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Archive for February 10th, 2008

Muslims practicing polygamy in America too!

Posted by Ann Corcoran on February 10, 2008

Seems like every time we turn around these days there is an article about Muslims practicing polygamy somewhere in the world.  Here is one from DhimmiWatch a couple of days ago about polygamists receiving welfare benefits for the extra wives in Canada.  

But people in the refugee community have reported to us that it is happening here too!  Apparently African Muslim refugees, especially Somalis, are managing to get several wives into the country and are often resettled in the same communities in the US, literally down the street from each other.  The extra wives come as “sisters” and other close relatives and, because as far as the government is concerned they are single women with children, receive welfare benefits as such.

Apparently volag (voluntary agency) workers stay silent presumably because they assume that if the public knew this, it would shed negative light on the program of refugee resettlement generally.   Others who stay silent, I assume, do so because they have muddled morals due to the concept of cultural relativism we have written about before when we discussed female genital mutilation.

We have been told that Somalis tend not to be promiscuous, so if a ‘single’ Somali woman with children continues to have babies chances are she has a ‘husband’ nearby. 

Reform needed:  Refugee resettlement workers need to speak up!   Leaders in the refugee resettlement industry need to start reform now to stop this practice before it blows up as a media story.

Posted in Changing the way we live, diversity's dark side, Muslim refugees, Reforms needed, Refugee Resettlement Program | 4 Comments »

State Dept. Briefing on Iraqi Refugees, Part III, “How much is this?”

Posted by Ann Corcoran on February 10, 2008

 Your tax dollars:

This is the third in a  series of posts on the State Department Iraqi Refugee Briefing of February 4, see Part II yesterday.  

The exchange that follows occured in the briefing right after the question about exactly how many Iraqi displaced persons are coming in this fiscal year that ends September 30th.   We heard it was 12,000 plus maybe(?) an additional 5000 mandated by the newly signed “Refugee Crisis in Iraq Act.” 

QUESTION: Speaking of Peter, Paul and payment, how much is this – how much money is being expended on this program currently?

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AMBASSADOR FOLEY: Which program?

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QUESTION: The – well, on bringing Iraqi refugees in?

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MS. RUSCH [Director Office of Admissions, PRM]: It’s hard to specify. It’s on average somewhere between $4,000 and $4,500 per refugee, of any nationality. That’s the cost to the State Department. That doesn’t include DHS costs, and it certainly doesn’t cost – take into account the actually larger contribution from Health and Human Services for refugees once they get here.

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QUESTION: So does anybody have a figure of how much the U.S. taxpayer is spending to bring refugees in – bring Iraqi refugees in?

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AMBASSADOR FOLEY: We can get that for you, Charlie. We’ll multiply, based on the assumption that we’ll bring in 12,000 this fiscal year.

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QUESTION: I don’t know about the rest of us, but you’ve lost a – you lost me in some of the numbers. So it would be good to know if there is a number that we’re spending to try and bring Iraq refugees.

[next question]

Hey, Charlie, I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for an answer to the question of how much this costs the taxpayer, but if you find out let us and the taxpayers know!

In addition to the number cited above, there are huge costs buried in Department of Health and Human Services for grants to the volags (voluntary agencies), not to mention the cost of the welfare itself.  Then there are the costs to the Dept. of Homeland Security to screen the refugees, then we give millions to the United Nations for them to pick refugees for us.  There are taxpayer dollars flowing out of the Department of Labor for refugee training and job placement and who knows what else spread throughout the government at federal and state level.  Imagine all the goverment workers’ salaries running this program!

Just a little side note if you have been following Parts I and II of my series:   Ambassador Foley says they will multiply this magic number when they get it by 12,000, so I guess he is saying they aren’t bringing 12,000 Iraqis plus the Congressionally mandated 5000 afterall.

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