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Minnesotan does some homework on refugee employment issue; comes to unexpected conclusion

Posted by Ann Corcoran on November 26, 2017

Editor: From time to time I post guest columns from readers whose work adds significant new information to our discussion about how the UN/US Refugee Admissions Program is having an impact on your wallets and your quality of life.

Here reader Bob Enos crunches numbers about Somali employment in Minnesota and finds some very interesting data leading to an unexpected conclusion.

THE PARALLEL SOCIETY

First, my thanks go out to Minnesota refugee resettlement expert Ron Brantsner for putting me on to the 2016 report on the animal slaughtering and processing industry in central Minnesota, presented by the MN Department of Employment and Economic Development. A review of the report, for me, shed much light on both the stated objectives of refugee resettlement in the United States, and the unstated subtext.

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Is a parallel society coming to a town near you?

The American people are constantly told that refugee resettlement serves to fill the labor needs that go unmet, due to low birth rates, an aging population, and the unwillingness of Americans to perform certain kinds of menial labor.

How does this mantra square with the data reported by federal and state government?

Federal data tells us there are roughly 30-40k Somali refugees residing in central and west central Minnesota. The populations of these regions reside primarily in Stearns and Kandiyohi counties, of which St. Cloud and Willmar are the county seats, respectively.

The MN DEED report states that about 4,000 people are employed in animal slaughtering and processing in the region. It goes on to say that, from 1995 to 2016, the percentage of “black employees” (read: Somali refugees) rose from 1% to 10% of total employment in the sector. From this data, it can be inferred that at least 400 Somalis work in the industry in this region.

Statistics on fertility rates from the World Health Organization and the federal government suggest that the typical Somali nuclear family – as American society defines nuclear families – includes nearly eight children. Therefore, infer that at least 3,000 adult Somalis in the region are eligible for employment.

The most recent report on performance indicators of refugee resettlement from the US Office of Refugee Resettlement suggested that the unemployment rate among Somali refugees nationwide is about 50%. Applied to the western/west central Minnesota region, this suggests at least 1,500 of the region’s work-eligible Somalis are unemployed. This leaves at least 1,500 Somalis participating in the region’s labor force.

Now, this is where things get interesting.

If 1,500 Somalis are eligible for employment and, of these, 400 are employed in the “livestock” sector, then at least 1,100 Somalis engaged in employment of some other kind have yet to be accounted for.

Anecdotal information suggests that Walmart is a significant employer of Somali refugees in the region. This region contains SIX Walmart stores.

Does it seem reasonable that six Walmart stores have 1,100 Somali employees? Not likely.

Consider an alternate scenario.

The lion’s share of the 1,100 Somali workers who, so far, are unaccounted for are likely working in support capacities for other Somalis: translation services for schools, law enforcement, health care, health and human services, refugee resettlement agencies, and transporting fellow Somalis to locations where they partake of these services. A few are owners and operators of storefronts which cater exclusively to…Somali shoppers.

What we are witnessing and financing with public dollars is a closed, parallel society in America.

If an economic goal of importing Somali and other refugees to the US is filling jobs which are going unfilled by America’s current population of Americans, then the refugee resettlement program will go down in history as the most bloated, inefficient, wasteful, expensive job service the United States has ever produced.

But, this hypothesis begs a larger question. Has refugee resettlement REALLY been about filling low wage, unskilled jobs? The data, at least in Minnesota, does not support the premise.

No, what the economic objective seems to be is to redistribute the world’s poverty among wealthy, industrialized countries in the Western world. In this social experiment, however, the United States, for the first time, has willingly embraced a population that, at least, shows no collective interest in assimilating to, and embracing the American Way of life; and, at worst, is hostile to it. Furthermore, our leaders have evidently sanctioned the concept of an unassimilated, parallel society in America. How do we know that? Just take a look at President Barack Obama’s Committee for Welcoming New Americans, and its 2015 report to the president. In it, we find the committee quite intentionally omits the use of the word “assimilation” anywhere in the report, and replaces it with the word “integration.” What’s more, “integration”, in the New Normal, seems to share more in common with what Baby Boomers were taught is, actually, segregation.

And what might be the quid pro quo for America’s two political parties? If employment is presumably suffering for a lack of eligible workers, then the same can be said for a lack of eligible voters. And let’s face it, the Democratic Party has a long tradition of building its voting ranks with new immigrants.

The trade-off, then, is more refugees, in exchange for new Democratic voters. But what is new this time around, my fellow Americans, is that, in the New Normal, taxpaying Americans pay an exorbitant price in the bargain, in public finance, cultural identity, and quality of life. Or, as our friend Ann Corcoran often reminds us, “changing America by changing its people.”

And, as any salesperson knows, one has to be prepared to walk away from the sale when the price is too high.

This post and others like it are filed in my category entitled: Comments worth noting/guest posts (here).  Other posts by, and about, citizen activist Bob Enos are here.

12 Responses to “Minnesotan does some homework on refugee employment issue; comes to unexpected conclusion”

  1. Rosie said

    Remember, we have a newly open slaughter/meat packing plant here in Kuna. Alex and Rosie

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    • Let’s see how this works… 20 identified communicable diseases (some quite lethal) are being allowed to come in to the US, on the backs of illegal immigrants of course (300 “Sanctuary Cities” around the US), as well as the (Refugee Resettlement Program) immigrants coming legally; thousands of them..

      They are employed at MEAT PACKING PLANTS, SCHOOL LUNCHROOMS, FOOD HANDLING AS STORE EMPLOYEES, STARBUCKS, and so on.

      In St Cloud Minnesota, the immigrant owned food service and restaurant businesses are now refusing to allow LAWFULLY REQUIRED HEALTH DEPARTMENT INSPECTIONS of their facilities..

      Exactly who is doing all the proper health screening, and proper vaccinations, US Congressman Keith Ellison, Congressman Tom Emmer, Senator Al Franken, Senator Amy Klobuchar, and ALL MN Legislators? How about that refusal to allow for Health Department inspections?

      Do you see where I am going with this folks?

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  2. richard1j said

    The “leaders” of this country don’t realize that bringing in people that have no desire to be Americans will eventually come back to bite them in the ass.

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  3. The reason for refugee resettlement for at least the past 30 years is the enrichment of the refugee resettlement industry. It’s really that straightforward. If private entities were involved in resettling “needy refugees” without or with only very minimal financial support from government, then the motivating factor for resettlement would be compassion. That motivator was primary in the early 20th century. Not any more.

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  4. Peter Bern said

    Thank you Mr. Enos for your work. Regarding employers not being able to find the workers – they are not paying enough. They have been spoiled by the tens of millions of illegal immigrants (legal ones too) dramatically increasing the labor supply which in turn depresses the pay rates. This is also one of the main reasons why pay raises over the decades has been close to zero. On a side note, another main reason wages have been stuck for decades is government regulation. The more regulations the less time, energy, capital, effort goes towards increasing productivity. Only by efficient use of resources and increases in productivity can our standard of living increase.

    Thus, some of the core people being damaged by this mass immigration sponsored by the politicians is the existing residents of the counties where these Somalis are based. In particular young people but also those of all ages. Those meatpacking jobs can be springboards into the labor force, to get a track record established whereby a person can grow. Our own politicians are cutting us off at the feet. And for what (hint: votes).

    Last, if one uses the minimum wage as a reference it really is about $12.25/hour given inflation. $12.25 for an employee with little to no skills. Yet how many advertised jobs pay less than this rate?

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  5. As unlike my per usual approach, there is very little to add to this writing. All I can offer at this time is; For Democrats, as stated, this insane process represents “cheap votes”.
    For Republicans, and the Chambers of Commerce, the represents, “Cheap Labor”. To both political parties: You are all selling out our country, MN Congressional representation; Tom Emmer, Keith Ellison, Al Franken, Amy Klobuchar and others, in exchange for your own POLITICAL and PERSONAL ECONOMIC BENEFIT, and by doing so, forcing the rest of us into an involuntary suicide pact.

    …Incredibly well done writing and research here! Thank you…

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  6. murlimews said

    Extraordinary deductions, my dear Watson. This column provides another hidden wrinkle on the employment debate!

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  7. Someone needs to compile how much it costs to give Somalis a decent life in Kenya and compare how much it costs to keep them living in poverty in Minnesota. My guess is that many Americans would much rather give charity to help refugees abroad rather than bring them hear. My guess is that what the U.S. spends on refugees, immigrants and their children in excess of their contribution would be enough to care for every externally displaced refugee in the world. For example, what little Sweden spends on its migrants in one year exceeds the UN’s annual budget for refugees for the WHOLE WORLD. I think that if Americans were presented with sponsorship programs that trained refugees to be gainfully employed by vetted charities, they would give. And what could the government role be? Perhaps provide armed escorts and security to charities and to provide interest-free micro-loans with education. The cost of doing things this way would cost the tax payer much less than importing refugees or providing massive government foreign aid programs. People would be giving more except that a number of charities have been discredited, while the smaller, more reputable charities have been hampered by not having adequate security. The liberal argument that the U.S. needs to admit endless refugees could easily be refuted if a combination of private aid plus security and loans could ensure refugees a fresh start near their own countries.

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    • 🙂 I TOTALLY agree with your proposed plan; but, I doubt it will ever happen. The other goal of importing low-skilled foreigners into our country, besides providing them with job opportunities, is the creation of a stable underclass in the USA, and one that is easily controlled. Our current lower-economic classes are comprised of many Americans who are, at best, apathetic towards the government, and, at worst, hostile towards it. So, if our government imports an entirely different culture, one that is easily definable, as well as indebted, the government can very quickly determine what citizens would be the most easily culled. Somalians are a good bet for future exploitation by the government.

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    • FloridaBuff said

      I remember several sources saying that supporting an immigrant near their home country is 1/12th of what it costs here.

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