So what else is new. This is a not an unexpected opinion piece posted at Al-Jazeera by the president of an advocacy group for Syrian rights in America.
It really isn’t worth mentioning except for two things in addition to the name calling. The writer, Shiyam Galyon President of the Houston chapter of the Syrian American Council, says it is our ‘responsibility’ to bring in refugees!
For new readers, see recent post on House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) and his committee’s concerns about Syrian refugees coming en masse (65,000!) to America.
McCaul’s efforts to curtail the refugee resettlement program are part of a larger trend in Western countries that is exacerbating the Syrian refugee crisis by using anti-immigrant, Islamophobic sentiment to avoid resettlement responsibilities.In recent years, the program has raised its security standards and is considered successful by resettlement professionals.
Responsibilities! It is our responsibility? And, calling everyone with a differing view—Islamophobes—isn’t going to help her cause!
Then she tells us that her group has visited Rep. McCaul’s office in hopes of persuading him to not question the security issues related to allowing large numbers of refugees into the US who we previously learned could not be screened.
My organization, the Houston chapter of the Syrian American Council, took Syrian American constituents to meet with McCaul’s office in Katy, Texas, in January. We shared our anti-Assad and anti-ISIL sentiments and went on to explain how some members of the delegation initially came to America as refugees and ended up running successful businesses in Texas.
My purpose in mentioning this is that you, and others in the Houston area (McCaul’s district is there), who do have concerns, should be going in to Rep. McCaul’s office to support him and counter her group’s arguments (remember what Greenfield says,here).
The opinion piece at Al-Jazeera was written by Shiyam Galyon of the Houston Syrian America Council here.
One of the most instructive and heartening things I’ve read in a long while is this post(hat tip: Sam) by Daniel Greenfield at his blog Sultan Knish: Be the best saboteur you can be. I’m sure most of you reading RRW lately are getting pretty demoralized as the hard Left seems to be winning the war to control America politically and culturally while the establishment Republicans simply cower.
Greenfield tells us that we are the guerrilla warriors now and they (the Left and the eunuch Republicans) are the power we must fight using skill and cunning.
Greenfield gives us the prescription and it is similar to what I have been telling those audiences I speak to (but Greenfield says it more clearly and fleshes it out!). There is no silver bullet, there is not one leader who will rally us all, there is no national group or movement that will do it for us, it’s up to you individually and in small guerrilla bands! Choose small battles, create chaos and work to win where you live!
Hereis some of what he says, but please read it all. Emphasis below is mine:
The only way conservatives can get anything done now is by threatening business as usual.
Washington D.C. is never going to be the solution, but to the extent that its business as usual is threatened, sabotaged and held hostage, it will have trouble putting its boot on ordinary people. Until the Republican establishment changes its ways, populist saboteurs are the best conservative weapon.
2. Fight the small stuff
You don’t have to think in terms of a national movement. You don’t even have to think in terms of an organization. Those are things that we need, but you can fight the left in small ways at home.
I’m not talking about Sign X or donate to Y.
Just obstruct any liberal initiative, policy or program in your community. It doesn’t matter what. It doesn’t matter if it’s innocuous. It doesn’t matter if you agree with it.
Undermine it on principle. If you can, vote it down. Encourage others to vote it down. If you can’t, look for ways to tie it in red tape by attaching other agendas to it.
The left wins its biggest victories at the planning stage. Its activists come early and stay late. They propose their plans, rig meetings, use kids and the elderly as human shields, and get their way. They are not used to any real opposition. Particularly the kind that doesn’t bluster, but finds ways to tie their proposals in knots, to make them expensive and drag them out as long as possible.
Oppose them when you can. Concern troll them when you can’t.
If you don’t have that kind of position, think of the origins of the term ‘sabotage’. Workers threw their shoes into machines and stopped the machine. Don’t do anything illegal. Don’t do anything that will get you fired.
But if you have the opportunity to make a liberal program work badly, if you have a legal way to put more stress on it, to tie up the energy and time of the people running it, to make it worse… do it.
We’re the underdogs. We’re the political guerrillas. This is not our system. It’s their system.
Please find your little piece of the battle and work on it every day, a little at a time. It is going to be a long war!
And, just a reminder for those of you who want to join forces and throw shoes into the machine that brings hundreds of thousands of third world migrants to America every year, people who will not find work, people who have no intention of assimilating, but every intention of changing America, people who will need you to feed and care for them, people who will vote for more goodies for themselves and who will join the Democratic party in order to vote for more big government programs, please sign up at the Center for Security Policy and join our band of political guerrilla warriors especially so we can help facilitate your alliance with others where you live.
This is a story we missed last week while traveling. From Breitbart:
Racial and ethic minorities children under the age of five are now the majority as non-Hispanic white children make up an ever-smaller slice of the population, according to the Census Bureau.
New population estimates released Thursday reveal a striking shift in the composition of America’s population as racial and ethnic minority births are also outpacing minority deaths.
Meanwhile non-Hispanic whites are experiencing negative population growth, seeing 61,841 more deaths than births between 2013 and 2014.
The Census reports that in the past decade, the population has become more diverse, with the percentage of ethic and racial minorities growing from 32.9 percent to 37.9 percent over the last decade.
With the nation as a whole barreling toward a minority-majority future, there are already states where racial and ethnic minorities actually make up the majority. Specifically there are four states and the District of Columbia: Hawaii (77.0 percent), the District of Columbia (64.2 percent), California (61.5 percent), New Mexico (61.1 percent) and Texas (56.5 percent).
If you didn’t seeJim Simpson’s follow-up report to mine (erasing America!) at the Center for Security Policy, he mentions the fact that we baby boomers (the well-educated boomers) did what we were told and stuck with two kids per family to save the planet, while minorities (not worried about saving the planet!) said s**** that and the results are now becoming obvious.
I expect this transition to minority status for whites to happen even faster than projected because of the high numbers of immigrants entering the country legally and illegally.
For those of you who have contacted me to see what I know about Mark Arabo, the Iraqi Chaldean man helping Iraqi/Syrian Christians get across our southern border illegally with the help of Mexican coyotes, I don’t have much to say at the moment.
We do know that the normal channels for Syrian refugees to enter the US are clogged with mostly Sunni Muslim ‘refugees’ chosen by the UN, but I remain very suspicious of anyone working with Democrats to further more illegal activity at our borders and especially those expanding the use of asylum.
For new readers, once granted asylum, these migrants become legitimate refugees and as such receive all forms of welfare and eventually a green card and citizenship.
Arabo and others like him should be pressuring the Obama State Department to prioritize Christian refugees in the official Refugee Resettlement Program over the thousands and thousands of Iraqi and Syrian Muslims we presently admit, rather than break the law at the US border.
And, I’m too pressed for time to look up the numbers, but we have brought in roughly 30,000 Iraqi Christians since Obama took office in a stream of about 120,000 Iraqis (mostly Muslims) in the normal Refugee Admissions Program. Did all of Arabo’s illegal border-crossers first try for that program? Were they somehow rejected? I would like to know!
We have been watching the ‘invasion of Europe’ for years now as mostly African and Middle Eastern phony asylum seekers break into Europe. Is it about to happen here in a big way? Could Islamic extremists simply pretend to be Christians? Is Arabo a NO borders activist with an angle? We have a lot of questions!
The illegal migrants piling up at Calais, France (click here for our archive) are stepping up their aggressive efforts to break into the UK. So in wake of the Tunisian slaughter, the British government plans to build a high fence at the truck terminal there to thwart those who might hide on trucks bound for the UK fearing, of course, that terrorists are among the phony asylum seekers.
Britain is to build more than two miles of high-security fencing at the Channel Tunnel port in northern France, in an attempt to stop thousands of illegal migrants breaking into lorries bound for the UK.
James Brokenshire, the Immigration Minister, told the Telegraph he was taking action after a surge in the number of “clandestines” storming the border in the Calais area last week.
He announced plans to protect the lorry terminal in Coquelles, near Calais, with nine-foot high police barrier that has previously been used to secure the London Olympics and last year’s Nato summit in Wales.
The minister will also hold urgent talks this week with the European Commission and haulage firms in an effort to force foreign lorry companies to improve the security of their vehicles.
Speaking on Saturday, as the scale of the Tunisia beach massacre became clear, he warned there was a risk that foreign jihadists could try to enter Britain with some of the 3,000 migrants at Calais.
The action comes after hundreds of illegal migrants tried to break through controls at Calais and Coquelles last week.A strike by French ferry workers caused mayhem in the area, bringing traffic to a standstill and allowing hundreds of migrants to try to break into vehicles.
Emergency housing for Syrian Muslims has been set up next to a high school in Pocking, Germany and school officials warn parents to not permit their girls to dress provocatively. Changing the West to accommodate Islam?
A school in Bavaria has sent a letter home to parents warning them not to let their daughters wear revealing blouses or short skirts, because emergency accommodation for refugees has been set up next to the gym.
A week ago emergency accommodation for 200 Syrian refugees was erected right next to the gym of Wilhelm-Diess-Gymnasium in Pocking, Bavaria, Die Welt reports.
The gym has been closed as a result, and PE lessons have been relocated to a nearby primary school, but the school is still worried about the refugees interacting with students.
So worried in fact that the headteacher recently sent out a letter to parents to give reassurance about extra security measures.
“For the refugees, access to the school gardens and buildings is strictly forbidden. The same goes for the school grounds during the day. The number of teachers on duty during breaks has been increased,” read the letter from headteacher Martin Thalhammer.
The letter goes on to give students instructions on how to deal with the situation:
“The Syrian citizens are mainly Muslims and speak Arabic. The refugees are marked by their own culture. Because our school is directly next to where they are staying, modest clothing should be adhered to, in order to avoid discrepancies. Revealing tops or blouses, short shorts or miniskirts could lead to misunderstandings.”
“When Muslim teenage boys go to open air swimming pools, they are overwhelmed when they see girls in bikinis,” he said.
Could there be something positive about all of this?
Maybe this next generation of western young people will understand how threatening an Islamic supremacist ideology is to their freedom. In fact, yesterday’s news that ISIS killed 4 gay men by throwing them from rooftops should convince some Leftists that maybe the enemy of my enemy is not my friend!
Germany is promising the UNHCR that they will take 30,000 Syrians very soon.
Although, Montana is not like Wyoming which has never had a refugee program (only a smattering of refugees have been resettled in ‘Big Sky Country’ over the last several years), but that could soon change.
Based on the comments to an opinion piece at the Helena Independent Record, the citizens there have no clue what “welcoming” Syrians is all about. LOL! They even think that since they don’t have mosques they might get all Christian Syrians. NO THEY WON’T! Over 90% of the Syrians being admitted to the US right now are Sunni Muslims! Guess what! The mosques will follow! And, so will the unfunded mandates as the feds pass the cost of the resettlement and care of the refugees on to the state of Montana.
What if Montana had a program to take in a select few of these folks? What if a coalition of nonprofits and volunteers worked with federal and state agencies to establish an immigrant and refugee resettlement entity of our own? What if, over the course of the next few years, the residents of Helena and other communities in Montana were to encounter a Syrian-owned and operated restaurant, bakery, medical clinic or some other small business in their midst? I believe that would be a good thing.
Montana as a whole has perhaps the least diverse population in the United States, with fewer foreign born citizens per capita than any other state. At the same time, our state is one of the fastest aging. That’s going to be a problem in the decades ahead, as we are going to demand more health care services. New businesses are going to need educated and skilled workers. These demographic patterns are occurring just as we are entering a period of entrepreneurial dynamism and related prosperity in Montana. We are going to have to import relatively young workers. What if we brought some in from Syria?
I know there are people who will be skeptical about this proposition. They will worry about the risks of opening our doors to anyone from the Middle East. They might think it’s just fine to have a remarkably homogeneous population. They might figure that Montana would not be a good fit for Syrians, culturally or otherwise. Looking at the experience of other jurisdictions in the West, the risks and costs of ushering in carefully vetted refugees can be managed and mitigated. Foreign Service professionals have effective means of filtering out malcontents and miscreants. According to a State Department brief, ”refugees are subject to an intense security screening process involving federal intelligence, law enforcement, defense, and homeland security agencies.” [Perhaps Mr. Maly is completely in the dark and doesn’t know that the FBI has testified that they cannot screen the Syrians!—ed]
Our landscape is well suited to just about anyone from anywhere, really. People adapt. It might be impractical to start with Syrian Muslims. Unlike Detroit and San Diego, which both have sizeable Syrian expatriate communities, we don’t have mosques or halal markets.No matter, there are hundreds of thousands of Syrian Christians and others who will qualify as refugees.
There is a lot more, read on. If you have had negative experience with the refugee program where you live, please take time to comment at the Independent Record. And, there is contact information for Maly if you want to tell him politely why he is misguided. You should be grateful to him for so publicly asking how citizens feel about the idea.
I guess Mr. Maly didn’t get the message that you are supposed to keep refugee resettlement plans secret until the refugees have already begun to arrive. Remember this March 2014 story about Lutheran Social Service of Rocky Mountains being angry that their plans for Wyoming were leaked prematurely.
Folks in Montana better get organized starting with research on who exactly is behind WorldMontana! Lefties or big businesses looking for cheap labor? Are local government ‘leaders’ or Chamber of Commerce types involved? Gee, any meatpackers or yogurt-makers on the way to Montana?