There are no firm statistics on the number of gay Russian asylum seekers; U.S. government agencies that handle applications do not report such details. However, the Department of Homeland Security’s latest figures show that overall applications for asylum by Russians totaled 969 in the 2014 fiscal year, up 34 percent from 2012.
To get an application approved, an asylum seeker must present a convincing case that he or she has a “well-founded fear of persecution” in their home country. Russia’s anti-gay policies and its record of anti-gay violence are factors that could strengthen an individual’s case.
Aaron Morris, Immigration Equality’s legal director, said most of the recent asylum inquiries came from gay men in their 20s and 30s who had been targeted by anti-gay attacks, while only a handful have come from gays or lesbians raising children.
We learn that in a small number of cities there are programs in place to help the Russian LGBT visa-holders submit their claims for asylum with lots of lawyers ready to help. However, since the asylum seekers can’t legally work, obtaining housing and other living expenses is a problem.
The article does mention that lobbying efforts are underway at the US State Department to get Russian gays and lesbians designated as a refugee class which would mean we would go fetch them and bring them to the US rather than the present situation where they must get themselves here and apply for asylum. If they were refugees chosen abroad, they would get all sorts of social services right off the bat.
Remember earlier in the week we reported that Syrians in Athens were hunger-striking for the “right” to move on to a wealthier, more generous European country, now Greece has hundreds more Syrians to deal with.
But, the story isn’t half as interesting as the comments which are dominated by people really really angry at Muslim “refugees.”
IERAPETRA, Greece (AP) — Nearly 600 migrants, mostly refugees from Syria, have been temporarily put up in a basketball arena in the southern Cretan town of Ierapetra, where they arrived in a crippled smuggling ship after more than a week at sea.
Red Cross volunteers on Friday issued warm meals and clothing to the 80 children, 150 women and 361 men who were on the 77-meter (250-foot) Baris freighter, which was towed to Ierapetra Thursday, two days after losing engine power off Crete.
About two-thirds of the migrants are Syrians, who qualify for refugee status, while the others include Kurds, Afghans and Palestinians, officials said.
“These are lower to middle class people who were seeking a better life, due to the war in their country,” said Argyris Pantazis, Ierapetra’s deputy mayor for civil protection.
He said the Syrian refugees will probably leave the arena within the next two days. The other migrants, who do not immediately qualify for refugee status, will be given the option to return to their country voluntarily or be interned in camps pending deportation.
If they are so poor, where are they getting this kind of money? Someone, or some entity is paying for this! Saudi Arabia? Turkey? George Soros, or someone of his ilk? International Communists? Organization of Islamic Cooperation? Why does no reporter ever find out where is the money coming from?
The migrants left Turkey last week, and had paid smugglers between $2,000 and $6,000 to be taken to Italy.
Here are some of the most recent angry comments:
MEObserve 13 minutes ago: These are not refugees. They are muslim colonizers who are leaving the hell holes they created to re-create them in the West. Ask any of them what they feel about Christians, Jews, free speech, whether or not one can criticize the so called “prophet” Muhammad, and you will be horrified. They do not deserve a place in the West. This is the story of every “refugee” settlement in the West from the Muslim world – no matter the US, Europe or Australia. They come with their hatreds, their dark impulses. their demand to dominate and their propensity for violence . Let them go to Muslim countries, people say. They do not want Muslim countries. They want to come to your country for the welfare, for the tax fraud, for every other kind of horrible pathology. This is reality. Look at how they earlier waves have settled and think.
Cochise 16 hours ago:
“He said the Syrian refugees will probably leave the arena within the next two days. The other migrants, who do not immediately qualify for refugee status, will be given the option to return to their country voluntarily or be interned in camps pending deportation”
I cant stress how much I have grown to hate the backstabbing American liberals.
Dani 18 hours ago: I don’t understand why these people never try to immigrate to Saudi Arabia, Qatar or any other gulf countries?
bobbi 1 day ago: Saudi Arabia deported over 300,000 this year alone. And no one is condemning their country for not helping their Muslim brothers. The “refugees” are looking for those sappy, liberal do-good predominately white countries that are too dumb to realize the refugees are coming just for the government assistance.
It goes on and on like this. Have a look! Is a tipping point coming soon? I’ve been reading comments for years, but the number and the level of anger is definitely on the rise.
See our entire ‘Invasion of Europe’ archive by clicking here. Don’t you think it is interesting that none of this is being reported in the American mainstream media. To be sure there are sob-stories when an illegal alien boat capsizes, but, this is one of the few places on the internet where an effort is being made to give readers a broad (country by country) view of the invasion.
Reader Robin sent us this on Wednesday, but I didn’t post earlier simply because I didn’t want to sound mean by begrudging anyone a nice Thanksgiving dinner, but today is different—call me mean if it makes you feel better!
You should know that one of the favorite PR gambits of the US refugee resettlement contractors is to get lovely refugees-first-Thanksgiving stories published at this time of year. They are masters at planting warm and fuzzy propaganda, and that is one reason we write this blog—LOL! to balance the news!
If you search around today, you will see that stories were published in several cities about the generosity of the contractors (no doubt using your tax dollars!) in feeding a scrumptious dinner to newly arrived refugees (their “clients”). But, that isn’t why I’m writing. There were a few lines in the USA Todaystory that got my attention and I want to share them with you.
Remember that legitimate asylum seekers must be able to prove persecution (for religion, race, or political persuasion) when they get to the first SAFE COUNTRY after leaving their place of persecution. They are to ask for asylum in that first safe country. They aren’t supposed to be hopping around the world from safe country to safe country shopping for the best deal!
So why the hell are we taking black African “refugees” from the Rainbow Nation of South Africa which was supposedly built on the notion that no matter what color you were, you were in a country that WELCOMED everyone!
Mulungula “Nico” Mungela is the Congolese ‘star of the story’ (this must be J-school 101, put a sympathetic character in your opening paragraph!) at USA Today and in 2006 he left DR Congo and arrived in South Africa—the Rainbow Nation—a SAFE country.
Now does this sound like a “refugee?” Within 3 years he had two new Master’s degrees, and a good college instructor job in the Rainbow Nation. Are we to believe that all that equality talk from Nelson Mandela was a bunch of mumbo-jumbo? (It may be for South African whites, but Mungela was a black man in a country run by all black leaders!).
By the way, this isn’t to criticize Mr. Mungela who just took advantage of a good thing, it is to question UNHCR and US State Department policy that has become a lawless free-for-all policy without any supervision by Congress where we are just slapping on that refugee label and bringing them in from anywhere!
His journey took him south through Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and finally into South Africa, by bus, boat, ship, and hitching rides. He was robbed once right in the middle of a road in Tanzania.
Through a Congo pastor who’d rescued him from the beach, he landed a job as a parking lot guard in Durban. Later, after he sent for his family, he secured a loan to return to college and earned two master’s degrees.
Although he and his wife could support their family — he through a college instructor’s job working with special-needs students and Dorcas by operating a home day care — the family still struggled to gain a foothold. The country is still rife with discrimination, Mungela said. [What! The Rainbow Nation discriminates against blacks? Has anyone told Obama that the whole Mandela rainbow thing is a myth?—ed]
In May 2009, the couple applied for refugee status and resettlement through the International Organization for Migration, which partners with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. Their category covers survivors of violence.
So now he and his 8 kids largely live on your dime in Kentucky. Wouldn’t it have been of greater benefit to South Africa to leave a well-educated man there to help South Africa?
What are we thinking! We resettled 322 UN designated “refugees” from South Africa in the first month of FY2015 alone! See here. I bet not one of them is white, or even Asian, they are likely all black fellow African brothers!
About the photoand Kentucky Refugees Ministries. In its most recent Form 990 KRM took in $4,703,422 from government contracts as part of a total revenue stream of $5,287,956 which means they are 89% funded by taxpayer dollars in a Wilson Fish state where the resettlement program is run by the federal government’s contractors (with no say by elected representatives of the state government of Kentucky).
When you visit that Form 990 be sure to check out the costs of running this ‘non-profit’ for salaries, office expenses, travel etc.
See our archive on South Africa, here. And, on Kentucky, here.
Update November 29th: “Raping little girls is a religious requirement….” See Daniel Greenfield at Frontpage Magazine, here.
While you were having your Thanksgiving dinner yesterday, the Bristol Crown Court was revealing to the British public the extent of the crimes perpetrated by a sex slavery ring run by Somali refugees in Bristol.
By the way, my alerts are filled this morning with stories about how awful it is that the UK has not thrown open its gates to Syrian (mostly Muslim) migrants. I am not sure weak-kneed politicians are going to be able to hold out against the onslaught of negative publicity being rained on them by the ‘humanitarian industrial complex.’ And, if you want to argue that Somalis and Syrians are two different issues, well, go for it, but I’m sure the general public in the UK doesn’t see much difference.
Thirteen men have been convicted of running a sex ring that saw teenage girls abused, raped and prostituted.
Victims were sexually abused and passed around the men’s friends for money in Bristol.
The court heard several of the girls were groomed to the extent they believed abuse was part of loving relationships they were having with the defendants.
The gang, all of whom are of Somali origin, faced more than 40 charges involving 10 victims aged between 13 and 17, mostly over offences that happened from autumn 2012.
Seven men were convicted at Bristol Crown Court on Wednesday and six following a separate trial in May, but details of the cases can only be revealed now after reporting restrictions were lifted by a judge.
Some of the girls were persuaded to have sex with their ‘boyfriend’s’ friends after being told it was Somali “culture and tradition” and “men always have sex with each other’s girlfriends”. [Remember that the girls are infidels to these Somali rapists.—ed]
This very lengthy story at USA Today is an important read to learn about the battle that occurred there in recent years over the diversity-created achievement gap in the schools when large numbers of Somali refugees arrived. It is well-worth reading so that your community might be prepared for the day when your Muslim population gets above 3% in your city or county.
I’ve been studying some of the percentages of Muslim populations in certain countries and cities and my guess is that about 3% is the point where demands begin to be made.
According to this article (Diversity in the Classroom) at USA Today, if Eden Prairie does have 4,500 Somalis in a population of 81,000 then they are already in the 5% range:
About 1,800 Eden Prairie residents claimed Somali ancestry on the latest U.S. Census survey, but city officials peg the number closer to 4,500 in a city of about 81,000, making them the city’s largest group of non-European descent….
Statewide, there are at least 32,000 Somalis as Minnesota, like many other states, adjusts to a second wave of immigration that is transforming the nation and our education system.
There is a fantastic “school diversity index” for every state in the nation that is definitely worth seeing. (Maryland is near the top of the scale with a white school-age population of only 42% compared to Vermont and Maine both with 92% white kids in schools).
I recommend that you read the whole article, but here at the end was a bit that interested me.
Not enough affordable housing means they will move on?
But even with the success of the boundary change, Jama (Ahmed Jama) says he’s seeing something perhaps more troubling: Affordable housing in Eden Prairie is drying up, threatening to reverse the gains in diversity.
Analysts say the city needs more than 1,800 units of affordable housing to keep pace with its population growth.The Metropolitan Council, a local government entity that studies housing, transportation and other civic issues, estimated recently that Eden Prairie needs 1,844 new affordable units by 2020 for local residents working in service industries and other lower-wage jobs. But landlords in Minnesota have the discretion to reject subsidized housing vouchers, says the council’s Libby Starling. “When vacancy rates are falling, landlords can be pickier about who they accept as tenants,” she says.
The result, Jama and others have said, is a steep drop in the Somali population of Eden Prairie — 40% by one estimate, though Starling says she hadn’t seen a drop in the latest Census figures. “If there is a trend of Somalis leaving, it’s probably new enough so that none of our data sources would be able to capture it.”
Jama says the change has actually occurred since 2010, but it’s unmistakable.
We have written on several previous occasions about Eden Prairie, here are those posts.
Isn’t it funny (not!) that the headline everywhere on this story calls them “Minneapolis men.” There is surely not one headline with the words ‘Somalis we raised with our tax dollars give us the finger, join Jihad!’
Actually, when you read the story in the Minneapolis Star Tribuneyou can see that one of the two actually succeeded in getting out of the US and is charged in absentia.
For me, it is really simple, let them go and then rescind their passports so they cannot return to America—ever! That would really send a message!
What are we going to do with this guy—Abdullahi Yusuf—give him a slap on the wrist, put him in jail (at great expense) for a few years and have this angry wannabe jihadist hanging around Minneapolis?
We have followed this same story for years—they are always “disaffected” youths whether they joined Al-shabaab earlier or ISIS now. And, the trouble will all go away, we are told, when they have more stuff, like youth activities and jobs. There is virtually no mention that it might not even take a “big fish” recruiter but their desire to go help build the Islamic State might be coming directly from their weekly mosque lessons.
I was alerted to the story by seeing Omar Jamal’s face on Fox News earlier this morning. Longtime readers know our Somali ‘Jesse Jackson’ well. See our lengthy archive on news hound Jamal by clicking here. Jamal was at one point convicted of entering the US illegally but nothing ever happened to him.
Two Twin Cities men accused of trying to join a terrorist organization in Syria were charged with conspiracy Tuesday by federal prosecutors, part of a continuing investigation into a pipeline used to recruit Somali-Americans to fight overseas.
Abdi Nur, 20, of Minneapolis, and Abdullahi Yusuf, 18, of Inver Grove Heights, are charged with conspiring to provide support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
Yusuf, who was stopped by FBI agents last May while trying to board a flight at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, appeared before a U.S. magistrate in Minneapolis Tuesday afternoon and was ordered held in custody pending a detention-bail hearing on Wednesday. Nur, who was able to board a flight bound for Turkey last spring, is believed to be in Syria.
“These two young men conspired to travel to the Middle East to engage in a campaign of terror in support of a violent ideology,” said Andy Luger, U.S. attorney in Minnesota.
“Since … 2007, our region has lost dozens of disaffected young people to terrorist organizations that would sooner see Somali-Minnesotans die on foreign battlefields than prosper in peace and security in the United States.”
A federal grand jury convened last spring is investigating the ISIL recruitment pipeline. Federal authorities believe about a dozen Somali-Americans from the Twin Cities, including two women, have managed to fly to the Middle East after being provided assurances of safe passage by ISIL contacts.
“This is a global crisis and we will continue our efforts to prevent Americans from joining the fight,” Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Carlin said Tuesday in Washington.
With Tuesday’s charges, he said, the U.S. Department of Justice has charged more than 15 individuals with offenses “related to the foreign fighter threat in Syria.”
The Obama Justice Department is going to roll out the youth outreach program soon and that will end this foolishness!
For community leader Abdirizak Bihi, the indictments create a sense of urgency as the Justice Department rolls out its youth outreach program.
Bihi said he believes that, in addition to online recruitment videos and social media, there must be recruiters working on the ground in the United States. “There must be somebody here to plant the seeds,” he said.
“The whole community is interested to know who is behind this, who the masterminds are.”
Maybe there is no mastermind, maybe it’s pretty simple—Mohammad told them to do it.
Why are there so many Somalis in Minneapolis? See our 2011 post here, one of our all time top posts. Thank the US State Department and its contractors—Lutheran Social Services, Catholic Charities, and World Relief Minnesota!
About 500 Syrian refugees including women and children have staged their sixth day of a hunger strike in front of Greece’s Parliament House in Athens.
The hunger-strikers, who reached Greece from Turkey in inflatable boats, called on the Greek government to observe their rights as refugees and held placards reading: “We escaped from death in Syria to vagrancy in Greece.”
Khalsa, a 40-year-old woman who had been Greece for almost two months, told Anadolu Agency on Monday: “We are seeking asylum and some decent treatment. My four children and and husband are still in Syria.” [I simply don’t believe this unless her children are grown—ed]
She said she had lost all contact with her family since she had arrived in Athens.
Refaat, another Syrian refugee who had been in Greece for four months, said: “We faced problems on our way here, but the Greek authorities treated us well in order for us to arrive safely.”
But he said the government needed to listen to them and take into consideration their rights as refugees.
“We want the Greek government to give us passports in order for us to be able to leave,” he said