Refugee Resettlement Watch

Resettlement contractors hold “consultations” in your town, “stakeholders” invited, but not you, the taxpayer!

Posted by Ann Corcoran on May 8, 2015

Editor:  It is very exciting that our learning curve is growing exponentially now that so many of you are digging into documents and asking questions where you live.  Here is one more piece of information activists have found in St. Cloud, MN.

The other day I reported that the US State Department told Rep. Trey Gowdy that the resettlement subcontractors “hold community consultations” to gather information to prepare plans for your town.

But, guess what! You, the concerned citizen and taxpayer are not permitted to attend!

Lutheran Social Service of MN, director of Refugee Services Kim Dettmer (far right) in a panel discussion held by the Bremer Bank Foundation. Follow the money! Everyone must begin investigating the role these large rich foundations are having as they work to change your communities. Photo is from a 2012 meeting in St. Cloud: http://nonprofitresource.blogspot.com/2012/06/building-healthy-communities-through.html

This is the text of an e-mail a concerned citizen activist received from a spokeswoman, Kim Dettmer, for Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota:

Greetings;

I have received your email regarding your interest in refugee resettlement consultations. I will attempt, here, to clarify the purpose of these meetings .

The U.S. State Department requires all resettlement organizations, such as Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, to comply with federal program regulations that call for quarterly meetings among the key stakeholders directly involved in coordinating or providing services to refugees as part of the resettlement process.

The regulation reads:

” The Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM) issued guidance in their Program Announcement # 14, dated September 26, 2013 (Appendix 1), to all Reception and Placement Agencies and State Refugee Coordinators concerning the need for greater Reception and Placement (R&P) local consultations concerning the placement of refugees. PRM requires all local R&P affiliates to convene quarterly consultations with stakeholders involved in the resettlement process.

Furthermore, per the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), requires states to convene meetings, no less than on a quarterly basis, where representatives of local resettlement agencies, local community service agencies, and other agencies that serve refugees meet with representatives of state and local governments to plan and coordinate the appropriate placement of refugees in advance of the refugees’ arrival.”

The regulations go on to state:

“The consultations may take place in-person, via teleconference, videoconference, or a combination of these. Resettlement agencies should ensure that the representatives from the following sectors are invited to the consultations.

· State refugee coordinator
· State refugee health coordinator
· Local governance (city and/or county, as applicable)
· Local and/or county public health (local health partners)
· Welfare and social services
· Public education

Local resettlement organizations should ensure discussion includes:

· Year-to-date arrivals and projections through the end of the current federal fiscal year compared to approved placement numbers
· Characteristics of arriving refugee populations, including nationality, ethnicity, average family size and composition, language and education background, and medical conditions
· Participant stakeholders’ abilities to adequately serve the actual and projected caseload
· Best practices
· Issues that prevent adequate resettlement or result in changes in placement plans”

To summarize, the purpose of these quarterly meetings is to convene those individuals and organizations directly engaged in delivering services to refugees during the resettlement process, and provides us with a crucial forum through which to coordinate those services.

Each participant is responsible for bringing to those conversations any concerns expressed by the broader public; however, these consultations are not intended to include the general public.  [Note that the regulations must not say the public is to be excluded, or she would have quoted that. They are simply writing their own law here!—ed]

I hope this clarifies the purpose of these required meetings, and I welcome any feedback or input you might have that I could share with the quarterly consultation group.

 Kim M. Dettmer, M.A.
Director of Refugee Services
Lutheran Social Service of MN
2400 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404
612-879-5258

 

Please call Rep Trey Gowdy, tell him this lack of transparency (this secrecy!) is wrong!  Hold oversight hearings and get this whole law reformed or repeal it!

Call 202-225-6030 

Gowdy is chairman of the Subcommittee responsible for the Refugee Admissions Program.

Readers, this post and others like it is archived in our ‘where to find information’ category.

I can’t emphasize enough that you, in your city or state, must begin to write a website, a blog or a facebook page to catalog everything you learn.  Please exercise your free speech (people like Pamela Geller are putting their lives on the line for your right! ).  Do your investigations and make sure you spread what you learn to others!  Avoid the lazy, often hostile, mainstream media!

12 Responses to “Resettlement contractors hold “consultations” in your town, “stakeholders” invited, but not you, the taxpayer!”

  1. jstro61283 said

    Ann,

    Not blowing my own horn but so far I’ve:

    Emailed Sen Jeff sessions expressing concern and suport.

    Called Trey Gowdy’s office doing same.

    Emailed Judical Watch asking for guidance in terms of what organizations may provide legal support to push back.

    Sent out I don’t know how many faxes through numbersusa.com.

    In return I gotten zero responses. Dead silence.

    I’ll keep asking Judicial Watch and other conservative watchdog outfits how this can be turned into a counter move against the prime movers of this thing. Not optimistic but…

    May I suggest contacting one or more of these state dept partner organizations like Lutheran and Catholic social services to ask their support in relocating a batch of refugees in any wealthy community. I plan on it.

    Thanks,
    Jim

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    • Ann Corcoran said

      Don’t give up, if others are doing what you are doing, maybe the needle can be moved. By the way, in what state do you live?

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      • jstro61283 said

        I live in Oregon. Not a native. The most liberal place that I’ve lived in other than Northern CA. I may head back to AZ.

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      • jstro61283 said

        An example of one’s I’m checking out. Funny how minds change when there is cash on the table.

        http://aclj.org/

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        • Ann Corcoran said

          Yes, very good group and someone else I know recently appealed to them for legal help with refugee program.

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          • jstro61283 said

            Ann,

            I received the following response from Judicial Watch today:

            “Dear Mr. Stronach;

            Thank you for taking the time to write us. We have an investigator who is working on this issue in conjunction with Center for Security Policy.

            Regards,

            Susan”

            so that’s a little encouraging. I’ll try this other outfit next.

            I called a couple of the faith-based and other sponsorship outfits that work with the state dept and they give general knowledge and that’s it. I will keep trying until I get an answer to how can refugees be diverted to wealthier communities.

            Is there any kind of coordination going on in terms of capturing info?

            Thanks,
            Jim

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          • Ann Corcoran said

            Jim, I will write to you offline!

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  2. michellefromsandiego said

    Maryland Office for Refugees and Asylees: Bimonthly Consultation
    JUL
    11
    10:00 AM
    Columbia, Maryland
    http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:iBXX-Zu_7PAJ:www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/orr/events/maryland-office-for-refugees-and-asylees-bimonthly-consultation+&cd=5&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us and http://www.firstpreshc.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/2014-Issue-8-September-web.pdf (A religious institution benefiting from government rental fees?)

    http://www.dhr.state.md.us/blog/?page_id=3459
    http://www.dhr.state.md.us/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/MORA_Abstract_2010-2014.pdf
    [What is the definition of “cash assistance” and how is it six months? So-called averages are meaningless without an accompanying standard deviation to understand the distance between the “average” client and the rest of the co-hort.]
    Table 20: Average Length of Stay (months) on Cash Assistance for PPP Clients: FY 2010 – FY 2014

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    • Ann Corcoran said

      Michelle, thanks for all this. I’ve been so busy with the rest of the country, I’ve not spent time looking into Maryland.

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  3. Please read this awesome article about Why the Left Loves Islam

    http://capitalismmagazine.com/2013/05/why-liberals-love-islam/

    “The defining characteristic of tyranny is the diversion of power FROM the people to the UNELECTED elite. The elite can claim to be inspired by Allah or Marx; it can act in the name of racial purity or universal workers compensation or both. The details don’t matter, because in all instances, tyranny derives its justification from the superiority of the rulers and the inferiority of the people.”

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  4. I guess we “the taxpayers” only need to finance it.

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