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Baltimore: Lutheran contractor prays in ritzy neighborhood to demonstrate how Maryland welcomes the illegal children

Posted by Ann Corcoran on July 31, 2014

Yeah sure…

Linda Hartke, CEO of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, led a prayer vigil for the “chiiildruunn” in their own swanky back yard—-the Inner Harbor of Baltimore—yesterday.   The multi-million dollar federal refugee contractor has its headquarters there.

Gee, why weren’t the “faith leaders” parading and praying through Baltimore’s seedy side?

Gotta keep up their real estate holdings! The Lutheran Center (LIRS headquarters) is a six-story structure constructed in 1999 on property owned by Baltimore’s historic Christ Lutheran Church. The building is located near Baltimore’s Inner Harbor in the historic Federal Hill neighborhood, a charming area rich with history and an eclectic array of eateries and shopping venues.

And, of course, the lazy Associated Press (and other major media) never mention a word that Hartke and crew are being paid from the US Treasury to do their community organizing.

Sorry to our long-time readers who have heard my rant for the umpteenth time.

See Lutherans again with Christian charity claptrap!

We are paying for their public relations campaign! 97% of their funding comes from taxpayers while they pretend that what they do is out of the goodness of their Christian hearts!

Hartke is paid over $200,000 a year to do her prayer vigil march!

Here is their latest phony-baloney public relations ploy.  They only had to walk a short distance from their office building (that you help pay for too!).

This is the AP story that we saw in the San Francisco Chronicle (emphasis is mine):

BALTIMORE (AP) — Scores of Baltimore-area religious leaders held an interfaith prayer vigil for unaccompanied children who arrived in Maryland after fleeing violence in their home countries.

Dozens of religious leaders and supporters marched along Baltimore’s Inner Harbor on Wednesday to draw attention to the influx of immigrant children into the United States, and specifically into Maryland and Baltimore. In the first seven months of 2014, 2,205 unaccompanied immigrant children have settled in Maryland. Most of those children have been reunited with family members or placed in the homes of sponsors.

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Linda Hartke, president and CEO of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service and one of the rally’s organizers, said the march and prayer vigil were designed to send a message that the city is welcoming of refugees and immigrants.

So why weren’t they marching in West Baltimore—that would be a real test of how “welcoming” the city might be! Why aren’t these people worthy of the Lutherans’ prayers? They have dreams and aspirations too!

“Today’s gathering is an important sign of support from the people of Baltimore that says this is a city and a state that’s welcoming of refugee kids, of people who flee violence, of people who have dreams and aspirations for their future, for their well-being, and to be reunited with their family members.”

The Lutherans are praying as well for Marylanders to take the “children” into their homes.

Now this next part is such a joke (if this weren’t so serious an issue). 

Governor wannabe-President Martin O’Malley met with “faith leaders” on Monday to plan for the children.

I would bet a buck that every “faith leader” in the meeting was on salary to be there and had a financial interest, as a federal contractor, in the ‘unaccompanied alien children’ coming to the state.  But, surely no reporter even thought to inquire.

The prayer vigil comes just two days after Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley met with religious leaders in the state’s capital to discuss strategies for sheltering the children in Maryland. Catholic Charities [also a federal contractor---ed] has proposed utilizing one of its Timonium facilities that has been used to house children with severe behavioral problems as a shelter for immigrant children. The facility can house 50 children at a time.

All of our coverage of the ‘unaccompanied minors’ border invasion may be found by clicking here.

Do you have a Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) subcontractor near you?  Go here to find out. Note that business is booming under Obama and LIRS is in the process of hiring a second Washington lobbyist, here.

And, as 2016 approaches, just know that Martin O’Malley has done everything he could as governor of Maryland to help the anti-borders activists “welcome” more immigrants of all stripes (legal and illegal) into Maryland.  I guess Maryland’s own poor minority people aren’t cool enough for O’Malley and the “faith leaders.”

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Pittsburgh at “tipping point” as refugee population mushrooms

Posted by Ann Corcoran on July 30, 2014

Could we be seeing a new “pocket of resistance” growing, this time in Pennsylvania?

UH-OH!  Last year at the Lancaster, PA refugee pow-wow I attended, the ORR speaker assured the audience that there were no pockets in PA.

From the Pittsburgh Tribune (hat tip: Paul):

Pittsburgh and surrounding communities have reached a “tipping point” and need to plan for a rapidly rising and diverse foreign population, immigration experts tell the Tribune-Review.

“The changes we’re seeing today, which we’ve been seeing for years now and are building, are not merely anecdotal. We’ve reached the tipping point,” said Barbara Murock, manager of the Allegheny County Department of Human Services’ Immigrants and Internationals Initiative.

Murock said that means social welfare agencies, public service nonprofits and religious groups should expand literacy training, career counseling and health care programs for foreign families.

I guess they couldn’t find any local critics willing to speak on the record to a reporter, but they did get Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies in Washington to say a few words near the end of the article:

Critics voice concern about how the U.S. refugee resettlement program has morphed over the past decade, arguing that for every success story such as Pittsburgh’s Bhutanese there are others, such as Somali farmers, who struggle in 21st-century urban America.

They want the government to slash refugee quotas.

“The State Department should look at refugee resettlement in the United States as an absolute last resort, not the first. That’s been my problem with the policies. They took the easy way out and sent them here,” said Mark Krikorian, who directs the Washington-based Center for Immigration Studies.

Read it all here.  Don’t miss the LIVELY comments (do I detect resistance?).

This is how the State Department rolls. They find a community that by its silence is deemed “welcoming” and then they don’t know when to stop delivering more refugees.  I’ll be keeping an eye on Pittsburgh and report back when we see the first real local push-back make the news.

By the way, the reporter never quite explains what happens when the “tipping point” is reached.

We did earlier this year report on refugee mental health problems in Pittsburgh, in addition to the World Refugee Day no-show article last year.

VDARE has an amusing analysis of this news items and Pittsburgh’s plight, here (refugees “enriching” Pittsburgh) yesterday.

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Dover, NH update: Refugee contractor cancels public meeting, no surprise

Posted by Ann Corcoran on July 29, 2014

On Sunday, we reported that the town of Dover, New Hampshire and a couple of other towns in the area were being targeted for a new resettlement site for impoverished third-worlders presumably because nearby Manchester is overloaded and has become a pocket of resistance.”

New readers, see our post Sunday, for background.

Now here comes news (that frankly doesn’t surprise me) because the US State Department and the Office of Refugee Resettlement (in HHS) and their contractors usually operate with greater secrecy and public meetings to answer questions and assess the mood of citizens in a target town are rare.

We have maintained since we first began writing this blog in 2007 that citizens of a community tapped for a new resettlement site are entitled to be informed through public meetings and discussions with elected officials of all the details involved with “welcoming” a large number of impoverished people to their community.   The federal government doesn’t operate in the sunshine (as has become painfully obvious to most Americans following the border surge).

From Foster’s Daily Democrat:

DOVER — A state group that helps facilitate the resettlement of international refugees has canceled a meeting with the City Council.

Representatives of the Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success, based in Manchester, were scheduled to meet with the City Council on Aug. 13.

In a letter addressed to City officials, including City Manager J. Michael Joyal, Jr. and Mayor Karen Weston, the Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success said it is premature to discuss resettlement in Dover and the Tri-City region.

Emma Tobin, Associate Director ORIS http://www.linkedin.com/pub/emma-tobin/31/20a/35b

“I would like to assure you that ORIS has no intention of moving forward with refugee resettlement in the tri-city area unless we have significant support from the communities,” wrote Emma Tobin, associate director for the Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success. “Further, our initial meeting with you was meant to be the beginning of a very slow process; refugee resettlement in the tri-city area was never meant to happen overnight, or in a vacuum.”

ORIS is one of several agencies that help identify communities suited for refugee resettlement under the U.S. State Department’s Reception and Placement program. The program provides assistance for refugees to settle in the United States, including assistance with living expenses during a refugee’s first few months in the community. The Reception and Placement program is limited to the first three months after arrival; however, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement works with states and other nongovernmental organizations to provide longer-term cash and medical assistance, as well as language, employment, and social services.

ORIS indicated it would consider meeting with Dover officials and the community in the future.

Don’t hold your breath!

This does not mean that the towns have dodged a bullet.  What the contractor and its federal handlers will likely do is bring more refugees into Manchester and then quietly, without public discussion, move them in 3-6 months to surrounding towns.  They will tell critics—this is America and people can move to wherever they want and there isn’t anything you can do about it!

One fundamental fact about how the US Refugee Resettlement Program is structured that people need to understand is this—-contractors are paid by the head to resettle refugees, then they get all sorts of other federal grants to “support” them—like teach them English, grow gardens, and how to have healthy marriages (not kidding!)—so THERE IS NO INCENTIVE TO STOP THE FLOW ONCE IT STARTS (the “non-profit” organization has salaries and overhead bills to pay)!

One last thing!  On their grants to teach English:   If this is an important federal government goal, then there is no reason I can see why the feds couldn’t give grants directly to local community colleges for special ESL classes for immigrants. Why does a quasi-government ‘non-profit’ group need to set up entire new programs for teaching English?  I would really like someone in the refugee placement industry to tell me why local colleges couldn’t do those English classes.

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They aren’t just all poor Central American “children”

Posted by Ann Corcoran on July 29, 2014

This news is not new to us, we have many posts written over the years about illegal aliens caught coming across the US border from countries that have spawned terrorists, who then seek asylum and often get it.  Earlier reports indicate that they travel great distances, some through Russia, then to Cuba and on to Central America and Mexico before reaching the US border—very expensive trips.

The first logical question we should ask is how in the hell did these supposedly poor “refugees” get all that much money?  Someone is paying for the invasion!

 

I’ve seen other maps like this one which depicts one route taken by Iraqis through Syria, to Russia, to Cuba and then on to Central America. These are not impoverished people making this journey! http://www.zindamagazine.com/html/archives/2007/09.17.07/index_mon.php

 

In January 2011, I suggested a Congressional investigation of who is helping them from the US end (the NGOs?), here, but I guess our dear leaders in Washington are too busy with other things to listen to me and others!—what could be more important than our safety and our sovereignty?  (LOL!  I was pretty laughably naive in that 2011 post!)

Breitbart:

MCALLEN, Texas—A single group of illegal aliens entering Texas from Mexico over the weekend included foreign nationals from Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, according to the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC). The group crossed into the Rio Grande Valley sector from Tamaulipas, Mexico.

“One group of our agents apprehended individuals from Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka,” said Albert Spratte, a spokesman for Local 3307 of the NBPC. “Everyone in this group was an adult male. They entered on Saturday, July 26, 2014. Our agents apprehended them, they did not turn themselves in. They were trying to sneak in.”

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Breitbart News previously reported on foreign nationals coming from Asia, the Middle East, and terror-prone nations from the Horn of Africa—often entering Central America and utilizing the same pathways and smuggling networks as Central Americans and Mexicans who illegally enter the United States. That report was based on information from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Spratte said, “Border Patrol agents in our sector have in the past apprehended aliens from Iraq, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Israel, and from many other nations. People think this is just about Mexico and Central America, but it isn’t. People from all over the world are trying to sneak into the United States.”

Read it all.

Bangladesh is filled with agitated Muslims especially the Rohingya people (we have 174 posts here on the Rohingya) and most of the Sri Lankans trying to get into first-world countries are associated with Tamil Tigers.

Clearly all these OTMs (other than Mexicans) see an opportunity right now with the border chaos Obama has created.

All of our posts on ‘unaccompanied minors’ may be found by clicking here.

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Mass demonstration in Boston, Mass; did it make the news?

Posted by Ann Corcoran on July 28, 2014

Rally on Beacon Hill on Saturday. Image source: Twitter/Marc Lombardo

Update:  More protests in Massachusetts, Chicopee this time!

They demonstrated by the thousands on Beacon Hill on Saturday against the Obama Administration-generated surge and Obama pal Governor Deval Patrick’s comments that Massachusetts will take a thousand of the “children.” (but only for a few months!).

Do you think it’s as fascinating as I do that we are seeing such blow-back about illegal (and LEGAL) immigration in Massachusetts?  Not just this demonstration, but also that two Mayors (in the peoples’ republic of Massachusetts!)—in Springfield and in Lynn (as early as 2011) are begging for relief from the refugee overload they have been experiencing.

The only thing I can make of it is that there comes a “tipping point” for everyone, no matter what political persuasion one comes from, when too many is too many!  The New England states have been “welcoming” for much longer than some others, thus their population is more saturated with immigrants of all stripes in need of services.  So can we expect to see the backlash elsewhere as the numbers of immigrants grow?

***Don’t forget*** today is the day to call your Member of Congress and US Senators and tell them to stop the border invasion.  Melt the phone lines all week!

Here is the story at The Blaze (have you seen it in the national mainstream media?).  Surely Rush Limbaugh will talk about it today on his show—-he as much as invited people to the demo on Friday, here.

The largest some observers have ever seen there:

Illegal immigration protesters descended upon historic Boston on Saturday decrying Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick’s decision to offer shelter in the state to unaccompanied minors.

And, here is the news at Boston.com:

An anti-illegal immigration rally on Beacon Hill outside the State House on Saturday, July 26 was teeming with protesters.

While Bree Sison of CBS Boston estimated that the gathering drew hundreds of people, Jeff Kuhner, the host of WRKO’s The Kuhner Report, who organized the rally, put the number closer to 10,000 people.

People carrying signs that said “Deport illegals,” and “Americans before illegals” stood just outside the State House from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

I predict that if Congress goes home for vacation and does nothing about the flood of ‘unaccompanied alien children’ crossing the border and being distributed around America, elected officials will be getting an earful when they meet constituents during their “break.”

All of our coverage of ‘unaccompanied minors’ is here (archive goes back several years).

 

 

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Will the federal government resettle hundreds of Congolese refugees in Dover, NH?

Posted by Ann Corcoran on July 27, 2014

Only the people living there will decide….

 

Update July 29th:  Public meeting cancelled—no surprise!  Read all about it here.  Keep this information below if your town becomes a target!

Forget what you hear about local communities having no say, whether tiny historic Dover or surrounding towns will become new resettlement sites for Africans, Asians and Middle Easterners will all depend on the turnout and the questions asked (and answers given!) at an upcoming public meeting scheduled for Dover city hall August 13th, 7 p.m.

The US State Department, the Office of Refugee Resettlement (in HHS) (yes, the same agency moving the illegal alien children around the country) and their contractors and subcontractors are running into “pockets of resistance” in already overloaded communities around the country and are out scouting for new fresh territory (like Athens, GA as well).

The federal government likes to intimidate (bully!) communities with this notion that they decide (from Washington) where to move the literally over one hundred thousand “refugees” entering the US every year, but they won’t move them to new communities where its citizens demand answers to the all important questions:  Who pays for all of this? Where will they work? Who is going to pay for all the children’s education? Do we have enough low-cost subsidized housing for our own people? What other social services will they require? How many foreign language interpreters are available in our criminal justice system?  Can our health department handle a flood of mental health problems and communicable diseases? (HIV-AIDS and TB cases are admitted to the US in the refugee program) When will it stop?

In answer to that last question, it won’t!  Once a seed community is established the contractors are paid by the head to bring in the family members.  At that point, if some in your community raise a warning flag, they will be called racists, xenophobes and bigots—and just plain cruel to oppose reuniting the poor families.

If you don’t believe me about that–that it will never end—just ask the Mayors of Lewiston, Maine, Manchester, NH, Amarillo, Texas, Lynn, Massachusetts and Springfield, Massachusetts.

Before I go any further, here is the news I heard yesterday:  First from The Granite Grok (3,000 to go to Dover!), a New Hampshire blog (hat tip: Richard) and then here in Foster’s Daily Democrat (hat tip: Joanne).

To prepare for this public meeting (you have 18 days!).  This is what I would do (in no particular order):

* Call the mayors in those other New England towns where the community wants the flow stopped. Maybe one or two would even come to your public meeting!  And, by the way, some elected officials in Dover or surrounding towns must have quietly suggested that the community would be open to this resettlement site. Find out if that is so, and identify them.

* Learn everything you can about the federal government’s refugee program (start with our fact sheet). Local taxpayers are definitely on the hook for most “services” needed by refugees after the first 8 months.

* Review the questions we wanted answered in Hagerstown, MD in 2007.   We, in rural Maryland, were to be a new site, but the State Department killed the plan after the public meeting.  As I said then, and still say, if the refugee plan for your community is a good one, they should be able to sell it to Dover by answering all the questions citizens have!

Blogger Skip Murphy has some questions to ask as well!

* In your research you will learn that the State Department is trying to resettle 50,000 Congolese (announced May 2013) 2,630 so far this fiscal year , but they won’t just resettle Congolese to Dover and surrounding towns.  You will get a mix of Muslims and other religions/cultures among Iraqis, Somalis, Burmese and Bhutanese (just naming the top four right now) making the language problems even greater for your school system.

If you are within 100 miles of a refugee overloaded city like Manchester, you are in the target zone for resettlement of more refugees.

* Learn all you can about the supposed non-profit contractors.  Know that there is a ‘pocket of resistance’ in Manchester and that since Dover is less than 100 miles from Manchester, it is now targeted for the overflow.  (100 miles is a magic number for the State Department reuniting families).

By the way, the contractor identified in the Foster’s Daily Democrat article—Organization for Refugees and Immigrant Success—began in 2005 as the Somali Bantu Community Association funded by the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement.  This is your typical George Soros strategy to spin off other small groups with new names both to confuse people and to make it look like there is a huge movement.

History of ORIS

The Somali Bantu Community Association (SBCA) was a non-profit organization formed in 2005 by a group of Somali Bantu refugees living in the United States. The group, which was funded by the US Department of Refugee Resettlement, assisted refugees in integrating into American culture. In 2011, SBCA reformed as the Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success (ORIS), expanding the original mission, as well as increasing and diversifying the staff and board members. Today, our ten-person staff represents six countries and speaks twenty languages.

ORIS has no Form 990’s on file with guidestar, but here are their government grants (you have to type their name in the search window).  Here are their other funders. I’m guessing they are also affiliated with one of the big federal contractors, but don’t have the time to do the research at the moment (but you do!).

* This is an important election year and you have some hot races in NH—make this an election-year issue for sure in the US Senate race!

* In advance!  Learn about the format of the meeting and study the Delphi Technique!  It is a public meeting strategy that government agencies (and the Left!) use to direct the outcome of a meeting to a goal they have predetermined.  Be ready to defeat any meeting strategy you identify.  And, film the meeting!!!

You need to make sure someone is there for the US government (preferably the US State Department) or you won’t get all your answers.   And, this is really important, and I can’t emphasize it enough—do your research ahead of time so they can’t give you a snow-job!

* Set up a blog or facebook page (right now!) to share what you learn with your fellow citizens.  The feds don’t like publicity!  Letters to the editor help too!

And, I’m sure you can think of a few more things to do—but mostly stay calm and stick to the economic and social facts involved with importing poverty (from anywhere!) to your town.

You will have some hotheads, but don’t worry about them, you gotta have them in any political controversy.

The religious LEFT activists will show up with their hotheads too, to call anyone who questions them racists, ignore them.

Here is what fellow RRW writer Judy said in that 2007 post on the Delphi Technique:

…..those who raise questions like the ones on this blog — questions of health, culture, money, resources,  policy, etc. — will be cast as the enemies of everything good and noble. But our questions are valid ones, and we want to make sure they are answered, no matter what is done to make us look bad.

Check out our categories, this post definitely falls in the “community destabilization” category because that is what is happening here and across the country—the open-borders (anti-borders!) Left and the federal bureaucracy are in the business of bringing instability to unsuspecting American towns and cities (ala Saul Alinsky, Cloward and Piven).

 

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ORR: 30,340 ‘unaccompanied minors’ already placed this year

Posted by Ann Corcoran on July 25, 2014

Obama brings the Sanctuary Movement to full flower!

Thanks to reader Susan for sending us this list of how many of the illegal alien children have already been placed in your state in 2014 alone!

Former Catholic nun Darlene Nicgorski seeing her ‘work’ continued by Barack Obama. http://blogs.libraries.claremont.edu/sc/2012/07/darlene-nicgorski-papers.html

From the Office of Refugee Resettlement:

Once the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) receives a child from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), we have the responsibility to continuously seek placement options in the child’s best interest. This typically involves releasing children to sponsors. Sponsors are adults who can suitably provide for the child’s physical and mental well-being and have not engaged in any activity that would indicate a potential risk to the child.

We try to place the child with a parent, and if that is not possible, with a relative, and if that is not possible, with a family friend.

Here (below) are the top ten states where the “children” have been sent to join “sponsors.”   These are not the “children” being housed in bulk in various places around the US.  Those were identified here.

Are your school districts ready?

Darlene Nicgorski’s legacy—the Sanctuary Movement is alive and well (legal and paid for by you!).

I suspect these numbers reflect the population of Central Americans in certain states.  For example, Maryland has a huge number of Salvadorans (and other Central Americans) who got here through the Sanctuary Movement in the 1980’s.  Additionally, Maryland has the well-established illegal alien advocacy and support group—Casa de Maryland—which grew out of the Sanctuary Movement*** and is now getting government grants to help support the illegals (including the “children”) arriving in the state.

Texas:  4,280

New York:  3,347

Florida:  3,181

California:  3,150

Virginia:  2,234

Maryland:  2,205

New Jersey:  1,504

North Carolina:  1,191

Georgia:  1,154

Louisiana:  1,071

*** I encourage you to read one of several posts (and follow links) at RRW about the roots of the Central American invasion of the US that the Left calls the Sanctuary Movement.    Chicago Catholics (Saul Alinsky got his start among them) were at the heart of the movement and today Obama is finishing their work — work that began when he was a pothead college student, not interested in much other than getting high.

Remember!  The Left (Progressives, Socialists, Communists) never rest….

Here is one paragraph from my August 2011 post.

The good Catholic nun and her friends took it upon themselves to break the law and get them across the border.   I would recommend that readers with an interest in this topic read, ‘God and Caesar at the Rio Grande’ by Hillary Cunningham for more on the Religious Left and Liberation theology and how they justified breaking the law and planting the seeds of unrest we have in many American cities with the huge illegal alien population today.

Our now very extensive archive on the ‘unaccompanied minors’ invasion is here.

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Amarillo, TX, a pocket of resistance, is still trying to stop the resettlement of refugees to their overloaded city

Posted by Ann Corcoran on July 24, 2014

We told you about Amarillo, here, back in February.  They were appealing to their Congressman for help in stemming the migrant tide.

Apparently their REPUBLICAN Congressman (did he get a visit from Grover Norquist?) didn’t do much for them because, according to this article, they are now turning to their state legislators.

[This is not a story about 'unaccompanied minors,' but for new readers it is one about the three-decades-old federal program quietly resettling the third-world into America via phony 'non-profit' contractors.]

We know this same-old-story well—city services depleted, health department stressed to the max, schools filled with needy children who don’t speak English, not enough housing or jobs.  But, there is one thing that jumped out at me in the same-old-story (high-lighted in red below).

Wyoming and Athens, GA, are you listening?

A case of the dueling contractors?

From News Channel 10:

Amarillo, TX – Amarillo has one of the highest numbers of refugees for a city across the country.

The city has been working to reduce the number of refugees for two years now because they say the number is too high for the city to support.

One of the main concerns the city is seeing is with school funding.

Mayor Paul Harpole says the number of refugees Amarillo is receiving is putting a strain on schools.

“Our concern is that our schools get enough funding to take care of this or we limit the number to more with what our population is. We are getting a higher number of refugees in our city than any other city in the United States of America and we don’t think that is good for the refugees in our city” said Harpole.

Amarillo has been doing refugee resettlement since 1979.

The city says they will still welcome refugees to the area, but the large number is outgrowing the city.

“We have been traditionally accepting, we have Catholic Family Services and now Refugee Resettlement of Texas*** and they have worked well with the refugee population. But we just think it is getting a little too stout for what we should be getting in our city,” said Harpole.

I couldn’t decide if I should liken the contractors to dogs fighting over a bone (federal money) or sharks seeing blood in the water (federal money).  But these dogs seemed appropriate (federal grants/contracts are, of course, the bone).  For new readers, contractors are paid by the head for each refugee they resettle in your towns and cities.

And it makes you wonder if the US State Department is doing its job when it awards contracts???

News Channel 10 continued:

Art work: Kitt Gardner

Nancy Koons, the executive director of Catholic Charities of the Texas Panhandle, which provides refugee resettlement services.

Koons says they started reducing their numbers back in 2011 to help with the issue.

“When we reduced our numbers from 400 to 200, Refugee Services of Texas, another agency in town picked them up, so we ended up with a net of no difference … so we still have a high resettlement rate,” said Koons.

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The mayor will meet with Senator Kel Seliger this week and other state leaders in Austin about the problem.

Learn how the federal government (ORR) has hired “Welcoming America” to try to clean up the “pockets of resistance.”

***Refugee Resettlement of Texas is a subcontractor of THREE of the major resettlement contractors:  Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, Church World Service and Episcopal Migration Ministries. Wow!  I guess no one is mediating the contracting wars that must be going on in Washington!

The contractors (we may have to start adding grant recipient big dogs Baptist Children and Family Services and Southwest Key Programs to our list):

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For the latest news on “faith-based groups” lucrative grants for Unaccompanied Minors’ care, see the Conservative Tree House/The last refuge

Posted by Ann Corcoran on July 23, 2014

‘Sundance’ at the Conservative Tree House blog has been doing great research on the federal grants for the illegal alien children.  Thanks to several of our readers for sending a post from Sunday and another one from yesterday.

What a relief to know that so many bloggers and now ‘real’ reporters too! are catching on to the raid on the federal treasury by groups completely unaccountable to US taxpayers and pretending to do their ‘good-works’ entirely out of Christian charity (Hey, do you think Glen Beck has finally figured it out?).

From Sundance’ on Sunday:

Using information within the TAGGS system for Health and Human Services we are able to identify the recipients for Grants specifically designated for “Unaccompanied Alien Children”, or UAC’s.

With that data, a few more search tools, some time and a little more research, we are able to identify the locations of facilities throughout the country where the HHS grants are being directed and the UAC’s are being transferred/housed.   There are essentially two broad types:  Residence Care, and Transitional to Foster Care Services.

From the FY 2014 HHS Grants we can identify the communities where direct HHS UAC funds have been sent.    We can identify the specific facility, or the organization supporting the foster care placement.  If you live in, or close to, one of the listed cities below, the UAC’s transfers are already in your community.

Go to the website for more and to see the list, click here.

Then yesterday they focused on one of the “big three” they had previously identified (here).

A Texas Media outlet has just caught on to something we discovered and have shared with you.  Previously we identified the BIG THREE large non-profit corporations getting massive grants from DHS and HHS.   These were the “faith based groups” President Obama met in Dallas 7/9/14.

They are, listed smallest to largest:

      • #3  Bronze –   U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and/or, U.S. Catholic Charities $70,000,000+
      • #2  Silver – Southwest Key Programs Inc  $122,000,000+
      • #1  Gold –  Baptist Child and Family Services Emergency Management Division (BCFS-EMD) $270,000,000+

Today we focus on one.  “Southwest Key Programs Inc”….

There is more, read on.

For all of our coverage over the last few years on ‘unaccompanied minors’ go here.

Secrecy and unaccountability is the problem!

I know some will argue that these “charities” can do a better job then if federal agencies were completely in charge, but that’s debatable.  For me, the problem is the secrecy in their operations and the total lack of accountability by these groups pretending to be private non-profits driven only by a religious charity motive and not accountable to any elected officials.  As I have said before, just try doing a Freedom of Information Act request for one of these arms of government—yes, that is what they are.  They will then hide behind their ‘private non-profit’ shield!

And, I don’t know about this Baptist bunch, but I can assure you that the other federal refugee resettlement contractors*** are always lobbying Congress for more refugees, for amnesty, and for more money (and these Leftists use your money to do their lobbying!!!).

***The contractors (we may have to start adding grant recipient big dogs Baptist Children and Family Services and Southwest Key Programs to our list):

Posted in Changing the way we live, Community destabilization, Immigration fraud, Refugee Resettlement Program, Taxpayer goodies, The Opposition, Who is going where | Tagged: , , , | 4 Comments »

Invasion of Europe round-up: UN bullies the West (so what else is new!)

Posted by Ann Corcoran on July 23, 2014

Editor:  LOL! This is one way to deal with my growing backlog!

“No expense spared” as Saudi Arabia builds the world’s best security fence. The UN and its “humanitarian” lapdogs are silent. http://www.homelandsecurityresearch.com/2008/06/saudi-arabia-border-fence-market-largest-in-the-world/

~UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Socialist Antonio Gutteres opines that European financial support for Syrian refugees is no longer enough and that more countries (besides Germany and Sweden) need to open their arms to mostly Muslim ‘refugees’ and invite them in.

~They are breaking into Spain through Morocco, but Spain is not a welcoming place say Syrian refugees who want to move on to Germany, Sweden or France.

~Bulgarian “anti-refugee” border fence ticks-off the international humanitarian industrial complex.  But they say nothing that I know of about the best border fences in the world protecting Saudi Arabia!   We have reported on several occasions that S.A. rounds up, and deports, all those would-be asylum seekers who do manage to get into the “Kingdom.”

~Longer wait for Syrians trying to get into Sweden, is the slowdown on purpose?

~Italian police arrest Somali (Italian national) human trafficker. Italy has rescued 66,000 illegal aliens entering Italy by sea in the last six months!  20 Somalis among 600 illegal aliens rescued by Italian Navy this week.

~Turkey attempts to clear Istanbul of Syrian beggars living on the streets.  Turkey, a Muslim country, has been “welcoming” but the citizens there are losing patience now.

~Muslim immigrants turn Paris into war zone.

Notice a common thread.  Truth-be-told, Europe isn’t so welcoming to ‘asylum seekers’ because the illegal aliens trying to break in are almost all Muslims.  Not even Saudi Arabia wants them.

If Saudi Arabia can build a 1,600-mile-long fence, why can’t we?   Just asking!

For more in our ‘Invasion of Europe’ series, click here.

 

Posted in Africa, Asylum seekers, Europe, Immigration fraud, Muslim refugees, The Opposition, Who is going where | Tagged: , , , , | 3 Comments »

 
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