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John McCain: Move Iranian dissidents from Iraq to the US

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 24, 2014

Just for your information…..

John McCain: They can live with me. I have some extra homes to share! (Not)

From the National Council of Resistance of Iran:

U.S. Senator John McCain sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday to raise concerns about Iranian opposition members in Camp Liberty, Iraq, whose lives are increasingly at risk as the security situation in Iraq, particularly in Baghdad, continues to deteriorate.

The letter published in Senator McCain website states:

“I am writing you to follow-up on the response I received in August to my previous letter concerning the ongoing refugee resettlement process and to discuss my continuing concerns about the residents of Camp Liberty,” writes Senator John McCain.

“As you are aware, due to the increasingly dangerous threat of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the resettlement process has stalled, and many fear that the people at Camp Liberty could be at grave risk if the security situation in Iraq, and especially in Baghdad, continues to deteriorate.

“For this reason, the Administration must move more quickly to find safe, permanent, and secure locations for Camp Liberty residents outside Iraq. I was encouraged to hear about Albania’s willingness to temporarily host some Camp Liberty residents for purposes of identifying individuals for relocation to the United States.

Although we might have sympathy for the dissidents’ plight, is it our job to take in the squabbling factions from the Middle East?  Just asking!

McCain’s press release is here.

And, by the way, where is Obama pal Samantha Power and her doctrine—the Responsibility to Protect?  And, come to think of it, why can’t the UN protect them?

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Holy smokes! Indiana DEMOCRATIC Congressional candidate: No Syrian refugees for Indiana; take care of our people first!

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 23, 2014

I think we are seeing a major trend developing where it seems that Democrats are more willing to say NO! to refugees while some Republicans fear mentioning the word, or as in the case of Grover Norquist and his Republican pals are actually pushing for more refugees in America!

Democratic candidate Justin Kuhnle: Take care of our people first! Photo: http://teapartycheer.com/bios/midwest/indiana/justin-kuhnle-in-bio/

Just yesterday we posted the World Net Daily story about mayors across the country questioning refugee resettlement and most of the mayors with guts are Democrats also, go figure!

From the News-Sentinel reporting on a Congressional candidate debate for the 3rd District of Indiana:

In a follow-up question [about Syria---ed] Kuhnle was asked, given northeast Indiana’s welcome of refugees in the past, should we welcome Syrian refugees here as well.

Kuhnle, who has some background in social work gave a surprising answer for a Democratic candidate.

“I would be hard pressed to accept that.” he said, adding “When we look at the needs of what northern Indiana has it can’t continue that open door policy. We must look to the need of our own citizens first.

Kuhnle suggested it would be better to help them, in Syria.

This Congressional district in Indiana includes Ft. Wayne so that helps explain the answer.  We have an extensive archive on Ft. Wayne going back for seven years—the US State Department and its contractors have swamped the city with needy Burmese refugees.

Remember the 2010 spitting and urinating in the laundromat brouhaha.  People remember stuff like that!

What do you bet Kuhnle gets a visit from “Welcoming America” for a little mind-readjustment!

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Congolese refugee women in America need costly mental health care; 50,000 in the pipeline!

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 23, 2014

 

Your tax dollars:

We told you here in June of 2013 that the US was aiming to resettle 50,000 Congolese (DR Congo) refugees over the next few years and the US State Department has been busy, busy, busy getting the flow started.  Indeed this article tells us something we didn’t know—they want to get the 50,000 here by 2019!

If you visit the statistics at the Refugee Processing Center (US State Department) you will see that at the close of Fiscal year 2014 on September 30th, we resettled 4,540 from the Democratic Republic of the Congo during the year (Don’t look at the map where someone has left out DR Congo! or case numbers, look at individuals numbers listed for DR Congo in chart below map).

Apparently enough of them are here to begin studying their needs, in this case, their need for costly mental health treatment (also needed by the Bhutanese).  The report (partially funded by the UN) suggests “leveraging local resources.”  Of course that means the feds aren’t going to pay for it—state and local taxpayers will!  Wyoming are you listening!

Anne Richard, US State Department and Antonio Guterres head of UNHCR. The UN is calling the shots on Congolese resettlement to America. Richard to Socialist Guterres: Jump? How high?

From the University of Texas:

AUSTIN, Texas — The U.S. government must do more to address the needs of Congolese refugee “women at risk” through trauma-related services and social support, according to a report by the Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (IDVSA) at The University of Texas at Austin and the Department of Sociology & Social Work at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

The report issued recommendations for the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, which is responsible for resettling 50,000 Congolese refugees in the United States by 2019. The recommendations are based on a study of refugee women from the Democratic Republic of Congo who have resettled in the United States after decades of unrest in their homeland.

“The women who participated in our study experienced multiple traumas and hardship,” said Noël Busch-Armendariz, lead author of the report and director of IDVSA in The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work. “This study provides empirical evidence to inform the tremendous efforts already underway to meet the needs of Congolese female refugees.”

Although the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program emphasizes economic integration through job placement, the report finds that many refugee women had unmet needs for trauma-related services, social support and longer-time financial support, said IDVSA researcher and project director Karin Wachter. The study was partially funded by a $15,000 grant from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).  [So the UN is basically telling Americans to spend more money on this problem they created for us!---ed]

Leveraging and long-term service = your money!

Access to long-term services to address trauma and loss is essential for this population,” said Maura B. Nsonwu, the lead researcher from North Carolina A&T. “The U.S. Refugee Admissions Program could leverage local resources for these services, such as domestic violence and sexual assault centers in cities who receive Congolese refugees.”

So what does the US get out of this arrangement when mentally-impaired single mothers raise large numbers of children in your town?

See our ‘health issues’ category with more posts on the refugee health problems you pay for.

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World Net Daily does it again! Detailed report on American mayors objecting to refugee resettlement for their cities

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 22, 2014

Reporter Leo Hohmann at World Net Daily again shows his skill at pulling together threads of a complicated and very secretive program of the federal government—the US State Department’s and the Office of Refugee Resettlement’s (in HHS) program (at the UN’s direction) to demographically change your towns and cities.   Nashua, NH take note!

Update!  All of you in cities with refugee resettlement should send the WND story to your mayors and mayoral candidates.

Here is how his latest detailed report from yesterday on a revolt of mayors across the country begins (he spoke with the mayor of Athens, Georgia):

The mayor of Athens, Georgia, has joined a growing chorus of mayors across the U.S. who are concerned about the federal government’s resettlement of foreign refugees in their cities and the resulting drain on public services.

Athens GA mayor Nancy Denson: we want a detailed plan on how refugees would integrate.

The refugees come from war-torn countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East and require a plethora of government services to help them overcome language and cultural barriers. They have little or no job skills that translate into trades in a modern economy such as the U.S.

Athens has been targeted as the latest refugee city of destination by New York City-based International Rescue Committee Inc., which provides resettlement services for the federal government on a contract basis. IRC wants to transplant 150 refugees who are fleeing Iraq, Syria, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burma.

Athens Mayor Nancy Denson recently sent a letter asking the IRC to delay the resettlement until it can put together a “formal refugee integration plan.”

Once the IRC gets approval to open an office in Athens, the pipeline of refugees would continue on an annual basis. That’s why Denson said the community must know ahead of time if it is able to accommodate the needs of the refugees for housing, schooling, public health and welfare services.

Denson, a Democrat, has the support of Republican Gov. Nathan Deal in her effort to forestall the opening of an IRC resettlement office in Athens. International Rescue Committee is the largest and oldest of the nine private agencies that contract with the federal government to resettle foreign refugees in U.S. cities.

It is long but read it all.  It is chock-full of information not just about Athens, but about many other cities (pockets of resistance) as well.

See other of our posts on Hohmann’s WND investigative reports.

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Denver refugee offspring (Somalis and Sudanese) caught in Germany trying to reach ISIS

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 22, 2014

Ho hum…. so what else is new!

This story is all over the news, so other than for me to acknowledge the latest case of refugees thumbing their noses at the good life in America (paid for by you, the taxpayer) and still wanting to join the Jihad, here is one version of the story from ABC.  If you see more detailed stories, send the link as a comment.

If you type ‘Somali missing youths’ into our search window, you will get upwards of 100 posts (going back as far as 2008) on this same topic—Somali refugees off to learn the Jihad trade.

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Nashua, NH to take 150 new refugees this year; contact the mayor!

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 22, 2014

New Hampshire readers (others too!) need to send yesterday’s World Net Daily story to Nashua’s mayor!

Titled, Another US city protests influx of refugees,’ the article (a must-read) is a broad overview of cities across America where mayors are asking questions and demanding the flow stop (or in the case of Athens, GA not even begin).  Once an agency gets a foothold, they won’t stop at 150!

This article in the Nashua Telegraph requires a subscription.  Here is a bit of it from a reader who is a subscriber.

And, LOL!, check it out, Lutheran Social Services of New England has changed its name.   By the way, this is a prime example of how these resettlement contractors (whatever they re-name themselves) overload certain cities then spread out from there.  They are running out of “welcoming” places to drop-off refugees!

Nashua Mayor Donnalee Lozeau needs to talk to other mayors before she jumps into the frying pan. Or is it too late? Contact the mayor here: http://www.gonashua.com/CityGovernment/MayorsOffice/MayorsBiography/tabid/66/Default.aspx

Three years ago, the mayor of Manchester asked officials to stop resettling families in the state’s largest city.

And just last year, Nashua’s mayor urged caution when about 50 refugees were set to come here, saying the city needed to make sure the appropriate services were in place.

“I want to make sure that the refugees that are resettled in Nashua are successful,” Lozeau said last year.

“We’ve got to make sure the school they may be going to will be prepared to assist them, that they have safe and affordable housing in a location that’s appropriate.”

Resettlement has been a coordinated effort among city services, volunteer groups and the School District, said Amy Marchildon, program director of the New Hampshire arm of refugee placement agency Ascentria Services for New Americans, formerly Lutheran Social Services of New England.

The organization works with people seeking asylum and secondary migrants, placing them primarily in Laconia, Concord and Nashua.

“There is a real network of support in social services and volunteer support … and a lot of support from the city,” Marchildon said.

Historically, Nashua has received few refugees compared with other New Hampshire communities.

Manchester has received more than 4,400 refugees since 1998, while Concord took in more than 1,600 and Laconia received nearly 500.

But the state’s second largest city took in only 218 refugees during that time, according to resettlement figures from the state Department of Health and Human Services.

Lozeau said city agencies have come together to meet the impending influx of refugees.

There is more to the news, but you may have to subscribe to get it.

See our very extensive archive on New Hampshire by clicking here.  See also this June 2013 post where the Office of Refugee Resettlement already said that New Hampshire had “pockets of resistance.”  I wonder, did ORR send “Welcoming America” to Nashua?

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Refugee gardening projects: How much do those veggies cost you?

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 21, 2014

Your tax dollars!

Michelle Obama on refugee gardening: “It’s a model for the nation, for the world”

A reporter once asked me how on earth could these refugee resettlement contractors and their spin-off groups make much money out of resettling refugees by the head when they receive a one time flat fee for each refugee planted in your town.  I explained that most of the income for the contractors and subcontractors come through the myriad grants they receive through the Office of Refugee Resettlement for administering everything under the sun—job training programs, English classes, refugee savings accounts, micro-enterprise loan programs, healthy marriage training programs, and even refugee veggie growing projects like those described in an article at TakePart.

Knowing a bit about agriculture and how hard it is to make a profit (unless you are a corporate farm with millions invested in land and equipment) these feel-good gardening projects taxpayers pay for—you pay for!—can only survive with large infusions of federal cash.

From TakePart (hat tip: Joanne):

There are now agricultural programs across the country—many of which have been bolstered by federal Refugee Agricultural Partnership Program grants—aimed at transitioning people into their new lives in the States by focusing on the agrarian background shared by many refugees. But these garden plots are also meeting the demand for niche produce, such as bitter melon, providing a local market for vegetables that are staples in a refugee’s country of origin but are harder to find in the U.S. and are often sold for a premium.

After a discussion about Cleveland, reporter Sarah McColl takes us to one of our favorite locations for refugee resettlement—Nashville, Tennessee where we learn about an $85,000 grant that the Center for Refugees and Immigrants of Tennessee received from the federal government for FY14-FY16.

So how many veggies can you grow with $85,000 in federal funding!

Somali Community Center becomes Center for Refugees and Immigrants of Tennessee

Some longtime readers may remember that the Center was originally the Somali Community Center in Nashville.  Let’s take a minute and go down memory lane.  Here is what we said about the name change back in 2009:

So they conveniently dropped the name, Somali Community Center, eh?  Could it be they want to shed their bad image with federal granting agencies?    We have heard of this before, some agency or volag gets into grant trouble and pretty soon they are going by another name, I suppose hoping that new federal or state grantors (or the public!) won’t link them to the former bad acts.

A reminder to readers, the Somali Community Center got into hot water with the federal government over misuse of grants and with a possible connection to terrorist activities back in 2007.   Check out this important and shocking story from Nashville’s Channel 4 news at the time.

The link to the shocking story is gone, but visit our post where we had, thank goodness, preserved the original text.

Back to the gardening grant where you can be sure the Center gets to keep a certain amount of your money for administrative purposes.

Snake gourds trellised up a willow tree?  (and you paid for it!)

Lauren Bailey: We grow crops without spending a lot of money.  $85,000 is a lot of money!

It’s much the same in Nashville: There are plenty of international grocery stores, explained Lauren Bailey, director of agricultural programs at the Center for Refugees and Immigrants of Tennessee. Access isn’t the problem.

“It’s less that they’re not able to find it and more that it’s expensive,” Bailey said. “But the crops that we’ve grown this year, they’ve been able to grow prolifically without spending a lot of money.” One enterprising gardener told Bailey he’d earned $25 from his mustard greens haul, though most take what they grow home to their own kitchen. “I sense that they’re excited to be growing, but also excited to be providing for their families,” she said.

In its first year after receiving a 2014 federal Refugee Agricultural Partnership Program grant, the Nashville program now includes a community garden, ESL instruction, and a training garden that hosts an 18-week market gardening course that’s regularly attended by refugees from Burma and Bhutan. It’s not a simple matter of the students learning from the teachers, however. “At one training garden they were growing a snake gourd, and they trellised it up a willow tree, and I’ve never seen anything like it before,” Bailey said.

Supplemental income, language practice, fresh veggies, and marketable skills are all important aspects of resettlement that are easier to quantify than some of the other benefits Bailey and Fitzpatrick have observed in the garden.

“It’s not just that it might provide income,” Bailey said, “but that it might bring health or improve their quality of life. For a lot of our gardeners, it’s a sense of ownership and pride—the work that they’re doing, and what they’re able to accomplish.”

Again, check out the whole list of grants for refugee gardens.  By the way, I see that the now defunct Indiana gardens that American volunteers had to try to save (when refugees tired of the work) are no longer on the list.

Someone needs to take one of these grants, get the original grant requirement and track the federal money and figure out how much it costs to produce the veggies and what the return on your investment is, photograph the gardens on a regular basis and see how many refugees are actually gardening.  I suspect there is lots and lots of room for fraud in managing one of these federal warm and fuzzy give-away programs.

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Obama “welcomes” 100,000 Haitians to your towns and cities

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 20, 2014

Obama is getting it done with his pen and phone while everyone yaks about the Republicans possibly winning the Senate in a few weeks and while we follow shiny objects—like the Ebola mess.

Obama getting it done!

Folks I hate to break it to you, but Obama will have two years to do his unlawful work because even if Republicans take control of the Congressional branch there appear to be few leaders who have any guts there to stop (or undo) any of the outrageous executive actions he is getting done.

I don’t understand why more Republican Senators and Congressional leaders don’t speak up now and thus assure their victory in November.

We better hope the 80-year-old Senator Grassley stays in the Senate and stays healthy!

By the way, there are already tens of thousands of Haitians here legally under Temporary Protected Status.  See our category on Haiti, here, to learn how that came about. Since they are here legally I expect their families will be applying for family reunification under the new Obama plan.

I’m also guessing that these new Haitians will come under the care of the Office of Refugee Resettlement and their contractors thus making this another expansion (in addition to the UACs) of the definition of the word ‘refugee’ and further broadening the refugee resettlement program thus giving the new Haitians immediate access to welfare, one of the plums that comes to those designated as “refugees.”  (Someone correct me if I am wrong!).

From the Washington Times (hat tip: Erich):

The ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee took the Obama administration to task Friday for its “irresponsible” plan to allow as many as 100,000 Haitians to immigrate to the U.S. without a visa.

Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa said the administration’s Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program — which will allow thousands of Haitians awaiting a U.S. visa to enter the country and legally apply for work permits — is “an irresponsible overreach of the executive branch’s authority.”

Which countries are next on President Obama’s list?” Mr. Grassley said. “Will there by medical screenings before entry? Will work permits be granted automatically? How will this affect American workers?”

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the branch of the Department of Homeland Security that handles immigration benefits cases, announced Friday the program to unite Haitians already living in the U.S. with family members abroad will ramp up in 2015.

At that time the State Department’s National Visa Center will begin notifying families who may be eligible to take part in the program. Those immigrants will allowed to apply for work permits while waiting for issuance of their permanent visas.

The agency said the program will expedite “safe, legal and orderly migration.”

See also Breitbart and American Thinker articles thanks to Joanne.

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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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Romanians living in London subway demand homes

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 16, 2014

It is not just Muslim migrants over-running Europe and expecting services, here is a story from London about Romanians living in the subway system.  They say they will move if given homes.

 

Romanians camp in subway at Park Lane. Notice the nervous-looking Mom and daughter slipping by them.

 

From the Daily Mail which always seems to find the most interesting news! (hat tip:  ‘pungentpeppers’):

A gang of Romanian beggars sleeping rough on one of London’s most exclusive streets today demanded: ‘We’re EU citizens, give us houses’.

The 40-strong group sleeping in a subway under Park Lane have been accused of turning it into a ‘slum’ having lived in various camps near Marble Arch for 18 months.

Local businesses believe they have driven away customers because of the mess and members of the group urinating in the street and fighting with rivals.

Today the group said they are willing to pack up their cardboard boxes if Westminster Council found them homes.

Read it all.  Besides being a nuisance and responsible for an up-tick in petty crime, local businesses say their ‘camps’ are bad for business—check out the photos!

How much time before we see encampments like these in American subways and parks?

End note:  RRW will be taking a break beginning today after we post a few more stories.  Be back on October 20th and will be able to post your comments then.

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