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In Liberal, Kansas meat packing plant a black guy named Smith murders a Somali refugee

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 21, 2014

Liberal by the way, is the name of the town!

Here we learn that an African-American killed one of his African ‘brothers’ apparently on the job at National Beef.

It was just last week that we reported on the on-going tension between African-Americans and Somali refugees in Minneapolis, here.

We have a whole raft of posts at RRW on problems in Kansas meat packing towns as ‘BIG MEAT’ continues to bring in refugee laborers.  Click here for that entire archive.  See also ‘Globalists changing the Heartland’ as they look for cheap immigrant labor for big business (with a side benefit of creating more Democrat voters in traditionally red states).

This news from last week (thanks to a Kansas reader) doesn’t tell us what the altercation was about, but searching around there is some commentary that the police are keeping details hushed up.  If anyone sees more news on the Liberal meatpacking murder, let us know.

From the Leader & Times:

Smith is charged with 2nd degree murder in meatpacking death of Somali refugee.

 Jail logs issued Thursday by the Seward County Sheriff’s Office identify the man arrested for second degree murder of a man he had an altercation with last Friday as Michael Joel Smith.

Smith. 31, is listed as a resident of Guymon., Okla., and he was initially taken to Liberal Police Department headquarters for questioning on Oct. 10, after he had an “altercation” with Abdukadir Mohamed Dahir, 25, while both were working at National Beef. He was then released.

Dahir was airlifted that same day to a Wichita hospital for treatment of his injuries, where he died the following day, Saturday, due to “blunt force injuries of the head,” according to authorities.

After Dahir’s death, LPD Capt. Pat McClurg announced LPD had arrested Smith Tuesday evening and was seeking a second degree murder charge against Smith with the Seward County Attorney’s office.

Authorities have yet to release the cause of the injuries or any additional details of the altercation.

“No other suspects are being sought in connection with this incident,” McClurg noted Wednesday. “The investigation of this incident is ongoing.”

Can we expect CAIR to show up?

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Nashville school system a wreck due to immigrant overload and poverty

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 16, 2014

Responsible! David Lubell, Welcoming America

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

Responsible! Holly Johnson Catholic Charities

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

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

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

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

Here is just a bit of the Nashville Scene story:

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

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

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

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

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

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US State Department halts plans (for now) to send refugees to Athens, GA after mayor objected

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 15, 2014

Actually the mayor did what every sensible mayor should be doing—she insisted on a delay so that the International Rescue Committee could  “present a formal refugee integration plan” to local elected officials and others (presumably with public input!).

Athens, Georgia dodges a bullet for now as Democratic Mayor Nancy Denson insists on a formal plan for refugee integration before resettlement begins (what a novel idea!).

Make them have a long range plan for your town!

Such a plan would include research on where the refugees will work, what social services they will need, how many children can the school system accommodate, how much affordable housing is available, is the health department ready to take care of some communicable diseases, how long will the resettlement contractor be involved with refugees it resettles, how many, for how many years—etc.  Make sure there is public input.

And, be sure to make them spell out exactly which refugees from which countries are coming to your city!

And, finally insist on an escape clause so that, if the State Department contractor brings too many, the city can say STOP!

(Remember there are several US cities trying to get them to stop to no avail—Manchester, NH, Springfield, MA and Amarillo, TX come immediately to mind.)

Our previous coverage of the Athens, GA refugee controversy can by found by clicking here, here, and here.

Here is the full story yesterday from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution which sought comment from the US State Department and got none (no surprise there).  Emphasis is mine.

 The U.S. State Department has shelved a plan to resettle 150 refugees in Athens following objections from Mayor Nancy Denson and Gov. Nathan Deal’s administration.

The International Rescue Committee said it got an email last week from the federal agency saying it would consider the proposal “after additional planning and community consultation.”

J.D. McCrary, the IRC’s executive director in Atlanta, said in an email that he was “not entirely sure what is meant by additional planning and community consultation as this was extensively undertaken during the past year.”

“There is always hope in the future and the good news is that senior level officials from the State Department are planning a visit to Athens next month to view the area in person for future consideration,” he wrote. [Boy, would I love to be a fly on the wall!---ed]

“During the visit we will be clarifying with them what additional planning and consultations they are requiring, showing them firsthand why Athens has already become a preferred destination for refugees seeking a new life, and discussing a concrete plan to resubmit a proposal to establish an official resettlement site.”

[....]

The IRC has proposed resettling refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Myanmar and Syria in the region in the coming months.

In a letter sent to the U.S. State Department in August, Georgia Human Services Commissioner Keith Horton said he did not want the refugee resettlement plan to “go forward at this time.”

“The degree of cooperation, communication and consultation is not where I would like for it to be,” Horton wrote. “It is my hope that the community of Athens/Clarke County and the IRC will continue to work together to resolve the issues and concerns that have been raised.”

Horton’s letter followed one Denson sent Deal’s administration two days before. In her letter, the Democratic mayor complained the IRC did not reach out to enough people in her community early enough about its plans. She also raised concerns that the refugees could strain public resources in Athens-Clarke County, which is home to about 120,000 residents. Denson said she wanted the IRC to delay its efforts and to “present a formal refugee integration plan” to local elected officials and others.

LOL!  Seeing a new “pocket of resistance,” I suspect we will see “Welcoming America” moving in to re-educate the mayor and others if they haven’t arrived there already!

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Settlement reached in 2013 Minneapolis high school riot between African Americans and Somali students

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 14, 2014

At the time, they called it a “food fight” that erupted in the cafeteria, got out of control, students were injured and the police were called in.  We spent a lot of column inches reporting on it here in February 2013 Please read that post then come back here.

Now, reader Paul alerts us to a settlement reached when the Department of Education’s Civil Rights Division settled a claim by CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations).  The stunning thing about this “discrimination” story at the Minneapolis Star Tribune last week and analyzed by Scott Johnson at Powerline blog is that one would have to be clairvoyant to know that the original incident was between American blacks and Somali blacks—nothing racial about it!

By the way, over the years I have had readers tell me that Somalis think of themselves as superior to African Americans.  Meanwhile the dumb resettlement contractors, thinking they are stirring the good ol’ American melting pot, merrily place the African refugees in low-income black neighborhoods thus helping further the cultural tension.

Somali students: don’t blame us! We don’t blame you, we blame the US State Department, Catholic Charities, Lutheran Social Services and World Relief. Photo: Star Tribune http://www.startribune.com/galleries/191328001.html

Here is blogger Johnson at Powerline blog:

A cafeteria food fight turned into a riot at South High School in Minneapolis in February last year. The school’s security officers were insufficient to the task. Police officers dispatched to the scene sprayed mace and placed the school on lockdown to get a handle on the situation. Three or four students and a staff member ended up in the hospital.

What was all the excitement about? The Star Tribune discreetly reported that parents and students ascribed the hostilities to “racial tensions between Somali-American students and others.” Who might those others be? For some reason, the Star Tribune’s two reporters were unable or unwilling to get to the bottom of the story.

Fortunately, the British press was not quite so inhibited. The (London) Daily Mail reported that the fight was “between Muslim and black students.”

Read it all.

CAIR never lets a good opportunity go to waste and the media here acts as a willing accomplice by skirting the truth.  I can just see the mainstream reporters’ heads spinning when the reality doesn’t fit their agenda.   ‘But, but, but, they are all black African brothers, they are all supposed to just get along!’ Right? ‘Islam is the religion of peace!’ (That is what they told me in college anyway says my imaginary reporter!). Blah, blah, blah.

Why so many Somalis in Minneapolis?  See our  January 2011 post to learn who brought them to the “welcoming” city in the first place.

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Globalists seek to change Nebraska and the ‘heartland’ with immigrants

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 13, 2014

They say that population declines in the Midwest can be fixed by pouring in more immigrants, and they have the resources to promote studies backing their argument.

But, isn’t this the same flawed thinking that has Europe in decline?  Didn’t France buy this argument a couple of decades ago and now is facing the whirlwind after having brought in the African immigrants to supposedly do the work, but who are instead destroying the French culture and society (not to mention pulling down the economy and bringing crime)?

Somalis protest against JBS Swift in Grand Island for not giving them special prayer break times. We wrote a lot about this five or six years ago. http://www.wardheernews.com/News_08/September/17_protest_over_right_to_pray.html

Here is the disturbing news about something called the Chicago Council on Global Affairs that has Michelle Obama on its board of directors—see the list of directors!

From the Grand Island Independent:

[By the way, it makes me sad to see this about Grand Island, I once went there to see the Sandhill Crane migration---a typical American Midwest town in the '70's---ed]

Grand Island fits into a trend of Midwestern communities making efforts to ease the transition of immigrants and seeing population growth as a result.

Those conclusions can be seen in two reports issued by the Chicago Council of Global Affairs. One report, issued in September in a joint project with the American Immigration Council, is called “Reimagining the Midwest: Immigration Initiatives and the Capacity of Local Leadership.”

[....]

While “new Hispanic resident” does not necessarily mean “new immigrant,” most of the county’s growth in Hispanic residents has come from immigrants. Hall County and Grand Island also have added significant numbers of Sudanese, Somali and Asian refugees and immigrants during recent decades.

Reports like this one—Growing the Heartland—will be used as propaganda to convince American towns and cities that it is inevitable (and necessary!) that third-worlders will be moving in.   It is really all about global corporations, like meatpackers, needing cheap and abundant labor, and Leftists needing Democrat voters!

The “Growing the Heartland” report says the Davenport, Iowa-Illinois metropolitan area and the metropolitan areas of Duluth, Minn.; South Bend, Ind.; and Terre Haute, Ind., all owed 100 percent of their population gain to immigrants.

The Tri-State Chicago metropolitan area, as well as Akron, Ohio; Lansing, Mich.; St. Joseph, Mo.; and Sheboygan, Wis., all had population gains that were mostly attributable to immigration. Sheboygan led that list at more than 82 percent, while the remaining four areas owed about 54 percent of their population gains to immigration.

The report lists another 42 metropolitan areas with population growth partially attributable to immigration. They include Omaha, which owes 26 percent of its population growth to immigration, and Lincoln, which owes just more than 19 percent to immigration.

The report asserts population growth is a prerequisite for economic vitality: “Population decline threatens economic competitiveness, decreases the number of taxpayers and reduces political representation and influence at the federal level.”  [LOL! but what sort of political influence will the new immigrants have on the federal level? Democrats all?---ed]

The transition hasn’t gone smoothly in Grand Island!

I didn’t realize we had so many posts on Grand Island, Nebraska going back several years, check out the archive here.  See especially this post from 2010 where the police chief in the city says it is “chaotic anarchy” in GI with all the ethnic groups coming in.

 

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Eden Prairie, MN Somalis want taxpayers to provide more low-income housing (for their people)

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 12, 2014

Remember readers, if your town (or state—Wyoming!) is “welcoming” refugees (and is initially generous with social services) this is the inevitable outcome—aggressive refugees, once their numbers reach a sufficient level, will demand more from local taxpayers.

Community organizer Asad Aliweyd Director of the New American Academy in Eden Prairie: “…the need is huge.” http://metrostability.org/news/article.php?sid=Alliance_Welcomes_New_Board_Members

From the Minneapolis Star Tribune:

As an outer-ring, affluent suburb, Eden Prairie may seem an unlikely city to draw a growing refugee community. But 17 years ago, Somali-Americans like Asad Aliweyd moved there for its top-ranked schools, safe community and job opportunities.

Now, nearly two decades later, Eden Prairie has the third-largest Somali population in the Twin Cities, next to Minneapolis and St. Paul, according to the city, with an estimated 3,500 to 5,000 residents.

The Somali language is second only to English in Eden Prairie schools. The police department has its first Somali police reserve officer. And the city has Somali businesses, including a halal grocery store, and two mosques.

“Eden Prairie is more welcoming to Somalis than anywhere else,” said Aliweyd, a former math teacher who now runs a center providing classes for Somali youth and adults.

But he and other Somali leaders are pushing for more support from the city and school district, and for more affordable housing as the city plans for development along the future Southwest Corridor light-rail line. There, Aliweyd envisions a multicultural market like Minneapolis’ Midtown Global Market and more affordable apartments.

“In Eden Prairie, we are in an island,” he said of Somali resources. “If we weren’t here, no one would be doing this.”

City and school leaders say they are providing free resources to residents for everything from finding housing to filling out job applications, hosting a popular monthly program for Somali mothers and having Somali-speaking coordinators to help families.

We’re trying to help them out the best we can with limited budgets,” City Council Member Brad Aho said.  [Bend over!---ed]

There is a lot more in the article.  Go here to continue reading.

Here are our previous posts mentioning Eden Prairie.

Columbus, Ohio activists working hard on behalf of Somalis looking for good affordable housing, here.

See one of our top posts for all time, from 2011Why so many Somalis in Minneapolis?—and thank the US State Department, Catholic Charities, Lutheran Social Services and World Relief Minnesota for dropping the original Somali seed community into the fertile ground of a generous, welfare-rich, state.

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

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 11, 2014

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

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

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

(Emphasis below is mine.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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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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