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Handy timeline of the border invasion

Posted by Ann Corcoran on July 14, 2014

Reader Bruce sent us this great timeline prepared by the blog—The Last Refuge.  Someone did a lot of work!

I would just like to add a 2004 “backgrounder” by Don Barnett published by the Center for Immigration Studies.  We posted on Barnett’s report last month, here.  The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) in Health and Human Services and their contractors knew for some time that the rush on the border was coming.

In fact, in June of last year we attended a Pennsylvania meeting of the ORR and its contractors and they were predicting large numbers of ‘unaccompanied alien children’ in future years.  I wondered what they knew that we didn’t know.

The contractors are paid to either care for the children in contractor-run facilities or find them foster care (here is just one such attempt to find foster care).

 

Addendum:  Just so I don’t lose this link, here are some more stats on the cost and other stats from ORR via News5.

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Top 12 states “welcoming” refugees (so far) this year

Posted by Ann Corcoran on July 11, 2014

The fiscal year is over in 3 months and as of June 30th the US State Department has released statistics on which refugees are going to which states.  For new readers these are the refugees in the regular Refugee Resettlement program; the stats do not include the surging border-invading migrants and “children,” asylees, temporary protected status holders, or diversity visa lottery winners.  These are just the refugees resettled through the federal contractors ***to your states.

By the way, they previously made public which refugees were going to which cities, but that information is no longer available to us (why?).

The total resettled as of June 30th is 50,988 so they are on target to meet their Obama-set goal of 70,000 by September 30th, however, the border crisis and the overload communities will be feeling from that may stem this year’s tide of other third worlders.

Indeed, the frightening news about “refugees” from Central America invading America may well represent a public relations nightmare for the contractors who have, over three decades, carefully wrapped the word “refugee” in warm and fuzzy language.

Go here and open Arrivals by state and country location (see who is coming to your state).

Here are the top 12 states “welcoming” refugees this fiscal year (Oct. 1, 2013-June 30,2014)

Texas (5,141)  Turning the red state blue one immigrant at a time?

California (4,541)

New York (3,014)

Michigan (2,980)

Florida (2,624)

Ohio (2,208)

Pennsylvania (2,051)

Arizona (1,994)

Georgia (1,968)

Washington (1,863)

Illinois (1,840)

North Carolina (1,834)

This post will be archived in our ‘where to find information’ category.

***The contractors

 

 

 

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Asylee or refugee? Chart showing US “refugee” numbers is confusing

Posted by Ann Corcoran on July 1, 2014

There is a chart making the rounds (several people have sent it to me) which supposedly shows the “origins” of “refugees” admitted to the US.   Although the text makes it clear that the numbers are for those granted “asylum” in the US (yes, they become refugees, aka asylees, for the purpose of getting their goodies), but to call them “refugees” is confusing.

A refugee is generally considered to be someone the UN selects abroad and is admitted into the US by the State Department after some initial screening.  A successful asylee is someone who got to the US on his or her own steam and then asked for asylum and were subsequently granted refugee status.

So why do the “unaccompanied minors” from Central America need lawyers? Because they are going to be applying for asylum (although most are economic migrants, not legitimate refugees). http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-Texas/2014/06/05/Leaked-Images-Reveal-Children-Warehoused-in-Crowded-US-Cells-Border-Patrol-Overwhelmed

Also, the chart does not tell us what the time frame is for the numbers or where the author got them—are the numbers for 10 years, 5 years, one year???

Regular readers here can quickly see that the numbers are wrong if we are talking about “refugees” admitted by the US because leading that list in recent years are Iraqis, Burmese, Bhutanese and Somalis.

We don’t admit Chinese “refugees” in any great number.  This year (see stats here) for example in the same period that we took 32 Chinese “refugees” we have admitted 11,660 Iraqis.

Since the chart making the rounds lists Chinese “refugees” as over 65,000 it is clearly attempting to show “asylees” or “asylum seekers” (those who have not yet been granted asylum).   Those Chinese asylum seekers got in here through either illegal means or overstayed a visa (also illegal!).

By the way, most Chinese asylum seekers are frauds!  Remember this story from last February?

In fact, another bunch of frauds are the “unaccompanied kids” from mostly Central America who got in here illegally and are going to be seeking asylum.  If approved they will be refugees with all of the social services and rights available to a US citizen (except voting, but they will be doing that too!).   See our fact sheet for what refugees and asylees (those granted asylum) are eligible to receive.

Here is the government’s Annual Flow Report for 2012 which helps further make the distinction between “refugees” and “asylees.”  (Don’t ask me why they don’t have 2013 available, but I bet it’s because their “asylee” numbers are a chaotic mess or so over-the-top that they don’t want you to know!).

I sure hope that helps!

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UNHCR says US has pledged “open-ended resettlement numbers” for Syrians

Posted by Ann Corcoran on June 30, 2014

What the heck does “open-ended” mean?

We have been puzzled in recent weeks about why there is no announcement from the US State Department about the number of Syrians they expect to resettle in the US this fiscal year (the fiscal year ends Sept. 30th).  As regular visitors to RRW  know, the contractors*** want 12,000-15,000 this year.

As of May 31st we have resettled 42 Syrians as “refugees.”   And, there isn’t much squawking coming from the contractors.  Do they know something we don’t know?

Here is the news release from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees:

Geneva, 27 June 2014 – New offers of resettlement or humanitarian admissions for Syrian refugees were today pledged by Belgium, Ireland, Switzerland and Uruguay. In all, 565 new places were announced during a high-level meeting of 42 countries, taking the total number of offers received since mid-2013 to more than 34,700 places. In addition, the United States has pledged open-ended resettlement numbers.

The majority of offers to date come from European states, with Germany having offered over half the global total. [Invasion of Europe!---ed].   In all 22 countries have offered places for Syrian refugees so far.

High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres said: “I hope this momentum continues over the coming months. Resettlement and other humanitarian admission programmes are critical and can be life-saving for the victims of the conflict in Syria.

Now, go to the US Refugee Admission numbers for this year (so far, as of May 31).

Obama set the ceiling for admissions from the Near East/South Asia at 33,000 for the fiscal year that ends Sept. 30th.  (See Presidential Determination for FY2014.)

We have taken 11,660 Iraqis so far.   6,005 came from Bhutan, and smaller numbers from other countries in the region bringing the total to 20,278.  There are also 2,000 spaces labeled as ‘unallocated reserve.’   It is those 2,000 spaces that most observers believe will be available to Syrians.

There is no such thing as open-ended resettlement, EXCEPT as this President has shown us time and again, he can make law since most members of the Legislative branch of government have abrogated their duty under the Constitution and are letting him get away with it!

Will the announcement on Syrians arriving in large numbers during the remaining 3 months of the fiscal year be the next stunner out of the lawless Obama Administration?

***The contractors:

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UN and media lackeys hype numbers for World Refugee Day

Posted by Ann Corcoran on June 21, 2014

Ho hum!  I guess we can’t expect honesty for their big propaganda day.

Several people reported this headline to me:   For First Time Since WWII There Are More Than 50 Million Refugees.   

My first thought was directed at the UN—”liar, liar, pants on fire!”—but maybe I should be directing my annoyance at the AP reporters and the headline writer because I wondered how that 50 million “refugees” jives with the Pew study (using UN numbers) that says the number of refugees is down to between 10 and 12 million from a peak in the early 90s of 18 million (see graph below right)

Iraqis on the move (again) this week. The US takes 20,000 Iraqis a year. Iraqis make up the largest ethnic group we are resettling right now. http://www.newser.com/article/3296c869af544477b0c782c8dd35b352/ap-photos-a-look-at-daily-lives-of-refugees-as-global-count-surges.html

Here is the story, hat tip Judy, that I wasn’t going to waste my time on, but since it is everywhere, I will (waste my time) and post it:

TAZA KHORMATO, Iraq (AP) — In a battered car loaded with blankets and clothes, Hassan Abbas and his mother left a dusty town in northern Iraq, fleeing this week’s violence and joining what the United Nations says is the largest worldwide population of displaced people since World War II.

The U.N. refugee agency’s latest annual report, released Friday, found more than 50 million people worldwide were displaced at the end of last year, reflecting an ever-expanding web of international conflicts.

Last year’s increase in displaced people was the largest in at least two decades, driven mainly by the civil war in Syria, which has claimed an estimated 160,000 lives and forced 9 million people to flee their homes. Now Iraq is adding to that tide.

Notice the word “displaced”—that does not mean they are by definition all “refugees.”  Twenty paragraphs into the story we learn this:

Of 51.2 million displaced people worldwide last year, 16.7 million were refugees outside their countries’ borders. More than half of the refugees under UNHCR’s care — 6.3 million — had been in exile for more than five years, the agency said.

That 16.7 million is likely inflated as well, but even so it is still LESS than the peak in the early 1990′s of 18 million.

LOL!  This is what I would have picked out of the story for my headline!

On World Refugee Day: Violence in Muslim countries producing most of world’s refugees.

Just a few paragraphs from the end of the AP story:

By country, the biggest refugee populations were Afghan, Syrian and Somali, the report said.  [and now Iraqis again, of course---ed]

Al-Hijra?

You know stories like this one from AP are used as propaganda (often effectively with naive Americans and dumb politicians) to soften them up.  But, besides the usual do-gooder verbiage about “vulnerable” people, “humanitarian” gestures, and “welcoming” communities would someone please tell me….

What good does it do America to bring a relative handful here?   And, why do we want to bring any of their Islam-driven violence and squabbles to America anyway? 

 

Posted in Changing the way we live, Iraqi refugees, Muslim refugees, Refugee Resettlement Program, Refugee statistics, The Opposition, Where to find information, Who is going where | Tagged: , | 4 Comments »

Migrant invasion of Europe continues every day, mostly Muslims

Posted by Ann Corcoran on June 20, 2014

The number of “refugees” worldwide may have dropped in the last couple of decades, but the number “welcomed” in Europe has increased.

This is what the Mediterranean tide brings in on a daily basis.  Al-Hijra anyone!

 

‘New Europeans’ rescued at sea after launching from Libya.

 

Syrians, Afghans and Somalis top the list!  From AP at FoxNews:

BRUSSELS – The European Union’s statistical agency says more people were granted asylum across the 28-nation bloc last year mostly because of a high influx of refugees fleeing the war in Syria.

Eurostat said Thursday the number of accepted asylum seekers rose by 17 percent to 135,700 in 2013 from 116,200 a year earlier, meaning about one in three applications was accepted out of a total of 462,000.

The biggest group of refugees that were granted asylum were some 36,000 Syrians, a quarter of the total, followed by about 16,000 Afghans and 9,700 Somalis.

Sweden, with 9.6 million inhabitants, was the most generous country in accepting asylum seekers, granting protection to 26,400 people, followed by Germany, the EU’s most populous nation, which accepted 26,100 people. France took in 16,200, and Italy 14,500.

If you haven’t treated yourself to some light (LOL!) summer reading, how about The Camp of the Saints (along with Al-Hijra)!

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

See the Department of Homeland Security’s annual flow report for 2012 (the most recent one we could find) that summarizes the numbers and where they come from of US refugees and asylees.   The Office of Refugee Resettlement told us that in 2013 we took about 143,000 refugees and asylum seekers (all are eligible for welfare goodies).

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Number of refugees worldwide has fallen since early 1990s peak

Posted by Ann Corcoran on June 19, 2014

This week, as World Refugee Day approaches on Friday (and as Iraq unravels), your news will be filled with much wailing and gnashing of teeth by the humanitarian industrial complex over the plight of millions of refugees on the move around the world (and the only way to save them is for Western nations to fling open their borders).

The Pew Research Center tells us in a useful analysis of the data that the number of refugees on the move is actually down since the peak at the beginning of the decade of the ’90s.  Who would have thought it!

Unrest in Ukraine, Syria and Iraq has prompted renewed attention about refugees across the world in recent weeks. But in the face of such news stories, long-term refugee trends are often overlooked.

According to the 1951 Refugee Convention, refugees flee their home country because of political, ethnic or religious tensions. Although millions of people may move within a country to avoid conflict and violence (they are often described as internally displaced people), people must cross international borders to be counted as refugees. (And although generations of Palestinian refugees are counted as part of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East, Palestinian refugees are not included in estimates by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.)

Using trend data from the UNHCR for 2002 to 2012, here are five facts – in marking of World Refugee Day on June 20 – that shed light on the changing shape of refugee populations around the world.

The number of refugees has fallen:

The number of refugees living in a foreign country who are either waiting to return or be resettled peaked in the early 1990s at about 18 million. During the 1990s peak, most of the world’s refugees were leaving Afghanistan, Iraq and other countries in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2012, Afghanistan, Somalia, Iraq and Syria were top countries of origin for refugees [mostly Muslims---ed]. But despite the ongoing conflicts in these countries, the number of refugees around the world is considerably less than it was two decades ago, numbering between 10 million and 12 million in recent years.

Read the article for more and to follow the many links.

And, remember, this week the push is on on Capitol Hill to persuade your elected officials that we need to take more refugees and throw more money to the contractors***.   See, for example, Lutherans bring 50 refugee lobbyists to Washington.  This is also the week for you to let your Member of Congress and US Senators know how you feel. Let Rep. Trey Gowdy know too!

***The refugee resettlement contractors/lobbyists:

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ORR Year in Review for FY2013 has some handy stats

Posted by Ann Corcoran on June 6, 2014

Near the top of the list of our most-read posts almost every day is our Fact Sheet on Refugee Resettlement.  In addition to that fact sheet here is a handy report from the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) that was published in December that I just came across while searching for something else.

ORR Director Negash: we served 143,000 “refugees” last year.

It is a year-end review for FY2013 and the cover letter is written by ORR Director Eskinder Negash, formerly a Vice President at the contractor US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI).  His former boss at USCRI, President Lavinia Limon, was a former director of the ORR (did you get that! the ultimate revolving door between grantor and grantee!).

Here are some numbers one should get firmly planted in one’s mind (that applies to me as well!) when people ask you how many refugees are there.   Here is what Negash says the ORR “serves:”

….with the United States welcoming refugees from 65 countries across the globe this past year. The highest number of overseas arrivals represented a slight switch from those of the past few years, with nearly 19,500 Iraqi refugee admissions and 16,300 Burmese refugees accounting for more than half of all refugee arrivals. They were followed by Bhutanese (9,100), Somali (7,600) and Cuban refugees (4,200), with Iran, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Eritrea and Ethiopia rounding out rest of the top ten admissions groups in FY2013.

The overall population served by ORR and its partners, however, grew to a projected 143,000 new arrivals in Fiscal Year 2013, including almost 72,000 refugees and Special Immigrant Visa holders, an estimated 46,000 asylees and Cuban/Haitian Entrants and Parolees; more than 500 Victims of Trafficking, and nearly 25,000 Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC).

And yippee, in the very next paragraph he says they are almost all on a path to citizenship and VOTING!  Those unaccompanied kids as well!

The numbers only tell part of the story: most of the 143,000 people ORR served last year are on a path to U.S. citizenship that began the day they arrived. Former refugees, asylees, and UAC are making positive changes in communities across the country—and will continue to do so throughout their lives—opening businesses, buying homes and raising families, and voting (and running!) in local elections.

I often say that we take 70,000 refugees a year on average, but I think we need to follow Negash’s lead and start using a number twice that—143,000 a year arriving in the US and in need of “services” you, the taxpayers, are providing.

Posted in our ‘where to find information’ category.

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Norway accepting fewer asylum seekers, Canada too!

Posted by Ann Corcoran on May 29, 2014

….but, what is the US Justice Department hiding?

This is a long article published on the same day as the European Union parliament elections (surely before the results were in)—elections which clearly demonstrated that Europeans from various countries are beginning to stand up and demand that Europe put its own ethnic people first.   See French police storm migrant camp yesterday.

One has to wade through many many column inches of text about “Ismael” the Somali poster boy for Northern Norway to find a few interesting facts.

Ismael, a Somali in Northern Norway, tells a heartwarming story and the reporter laps it up.

I’ve often laughed over the years about reporters who write ‘refugee-sees-first-snow-stories,’ and this one actually did that!

From the Barants Observer:

After two weeks Ismael was accepted in Norway and soon thereafter he boarded a plane to a place where he would buy his first ever winter coat, see snow for the first time in his life and have to learn a new language and way of living – one he never could have imagined before.

The five Nordic countries received 76,400 requests, in total in 2013, with Sweden accepting 70 percent of these applications. This equates to accepting 9 percent of the total global asylum seekers. Norway received 11,500 claims in the same year – a two percent share of the global total. This is down from the over 17,000 Norway accepted in 2009 and up from the all time low of 9,050 in 2011.

For the last three years Europe has been the primary region sought by asylum seekers – in 2013 Europe received 484,600 asylum claims from across the globe. The US and Canada are second.

Canada approved a paltry 10,400 new claims in 2013. That’s a 50 percent decrease from the 20,500 accepted in 2012. They now match Norway in accepting only two percent of asylum seekers who apply to “industrialized countries” as defined by the UN.

The Breivik factor is mentioned near the end (after you feel all warm and fuzzy about Ismael and his Muslim friends).

Norway, like many other countries, is becoming more closed off to refugees. The country has been accused of ignoring its racist undertones, but events like the brutal shooting rampage of Anders Behring Breivik three years ago have forced Norwegians to contemplate the place of race in their society.

In the middle of all the mushy stuff about Ismael, the reporter did direct us to this handy report from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees—Asylum Trends for 2013.

Here are a couple of interesting facts reported by UNHCR:

*An estimated 612,700 asylum applications were registered in 2013 in the 44 industrialized
countries covered by this report, some 133,000 claims more than the year before (+28%). This is the third consecutive annual increase and the second highest annual level of the past 20 years.

* With 109,600 new asylum applications registered during 2013, Germany was for the first time since 1999 the largest single recipient of new asylum claims among the group of industrialized countries.

* The United States of America was second with an estimated 88,400 asylum applications, followed by France(60,100), Sweden(54,300), and Turkey (44,800).

What is Obama’s Justice Department hiding?

Since I didn’t see any bullet-point telling us how many of the 88,400 US asylum applications were approved (as the Norway and Canada stats do), I went back to the report to see if I could find the number.  However, look at this disclaimer on the report’s first page!

*The United States Department of Justice,
Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR)
has temporarily suspended the dissemination
of asylum statistics. As a consequence, the
information available is limited to the number
of asylum applications lodged between January
and August 2013 (17,892). Data from September to
December have been estimated by UNHCR using
a statistical model (seasonal ARIMA). Because no
information is available on the country of origin
of asylum-seekers during this period, its analysis
should be considered as indicative only.

We know some Mexicans are now making bogus asylum claims, but this would indicate that there are a hell-of-a-lot of OTMs (Other than Mexicans) coming across the US border.

And, just a reminder, successful asylum seekers (claims are approved) become full-fledged “refugees” and are eligible for all the same benefits that refugees get in America.  However, keep in mind that they never get the security screening that refugees identified abroad receive.  Remember the Tsarnaev Boston bomber family!

Click here for more of our ‘invasion of Europe‘ posts.  This post is also archived in our ‘where to find information’ category.

 

Posted in Asylum seekers, Canada, Changing the way we live, Europe, Immigration fraud, Obama, Refugee Resettlement Program, Refugee statistics, Where to find information, Who is going where | Tagged: , , , | 5 Comments »

Minneapolis: Somalis want to expand mall, neighbors opposed

Posted by Ann Corcoran on May 22, 2014

I expect to see David Lubell and his “Welcoming America” gang stepping in here to support the Somali “entrepreneurs” who say business is booming in South Minneapolis and to get the minds right of these clearly “unwelcoming” neighbors.

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges donned a hijab to visit business leaders in South Minneapolis! http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2014/04/mayor-hodges-dons-the-hijab.php

 

However, here is what I don’t get, how does this notion that business is booming fit with the statistics we reported yesterday from Minnesota that 63% of Somalis in that state live below the poverty level.  Where are they getting the money then to shop and hang around to watch soccer and drink tea?

From the Minneapolis Star Tribune:

Local Somalis had high hopes for the expansion of a Somali mall in south Minneapolis, after the owner proposed adding nearly 9,000 square feet of space and expanding the parking lot.

But one by one, the mall’s neighbors showed up to testify at a Planning Commission meeting late Monday that the mall had already caused many traffic and parking problems in the area.

City planning commissioners voted down the expansion Monday night, calling on the developer to further study how it would affect traffic. City planners had supported the project.

The crowded mall is the latest example of a problem throughout the city: balancing the needs of neighborhood businesses with complaints that their customers overwhelm the streets.  [Do you have "customers" overwhelming the streets where you live?---ed]

Are they just hanging around with not much to do (on the taxpayers’ dime)?

Cars park where there are no designated spaces, often boxing each other in and sometimes even blocking the mall’s entrances as East African immigrants stream in to drink tea, watch soccer, log on to computers, have their hair cut, and buy dresses, scarves and rugs.

Here is what the neighbors say:

Many Somali immigrants stepped up to support the project before planning commissioners on Monday, but opponents said that Village Market, as the mall is known, was never designed to support so many visitors and businesses. It has invited noise, illegal parking, littering, crime, dangerous driving maneuvers and loud music. Some said they had seen ambulances struggle to weave through.

Hey, lucky Cheyenne, Wyoming!  This could be you someday!

Thank Catholic Charities, Lutheran Social Services and World Relief Minnesota for helping make this lovely situation possible in Minneapolis!

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