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Is there a conspiracy by NGO’s to bring asylum seekers to US borders?

Posted by Ann Corcoran on January 10, 2011

This post is a call for a Congressional investigation!

Last March (March 16th to be precise) I attended the 30th Anniversary “celebration” of the passage of the Kennedy/Biden Refugee Resettlement Act (signed by Jimmy Carter) at Georgetown University with Human Rights First! in Washington, DC.  This is just one post I wrote at the time.

Note there are a few lines in that post that have been rattling around in my mind on and off ever since.

Expressing gratitude for being granted asylum in the US an African young man from Sierra Leone described how he somehow (mysteriously) got a plane ticket to the US and ended up in NYC.  He was placed in detention for 4 months, but also mysteriously was visited by a lawyer from Human Rights First who helped him through the asylum process.

I was also struck at the conference by how much emphasis the pro-refugee, pro-open borders activists and speakers were placing on our asylum program.   They wanted to educate more asylum lawyers and hire more asylum judges (apparently the refugee program itself wasn’t bringing immigrants in fast enough!).  One speaker even said that the original idea behind the program was to rescue the odd ballet dancer seeking asylum from some repressive regime, but had now expanded to thousands every year.

Last night as I began reading all of my backed-up articles on refugees, two jumped out at me, both are about Somalis arriving at our borders and being granted asylum.  Both stories involve young Somalis, supposedly running from Al-shabaab and who mysteriously had the resources to trek across the world and just happened to end up on our borders where they then knew enough to immediately ask for asylum.  Come on folks, we all know that some poor third worlder who knows only an obscure African language could not manage such a thing without enormous amounts of help.

Where are they getting their help?  I don’t know but maybe that’s where Mr. Foster, the RICO lawyer could help.

Below are the stories I came across that set off my warning bells.  Both, of course, are meant to be feel-good stories.

The first article is from the Las Cruces Sun News and it highlights a Somali woman recently granted asylum:

Asha Omar, a native of Somalia, spent almost a year looking for safety, away from the Islamic militants who murdered most of her family.

Late last year, she found it in El Paso.

In November, a federal immigration judge granted Omar’s application for asylum based on her fear of being persecuted in her home country.


At least two other Somalis are in El Paso seeking asylum, said Louie Gilot, executive director of Las Americas.

Nationwide, more than 300 Somalis requested asylum in 2009. Almost 200 were granted their requests.

Now this is the sentence that jumped off the page:

She managed to make her way to Cuba and then flew to Mexico. At the San Ysidro port of entry in California, she requested asylum, and she was taken to the El Paso Immigration Detention Center while her application was processed.

She MANAGED! She MANAGED to make her way to Cuba and then flew to Mexico! Some 19-year-old shy third worlder MANAGED to get to Cuba!   How many of you adults reading this could manage to get yourselves to Cuba!

Who helped Asha Omar?

My second story comes from the Minneapolis Star Tribune on January 5th.  and it is yet again about a young Somali managing to make it to the US.  Who helped Liban Hussein?

Fearing for his life and still mourning his murdered family, Liban Hussein fled Mogadishu in 2009 and eventually found refuge a world away in the Twin Cities.

But Hussein didn’t follow the route of most Somali refugees, who live in overcrowded camps in Kenya or other neighboring countries and wait months, even years, for a travel visa.

Instead, he resorted to an option that an increasing number of desperate Somalis bound for Minnesota are choosing: He paid underground operatives $10,000 to smuggle him to America. The smugglers, relying on forged documents and bribes, passed Hussein by air and land through 11 countries, stopping everywhere from Dubai to Moscow to Havana.

Finally they got him to Tijuana, where he went to the nearby U.S. border and asked for asylum.

Then listen to this immigration lawyer, she makes me want to scream!

“It’s a free-market solution to a refugee processing backlog,” said Kim Hunter, a local immigration attorney who represents Hussein and about a dozen others smuggled into this country.

One Los Angeles law office interviewed 200 Somalis smuggled into the United States in 2010 alone.

Free-market solution!—trafficking human beings is a massively criminal activity!

Reading on, my heart is pounding because here we have it, getting Somalis into the US through the asylum process is apparently being condoned by “leaders” in the refugee field.  Meissner, quoted in this article is the speaker I heard last March at the “celebration” say that the asylum program was established for the purpose of helping the odd ballet dancer seeking freedom but has long since become a major conduit for NGO’s to bring Somalis across our borders.

And then get this, they are not detained while awaiting a decision, but freed to go live with family and friends in your neighborhoods!

Doris Meissner, former commissioner of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, said applicants can wait in camps for years with no assurance they’ll get into the country of their choice.

“Sometimes they decide that smuggling is the best shot,” said Meissner, now a senior fellow at the Migration Policy Institute, a nonpartisan think tank in Washington.

Dick Zonneveld, a St. Paul immigration attorney, recently taught a law class on Somali immigration issues. “Many times their only way to travel to the United States is illegally with false papers,” he said.

Previously, amnesty seekers were detained, sometimes for a long time at a high cost, until given asylum. But in January 2010, U.S. policy changed to release them if they have a “credible fear” of persecution and can stay with friends or family until a final court decision.

Nationally, the number of Somali asylum seekers found to have a “credible fear” more than doubled in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, from 186 in 2009 to 394 in 2010, according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Please read the entire Minneapolis Star Tribune story where there is also a discussion of the 270 smuggled Somalis that have not been found—maybe Ms. Meissner or Ms. Hunter know where they are!   Maybe a Congressional committee should ask them!

Who is paying the smugglers?  Who pays the lawyers?  US Non-governmental organizations? We don’t know but Congress should find out.   Everyone reading this page should immediately contact your Congressman and US Senators and demand Congressional investigations!

18 Responses to “Is there a conspiracy by NGO’s to bring asylum seekers to US borders?”

  1. […] So, for instance those Somalis who travel across the world with many stops (including Cuba, South American and Central American countries and Mexico) and arrive on our US border and ask for asylum are really not eligible for asylum.  But, some cheating American asylum lawyer is waiting to help them get into the US anyway!  See one of many posts I’ve written on Somalis and the US borders, here. […]


  2. […] also, Somalis are coming illegally across our borders and ironically asking for asylum because of the radical Islamic Jihadists (including Americans!) in […]


  3. […] to the puzzle, but my first inkling of this new focus of the Open Borders crowd came when I saw this story about illiterate and obviously not well-off Somalis paying as much as $10,000 each, then getting […]


  4. […] in the asylum portion of the refugee program that was not a subject of the hearings last week.    See my report here about Somalis (and others from Muslim countries) arriving on our borders and seeking asylum (I […]


  5. […] seekers.  This article in The Australian made me wonder if we are finding and prosecuting any human traffickers who are bringing Somali Muslims to our southern […]


  6. […] reminded of the Somalis I wrote about here—young men and women with no English language skills managing to get tens of thousands of […]


  7. […] then, here, back in January, I speculated that some of the Somalis making their way across the world are […]


  8. […] increase the number of asylum seekers coming across the Mexican border.  We have written before, here, about Somalis coming across the border with the help of NGOs and lawyers, but this plan involves […]


  9. […] NGOs” may be helping would-be “asylum seekers” get across the border here.  And, they couldn’t possibly know who the Somalis and others from terror-sponsoring […]


  10. […] innumerable stops along the way) who arrive on our border with Mexico and then ask for asylum.  I’ve contended that NGO’s are actually involved in this process.   Well, if Mexico gets its act together on this law, “asylum […]


  11. […] is for all the 6-figure salaries.  One of those receiving six-figures from MPI is Doris Meissner.  I told you about her here recently as she was quoted supporting the “free market idea” of human trafficking and […]


  12. […] me wonder too which NGOs and immigration lawyers are helping these asylum seekers get across our borders—either coming or […]


  13. […] and asylee programs (like the Somali asylum seekers arriving on our borders by the hundreds, here), it looks like Speaker of the House Boehner has blinked and must have had some behind the scenes […]


  14. TonyLee said

    The refugee industry has at least 3 formal layers:the VOLAG based in Wash DC or NYC, such as the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops. The Volag affiliates, such as Catholic Charities of which there are nearly 400 around the country. And then there are additional 100’s of 3rd tier hustlers – Mutual Assistance Associations, Ethnic Based Community Organizations, etc. The VOLAGS and their afflilates basically dump their refugee charges after 3 – 6 months when the contract period runs out. That’s when the 3rd level organizations step in to get their piece of the contracting pie. These outfits are almost all run by refugees and they are the organizations engaged in the illegal and lucrative human trafficking from the homeland via their ethnic/clan networks.


  15. What part of English language you don’t understand? They have a family working two jobs janitorial and halal meat shops or his brother drives a cap the point they will
    Come up the money as Long as their family member is in bad situation!
    If I know where I could send the money I wouldnt hesitate to send it.
    Welcome back khadra! Good to see you again.
    Khadra should run for president along with Sarah palin and michelle Bachman.


  16. Khadra said

    Of course acorcoran if you didn’t know there are politicians who support Somalis. For example Russell Feingold the senator of Wisconsin who constantly talks about Somalis and sympathizes with them. And then you have Coleman who bows to Somalis, maybe they are getting paid by Somalis. You have said that one of the refugees Liban Hussein paid smugglers $10, 000 where would a refugee get that kind of money from?


    • acorcoran said

      I don’t know if the politicians are getting pay-offs, but yes, the big question is, who is paying the human smugglers to get impoverished Somali young people through airports across the world and right to the American border where they know to ask for asylum and a lawyer. Heck, the airfare alone for all those stops could be more than $10,000. So, let me see, Somali pays $10,000 and up to get to the US and get a meatpacking job for minimum wage—yeh, right!


  17. […] example of community agitation to bring "change" « Have not given up and gone away! Is there a conspiracy by NGO’s to bring asylum seekers to US borders? […]


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