Refugee Resettlement Watch

Federal refugee grants to special ethnic groups “to promote community organizing”

Posted by Ann Corcoran on March 20, 2017

Community organizing for their group of people gratis the US taxpayer!

This morning, I was going to write about how elder refugees (yes, we admit many over 65 years old) are eligible for SSI, but I stumbled on the $millions in grants taxpayers give to ethnic groups across the country so they can help “their” special ethnic group of people integrate and become civically engaged.

Buffalo Imam Yahye Y Omar is listed as the agent for an ORR community organizing grant. Photo: https://www.hiiraan.com/news4/2017/Jan/140081/trump_crackdown_on_refugees_hits_home_for_somali_community.aspx

These grants previously were gifts to ECBOs (Ethnic Community Based Organizations) for which I had created a  whole category a few years back, see here.

I likened them to mini-ACORNS.

Do you remember ACORN which taught poor Americans how to get their stuff (welfare) and then organized them to vote, etc?  These groups are like that!

Now they are called Ethnic Community Self-Help groups (not really self-help are they if you are funding them?).

Because many are for specific ethnic groups, I believe they foster non-assimilation as they identify their people as somehow in need of special treatment by the government.

Here is what the Office of Refugee Resettlement says about these grants and groups.

Program Goal

The objective of this program is to support ethnic community based organizations in providing refugee populations with critical services to assist them in becoming integrated members of American society.

General Background

Throughout the history of the United States the involvement of refugees and refugee community based organizations in refugee resettlement has been critical to refugee integration. Today, these organizations continue to enhance the provision and effectiveness of services available to refugees. They allow the refugee experience to flow into refugee resettlement plans and decisions. For refugees, their active participation in resettlement is generally empowering and plays an important role in the integration of the entire refugee community.

Program Description

This program provides assistance to refugee community based organizations and other groups that address community building, facilitate cultural adjustment and integration of refugees, and deliver mutually supportive functions such as information exchange, civic participation, resource enhancement, orientation and support to newly arriving refugees (and other refugees that maybe in need of such assistance regardless of their resettlement date) and public education to the larger community on the background, needs and potential of refugees. In short, the purpose is to promote community organizing that builds bridges between newcomer refugee communities and community resources.

LOL! Building bridges to community resources=finding taxpayer-funded welfare goodies!

I thought the refugee contractorsjob was to ‘orient’ new refugees and take care of their ‘needs,’ but nevermind, there is a whole cottage industry of non-profit groups sucking from the federal teat for their special ethnic ‘community.’

Here is a screenshot from the 2015 ORR Annual Report to Congress showing the $6,096,190 in grants sent out that year.

Sure hope the Trump team targets these for de-funding!

Homework assignment!

You should find out more about any of these special groups for special people (you fund them!) working near you.

The last one on the first page jumped out at me.  I wondered what is Helping Ensure Africa Looms International Inc. I didn’t even find a website or any description of what it does, just this NY state charity profileThere I learned that the principle agent is one Yahye Y Omar of Buffalo.

We assume he is the same Yahye Y Omar who is the imam at the Buffalo Islamic Community Center who is quoted in this Buffalo News story entitled:

Refugees and immigrants reminded of legal rights at Buffalo event

Guess he is busy “community organizing!”

I didn’t have any intention of going farther with this, but be sure to see a recent Form 990 for ‘Helping Ensure Africa….’ Pretty much the only money they take in is from ORR and almost $70,000 went to salaries and $10,000 + went to rent.

But, I was still not ever able to find out what exactly the recipient of $170,103 in 2015 actually does!

4 Responses to “Federal refugee grants to special ethnic groups “to promote community organizing””

  1. There’s a theory of human social behavior called “socionomics” positing that an unconscious, shared “social mood” animates people’s behavior (and beliefs are chosen to rationalize those actions.) I sincerely think that the political policy Utopianism of the 1960’s, the decision to break the dollar free of any “real” mooring in 1964 (silver) and 1971 (gold) and the near-vertical 36 year trend of borrowing-to-spend (1981 to now) all stem from the same absurdly positive social mood that really took off in 1982.

    From 1981 to last summer, interest rates on bonds dropped, so the more that was borrowed, the more “wealth” appeared to exist (a dollar borrowed by Uncle Sam and handed to a refugee organization was spent into the economy AND simultaneously an asset, in the form of a bond, was created (seemingly two dollars in benefit for every dollar borrowed-and-squandered.)

    It is further my view that until this social mood mania breaks down (it is most assuredly overdue for ending), no one will give much of rat’s tail about paying for such destruction and the con artists who thrive on it will multiply like flies on roadkill.

    When the “sociometer” of the stock market finally does roll over (maybe later this year, in an echo of the Great Bull Market’s origin, a year after bonds bottomed 36 years ago), public outrage over all these scams will erupt like Mt. Vesuvius.

    I sincerely wish it would arrive sooner than later.

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  2. tomasrose said

    they are always changing their names too – as if to confuse the observer. The Ethnic Community Self Helpers used to be called ECBO’s – Ethnic Community Based Organizations. And don’t forget Bush II tried to curry favor with religious groups by pushing FBO’s – Faith Based Organizations. Then there were hybrid organizations called by some other name I have forgotten. Of course many of them were fraudulent, but no one seemed to care unless it got really brazen.

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  3. TwoLaine said

    H.E.A.L. 😉

    https://greatnonprofits.org/org/helping-ensure-africa-looms-international-inc

    http://www.heal-international.org/

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  4. THIS is how the Obama-DOJ MONEY-SHAKEDOWN SCAM WORKS…

    Bank of America gets 2-for-1 deal in Justice Dept. settlement

    By SEAN HIGGINS (@SEANGHIGGINS) • 6/1/16 11:52 AM

    Bank of America has been able to reduce a multi-billion dollar mortgage fraud penalty imposed by the Justice Department by giving millions of dollars to liberal groups approved by the Obama administration.

    The bank has wiped about $194 million off its record $16.6 billion 2014 mortgage settlement by donating to nonprofits and legal groups. Thanks to little-known provisions in the settlement, the bank only had to make $84 million in donations to do that.

    The bank wasn’t exploiting any loophole. It’s a key part of the deal the Justice Department offered to get it to settle in the first place. For every dollar the bank has given the nonprofits — none of which were victims of fraud themselves — it has claimed at least two dollars off the settlement. The deal ensured the Obama administration that a certain part of the settlement funds would go to friendly liberal groups, bypassing the normal congressional appropriations.

    Among the groups receiving the money were Hispanic civil rights group the National Council of La Raza ($1.5 million), the National Urban League ($1.1 million) and the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America ($750,000).

    [This is excellent, follow the link for more!]

    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/bank-of-america-gets-half-off-its-justice-dept.-settlement/article/2592705?custom_click=rss

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