News of the surge of illegal aliens swamping Texas and being driven and flown to other states, has pushed most of our other “refugee” news to the side, but here is one bit of news from a week ago that must be mentioned.
This is a problem we have written about off and on for seven years—by federal executive order (Clinton) local governments/courts are required to have interpreters available for the myriad languages being spoken by immigrants in their communities, but most can’t afford it.
From WCF Courier (hat tip: ‘pungentpeppers’). By the way, note that here we go again with Catholic Charities and meatpackers needing cheap labor!
WATERLOO | Emergency dispatchers and response teams are struggling with a widening language divide as they attempt to service Waterloo’s growing population of non-English speakers.
The communication barrier creates problems for all parties involved, from the dispatcher deciphering a 911 call to the officer trying to put together an accurate police report to the concerned resident trying to communicate a problem with little to no knowledge of the English language.
Over recent years, Waterloo Police have dealt with a slew of languages including Bosnian, Spanish, Serbian, Croatian, Burmese, French and Vietnamese.
In 2006, Burmese refugees began settling in Waterloo for the employment opportunities at Tyson’s meat plant, and the community has been growing ever since.
Dispatchers at the Black Hawk Consolidated Communications Center receive about a half-dozen calls a day in foreign languages.
But resources for interpretation are slim, a Courier investigation shows.
And as refugees from Burma continue to move to the area at a steady pace, bringing with them five vastly different languages, it has quickly become a complex problem to solve.
Nearly 1,500 Burmese refugees have planted roots in the Waterloo area, according to local estimates. That population is expected to reach 2,000 in the next year. In summer months, about two to four households migrate to the area each week.
Stephen Schmitz, who resettles new refugees through Catholic Charities in Cedar Rapids, estimates that more than half of these incoming refugees are illiterate.
There is more, read it all. Be sure to check out the comments!
I don’t have time to do all the linking but know that BIG MEAT (and its head hunters at the State Department and contractors like Catholic Charities) is responsible for changing the demographics of many small cities in the Mid West and South. It is a win-win for them—cheap captive “illiterate” labor (refugees cannot go home) that you subsidize them (housing, food stamps, education). They get to wear the do-gooder white hat and you pay the price!
How about if the meatpackers, like Tysons, pay for the extra costs to the community—like interpreters!
About the photo: We are not suggesting that the woman in the photo was asking refugees if they have TB, but readers should know that Burmese especially have higher rates of TB than some other refugee groups. See our health issues category for more on TB in the refugee population, but here is one postgenerally making the point.
Update July 12th: Black American in Baltimore picks up the refrain, here.
Yesterday, while traveling, I heard Rush Limbaugh discuss Bernadette Lancelin, the now famous Houston-area black woman who went on a rant that went viral. Watch her EPIC rant here.
Then be sure to see Gateway Pundithere with video of the African-American protesters in Murietta, CA.
And, by the way, it isn’t just the border surge that is waking up American-born minorities, we have been writing for years about the inner-city conflicts between blacks and refugees of all colors from the third world.
See also, A.J. Delgado writing at National Review Online about how the Dems are throwing black voters “under the bus:”
One of the sleeper issues surrounding the debate on amnesty for illegal immigrants – an inconvenient one that no proponent of a widespread amnesty wishes to acknowledge – is the devastating effect so-called immigration reform will have on African Americans.
The black unemployment rate is almost 11 percent, far higher than that of any other group profiled by labor statistics. African Americans are disproportionately employed in lower-skilled jobs – the very same jobs immigrants take. As Steven Camarota asked in a recent column, why double immigration when so many people already aren’t working?
Who will be harmed most by amnesty? African-Americans.
Lancelin, in her lonely protest, also asked where are the people, why am I here by myself, aren’t they watching the news! Bernadette, I think all that is beginning to change, the border invasion (and what it means for all of us) is beginning to make it into peoples’ living rooms.
For new readers, all of our posts on ‘unaccompanied minors’ are here.
The fiscal year is over in 3 months and as of June 30th the US State Department has released statistics on which refugees are going to which states. For new readers these are the refugees in the regular Refugee Resettlement program; the stats do not include the surging border-invading migrants and “children,” asylees, temporary protected status holders, or diversity visa lottery winners. These are just the refugees resettled through the federal contractors ***to your states.
By the way, they previously made public which refugees were going to which cities, but that information is no longer available to us (why?).
The total resettled as of June 30th is 50,988 so they are on target to meet their Obama-set goal of 70,000 by September 30th, however, the border crisis and the overload communities will be feeling from that may stem this year’s tide of other third worlders.
Indeed, the frightening news about “refugees” from Central America invading America may well represent a public relations nightmare for the contractors who have, over three decades, carefully wrapped the word “refugee” in warm and fuzzy language.
Go here and open Arrivals by state and country location (see who is coming to your state).
Here are the top 12 states “welcoming” refugees this fiscal year (Oct. 1, 2013-June 30,2014)
Texas (5,141) Turning the red state blue one immigrant at a time?