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Archive for June, 2012

Maine: Somali accused of rape says birthdate is wrong, he is only a minor mommy says

Posted by Ann Corcoran on June 29, 2012

Here we go again!  Those lies on documents for entry to the US are increasingly exposed as defense attorneys try to get refugees off the hook when they commit major crimes.

Here is the story from AP today:

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Somali refugee charged with rape says he should be tried as a minor because his birth date is different from the one listed on documents when he arrived in the U.S.

The Jan. 1, 1994, birth date on Mohammed Mukhtar’s documents means he should be tried as an adult. But his mother says he was born on Oct. 25, 1994, which would make him a minor at the time of the incident last month.

Defense lawyer Jonathan Berry says the Jan. 1 birthday is a fiction perpetuated for bureaucratic convenience. The Portland Press Herald ( ) says a judge heard arguments Thursday.

The date is important. If convicted, an adult would face the possibility of 20 years or more in prison. A juvenile can be incarcerated only until age 21.

How often have we heard that Somalis don’t keep track of birth dates, thus the “bureaucratic convenience,” until of course it matters, then all of a sudden Mom remembers.

Posted in Crimes, diversity's dark side, Muslim refugees, Refugee Resettlement Program | 1 Comment »

Head hunters prep refugees for job interviews in Nashville’s upscale Brentwood

Posted by Ann Corcoran on June 29, 2012

Job recruiting firms helped Catholic Charities in Nashville recently to train refugees in how to find jobs, however, you have to wonder if Catholic Charities is putting the same effort into helping Americans find work.

Catholic Charities is the federal government’s refugee contractor for Tennessee.   For new readers that means that the “religious” organization is paid by the taxpayer for its work in resettling refugees to Nashville.

As a result of Catholic Charities diligence, Nashville’s refugee population is growing exponentially and the city has become known as the Kurdish capital of the US. With that distinction has come increased crime from Kurdish criminal gangs.  Nashville also recently made the news by being the primary location for the shocking documentary, Losing our Sons, about the growth of Islamist recruitment in America.  And, by the way, how is that big Somali sex trafficking case in Nashville doing?

But, never mind all that — we gotta get those refugees jobs!

Look at the bright side (even if Americans don’t have jobs)—-if Catholic Charities gets refugees jobs some may have less time for gang violence, Jihad or sex!

From The Tennessean:

BRENTWOOD — The Search Firm in Brentwood was among several Nashville-area business leaders that conducted mock job interviews earlier this month with clients from Catholic Charities of Tennessee’s Refugee Services program.

Most of the mock interviewers are members of the Catholic Business League, an organization providing networking and community service opportunities for its members.


The initial mock interviews were conducted at the Refugee Services offices on the Holy Name Church campus in East Nashville. Refugee Services anticipates continuing to periodically conduct mock interviews for its refugee clients.

New readers, we have a whole category on Nashville, here.

Posted in Changing the way we live, Crimes, diversity's dark side, Nashville, Refugee Resettlement Program | 2 Comments »

Shortage of goats and imams linked to rapid increase in US Muslim population

Posted by Ann Corcoran on June 28, 2012

Forget the population studies, just check out the booming goat industry as a sign of how the US population is changing with increased Muslim immigration.

Two stories came to my attention yesterday and you should find them instructive.  The first is about the booming goat farming industry—Muslim immigrants want to eat goats (but only if they are slaughtered under strict guidelines dictated by sharia law).*

From the US State Department:

Washington — Eating goat meat hasn’t really caught on with most Americans, but raising goats for meat has certainly caught on with U.S. farmers.

That’s because U.S. farmers are recognizing that there is a growing market among an ever-increasing population of immigrants from Muslim countries, where goat meat is popular.

There are an estimated 2.75 million Muslims living in the United States as of 2011, according to the Pew Research Center, an American think tank. But Muslim immigrants have been rising both in absolute numbers and as a share of all immigrants receiving permanent U.S. residency, the Pew study says.

“By 2020, Muslims are projected to comprise 10.5 percent of more than 1 million new permanent U.S. residents per year, or about 109,000 people annually,” says the Pew study The Global Muslim Population: Projections for 2010–2030.


But immigrants are the primary reason for increased goat production in the United States, according to NASS. “With the United States population becoming more diverse each year, the outlook for continued growth in the goat industry is favorable and will be needed to meet domestic demand,” NASS says.


The slaughtering process must be conducted by a practicing Muslim who recites the prayer: “In the name of Allah [God] and Allah is great.”

Read it all and note that Virginia goat farming is exploding.

American-born imams also in short supply

Some American mosques (the mosque industry is booming along with goat farming) would like American-born imams but few can be found.

From Morocco World News:

The Islamic Center of New England has always been led by imams born outside America. The two-campus mosque would like to change that, but it’s proving harder than leaders had thought.

The ICNE’s mosque here on the South Shore of Boston has been without an imam since 2006, when the last imam was arrested for immigration fraud. A rotating cast of lay and trained imams have led congregational Friday prayers and other mosque functions since then.

After dozens of interviews, the mosque board is eyeing a U.S-born convert who’s familiar with American culture and who studied Islam and Arabic in Saudi Arabia. The imam’s academic pedigree impressed the immigrant members of the mosque, while his fluency in American pop culture helped him connect with mosque youth.


Hossam AlJabri, a former executive director of the Muslim American Society, estimated that about 80 percent of America’s 2,200 mosques were led by immigrant imams, although the majority have been in America for at least 10 years, many much longer.

According to a 2011 report from the Pew Research Center, 63 percent of America’s estimated 2.75 million Muslims are immigrants — with as many as 90,000 new Muslim immigrants arriving each year. Experts say it will be years before the pool of American imams becomes large enough to meet demand from mosques.

Some, like the Boston mosque, want American imams to help them reach the kids, however….

Many communities prefer immigrant imams because of skepticism about imams trained in America.

Why?  I’m going to bet it has everything to do with the fact that Islamic hardliners make up the immigrant imam supply.

* Remember as far back as 1983, 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed was fueling the meat-goat industry in NC where he slaughtered goats for the increasing Muslim student population at his college.

Posted in Changing the way we live, Muslim refugees, Other Immigration, Stealth Jihad | 6 Comments »

State Department Refugee big-wig in Cleveland and Pittsburgh this week

Posted by Ann Corcoran on June 27, 2012

Sorry I didn’t see this sooner in case any of you wanted to say a word or two to Anne Richard,* Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration, as she makes some public relations trips to Cleveland and Pittsburgh.  It’s too late for Cleveland, but anyone in the Pittsburgh area tomorrow might want to check out her visit to the Pittsburgh City Council (I wonder if they are having problems with refugees?):

Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration Anne C. Richard will travel from June 26-29, 2012, to Cleveland, Ohio and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to meet with resettled refugees, local and state government officials, resettlement agencies and other community members involved in the resettlement of refugees.

On June 27, Assistant Secretary Richard will consult with resettlement agencies and local service providers in Cleveland on a broad range of issues concerning resettled refugees. Since 2009, Cleveland has welcomed nearly 1,500 refugees from more than 20 countries.

During her visit to Pittsburgh, she will speak to members of the press prior to her meeting with the Pittsburgh City Council on June 28. The meeting is also open to members of the press. Since 2009, Pittsburgh has welcomed nearly 1,400 refugees from 13 countries.

On June 29, Assistant Secretary Richard will speak at a breakfast briefing of the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh on America’s Responsibility to Refugees: In the U.S. and Around the World.

They are getting desperate for some good press with this program.

* Formerly Ms. Richard worked for one of the big nine federal contractors—can you say revolving door!

Posted in Refugee Resettlement Program | 1 Comment »

NJ Senator Lautenberg once again pushes the definition of refugee/asylee

Posted by Ann Corcoran on June 26, 2012

Refugees and asylum seekers are to leave the country where they have been personally persecuted and seek asylum in the first safe country in which they arrive, but gradually over time whole classes of people are scooped up as refugees before even leaving their homes.

This is a case for which we have some sympathy (Christians escaping Muslim persecution) but it indeed pushes the envelope and expands the refugee program for whole groups of people—something Sen. Lautenberg has become famous for.

Here is the story from the Associated Press yesterday:

NEWARK, N.J. — A group of Indonesian Christians facing deportation from the United States are hopeful that federal legislation introduced Monday will allow them the chance to reopen their bids for U.S. asylum.

The bill from U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey aims to help a group of Indonesian immigrants who claim to have fled religious persecution by anti-Christian extremists [Muslims–ed] in the majority Muslim nation.

“These Indonesian families sought refuge in our country to keep their families safe from harm and religious persecution,” Lautenberg said. “America has a long history of protecting refugees from persecution and this legislation gives these families a chance to legally seek asylum and to continue contributing to our country.”

The U.S. government allowed hundreds of Indonesian Christians to come to America on tourist visas — most of them between 1996 and 2003 — at a time when more than 1,000 churches were destroyed by anti-Christian extremists [Muslims–ed] during the aftermath of the fall of the regime of longtime dictator Suharto. They settled in communities in New Jersey, New York, New Hampshire and elsewhere. Many of them worked and raised families in the U.S., including several who have American-born children.

In the aftermath of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, however, immigrant men between the ages of 16 and 65 who had entered the U.S. on temporary visas from predominantly Muslim countries were required to register with the U.S. government or be classified as terrorist fugitives.

Many who registered did not expect to face deportation back to Indonesia, but found themselves in legal limbo as they had surpassed the time limit for applying for U.S. asylum on religious persecution grounds.

Lautenberg’s bill, and companion House legislation co-sponsored by Democratic U.S. Reps. Carolyn Maloney of New York and Frank Pallone Jr. of New Jersey, would not grant them amnesty, but allow them to re-apply for asylum.  [At least this isn’t blanket amnesty!—ed]

Read Thomas Allen at VDARE

An earlier law that has come to be known as the Lautenberg Amendment of 1989 was roundly criticized by Thomas Allen at VDARE in 2002 because it sought (still does!) to give refugee status to anyone from a whole class of people because of their religious affiliation (or what they claim is their religion)—they no longer had to prove they were being personally persecuted, just that they belong to a certain group which greatly expands the law.

The next thing you know the Lautenberg Amendment will be used to bring Rohingya Muslims to the US directly from Burma!

Readers, the Refugee Resettlement Act of 1980 has never been reviewed (reauthorized) by Congress, but it’s about time for a full blown Congressional review of the Act rather than to continue with these ad hoc additions to the program.  It needs to be reconsidered and reformed now.   Besides piecemeal and stealthy changes like Lautenberg’s bills, let’s review whether what we are doing with Malta (and possibly other countries) fits the refugee definition of old.

For new readers, just search for ‘Malta’ here at RRW to see that we are taking Malta’s illegal aliens from Africa off their hands and converting them into refugees for resettlement to the US.  True refugees should be granted or denied asylum in Malta—it is the European Unions problem not ours!

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Losing our sons, and losing Nashville

Posted by Ann Corcoran on June 25, 2012

Not just Nashville, but every American city where the seeds of Jihad have been planted.

Our friend Susan Falknor has reviewed the powerful documentary film—Losing our Sons—recently featured on Gov. Mike Huckabee’s popular TV news and commentary program.

Read Falknor’s whole review of the film at Blue Ridge Forum.  Here is the nub of the story:

Two families from the American heartland lost their sons when four 7.62 mm rounds rang out at an Army-Navy Career Center in a Little Rock shopping mall June 1, 2009. This is their story, narrated largely by the fathers of these soldiers through on-screen interviews.(Click here for trailer.)

One father is Melvin Bledsoe, a black citizen of Memphis, owner of a small business, the Blues City Tourist Company bus tours. His son, Carlos, who by 2009 was going by the name of Abdulhakim Muhammad, was arrested immediately for the Little Rock shooting. He testified to his Jihadist motives in a letter to the judge, and received a life sentence without possibility of parole.

What happened to Nashville is happening in many cities across the United States thanks largely to the US State Department and the “church” groups being paid to bring refugees to your towns.

When Carlos Bledsoe arrived in the country music capital of America in 2003 to go to college, “the city was already changing,” according to the film. Nashville was one of the American towns chosen under the 1980 Federal Refugee Act – which launched a program now grown to a billion-dollar budget with buy-ins from numerous nonprofit resettlement agencies — to receive flows of immigrants from war-torn areas such as Somalia, and the Kurdish region of Iraq.

Unlike most immigrants, refugees are entitled to welfare. They are supposed to receive employment assistance and other benefits from often-faith-labeled-but-government-funded nonprofits. As Don Barnett’s  exhaustive analysis (CIS) says of the flawed refugee resettlement program:

“…The assimilation model has been completely abandoned in favor of an enforced multiculturalism. This missed opportunity may be the biggest tragedy of the irresponsibility of the contractors such as Catholic Charities . . . and its parent, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the leading resettlement contractor.”

Read the review, watch the film and weep.   You can purchase the DVD here.

New readers may wish to review all of our posts in a special category dedicated to Nashville’s woes, here.

Posted in Changing the way we live, Nashville, Refugee Resettlement Program, Stealth Jihad | 1 Comment »

Wall Street Journal finally gets around to the story about banks refusing to send money to Somalia

Posted by Ann Corcoran on June 25, 2012

This issue has been around for months (we first reported the “crisis” last December, here), but I see it finally made the big time just last week when The Wall Street Journal reported the hot (not!) news here.

Efforts by U.S. banks to avoid violating antiterrorism financing laws are crimping the ability of Somalis in the U.S. to send money home, prompting calls for Congress to revisit bank regulations on money transfers.

Somalis in the U.S. use money-transfer merchants, informally known as “hawalas,” to send about $100 million annually to Somalia, according to the U.S. Treasury Department. The East African country, where there is no formal banking system, has been without a functioning government since 1991, when civil war erupted and forced tens of thousands to flee.

U.S.-based Somali hawalas, which are federally licensed, rely on banks to wire funds to their counterparts in Africa, who deliver the money to the designated recipients. But increasingly, U.S. banks say they are severing ties with the informal and opaque system to avoid violating federal banking regulations, such as anti-money-laundering rules.

Read it all if you feel like it.

Don’t you just wonder where Somalis are getting $100 million annually to send out of the country! 

Posted in Africa, Muslim refugees, Refugee Resettlement Program | 1 Comment »

Criminals and terrorists wreaking havoc in refugee camps for Somalis in Kenya

Posted by Ann Corcoran on June 25, 2012

The place is infested!   More on the campaign to get them to your towns and cities ASAP?  But wait!  Didn’t we hear just ten days ago that Mogadishu is safe?

From Sabahi:

UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesman for Kenya Emmanuel Nyabera said security fears have greatly affected the provision of medical and food aid to the more than 500,000 refugees in the complex comprised of Hagadera, Ifo, Ifo II and Dagahaley camps.

“Everyone from the refugees, aid workers, law enforcers and the host community is affected by criminal activities of the al-Shabaab militants and other criminal elements in the camps,” Nyabera told Sabahi.

He said when aid workers are faced with the prospect of kidnappings, landmines and grenade attacks from the al-Qaeda-allied al-Shabaab movement, it affects morale at the camp.

Last year, al-Shabaab kidnapped three Doctors Without Borders aid workers in the camps. This was followed by a spate of landmine and grenade attacks that killed several Kenyan security officers and fatal shootings of some refugee leaders.

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European countries deporting Kurds

Posted by Ann Corcoran on June 25, 2012

Why not?  The Kurdish region of Iraq is now safe.  I think this case shows clearly that getting into Europe, Australia, Canada or the US is really the goal and most so-called “asylum-seekers” are in truth economic migrants using turmoil at home as an excuse to move out.

Maybe these countries have Kurdish gang problems as we do in Nashville!

From Rudaw:

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region– Around 11,000 Kurdish asylum-seekers are facing deportation from Sweden, Norway and the Netherlands, according to the International Federation of Iraqi Refugees (IFIR).

Aras Rasoul was detained by British police after checking in at a train station, a routine required of rejected asylum-seekers. He says that he was sent back to Iraq in a plane blindfolded, among 56 other asylum-seekers.

Rasoul had only £50 when he was deported, and was not offered any assistance to reintegrate into society when he returned to the Kurdistan Region. His experience is not an isolated one. Hundreds of young Kurdish men have been deported to Kurdistan due to improved conditions and have had similar experiences.

“Conditions for Kurdish asylum-seekers in Europe are getting worse,” said Amanj Abdullah, head of the Kurdistan branch of the IFIR. “European countries use asylum-seekers as a political card and the Iraqi government has struck deals with them at the expense of the life and dignity of the asylum-seekers.”

Abdullah says that, if agreements between the Iraqi and European governments are not revoked, 35,000 asylum-seekers will face the possibility of deportation, “with 90 percent of them being Kurdish.”

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Burma’s famous democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi being pushed to speak up for Rohingya Muslims

Posted by Ann Corcoran on June 23, 2012

Aung San Suu Kyi is so far refusing to join the cabal of human rights activists and the media pushing her to defend the Rohingya Muslims involved in the recent riots in Burma’s Rakhine Province.  Could it be that she knows that some among them are outside agitators and Islamic extremists and that some Buddhists believe that Rohingya helped blow up the centuries-old Buddhist monuments in Afghanistan in 1999 when they were training with the Taliban.

Please hang tough Ms. Suu Kyi!  From the Globe and Mail where reporter/opinion writer  Mark MacKinnon appears to be drinking deeply from the Islamists-are-victims cup.

It was hailed in Europe as a victory tour. But as Myanmar’s democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi moved gracefully across the continent this week, receiving standing ovations everywhere she went, a part of the country she hopes to rule was sliding into sectarian chaos.

In MacKinnon’s mind this all about politics:

Known as a woman of unyielding principles, she now has to check her remarks against public opinion – that is, if she wants to get elected.

Already, some [Who are the ‘some,’ I’m not disappointed that she isn’t embracing them!-–ed] are disappointed with her refusal to speak out for the Rohingya, a Muslim minority in Myanmar considered to be among the world’s most persecuted people. [Considered to be among the world’s most persecuted people?  By whom?  What about the Christians of the Middle East?—ed]

More than 60 people have now been killed in three weeks of clashes between Muslims and Buddhists in the west of Myanmar. The World Food Program reported it was feeding 66,000 who had been displaced by the fighting, which has seen homes torched and buses attacked by mobs, and is expecting to have to deal with tens of thousands more. Thein Sein, Myanmar’s reformist President, has warned the violence could spread to other parts of the ethnically diverse country.

What!  If she has an opinion that doesn’t fit the politically correct views of the Leftwing human rights grievance industry then somehow her views are now illegitimate and driven purely by crass political motives!  Gee, is Hillary going to take back those hugs?

….when asked in Norway for her opinions about the violence in Rakhine, Ms. Suu Kyi sounded more like someone campaigning for office than a Nobel laureate.

“There are some who say that some of those who claim to be Rohingyas aren’t the ones actually native to Burma, but have just come over recently from Bangladesh,” she said, repeating an argument that holds little merit but is widely expressed among Myanmar’s ethnic Burman and religious Buddhist majorities.

Asked directly whether Rohingyas should be regarded as full citizens of Myanmar, she replied, “I do not know.”

Readers! Please pay attention to all of this Rohingya news—the powers that be are building a case to bring thousands, perhaps tens of thousands to the US!   For background we have 4 years of reports at our special category on the Rohingya.

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