Utah: Struggling refugees now look on refugee camps in Africa with longing

“Life got harder for me when I came to America…Most of the time, I wish I could go back to the refugee camp in Africa.”

Congolize refugee

Update November 15th: See how many from the DR Congo we have brought in already, here.

This story represents one of my major reasons for writing RRW for the last 10 years.

The do-gooders want ever-greater numbers of refugees admitted to the US despite the fact that many will live in poverty while many of the CEOs of the major resettlement agencies are raking in large 6-figure salaries.

Damn it! If you ‘humanitarians’ care so much for the world’s downtrodden, why do you need to be making salaries in excess of $200,000, $300,000, $500,000 largely funded by the US Treasury?

Nigeria Refugees Miliband
For the camera, IRC CEO David Miliband shows compassion for children in Nigeria, but where is the compassion for refugees his organization dropped off in Utah and are now living in squalor or are homeless. Doing well by doing good, Miliband makes $591,846 annually. Photo: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-3349940/Refugee-kids-bring-David-Miliband-knees-Nigeria.html

And, readers, it isn’t refugees like these in Utah that should be criticized or castigated (they were sold a bill of goods), it is the refugee industry (the globalists) that obviously turns a blind eye to the refugees they brought in previous years.

Instead of admitting only the number of refugees communities can afford or otherwise accommodate, the nine contractors*** always want more. Why?

Because the newly arriving refugees bring-in money by the head to the resettlement agency and that is the primary reason they are so angry at Trump. He has reduced the number of their paying “clients.”

From Deseret News  where the story features refugees from the DR Congo.

For new readers, back in 2013, here, Obama’s State Department said it would help clean out UN camps in Africa by bringing 50,000 from the DR Congo to Anytown, USA. We may have already exceeded that number.

When he felt hopeless, the Bible’s words lifted him up and renewed his faith that God had a plan for him. He prayed that the Lord would deliver his family to America.

If he ever made it there, he imagined, he would have a home of his own with a large backyard, where he could tend a garden and watch his children play.

Instead, this is Ngunza’s reality: He lives in a tiny, roach-infested apartment with his wife and 11 children. His job slicing meat at a local deli pays just above minimum wage, which barely covers his monthly rent, and leaves him precious little to feed and clothe his family.

Instead of dreams, these days Ngunza only has fears – that he won’t be able to provide for his family’s basic needs and still keep a roof over their head.

“Just like in the camp,” he says, “I feel trapped all over again.”

Mike Lee
Where are you Senator Mike Lee? Why don’t you take the lead and call for an investigation of the UN/US Refugee Admissions Program!


On its face, the resettlement program is a feel-good story, a symbol of America’s commitment as a global citizen, and for refugees, the epitome of the American Dream.


Utah is the only state that allocates funding for resettlement agencies – the International Rescue Committee and Catholic Community Services – to offer case management services for a full two-year period. During this time, they provide refugees with job training, housing placement and English language lessons, and more, all with the goal of helping refugees reach self-sufficiency as quickly as possible.

Nevertheless, despite the best of intentions, the Deseret News has found that many refugees are living well below the poverty line. Some are facing eviction. Others have become homeless.

In part, that’s because it is very difficult for arriving refugees to find jobs that pay a living wage and housing they can afford.

It is not the Mormon church doing the resettling in Utah, it is Catholic Charities and the International Rescue Committee (IRC is headed by David Miliband, a Brit, who pulls down a cool $500,000 plus a year salary).

Aiden Batar, director of Migration and Refugee Services at Catholic Community Services, says he does not know how many refugees in Utah are homeless or living in poverty. Neither does Poulin with the International Rescue Committee.  [Of course they don’t—see no evil!….–ed]


At the Road Home shelter, the Deseret News met a Congolese refugee family of 11 evicted from their apartment three months ago who have been unable to find another place to live. At an apartment complex in South Salt Lake, a single mother named Feliz, also from the Congo, has been unemployed for two months after losing her job as a maid at a downtown hotel, and she has struggled to find other work.

“Life got harder for me when I came to America,” says Feliz. “I constantly worry that I will be evicted and my family will end up on the street. Most of the time, I wish I could go back to the refugee camp in Africa.”

It is a huge article, go here for more.

Dear Donald, maybe it’s time for that repatriation fund we talked about years ago.  Set up financing for unhappy refugees to go home!  LOL! take it out of the salaries of the top executives of the refugee industry!

What you can do!  If you live in Utah (or otherwise have contact with the Senator), call on Senator Mike Lee to launch an investigation!

***The nine federal contractors that monopolize all resettlement in the US are below. Go here to see a recent accounting of their finances and salaries.

5 thoughts on “Utah: Struggling refugees now look on refugee camps in Africa with longing

  1. Hi Ann, I just want you to know that I tried to “share” this story on FB and “they” delayed the posting for 24hrs. I kept trying to get it posted right away and it just wouldn’t post. It finally showed up 1 day later. I can only assume that FB’s “censorship group” decided to evaluate it to see if it was “fake news”! Hahahaahaa! Thanks for all you do! We are out here reading your well researched posts and learning more everyday! Have you ever thought about meeting with representatives from the Trump Administration or key members of Congress about the issues with the refugee program and what needs to be done to reform it?



    1. The Trump people have never asked. They know I am here. There were a few members of Congress I have presented information to, but nothing ever comes of it. In fact at one point Rep. Babin of Texas was hot to try to do something but even he has disappeared. Oh and a few years ago I tried to see a staff person, any staff person, for Senator Ted Cruz and no one would see me. I have not much hope for the swamp and that is why I try to focus on what people can do where they live.


  2. How many unskilled Americans could find a job to support themselves, a spouse, a home and 11 kids? Obviously the cruel and corrupt Refugee Program has the goal of making ‘humanitarian’ contractors wealthy–paid per-head, last year nine refugee resettlement contractors were paid a total of a billion taxpayer dollars–providing (temporarily) docile cheap labor and bringing down Western civilization.


  3. Resettling with large families (13 in one family featured here) is tough both on the resettlers and the receiving communities. Getting large tracts of land for homesteading is no longer an option, so where to go?

    Urban areas do not have large enough apartments to accommodate big families. There are laws stating only so many people per bedroom, and finding affordable apartments with more than three bedrooms is next to impossible in cities big and small. Renting an affordable house in the suburbs, which can be problematic in itself and here personal transportation is also necessary, is not on the horizon for most resettlers brought in by the various “charities”.

    It seems the utopian plan to flood the western world with untold resettlers soon will backfire as ghettos expanding to accommodate all of them are finite. If nothing else will stop the flood of transplants, the housing situation may just do that. All the while the bought and paid for Hartkes, Milibands and Merkels of this world live in comfort and safety behind gates and guards. For now.

    While researching the UN’s 2030 Agenda for this new world utopia, I come across blueprints and plans for an identical look in cities big and small across the western continents. Light rails that go by new high rise buildings with luxury apartments on top and commercials space at the bottom. Cars will be obsolete. I see no accommodation for low income, large families. Where are they supposed to go?

    Where I live in Los Angeles such utopian plans are springing up in many places, all the while the domestic homeless population is getting larger by the day. I regularly pass by such a development and there is no space here for low income families with many children. It’s based on a very different demographic. Four acres, a former cement factory, is being transformed into what I call pack and stack with several high rises next door to the new light rail line. 595 apartments are planned with stores and offices on the lower levels. Even regular folks won’t be able to afford living here, and if you are claustrophobic this is not the place to be.

    Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
    “This Agenda is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. It also seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom, We recognize that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development.”

    How can this qualify as part of eradicating extreme poverty?

    Drone shots by architectural photographer Hunter Kerhart offer a new perspective on the $150-million development now taking shape next to Expo/Sepulveda Station in West Los Angeles.



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