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Archive for January, 2008

100 Foreign workers missing in Alabama tonight

Posted by Ann Corcoran on January 31, 2008

Coming right on the heels of the anger at Tyson’s Food for disrupting communities by bringing Somali refugees in large numbers to small American cities, comes the news that another big business has lost 100 Nepalese workers this week.   

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — About 100 people who came from Nepal to work at a north Alabama factory seemingly vanished from a pair of apartment buildings, along with a lot of furniture and appliances, and can’t be located, officials said Tuesday.

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Immigration agents are trying to determine what happened to the Nepalese workers, among hundreds brought to the United States to work at a DVD factory operated by Cinram Inc., said Lauren Bethune, a spokeswoman for the Alabama Department of Homeland Security.

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“We do not in any way consider it a security threat, but we do think it is important,” she said.

The AP article goes on to say that the workers were part of a group of 1350 foreign workers brought to the Cinram plant.  Missing along with the people are hundreds of thousands of dollars of furniture, TV sets, and kitchenware.   The Homeland Security agent went on to say maybe they went home.  Yeh right, they just loaded all the loot on commercial flights and headed back to Nepal!  (Hat tip: Lori)

More:  Blulite sent us a link (in comments) to a story in the Huntsville Times a day earlier that adds more to this shocking story.   These aren’t refugees admitted under the Refugee Resettlement program.   But, this further points to the need for someone to do a blog on other immigration programs that allow foreign nationals to enter the US from troubled parts of the world.

Posted in diversity's dark side, Other Immigration | 5 Comments »

New blogs coming out of the woods

Posted by Judy K. Warner on January 31, 2008

Author correction below.

Recently we’ve written to encourage all of you to start your own blogs.  Our attention was drawn to a new blog just this morning, summer patriot, winter soldier, written it seems by a Nebraska “farm boy.”    His mission statement has a familiar ring:

what are my aims? i want to help you learn how to protect you and your loved ones, and how to help you defend yourself from very real and looming dangers.–

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probably much like you, i didn’t know much about islam and the danger it presents until about 1.5 years ago. and then i started reading and learning.

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now, every day i read, completely, the articles and the accompanying commentary at http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com , and through the author, pamela geller, i have become exposed to islamic scholars such as robert spencer, mark steyn, andrew bostom, and a host of other, who discuss the nature of the islamic religion. (i will return and post the links to these sites.) atlasshrugs is also in contact with european bloggers and authorities who paint a very disquieting and sober assessment of the state of europe, and how it is very close to being swamped by islamic immigration. the europeans have discovered too late that the muslims they have been importing for years as workers have no intention of becoming “european,” and have no intention of going home, and have absolutely no intention of being subject to the domestic law of their “host” countries. [emphasis mine].

See Gates of Vienna blog today “When the curved knives lie against their throats” for their introduction and discussion on Winter Soldier’s insightful (but very long!) post on the issues facing Great Britain and Europe in general as they deal with the Islamist agenda.  If you haven’t followed the blog controversy surrounding Little Green Footballs, you are lucky, you can skip that part.   One important remedy to the power play at LGF is to start your own blog, the more the merrier—afterall competition is good for America.  Welcome Winter Soldier.

Now, back to homeschooling my youngest son.   For Bible class we are learning about warriors, and today it’s Braveheart.  For all you Braveheart fans here is my solution to Europe’s Islamic ills:  Wallace, Wallace, Wallace!

Correction:  Ann wrote this post, not Judy.  I just messed up and don’t know how to change the author.   It just goes to prove that anyone can write a blog, one doesn’t need to be computer savvy.  As a matter of fact, the other day my kids overheard me giving computer instructions to someone starting a blog, they roared with laughter! 

Posted in blogging, free speech, Other Immigration | 2 Comments »

Somalis definitely leaving Emporia, KS

Posted by Ann Corcoran on January 30, 2008

According to the Emporia-Gazette, news was received today that the Somali refugees who have been the center of much controversy are leaving Emporia.  They are among the 1500 workers who will be unemployed shortly.

City Manager Matt Zimmerman told city commissioners at today’s work session that the Somali community had decided to leave Emporia following Tyson Foods’ decision to shut down its Emporia slaughter operation, according to a refugee coordinator from the state.

You need to go and read the citizen comments at this article to know how much this Kansas city was disrupted first by the secretive arrival of hundreds of Somalis presumably lured by Tyson’s to Emporia, and now their abrupt departure with the plant closure.    The Tyson’s Food company and its quest to keep wages low  is primarily to blame for all the hard feelings and upheaval among the long time residents. 

And, a share of the blame goes to resettlement agencies like Catholic Charities who seem to latch onto any employer no matter how unscrupulous their business practices.   The bottomline is that if they don’t get these refugees employed quickly someone might just suggest we are bringing too many low skilled workers to the US and their gravy train and ‘good’ works would be halted.

Although we have sympathy for unemployed people whoever they are, the Somalis compounded their problems in Emporia by making no apparent effort to assimilate.  And, I will bet they were never seriously told they must assimilate by whatever agency resettled them in the first place. 

Residents asking questions from the get-go are now subject to comments like this one from Joe_Strummer:

Just wonder what all these poor Klansmen are gonna do on their Saturday nights now that there’s no one to whine about.

But, then JayJazz has a comeback:

Damn! I just washed my hood again with my red underwear… I hate it when that happens.

That’s right Jay, keep your sense of humor and laugh at those claiming this is all about racism in a so-called “unwelcoming” city.   They will throw the blame for bad government policies, mismanagement by volags and ruthless business practices by a large corporation back on citizens.  Resist! 

If you are new to this controversy and have the stamina, visit our category called  Emporia, Ks controversy and start at the beginning.  We have written 25 posts on this topic.

Posted in Changing the way we live, diversity's dark side, Emporia, KS controversy, Muslim refugees, Refugee Resettlement Program | 6 Comments »

Bosnians busted in Driver License scam

Posted by Ann Corcoran on January 30, 2008

In the aftermath of Bill Clinton’s war in Bosnia, the United States admitted over 100,000 Bosnian Muslims as refugees.  They got taxpayer funded airfare, a rent subsidy, food stamps, health care, and a caseworker to find them a job.    Here’s how they repay the charity.    (Hat tip:  Janet Levy)

The FBI has cracked a Spokane-based ring that it says paid bribes to a state contractor and used foreign-language interpreters to help Bosnian immigrants cheat on tests to obtain commercial driver licenses fraudulently from the state of Washington.

Read the whole story at the SpokesmanReview.com. 

Washington State has received 89,000 refugees through 2005 and nearly 5000 of those are from the former Yugoslavia.

Posted in Changing the way we live, Crimes, diversity's dark side, Muslim refugees, Refugee Resettlement Program, Who is going where | 2 Comments »

Europeans waking up (finally) to the danger of Muslim immigration

Posted by Ann Corcoran on January 30, 2008

See this excellent post at Jihad Watch reporting on an article from the Daily Express that begins:

AN “overwhelming majority” of Europeans believe immigration from Islamic countries is a threat to their traditional way of life, a survey revealed last night.

Read it all and remember that we are blindly heading down the same path as Europe, except maybe we still have time to turn it around.   We need to get to work!  (Judy admonishes me on this and says I need to explain ‘work’).   The first bit of  work that needs to be done is that we all need to publicize the information we gather about immigration to as wide an audience as is humanly possible, starting with your next door neighbor!  

Posted in Changing the way we live, creating a movement, diversity's dark side, Muslim refugees, Refugee Resettlement Program | Comments Off on Europeans waking up (finally) to the danger of Muslim immigration

Complaints fall on deaf ears at government agencies

Posted by Ann Corcoran on January 30, 2008

We have written before about the work of Chris Coen and his organization, Friends of Refugees.  He wrote to us recently out of sheer frustration, but still  filled with determination to get the government’s attention about the plight of some refugees who have been brought to America and virtually dumped by agencies contracted to care for them.  Here is his letter to us.  Keep in mind this has been going on for a long time and his letters to these agencies span years.

Dear Refugee Resettlement Watch,

Although I recently commented about our previous complaints to the Inspector General at the U.S. Department of State (DOS), I have a few more details to share. The first complaint we filed to the DOS’s Inspector General’s Office managed to be ‘lost’ by that office! Cute, isn’t it? They said that maybe the old Inspector General took it with him when he went to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). He’s now no longer with DHS either. They rotate people in and out quick to avoid any accountability. It’s very effective.

THEN, we put it in AGAIN – but we beefed it up with a lot more discrediting information about the refugee resettlement agencies that we had managed to get from the DOS’s own inspection reports. BUT, 2-3 months later our complaint letter to the Inspector General, sent via certified mail, was returned to us. They would not claim it. They use a post office box so that a USPS delivery person cannot get anyone to sign for it – and they just refuse to acknowledge all the notices left by USPS to claim it. They got us again! Then, we wrote to various Senators, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, etc. about this trickery — nooooooo response back from anyone.

Okay, then, we put in some complaints with the Inspector General’s Office at HHS[Health and Human Services] about their Office of Refugee Resettlement’s (ORR’s) failure to investigate our specific complaint about World Relief in New Port Richey, FL. It went nowhere. The Director of the ORR, who we targeted for complaint, then took retirement – he retired unscathed. He must be laughing now, living off the taxpayers via his government pension, and never had to answer for one bit of irresponsible stewardship of his refugee programs.

Not to say we won’t try again. We never give up. They’ll never wear us down – not via any length or level of corruption.

Christopher Coen

Director

Friends of Refugees

You can reach Mr. Coen by e-mail.    FORefugees@hotmail.com

Posted in Reforms needed, Refugee Resettlement Program | 1 Comment »

Baghdad: returning refugees create tight housing market

Posted by Judy K. Warner on January 29, 2008

Here’s a new way to get out of a housing slump that we probably don’t want to imitate. The Los Angeles Times reports today that Iraqi refugees returning to Baghdad are pushing up real estate prices as they seek out homes.

Last year, home prices plummeted and rents dropped as Iraqis left town in search of more stability. But now, some say it’s almost impossible to find a suitable place to live, with sales prices doubling in certain neighborhoods and the most affordable homes being snatched up as soon as they’re on the market.

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“Day by day the prices are increasing, and I keep on decreasing my options,” said Hussam Jassem, 35, a government worker who earns about $400 a month, a typical middle-class salary. A 750-square-foot home in a lower-middle-class neighborhood costs about $150,000. In the upper-middle-class neighborhood of Karada, a 2,300-square-foot plot of land alone costs $350,000.

The article includes updated numbers about returning refugees that I haven’t seen before:

In December alone, an estimated 46,000 Iraqis returned to Baghdad from Syria, and more than 67,000 have come back since mid-September, according to the Iraqi Red Crescent Organization.

This article doesn’t mention that some refugees abandoned their houses, which were then taken over by others who don’t want to give them up. It also doesn’t mention something I saw once, a few weeks ago, that the government wants to build a lot of new housing to take care of the problem.  It is a very good sign that a major newspaper is publishing such an article on Iraq, about a return to some kind of normalcy.

Posted in Iraqi refugees | Comments Off on Baghdad: returning refugees create tight housing market

Freedom for thought we hate

Posted by Judy K. Warner on January 29, 2008

We see the need for a new category on this blog — free speech. In Canada and in Britain, bloggers and journalists are under attack for saying the kind of things we say here at Refugee Resettlement Watch. One is Mark Steyn, the extraordinary columnist and author of America Alone. As reported by Paul Schneidereitt in the Nova Scotia Chronicle Herald: 

Last October, Maclean’s published an excerpt from Steyn’s new book, America Alone. In that work, Steyn argues demographics foretells the collapse of the West and rise of Islam. Below-replacement birth rates in many Western countries, including Canada, says Steyn, and high fertility rates among Muslims, increases the danger Islamic fundamentalism will overpower Western countries in future.

In the United States, that’s not a punishable offense. But in Canada —

[f]our law students…filed complaints, backed by the Canadian Islamic Congress, with the federal, B.C. and Ontario human rights commissions, alleging Steyn and Maclean’s were promoting ill will towards Muslims. Again, in a measure of just how far these commissions believe their jurisdiction over what we say goes, the federal and B.C. bodies have indicated they’ll hear the case.

Ann wrote yesterday about the case of Lionheart, the British blogger who is threatened with arrest if he returns to Britain because of things he said on his blog. As he put it:

I am currently out of the Country and on my return home to England I am going to be arrested by British detectives on suspicion of Stirring up Racial Hatred by displaying written material” contrary to sections 18(1) and 27(3) of the Public Order Act 1986.

What a dreadful thing that Britain, the cradle of the liberties we enjoy as Americans, has such a law! We pray for Lionheart’s safety. And we need to make sure that nothing like that is ever imposed on us, though some are trying to do just that. One of my favorite guardians of our free speech rights is Nat Hentoff, whose article in yesterday’s Washington Times, Freedom for thought we hate, is well worth reading. The title of the article (and the book Hentoff is reviewing) comes from Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes:

“If there is any principle of the Constitution that more imperatively calls for attachment than any other, it is the principle of free thought, not free thought for those who agree with us but freedom for the thought that we hate.”

And he quotes George Orwell, who knew something about politically correct suppression of speech (remember the Ministry of Truth in 1984?):

“If large numbers of people believe in freedom of speech, there will be freedom of speech even if the law forbids it. But if public opinion is sluggish, inconvenient minorities will be prosecuted, even if laws exist to protect them.”

This is a warning for all of us engaged in political battles. We need to stand up for the free speech of everybody, not just our friends. Or soon it is our own speech that will be threatened.

Posted in free speech | 1 Comment »

A question for the candidates

Posted by Judy K. Warner on January 28, 2008

Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch today posts his questions for the presidential candidates — suggestions for what the moderators of the next debates might ask. His first one is especially relevant to us:

1. What would you do to deal with the national security aspect of immigration? With plans afoot to bring large groups of Iraqis, including Iraqi Muslims, into the United States, what kind of screening will you implement to ensure that we are not importing jihad terrorists into the country? Will you reevaluate immigration levels from Muslim countries based on recognition of the fact that there is no reliable way to distinguish a peaceful Muslim from a jihadist sympathizer or potential jihadist?

We’ve dealt with this question several times with reference to Iraqi refugees. For example: Three Iraqi interpreters whom Denmark took in as refugees turned out to be spies for the insurgency. A Brookings report said some of the refugees were favored by Saddam and others are from radical groups. There has been a battle between the State Department, which wants to bring large numbers of Iraqi refugees in immediately, and Homeland Security, which wants to make sure none of the refugees are actually terrorists. Here is our Iraqi refugees category for more items.

It is perfectly plausible that some of the refugees are jihadists. We have received unofficial reports from people who deal with refugees that in some camps, for example in Burma, militant Muslim refugees have pushed their way ahead of Christian and other peaceful refugees to get into the United States. Why wouldn’t they do that among Iraqi refugees? We also have Ken Timmerman’s report that Christians were turned away when applying for refugee status in Jordan. So we can’t be naive and assume that everyone who is certified a refugee by the UN is legitimate and no threat to us. I haven’t heard any of the candidates deal with the question Robert Spencer asks. But they should. I’m not the only American who wants to know the answer.

Posted in Iraqi refugees, Muslim refugees, Other Immigration, Refugee Resettlement Program | Comments Off on A question for the candidates

As Lionheart goes, so go we

Posted by Ann Corcoran on January 28, 2008

Update 1/30/08:   Gates of Vienna blog has up-to-date news on Lionheart, calls him ‘canary in the coal mine for western free speech’ here.   Don’t miss audio of Lionheart on a US radio station.

I’ve written lately about the importance of keeping our free speech and that proliferating blogs is the way for just regular people to defend and keep that important freedom.   As I said, it’s like the gun issue, if we all have one it will be harder for them to strip our rights.

I don’t have time to do the post justice this morning, but please read Us or Them blog here on the case of British blogger Lionheart who is on the run from British police for speaking his mind on his blog.   He said similar things to what I posted the other day about the Nadia Convenience store raid in our county, and has thus broken the law in his native England. 

Posted in Asylum seekers, blogging, free speech | 2 Comments »

 
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