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Archive for December 15th, 2017

Director of Refugee Admissions at Dept. of State reassigned to Puerto Rico

Posted by Ann Corcoran on December 15, 2017

Well this news answers a mystery swirling around the US refugee resettlement industry.

Where’s Larry?

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In happier days, this is Lawrence Bartlett posing in front of a map depicting the hundreds of resettlement sites around the US. We once obtained that map, but are no longer able to find it. Where is the transparency?  Come on Rex Tillerson, get this information out to taxpayers!

Lawrence Bartlett, Director of Refugee Admissions is in Puerto Rico.  Of course the assignment could be temporary as that US territory is still not anywhere back to normal.

But his departure from the State Department Bureau of Population, Refugee and Migration, which reportedly is in a funk since refugee numbers are declining significantly in President Trump’s first full year running the program, may be more significant than it appears.

Here is Michael Leahy at Breitbart with the interesting news:

A veteran State Department official who was on Breitbart’s February list of removable Obama holdovers has been reassigned to Puerto Rico, at least temporarily.

Lawrence Bartlett, who has served as the Director of the Office of Refugee Admissions in the State Department’s Bureau of Population Refugees since 2010, is now working out of an office in Puerto Rico, not the State Department’s offices in Washington, DC.

“Larry Bartlett is on temporary duty in Puerto Rico assisting FEMA with hurricane recovery efforts. Mr. Bartlett has more than 25 years of experience in humanitarian and development work, including experience working on natural disaster relief,” a State Department spokesperson told Breitbart News on background.

“While Mr. Bartlett is on temporary duty in Puerto Rico, Deputy Director Kelly Gauger is Acting Director in PRM’s Office of Admissions,” the spokesperson added.

Bartlett, in our experience, has demonstrated that he is a true believer in the program that has seen hundreds of thousands of third worlders admitted to the US in his tenure as director of admissions.

He has been a great advocate for the contractors (the VOLAGs) during his tenure and has been impervious to citizen demands for more transparency in the program.

Anyone who watched him in action in Twin Falls, Idaho a couple of years ago will have no doubt about his commitment being first and foremost to the refugees and their well-being. He showed his disdain for concerns local citizens have about the program.

Here is one of several posts we wrote at the time of that September 2015 public meeting.

See more from Leahy here on this point.

US Refugee Admissions Program built on a house of cards!

I told Breitbart that I’m hearing reports of panic growing among the VOLAGs (the resettlement contractors) as many jobs are on the line since the whole program is built on a house of cards that depends on numbers of refugees (paying clients) entering the US each year.

Maybe this is just a good time (no fun with Trump in White House) and a good way—an easy out through an assignment in Puerto Rico (hopefully he isn’t there to concoct some way for Puerto Ricans to be designated refugees!).

And, by the way, Donald Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson have still not placed a Trump loyalist in to head the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration leaving the whole refugee admissions program in the hands of deep state bureaucrats who have over the years formed deep connections with the resettlement contractors they fund and supposedly oversee.

Posted in Reforms needed, Refugee Resettlement Program, The Opposition, Trump | Tagged: , | 4 Comments »

MPR working overtime to make Trump look bad with ICE Somali deportation flight

Posted by Ann Corcoran on December 15, 2017

And, you know there must be more to the case of star-of-the-story Mohamed Hussein’s deportation than reporter Mukhtar Ibrahim is telling us.

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MPR reporter Mukhtar Ibrahim. See more of his reporting here:   https://www.mpr.org/about/people/mibrahim

Saying Mohamed Hussein was born in Canada, came to US (illegally obviously) as an infant and grew up here and is now being deported to Somalia strikes me as really really strange.

I can only guess he had a run-in with the law along the way, or how would his illegal presence even have been found?  He, like so many others, just can live under the radar, again, unless something happened to bring him to ICE’s attention.

Here is Minnesota Public Radio in a story from two days ago.  For previous posts on the aborted flight to Somalia click here and here.

Mohamed Hussein arrived in Minnesota as an infant more than 20 years ago. On Thursday morning, he was taken from the United States in shackles on a plane bound for Somalia, a country he’s never seen, where he knows no one.

Detained in September after he reported for a regular check-in with federal immigration officials, Hussein was transferred to a Louisiana detention center to be deported. He’d be in Somalia now except that logistical problems forced the flight back to the U.S. after it reached Senegal in West Africa.

Although he’s back on American soil, Hussein remains stuck in a maddening limbo, one shared by many undocumented Somalis who came here or were brought here as children by family members, and whose risk of deportation has risen dramatically in the past year. [This fact of undocumented Somalis is so annoying, this is one group of people that did have a legal pathway to America, for decades! and yet they still were sneaking in!—ed]

Minnesota immigration lawyers are scrambling now to get emergency stays for Hussein and other Somali clients who’ve been ordered deported by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. Hussein’s flight included 91 other men and women; at least 10 were Minnesota residents.

Their families fear their loved ones could die in Somalia’s violence. The worry extends beyond those individuals who face deportation to those they leave behind. Their stories are heart-rending. [Is this supposed to be a news story?—ed]

Hussein sits now in a Miami detention center awaiting his fate. His wife is due any moment with their first child. She also has children from a previous relationship.

Hussein told MPR News he’s confused about why the U.S. government is sending him to Somalia.

Okay so something is fishy in the tale.

But then this misleading use of data by MPR to make it look like things are much, much worse under Trump just steams me!  First go here and see what the numbers do look like for Somali admissions to the US over 3 decades. They had plenty of opportunity to get here legally!

Spinning, spinning, spinning!

Below is MPR’s graph to show how bad the refugee admission numbers are for Somalis under Trump (Trump’s first partial year is FY17 which ended on September 30, 2017).

The number DECLINED(!) in FY17 (implication that this is that mean ol’ Donald Trump’s doings.)

Somali MPR numbers

 

LOL!  The number declines! These people are shameless!

Here (listed below) are the numbers of Somalis admitted for the 7 years (including Obama fiscal years!) leading up to their graph (totaling ten fiscal years).

What do you know!  That FY17 number of 6,130 is just about the average for the last ten years.  MPR could be reporting that FY17 represented an average year!

Or, how about this: Trump doubles FY11 when President Obama admitted only 3,161 Somalis!

Because of the travel ban issues, MPR will likely have a case to make that numbers of Somalis being admitted are declining, but that was hardly the case for FY17.

2007:  6,958 (Bush year)

2008:  2,523 (This was the year they found Somalis entering the US fraudulently in P-3 program—family reunification—program was suspended.)

2009:  4,189  (Bush and Obama)

2010:  4,884 (All Obama)

2011:  3,161

2012:  4,921

2013:  7,600

 

Read the remaining part of Ibrahim’s sob story here (if you feel like it).

Are taxpayers still funding Public Radio???

Posted in Africa, Crimes, Immigration fraud, Muslim refugees, Obama, Refugee Resettlement Program, Refugee statistics, Trump, Who is going where | Tagged: , , , | 3 Comments »

Refugees joyful about going home!

Posted by Ann Corcoran on December 15, 2017

“I am so happy for the chance to return. Even if we face challenges at least we will be in our home country, among our relatives.”

 

 

The whole UN/US Refugee Admissions Program needs to be redirected to do this: Protect refugees close to their home countries and repatriate them as soon as possible.

The US is too quick to bring (expensive) refugees to the US for PERMANENT resettlement disrupting their cultures and disrupting American towns and cities.

From UNHCR News (Hat tip: Joanne):

SOUTH DARFUR, Sudan – Mother of six Hamila fled insecurity in Darfur a decade ago, seeking safety in the neighbouring Central African Republic, or CAR.

But this week, she was among more than 230 former refugees returning home on a UNHCR flights from a camp near Bambari.

“I am so happy for the chance to return to Sudan, especially for my children,” said Hamila, who had four more children while in exile. “Even if we face challenges at least we will be in our home country, among our relatives.”

Continue reading here.

Time for a repatriation fund!

It is the humane thing to do!

Now that Donald Trump is in the White House maybe we can go back to the idea a reader presented to us a couple of years ago—-let’s have a repatriation fund for refugees who are unhappy with America and want to go home. 

And, I don’t want to hear from critics who don’t want their money spent for such a fund.  Believe me, the cost of returning them is going to be far less to you than the cost of their dependence on our social services going forward.

The refugees should not be blamed, any blame for their unhappy presence here rests with the Congress, the US State Department, and the contractors whose income depends on paying refugee clients.

There would be one other side benefit to this fund!

It might well show which of the nine contractors*** were doing the worst jobs of helping refugees get resettled. In other words, it could be a gauge of sorts that might highlight the resettlement agencies doing the lousiest work and producing the most unhappy refugees.

*** I try to post the names every day or so of the nine contractors (aka VOLAGs) that monopolize all refugee resettlement in America because every day we have new readers:

Posted in Africa, Changing the way we live, Community destabilization, Reforms needed, Refugee Resettlement Program, Taxpayer goodies, The Opposition, Trump | Tagged: , , | 3 Comments »

Pinterest doesn’t like RRW

Posted by Ann Corcoran on December 15, 2017

Reader Steve tells me that web browser Pinterest doesn’t send readers to RRW and sent the following to show the snub.   Do you depend on Pinterest in any way?  I don’t.

Although, I always welcome more traffic so as to educate more people about the intricacies of the UN/US Refugee Admissions Program (because you have a right to know what is planned for your town with your money), I don’t run ads and so traffic isn’t a huge priority.

But, it got me thinking are any of you being blocked by any other sites that help internet users find more information?  Let me know if you get something like this when trying to reach RRW.  E-mail me at  refugeewatcher@gmail.com

 

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Posted in blogging, free speech | Tagged: | 11 Comments »

 
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