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Senators McCain and Graham want new special refugee admissions program for the “children”

Posted by Ann Corcoran on June 30, 2014

The leading military hawks in the US Senate—McCain and Graham—lecturing us about how we must control borders in the Middle East with bombs and guns, are virtually welcoming an invading army to America!

And, they are on the same page with the open borders refugee lobbyists in DC.

Here is a story (making my head explode!) that you have probably seen already over the weekend.  From Reuters (hat tip: Robin):

 WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Some leading members of the U.S. Congress are calling on the Obama administration to consider launching an emergency refugee program for Central American children as one way to address a rapidly escalating humanitarian crisis at the southern border with Mexico.

The US refugee program was never intended to give permanent shelter to people fearful of crime in their home country just because that country wasn’t capable of protecting its citizens from domestic abuse and gang violence.

For years (we have been writing about it), the open borders lobbyists and the contractors have been attempting to expand the definition of “refugee” to include just about anyone who wants to get to America.  Legitimate do-gooders who care about legitimate refugees should be incensed!

Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona, told Reuters on Thursday that establishing refugee application programs in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, where domestic abuse, gang violence and poverty are rampant, is the “key” to defusing the growing U.S. border crisis.

[….]

McCain and other members of Congress – both Republicans and Democrats – say that a refugee program could help discourage minors from making the perilous journey north alone. At the same time, it would give some of them a legal way to flee the three nations, which rank among the top five countries with the highest murder rates in the world.

Lobbyists for the refugee contractors approve of the McCain/Graham proposal!

The lobbying arm for the humanitarian industrial complex and the refugee resettlement contractors*** thinks McCain and Graham are on the right track!  Be sure to see our report on the Refugee Council USA which was primarily set up to lobby and help protect the 501(c)3 status (and government grants) of the resettlement contractors.

“Some sort of in-country or regional processing (of refugee children) is one of the suggestions we have been making,” said Kristen Aster, associate director of the Refugee Council USA.

She said the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees could get involved in the coordination, given that children from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras might have to flee their native countries quickly and travel to a neighboring one once they apply for refugee status. The United States or other Central American countries could be their final destinations.

See also the Daily Caller, which reports that Graham (generally joined at the hip with McCain) is in on the concept:

South Carolina U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham – who, like McCain, backs immigration reform – is considering the idea of an emergency program as well.

 

There is only one sure-fire way to stop the invasion—airlift them (3/4th are teenaged boys!) back immediately to their respective capitals and tell the governments to find their families while threatening to cut off all foreign aid (not dump more of our taxpayer dollars into dysfunctional hell-holes where it will be squandered by corrupt politicians!).

So what about the Chinese kids???

Do McCain and Graham want a special program for the Chinese “children” also invading our border through Central America, Cuba and Mexico?

See our entire archive (spanning several years) on the ‘unaccompanied minors’ nightmare for our nation.   And, see Diana West last week—‘Saving the border when the cavalry isn’t coming’ here.

***The contractors (remember some are being paid by you to take care of the illegal alien “children!”)

Posted in Community destabilization, Crimes, diversity's dark side, Immigration fraud, Refugee Resettlement Program, Taxpayer goodies, The Opposition | Tagged: , , , | 6 Comments »

UNHCR says US has pledged “open-ended resettlement numbers” for Syrians

Posted by Ann Corcoran on June 30, 2014

What the heck does “open-ended” mean?

We have been puzzled in recent weeks about why there is no announcement from the US State Department about the number of Syrians they expect to resettle in the US this fiscal year (the fiscal year ends Sept. 30th).  As regular visitors to RRW  know, the contractors*** want 12,000-15,000 this year.

As of May 31st we have resettled 42 Syrians as “refugees.”   And, there isn’t much squawking coming from the contractors.  Do they know something we don’t know?

Here is the news release from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees:

Geneva, 27 June 2014 – New offers of resettlement or humanitarian admissions for Syrian refugees were today pledged by Belgium, Ireland, Switzerland and Uruguay. In all, 565 new places were announced during a high-level meeting of 42 countries, taking the total number of offers received since mid-2013 to more than 34,700 places. In addition, the United States has pledged open-ended resettlement numbers.

The majority of offers to date come from European states, with Germany having offered over half the global total. [Invasion of Europe!—ed].   In all 22 countries have offered places for Syrian refugees so far.

High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres said: “I hope this momentum continues over the coming months. Resettlement and other humanitarian admission programmes are critical and can be life-saving for the victims of the conflict in Syria.

Now, go to the US Refugee Admission numbers for this year (so far, as of May 31).

Obama set the ceiling for admissions from the Near East/South Asia at 33,000 for the fiscal year that ends Sept. 30th.  (See Presidential Determination for FY2014.)

We have taken 11,660 Iraqis so far.   6,005 came from Bhutan, and smaller numbers from other countries in the region bringing the total to 20,278.  There are also 2,000 spaces labeled as ‘unallocated reserve.’   It is those 2,000 spaces that most observers believe will be available to Syrians.

There is no such thing as open-ended resettlement, EXCEPT as this President has shown us time and again, he can make law since most members of the Legislative branch of government have abrogated their duty under the Constitution and are letting him get away with it!

Will the announcement on Syrians arriving in large numbers during the remaining 3 months of the fiscal year be the next stunner out of the lawless Obama Administration?

***The contractors:

Posted in Europe, Iraqi refugees, Muslim refugees, Obama, Refugee Resettlement Program, Refugee statistics, The Opposition, Who is going where | Tagged: , , | 1 Comment »

Out of town ….

Posted by Ann Corcoran on June 26, 2014

I’m away for a few day to take care of some family business and will have little or no access to the internet.

If you are arriving here for the first time, I’m sure if you look around, you will find the information you need.

First, see our “about” page.  And, our most popular feature our “fact sheet.

Check out “top posts” in the right hand side bar to see what other readers are finding most interesting.  Also, note tag clouds.   See our “categories” in the left hand side bar (the ‘where to find information’ category is filled with reports, statistic, documents) and then use our search function for specific topics.

We have written 5,689 posts over the last seven years, so you should be able to find something useful by typing a few key words into our search function.  For example, the hot topic these days include ‘unaccompanied minors,’ or ‘Syrian refugees.’    Don’t type in ‘Somali refugees’ without another key word unless you have all weekend to read!

Thanks and be back on Monday!

Addendum:  Almost forgot!  Since we moderate comments, those won’t be posted until I come back.

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Lansing, Michigan likely to get illegal alien kids, but it is all hush-hush

Posted by Ann Corcoran on June 26, 2014

And, we are told that Lansing has been very “welcoming” to refugees in the past.

The Office of Refugee Resettlement continues its site shopping…..

Note it’s the Lutherans again here!  (Remember they are contracted by the feds to serve the kids!).

From City Pulse:

So long as they are not Mexican or Canadian, unaccompanied children who enter the U.S. illegally can be held in custody by the federal government for up to 72 hours. After that, they are transferred to the Office of Refugee Resettlement, where they are then placed in temporary shelters where they await foster care, a family member or a relative who can “claim” them or deportation.

Michigan houses two of the nation’s 22 shelter programs for unaccompanied refugee minors: Lutheran Social Services in Lansing and Bethany Christian Services in Grand Rapids. [Bethany is the agency that got lucky and had the convicted murderer as a client, here.—ed]

Bates said that because Michigan plays a large role in offering shelter programs, the influx of children at the nation’s southwest border will be felt here as well.

“A crisis like this strips resources from social services,” he said. How much Michigan will be affected, however, is unknown — officials have been guarded at best in discussing the matter.

The feds asked the Lutherans to not say a word to the media!

On Friday, Michigan United and Michigan Immigrant Right Center hosted an emergency conference call to coordinate an advocacy response about “the emerging issues for immigrant children,” but it was closed to the media.

Representatives from Lutheran Social Services of Michigan and Bethany Christian Services said they were unable to release data on unaccompanied minor children they house or comment on the Central American surge of children without authorization.

“The federal government has asked us to not talk about the increase in numbers or the humanitarian crisis at the border,” said Diane Baird, program manager of Lutheran Social Services.

“Historically, Lansing and the mid- Michigan area have been very welcoming,” she said.

See Lutherans lobbying for the “unaccompanied minors” here.

Posted in Changing the way we live, Community destabilization, Immigration fraud, Refugee Resettlement Program, Taxpayer goodies, Who is going where | Tagged: , | 2 Comments »

US Catholic Bishops chairman: Kids coming across border should be viewed as “refugees”

Posted by Ann Corcoran on June 26, 2014

I would have some respect for the Catholic Bishops if with each of their statements like this one they publish a disclaimer along with it.

The disclaimer would go something like this:  It should be noted that the largest share of the money we use for helping refugees and the “children” coming across the border comes from the federal government.

Here is their annual report for 2012.  Out of a revenue stream of $71 million they got $69.6 million from US taxpayers (numbers are rounded, reference to travel loan fees is your money too).

***Update*** Jesuit Refugee Service:  Waahhhh! we need more of your money!  (thanks to Joanne)

From a USCCB press release on World Refugee Propaganda Day:

Bishop Elizondo leading a pack of priests on the border: they are all refugees now! http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/04/01/catholic-leaders-push-immigration-reform/7164359/

Children crossing border should be seen as refugees fleeing persecution

WASHINGTON–On World Refugee Day, celebrated June 20, Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, auxiliary bishop of Seattle, and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Migration, called upon the U.S. government to do more to assist vulnerable Syrian refugees in the Middle East and to protect the rights of children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

“The Syrian refugee crisis in the Middle East has reached a point of humanitarian disaster,” said Bishop Elizondo. “Although the United States has provided overseas support to these refugees, other forms of relief, including possible resettlement of the most vulnerable, should be seriously considered.” The United States has resettled a total of 42 refugees this year, compared to a Syrian refugee population of over two million persons.

Bishop Elizondo also talked about the current migration of children from Central America as a refugee situation. As many as 47,000 unaccompanied children have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border since the beginning of the year in order to escape violence in their home countries.

“These children are indeed fleeing for their lives and must be looked at through a protection lens, not through an enforcement lens,” said Bishop Elizondo. “We must not send them back if they have valid protection claims.

The USCCB and the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service are two leading federal contractors retained by the Office of Refugee Resettlement to take care of the illegal alien children.  Refugees and illegal alien kids are “clients” of the contractors.   So why don’t they ever tell the public that!

By the way, the USCCB want 15,000 Syrians to be admitted to the US this year.

Glen Beck needs to get his facts straight. It is not Christian charity when the ‘church’ is paid by the taxpayers to do charitable work.

Glen Beck, get your facts straight!

The other day I heard Glen Beck suggest that the charity affiliated with his company should help take care of the illegal kids (unaccompanied minors).

His audience went berserk and many told him that was the final straw with their support for Beck’s charity and his show.

One example Beck used to demonstrate his point of view—that Christian charity dictates that we care for these kids—was a Catholic Church in Texas taking in the illegals.  Glen was praising the parishioners.

I think Beck, like most of the general public, has no clue about the millions of tax payer dollars being doled out to ‘churches’ to take care of the so-called “refugees.”

Keep it up Bishops!   Call the illegal alien teenagers “refugees” and you do more to tarnish the positive image the word “refugee” had enjoyed for decades than anything the “anti-refugee resettlement backlashers” could ever do!

See our extensive (and growing daily!) archive on the so-called “unaccompanied minors” crisis by clicking here.  It extends back several years.

Posted in Asylum seekers, Changing the way we live, Community destabilization, Crimes, Immigration fraud, Refugee Resettlement Program, Taxpayer goodies | Tagged: , , | 7 Comments »

Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society praises federal agencies for “responding to anti-refugee resettlement backlash”

Posted by Ann Corcoran on June 25, 2014

The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society is one of the nine top federal resettlement contractors.***  Thanks to Joanne for spotting their published testimony to the US State Department last month.  Daily readers know that the State Department has refused to make public any testimony they received.

The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society’s statement is here.  Check it out!

Melanie Nezer, author of the report on anti-refugee backlash is calling for 75,000 Syrians to be resettled in the US. And, they wonder why there is a backlash! https://refugeeresettlementwatch.wordpress.com/2014/03/29/hebrew-immigrant-aid-society-us-should-bring-75000-syrians-to-us-over-next-5-years/

Pockets of Resistance!

The most interesting/amusing part, at least to us at RRW, is a segment of the testimony praising the State Department (PRM) and the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) for “responding” to the “anti-refugee resettlement backlash”

(I assume by responding they mean that those federal agencies shoveled more of your $$$ to contractors to write reports and hire the likes of ‘Welcoming America’ to help community organizers get your minds right about the growing crush of refugees resettled to your towns and cities).

Here is what they say:

They thank PRM and ORR for “responding to the anti-refugee resettlement backlash that has emerged to threaten the long-term viability of the US Refugee Admissions Program…”

Cool! They have written a whole report about “pockets of resistance.”

They go on to tout their own report written by Melanie Nezer and entitled, Resettlement at Risk: Meeting Emerging Challenges to Refugee Resettlement in local communities’ (a report which I can’t wait to read!).

Other items of interest in the testimony include expressions of:

* Happiness that LGBTI’s are getting in to the US.

* Happiness about relaxed terror screening.

* Happiness about the fact that PRM reached its ceiling of 70,000 refugees admitted last year (they don’t always reach the CEILING).

*Unhappiness that we aren’t letting the Syrians in.  They want 75,000 Syrians over five years.

*Unhappiness that we aren’t expanding family reunification to suit them.

*Unhappiness that not enough refugees from the Ukraine and Colombia have been let in yet.

There is other stuff too, have a look.

***The Contractors:

Posted in Changing the way we live, Community destabilization, Muslim refugees, Refugee Resettlement Program, Taxpayer goodies, The Opposition | Tagged: , | 4 Comments »

Sweden: whole school class of girls had genitals mutilated

Posted by Ann Corcoran on June 25, 2014

Diversity is strength alert!

 

Oh my God!

 

As long-time readers know, Sweden is my bet for the first European country to fall to Islamic dominance.  We have an extensive archive, click here, on the insane Swedish Leftists who have opened their doors wide to any Muslim migrants who can get there!

Here is a story from last week (posted on World Refugee Propaganda Day no less) about a shocking discovery in Sweden!   All the girls in one school class were mutilated!

From Breitbart (hat tip: Judy).  Emphasis is mine:

School health services in the small Swedish city of Norrköping have found 60 cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) among schoolgirls since March, with evidence of mutilation found in all 30 girls in one class, 28 of the most severe form.

In Sweden, where the EU’s Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) says that FGM “is considered to be a serious problem,” the law enables genital examination of children to be carried out without parents’ consent.

FGM has been a crime in Sweden since 1982 and can be punished by up to four years in prison, increased to 10 years if judged to be an aggravated offence.

According to EIGE, concerns about FGM became widespread in Sweden in the early and mid-1990s with the influx of Somali migrants: “The first national action taken in the field…was initiated after alarming testimonies from the healthcare sector indicating the existence of FGM among many — if not all — women that originated from FGM-practising countries.”

If they are “refugees” who fear for their lives, what the hell are they doing going back to their “home country?”

Now the daughters of immigrants are in danger of undergoing FGM. According to the Local, the risk of becoming a victim of the procedure increases in the summer when many schoolgirls visit their parents’ home country: “We’re working to inform parents that they could face prison if they come back and their children have undergone female genital mutilation,” said Petra Blom Andersson, student health coordinator in Norrköping.

Mutilation carried out abroad has been a crime in Sweden since 1999.

In 2013, Somalis were the third largest group granted asylum in the EU countries, according to a Eurostat figures reported yesterday by Breitbart London, with almost 10,000 granted protection. Sweden gave refugee status to 26,400 people last year, more than any other EU country.

You know this is happening in America too!  The silence is deafening!

Posted in Africa, Crimes, diversity's dark side, Europe, health issues, Muslim refugees, Stealth Jihad, women's issues | Tagged: , , | 4 Comments »

Lexington, KY: World Refugee Day event visited by Americans First

Posted by Ann Corcoran on June 25, 2014

Could a new “pocket of resistance” be building in Kentucky?

As you know, political leaders in several cities are voicing their concerns about the large numbers of refugees placed in their cities and as a result putting enormous strain on social service and school system budgets.  We reported yesterday about requests for moratoriums on further refugee resettlement in several New England states.   And, don’t forget earlier this year Amarillo, TX was also asking for a reprieve.

And, as you know, last Friday was World Refugee Propaganda Day.

(An aside:  I just saw an interesting perspective on World Refugee Day where a commenter wondered why anyone would celebrate the fact that the UN has utterly failed in its supposed mission to quell violence around the world.)

We told you on June 16th that Lexington, KY would be the site of a World Refugee Day “celebration” put on by Kentucky Refugee Ministries (a refugee resettlement subcontractor of Church World Service working for the federal government).

Americans First:  Fighting for social and economic justice for US Citizens

What we didn’t know was that a budding organization called “Americans First” planned to pass out fact sheets at the event with information attendees need to know!

Go here for the excellent Fact Sheet!   And, tune in to Americans First radio!

Surprisingly, the media was not at the “Summit” but Kentucky Refugee Ministries dubbed it a success with 160 participants (a large number of which received Americans First fact sheet).

Contact Americans First, here.   Organizers plan to make this a national movement.

 

Posted in Changing the way we live, Community destabilization, creating a movement, Refugee Resettlement Program, Where to find information | Tagged: | 1 Comment »

Second largest religious tradition by state; Islam in 20 states

Posted by Ann Corcoran on June 24, 2014

This is old news by a few weeks, but Debbie sent me this very informative map today that was published at The Blaze a couple of weeks ago and I think it’s a good addition to our ‘where to find information’ category.    And, perhaps a good companion to our refugee statistics regarding top languages spoken by refugees admitted to the US (Arabic is the number one language of refugees arriving in the US right now).

By the way, the US State Department does track the religions of refugees they admit to the US, but does not make that information available to the general public.

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Major media mentions refugee resettlement moratorium calls in New England

Posted by Ann Corcoran on June 24, 2014

Thanks to everyone who has sent me one version or another of this story about calls for refugee resettlement moratoriums in Springfield, Mass, Lewiston, Maine, and Manchester, NH.***    Regular readers here know the problems in those three New England cities well, so it is not news to us.

However….

What is news is that the news (mainstream media) is actually paying attention and making connections!  I don’t know which came first, the Fox News story (Fox does credit AP), or the AP story.

But, I’m thrilled to see the word “moratorium” used other than on the pages of RRW!

I haven’t enough time to analyze the articles for you, so please read them!  There is one thing that caught my eye, however, that needs to be mentioned.  The US State Department and its contractors choose resettlement cities with virtually no input from the locals (elected or otherwise), any reference to “stakeholders” usually means only FRIENDLY stakeholders (for the record, I hate that word)!

Daniel Langenkamp (right) Public affairs adviser at US State Dept. PRM http://www.linkedin.com/pub/daniel-langenkamp/1a/197/563

Once they have established a seed community of certain ethnic groups they then throw up their hands and say—what can we do? Families must be reunited and we can’t stop refugees from moving where there are ethnic enclaves of their kind of people.  You see their cop-out in these stories when State Department spokesman Daniel Langenkamp says this:

Such requests [for a moratorium—ed] are rare, said Daniel Langenkamp, a department spokesman.

“We make every effort to work with local officials and other stakeholders to ensure the resettlement of refugees is acceptable,” he said.  [If everything went so well there would never have been a RRW!—ed]

The Department, he said, does not place refugees unless an area is equipped to handle them. [LOL!–ed] The government’s work with refugees in Springfield is mostly about family reunification, and it cannot keep families from moving there if they are placed elsewhere, he said.

He doesn’t mention that other locales have asked for moratoriums as well.  I’m thinking of other “pockets of resistance” like Clarkston, Georgia and Amarillo, TX among others.

Note to any city contemplating “welcoming” refugees, remember this!  Once a seed community is established, the extended family comes, and there is no stopping it!  Any elected official calling for a slow-down or outright moratorium will be demonized!

See my ten reasons why a MORATORIUM is needed! —all the more important now that the border is being overwhelmed with mostly teenaged boys seeking “asylum.”

*** Search RRW for each of those three cities and find dozens of posts (spanning several years) on problems in each.

 

 

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