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Testimony to the US State Department from Paul in Montana

Posted by Ann Corcoran on May 24, 2016

Editor: I am still combing through my hundreds of e-mails to find the testimony you sent to the US State Department in response to the DOS request for public comment on the “size and scope” of the UN/US Refugee Admissions Program for FY2017.

The day before the deadline for submission of testimony I noticed (maybe you were all ahead of me and noticed!) that the dates were wrong in the Federal Register.  I happened to see a comment sent by lawyers to the DOS asking that the comment period be re-opened because citizens, who might like to have testified, didn’t think the notice was for a comment period this year, but for last year.   See here.

From Paul who says when the federal government demonstrates such incompetence in so many areas, how could we expect any competent fix for the complicated UN/US State Department Refugee Admissions Program:

To Whom It Should Concern:

The United States exists to benefit our own citizens, and public policy should be made with that concept foremost in mind, not based upon uninformed sentiment and emotion. In the current instance, this means ending the refugee resettlement program, for many irrefutable reasons.

First, going back decades and even ignoring the obvious concerns about terrorists embedded in “refugee” influxes, U.S. asylum programs have been fraud-ridden (which is the reason that quotation marks should usually enclose the word “refugee”). A notable example was the discovery in 2008, via DNA testing, that many “refugee” “families” from Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Guinea, and Ghana weren’t families at all, just unrelated people who’d spotted an opportunity to move to the U.S.

Then there’s the matter of costs. In the experience of many small cities around the country (e.g. Amarillo, Texas; Springfield, Massachusetts; Manchester, New Hampshire), the resulting local impacts can be daunting and onerous. After a spell, they find their schools and social-services agencies begging for relief from the influx.

Dinka dictionary

A Dinka dictionary is not adequate. Feds expected Manchester, NH school system to provide a Dinka interpreter when a student from S. Sudan acted up in high school there. Local taxpayers must foot the bill!

Consider, for example, the ordeal of Lynn, Massachusetts, a city of 90,000 just north of Boston with a school district serving 15,000 students. Lynn’s schools took in about 500 students from Central America between 2011 and 2014. One might think such an increase in school population of “only” 3.5 percent wouldn’t be a big deal, but that’s not how it’s worked out for the city.

As Lynn’s Mayor Judith Kennedy told an audience at the National Press Club in August 2014, her health department had to curtail inspection services to afford the surge in immunizations needed by the schools’ new arrivals. She had to end an effective, gang-suppressing community-policing program to free up resources for the schools. With many of the arrivals illiterate in any language, the schools needed many more classroom aides along with interpreters. (The school district’s website broadcasts the availability of translation services in Arabic, Creole, Khmer and Spanish.) Altogether, Mayor Kennedy had to shrink every other department’s 2015 budget by 2 to 5 percent from its 2014 level to accommodate a 9.3 percent increase in school funding.

(Yes, Lynn’s influx includes—besides “refugees”—illegal aliens and ordinary immigrants, but all three categories of arrivals from third-world countries impose comparable burdens on taxpayers.)

Such costs for translators and interpreters are an unfunded mandate the national government levies on states and localities, applicable to court proceedings, too. The requirement is open-ended. For example, in 2014 Manchester, New Hampshire, got in trouble with federal bureaucrats in a school-expulsion case by failing to provide an interpreter for Dinka, the language of South Sudan.

Dinka!!!

Finally, beyond the specific matter of refugee resettlement, our national government demonstrates seemingly universal incompetence, from Transportation Security Administration airport screeners’ 95 percent failure rate at intercepting test contraband to the slack immigration vetting of San Bernardino shooter Tashfeen Malik to the Environmental Protection Agency’s flooding Colorado’s Animas River with orange, toxic mine waste. So who believes that, with hard-to-investigate “refugees,” suddenly the feds will perform?

In short, it’s time to end it, not try to mend it, as mending anything complicated is manifestly beyond the capabilities of the ever more feckless federal bureaucracy.

This is the sixteenth testimony in our series leading up to the deadline for comments to the Dept. of State on May 19th.  Go here for where they are archived to see what your fellow citizens have said.

I intend to keep posting testimonies, a few a day, until I have exhausted my long list! I had no idea so many of you would respond to my offer!  But, thank you for your hard work!

P.S. I should have mentioned it, but I have been adding photos and other images just to jazz up the plain text, I hope you all don’t mind!

6 Responses to “Testimony to the US State Department from Paul in Montana”

  1. Dick Motta said

    Islamo-Fascist Obama’s acts of aiding and abetting the Muslim invasion are treason. Obama has a duty as Commander-in-Chief to defend our National Sovereignty and he has failed. Impeach Obama! Congress has also been complicit with Muslim invasion. Throw them all out of office. Stop Common Core and return control of schools to local level. Deny illegal immigrants access to school.

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  2. joseph dunn said

    Dear Ann,

    Your friend Judy Warner told me about the good work that you are doing.

    On May 18, 2016, I sent the following comment to the Department of State e-mail address that you provided:

    “Refugee Resettlement in the United States is a Bad Idea

    “To the People of the U.S. State Department:

    “FBI Director James Comey said that it is impossible to vet these so-called ‘Refugees.’ The Islamic State threatened that they were going to send their jihadists into the United States and Europe with the so-called Refugees. Are you people deaf, dumb and blind? You’re supposed to protect the citizens of this great country.

    “You can resettle them all in the Middle East where they belong. This refugee resettlement is really a migration of immense proportions. These migrants are emulating Muhammad and his followers when they migrated from Mecca to Medina in 622 A.D. When they settled in Medina they turned to violence and within 10 years they conquered all of Arabia. Is there something wrong with you people?

    “You must reconsider and stop this cultural suicide.”

    Joe Dunn Charleston, SC

    On Tue, May 24, 2016 at 11:29 AM, Refugee Resettlement Watch wrote:

    > Ann Corcoran posted: “Editor: I am still combing through my hundreds of > e-mails to find the testimony you sent to the US State Department in > response to the DOS request for public comment on the “size and scope” of > the UN/US Refugee Admissions Program for FY2017. The day be” >

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    • Ann Corcoran said

      Joe, thanks so much for taking time to send something in! Did you want this posted here as a post like some of the others?

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  4. Bill Murphy said

    You are doing a great job. Thank you!

    On Tue, May 24, 2016 at 11:29 AM, Refugee Resettlement Watch wrote:

    > Ann Corcoran posted: “Editor: I am still combing through my hundreds of > e-mails to find the testimony you sent to the US State Department in > response to the DOS request for public comment on the “size and scope” of > the UN/US Refugee Admissions Program for FY2017. The day be” >

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    • Ann Corcoran said

      Thanks, sorry I’m so slow at getting these testimonies up but every day new hot issues are begging for my attention.

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