Refugee Resettlement Watch

Chicago: Story about Rohingya Muslim airport workers is instructive

Posted by Ann Corcoran on January 8, 2017

Thanks to Joanne for sending this story about supposed discrimination against non-English speaking workers at O’Hare airport in Chicago.

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Explain to us again how we are security-screening the Rohingya who have fled Burma (Myanmar) and Bangladesh in boats and are scattered throughout Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. Do they have any documents in plastic baggies on these boats? I doubt it! https://refugeeresettlementwatch.wordpress.com/2016/04/07/illinois-zakat-foundation-to-open-cultural-center-specifically-for-rohingya-muslims-in-the-state/

Before you read it consider these points:

~The ‘star’ of this story and his Rohingya Muslim fellow worker are ‘boat people’ who arrived in Malaysia, likely with no papers, and only stories about abuse in Burma, or possibly Bangladesh. We brought them as refugees to America.*** So while Congress and others focus their energy on Syrian refugees who CANNOT be thoroughly screened, we admit Rohingya Muslims who have been wandering all over Southeast Asia and we don’t know who they are either!

~This article describes a growing practice of hiring Muslim refugees in airports!

~While there is squawking about companies, like the airplane cleaning company, using non-English speaking workers with suggestions they are being cheated, there is no suggestion that the notorious union SEIU is also using them for its purposes!

~We have admitted (Wrapsnet.org) 13,500 Rohingya Muslims during the Obama Administration. 543 arrived in the last three months.

Here is the news at DNAinfo:

WEST RIDGE — A Rohingya refugee who immigrated to the U.S. two years ago from war-torn Myanmar hoped he would find opportunity and a second chance by settling in Chicago, with a job at O’Hare. Instead, Amir Hussin Bin Mohamadur Rahman has found himself at the center of a workers rights struggle unfolding within Chicago’s labor force.

Rahman, 25, got a job shortly after his arrival in June 2015 with Scrub, Inc., a company that employs workers who clean the cabins of planes after flights.

That relationship ended in late November after Rahman publicly rallied alongside Service Employees International Union members and other airport workers in a one-day strike with the “Fight For $15” minimum wage campaign.

Rahman also spoke out at an employee meeting advocating for Scrub, Inc. workers to unionize, an act he alleges led to his firing.

[….]

At different times, Rahman and Ahmad made their way to Malaysia before immigrating to the U.S. and resettling in the Rogers Park/West Ridge area where an established Rohinga refugee community exists. [It exists because the US State Department and a refugee contractor place them there. Just what Chicago needs (poor refugees competing with poor Americans for jobs)—ed]

Continue reading here.

***We have an extensive archive on Rohingya resettlement, click here (193 posts).

2 Responses to “Chicago: Story about Rohingya Muslim airport workers is instructive”

  1. Regarding the issue of non-English speaking employees at an airport, the Minneapols-St. Paul aiport is filled with employees who cannot speak English. (You could miss your flight ordering a quick cup of coffee at Starbucks.)

    In Denver, we experienced an airport employee not able to answer to the call for assistance from an airline employee. (His response was a confused look until the English-speaking employeee yelled out in annoyance.) How would non-English speaking employees guide travellers to safety in the event of an emergency? Of course, you followers know the anwer to that question and much more.

    How many dupes does it take to change a light bulb? Probably none if they can be convinced that the darkness was not created by a burned out light bulb. They will be content to sit in the dark.

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  2. ONLY IN AMERICA, CAN A Rohingya Muslim GET A BETTER JOB AND HAVE THE FREEDOM TO BE SMILING, UNGRATEFUL AND HATEFUL TO HIS ADOPTED COUNTRY !

    ONLY IN AMERRRICA, LAND OF OPPORTUNITY, YEAH YEAH YEAH…. AND BE HELPED BY UNGRATEFUL & HATEFUL AMERICANS ! YOU GOTS TO LOVE IT !

    “Since leaving Scrub, Rahman said he’s found another job working fewer hours but for better pay…”

    https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20170106/ohare/fight-for-15-airport-strike-union-workers-rohingya-myanmar-burma

    My apologies to JAY AND THE AMERICANS, AND Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller !

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