Here is one more in a spate of stories ginned-up by the federal refugee contractors*** and their 350 subcontractors to bring media attention to their supposed plight. Waahhhh! We are going to lose funding because of the flood of illegal alien teens (unaccompanied minors) now being treated as asylum-seekers by the Obama Administration (which by the way, the contractors helped encourage to come to America!).
Our solution as I said here yesterday:
Not enough money, stop bringing refugees into the US this year (and next year too).
These people remind me of animal hoarders with a psychological ailment who fill their homes with cats, don’t have the finances to care for them properly, and don’t know when to stop!
From The Tennessean (hat tip: Joanne). LOL! You can always count on The Tennessean to help Catholic Charities whine! Emphasis below is mine:
A surge in children illegally crossing the southwestern U.S. border in recent months may soon have an unexpected impact on refugees living in Nashville.
Last week, President Barack Obama asked Congress for more than $2 billion in emergency funds to help address a growing crisis along the Rio Grande, where more than 52,000 children traveling alone and 40,000 women with children have been apprehended illegally crossing the border since October.
Holly Johnson, Catholic Charities of Tennessee, decides which ethnic groups and how many refugees will come to the state. The state has no say in the matter. http://www.cctenn.org/node/531
The president’s solution would involve redirecting funding already budgeted for refugee programs across the country. Tennessee stands to lose more than $1.6 million of its annual $11 million budget. The cuts would hit programs designed to serve elderly refugees, children in schools and preventive health care for refugees, according to Holly Johnson, state refugee coordinator for the Tennessee Office of Refugees.
The president’s proposal puts refugee advocates in an uncomfortable position, pitting the needs of the population they serve against those of the newly arrived children…. [Too bad! Maybe the Catholic priests and lobbyists who went to Central America late last year shouldn’t have encouraged the migrants to start moving north!—ed]
Tennessee accepted more than 1,600 refugees in the last fiscal year. Most of the refugees arriving in Tennessee come from Iraq, Burma, Bhutan, Somalia and Iran. Refugees, by definition, have fled or been forced to leave their countries to escape violence, persecution or natural disaster.
Definition of a Refugee
Tick me off! Note how reporters just parrot what the contractors tell them about the definition of a refugee. This has been going on for years—the open borders lobby re-defining “refugee” until it means anything they want, including kids who supposedly are fleeing gang violence.
Here is the definition of a refugee as updated in 1967 (from the original 1951 UN Convention):
“A person who owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country; or who, not having a nationality and being outside the country of his former habitual residence as a result of such events, is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to return to it..”
Do you see anything in there about wars, violence or natural disasters? Refugees and asylum seekers are supposed to be able to prove they are being persecuted! Economic migrants and people who claim they are fleeing crime are not refugees!
See, US Catholic Bishops call the illegal aliens, refugees, here.
For our growing readership, all of our posts going back several years on ‘unaccompanied minors’ are here.