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

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 14, 2014

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

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

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

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

Here is blogger Johnson at Powerline blog:

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

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

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

Read it all.

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

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

Posted in Changing the way we live, Community destabilization, Crimes, diversity's dark side, Muslim refugees, Refugee Resettlement Program, Resettlement cities, So what did they expect?, Stealth Jihad | Tagged: , , | 1 Comment »

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

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 12, 2014

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

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

From the Minneapolis Star Tribune:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here are our previous posts mentioning Eden Prairie.

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

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

Posted in Africa, Changing the way we live, Community destabilization, Muslim refugees, Refugee Resettlement Program, Resettlement cities, So what did they expect?, Taxpayer goodies, Who is going where | Tagged: , | 2 Comments »

Somalis in Norway: demanding and reluctant to work

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 9, 2014

We just told you about Denmark a few minutes ago, now here is more news from Scandinavia….

From The Foreigner:

A growing number of Somali immigrants are feeling humiliated by The Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV), a new report shows.

Independent research foundation Fafo’s study (in Norwegian) NAV’s treatment of this group has a negative effect on their trust in institutions and experience of inclusive Norwegian citizenship.

NAV employees have explained that the major problem of getting Somalis into the job market is their lack of education and language skills.

According to some NAV workers, Somali immigrants are particularly demanding and reluctant compared to other groups.

“Many Somalis are lacking very basic training in the form of language, for example. Therefore, they feel that NAVs more work-oriented initiatives are worthless,” Fafo researcher John Horgen Friberg told NRK.

Holy cow!  Norway has taken in 33,000 Somalis!

State collapse and civil war has led to that many Somalis lack basic education. It has also worked to diminish their trust in governmental institutions.

This collapse of the Somali state in 1991 led an influx of Somali immigrants to Norway. Some 33,000 emigrated to the Scandinavian country between 1990 to 2013.

Of course it is all the fault of the government agency!  You might want to revisit a post we wrote in December 2013 about a report George Soros Open Society produced on Somalis not adjusting in Norway (all the government’s fault too).

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

Posted in Africa, Asylum seekers, Changing the way we live, Community destabilization, Europe, Muslim refugees, Refugee Resettlement Program, Stealth Jihad | Tagged: , | 4 Comments »

Fiscal year 2014 wrap-up: Top nationalities admitted to US; top resettlement states

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 7, 2014

If you are following the refugee resettlement program closely you should occasionally visit the Refugee Processing Center for the data the US State Department is willing to allow the public to see.

They have taken away from public view one data table that we previously found interesting and that was the information on which nationalities were resettled in which city.  That was very useful and they surely still track those numbers but are only available to special people who have a pass code to get in.  Likewise they track the religions of refugees but again only friends of the refugee program are allowed to see those.

Before I get to those useful tables that you can still access, I noticed one more way to keep you in the dark.  One table that you might think would be useful and which I initially directed readers to in my previous post (removed now) is one in which it lists which refugees went to which state, BUT, on closer examination, it is useless!  Why?  Because it only shows the processing country and the US state to which the refugee was resettled.  Processing countries are virtually meaningless!

We don’t process refugees directly from Somalia yet we took in 9,000 Somalis in FY 2014 from all over the world apparently.  If you do look at that data table, check out Minnesota to see what I mean—they list no Somalis going to MN last year (2014), but we know they did (see data table from Minnesota listing 977 Somalis arriving there as of August 31), we just don’t know how many were processed in Kenya, in Malta, in Thailand etc.

Political caucus in Minneapolis (men sit on one side, the women on the other). http://refugeeresettlementwatch.wordpress.com/2014/09/07/wnd-more-on-minnesota-somalis-welfare-and-jihad/ Photo: Star Tribune

Go here for all the data tables available to the public, some updated for September 30th, and some, as of this writing, only updated to August 31.  Don’t delay because these soon disappear down a black hole.

Somalis move up to the number three slot for the most number of refugees we resettled in FY2014. 

(See all of the numbers for Somali resettlement we have compiled over the last 30 years, here).

Top five nationalities of refugees resettled in US in FY 2014 (from this map):

1)  Iraq (19,769) the largest percentage will be Muslim

2)  Burma (14,598)  most will be Christians, other minority religions and some Muslims

3)  Somalia (9,000) Muslims  (almost up to George Bush levels!)

4)  Bhutan/Nepal (8,434) most will be Hindu, Buddhist, a few Christians

5)  D.R. Congo (4,540) mostly Christians

Remember we learned the other day that the Bhutan resettlement would soon end and be replaced by Syrian refugees who will be majority Muslim.

Top ten states receiving refugees in FY 2014 (I took these off the map so check it for me!):

1)  Texas (7,211)

2)  California (6,110)

3)  New York (4,079)

4)  Michigan (4,000)

5)  Florida (3,519)

6)  Arizona (2,963)

7)  Ohio (2,812)

8)  Pennsylvania (2,743)

9)  Georgia (2,693)

10)  Illinois (2,578)

North Carolina and Washington state are not far behind.

We have archived this information in two categories here at RRW:  Refugee Statistics and Where to find information.

Just a reminder to states (like Wyoming!) and cities which will “welcome” refugees in FY2015, you will not get refugees just from certain countries, but will get a smattering from a wide variety of countries which will make it even more difficult to deal with the language problems in the schools, the health department and the criminal justice system.   See the language stats by going here and clicking on ‘top ten languages.’

Posted in Changing the way we live, Iraqi refugees, Refugee Resettlement Program, Refugee statistics, Where to find information | Tagged: , , | 6 Comments »

Culture of domestic violence comes to Lewiston, Maine along with African asylum seekers

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 2, 2014

Somali community organizer, Fatuma Hussein, quoted in the Lewiston abuse story, lobbies for more welfare for Maine migrants earlier this year. http://bangordailynews.com/2014/05/23/politics/maine-attorney-general-rejects-proposal-by-lepage-administration-to-bar-general-assistance-for-immigrants/

A pregnant Angolan asylum seeker was run down and killed on a Lewiston street last week by her angry ex-fiance and so this story is all about how African women should speak up so that the police can protect them from the cultural norms they brought with them from Africa.

Frankly I am sick of stories about cultural conflicts and problems in Lewiston, Maine, the ‘Little Mogadishu’ of the Northeast.  So check it out yourselves (Portland Press Herald) titled:

Domestic violence often kept hidden by Maine immigrants, refugees

I don’t think the debate should be about how African women should speak up, it should be about why we are inviting so many to the US from cultures that are so diametrically opposed to our culture in respect to women’s rights (and a whole lot of other things).

See also Maine election year battle over welfare for asylum seekers.  And, one of our recent top posts, ISIS fighter had ties to Lewiston.

By the way, Maine has become the go-to state for asylum seekers because the state gives welfare to them while the feds only give welfare to successful asylum seekers who have been granted asylum and been declared a “refugee.”   Many of Maine’s would-be refugees arrive in the US illegally or overstay a visa, head to Maine, and then apply for asylum claiming they will be persecuted if sent home.

Go here for our extensive archive on Lewiston.

Posted in Asylum seekers, Changing the way we live, Crimes, diversity's dark side, Muslim refugees, Refugee Resettlement Program, Resettlement cities, Who is going where, women's issues | Tagged: , , | Leave a Comment »

Minnesota Somalis attempt to explain why their community is so attractive to terror recruiters

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 1, 2014

Update: It isn’t just Somalis in Minnesota, but apparently UK Somalis don’t feel they have enough taxpayer-funded goodies either as two teenaged Somali girls run off to join ISIS.

Powerline blog titles its post—Somalis say: Show us the Money—and then blogger Scott Johnson analyzed a couple of recent news articles where local Somali leaders say they need more night basketball.  Just kidding on the basketball thing, but do your remember Clinton pushing taxpayer funded basketball as a way to solve the crime crisis in black communities—in other words it was all about stuff, about more “programs”.

Somali activist Ilhan Omar: Officials must invest in anti-recruitment programs for Somali youths. We told you about community organizer Omar back in February. http://refugeeresettlementwatch.wordpress.com/2014/02/19/somalis-want-to-govern-minneapolis-but-is-this-how-to-gain-the-confidence-of-the-electorate/

They don’t have enough to entertain the youths so the youths take up with Al-Shabaab or ISIS to while away the time.

Here is how Johnson begins his post and suggests maybe we should put a halt to all Somali immigration (refugee resettlement which is how most are getting in here).   Johnson is just thinking too logically!

We’ve got a problem in the Twin Cities that is based in our large and still growing population of Somali immigrants. Somalis have been immigrating to Minnesota for more than twenty years now. They have taken advantage of all the services that our state and local institutions offer. They have been welcomed with open arms, in Minnesota’s characteristic style.

Yet Minnesota’s Somali community — a/k/a “Minnesotans” — is the most fertile ground in the United States for the recruitment of terrorists by foreign terrorist organizations in Africa and the Middle East. We are concerned that they may choose to return “home” to Minnesota if they don’t get killed first. What is to be done?

Aside from monitoring imams and mosques, the first thought that occurs to me is freezing Somali immigration to the United States. I think this would give us the opportunity to get a handle on the problem while assuring that we don’t needlessly aggravate it.

[....]

In short, I take it from the two articles devoted to the forum that we don’t have a clue and that nothing useful is going to be done.

Read it all.   I am so glad to see that other bloggers and the media in general are beginning to report on this lunacy.

Of course the US State Department did slow the flow of Somalis to America back in 2008 when they discovered that tens of thousands got in here fraudulently, but the resettlement now is going full steam ahead.  The feds and the contractors have too much money at stake in the resettlement process, not to mention the fact that they are cowards!

As of August 31st (11 months into the 2014 fiscal year) we have allowed 8,278 Somalis into the US through refugee resettlement.  That is approaching the large numbers we saw in three consecutive years under George W. Bush, here.

Minnesota got 977 of the 8,278 Somalis resettled in 11 months of fy2014 (here).

Posted in Africa, Changing the way we live, Community destabilization, Crimes, diversity's dark side, Immigration fraud, Muslim refugees, Refugee Resettlement Program, Resettlement cities, Stealth Jihad, Taxpayer goodies | Tagged: , , | 2 Comments »

US agrees to take MORE of Malta’s illegal aliens!

Posted by Ann Corcoran on September 28, 2014

Why is this in our national interest?

This is insane!  Illegal aliens (mostly Somalis) arrive on the island nation of Malta and we transform them into legitimate refugees and fly them to America! 

We have been following this perversion of the refugee program for years (longer than the 5 years mentioned in this short article—the Bush Administration started this!).  These illegal migrants are the European Union’s problem, not ours!

Will Europe reciprocate and take some of our illegal Mexicans—NO!

And, by doing this we actually encourage more illegals to try to get to Malta.

Opposition leader Simon Busuttil with US Department of State officials. WHO ARE THESE WOMEN REPRESENTING THE US STATE DEPT? Photo: Malta Today

From Malta Today:

The United States will continue resettling irregular immigrants who arrive in Malta within their nation. The news follows a meeting between Opposition leader Simon Busuttil and American Department of State officials.

“Every year, the US accepts around 70,000 refugees from around the world and for the past five years it has also started taking in 500 refugees a year from Malta.”

“With its gesture, the United States is acting as an example to other countries,” Busuttil said. “As Opposition, we hope that it’s a gesture that will encourage European countries to help lift the weight of immigration off Malta through a system that observes the dignity and rights of all the concerned people and countries.”

We have written more than 50 posts (extending back to 2007) on the US State Department’s outrageous departure from the norm of international refugee resettlement.  Can we now expect the US to take some of the illegal Muslim migrants from the UK, Italy, France etc?

Click here for our extensive Malta archive.  Want to write a book—your research is done!

See also our ‘Invasion of Europe’ series.

Addendum:  Go here and see that we actually took 531 illegal aliens from Malta in the last 11 months. I suspect these are mostly single men.

Posted in Europe, Immigration fraud, Muslim refugees, Refugee Resettlement Program, Taxpayer goodies, Who is going where | Tagged: , , , | 13 Comments »

Open a refugee resettlement office in your town and one day be like Eden Prairie, MN

Posted by Ann Corcoran on September 27, 2014

Diverse to say the least!

Two of Eden Prairie’s diverse citizens. From a story in March where the Somali refugee duo severely beat a man at a local fitness center apparently for no reason. http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/story/24949729/2-charged-in-eden-prairie-lifetime-fitness-locker-room-beating

In just ten years the school system there has become 36% immigrant—mostly Somali and Latino—and now requires “cultural brokers” for both groups so as to smooth their integration into the system.

Eden Prairie, MN is 12 miles from Minneapolis (enough said!).

This story is mostly about the Somali man who has been hired as the “communications specialist.”  But, what interested me was the list of languages the diverse student body brought to the school system.  Last year the system had 61 languages and now it’s 70!  Can your town afford this?

From the Sun Current:

Eden Prairie Schools have 70 languages spoken by families in the district (English included). This is an increase from 61 last year. The top 10 are in numerical order:

1. English

2. Somali

3. Spanish

4. Vietnamese

5. Hindi

6. Mandarin

7. Telegu

8. Bengali

9. Russian

10. Arabic

Need a refugee lawyer?

As I was looking around for more information on Eden Prairie I got a chuckle when I saw they have TEN “qualified refugee lawyers” in the town of approximately 62,000 residents.   Who says this hasn’t become an industry!  How many qualified refugee lawyers do you have in your town?  Maybe this should be the new gauge—when refugee lawyers move in, it is time to move out!

Minnesota Department of Health tracks refugee health!

Everyone of you from Minnesota should add your name to the mailing list for the Quarterly report on Refugee Health for the state.  See the latest report here.   Note there is a link to sign up for the newsletter.   I think you will be surprised by some of the information there, especially as it relates to TB.  But, the newsletter also has some facts about your refugee populations and how many have come in a given quarter.

For new readers, read ‘Why so many Somalis in Minneapolis.’

About the photo:  I was just scouting out crimes in Eden Prairie and came across this one very quickly.  I didn’t bother to look for others.  I wonder do those “qualified refugee lawyers” do refugee crime cases as well?  Here is most of what one commenter named ‘Red’ said regarding this story:

Locally, they are from Eden Prairie & Sshakopee, by way of Somalia. I am ashamed to admit I was once a supporter of their community integration & diversification. Then I was victimized by way of physical intimidation. Twice. On two separate occasions by men & women both. Now my heart is cold. Instead of taking the kids out, I study self defense.

Posted in Africa, Changing the way we live, Community destabilization, Crimes, diversity's dark side, Muslim refugees, Refugee Resettlement Program, Resettlement cities, Stealth Jihad, Taxpayer goodies, Who is going where | Tagged: , | 4 Comments »

Columbus, OH: Somalis complain about housing conditions; but there is more to this story!

Posted by Ann Corcoran on September 23, 2014

To set the stage, we have your basic story—‘legal aid’ lawyers whip up Somali tenants to complain about their landowner.  It begins as follows at The Columbus Dispatch:

Cockroaches and mice scurry across the carpeted floor where Luul Botan’s three young children play.

The bathroom and kitchen faucets leak a steady stream of water. Some of the kitchen cabinets are broken. The drawers stick. And the front door doesn’t close easily, leaving the 32-year-old mother fearful that someone might break into their North Side apartment at night.

Remember this story from 2012 where police had to break up crowds of Somalis fighting for subsidized housing in Columbus. http://www.barenakedislam.com/2012/12/10/columbus-ohio-muslim-crowd-of-2000-turns-violent-waiting-to-apply-for-subsidized-apartments/

“The conditions are horrible, and the management at Capital Park apartments doesn’t care how bad it gets,” she said last week through a Somali interpreter.

Botan said she fears that her children, who are 5 years, 1 year and 4 months old, are being sickened by the insects and mouse droppings. She said she asked the manager five times to replace a missing screen in the living-room window of her second-floor apartment in the complex on Agler Road.

“I’m so afraid my daughter will fall out when she runs over to watch children playing outside. It’s so dangerous,” she said.

During the past several weeks, dozens of Capital Park residents have called the city of Columbus about what they say is a worsening problem. With the help of Legal Aid attorneys and other volunteers, the mostly low-income Somali refugees have also begun sending letters to the management of the 314-unit complex owned by Volunteers of America, requesting repairs that many have already asked for.

“The tenants in this case are stepping up, asking the landlord merely to do what Ohio law requires: Keep the rental property fit, habitable and up to code,” said Benjamin D. Horne, a managing attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Columbus.

Most of the residents were resettled by the federal government from refugee camps in Kenya, he said. They have little knowledge of their rights. [Nor little knowledge of how to care for a home and appliances, according to this story---ed]

I would like to know which refugee resettlement contractor resettled them in this building.  And, what connection they have to Volunteers of America.

Who the heck is this Volunteers of America which owns the Capital Park building?  

Is this one more example of how the whole refugee business has turned into one more get-rich scheme by people tapping into the federal treasury?   I’ve been for a long time referring to refugee resettlement as an industry (driven by companies looking for cheap labor) and here is a whole new angle to the mess.

The Columbus Dispatch goes on to tell us this:

David Burch, a spokesman for the national office of the Volunteers of America in Alexandria, Va., said some complaints went directly to the city, which has sent 32 code-violation notices in the past three weeks.

[....]

Volunteers of America bought the complex in 2000 and did a $4.5 million renovation two years later, Burch said. Government sources, including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, provided the funds for the renovation.

The 45-year-old complex is slated for another makeover in three years, he said, when it is eligible for more federal funding.

“Our primary goal is taking care of our people and making sure they have decent housing so they can build a successful life,” he said.

Now, check out a recent Form990 for Volunteers of America’s office in Alexandria, Virginia (just one branch of VOA):

It is a NON-PROFIT ‘holding company’ with $62 million in assets and although its employees are apparently paid nothing from the organization, its CEO makes nearly a half million dollars a year in salary and benefits! from related organizations (page 7) and there are seven other employees in the 6-figure range.  What related organizations?

These financial machinations are all way beyond my ability to understand, but it sure confirms for me that there are some big players with big money (much of it your tax dollars) helping to drive the importation of “refugees” into America, while hiding under the white hat of humanitarianism.

What is up with Ohio—it sure is being targeted as a “welcoming” state for refugees? Making sure Ohio is blue?  See our Ohio archive here and see especially this post where “Welcoming America” came to town in Cleveland over a year ago to be sure the community there is ready to welcome more immigrants.  Apparently, Columbus is vying with Minneapolis in building a Somali enclave.

Posted in Changing the way we live, Community destabilization, diversity's dark side, Muslim refugees, Refugee Resettlement Program, Resettlement cities, Taxpayer goodies | Tagged: , , | 2 Comments »

Governor still “exploring” refugee program for Wyoming as Somalis move in

Posted by Ann Corcoran on September 22, 2014

And, this time he has a bigger megaphone—The Wall Street Journal which is well-known for its position that businesses need cheap immigrant labor.

Republican Governor Matt Mead wrote to the Office of Refugee Resettlement last September inviting them to set up shop in Wyoming.

Sheesh, I thought they had enough sense in Wyoming to bring Mead’s misguided plan to a halt!

Remember it was one year ago that Republican Governor Matt Mead wrote to the federal government and invited them in to begin a resettlement program for the only state in the Nation wise enough (until now) to stay out of it!

And, get this, these Somali women arriving in Wyoming as secondary migrants are not shy about saying, if they don’t get more “services” they are moving on to a state that is more generous!

Before I launch into the story, readers need to know there is a big difference between secondary migrants who have already been hooked up with their social services in another state by one of the nine major federal resettlement contractors or their 300 plus subcontractors.  They have gotten their job counseling, their kids enrolled in schools, their welfare goodies, their health care.

The secondary migrants have chosen, in our free country! to move on after being acclimated (at taxpayer expense) in another state.  That does not mean we have to follow them with goodies (holding their hands) as they shop for new cities and states over the years.

However, setting up a resettlement office in Wyoming, is a whole other matter.  It means that refugees will be resettled in Wyoming directly from Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

By the way, check out the statistics here (page 9), according to the Office of Refugee Resettlement, zero secondary migrants entered Wyoming in 2013 (so much for their statistics!).

From The Wall Street Journal (hat tip: ‘pungentpeppers’):

CHEYENNE, Wyo.—Draped in a brightly hued robe and veil, Amal Hassan certainly stands out from the locals as she walks along the outskirts of this high-plains city, pickup trucks rumbling by.

Somali refugees such as Ms. Hassan are becoming a more common sight here in the nation’s least populous state, the only one without a refugee-resettlement program. Such initiatives provide social and financial services to refugees such as Ms. Hassan, 29 years old, who were admitted legally into the U.S.

Now, with a hundred or so Somali refugees having arrived in Wyoming’s capital city in recent years, the state is wrestling with whether to create a resettlement program, which in other states is typically run jointly with the federal Administration for Children and Families. The idea, however, has stirred sharp criticism from some people, who have called and emailed state officials, expressing concern that crowds of refugees would flock to Wyoming, stretch resources and spread disease.

The issue repeatedly came up during last month’s Republican primary for November’s gubernatorial election, with one of Gov. Matt Mead’s opponents saying refugees would cause problems for Wyoming. The governor, who won the primary, said his administration is merely exploring a resettlement program.

“Unfortunately people don’t understand or deliberately distort what’s happening,” Mr. Mead said recently on a local radio station, dispelling a rumor that the state planned to set up refugee camps.  [By continuing to use those inaccurate words---refugee camps---Mead is able to ridicule and denigrate critics.---ed]

Mr. Mead has said that refugees were coming to Wyoming regardless, and the state needed to know which services they were using. [You can see what welfare they are tapping without inviting more in!---ed].

Here the WSJ didn’t find the latest numbers—we have them here.  In FY 2014 we have brought into the US 8,278 Somalis (in 11 months). The federal government and its contractors are scrambling to find new territory in which to resettle them as ‘pockets of resistance’ have developed in some states—thus the Wyoming push!

According to federal data, 4,915 Somali refugees arrived in the U.S. during the 2012 fiscal year, the most recent information available. That figure represents the fourth highest total of refugees from any country to enter the U.S. that year, behind Bhutan, Myanmar and Iraq.

Housing is easier to get, but not enough welfare help in Wyoming!

Ms. Hassan, who lives in Cheyenne with her two young sons and is divorced, said she is considering leaving Wyoming if she can’t receive more help.

Read it all.

The Governor says he is still studying the idea, but this is what he wrote to the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement last September (looks like an outright invite to the feds to me!):

 

 

If you live in Wyoming, you need to get on the governor or end up like Maine!  Or worse, Minnesota!  Never mind ‘Little Mogadishu’ Minneapolis, ask the people of St. Cloud, Minnesota what happened when a Lutheran federal contractor opened a resettlement office there!

See our entire archive on Wyoming Governor Matt Mead by clicking here.

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