I haven’t done a monthly (or weekly) roundup for awhile and that is mostly because I always have so many more interesting things I want to write about in the time I give to my ‘hobby.’
But, I figured it was about time to post a roundup because it gives me the opportunity to talk to new readers and remind old readers of how they can find information at RRW to get the most out of this educational website.
And, it gives me a place to apologize for my slowness in posting comments, for my inability to respond to all of your e-mails, and to thank you for sending notes, books and information to my snail mail post office box.
Accept my apologies if you have tried to reach me and have been unable to.
LOL! Again! RRW is a one-woman blog not an organization with staff and interns!
Writing this roundup also gives me a chance to thank various media outlets/reporters who want to interview me, and apologize for my lack of enthusiasm to do it! Sorry!
Here then are the Top Three Posts for the month of October for readers all over America and the world!
(Top posts of the last few days are in the right hand side bar, but these are the top three for the whole month!)
I have readers from over 100 countries, but here are the Top Ten Countries excluding the USA from which visitors arrived here during the month of October 2017:
For new and old readers:
If you are getting my posts daily via e-mail, know that wordpress sends those out automatically when you have subscribed. I can’t control that. But, I think you are missing a lot when you depend on only those e-mails for refugee news.
By the way, if you are new to how blogs work, the most recent post I wrote is the first thing you see when you open the blog, you can scroll down to previous posts literally back to the beginning if you have a whole lot of time!
In the left hand column at the very top is a search window. Type a couple of key words in there and find loads of information in some of my 8,798 previous posts extending back to 2007.
You can see how to try to reach me. And, you can see my facebook page feed in the left hand column. Categories, archives and a blog roll are also in that column (but apologies for a very out-of-date blog roll!).
In the right hand column you can see data on refugee admissions for FY17 (that has just ended) and my mission statement. Scrolling down you will see recent posts, top posts for the last few days and my twitter feed(@RefugeeWatcher). I put a lot more on twitter than I post at RRW, so there is more news to use right there!
Thank you for continuing to follow RRW!
This post and all previous weekly and monthly roundups are archived in my ‘blogging’ category, here.
Lost in all the hubbub over the tax bill, Hillary/Trump and the Russians, and now another Islamic terrorist attack, is the little known, but growing concern about the reemergence of the Plague, otherwise known as Black Death that decimated Europe in the 14th Century.
Readers should know that many of the countries now on the Plague’s possible flight path are also countries from which refugees arrive almost daily to the US—most specifically Kenya (most US-bound Somalis come through Kenya), Ethiopia and South Africa.
The latest outbreak, which took root in Madagascar, has now killed 124 people and infected around 1,300, but scientists say this figure will definitely rise.
South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Comoros, the Seychelles, Mauritius and Reunion have all been placed on high alert by World Health Organisation (WHO) monitors.
Experts say the deadly disease is caused by the same bacteria that wiped out 25 million people in Europe in the 13th and 14th centuries.
And WHO officials, who have been working with Madagascar’s Ministry of Health, warn the risk of the epidemic spreading is “high”.
…concerned WHO officials claim there is “something different” about this outbreak and “health officials couldn’t explain it”.
Map of countries now infected in East Africa from the UK Express:
Sure hope the Trump Admin is aware and working on this!
See our Health Issues category (340 previous posts archived there) on more about the diseases and mental health problems entering the US with the refugee flow. Did you know refugees with HIV and TB are admitted to the US?
You don’t need me to give you that news, but let’s first talk about the Diversity Visa Lottery (aka Green card lottery) which we have discussed often on these pages over the previous ten years. It is one more LEGAL immigration program that must go!
(Here is my archiveon the program. And, I’ll say it again. There are many possible themes for ‘amateur’ investigative bloggers that I’ve been nagging some of you to jump in to over the years including the Diversity Visa Lottery, Temporary Protected Status and immigrant food stamp and medicaid fraud. There is a desperate need for individual bloggers focusing solely on those topics and more every day because we cannot count on the mainstream media to inform us!)
Here is a good summaryabout Trump and the Diversity Visa Lottery in the wake of this latest Islamic terrorist attack from John Binder at Breitbart.
President Trump could shut this down in a heartbeat with an Executive Order if he so chose. Or, at minimum, add Uzbekistan to the list of countries requiring additional screening.
The suspected foreign national terrorist behind the New York City attack that has left at least eight individuals dead came to the United States years ago through the Diversity Visa Lottery, a program that President Trump and pro-American immigration reformers have demanded an end to.
According to ABC New York, 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov — the man who allegedly mowed down pedestrians in the Tribeca neighborhood of New York City — entered the U.S. in 2010 from Uzbekistan under the Diversity Visa Lottery before obtaining a Green Card.
Just think about this! We haven’t enough diversity in America according to Congress (which has never been able to kill the program) so every year we bring in 50,000 more including from countries that hate us!
The Diversity Visa Lottery gives out 50,000 visas every year to foreign nationals from a multitude of countries, including those with known terrorist problems – such as Afghanistan, Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Syria, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela, Yemen, and Uzbekistan.
Trump, though, along with Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Sen. David Perdue (R-GA), has been calling for an end to the Diversity Visa Lottery program since August. Under the RAISE Act, introduced in February and endorsed by Trump in August, the Diversity Visa Lottery would be eliminated altogether.
The Trump administration took eliminating the Diversity Visa Lottery even more seriously earlier this month when they introduced the president’s immigration priorities, which like the RAISE Act called for the elimination of the program.
We do not need to wait for the RAISE Act to kill the Diversity Visa Lottery!
(BTW, I’m not a big fan of the RAISE Act because it doesn’t do enough to reform the UN/US Refugee Admissions Program. Let’s not dither around, let’s have a stand alone bill to kill the Diversity Visa Lottery right now.)
Now let’s talk about Uzbeks who have arrived LEGALLY in the US including through the Refugee Admissions Program.
The poster boy for Uzbek Islamic terrorist refugees is Fazliddin Kurbanov who was convicted of conspiracy to commit terrorism in Idaho in 2015. See here.
And, if you had any doubts about how bad he is, he attempted to kill the California prison warden shortly after arriving to serve his 25-year sentence.
For all of the refugee contractors and their groupies busily spreading propaganda that refugees never commit crimes, take note of Muslim Fazliddin Kurbanov who was already in prison, convicted on terrorism charges, and then tried to kill the prison warden a year ago this week!
Where the heck was (is!) the national media on this story?
Unless you read RRW, you may never have known this from KTVB7:
Indictment: Boise man serving terrorism sentence tried to kill prison warden
RIVERSIDE, California — A Boise man who was convicted in 2015 of terrorism-related crimes has been indicted after prosecutors say he attacked the warden at the federal prison where he was held.
Fazliddin Kurbanov, 34, was just months into a 25-year sentence when the attack happened May 31, 2016 at the Federal Correctional Institute in Victorville, California.
He was indicted Wednesday on charges of attempted murder of a federal officer, assault on a federal officer with a deadly or dangerous weapon, and possession by an inmate of a prohibited object intended to be used as a weapon.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Kurbanov used a prison-made knife to attack Calvin Johnson, seriously injuring him. According to the Amercian Federation of Government Employees, the warden needed more than 80 staples to close wounds on his torso.
Of course we don’t have the full story and my primary questions are: How did he get a knife? And, how did he get close enough to the warden? Were they alone? Was the warden naive or attempting to show the convicted Jihadist how nice he (the warden) was?
Where is Jamshid Muhtorov another Uzbek refugee arrested in 2012 on terrorism charges?
Recently when I told you about another Uzbek refugee already in prison on terror charges after a guilty verdict in an Idaho trial, here, I wondered what happened to Jamshid Muhtorovwho I wrote about in 2012, here.
Before I give you the latest on Muhtorov, the big question remains:
Why were we bringing in this group of known Uzbek troublemakers anyway? Some didn’t even want to be here!
As one of my knowledgeable readers suggests, maybe the reason Muhtorov has not gone to trial yet is that the government might have to reveal why the Bush Administration was taking in Uzbek dissidents as legitimate refugees in the first place!
Isn’t it time for President Trump to force the US State Department and Homeland Security (and the CIA!) to tell us exactly what happened after the 2005 Andijan Uprisingin Uzbekistan (a Muslim country where the Muslim factions are fighting each other) and why we admitted some of the trouble makers to the US as refugees?
But that isn’t the end of my Uzbek file! Here are some other posts from over the years where you can learn more about why we should, at minimum, add Uzbekistan to the Trump extreme vetting list:
If you are looking for something to do today, call orwrite to the White House and tell Donald Trump to put a halt to the Diversity Visa Lottery and add Uzbekistan to the list of countries whose migrants to America will undergo “extreme vetting.” Click here.