets up new apartments for the new refugees flooding the town. See one of many posts we wrote in 2009 about how the refugee contractor was putting refugees in slums with no winter clothes: http://refugeeresettlementwatch.wordpress.com/2009/10/25/whats-going-on-in-bowling-green-ky-a-presumption-of-good-intentions/

You have to hand it to them, these people are really good at planting puff-piece propaganda!

Check out the articles yourselves and see what I mean!

From Sioux Falls, South Dakota (Befriending Sioux Falls Refugees) everything is hunky dory thanks to contractor Lutheran Social Services!

About 500 refugees arrive in South Dakota each year. Last year, Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota helped resettle 389 people in Sioux Falls and 146 in Huron.

From Tucson, Arizona (Refugees Seek Safety in Arizona):

Tucson’s reputation as a welcoming city for refugees goes back at least a decade.

One of Tucson’s resettlement contractors is Catholic Charities.

Catholic Community Services assists refugees with housing, case management and learning English. In a field of work where budgets are always tight, he said funding is an even bigger challenge for his organization than adapting to the various needs of the people they serve.

The number of refugees Catholic Community Services helps has doubled from 150 in 2003 to 300 in the present day.

From Lowell, Massachusetts (Lowell still a top site for refugees):

Don’t worry!  Contractor, the International Institute of New England, is doing a bang-up job!

LOWELL — Refugees still come into Lowell to start their new lives in America, just as they always have, most notably Cambodians fleeing the Khmer Rouge. Refugees and immigrants have given the city one of the most diverse populations in Massachusetts.

The International Institute of New England’s Lowell office, the only refugee resettlement agency in Middlesex County, has seen nearly 300 arrivals in the past 11 months. As a city, Lowell trails only Worcester and West Springfield among Massachusetts cities expecting the most refugees in the coming fiscal year.

“Lowell, for a number of reasons, is still good for resettlement,” Derek Mitchell, director of the International Institute’s Lowell branch, said Friday at a meeting of refugee service providers at the Lowell Community Health Center.

From Minneapolis, Minnesota where the Hmong and Somalis are doing great we are told, here (published in Pittsburgh so residents there don’t put up resistance).

Finally, nonprofit refugee resettlement groups and political leaders in the region reached out to the Hmong, just as they had earlier to refugees from Vietnam and Cambodia.

Groups like Lutheran Social Service and Catholic Charities led the way in helping the Hmong find homes, jobs and English language classes, Mr. Allen said, and political leaders like former St. Paul mayor George Latimer openly welcomed the new refugees.

Last but not least, Bowling Green, Kentucky (Sen. Rand Paul’s hometown) is the most deceptive story of all (Refugees find new homes here).  Who are these reporters that don’t seem to know how to use google?

We have a huge archive on Bowling Green and a big chunk of it is about the housing problems in Bowling Green, not to mention the crime and the Iraqi terrorists the resettlement contractors have brought in with the refugee flood.   No worries! Bowling Green is wonderful and welcoming!

Hundreds of refugees resettle in Bowling Green each year through the International Center. The growing number of foreign-born residents makes up 10.6 percent of the city’s population, according to U.S. Census Bureau data from 2012.

Sorry, I wish I had the time and the patience because this story is so blatantly a puff-piece it makes me want to scream!

Got a recent propaganda puff-piece where you live?  Please put a link in the comments to this post!

You can bet all of these ‘welcoming’ cities will get many more refugees in the coming year and these articles were planted to help keep ‘pockets of resistance’ from developing.

By the way, if you missed it, see our FY2014 wrap-up here yesterday.

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Canada to speed up Syrian refugee intake

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 7, 2014

No surprise…

Immigration Minister Chris Alexander: Syrians are coming! http://www.cicsimmigration.com/alexander/

From the Toronto Sun:

OTTAWA – Canada has taken in 1,500 Syrian refugees, Immigration Minister Chris Alexander told the House of Commons Monday.

The government had been under pressure from opposition politicians to bring more refugees to Canada more quickly.

“If they are here, where the heck are they?” NDP MP Andrew Cash asked. “Response by this government has been incredibly slow and it’s not commensurate with the tragedy unfolding.”

Alexander said the system has been improved so that refugees can get to Canada more quickly.

New readers interested in Canada’s refugee problems, go here for our archive on our “welcoming” northern neighbor.

By the way, how many Canadians (former refugees and others welcomed by Canada in years past) are fighting with ISIS now?

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