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Archive for August, 2007

The message of the Good Samaritan

Posted by Ann Corcoran on August 31, 2007

 Your tax dollars:

During the recent controversy about Refugee Resettlement in Hagerstown, MD a writer to the Herald-Mail, the local newspaper, remarked that afterall the good Samaritan didn’t leave the wounded traveler on the taxpayers’ doorstep but  paid for his care from his own pocket.    That is something to remember as you begin to ask questions about the role, as government contractors, of non-profit church groups involved in Refugee Resettlement.     They will be ready and eager to make you feel quilty as hell for even asking questions; don’t be! 

 The Good Samaritan story is used very effectively here, at VDare, to illustrate one of the lucrative special deals the church groups have worked out with the federal government.    It is entitled, The Bad Samaritan: The Episcopal Migration Ministries by Thomas Allen and it outlines the little deal where the churches get a cut of any airfare loans they can collect from the refugees.  I think they call this ‘doing well by doing good ‘(or something like that!)

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Somali refugee numbers

Posted by Ann Corcoran on August 31, 2007

I should have reminded readers of the number of Somali refugees that have been brought into the US in the Refugee Resettlement program when I wrote the two previous posts about the Somali rape case and the brutal Somali wife beating case.  

The Refugee Resettlement program of the Federal government and the non-profit groups (volags) contracted to resettle refugees have brought 64,942 Somalis to the US from 1983-2005 according to the 2005 ORR Report  to Congress (See Appendix A).   Each of those Somalis can apply through the volags to bring others of their family to America.    This is never-ending.

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Hagerstown Refugee Resettlement Public meeting scheduled

Posted by Ann Corcoran on August 30, 2007

On September 19th from 7-9 p.m. citizens of Hagerstown and Washington County (MD)will have a rare opportunity to learn about Refugee Resettlement from some of the major players in the program. 

It’s my opinion that this sort of initiative should have occured long ago and should serve now as a model for other areas of the country.   Immigration is an issue of concern to everyone and the more citizens know about how it works the better off we will be as a country.  As a matter of fact, just today the Center for Immigration Studies released a new report which says that by the year 2060 we will be adding 100,000,000 people to America’s  population as a result of the present level of immigration.   The report suggests that we must decide if we want to diminish our environmental quality of life for our children and grandchildren.   Crowded living conditions, shortages of water and other resources, and less natural open space would likely result from that large an increase in population.

As for the public meeting, come out to the Kepler Theatre at Hagerstown Community College on September 19th, 7-9 p.m. and listen, ask questions and learn.  Yesterday, Opinion page editor, Bob Maginnis, reported on the meeting and listed those who will answer questions from the public:

Jordan (Dir. of Community Action Council) will be the moderator of the Sept. 19 event and said it will include the following presenters:

· Terry Rusch and Barbara Day, of the State Department’s Office of Population, Refugees and Migration.

· Edward Lin, director of the Maryland Office of New Americans and his deputy, Martin Ford.

· Francis Tinsley and Erica Iverson of Church World Services.

· Cline, of the Virginia Council of Churches.

Maginnis continues to urge the public to support bringing more refugees to Hagerstown.  Presumably this is also the position of the Herald-Mail because it has up till now avoided doing any indepth reporting that might have helped the public better understand the Federal Refugee Resettlement Program. 

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Iraqi refugees—only a small number worked for US

Posted by Ann Corcoran on August 30, 2007

This article in Today.com (from yesterday) is meant to be another one of those drumbeating articles about the poor Iraqi refugees we need to save by bringing them here BEFORE THE WAR IS OVER!    Articles like these are generated by consulting firms in advance of legislation that is moving through Congress.   I suspect the firms are working for various Islamic countries who wish to increase the Muslim population of the US and are working for our defeat in Iraq.

Although this piece was meant to sound the alarm, this little section caught my eye:  

The United Nations has submitted more than 9,000 Iraqis to the United States for consideration as refugees since the State Department announced a new resettlement program in February, but only about 5 percent of the applicants are former employees connected with the U.S. war effort, according to figures provided by the United Nations and the International Organization for Migration, the agencies processing the cases.

Only 5%?   By my calculation that would make 450 Iraqis who have already run away from Iraq who were once helping us.  So, who are the 8,550 others in this group?  Hopefully Christians, but I bet not.

The article does go on to say that there are 69,000 other Iraqis working as menial laborers for various contractors (including Iraqi companies) that get money from the Pentagon and so therefore according to those promoting our defeat in Iraq they will all need to be brought to America to live on American welfare.   Will our brave men and women have died to give them the US welfare trough?

If you are seeing our Iraqi refugee posts for the first time, go to the Iraqi refugees category for a complete list of our coverage.

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Iraqi Refugee warning, at the frontdoor and backdoor

Posted by Ann Corcoran on August 29, 2007

The Investors Business Daily yesterday questioned why at a time when the Bush Administration has admitted that Iraqi terrorists are getting into the U.S. by the backdoor–across the Mexican border– Congress is pushing to allow thousands of Iraqi’s in the front door.  

And guess who is sponsoring the Senate bill to add more refugees to our communites?   Senator Ted (Refugee Act 1980) Kennedy.  I wonder how many refugees live in Hyannisport?

…. the bill could become law. It has a companion (S. 1651) in the Senate sponsored by Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass. And both are being pushed hard by GOP powerbroker Grover Norquist, a close ally of Karl Rove and founder of the Islamic Institute, a Washington lobby group that has fought for looser Arab immigration.

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The bills are being sold as a compassionate attempt to rescue the growing number of Iraqi refugees, including those who have fled to Syria.

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But given the shocking news that Iraqis are trying to cross the border to carry out terrorism (and being coached to claim amnesty if they are caught), these bills raise serious security issues and should die in committee.

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Resettling genuinely at-risk Iraqis, such as Chaldo-Assyrian Christians, makes sense. But the best way to make sure other Iraqis are safe and secure is to help them fight for their own security there in Iraq.

To review the many posts on Iraqi refugees at RRW, go to the Iraqi Refugee category.

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Glenn Beck reports on Somali rape case

Posted by Ann Corcoran on August 29, 2007

I’m a fan of Glenn Beck and last night I was especially pleased by his coverage of the Minn/St. Paul Somali refugee rape case.    I can’t believe CNN lets him say the things he does!     Last night he made a very strong case that immigrants are not assimilating and accepting American values, as this example of the dark side of diversity demonstrated.   

Did you know that the U.S. actually put a halt to virtually all immigration from 1924 to  1965?  The reason?   The large waves of immigrants prior to 1924 needed time to assimilate, and so America took a time-out.  It’s past time for another such time-out. 

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More on the dark side of diversity–Somali abuse of women

Posted by Ann Corcoran on August 28, 2007

While checking on the status of the Somali refugee rape case we reported a few days ago, I found this account of another horrible crime in the same Minneapolis-St. Paul newspaper.   Why is it that those promoting the wonderous things diverse cultures bring to America avoid mentioning the dark side?   

And to think that you paid for Afif Abdiaziz Ahmed, and others like him, to come to America.  You gave him airfare to get here, cash to start out,  English language lessons, medical care, subsidized housing and food stamps.    A case worker likely helped him find a job.  And now, you will pay for lifetime nursing care for the woman he brutalized and can never live on her own.

Advocates and law enforcement authorities say domestic violence often is a taboo topic in the male-dominated Somali community.

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“The level of brutality in this case really set it apart from most cases we’ve dealt with,” Gaertner said. “It’s amazing she survived. The lifelong results of those injuries are absolutely tragic.”

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Ahmed showed no signs of remorse, said St. Paul police Sgt. Paul Schnell. Nor did he offer any explanation beyond telling police that he cut her face and genitals so “she will never mess with another man again,” the complaint said.

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It appears that her face had been beaten and cut numerous times,” the police report said of the victim. “Her head had so many lacerations and so much blood on it, her face was hard to identify as a human head.”

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Ahmed beat her with his fists and a metal pole. He raped her with a knife

If you are as angry as I am, tell your elected officials that this must stop.  And, while you are at it, copy this horrific story and send it to Senators Kennedy, Levin, and Biden who wrote and sponsored the Refugee Act of 1980. 

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Does Presidential candidate Joe Biden like refugees?

Posted by Ann Corcoran on August 26, 2007

In our previous postRefugee Act of 1980–a rogue’s gallery, Sen. Joe Biden is listed as one of the original co-sponsors of the bill that set up the whole Refugee Resettlement program.     As a matter of fact,  he is one of three original sponsors still in the Senate and now a Presidential candidate. 

So, Joe, how come Delaware doesn’t have many refugees?   According to the latest figures in the 2005 ORR Annual Report to Congress, Delaware has only resettled 747 refugees since 1983.  Compare this to another small state next door, Maryland, where over 30,000 refugees have been resettled in the same time period.   Just makes you wonder.

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Refugee Act of 1980–a rogue’s gallery

Posted by Ann Corcoran on August 26, 2007

For those of our readers who want to understand how we got to this place with Refugee Resettlement,  and how the volags got their hands in the taxpayers’ pockets,  do a little research on the Refugee Act of 1980.   You gotta laugh!  Look at the rogues gallery of Senate Sponsors and Co-sponsors.  And, by the way, the bill was signed into law by Jimmy Carter on April Fools Day 1980.  I think it’s time for a review of the law, don’t you?

Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA) was the chief sponsor!

COSPONSORS(14), ALPHABETICAL     (Sort: by date)

Sen Biden, Joseph R., Jr. [DE] – 1/3/1979 Sen Boschwitz, Rudy [MN] – 1/3/1979
Sen Hatfield, Mark O. [OR] – 1/3/1979 Sen Javits, Jacob K. [NY] – 1/3/1979
Sen Levin, Carl [MI] – 1/3/1979 Sen McGovern, George [SD] – 1/3/1979
Sen Moynihan, Daniel Patrick [NY] – 1/3/1979 Sen Pell, Claiborne [RI] – 1/3/1979
Sen Randolph, Jennings [WV] – 1/3/1979 Sen Ribicoff, Abraham A. [CT] – 1/3/1979
Sen Riegle, Donald W., Jr. [MI] – 1/3/1979 Sen Sarbanes, Paul S. [MD] – 1/3/1979
Sen Tsongas, Paul E. [MA] – 1/3/1979 Sen Williams, Harrison A., Jr. [NJ] – 1/3/1979

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Another nugget from the ORR 2005 Report to Congress

Posted by Ann Corcoran on August 25, 2007

Here is another little bit of information buried in the most recent Office of Refugee Resettlement Report to Congress:

Overall, findings from ORR’s 2005 survey indicate (as in previous years) that refugees face significant problems upon arrival in the United States. In previous years, we reported that the data described a process where refugees readily accepted entry level employment and moved toward economic self-sufficiency in their new country. Data also showed continued progress of most refugee households toward self-sufficiency, tied to factors such as education, English proficiency, and such characteristics as age at time of arrival and family support.

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All in all, past surveys have described a consistent process of advancement, slow at first, and halting for some, but sustained nevertheless, toward integration with the American mainstream. The 2005 survey, in contradistinction, describes a much more serious struggle. The 2005 survey reveals a definite turndown in refugee resettlement advancement as measured by the general labor force participation and welfare utilization data. The survey indicates that the educational background of the five-year refugee population is substantially weaker than that reported in previous surveys. Fewer refugees have finished higher school, and fewer still have finished a college degree. A smaller proportion of arriving refugees can speak English fluently and a higher proportion speak no English at all. This has translated into lower labor force participation, as measured by the employment rate which has retreated from 62 percent in the 2004 survey to 58 percent this year.

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Moreover, the jobs that refugees find are of poorer quality than seen in previous surveys. This year the average age declined about five percent from the year before after considering the effects of inflation. Even more troubling is the dramatic decline in employer-related health benefits: Five years ago, two-thirds of respondents could claim such coverage; today, only one-fifth can make that claim.

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