Des Moines, Iowa: Resettlement agencies criticized for placing refugees where there is no transportation

There is nothing new for me in this long investigative article at the Des Moines Register which asks the question about placement of refugees in an isolated low income housing complex:

“Why do resettlement agencies in Des Moines continue to place refugees there?”

I’ve been hearing about the lack of public transportation for refugees since the earliest days of this program coming to my attention in 2007.

Limon is the CEO of USCRI and this isn’t the first time the organization has been criticized about its housing choices. In 2008 the State Department pulled the contract for one of USCRI’s subcontractors in Waterbury, CT over an issue of inadequate housing.

And, I’ve been hearing about refugee contractors finding cheap subsidized housing and then creating ethnic enclaves by bringing more family members (chain migration!) to join the ones they brought initially.

Because I am trying to get a little time off, I’m not going to analyze the article for you. Please read it yourself by clicking here.

Refugees must walk long distances in the cold to get basic groceries and the fault is not with the public transportation system, the fault is with the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants and with Catholic Charities*** who are so obviously concerned with their own incomes (and the newest refugees) that they aren’t taking care of the refugees they placed months earlier.

They literally walk away sometimes as soon as 3 months (when their federal pay check runs out) from any responsibility for those “clients” they resettled earlier. This is not humanitarianism.

Instead of placing more financial responsibility on taxpayers (to put more money into public transportation)….

How about if USCRI and Catholic Charities set up either a privately funded small van service or at least find church volunteers to make regular driving runs for the refugees and then consider this….

Support President Donald Trump’s refugee reductions because obviously you do-gooders can’t handle the numbers that were coming in through the Obama years!

***These (below) are the nine federal contractors responsible for all refugee resettlement in America. USCRI is 98% funded through the US Treasury (you, the taxpayer). Charity Navigator gives them no rating because they really are an extension of government and receive only a small amount of private charity.

Limon (who was Bill Clinton’s Director of the ORR) pulls down a salary package of about $300,000 (2015 Form 990). When I wrote about her salary (a little less than ten years ago) it was just short of $200,000, see here.  Has your income taken a leap like that?

And, by the way, are there no synagogues in Des Moines?  HIAS whined recently that they had 380 synagogues across the US wanting to help refugees.  How about putting any in Des Moines to work helping these poor refugees who are now walking for their groceries.


7 thoughts on “Des Moines, Iowa: Resettlement agencies criticized for placing refugees where there is no transportation

  1. It’s great that someone wants to reach out to help anyone, and each of us can chose who we want to help. As Ann points out, however, the help should be “not on my nickle” because to (most of) the readers of this blog, it seems more charitable and practical to help people without having to drag them into a new language and culture. Nevertheless, there is a drive to give of oneself there is enthusiasm to have a cause, which draws people together to “help.” See:
    Here is the cognitive dissonance I found. The helpers are in more affluent places than the helpees. Here is a request for volunteers, which offers ideas on how to reduce the travel time to help people in the next county.
    Explore housing opportunities. The refugee families that we are assisting live in Prince George’s County primarily because the rent is less expensive than Montgomery County. Montgomery County generally offers better employment opportunities and services than Prince George’s County. Longterm we want to identify affordable housing opportunities in Montgomery County for families that would want to move.
    English tutoring. Volunteers work with family members to learn English. Our goal is to develop a curriculum that meets the individual needs of the refugee. Most tutoring has occurred in their homes in Prince George’s County. We are exploring offering additional tutoring through Skype.
    Laptop computers. We collect laptop computers with WIFI capability for the families.
    At some point, this is beyond cognitive dissonance and is disordered thinking that creates a hardship so that the helping agent can “rescue” the refugee. See for examples related to health issues. We can also question our society, which has created a culture that celebrates volunteers who rush to help someone more exotic than the family of the school janitor who is also commuting from Prince George’s County (or further) and whose own children might benefit from tutoring.


  2. Hold on- so, the article is trying to evince sympathy for this person who has to walk “in the cold” a person who is a native of.the land of the Himalayas? Someone who used to live in a refugee camp? Do they take us all for fools that don’t have access to information regarding geography? These refugees probably had to walk 15 miles one way, in their home country if they wanted to buy a tube of toothpaste. I do not use Facebook, otherwise I’d leave a comment on that news page that informs the author of that piece that their tomfoolery fails to tomtom some of us.


  3. But you see, the “immigrants” don’t want transportation. They want to build their own, isolated communities, where they do not have to ever mix with infidels or have to come under their scrutiny. They don’t want people nosing into what is taught in their religious schools or madrasas, and they don’t want anyone witnessing training camps for soldiers of the Caliphate. So they want to be way out in the “boondocks” where they can live under Sharia Law and their activities can be kept secret,


  4. #SendThemBack

    I was going to ask if they had feet, but I assume that has been covered. I had to walk 3 miles each way to and from high school for 5 years through some very BAD neighborhoods, in all four seasons. What is their excuse? IF they bring so much to our communities, why did none of them bring their own vehicles?

    IF the low income housing was off the transportation grid, that would seem to be an issue that should have already been addressed, by whoever built it, and gave it that status. Didn’t the prior residents bring this up? This is an issue everywhere, in every city, for all residents, not just these alleged refugee “New Americans”, who should be grateful for what they have been given already. I notice from the article that they have no problems raiding our food pantries.

    I can tell you that in my metro area they are more interested in adding rapid transit street cars in areas that are already served by TONS of public transportation, than they are in connecting existing bus routes to outer suburbs. The nearest bus stop to where I live is 5.4 miles away, and it only goes one place. Downtown. Whoopee.

    “At the Dollar General, the Rais buy only a few items: napkins, toothpaste, mouthwash, cookies and crackers.

    After the hour-long walk to the store, their total is $11.28.”

    Sorry, this is beyond ridiculous.


    1. Someone above wrote “they are overlooking the obvious” but the commenter didn’t even state the more obvious, and that is that Des Moines “cold” is NOTHING compared to the cold of Bhutan. For those of you without access to the internet (read: NO one) nor a globe, Bhutan is bordered by Tibet and Nepal. Bhutan has the Himalayas, and the northern half of Bhutan is in the “Polar Arctic”one. Also, they’re from Bhutan. Bhutan!! Bhutan isn’t exactly the capitol of public transportation. Pretty sure the citizens of that country are used to walking great distances. In fact, I think it’s even more remote than Upper Mongolia. I think Bhutan is about the remotest nation excluding DPRK on Earth.

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      1. The thing I find so obnoxious about all or most of these stories, is that most of these women don’t work outside of the home. Maybe if they got themselves a job they could afford transportation like the rest of American families. If they have time to complain about public transportation, they have time to work. They all seem to think they are here for us to take care of them. Sure, just call, and we’ll wait on you hand and foot. The mentality disgusts me.

        I saved an article about a Syrian family that was taken in in Canada. The wife didn’t work and spent all night long on the phone with friends and family back home. She was more interested getting her benefactors in Canada to bring over more of their family than learning English and getting a job to support her own family. They had a year to get their act together and she squandered it on the phone. There is really no end to their gimme, gimme, gimme attitudes, and this is why the pols love them. They want handouts, and the left wants to keep and expand gubt handouts. They are perfect candidates for DIM voters.


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