Refugee Resettlement Watch

Advice from a reader in-the-know!

Posted by Ann Corcoran on April 27, 2016

Update:  Do not miss the comments to this post!

Editor:  This is another in our series ofcomments worth noting’ and was posted by ‘jdelaney3 ‘ to our post yesterday, ‘Is yours to be a “welcoming” refugee community?’  I assure you that this reader knows what he is talking about!

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Get organized! (from ‘jdelaney3’)

I urge folks to deluge local resettlement agency offices with phone calls to determine what refugees and in what numbers they plan to accept for resettlement during the remainder of the year. Put them on notice that you and many others will be watching.

If any of those refugees the agency is planning to resettle are, from all reports, improperly vetted, urge them NOT to “assure” (accept) them.

Keep your eye on these volags/ngos/gov’t contractors and call with regularity for updated information as to what refugees have arrived and what refugees are expected to arrive.

I would also contact City Hall and the County Executive to intercede as well in this regard.

Also, reach out to community organizations, many of which should welcome the opportunity to keep tabs on the refugee influx as well.

If the agency is a Catholic-supervised operation, e.g. Migration & Refugee Services–USCCB, also touch base with the Diocese as often as appropriate. Let them all know they’re being monitored.

It’s all about pressure and oversight which these refugee resettlement operations are terrified of.

Finally, if you know folks who have firsthand familiarity with the local resettlement office staff and operation, ask them to keep you posted. Not all who work for or volunteer for these agencies are lackeys. 

So how do you find your local resettlement agency offices? Click here and if you live near one of these offices know that they can resettle refugees in nearby towns—up to 100 miles or about a two hour drive away.

But, here is step 2!  You have got to get what you learn out beyond your own little circle!  Write a blog or website, write letters-to-the-editor, develop a social media network, make youtube vids, whatever it takes!

Use your free speech while you’ve got it!

21 Responses to “Advice from a reader in-the-know!”

  1. mikekiljom said

    Domstudent11 said “April 28, 2016 at 5:02 pm, OK, I’ll name names! She is Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl in Evanston, IL. Here she is enjoying Thanksgiving dinner with Syrian Refugees…”

    Our Dayton, OH dumb liberal mayor Whaley is one of those who signed that pledge to her hero traitor POS obumer and said she would bring in 1000’s of refugees to Dayton. Writing our local state reps, at least one of the 3 replied and said said she has NO AUTHORITY to bring in refugees. We have a local idot sight run by other l iberal do gooders called welcomeDayton.org, and at least one Dayton City council member posted also in reply to us that she has no authority to bring them in. So she is out there kowtowing with pos traitor obumer, going to his mayor get togethers at our white house, saying all this stuff about bringing them into dayton.

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  5. mikekiljom said

    God, they are EVERYWHERE!!!

    I just emailed my local one:

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    Dear Mr.My,

    As Resettlement Director for this area, please tell me how many refugees, from where, and where you have settled them.

    Also how many you have plans to bring in yet in 2016 and where they are planned to be settled.

    Thank you
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    Folks who have started this process of oversight, will I get an answer, and a truthful one? Or is email totally useless for this?

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    • jdelaney3 said

      I would give it a few days, then follow up with a phone call. How many refugees and from which countries (ethnicity) have arrived CY’16, and how many refugees and from what countries/areas have been “assured” by the agency. “Assured” cases means “cases accepted for resettlement” by the agency who have not yet arrived. Be as specific as you feel you need to be. Encourage others to follow your example. It’s all about pressure.

      [Editor: CY’16 means Calendar year 2016 while we often use the FY’16 here at RRW (Fiscal year 2016 began Oct. 1, 2015). Both are correct and the federal agencies use one or the other depending on whatever point they want to make. For the purposes of communication to your local folks, CY might be easier and more understandable to use.]

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      • domstudent11 said

        Sometimes public officials are “in on it” as well. I have posted before that two refugee families were placed in a family member’s apartment building. Several articles appeared in the local paper about the local school districts getting a surge of refugee children. I emailed the major of the town as an F..Y.I., assuming (stupidly) that she would be concerned. We had a series of email interchanges, in which it became clear that not only did she not care if refugees moved into the town, but that it was the schools’ problem and she didn’t know why apartment residents should be informed if refugees were placed in their building. She also told an untruth, which was that refugee families only lived “temporarily” in her town before moving on to a location where rents are cheaper. I responded that this was not true, since the families had already been there since the fall and showed no signs of moving on. Later I found an article where she and local officials hosted a Thanksgiving dinner for Syrian refugees. Clearly she knows exactly what is going on and supports it.

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        • Ann Corcoran said

          It is still worth making the effort with politicians like this mayor because they need to know that their actions are being watched and that she has constituents who oppose what she is doing. I keep beating this dead horse…but this information needs to be in blogs and websites at the local level! Name names!!!

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          • I just contacted the Freehold Township Hall of Records in Monmouth County New Jersey. Of course the main secretary had no idea what I was asking, so I got switched to another person who said that she would look into it and call me back.

            Monmouth County is the richest county in NJ, so im not sure if we got any refugees. Of course that means nothing to them, since already some towns in NJ are OVER 50% MEXICAN/NON-WHITE IN POPULATION.

            I would like to know where these refugee invaders live so that I can inform the police.

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          • Ann Corcoran said

            I’ll do a little data base research tomorrow. You need to follow that link I provided and find the resettlement agencies in NJ. I know No. Jersey is getting Syrians.

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          • domstudent11 said

            OK, I’ll name names! She is Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl in Evanston, IL. Here she is enjoying Thanksgiving dinner with Syrian Refugees:

            http://www.zimbio.com/pictures/IrsCe-P94kQ/RefugeesWelcome+Thanksgiving+Dinner+Evanston/61dceV8rZAC/Mayor+Elizabeth+Tisdahl

            She also signed a letter to U.S. representatives as one of several mayors supporting Syrian refugees:

            http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/illinois/illinois-mayors-sign-letter-supporting-syrian-refugees/article_15462ee2-8a6b-5aaa-b41f-fa9db82dce90.html

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          • futuret said

            WE SHOULD ALL NAME, NAMES. SHE IS NOT THE ONLY ONE. WHETHER OR NOT WE ARE JOURNALIST AND/OR BLOGGERS, WE SHOULD ALL AS INDIVIDUAL SOULS BE IN THE BUSINESS OF EXPOSING THE TRUTH, AND SHE BE OUR OWN INDIVIDUAL INVESTIGATORS. THIS COUNTRY AND THE WORLD WOULD BE IN MUCH BETTER SHAPE. SO MANY OF US SINCE WE ARE NOT JOURNALISTS AND/OR BLOGGERS THINK THAT WE DO NOT HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY IN RESEARCHING, INVESTIGATING, AND ULTIMATELY REPORTING, BUT OH! YES WE DO. REGARDLESS OF OUR PROFESSION, OCCUPATION, TRADE, OR A HOUSEWIFE, IT IS UP TO EACH AND EVERYONE OF US TO KEEP POSTED, AND TO POST OURSELVES. MS. ANN CORCORAN IS REMARKABLE IN HER JOURNALISM OF THIS BLOG, AND WE ALL SHOULD FOLLOW HER LEAD IN HELPING HER, AND OTHERS LIKE HER. THE PROBLEM ALWAYS HAS BEEN THROUGHOUT THE CENTURIES, THAT SO MUCH DIRT, FILTH, AND CORRUPTION, HAS BEEN HIDDEN UNDER THE CARPETS, WELL NOW THE DIRT, FILTH, AND CORRUPTION IS PENETRATING THROUGH THE CARPETS, AND IT IS OVER DUE CENTURIES OF TIME TO MOP UP THE FLOOR, AND AS IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN PLACE THE CARPET ON, SO THAT NO DIRT, FILTH, AND CORRUPTION CAN EVEN BEGIN TO HIDE UNDER IT. FOLKS OUT THERE KEEP ON EXPOSING, THE HOLY BIBLE EVEN INSTRUCTS US TO DO SO. MS. ANN CORCORAN THANK YOU FOR THE COURAGE, AND THE FREEDOM OF SPEECH THAT WE ARE NOW RAPIDLY AT LOSS.

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          • Ann Corcoran said

            Thanks for your kind words! You are so right. Everyone must speak up however you have to do it.

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        • jdelaney3 said

          ONE THING SOME OF US MAY BE MISSING HERE: we shouldn’t be fearful of ALL refugee arrivals; not ALL of them pose security risks to our communities.

          There really are needy refugees out there who’ve gone through hell and back and who are desperately in need of a second chance. The overwhelming number of refugees resettled here are not security risks! Most have been remarkably successful assimilating and achieving self-sufficiency as contributing members of society, the Vietnamese and Burmese among others for example.

          What we should all be concerned about are those refugee groups which have been inadequately vetted before entry. These refugees are precisely the ones our own security heads have warned the Administration NOT to accept for resettlement. SO, target your justifiable ire correctly. We’re not saying that ALL refugees are a risk to the community.

          On the flip side, we should all be aware that the system is deliberately playing down the actual initial costs to the taxpayers for resettling refugees. That is offensive and entirely unnecessary. Americans are generous and won’t be unduly upset or alarmed if needy refugees are temporarily on the dole (food stamps, medicaid, cash assistance); however, avoidably prolonged dependency should be criticized especially since such a situation is usually the fault of a substandard resettlement operation.

          Again, what we should be incensed about is Obama’s reckless ideologically and politically driven push to resettle security risks, aka “refugees”, who are overwhelming Islamic from the Middle East, South Asia and Somalia. Again, this isn’t xenophobic.This is a matter of self-protection. And the threat isn’t imagined; the threat has been corroborated by our own security heads.

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  6. lehi48 said

    Hi Ann and Concerned Readers/Contributors
    The other day it occurred to me that if despite everyone’s efforts this moves forward we still may be able. To control it by appealing to the common sense if the Public something that seems to be missing in the Government and Georgtown U type Academia.
    They claim to be concerned about the very ‘at risk’ individuals in the war torn region. FINE! Let them set up a ‘Triage’ system. Minorities first out since not only do the have the same exposure as everyone else but it is those same People persecuting them because of their Religion: Christians Yadzidis Zorascian Circasians Druze and others After their rescue and set up in their OWN Absorbtion Camps Families with children irrespective of religion or ethnicity if it doesn’t exceed or number commitment. After them unattached men and women over age 50 or 14 and under. The very last group the remainder I think this should exclude and go far to mitigate risk. It will also save those in need

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  7. conprof said

    I can see calling the Dioceses and local churches but I do not think the volag offices, who are depended for salaries on the refugees coming in, are going to care what we think. Please persuade me; I’d like to believe you. Public scrutiny like letters to the editor, resolutions by public bodies – yes, those are intimidating to the upper level people who make decisions who and what to send to your town – they are more likely to care and they are less directly dependent on the flow of refugees.

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    • jdelaney3 said

      The Diocese, which is busy overseeing many charitable operations, and most certainly the local churches will know precious little about their day-to-day refugee operation. They will know ONLY if they feel compelled to ask for this info from their resettlement agency for which they are ultimately responsible.

      It is as simple as this: if there are no enquiring phone calls from local residents, the resettlement agency will believe–perhaps correctly–that no one really cares one way or the other.

      A barrage of urgent enquiries and expressions of sincere concern will have an impact. The Diocese depends upon community goodwill to garner the financial and volunteer support needed to sustain their many charitable programs. SO, if the resettlement agency won’t accommodate you with information re refugee arrivals, i.e already here, and “assured cases”, i.e. those refugee cases already accepted by the resettlement agency and in the pipeline, call the Diocese to express your concern over the lack of information. If you get similarly stonewalled, then call the national Migration & Refugee Services–USCCB national office. If you again get stonewalled or a runaround, then proceed with editorials about the stonewalling/double-talk, and definitely register a strong complaint with City Hall and the County Executive. But, doing nothing will give the refugee operation as well as the Diocese and community leaders the impression that no one really cares one way or the other.

      The Diocese abhors bad press.

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    • Ann Corcoran said

      I did hear from some other person ‘in-the-know’ that the agency my other ‘in-the-know’ person knew about (LOL! get it!) was bragging that they couldn’t understand who was so angry because they never got a complaint (or even an inquiry) to their resettlement agency office.

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  8. futuret said

    THIS IS IMPERATIVE TO MAKE NOTE OF AS WELL:

    https://bythebloodofthelamb.wordpress.com/2016/04/23/pope-francis-abandons-christian-syrian-refugees-takes-only-muslims-to-vatican-instead/

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