Refugee Resettlement Watch

How a Syrian seed community will be built in Eugene, Oregon (around one initial seedling)

Posted by Ann Corcoran on May 18, 2016

We’ve been telling you lately about how the federal government and its refugee contractors are out scouting new locations to expand the UN/US Refugee Admissions Program to your towns and cities.  They are desperate for new sites as older sites are overloaded and pushback from concerned citizens is growing.

We recently told you about Rutland, VT and Reno, NV, (in April it was Ithaca, NY) so it was no surprise to see news about the Eugene, OR (Lane County) area getting Syrian refugees. However, as I read the story and went back to earlier stories, the plot thickened!

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No mention is made of the fact that the US Conference of Catholic Bishops is a federal refugee contractor paid millions of dollars each year to seed refugees into American towns and cities.

The story that I saw first thing this morning is this one about a Catholic Charities being asked by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops to take a few Syrians and Burmese refugees soon (usual fairly straightforward strategy).

SPRINGFIELD, Ore.- In a few months, Lane County will gain three new families with the help of Catholic Community Services of Lane County.

These families are refugees from Syria and Myanmar, also known as Burma.

After that, Lane County will continue to gain 7 to 10 new refugee families each year.

Catholic Community Services Executive Director Tom Mulhern says the US Conference of Catholic Bishops called Catholic Community Services, asking them to help facilitate a refugee program in Lane County.

Demand transparency!

Be sure if you live in this area to contact Catholic Community Services and your local elected officials and ask for a copy of the R & P Abstract for Eugene/Springfield.  Don’t know what that is, please read our recent post on Reno! As a taxpayer, you are entitled to all the facts on the new resettlement site.

But, then get this!  Are we seeing the United Nations new ALTERNATIVE PATHWAYS being put in motion to build the Syrian community in Lane County?

seedling in soil

This is Welcoming America’s slide presentation on the idea of seeding your towns with immigrants and refugees. I did not make this up!

Here is what I found when I looked around some more:

The ‘seedling’ for this new community is a Syrian ‘refugee’ named Ali Turki Ali who was ‘discovered’ by a longtime US State Department employee named Mark Ward working in Turkey.

Although Ali was apparently perfectly safe in Turkey, he was interested in going to Europe, but Ward convinced him to go to America instead.

You really need to read the article.

But, then this is something I have never heard of and makes me wonder if this is part of the new strategy to get Syrians in to the US.

Ali was told that he would need a private sponsor and Ward’s  25-year-old son Peter would do the job. So some ‘twenty-something’ can vouch for a newly arrived Muslim refugee? When did that policy come into practice?

You will need a sponsor wherever you go,” Ward said.

“I know one American,” Ali said. “You. And you’re not in the United States.”

“I know an American who could be your sponsor,” Ward said. “My son, Peter.”

A sponsor is someone who agrees to watch over a refugee for their first six months in the country. The sponsor helps a refugee find a place to live and learn about the community.

Mark Ward showed Ali a map of Oregon. It might as well have been a photograph of Mars.

“And that same look came over his face,” Ward says.

And then I had to convince (Lutheran Community Services) in Portland that I wanted him in Eugene, and that wasn’t easy,” Ward says. Lutheran Community Services is Ali’s receiving agency in Oregon and one of three refugee resettlement agencies in the state, according to Evans, the state DHS spokesman.

“We want him in Portland,” Ward recalls the agency saying. “Where we can keep an eye on him.”

So, guess what, Ali went to Eugene, and subsequently the US Conference of Catholic Bishops has set up a new resettlement agency—-Catholic Community Services of Lane County—and presto! Ali’s extended family will be the first to arrive for the new resettlement site!

We learn here that because his two brothers have a relative in the area (Ali!) they are on the way to Eugene, Oregon.

So plant the first refugee seedling and more will come!

About the seedling photo: Go here and learn where that came from.

8 Responses to “How a Syrian seed community will be built in Eugene, Oregon (around one initial seedling)”

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  3. Instead of seeding they ought to call it weeding, since an invasive, undesirable species is being deliberately planted in our garden.

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  5. tvfmontana said

    Thanks for this one. As well as all the links. It all fits together! I recognized so many similar moves to what’s happening in Missoula MT. Guess this adds another meaning to being “shovel ready”.

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  6. sidefxny said

    This is what I love about the media. They take this one story of a guy who is the exception to the rule and make him the poster child for all refugees. No doubt, this fellow seems like he’d be an asset to any community where he lives but what about his hundreds of relatives and their relatives and so on ad infinitum? Are we supposed to just take in the billions of people from every hell hole on earth who want to come here for one reason or another?

    Here’s the analogy I use: the USA lifeboat is full. There is no more room. If anyone else comes on board we will all drown. Capice?

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  7. D GALLAHER said

    HERE IS THE LINK TO THIS ARTICLE AND IS IN WATERLOO, IOWA:http://wcfcourier.com/news/local/education/congolese-immigrant-to-speak-at-english-learners-event/article_0c315883-7fd7-5c08-a1e4-f72a79078141.html#utm_source=wcfcourier.com&utm_campaign=%2Femail-updates%2Fdaily-headlines%2F&utm_medium=email&utm_content=read%20more

    From: dgallaher999@msn.com To: comment+eds9knf1imsmsgevlc9g1an3@comment.wordpress.com Subject: RE: [New post] How a Syrian seed community will be built in Eugene, Oregon (around one initial seedling) Date: Wed, 18 May 2016 11:31:49 -0500

    ANN – THIS WAS IN MY LOCAL NEWSPAPER YESTERDAY. IT IS FULL OF INFORMATION THAT MY COMMUNITY HAS BEEN COMPLETELY IN THE DARK ABOUT AND MOST WILL NOT KNOW HOW TO DECIPHER WHAT IT IS TRULY ALL ABOUT OR WHAT IT REALLY MEANS TO OUR COMMUNITY/COUNTRY. PLEASE ADD THIS TO YOUR BLOG AND LEAVE ME ANNONYMOUS..FEATUREDCongolese immigrant to speak at English learners eventANDREW WIND andrew.wind@wcfcourier.com 54 min ago 1Buy NowBRANDON POLLOCK / Courier Staff PhotographerHawkeye Community College student Christophe Shabani Kumbelu will be the student speaker at the English Language Learners Next Step Ceremony on WednesdayWATERLOO — Christophe Shabani Kumbelu was college educated and worked as an accountant in his native country, the Democratic Republic of Congo.When he fled Congo and arrived in the United States in February 2014, though, it was like starting over.Days after flying into Chicago, Kumbelu connected with a fellow Congolese immigrant who brought him to Waterloo to find work. Because his English was very limited, they turned to Tyson Fresh Meats, where he started a job working on the line. Kumbelu later enrolled in the English language learners program at Hawkeye Community College’s Metro Center and is now taking classes on the main campus.“When I came to the United States, my goal was to be an accountant,” he said. Kumbelu is making progress toward that goal, with plans to transfer to the University of Northern Iowa in the fall and begin work as a teller at Veridian Credit Union.The 47-year-old will be telling his story Wednesday and striving to encourage those enrolled in or finishing the English language learners’ program. Kumbelu will be the student speaker at the first ELL Next Step Ceremony. About 125 people will be recognized for completing or participating in programs, earning scholarships, becoming citizens and serving as student ambassadors.“This is also the first year that Hawkeye has offered what’s called the Next Step scholarship,” said Anna Laneville, a transition specialist at the Metro Center. ELL students who are accepted into Hawkeye can get three free credits when they sign up for six. “It’s just support that Hawkeye is showing for immigrants and refugees.” Kumbelu is one of 22 people receiving that scholarship.The 10:30 a.m. event is at the Waterloo Center for the Arts, 225 Commercial St. The public is invited to attend.Students being recognized are a fraction of the 562 enrolled in the ELL program this school year. “We currently have 53 first languages and students from 38 different countries,” said Laura Hidlebaugh, ELL and family literacy coordinator. “If I didn’t work here, I wouldn’t have any idea of the diversity here in Waterloo.”The growing number of Congolese enrolled in the program account for 25 percent of the students, she said. Burmese and Latino students account for 40 and 30 percent of the enrollment, respectively.Although there is an ongoing civil war in Congo, Kumbelu worked in the relative safety of the capital, Kinshasa. But he sought a diversity visa to the U.S. to escape from the corruption throughout the society and was chosen by lottery. Because Kumbelu’s first language is French and his bachelor’s degree in finance was earned outside of the U.S., he wasn’t prepared to work in his chosen profession upon arrival here.“We are really grateful to Tyson, because there is not a requirement of language to work at Tyson,” he said.He is thankful for the Congolese congregation at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church and the Metro Center, both places he found encouragement to learn English. Kumbelu enrolled in an intermediary ELL class and then a hybrid ELL-college preparatory class.“When I came to Metro, they told me ‘You can do it.’ That’s why those words gave me hope, that I can do something better in this country,” he said. “It just gives me that power inside to overcome those obstacles. If you don’t have these people who can encourage you, it’s not easy.”He studied English for eight months before enrolling in classes at the main campus. The courses have “helped me to adjust my level, my skills in writing and math.”It has been challenging to take morning classes and study while working second shift, often well past midnight. “Normally, it should be easy if my only occupation was studying,” said Kumbelu.“For me, it’s going to be a good day to give my testimony,” he said, and “to encourage others it’s possible to study here. I’m very happy to speak at that event.”

    Date: Wed, 18 May 2016 16:19:16 +0000 To: dgallaher999@msn.com

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  8. surj1936 said

    I believe USA is doomed under obama

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