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Alinskyism (Day 3)

Posted by Ann Corcoran on November 12, 2008

I guess this explains all those old hippies with earrings like Bill Ayers:

He is a brave young man whose life is not cluttered up with prejudices and fear.  He is a radical. Radicals always remain young in spite of the passage of years.  That is one of the differences between the radical and the liberal.  There are others. [yes, I expect so]

How did Hillary Clinton, Bill Ayers and Barack Obama take this man seriously?

Posted in Community destabilization | 2 Comments »

State Department: Possibly tens of thousands of Somalis in the US illegally

Posted by Ann Corcoran on November 12, 2008

Update November 7th, 2010:  Comment period ending for new regulations for this program, here.

Update May 30th, 2010: Somali family reunited in Utah, program must be open, here.

Update November 20th: AP reporting the program may re-open soon, here.

Update April 13th, 2009: State Department working to get program up and running later this year, here.

Update Dec. 12th: Washington Post gets around to writing about the fraud, here.

US News and World Report publishes information also.

Update Nov. 29th: Big city paper finally catches up to this story here.

Update Nov. 26th: Are terrorists recruiting in US Somali communities?

Update Nov. 23rd: More facts from an insider here.

Update Nov. 20th: Columnist Diana West pulls the whole story together here.

Update Nov. 19th: St. Paul news story says refugees bought their way in for $10,000 a pop.

Update later on Nov. 18th: Now the State Department has come out with a slightly modified “fact sheet” which says all P-3 family reunification is suspended worldwide.

Background added Nov. 18th: Since so many new readers are coming to this post, you might also want to see the extent of the family reunification program as reported by the Migration Policy Inst. here.   Also, see my research on Somali refugee numbers here.

Be sure to read all the comments to this post from people who know what is going on!

Update Nov. 16th: Tennessee newspaper runs with this story, here.

Unbelievable!  Take note citizens of welcoming towns like Ft. Morgan and Greeley, CO,  or not so thrilled towns like Postville, IA, Shelbyville, TN, and Grand Island, NE, the US State Department has confirmed that tens of thousands of Somalis have entered the US illegally through the US Refugee Admissions (P-3 family reunification) Program, possibly for as long as 20 years.

We had reported in August that random DNA testing demonstrated that 80% of those seeking entry into the US from African countries (mostly Somalis) were not related to those they claimed as relatives.  In light of that shocking revelation, the program was temporarily suspended.   A fact sheet, published today by the State Department, fills us in further on details of this outrage.

95% of immigrants using this program are from Africa.  36,000 alone came in the years since 2003 and as high (or higher!) than 80% of those are most likely here illegally.   So much for all the volag administrators telling the folks in these towns being swamped by Somalis that their new neighbors have been thoroughly screened by Homeland Security!   How do you screen someone when you don’t even know who they are?

Rumor has it that many of these illegal aliens bought their way into the US by purchasing Affidavits of Relationship on the streets of Nairobi.  (see the fact sheet for more on AOR’s)

So what I would like to know now is,  are we going to prosecute (and deport) the tens of thousands who have come to the US illegally for the LAST 20 YEARS?   According to this fact sheet, the next step is up to the Department of Homeland Security (in the Obama administration).

Convenient huh, the State Department has known about this fraud for months but only reports the details now when it is too late for the Bush Administration to do anything about it.   Just pass this African hot potato to the next President—The One with African roots.

Here are selected portions of the State Department’s bombshell fact sheet:

Q: What is this program?
 
A: A “Priority Three,” or “P-3 ” designation grants access to the US Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) to individuals of certain nationalities who are claimed as a parent, spouse, or minor child by certain legal residents in the United States. Priority One and Two applicants are granted access to the program through a referral by UNHCR, a U.S. Embassy or qualified NGO, or special direct registration programs based on the individual’s vulnerability and/ refugee characteristics. Being granted access to the program is only the first step, however. DHS must determine that an applicant, regardless of priority, is a refugee under U.S. law and is otherwise admissible.

Access to the USRAP based on family ties has been available to various nationalities since the 1980s. In recent years, applications to the P-3 program have been overwhelmingly African – primarily Somalis, Ethiopians and Liberians – accounting for some 95% of the P-3 applications.

Q: Why did the US decide to conduct DNA testing of some nationality groups applying for resettlement in the US?
 
A: The Departments of State and Homeland Security jointly decided to test a sample of refugee cases due to reported fraud in the P-3 program, particularly in Kenya.
 
Q: What is the rate of fraud that has been discovered?
 
 
 
A. The rate of fraud discovered varies among nationalities and from country to country, and is difficult to establish definitively as many individuals refused to submit DNA samples. We were, however, only able to confirm all claimed biological relationships in fewer than 20% of cases (family units). The remainder contained at least one negative result (fraudulent relationship) or refused to be tested.
Q: What measures will be taken against the thousands of refugees who have come into the United States through the P-3 program in the last 20 years?
 
A: That is a question for the Department of Homeland Security.
Q: Why did you only conduct DNA testing in Africa?
 
 A: We began in Africa because African P-3s have accounted for more than 95% of P-3 refugee arrivals worldwide in recent years. In addition, we received frequent reports – which were correct, as it turned out – that there was widespread fraud in the program there.
Q: How many relatives of refugees or asylees have come from Africa to the US via the P-3 program in recent years?
 
A. Since October 1, 2003, some 36,000 people have arrived from Africa through the P-3 program.
Q: How many P-3s were admitted to the United States, from elsewhere in the world, in recent years?
A:   Since October 1, 2003, some 400 people have arrived from other parts of the world through the P-3 program.

Posted in Africa, Crimes, Muslim refugees, Refugee Resettlement Program | 112 Comments »

Michigan: no jobs for all the refugees (or Americans either)

Posted by Ann Corcoran on November 12, 2008

I predict that jobs (the lack of jobs) is the Achilles heel for the Refugee Resettlement program of the US State Department. 

Readers, do you realize that there are those who believe that our supposedly humanitarian refugee program is nothing more than a source of cheap labor for powerful special business interests?   I know that many of you involved in the program especially at the local level are probably shouting now that it isn’t so, it is all about taking care of the world’s less fortunate.

No it ain’t!  

The more I see and hear from people who have direct contact with the refugees themselves and the more I see and hear about the vile places the volags (non-profit government contractors) are putting the refugees to live, one can only conclude that some of the refugees were lured here by not so caring people for reasons that are not humanitarian. 

American workers who expect Obama to save the economy need to speak up now!  We don’t need more immigrants to fill jobs that Americans won’t do—jobs that aren’t even there!   That is my rant.

Now, back to Michigan.   This is a story from NPR yesterday about how Iraqi refugees are flooding Michigan, the state with one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation and are, surprise!, finding no jobs.  Judy told us previously that the US State Department was trying to turn off the spigot to Michigan, but I guess it isn’t working.  

Michigan has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country, so the last thing the state needs is more people coming in without jobs — and that includes refugees from Iraq. The economy is so bleak that the State Department no longer wants to allow Iraqis to settle in Michigan unless they have immediate relatives already living there.

But, the State Department can’t control secondary migration.   This is America and after their initial resettlement (usually lasting three months) the refugees are free to move wherever they wish.  Looks like for Iraqis that is Detroit.

Two years ago, only 202 Iraqi refugees were allowed into the country. This year, that number is almost 14,000 — and most refugees have gravitated to Detroit, home to America’s largest Arab population as well as a sizable Iraqi Christian or Chaldean community. But now officials say they’re swamped.

Read this lengthy article and note that the Chaldeans (Christians) say they take care of their own and don’t depend on government handouts.  That’s good but what about all the other refugees?

Kassab (Chaldean leader) sympathizes with the out-of-work Detroiter, who he says is more entitled to such jobs than a refugee. “I have no quarrel with that, but it’s a competitive market,” he says. “This is something that’s up to the employer who they want to hire.”

And that’s what worries officials. The immediate resettlement — finding a house, giving three months’ worth of cash assistance — is the easy part. The hard part comes afterward, when the money has run out, the economy is still bad and affordable housing is hard to come by. These refugees will have to deal with that in the long run.

No!  We will all be dealing with the unemployed in the long run!

Posted in Changing the way we live, Refugee Resettlement Program, Resettlement cities | 5 Comments »

Somalis win settlement in chicken plant discrimination case

Posted by Ann Corcoran on November 12, 2008

Chicken processor Gold’n Plump has been forced to pony-up a settlement in a Somali worker prayer case in Minnesota.  Accomodation of Muslim demands in the workplace continue aided by the folks at the EEOC and its subsidiary, CAIR.  Hat tip:  Janet.   From the Minneapolis Star Tribune:

As many as 100 Somali Muslims who are current and former workers at Gold’n Plump Inc. will receive a total of $365,000 in a settlement of federal lawsuits alleging religious discrimination at the company’s chicken processing plants in Cold Spring, Minn., and Arcadia, Wis.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) alleged in a lawsuit filed in September that St. Cloud-based Gold’n Plump violated federal law by terminating Somali workers who prayed during their work shifts. The EEOC alleged in a separate lawsuit that the Work Connection Inc., an employment agency in St. Paul, required applicants for jobs at Gold’n Plump to sign forms acknowledging that they might be required to handle pork.

Many Muslims consider pigs to be unclean and believe the Qur’an prohibits them from handling pork products.

I guess we can expect Swift & Co. to be next.  Remember they fired Somali workers in Greeley, CO and Grand Island, NE just a few months ago.  See our coverage in this category.

Posted in Changing the way we live, Greeley/Swift/Somali controversy, Muslim refugees | 11 Comments »

Will Obama help or hurt the Islamic world?

Posted by Ann Corcoran on November 12, 2008

That is a guestion I’ve wondered about in the days since Obama picked Israeli defender Rahm Emanuel as his chief of staff.  I had previously read that the Pakistanis did not like Obama after he suggested he would bomb their country.   Will some Muslims feel double-crossed and hate us more (if that is possible!)?

See Daniel Pipes today with his assessment.

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