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Crisis! New Zealand court denies “climate refugee” claim

Posted by Ann Corcoran on December 1, 2013

Yikes! Bangkok gone by 2030!  Then Bangkokians will be coming to your house to live!

The scaremongers say its bye-bye for Bangladesh and Bangkok!   And, it’s all the fault of Australia’s unwelcoming attitude toward third-worlders wishing to swamp their country.

For previous posts on “Climate refugees” including more on the legal case that just went down in flames, go here.

Here is the news at Independent Australia.   Truth be told a huge battle rages behind the scenes between the environmental industrial complex and the human rights industrial complex over the UN Convention on Refugees which focuses on “persecution” for defining what is a refugee or asylum seeker.

The New Zealand courts have denied granting asylum to a Kiribati climate refugee, but that isn’t going to stop the problem. Deputy editor Sandi Keane reports.

THIS WEEK, the High Court of New Zealand delivered a blow to a largely ignored asylum seeker problem that has been quietly bleeding and threatening to hemorrhage into a full-scale global catastrophe within two or three decades.

A 37-year-old man from the tiny, obscure nation of Kiribati, Ioane Teitiota, stood to make history as the world’s first climate refugee. He argued that global warming is a form of persecution and that those displaced by its effects should be recognized under the UN’s Refugee Convention.  However, in his judgment, Justice John Priestley said it was not the High Court’s place to alter the scope of the Refugee Convention by granting Mr Teitiota’s leave for appeal.

The judge said the enormity and scale of the problem was a fundamental reason for his decision:

“On a broad level, were they to succeed and be adopted in other jurisdictions, at a stroke, millions of people who are facing medium-term economic deprivation, or the immediate consequences of natural disasters or warfare, or indeed presumptive hardships caused by climate change, would be entitled to protection under the Refugee Convention.”

Although he has lived in New Zealand since 2007, the government has refused Mr Teitiota and his family asylum based on the current convention which was drawn up more than 50 years ago, before rising seas started threatening the 33 low-lying equatorial islands and atolls that make up the tiny nation, just under 4,000 kilometres north-east of Brisbane.

Read the remainder of the story if you wish to learn about Bangladesh and Bangkok dropping off the map someday and how mean Australia is for not letting them all come live there!

Posted in Asylum seekers, Australia, Changing the way we live, Climate refugees, Other Immigration | Tagged: , , | 1 Comment »

Jews and Muslims push for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Posted by Ann Corcoran on December 1, 2013

We hope so-called Comprehensive Immigration Reform is dead for now (forever!)—at least dead before the 2014 elections.  Obama’s Presidency has been so weakened in the last few months we don’t see where he has the ‘mojo’ to push a greatly expanded open borders agenda.

Former SEIU organizer, Alan van Capelle, of Bend the Arc

However, that hasn’t stopped those who want to see, not just illegals made legal, but if S.744 should become law there will be a greatly expanded asylum and refugee program (with less security screening) as well.  (See our posts on S.744 here).

Two groups joining hands to push for Open Borders are Bend the Arc (a Jewish “justice” group) and the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC).

From Heritage Florida Jewish News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.—American Jews and American Muslims called on Congress in a joint statement to pass comprehensive immigration reform with a meaningful path to citizenship. In joining together as unlikely allies, Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice and the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) renewed their united push to refocus Congress’ attention on the nation’s most pressing domestic policy crisis.

The following is a joint statement from Alan van Capelle, CEO of Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice and Haris Tarin, director of the Washington, D.C., office of the Muslim Public Affairs Council:

“In combining our voices, we hope Congress hears that immigration reform is a priority issue across America’s many diverse communities, bringing together even those that many believe have little in common. In fact, America’s Jewish and Muslim communities share the collective experience of facing xenophobia and prejudice for their culture and faith, and being treated as outsiders in our home country.

Comprehensive immigration reform has long been a priority issue for both our communities, as many of our families share stories of immigrating to the U.S. Both of our communities have deep roots here. But both of our communities also know firsthand the struggle to find acceptance in our adopted homeland.

Blah, blah, blah…

We urge you to come together, as we have, to pass comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship, and keep America strong.”

Both Bend the Arc and the Muslim Public Affairs Council have been active in advocating for comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship, citing shared values of treating others with dignity and respect, and the importance of keeping families together.

Read about community organizer Alan van Capelle, here.

Read about MPAC community organizers, here.

Another group pushing for more immigration (Muslims too) is the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society one of the top nine federal refugee resettlement contractors.   Here HIAS apparently had some blow-back from funders, but they are by no means out of the lobbying arena.  S.744 would reward the contractors with even more taxpayer cash!

Posted in Changing the way we live, Community destabilization, Other Immigration, Refugee Resettlement Program, The Opposition | Tagged: , | 3 Comments »

Thanks for making November our top month ever!

Posted by Ann Corcoran on December 1, 2013

As always I preface a report from RRW with the caveat that we are a small blog with a very narrow focus, so we continue to be amazed by how many people are interested in this rather arcane subject.

November 2013 is our top month for visitors in our 6 year history (5,155 posts).  We had 45,661 views this month (1,522 daily average) and that puts our total views at 1.6 million.   But there is more than that!  We reached 28,985 facebook users in the last week of November alone!

We also added 77 followers when our goal each month is to add a modest 30 new followers.

The top home country for visitors is obviously the US, but we have readers in 157 countries!  The nine (after the US) in descending order in the month of November were:  UK, Australia, Canada, Germany, Sweden, South Africa, France, Thailand and India.

If you would like to follow us, you can subscribe to the blog, follow us on facebook (here), or follow on twitter (here).

If this is your first visit to RRW, be sure to see our fact sheet on the US Refugee Resettlement Program, here.  It is daily one of our top most visited features.  See our Top Posts list in the right hand side bar to see what people are reading on any given day.

Remember RRW is a charitable enterprise, we are paid by no one for our work and we write (and post comments) when we have a few minutes.

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