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Archive for June 25th, 2013

Is illegal “sanctuary movement” back in operation in anticipation of amnesty?

Posted by Ann Corcoran on June 25, 2013

It sure looks like it!  And, this time it may be sanctioned by an emboldened Obama Administration and its cheerleaders in the human rights industrial complex!

Last night a reader sent me this dynamite post from the ever-vigilant Debbie Schlussel entitled: EXCLUSIVE: Obama Sends ICE Agents to Southern Border to Pick Up “Youths” Awaiting Amnesty, Deliver Them to Northern “Sanctuary” Churches.

Our reader wanted my opinion on whether this was plausible.  You bet it is!

Sanctuary Memorabilia: Former Sister Darlene Nicgorski went on trial for her role in the illegal immigration trafficking racket known as the “sanctuary movement.” At its height just before the 1986 Reagan amnesty there were 350 American churches harboring the illegal aliens.

If you are unfamiliar with the original “Sanctuary movement” you might want to visit some posts I wrote after reading an incredible book entitled, God and Caesar at the Rio Grande by Hillary Cunningham.

Here is one post in which I spelled out how in the early 1980s the “religious Left” helped thousands and thousands of Salvadorans and Guatemalans get across our Southern border.  The illegal aliens with communist leanings were taken on what they called the ‘underground railroad’ to churches in the North were they were sheltered and eventually released into your towns.

One such church was the Takoma Park Presbyterian Church in Tom Perez’s hometown in Maryland and it is there where CASA de Maryland was born.

That all happened as a lead-up to the Reagan amnesty.

Fast forward to today and Debbie Schlussel’s bomb-shell post which begins with these opening paragraphs (emphasis mine):

I’ve learned a new term created by the immigration amnesty bill currently before the U.S. Senate: “Reverse Escorting.” If you want a preview of what “border security” will entail under Senators Boobio’s and Corkbrain’s amnesty bill, you should become familiar with reverse escorting.

DebbieSchlussel.com has exclusively learned from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents based in Michigan–and confirmed from ICE agents around the country–that the Obama administration is spending gazillions of your money to “reverse escort” illegal aliens caught at the border into the interior of the United States to await amnesty, rather than deporting them. ICE agents from northern border and interior states are being sent to southern border states like Texas to pick up “juvenile” illegal aliens caught sneaking into the border. Instead of deporting them, taxpayers are funding the escort of the illegal aliens to interior and northern border states to seek sanctuary in churches and other such locations while awaiting the passage of amnesty. Again, the practice is called, “reverse escorting.”

Outraged ICE agents in Grand Rapids, Michigan, for example, say that ICE’s “Enforcement and Removal Operations” (ERO) is sending each of their immigration agents down to Brownsville, Texas at least once or twice a week to pick up the illegal alien juveniles that have been caught because–the excuse goes–”there is no place to house them down there” (when they shouldn’t be “housed,” they should be DEPORTED). The ICE agents say that there is currently a huge influx of unaccompanied juveniles on the Southwest border because they think amnesty is coming. The ICE immigration agents are ordered to bring the illegal aliens up to Grand Rapids and to other American cities far north of the Texas border, so that the aliens can be lodged with charities while they await the passage of immigration amnesty. As one disgusted ICE agent said, “Our tax dollars at work again.”

There is more, read it all!

The Office of Refugee Resettlement is responsible for unaccompanied minors which is something we have written about many times on these pages.  The “kids” either cross the border alone or are abandoned by parents who know the feds (you!) will be paying for the care of their children, and guess what, when the youths turn 18, they are simply released into America and become a “dreamer.”  The whole process is on fast forward now, and Debbie’s report confirms it.

And, they sure don’t want those kids in Texas.  Here is one report from Galveston last year where ORR ward ‘George’ was set free at 18 and went on a sex crime spree. Then later that same spring, Texas Governor Perry ripped the feds for encouraging the surge in kids coming across the border into Texas.

Now it’s even worse!

Nearly two weeks ago I was in Lancaster, where the ORR representative predicted the number of unaccompanied kids would sky rocket this year and I wondered how they were making that prediction.  Here is what I said in a post twelve days ago:

On top of the 124,400 [refugee and asylees for 2013] is an expected jump in unaccompanied minors that ORR is responsible for.  In 2012, 14,700 kids arrived in the US without parents and in 2013 the number is expected to be 20,000. Prior to 2012 the numbers were dramatically lower.  Sounds like an incredible scam on America as probably parents from south of the border are abandoning their children to the government in advance of the amnesty legislation.

I assumed at the time I wrote the above that the Mexicans and Central Americans were following the news and dropping off the kids, but I didn’t dream we were actually helping make it possible for this enormous number of youths to come under the care of US taxpayers!

I bet if you stopped by the Takoma Park Presbyterian Church right now you might find that some “dreamers” have taken up residence, and the ORR is passing out grant money like Pez candy to refugee contractors in MD!

For more on the 1980’s sanctuary movement and Sister Nicgorski, go here.

Then call your Senators (again!) and tell them NO on the Gang’s bill.

Posted in Changing the way we live, Refugee Resettlement Program | Tagged: , | 4 Comments »

Pittsburgh: World Refugee Day brought out the diversity, but few Americans

Posted by Ann Corcoran on June 25, 2013

Here is an article at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, it’s the kind of article that Refugee activists wanted to come out of the PR event we told you about last week—World Refugee Day, except for a little twist at the end.

Cute Bhutanese/Nepali girls dancing in Pittsburgh. Recently I heard that the Nepalis in PA don’t want to live near African Americans and do not want African refugees in their neighborhoods—guess they haven’t completely bought into the ‘diversity is beautiful and America is a melting pot’ mythology! Photo:Pam Panchak

After introductory paragraphs about music and dancing and how refugees are opening shops (with government supported micro-loans—NO they didn’t mention the micro-loans), and how Pittsburgh is such a magnet for refugees (because the State Department and contractors have tagged it—NO they didn’t mention that either), just that prosperous Pittsburgh is on the lips of refugees worldwide (or so we are led to believe).

Below is the section of the Post-Gazette story I want to bring to your attention because it contains some interesting facts (well, sort of facts) that might be useful in case any “pockets of resistance” might be interested in getting a start in Pennsylvania (we learned here in Lancaster that there was no resistance in welcoming PA):

According to the latest statistics from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, there are approximately 15.4 million refugees in the world. Fewer than 1 percent of all refugees are resettled outside of the country to which they fled, according to the State Department.

From the small number who are approved for resettlement, the United States accepts more than half of these refugees. Then, nine national nongovernmental organizations work to resettle them. Of those nine, 350 affiliated offices around the country assist refugees during their first few months in the country, relying on a small amount of money from the U.S. government. [When originally designed in 1980 this was supposed to be a public-private partnership but over decades the public share has grown to sometimes 90% of the cost of resettling the refugees.—-ed]

But soon, refugees are on their own. [Basically they are pushed out on their own because their contractors only get paid to help them for a few months and want to move on to the next batch of paying clients—ed]

“When refugees come to the United States, they actually have to pay back their airfare to the U.S. government,” Ms. Rudiak said. “They’re expected to be self-sustaining in a period of six or seven months.”  [This airfare business is an outrage!  They aren’t all paying it back and those that do are helping fund the collection agency—the contractor who settled them—which gets to keep a portion of the money they wring out of refugees.  It does not all go back to the federal treasury! So far the State Department refuses to release the exact numbers—ed]

Refugees often prefer Pittsburgh to other U.S. cities, said Kheir Mugwaneza, director of Community Assistance and Resettlement for the Northern Area Multi-Service Center, one of the four Pittsburgh NGOs that do resettlement. The others include Jewish Family & Children’s Services, Catholic Charities and Acculturation for Justice, Access & Peace Outreach, each of which has national affiliates in Washington, D.C.  [Any citizens forming pockets of resistance must become familiar with the workings of the contractors—ed]

Mr. Mugwaneza said NAMS resettles about 200 people each year. The city’s decent job market and affordable housing help refugees become self-sustaining more quickly than elsewhere, he said. And many choose Pittsburgh as a second resettlement location, moving here from different U.S. cities once they hear about the opportunities, he said.

Then get this!  Native Pittsburghers did not come out to celebrate diversity!

From hip-hop lyrics rapped in Swahili to native Bhutanese dances, Saturday’s celebration shed light on a few of Pittsburgh’s cultural offerings.

But a look around the room revealed a dearth of native Pittsburghers, which as Mr. Mugwaneza pointed out, hampered a main goal of the event: connecting Pittsburghers to the refugee community. He’s hopeful the event’s scope will expand next year.

Haji Muya, 21, a Somali refugee who grew up in Kenya in Kakuma, the world’s largest refugee camp, performed a few original raps for the second year at the event. He’s president of the music label LKF Entertainment, which stands for “Lil Kiziguwaz Family.” While he supports the diversity celebrated at the event, he agrees with Mr. Mugwaneza.

“If we’re promoting cultures, we need to have American culture next year,” he said. “It would be more diverse if the Americans came, too.”

Celebrate American culture too!  What a novel idea!

For new readers, we have an archive on refugee problems in Pittsburgh here.

Posted in Changing the way we live, Community destabilization, Refugee Resettlement Program, Resettlement cities | Tagged: , , | 7 Comments »

UNHCR discriminates against Iraqi refugees in Pakistan

Posted by Ann Corcoran on June 25, 2013

The United Nations is working overtime to figure out what the heck to do with millions of Afghans that Pakistan wants out of their country NOW! (see ‘Why can’t Muslim countries keep them?’) so they have apparently been ignoring a small group of Iraqi Kurds that want out of Pakistan.

Here is the whole short story from Dawn.com:

ISLAMABAD, June 24: Iraqi refugees who came to Pakistan during the Gulf war about 23 years back held a protest demonstration against the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) here on Monday.

The protesters said because of the double standards of UNHCR, the Iraqi Kurd refugees could no be settled in any country.

They chanted slogans against the UNHCR during the protest outside the National Press Club and said it was only giving preference to Afghan refugees and ignoring the Iraqis. Adnan Noori, one of the refugees, said there were only 25 registered Iraqi refugees in Pakistan.

“We want to be settled in any country in which we can get protection and secured future,” he said.

The refugees said they cannot be settled in Pakistan as Islamabad was not a signatory to the international convention relating to the status of refugees.

“But we can be settled in any other country. However, no one is willing to resolve our grievances.”

Younus Mehmood said they had been facing lots of discrimination at the hands of the UNHCR staff in Islamabad. Local NGOs have been dealing with the Iraqi refugees but because of lack of interest they never bother to resolve their issues.

They also requested the government of Pakistan to help the Iraqi Kurd refugees.

Watch for it!  The next thing you know they will be sending them toLittle Kurdistan’—Nashville, TN!

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“Climate refugees” recognized in Gang of Eight bill now before the full Senate

Posted by Ann Corcoran on June 25, 2013

Here is one more reason, you must call your Senators today and tomorrow and tell them NO on “comprehensive” immigration reform.  The word is that Janet Napolitano (or her successor) could decide that “climate-change refugees” are worthy of admitting to the US.

Climate refugees coming to a town near you? I love this illustration! It comes from Diplo (http://www.diplomacy.edu/blog/climate-refugees-new-concept-move)

For readers who have never heard the preposterous thesis on “climate refugees,” see our special category going back several years, here.

From Curtis Cartier of MSN News:

An amendment in the Senate’s immigration bill would address the flood of people fleeing countries affected by climate change.

TRUE:  Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz’s amendment would potentially give legal status to climate-change refugees

Last week, Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) offered an amendment to the immigration-reform bill currently being debated in the U.S. Senate, which would allow certain people fleeing countries that have been made uninhabitable by climate change to obtain legal status to stay in the United States. And with an estimated 32 million people becoming so-called “climate-change refugees” last year, there may be no shortage of applicants.

Schatz’s office sent a statement to MSN News outlining his reasons for introducing the amendment:

“… the immigration bill recognizes that some people in the United States have lost their nationality and are living in the country in limbo. They are not allowed to stay in the United States but they no longer have a home country to which they can return. The immigration bill establishes a new process for someone already in the United States to come forward and apply to be recognized as a ‘stateless person’ so that he or she can remain in the United States legally.”

As for assurance that passing the bill with the amendment wouldn’t prompt an influx of millions of displaced refugees, Schatz’s statement continues:

“The amendment would not allow foreigners to move to the United States because their nation is affected by climate change. This amendment to the immigration bill gives the Secretary of Homeland Security the discretion, but not an obligation, to take into account situations in which a person cannot return to their country because it’s uninhabitable due to climate change.”

Amendment mocked by conservative websites

The very existence of man-made climate change has become a hot-button political topic among certain Republicans and Democrats, and Schatz’s bill has already sparked derision and mocking from right-wing websites. Breitbart.com demanded that Republicans “pull the plug” on the immigration bill over the amendment, and Weasel Zippers compared people fleeing climate change to “refugees who are being terrorized by the Abominable Snowman.

The whole concept is worthy of derision however, those pushing it are dead serious and have been at their mission for years.  Call the Senate!  Here is a good summary of where we are!

Please tweet this and follow me on twitter.  I’m AnnC@Refugee Watcher.

Posted in Changing the way we live, Climate refugees, Obama, Refugee Resettlement Program, Who is going where | Tagged: , | 1 Comment »

 
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