Update October 5: Michael Leahy at Breitbart has written more on your tax dollars going to Maine’s large Somali community,here.
Do you think that maybe the Obama Administration is literally breaking the bank to give your money away before it clears out of DC for good. Just the other day we learned that a Somali ‘community’ group was given$300,000 to combat sexual abusein the East African (that’s what they call Somalis when they don’t want to use the ‘S’ word) community and now this!
The USDA has awarded a $400,000 grant to help Somalis eat better and reconnect with their roots! No kidding!
LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — The United States Department of Agriculture is committing nearly $400,000 to increase food access for the Somali community in Lewiston.
Members of the Somali Bantu community in the city are partnering with the Cumberland County Food Security Council on the project. The funding is expected to support Somalis’ agriculture and help them reconnect with their cultural heritage.
The USDA says the objectives of the project include building the capacity of the Somali Bantu community and its farmers to produce food and address the problem of limited food access. The agency describes the Somali Bantu community as the poorest community in the city, which is the second largest city in the state.
Cumberland County Food Security Council will recruit people in the community to help increase access to healthy food.
I wonder is Maine’s Republican Senator Susan Collins involved in this giveaway too?
By the way, the next time you see one of those articles in which the resettlement industry brags about how refugees bring economic booms to struggling towns, remember this! In the case of Lewiston, there is now an additional $700,000 sloshing around the community. But, it is still tax money coming from the money tree growing in Washington (joke of course).
It is not that the Somalis have helped the economy in the way the industry wants you to think—it is basically welfare dollars flowing from your pockets to theirs!
That is, if Speaker Paul Ryan would give the go-ahead to the House Judiciary Committee(Reps. Goodlatte and Gowdy) to give it a hearing, and that is the rub! It is not that all of Congress would disapprove the bill (they might), but it will certainly never see the light of day in this Congress or likely the next unless you act now.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe that the House Judiciary Committee (Goodlatte and Gowdy) never gave a look at another excellent bill by Rep. Brian Babin and dozens of co-sponsors to put the RAP on hold until certain benchmarks were met. That bill was introduced last year (the first year of this Congress) and so there was plenty of time to hold hearings, mark it up and move it to the floor.
(By avoiding moving any bills like this to the floor they don’t have to ever show their constituents what they really believe and shamefully direct your anger at Obama instead!)
We can argue the merits and demerits of the different proposals until the cows come home, but none of it matters when Reps Goodlatte (chairman of the full House Judiciary Committee) and Gowdy (Chairman of the Immigration subcommittee) make NO effort to even entertain reviewing the Refugee Act of 1980. (In fact, by not holding a hearing on Obama’s ‘determination’ for FY2017 before the start of the fiscal year, they have already broken the law in the JUDICIARY Committee)
Why? Because they do what Paul Ryan tells them to do!
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc. (F, 53%) has made it clear that if voters reelect his party, he will promote jailbreak legislation, the biggest priority of George Soros. Imagine if his party would instead run on protecting the security and sovereignty of the people by returning to the states the power over refugee resettlement?
Now, Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa. (C, 76%) has a bill to do just that. Sadly, his bill — a reflection of amazing policy and a winning political strategy — is not as much of a priority as George Soros and creating a permanent Democratic majority.
Perry’s bill, similar to a plan I outlined in Stolen Sovereignty, would require that states affirmatively sign off on refugee resettlement proposals before the federal government and private [taxpayer-funded] refugee resettlement contractors can seed their communities with refugees. Under this legislation, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) would have to first submit a plan to the relevant state legislature that includes all of the information concerning costs, criminal history, and health records of prospective refugees. They would also have to provide information regarding said refugee’s affiliation with any Muslim Brotherhood group named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation case. Most importantly, any plan for resettlement must be ratified by the state legislature and signed by the governor, otherwise no refugees can be settled in that state.
No legal body in this country — from Congress to state legislatures — would approve the resettlement of tens of thousands of Somali refugees if they had to affirmatively approve it today. Unfortunately, in the most grotesque violation of the social contract and consent-based citizenship, the most radical forms of cultural transformation are in the hands of unelected entities. Scott Perry’s bill would right this ship and empower the people.
Rep. Perry deserves praise for his willingness to put his name on a plan to put more power over the resettlement of refugees in the hands of the states, but sadly this Congress is over for all intents and purposes. He will have to resubmit his bill when Congress returns in January.
However, it is not too late to make the funding issue a major one before the election next month.
The Continuing Resolution, passed last week, funds the government at the FY2016 level until December. They need to address the entire budget when they return right after the November election.
You still have one more chance to stop Obama’s 110,000 flood of refugees that began on Saturday and that is if you spend the next 36 days working to elect Donald Trump and to figure out every imaginative way to figuratively beat-up (and I mean it!) your Washington representatives by telling them to DEFUND THE REFUGEE PROGRAM FOR THIS YEAR. Tell them you want a moratorium! (If you don’t ask for the moon, you will get nothing).
REPUBLICANS! Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are the ones who ultimately hold your community’s fate in their hands, not Obama!
I told you the other day that I would keep repeating what ‘Mom for Trump’ said, so here it is again:
Ann, could you tell all your readers on a daily basis to call our useless Congress @ 202 224 3121 and have them say DEFUND REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT PROGRAM. I call daily and if enough of us do so, we can make a difference.
Stay tuned! Look for more things you can do to get to your Washington, DC so-called representatives while they are stumping in the home district starting tomorrow and for the next month.
All of our discussions about the budget process, and Congress generally, over the last couple of months can be found in my tag ‘Where is Congress.’
Voice of America has a wrap-up article for the FY16 UN/US State Department Refugee Admissions Program (saves us looking up the numbers). What tickled me was the US Conference of Catholic Bishops head lobbyist referring to refugees as their “clients.” We’ve been telling you that this is a business—big business—a several $ billion a year business.
WASHINGTON —The United States narrowly missed its refugee cap for the fiscal year, closing out 12 months of political turbulence over admissions policies just five people short of the administration’s target of 85,000.
State Department data as of midnight October 1, the start of the 2017 fiscal year and the reset point for the government’s financial calendar, is the closest the refugee program has come to meeting the presidentially established limit in 24 years. [You knew they would bring them in here fast and not thoroughly vetted because Obama had to speed up his seeding plan—ed]
Among the largest groups of refugees this year were more than 12,500 Syrians, following a self-declared goal by the administration last September to admit at least 10,000 people fleeing civil war and Islamic State violence there.
Refugee and resettlement officials told VOA last week that travel for some refugees who were scheduled to arrive by the end of September was postponed because the limit had been met. A State Department spokesperson did not confirm how many refugees were affected, but said that those who were delayed would be included in the coming fiscal year, which begins October 1. [See our post of a week ago about the “ceiling” each year—ed]
Our additional “clients” will be arriving shortly says USCCB honcho!
“We understand that some clients may be held back these days and booked immediately in October. Thus, we expect no effect on clients,” said Bill Canny, who heads migration and refugee services for one of the country’s longest-serving resettlement agencies, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
More resettlement cities have been chosen….
The article also says that the largest category for FY17 (for the first time) will be the Near East and South Asia category. We will be taking 40,000 of those. (Near East and South Asia includes: Afghanistan, Bhutan/Nepal, Iran, Iraq, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Syria.)
Anne Richard, Asst. Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration, reported to VOA on the growing number of cities that will ‘welcome’ refugees! We knew that!***
Richard also said the number of cities where refugees are resettled in the U.S. is “likely to grow” in the coming months. Programs are already in place in roughly 350 cities in nearly every state.
The refugee industry’s lobbying arm weighed in with this:
Naomi Steinberg, director of Refugee Council USA, an advocacy group for 22 NGOs that work in refugee resettlement, said that what stood out for her after what she called “a difficult year of nasty political rhetoric” is that the U.S. continued a “proud tradition” of welcoming those fleeing persecution.
“We know that as loud as those anti-refugee voices are, that they are still in the minority,” said Steinberg.