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Buffalo, NY to hold special refugee health care summit

Posted by Ann Corcoran on April 11, 2014

They must be having health problems with refugees in New York.  If you live in the area, it might be worth your while to try to get into this meeting.  LOL!  After all, you are a “stakeholder” too!

Jessica Scates: Health care providers must provide culturally engaged care.

From University of Buffalo Reporter:

Every year, 1,500 to 2,000 refugees and asylum-seekers come to Buffalo — one of the top refugee resettlement areas in the United States — driven by social and political upheaval, war, economic and agricultural distress, and poverty.

Before they leave their homelands, they are provided health assessments, vaccine updates and any necessary medical treatment. But when they get here, it’s a different story. They often face substantial and complex problems when they try to gain access to the physical and mental health services required by them and their families.

To explore these challenges and develop models for exemplary refugee health care systems, the University at Buffalo will sponsor Buffalo’s first collaborative Refugee Health Summit on April 24 at the UB Educational Opportunity Center, 555 Ellicott St., Buffalo.

Participation in the Refugee Health Summit, which will take place from 12:30-7:30 p.m., is by invitation only. If interested in attending, contact Jessica Scates at


It will feature major participation by Western New York’s four resettlement agencies: the International Institute of Buffalo, Catholic Charities of Buffalo, Jewish Family Service and Journey’s End Refugee Services, and by representatives of the refugee community itself.


Jessica Scates, coordinator of the OGHI, notes that as part of their orientation to Buffalo, refugees are educated about health care and health systems. “The challenge is to ready local health professionals to provide culturally engaged care to individuals from a variety of backgrounds,” she says. “Cultural education for local medical providers is especially important in addressing barriers to care, which can be complicated and difficult to resolve.”

Since there is an expanding Muslim population there, do you think they get into care for women and girls who undergo female genital mutilation?

See our archive on Buffalo, here.  See also our refugee health issues category with 209 previous posts.

Posted in Changing the way we live, health issues, Refugee Resettlement Program, Resettlement cities, women's issues | Tagged: , | 2 Comments »

Diana West: Brandeis University buckles under pressure from Islamists

Posted by Ann Corcoran on April 11, 2014

That is the story which surely you’ve heard on the news in recent days.

We have read both of Ms. Hirsi Ali’s books and recommend that you do as well.

Somali women’s rights advocate, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, was slated for an honorary degree from Brandeis University, originally established as a liberal arts college for Jewish students, but, after a professor sent up a red flag, then pressure from CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations), the university caved and dis-invited her.

Update:  Be sure to see Hirsi Ali’s (and Hitlers!) response, here.

Before we get to Diana West’s column at Townhall, please read or re-read our post of a few days ago about Al-Hijra, the Islamic doctrine of immigration.

Diana West (Hat tip: Paul):

When Brandeis University withdrew an honorary degree for Ayaan Hirsi Ali after a student-professor firestorm branded her an “Islamophobe,” the campus in effect declared itself an outpost of Islamic law, American-style. Officially, Brandeis is now a place where critics of Islam — “blasphemers” and “apostates,” according to Islamic law — are scorned and rejected.

Not that Brandeis put it that way in its unsigned announcement about Hirsi Ali’s dis-invitation, which notes: “She is a compelling public figure and advocate for women’s rights, and we respect and appreciate her work to protect and defend the rights of women and girls throughout the world. That said, we cannot overlook … her past statements that are inconsistent with Brandeis University’s core values.”

Translation: Hirsi Ali’s advocacy on behalf of brutalized women is good, but Hirsi Ali’s “past statements” — advocacy that connects such violence to Islamic teachings — are bad, or, in faddish twaddle, “Islamophobia.” As a dhimmi (non-Muslims under Islamic law) institution, Brandeis cannot possibly honor the infidel.

Read on.

Now, at the end comes the important part for our purposes.

West lists some of the “post 9/11 taboos” that will serve to keep Americans from fully grasping what we have done and are doing to ourselves before it is too late!

Never say Islam has anything to do with terrorism. Don’t ever, ever draw a cartoon of Mohammed. Oppose “gendered violence” (there’s no such thing as Islamic-rooted violence against women). Ostracize or humiliate “apostates” like Hirsi Ali (at least until real Islamic apostasy law becomes applicable here). In other words, protect, coddle and swathe Islam from the barbs and scrutiny that all other religions receive — or else. Or else what? Citizens might decide to halt Islamic immigration or “refugee resettlement” because it brings Islamic law to the West.

It is called the stealth Jihad.  We are pouring Muslim refugees into America every day, and you are paying for it (with your tax dollars) and will pay for it in other ways later.

Come to think of it, maybe we should be thanking Brandeis for creating a media storm!

Update April 16th:  See good commentary here—’honor killing Brandeis style!’


Posted in Africa, Changing the way we live, Community destabilization, diversity's dark side, Muslim refugees, Refugee Resettlement Program, Stealth Jihad, women's issues | Tagged: , , | 4 Comments »

El Cajon: Murder trial begins for Iraqi refugee at center of 2012 fishy hate crime story

Posted by Ann Corcoran on April 3, 2014

Kassim Alhimidi, right, leaves after a memorial for his wife, Shaima Alawadi at a mosque, March 27, 2012, in Lakeside, Calif.

Diversity is strength alert!

Remember this from April of  2012: an Iraqi man whose wife wanted a divorce apparently created a fictional hate crime to cover up the bloody murder of his wife.

This all happened at about the same time as the Trayvon Martin story was making headlines.

This is what we said on April 1, 2012:

CAIR and the Muslim grievance lobby are trying oh-so-hard to elevate this tragic murder of a young Iraqi mother in California to be on par with the Trayvon Martin circus in Florida.   I’ve been reading about the case elsewhere and there is something fishy about it.

The Reuters story at the time even dragged in the scumbags at the Southern Poverty Law Center!

Now, on Tuesday, at the Times of San Diego:

Opening statements are scheduled for Tuesday in the murder trial of an Iraqi immigrant accused of fatally beating his wife in their El Cajon home after she asked for a divorce.

Kassim Alhimidi, 49, is charged with killing Shaima Alawadi, 32, also an Iraqi immigrant.

The defendant was arrested on Nov. 8, 2012, by El Cajon police in what was first thought to be a hate crime. His wife was found mortally injured with at least six head wounds in their Skyview Street residence eight months earlier.

First-responders found a note in the home that read, “This is my country, go back to yours, terrorist.”

How many Iraqis in America?  Who knows?  Remember there were earlier waves of Iraqis being resettled here prior to the latest huge wave.

From 2007 until April 30, 2013, we resettled 84,000 Iraqi nationals to the US.   So, by now we have surely surpassed the 100,000 mark with more on the way.  From the USCIS:

Since the inception of the program in 2007, 203,321 Iraqi nationals have been referred to the USRAP for resettlement to the United States. USCIS has interviewed 142,670 Iraqi refugee applicants; approved 119,202 for resettlement and, 84,902 Iraqi refugees have arrived in the United States.

Our Iraqi refugee category has 609 previous posts archived.  The most recent one, before today, is the South Dakota Iraqi sex trafficking sentencing, here.  Keeping our court systems busy!


Posted in Changing the way we live, Crimes, diversity's dark side, Iraqi refugees, Muslim refugees, Refugee Resettlement Program, Resettlement cities, women's issues | Tagged: , , | 2 Comments »

UN tries, fails, to stop female genital mutilation in Somaliland

Posted by Ann Corcoran on March 4, 2014

Once in awhile the UN does something we can support.

As you read this news account, know that many African refugees in America (and in 30 other countries!) still believe in this brutal practice (adding “vibrant” cultural diversity/enrichment to your community). 

From Japan Times:

HARGEISA, SOMALIA – The 30 Somali teenagers — both boys and girls — all agreed: Female genital mutilation is harmful and the practice should be abandoned. But what they really meant, they revealed moments later, is that girls should still have their genitalia cut — just not sewn shut.

Read ‘Infidel’ for a personal account of the mutilation Somalis believe is required of them under Islamic law.

“It’s our tradition, and if the girls are not subjected to ‘suna’ (cutting) she will not be accepted for marriage,” said Asthma Ibrahim Jabril, 17.

The students, who are part of an after-school club in Somaliland that the U.N. children’s agency helps fund, discuss issues like child labor, early marriage and female genital mutilation in a classroom with several large hearts scrawled along the walls. Somaliland is a semi-autonomous region in northern Somalia that has remained largely peaceful during Somalia’s decades of conflict.

UNICEF is weaving a delicate campaign to educate communities in Somaliland about the harms of female genital mutilation and to get leaders, who are meeting there this month to debate the practice, to denounce it.

Child rights advocates in nearly 30 countries are fighting to reduce the number of girls subjected to the cutting of their genitalia, a practice that goes back thousands of years and that Somali practitioners often link to Islamic requirements.

Egyptian pharaohs blamed, not Islam

Experts try to convince them that this is not a religious practice, but they are having none of it!

Officials with UNICEF tried to underscore that they do not believe female genital mutilation is required by Islam, though it is not strictly practiced by Muslims. Haydar Nasser, a UNICEF official who is Iraqi by birth but now a Canadian citizen, told the leaders that they were following a custom first practiced by the Egyptians some 6,000 years ago, long before Islam was founded.

“So the question to you to discuss today is why as a Muslim practice do you employ a pharaoh practice, pharaohs who went to hell because they are ‘kaffirs,’” he said, using the Arabic word for someone who doesn’t believe in Islam.

Thanks, but no thanks!

At the end of the daylong meeting that UNICEF had hoped would end in a decision to abandon female genital mutilation, the religious leaders — including the minister of religious affairs — say they could not agree to abandon suna. The practice of female genital cutting will continue.

I’m glad to see that the UN is trying, it’s better than turning a blind eye in the name of cultural relativism.

Posted in Africa, Changing the way we live, Crimes, diversity's dark side, health issues, Muslim refugees, Refugee Resettlement Program, women's issues | Tagged: , | 3 Comments »

Saudi-fathered children living in Syrian refugee camps

Posted by Ann Corcoran on March 2, 2014

According to this story in Arab News, Saudi men went to Syria in recent years (for what?), fathered children and then abandoned the new wife and child.  Those ‘wives’ and children (who are Saudi nationals) are living in refugee camps.

By the way, we have reported many times recently that Saudi Arabia takes no refugees and is in fact busy with un-diversifying (is that a word?) itself, here.  No multiculturalism for S.A.!

Arab News (emphasis is mine):

Local human rights organizations are demanding that government agencies track down the Saudi biological fathers of children born to Syrian women who have since become refugees in Jordan and Turkey in the wake of the Syrian civil war.

These citizens-turned-refugees have no documents to prove that they are Saudi nationals.

“Many Saudis visited Syria before the Syrian revolution and married Syrian women, with whom they had children. These children were abandoned by their fathers and now face uncertain future after the war in Syria,” said Mohammed Al-Turkawi, a member of the Syrian opposition living in Jeddah.

“These families should contact the Saudi embassies in Jordan and Turkey to find solutions.”
“There are no accurate figures on the number of undocumented Saudis living in Syrian refugee camps in Jordan and Turkey,” Al-Turkawi told Arab News. A local newspaper reported that the Saudi Embassy in Amman confirmed that it was taking care of local Saudi refugees.

According to the report, the embassy pays monthly sums to 26 Saudi families in Jordan and ensures that they are sheltered. The report also states that they are looking for their fathers with the cooperation of several Kingdom-based organizations.

Yet many of these men deny ever having been married.

“It is a shame to know that there are Saudis out there who have been abandoned by their fathers and who have no choice but to live with their mothers at these refugee camps,” said Suhaila Zain Al-Abdeen, a female Saudi member of the National Society for Human Rights (NSHR).

This little nugget at the end was interesting.  After all the belly-aching from surrounding countries to which the Syrians have fled, there is an economic bright side (who knew!).

While some view the Syrian refugee crisis as a burden on the country’s infrastructure and scarce natural resources, such as water, many Jordanian commercial and industrial representatives regard the refugee phenomenon as the driving force behind new local economic opportunities.

Posted in Muslim refugees, women's issues | Tagged: , , | 1 Comment »

Australia: Afghan asylum-seeker guilty of groping girls

Posted by Ann Corcoran on February 14, 2014

Just so you know that problems with so-called “asylum seekers,” and the question of detaining them, is happening all over the world, here is a case in Australia—a guy named Mohammed can’t resist the infidel girls.  Ho hum! What else is new?

From the Daily Telegraph (hat tip: ‘pungentpeppers):

AN asylum seeker who “traumatised” seven teenage girls by indecently groping them in the Sydney Olympic Park pool had only been in Australia for six months, a court has heard.

Mohammed Salem Nazari pleaded guilty at Burwood Local Court yesterday to two charges of indecent assault on two 18-year-old girls and five offences of indecently assaulting a person under the age of 16 at the pool.

The 33-year-old, who doesn’t speak English, assaulted the girls — the youngest aged 14 — in the Rapid River Ride whirlpool within 25 minutes on December 8.

The asylum seeker had recently arrived in Australia from Afghanistan and was on a bridging visa.

His lawyer told Burwood Local Court last year that Nazari was “a poor or non-swimmer” and only came into contact with the girls due to the current in the pool.

After initially pleading not guilty to the charges during an unsuccessful bail application late last year, Nazari reversed that yesterday and admitted all of the accusations.

Here is that interpreter issue again!  ($$$$ for Australian taxpayers)

Nazari required a Dari interpreter during all of his court appearances.

In Australia they have this so-called ‘bridging visa’ which allows some asylum seekers to roam free, and Nazari’s visa was cancelled when charges were filed.  This is one more case that argues for detention.

Just a reminder!  We learned this week that only a tiny fraction of “asylum seekers” are held in detention in the US.

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison’s office confirmed in December that Nazari’s visa had been cancelled and court papers said he was the “subject of an immigration hold”.

It came after a Coalition crackdown on asylum seekers and bridging visa holders in trouble with the law.

Under the previous government some asylum seekers remained in the community while facing charges with revocations considered on a case-by-case basis.

After serving his sentence, Nazari is expected to be deported.   Frankly, he is too dumb to be allowed to stay.

Posted in Asylum seekers, Australia, Crimes, diversity's dark side, Immigration fraud, Muslim refugees, women's issues | Tagged: , , , | 1 Comment »

Are Afghan immigrants bringing their treatment of women to America?

Posted by Ann Corcoran on February 5, 2014

‘Modesto man accused of holding wife captive appears in court’ is the title of news yesterday from the Modesto Bee, thanks again to reader ‘pungentpeppers’ for spotting it.

Hillary helping women in Afghanistan, how about the ones in America!

 A man accused of holding his wife captive for five months inside a Modesto home appeared in court Tuesday afternoon for the first time since his arrest Sunday.

Fnu [first name unknown--ed] Masehullah, 26, has been charged with false imprisonment and attempting to prevent a victim or witness from reporting a crime, both felonies, along with a misdemeanor count of battery on his spouse.

Authorities believe Mohammad Idrees, Masehullah’s brother, assisted in holding the woman captive, according to a criminal complaint filed Tuesday. Idrees is charged with felony false imprisonment and misdemeanor battery on his brother’s wife.

The couple is the product of an arranged marriage, authorities say, and the two appear to be from Afghanistan.

The complaint indicates the woman was held captive from Sept. 1 through Sunday, when Modesto police found her in north Modesto. Officers responded after a report of a fight between two people at the Marshalls store shopping center at McHenry and Standiford avenues.

The dispute was apparently between Masehullah’s wife and his brother. Authorities said the woman was found wearing a robe and a traditional Middle Eastern head covering.

There is more, including this line:

The judge also arranged to have a court-appointed Farsi interpreter appear with Masehullah in court next week to ensure he understands his rights and the judicial process.

It is just what we mentioned yesterday—local jurisdictions must pay for interpreters!

Are these creeps refugees?

Until we learn otherwise, let’s assume these Afghans got into the US as refugees or as asylum seekers.  Here are some numbers to consider.  I didn’t look for any of the Special Immigrant Visa numbers—-those are the refugees we let in who supposedly helped the US military in Afghanistan.

It is hard to find numbers in one place when the Office of Refugee Resettlement is 3 years behind the times in publishing its legally required Annual Report to Congress so these numbers are from several sources.  As of January 31st, the ORR owes Congress reports for fiscal years 2011, 2012, and 2013!

From 2001-2010 we admitted 10,459 Afghan refugees.   2010 Annual Report

2011:  428

2012: 449  (California got 105 of them that year)

2013:  661

We will keep an eye on the story and, as we learn more, we will let you know how these Muslim “brothers” happened to be adding to the ethnic diversity of America.

Posted in Changing the way we live, Crimes, diversity's dark side, Muslim refugees, Refugee Resettlement Program, Refugee statistics, Where to find information, women's issues | Tagged: , | 6 Comments »

Somali polygamous marriage fraud alleged

Posted by Ann Corcoran on January 26, 2014

Last week we reported this story about a Somali woman in Minnesota who claims the US government is holding up a visa for her husband to enter the US.  The original article was from the Star Tribune but was reprinted in several other on-line publications.    Here is one of those reprints at Somalilandsun where a commenter ‘Alia’ caused quite a bit of back and forth with this comment (below).  Thanks to ‘Pungentpeppers’ for spotting this because I didn’t see it!

I have had several people experienced with refugee resettlement tell me this is how it is done, but you’ll never see this in any mainstream media investigative report.  Islam permits a man to have up to four wives.

Somali Bantus arriving in San Diego in 2004. I was interested to see that the women were all dressed alike. Why?

Alia (reprinted without editing, emphasis is mine):

This is all bogus. Through experience as a refugee case manager for over 10 years in the U.S with a refugee resettlement agency I have seen all kinds of fraud perpetrated by Southern Somalis in order to get to the u.s.

I have seen a Southern Bantu Somali who brought in four wife’s at the same time, he started one was his wife, one as a daughter, one was processed as his sons wife and the last one came in as a single mom who as she claimed her husband died in Somalia.

When they all arrived they were resettled in four different apartments courtesy of the the tax payers plus food clothing’s and cash allowances which all ended up in the husbands pockets.

This dude is still enjoying the welfare to this day 8 years since he come here and he does’t want to work.every year the wife’s are pregnant and a 3 dozen kids since he arrived apart from the kids he brought with him. Unfortunately most of the kid have no proper education.

Once he was asked is if what he was doing was not xaram and his answer was qaal Ayaan dacas.

Now does Islam condone this kind of behavior? Imagine this guys case to just a tip of the iceberg.

Regarding this woman I believe she lied on her application and the embassy found out the lie. If you are a genuine refugee and your paper are real no forgeries involved you will be granted refugee status when the visas are available.

During the war in the north northerners came to this country on their own ways no refugee status was granted to any northerner at the time and who ever came immediately went to work and school to improve their situations right away. They never became parasites as this refugees who came on flight 13. That’s why you we’ll educated and prosperous northerner in New England as compared to the refugees in Minnesota and San Diego. [We have been taking Somali "refugees" since the early 1980's (just over 4,000 between '83 and '93). I am not sure what she means about some who came early-on were not refugees, did they come illegally? Overstay visas?  Also, there are many Bantus in New England.---ed]

I hope the U.S. Government tstops granting this leeches refugee status and instead grant other people who deserve it and will benefit their country.  [Keep in mind that the regular Somalis don't always get along with the Bantus they believe are inferior to them.---ed]

This problem of polygamy among some Somalis is rarely mentioned, I believe, because our political correctness seems to be driven these days by the concept of cultural relativism—that we shouldn’t be critical of cultural differences!  Heaven forbid we should be judgmental about even female genital mutilation another ‘cultural’ practice coming to America from Africa.

Posted in Changing the way we live, Crimes, diversity's dark side, Immigration fraud, Muslim refugees, Refugee Resettlement Program, Stealth Jihad, Taxpayer goodies, women's issues | Tagged: , | 3 Comments »

Utah: Trial begins for Burmese Muslim who killed fellow refugee girl

Posted by Ann Corcoran on January 7, 2014

This is a horrible case we reported from the time it happened in 2008.  I’ll bet you won’t hear about it even on Fox News!

Yesterday, jury selection began in the murder trial of Esar Met who was arrested shortly after the murder of a Hser Ner Moo  a 7-year-old Burmese Karen Christian girl who had been resettled in the same apartment building with Met.

In the camp, where they both lived prior to the US State Department contractors (which was it?  Catholic Charities?) sending them to Utah, they lived in separate parts of the camp since Muslims and Christians in Burma have had a long and tense history (it is not just the Buddhists who find the Rohingya Muslims a problem).

I speculated from the outset that Met was a Muslim, but didn’t learn until 2012 (a reader sent me an old story on the case) that one reporter did have the guts to find out.  Here is the post I wrote in June 2012.   This is the lengthy Salt Lake Tribune feature piece which includes these telling lines (emphasis mine):

Rage flashed through the muddy lanes where Hser Ner Moo had once skipped rope and played hide-and-seek. In the camp, tension lingers between the Karen and Muslims, and some choose to live apart. Hser Ner Moo and Esar had lived in separate sections of Mae La.

America had made them neighbors.

Here is the news yesterday at the Salt Lake Tribune as jury selection began in Met’s murder trial:

Jury selection began Monday for a Burmese refugee accused of kidnapping, raping and killing a young girl at the South Salt Lake apartment complex where they both lived in 2008.

Opening statements and evidence in Esar Met’s three-week-long trial are scheduled to begin Tuesday.

Met, 27, is charged in 3rd District Court with first-degree felony counts of aggravated murder and child kidnapping in connection with the March 2008 slaying of 7-year-old Hser Ner Moo.

Hser Ner Moo disappeared on March 31, 2008, prompting hundreds of volunteers to search for her before police found her body in Met’s basement apartment the next night. Her family lived in the same complex, and the girl was acquainted with Met.

She was found face down in Met’s shower, still in the pink shirt, pink skirt and pink coat she was wearing the day before. Police have said the girl was likely dead within an hour of leaving her family’s nearby apartment.

Defense argued to have gruesome photos withheld from the jury:

The defense also petitioned the court to have prosecutors use diagrams instead of certain graphic photos that, the defense argued, are “too gruesome” for jurors.

Prosecutors called the photos relevant, saying they show the brutality with which the child was killed and the injuries she suffered.

“The person who did this, who dragged her into the shower and left her, intended her to die,” prosecutor Robert Parrish said. “They are not gruesome photographs in and of themselves.”

Atherton later ruled that only two photos — one depicting the 7-year-old girl crumpled inside a bathroom stall; the other, a photo of the girl’s bruised and damaged genitals — could be used at trial.

No death penalty!  The taxpayers of the state of Utah will be paying for this guy for life (if he is found guilty)! 

Maybe the resettlement agency that in its infinite wisdom placed the two in the same building should take up a collection for his care in prison.   In fact, in a lot of these crime cases involving refugees, I think there should be some financial responsibility on the US State Department and the resettlement contractors when one of their refugees gets in trouble with the law.  Maybe they will be more selective next time.

To move the case along, prosecutors decided to forgo seeking the death penalty against Met. Instead, Met could face life without the possibility of parole or 20 years to life in prison, if found guilty of aggravated murder.

Read the whole article, there is a problem coming in this case regarding interpreters.  One thing few “welcoming” communities consider is the cost and availability of competent interpreters when refugees end up in police custody or in court, or even need medical treatment.  Federal law requires the local community to find and pay the interpreter.  We have learned in some immigrant-rich counties the cost can run into millions of dollars.

Posted in Changing the way we live, Christian refugees, Crimes, diversity's dark side, Muslim refugees, Refugee Resettlement Program, Resettlement cities, Rohingya Reports, women's issues | Tagged: , , | 6 Comments »

Culturally/ethnically appropriate childcare encouraged by federal training and microenterprise loans

Posted by Ann Corcoran on January 5, 2014

I have two complaints about this story, ‘Would-be business owners move one step closer to dream.

First, the next time you hear some open borders advocates saying immigrants create more new businesses, please remember that the immigrants get special loan deals and government-funded training to become “entrepreneurs.”   You can bet there is no program like this one for some poor American women living in a mobile home community who might like to set up a daycare for their kind of people.

Then secondly, if we expect refugees to become integrated (oops! assimilated) wouldn’t the kids be better off in daycare (if they needed daycare) where people speak English and do activities that most Americans do instead of in ethnically and culturally segregated daycare centers?  Don’t get me wrong, if people want to stay segregated, I’m o.k. with that, it is a free country, I just don’t think federal taxpayer dollars should be used to facilitate segregation.

We have written about this topic before, but here is the latest story, this time from the Milwaukee Courier (hat tip: Joanne):

Refugees who have the dream of starting their own business are closer to making that a reality.

Muslim women review their daycare plans

The participants of the Refugee Childcare Microenterprise Development Project are working to start their own home-based daycare businesses.

The program designed to help refugees is a project of the Social Development Commission (SDC) in partnership with the Pan African Community Association and the Multicultural Entrepreneurial Institute (MEI).

The participants have been taking classes to gain the knowledge and certification needed to start and successfully operate their own home-based childcare business.


The program participants said that it has been very challenging to reach this point in their efforts, pointing specifically to cultural and language barriers that have presented problems. [So, what language will they speak in their daycare centers?---ed]

Federal grant program at ORR funds this (well, actually you do!).  Grant program expanded!

Here is information on the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement funding that was more than doubled in 2012 for Microenterprise/Home based child care:

In FY2012, ORR increased funding to the program, raising it from $2.225 million to $5,752 million, and offering grants to a total of 34 agencies.

And, get this!  In order to qualify one cannot be a US citizen!

All low.income refugees who are not citizens are eligible for services under this program.

The Milwaukee Social Development Commission is one of the grant recipients.

I’ll betcha there are some potential lawsuit angles in this taxpayer-funded program.  I wonder if there are any American citizen women in Wisconsin who are struggling to set up daycare centers and having problems doing so, either with paperwork/permits or lack of start-up money?

Posted in Changing the way we live, Legal immigration and jobs, Muslim refugees, Refugee Resettlement Program, Taxpayer goodies, women's issues | Tagged: , | 2 Comments »

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