Refugee Resettlement Watch

Maine: Catholic Charity’s grand experiment supplying refugee employees to nursing home company failing

Posted by Ann Corcoran on January 22, 2017

Once again, readers, forget the humanitarian mumbo-jumbo and remember that one of the primary drivers of refugee resettlement is the ‘need’ for cheap LEGAL labor!

We told you about this back in November, here, where a Maine immigration lawyer and a nursing home company, thought it was a brilliant idea to send a large Congolese family to a small town in Maine—to supply the nursing home company with cheap labor!***

Now, it looks the scheme is doomed.  Why? Mostly because the family is lonely for their own kind of people (one member has already packed up and moved to Portland), and Catholic Charities did a rotten job taking care of them and acclimating them to small town American life.

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Maine immigration lawyer Jennifer Atkinson promoted this scheme of placing this family of African laborers in small town Maine. Mainers are too old and too white she said. See here: https://refugeeresettlementwatch.wordpress.com/2016/11/25/maine-immigration-lawyer-we-are-too-old-and-too-white/

Here is a brief overview at Bangor Daily News, but I recommend reading the whole long story on which this op-ed is based because it is instructive on so many levels. (Hat tip: Joanne)

Economists, business leaders and politicians agree that immigration is key to reversing or at least stopping rural Maine’s population losses. And some rural towns and businesses have already started looking to immigration to improve their numbers.  [I don’t accept the premise that small towns will be revived by bringing in the third world, or even the premise that we must ‘save’ these towns!—ed]

But the experience of the Kalutas, the first refugee family to be resettled in a small Maine town rather than a city, shows that newcomers need more than jobs and housing if they are going to stay and contribute long term.

In August, the Kaluta family — 15 people from the Democratic Republic of Congo — was resettled by Catholic Charities Maine to Thomaston, population 2,781, because a nursing home there had jobs for them and agreed to provide housing and transportation to and from work. Because of Maine’s workforce shortage [would not be a shortage if they paid well!–ed], their employer, DLTC Health Care, which operates a chain of long-term care facilities, had been unable to find enough employees to hire in the local community.

Although the Kaluta family members have jobs and housing, their lives in Thomaston are tenuous, as a recent Maine Focus article details. [Be sure to see how much DLTC charges them for housing! I have a lot of sympathy for these refugees!—ed]

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The Kalutas did have a caseworker from Catholic Charities who spoke one of their languages, Swahili, but he was located over 70 miles away in Portland. And the family didn’t trust him because he rarely answered their calls and he visited them only twice in Thomaston after they moved, according to the family.

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The situation the Kalutas are in is working for their employer: The nursing home now has five people in positions it was otherwise unable to fill. But whether the situation can work for the family themselves — and for other families in the future — remains to be seen.

More here.

The governor of Maine did withdraw the state from the UN/US State Department Refugee Admissions Program back in early November, but it only means that Catholic Charities (the same agency that screwed up with this family!) will run the program unless he joins Tennessee in a state’s rights lawsuit.

***Having had a mother in a nursing home not that long ago, the idea of people caring for elderly loved ones who do not understand English is an abomination. Elderly Americans have enough trouble communicating what is wrong with them in English, let alone forcing them to try to communicate with a non-English speaking refugee.

6 Responses to “Maine: Catholic Charity’s grand experiment supplying refugee employees to nursing home company failing”

  1. icthelite said

    Every time I get something new about refugee ‘s getting resettled by groups getting our tax dollars to take jobs away from higher paid US citizens I forward that story on to my representatives in Congress. Now with the new administration in place, I also copy it to the new Presidents inbox.

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  2. icthelite said

    “15 people from the Democratic Republic of Congo ……. because a nursing home there had jobs for them…..”

    How did these jobs come about? Were they advertised as jobs openings in the local paper for the local unemployed to apply for?

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  3. And just WHAT is this family REFUGEEING from? What forced them to leave the Congo?

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    • If you read the long article linked to in the posting, you will find that the family head was under a most real death threat from rebels in his native Congo, who were after him personally.

      That is not a reason for admitting them. However, we have to reconcile ourselves to the point of view that we cannot and should not serve as a refuge for all people of the world in real trouble, even if they are deserving. In a sense, it’s us or them.

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      • Ann Corcoran said

        Three or four years ago the UN asked the US to take 50,000 from the DR Congo, we said yes, and now they are working full steam ahead on that quota. But, unless Trump slows the flow, I assure you we will go over 50,000 which is what we usually do.

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  4. Reblogged this on islamnewworldorder and commented:
    This idea of bringing in muslim “refugees” in to supply cheap labor is both sad and sick.
    Now not only for handling food but for nursing home care.
    Recently I had a relative in the hospital. I visited three times. I couldn’t exactly walk up to people and ask if they were muslim, right? So I didn’t. But I think the hospital was crawling with them.
    And that’s thanks to Fargo, ND’s own SCAM outfit, the Lutheran Social Services.

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