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Refugee Resettlement Watch is eleven years old today!

Posted by Ann Corcoran on July 1, 2018

Am I nuts or what!  

RRW 11 years old

Eleven years ago RRW was launched because refugees were being quietly placed in the county seat, Hagerstown, of my rural western Maryland county and I (and others) wanted some answers about who was doing this and why.

Our local newspaper, the Herald Mail, refused to investigate and write an article that would explain what I eventually learned, on my own, was that the US Refugee Admissions Program was responsible.

I didn’t start out with strong opposition, in fact, one of my initial concerns was that some of the refugees placed here seemed to have been abandoned in some pretty lousy neighborhoods.

But….

Why the hush-hush about the program? (The secrecy part was what really hooked me!)

So, I figured I would have to learn about it myself and let people know what I found. How much time could that take?  Little did I know, my life would change forever.

Since that first day, July 1, 2007, I have rarely missed a day (slowing a bit lately by skipping Saturdays!) writing about some aspect of the program and/or more broadly about refugees and immigration generally.

For me, immigration and how it is managed worldwide is all there is—the only issue that will determine how our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren will live.

As far as I am concerned, no other political issue matters!

In those eleven years, RRW has published 9,244 posts that have been read by people in every country or territory in the world (except one country and one island group).

And, if you are wondering, what about those tiny Pacific Islands like Kiribati, Tongo, and Vanuatu—-yes, I’ve had readers from there as well!

Here is my wordpress countries map:

 

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It looks like only people of Western Sahara in Africa and Norway’s Svalbard Islands have never been visitors to RRW!

 

 

Thanks for continuing to read RRW. 

For new readers, see my category entitled ‘blogging.’ 

That is where you can find posts detailing other facts about RRW with guidance on how to find information archived here.

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Just a few items this Saturday

Posted by Ann Corcoran on June 23, 2018

You may have noticed that I generally don’t write on Saturdays, but have a couple of comments I need to respond to….

Donations?

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First, I have had requests again about donations for my work (I assume from new readers who haven’t seen my previous discussions about the issue).

I did for awhile have a paypal button here at RRW, but took it down when paypal began to be selective about who could and who could not use paypal based on the website’s political views.  I think they have since reversed themselves on that wrong-headed business practice, but I never put the button back.

In a week, RRW will be eleven years old and my work has been my charitable gift to the country!

That said, occasionally people have sent me checks with small gifts to my Post Office box (address in lefthand side bar) and I am very appreciative of that thoughtfulness because I know it is a show of support and thanks for my work.

Charitable work=freedom!

One of the great advantages of doing what I do—working for no one, for free—is that I can post pretty much whatever moves me when I get up each morning!

As you may have noticed there are certain topics I’m passionate about and am very aware that repetition is needed in order for readers to absorb a particular point.  So from time to time, as a faithful reader, you may say, why am I hearing this again?  It is for that reason—repetition matters—and for the fact that every day new people show up here who haven’t been here for eleven years, or eleven days!

But, some things bore me!  One, is this issue of the mostly unaccompanied alien children.  I wrote extensively about the subject during the Obama years (2014 and 2015 were particularly critical years) and I told readers till I was blue in the face that in addition to federal childcare contractors like Southwest Key, Catholic Charities and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service were also in the business of housing the ‘children’ as they received lucrative government contracts.  And, now I am annoyed to see the same issue cropping up and everyone acting surprised!

A few more years….

….and I will be done!  If by 2020, immigration isn’t under control here and in Europe, we are all done.

Thanks as always for continuing to follow my work here at Refugee Resettlement Watch!

For previous messages from me, see my ‘blogging’ category here.

 

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A little housekeeping: You must sign up to receive blog posts and to post comments

Posted by Ann Corcoran on June 5, 2018

From time to time someone tells me that they can’t sign up to receive the e-mails that are automatically generated to RRW followers each time I post.

I got a request yesterday to sign someone up as a subscriber, so I thought I best explain the problem….

I don’t know enough about the technology that goes on behind the scenes with perhaps your own server, or perhaps with WordPress.  But, I want you to know that I can’t sign you up.  And, I can’t re-sign you up if for some reason you have stopped getting e-mails from RRW.

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Visit RRW every few days! Why bother with subscribing?

In fact my subscriber list is virtually at a standstill and hasn’t been growing for months.

I have questioned WordPress about why people are dropped without warning, and they never have an adequate explanation.

The best thing to do is to just come visit every day, or every few days and scroll back to see what I have written. 

It is very simple, plus there is more useful information at RRW itself.  So please visit directly, if you can’t for some mysterious reason subscribe!

Commenting?

Readers should know that I moderate comments and do not post anything where violence is threatened, or comments that reveal personal information (I take off phone numbers often).  If you send me just a bunch of links with no explanation about how they relate to the post, I usually don’t post those. And, finally, I don’t post unnecessary foul language (an occasional word might slip in when it is part of a more informative comment).

I apologize for not posting comments as fast as you might like, but I usually head out to my farm chores or other activities and don’t get back to RRW sometimes until the following morning.

I can’t post your comments for you!

Recently an incident occurred where I was accused of posting a chain of personal e-mails in a comment thread to a post three years ago.

After discussing the issue with WordPress, I was told it was a “pingback” from something I had linked.  I was reminded by the WordPress tech people that I cannot post a comment for someone else.

Occasionally people tell me they can’t get a comment to post for some reason and they send it to me to post. The problem is (and WordPress re-confirmed) that if I post the comment for you, it will be posted under my name and not yours!

I explained all of that to my accuser who very publicly charged (after I explained what happened) that I posted an e-mail discussion from a private e-mail group that I am not even a member of.

And, when my accuser brought it to my attention, I immediately took down the whole post because it was impossible to remove only that exchange.

With ‘friends’ like these….

It was never clear to me what my motive might be in purposely posting an e-mail thread that would have looked like gibberish to my readers.

My accuser also charged that I should have seen the chain of e-mails sooner. I never posted/moderated them, so I never saw them.

As of yesterday I have written 9,206 posts in nearly 11 years and am not in the habit of revisiting comment threads at posts from years ago (or recent ones for that matter!).

So to my faithful readers and wannabe readers…. I’m sorry if you can’t subscribe, or are having difficulty getting comments to come through to me.  I have no control, or even any great understanding, of what goes on behind the scenes with my WordPress host.

And, LOL! I so much prefer researching and writing posts that might increase your understanding of a complex issue, then to figuring out the mechanics that make it possible for my work to reach readers!

Thanks for continuing to read RRW!

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Reminder: Saturday is catch-up day

Posted by Ann Corcoran on April 21, 2018

If you have been wondering why no news from me on recent Saturdays, it is because I’m using the time to try to get through e-mail backlogs and other related duties.

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If you subscribe and usually read my posts in your e-mail, please see that yesterday in the story about the SPLC, I’m trying something new with longer posts.

Some of you may have noticed this line:

Read the rest of this entry »

Please click on it to read the rest of the story at my blog itself?

I would really love for you to come to the blog rather than just read stories in your e-mails.  Although clicks don’t matter as RRW is not monitized, I want you to see what else is available.

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In the right hand side bar I have a summary of Trump refugee admission numbers, most recent posts and top posts and my twitter feed (14.5K followers).

In the left hand side bar I have a link to RRW’s facebook page where an associate adds stories that are not at RRW, but are related in content. The page has 48,000 likes!

And, btw, when you read the post at RRW itself, there are sharing icons at the end of each post. (I don’t send those wordpress subscriber e-mails and have no control over whether they come to you daily or not, and I don’t know if there is a way to put share-buttons on those!)

My snail mail address is there.

There is a drop-down with categories and archives going back nearly 11 years, as well as a blogroll you could use to access other news websites.

And, finally, in the header you will find links to my videos, my little book and a useful Frequently Asked Questions.  Unfortunately the fact sheet is way out of date and it would be a daunting task to rewrite it now.

Thanks as always for visiting Refugee Resettlement Watch!

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Saturday, the catch-up day….

Posted by Ann Corcoran on March 17, 2018

I’m trying something new starting today.  Because there are always so many interesting things to write about each day, I use my limited time at the computer to write posts and so end up with little time to answer your many e-mails (I have two e-mail accounts with thousands of e-mails each, yuk!).

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My goal for Saturdays (Ha! we will see) is to answer e-mails, and get caught up on facebook and twitter, and to fix some technical things here at RRW. For example, someone asked that I add ‘Gab’ to my sharing choices and I think I accomplished that.

And, btw, while in the bowels of RRW, I noticed I never had turned on the sharing button for your e-mail subscription notices.  On that subject, I recommend you visit RRW on a regular basis instead of relying on the e-mails every time I post. There is much more right here including my twitter feed (right hand sidebar).  Even if you aren’t on twitter you can see the many important issues I tweet that never make it to my blog pages.

Also on the right hand sidebar you can see recent posts and the top posts of the last few days. The Frequently Asked Questions tab is on the header, here.

I am @RefugeeWatcher on twitter.

RRW’s facebook page is here: RefugeeInfoResource and includes items placed there by a partner administrator.

Thanks for visiting, thanks for all your comments, and thanks to those also who send me snail mail at my post office box. (P.O. Box 55, Fairplay, MD 21733). And, sorry I can’t keep up with everyone’s comments and questions, I’m trying harder starting today!

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While I am away…..

Posted by Ann Corcoran on February 8, 2018

 

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Artwork gratis the SPLC

Because there is so much material archived at Refugee Resettlement Watch, I encourage, especially new readers, to visit and explore.

Knowledge is power!

Since July 2007, I’ve published over 9,000 posts. You might explore the categories in the drop down in the left hand side bar or use the search window with a couple of key words.

Categories of special interest might be ‘crimes,‘ ‘health issues,’ ‘Europe‘ or ‘what you can do.’

I recommend that you check out Frequently Asked Questions as well, at the top of the page under the header.

I’ll try to tweet occasionally while I’m away, so you might want to keep an eye on the right hand side bar here at RRW to see my latest tweets.  At twitter, I am @RefugeeWatcher .

Be back early next week!

 

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RRW Monthly Roundup for January 2018

Posted by Ann Corcoran on February 5, 2018

Readers, I use these sporadic weekly or monthly roundups as an opportunity to write directly to you.

I think you will be interested to know what the top three posts of the month were for January, but I’m writing to tell you that I’m going away later this week and so posting will be lighter until I get back early next week.  I don’t want you to think I’ve quit!

Pushing onward toward July 2018 for RRW’s eleventh anniversary!

Before I get to those top posts, I want you to know that I had a good chuckle this morning about all the trolls this tweet (below) generated yesterday. I guess because I hash-tagged it with a trending tag #SuperBowlSunday it reached beyond my usual fan club.

I got messages about how racist I am (with foul language tossed in), how old I am (do I wear diapers? the ageists asked!) from some high IQ commenters who couldn’t spell or write. It was actually fun to see. Here is the tweet that apparently stirred them up.

I am @RefugeeWatcher….

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Immigrants had been expressing fear of Humvees etc. This is what I linked to:  http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireStory/minneapolis-team-immigrants-informed-super-bowl-52807623

 

Here are the Top Three (actually four because there was a tie for #3) Posts of the month:

That Australia “dumb” deal takes the highest honors!

Australian rejected ‘refugees’ on the way to US this week!

Flight glitch causes some delay as Australia’s rejected ‘refugees’ head to US

Refugee numbers are low for first 3 months of fiscal year; Ohio is top receiving state

Minneapolis woman stabbed by Somali in mid-December is speaking out

 

For new readers……

You can find more information on how to use RRW by clicking here. (That is my mid-December roundup.)

And, you might want to look at my message here about your e-mail notices.  WordPress is telling me it isn’t on their end if you aren’t getting e-mails after subscribing. They tell me it is in your/our e-mail server (I’m not getting my e-mails from Leo Hohmann’s new site.)

Frankly there is more here at RRW then you get in e-mail, so why not just visit every day or so to see what is new.  https://refugeeresettlementwatch.wordpress.com/

Even if you aren’t tweeting yourself, you can see what I’ve tweeted most recently in the right hand side bar.

This post is filed in my ‘blogging’ category, here.

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Message about your e-mail notices

Posted by Ann Corcoran on January 17, 2018

rrw-logo-1I’m sorry if you signed up and subscribed to RRW and then without explanation you stop receiving those e-mail notices each time I post.  

Know that I can’t control those e-mails and have complained on many occasions to WordPress.  Another reader today alerted me to the problem. She, like most readers who stop getting the e-mails, think that I am (for some reason) not writing.

Additionally, some of you have said that you attempted to re-subscribe and cannot.

I don’t know if this is being done on purpose by WordPress, or your e-mail server has decided they don’t like my work, or simply a case of lousy service from WordPress.

But…..

I can’t emphasize this enough: please please just come to RRW directly and see what I have posted that day or the day before (or the day before that….).  You don’t need to wait for an e-mail!  And, besides there is so much more here at the blog itself than you get in an e-mail. Check out Frequently Asked Questions in the header for example.

Just put this in your favorites and visit every day (or every few days):

 https://refugeeresettlementwatch.wordpress.com/

Or, if you are on twitter, follow me because I put all of my posts there, plus a whole lot more news you can use!  I am @RefugeeWatcher (you will find me also by searching for Ann Corcoran).

Thank you!

Ann

 

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Media Research Center Prez: “Shadow-banning most sinister threat to free speech in history”

Posted by Ann Corcoran on January 13, 2018

It is bad, but I’m not sure it is the worst threat to free speech.  In fact, if you aren’t a Twitter user you might not know what all the fuss is about.

If anyone asked me, I would say the worst threat is the kind of silencing that people like South Dakota’s Taneeza Islam use when they bully venues to shut down speaking events she and her ilk disapprove of by frightening owners/managers in to cancelling events. And, often frighten speakers in to silence.

That kind of intimidation is mean and personal and causes people to fear for their safety.

In America we have a right to speak and we have a right to gather!

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Brent Bozell sent a letter to Twitter’s CEO demanding he address censorship by the social media platform.    https://www.cnsnews.com/blog/craig-bannister/bozell-letter-calls-twitter-ceo-condemn-address-shadow-banning-censorship

That said, let’s talk more about the stunning revelations this week from James O’Keefe who got the dirt on Twitter and shadow-banning—a less personal, but nonetheless serious threat to free speech.

And, it isn’t just about Twitter! Shadow-banning can be used in all sorts of situations where social media is taking the pulse of citizens’ views, as we mentioned when we talked about shadow-banning possibly being used by the Heritage Foundation, here.

Breitbart (Twitter Censorship!) has a good explanation here, but simply put this is how it works:

You post a comment, or tweet something, and you can see on your computer screen that the comment posted and you think your remark is being seen by the world, but no one else sees it but you!  

As Breitbart  says, the very best, most skillful, shadow-banning is when you are never the wiser about the fact that you are speaking to an audience of one!

Here is CNS News on Brent Bozell’s comments on O’Keefe’s latest :

Twitter’s practice of “shadow banning” conservative posts, exposed Thursday in a new James O’Keefe undercover video, constitutes “the most sinister threat to free speech in history,” Media Research President Brent Bozell warns in a statement reacting to the news.

The Project Veritas video, featuring current and former Twitter employees describing the social media giant’s shadow banning censorship tactics, prompted the previously-skeptical Bozell to issue a warning to all Americans:

“I have been a critic of some of James O’Keefe’s work in the past, so I have the credentials to say the following: What O’Keefe has produced is not just extraordinary but it demands national attention.

“If social media is the communications vehicle of the future — and it is — then this represents the most sinister threat to free speech in history. That is no exaggeration.

“The radical left is out to censor the voices of all with whom they disagree. O’Keefe has proven it. Every American needs to watch this — if, of course, Twitter will allow it.”

I’ve been shadow-banned by Twitter on a couple of occasions (maybe more times than I know before I caught on!), so now I am wise to them!

Without getting too deep in to the weeds and techie details, here is what I have found and what I do.

After each tweet that I consider important, I check the feed for my tweets and the analytics which is where each tweet is recorded and statistics are gathered. If it is missing there, I quickly go to the tweet on my screen (before it is lost in hundreds of new incoming tweets) and get a screenshot.

Then I do this as I did yesterday when I tweeted about the President’s supposed comments on certain countries.

I bring attention to the fact that Twitter shadow-banned me and I put a screenshot of the original tweet into a new tweet.  Like this…

 

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By putting a photo of the tweet that ‘disappeared’ in another tweet, I alert my followers to dirty tricks by Twitter! And, likely end up with more interest than if Twitter had published it in the first place! So far, they haven’t shadow-banned my second attempt to get the message out.

 

If you are on Twitter, follow me (@RefugeeWatcher).  I tweet a lot of information that I have no time to write about in a post here at RRW.  And, you can see what I’m tweeting in the right hand side bar when you visit my blog directly.

This post is filed in my “free speech” category and in “blogging.”

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2017 RRW year in review

Posted by Ann Corcoran on January 1, 2018

Happy New Year to all of my faithful readers (and new ones too)!

RRW celebrated its 10th anniversary this past summer and I can say, without a doubt, that this has been the most monumental year for the refugee industry for the decade I’ve been observing it.  And, of course, that is because Donald J. Trump resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

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We will be watching in the year ahead!

The Trump Administration has been busy making changes to the UN/US Refugee Admissions Program with a very definite America First! orientation and we expect that to continue in the year that began 8 hours ago.

There is much the President can do administratively to begin the process of reforming how we deal with the UN and how refugees are admitted to the US. But….

Just as President Trump is undoing many policies Obama put in place with his phone and his pen, a new President in 3 (or 7) years can undo Trump’s administrative changes, so I will continue to argue that in order to bring about real change in what is an extremely flawed system of admitting third worlders (they aren’t all legitimate refugees) permanently to the US, Congress will have to make changes in the law!

Will they have the guts in 2018 to tackle the USRAP? My guess is no (remember the Republican leadership is driven by the Chamber and its ilk and wants the compliant low wage workers for its donor corporations) unless you continue to demand that they do (and the President pushes it!).

At this point in time, I plan to continue your education about how the Refugee Program impacts your communities and your wallets because, frankly, it is now or never for abolishing (or if you prefer to say reforming) the system.

Top Posts!

Now to the Three Top (most read) Posts of 2017:

This top story just goes to show how much readers want to hear from people who are living with the problems created by a refugee program that ignores the views of citizens who must live with it. Tens of thousands of people read these blog posts:

Comment worth noting from St. Cloud, MN

Aberdeen update: Efforts abound in South Dakota to keep citizens in the dark about refugees

Repost: US Cases of refugees arrested or convicted on terror charges, and other heinous crimes

There were three most important ways readers came to RRW, first through search engines as readers were looking for ‘Refugee Resettlement Watch’ or ‘Ann Corcoran,‘ followed by facebook and then twitter—all three combining to send the most readers my way.

Top countries!

And, here (below in descending order) are the Top Ten Countries from which readers arrived at RRW in 2017.

I had some fun looking over the countries that sent readers to RRW for all time (WordPress only supplied that information a few years ago) and am delighted to report that of 195 countries in the world, only one was not represented.  That country was Western Sahara (Africa).  All other countries, including small Pacific island countries, had residents who visited RRW.

For 2017 (excluding the US):

Canada

UK

Australia

Germany

South Africa

Turkey

India

Malaysia

Netherlands

France

For new readers! 

Visit my mid-December round-up here to learn more about the rules of the road at RRW.

This post, and others like it, is filed in my ‘blogging’ category, here.  If you missed it, you might like to see the top ten posts of the last decade which I reported here last week.

Again, Happy New Year!

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