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Middle East expert Pipes: I now believe it is a “purposeful conspiracy to replace Western civilization with Islam”

Posted by Ann Corcoran on December 10, 2017

Daniel Pipes is President of the Middle East Forum and has been writing and speaking about Islam since before 9/11.

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In a November interview (originally published in Italian), Pipes commented on his predictions for Syria as the ISIS threat is diminished.

He believes more refugees will be on their way to Europe, even as ISIS is no longer the excuse for their movement to western countries.

Below are a few snips from the interview which you can read in its entirety here (hat tip: Paul):

As ISIS collapses, will Europe face another wave of Syrian immigrants?

ISIS is a minor issue today; the major question is how the powers now present in Syria will resolve matters among them. I am pessimistic and expect many more refugees will be spilling out of Syria.

If so, how can Europe deal with this radicalized humanity?

Europeans should take control of their borders while urging Middle Eastern migrants to head toward Saudi Arabia and other wealthy states with whom they share a culture.

We previously posted a recommendation from Pipes in which he said Muslim refugees should be taken care of in their own “culture zone.” 

See that 2013 post by clicking here.

And, coincidentally yesterday we reported on an Op-ed at The Hill where a longtime foreign service officer said the same thing of the Rohingya ‘refugees’ from Burma. They should be placed in Muslim countries!

The Pipes interview continues:

What are the long-term risks of the unprecedented migration now underway to Europe?

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The replacement of European civilization with Islamic civilization.

Do you believe in the “Eurabia” theory, as do right-wing politicians in Italy?

When Bat Ye’or first proposed this theory in 2002, I was skeptical, not believing in a purposeful conspiracy to replace Western civilization with Islam. Fifteen years later, and especially after witnessing the astonishing actions of Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, I find it convincing. I can see no other way to explain the spectacular unwillingness to recognize the damage caused by unfettered immigration and blind multiculturalism.

Read more here.

And, see my complete archive on the ‘Invasion of Europe’ here.  It extends back nearly ten years.

Endnote: I’ve been thinking lately that all of us (bloggers, writers, citizen activists) should no longer (if you ever did!) find ways to say things in a more palatable, dare I say politically-correct way.  We will be vilified by the Leftwing and their Islamic supremacist friends of course, but there is no other way to move the general population to a point where they can understand the threat western civilization is facing.

And, by speaking the unvarnished truth, you give permission to others to do the same.

Daniel Pipes doesn’t mince any words here!

Posted in Changing the way we live, Colonization, Europe, Muslim refugees, Stealth Jihad, Who is going where | Tagged: , , , | Leave a Comment »

Politifact: There is no way to get at the true cost of resettling refugees in the US

Posted by Ann Corcoran on December 8, 2017

This is a story I missed in September right after the President spoke at the UN General Assembly.  Thanks to reader Brenda for sending it our way.

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We know this is true and it has been frustrating over the years when I’ve been unable to tell readers exactly what it does cost the US and state/local taxpayers per refugee placed (secretly!) in your towns and cities.

Recently you have seen a spate of reports about how refugees financially benefit America—the truth is they are deceiving the public because no one really knows the true cost of refugees’ admission to the US, their resettlement and their use of public services for which, unlike other categories of legal immigration, they are eligible upon arrival.

The best case was made by the Center for Immigration Studies in a study we reported and Politifact mentions below.

Before I tell you what Politifact says, see this post I wrote a month ago about researchers at the University of Utah troubled by this same fact—no one is keeping records on the cost of resettlement in any usable format.

To see what I mean locally, call your local Social Services agency, your school board, your court system or hospital (interpreter costs) and ask how much is it costing per year for each refugee in their system.  This is the response you will likely find in most locations: we don’t have users of our system characterized by immigration status.

But, you know who does know—your local resettlement contractor.

However, I’ll bet a buck they won’t tell you how many students they have placed in your local school system or how many of their refugees are signed up at your local social service agency.

Here is what Politifact found:

They couldn’t get at the true cost of the US Refugee Admissions Program either!  LOL and when I went to their whole list of meters for Trump, this story is missing from the list! No meter, so story is difficult to find!

Politifact opens with President Trump speaking at the UN and you know they were hoping to nail him with a “pants on fire’ meter.  They failed.

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Politfact doesn’t give Trump’s UN remarks a rating because even they realized the USRAP is so opaque, so lacking in transparency, that the numbers cannot be found.

“For the cost of resettling one refugee in the United States, we can assist more than 10 in their home region,” Trump said. “Out of the goodness of our hearts, we offer financial assistance to hosting countries in the region, and we support recent agreements of the G-20 nations that will seek to host refugees as close to their home countries as possible. This is the safe, responsible and humanitarian approach.”

We wondered about the accuracy of Trump’s claim that what’s spent on resettling one refugee in the United States could be used to help more than 10 refugees in their home region. We found the on-the-ground reality of aid to refugees to be so complex that it’s not possible to prove or disprove Trump’s statement.

The U.S. Health and Human Services Department (HHS), for example, told us that many mainstream programs and federal departments offer aid to refugees, and that makes an overall per-capita cost estimate impossible to calculate.  [No kidding! Use USA Spending.gov and you will find money going to the refugee program from the Dept. of Agriculture and the Justice Dept. just to name two that you might not have thought of!—ed]

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Given the complexity of the calculations, we won’t put this claim on the Truth-O-Meter.

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PROTESTER BURNS MONEY AT SEATTLE JAILHOUSE.

Where is Congress? Don’t you lazy lunks care how much this program is costing America?  How about some standardized reporting practices on the costs.

As for costs, the State Department reported that in fiscal year 2016 it spent nearly $545 million on the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program — that accounts for processing, transportation, reception and placement costs. (An expert told us refugees have to repay the full cost of their travel tickets, usually within two years.***)

About $1.6 billion in fiscal year 2016 went to Refugee and Entrant Assistance, administered by the Office of Refugee Resettlement within HHS. Refugee and Entrant Assistance funds programs that help refugees, asylees, Cuban and Haitian entrants, survivors of torture, Special Immigrant Visa holders, trafficking victims as well as unaccompanied children who were apprehended by immigration officials and are waiting for a resolution of their immigration case.

About $697 million of Refugee and Entrant Assistance’s 2016 budget went to resettlement services, according to Refugee Council USA, a coalition of non-governmental organizations that help refugees. [Here they are using information from the recipients of the government largess, hardly an impartial source!—a source that hired the Podesta Group to get them more government money!—ed]

Politifact:

So how much is spent per refugee resettlement? That’s not clear.

Do you hear that Welcoming America, a community organizing group parading economic studies around the country! You don’t know either what it costs taxpayers for this program, so you can’t say there is a net benefit to the economy!

Politifact continues….

“The amount and type of federal assistance provided to a refugee during his or her period of eligibility can vary greatly,” said Victoria A. Palmer, HHS spokeswoman. “Additionally, cash and medical assistance are administered at the state level, and the state cost-sharing amounts vary significantly from state to state.” [It is our contention that this cost-shifting is illegal! Where are you Congress?—ed]

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A November 2015 study from the Center for Immigration Studies, which favors low immigration levels, found a $64,370 cost to taxpayers per refugee from the Middle East over the course of the refugee’s first five years in the United States.

“For what it costs to resettle one Middle Eastern refugee in the United States for five years, about 12 refugees can be helped in the Middle East for five years, or 61 refugees can be helped for one year,” the study said.

The five-year resettlement estimate includes expenses incurred by offices within HHS and the State Department, plus welfare and education costs, the center reported. The estimates are based on 2013 figures.

“It should be clear that what drives these costs are the initial expenditures by (Office and Refugee Resettlement) and (Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration) and the very high use of welfare by Middle Eastern refugees,” the CIS report said.

More here.

*** This travel loan statement from an “expert” is bogus.  Yes, some refugees pay back their travel loans and others don’t.  There is no legal force applied.  The VOLAGs (the contractors) just tell refugees that their credit rating will stink (yes, sure, someone who has lived in an African refugee camp understands that!) if not repaid.

The real truth is that the contractors listed below try to extract the travel loan repayment from the impoverished refugees and then keep a cut for themselves.

See that the USCCB wrung $3 million out of refugees in one year, see my previous postThis is your money, and if refugees pay back travel loans, all of it should return to the US Treasury.  Where are you Congress?

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

US Conference of Catholic Bishops not happy with the President

Posted by Ann Corcoran on December 8, 2017

So what else is new. 

The USCCB, as readers know, is one of the nine major federal resettlement contractors*** that is being financially hurt by the slowdown in the refugee flow to Your Town, USA.

But, they never tell the public that piece of important information when they wail about federal refugee policy changes. I recently joked that until one of their news items tells the public the whole truth, I would keep writing about their taxpayer-supplied millions of dollars!

Of course they are not happy with President Trump now because he removed the US from that ‘nothing burger’ UN compact I told you about here.  

When that compact was formed in September of 2016, on the margins of the UN General Assembly at an Obama-organized show, organizers were disappointed at a toothless and wishy-washy response by western countries.  That is not to say it wouldn’t have turned in to something after follow-up meetings, but was in truth nothing more than symbolic.

But, you see it gives the Religious Left, like the Bishops, a reason to bash Trump now.

From Crux:

NEW YORK – Following the announcement last Saturday by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that the United States would no longer participate in the development of a Global Compact on Migration, U.S. Catholic bishops and migration experts denounced the decision and urged the Trump administration to reconsider its position.

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Catholic lobbyist O’Keefe. Do taxpayers ‘contribute’ to his salary?

The Compact was an outcome goal of the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, which the U.S. participated in during a United Nations summit in September 2016.

“We simply cannot in good faith support a process that could undermine the sovereign right of the United States to enforce our immigration laws and secure our borders,” said Tillerson.

In response, the U.S. bishops said the decision is counterproductive to the country’s safety efforts and violates key tenets of Catholic social teaching.

Bishop Joe E. Vásquez, chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Migration, said that while the Church teaches that every country has a right to secure its own borders, “the Church has long articulated that it is the obligation of nations to assure human rights for all migrants and special protections for vulnerable migrants, such as refugees, forced migrants, victims of human trafficking, and women and children at risk.”

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The Bishops and O’Keefe have every right to lobby on everything under the sun (including global warming). They can bash the Prez all they want, but if I were the President I would be cutting off their federal funding! Separation of church and state after all! Let them do their lobbying and their “good works” with private funding!

How many of your tax dollars help pay this Catholic lobbyist’s salary?

In an interview with Crux, Bill O’Keefe, vice president for government relations and advocacy for Catholic Relief Services, said Catholics of all political persuasions should support the effort of the Global Compact.

If you are a Catholic of a different “political persuasion” speak up in your local parish!

And, now for new readers (longtime readers can stop here!) because I am going to post this every time I see them whining and moaning about refugee policy, but never mentioning their pecuniary interest.

From my post last July…

The Bishops Migration Fund was 97% taxpayer-funded according to a 2014 annual report for their Migration Fund and I doubt the percentage has changed much in recent years.

The Bishops don’t file a Form 990 and their operations are so vast, I could spend the whole day and still not sort it out.  Also, maybe you can find one, but I have not found an annual report for their refugee program since I found this one for 2014.

So we will have to rely on it (again). Keep in mind these funds for their refugee resettlement program do not include millions that go directly from the feds to some individual Catholic Charities and Dioceses around the US. (If you are researching your local CC or Dioceses, you can often find good numbers at USASpending.gov)

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US Treasury dollars circled in red. Travel loan collection fees is your money too! Do you see what a tiny bit of money is privately given which says to me that the average practicing Catholic is not supporting their migration program.

 

***These are the nine federal resettlement contractors paid by you to place refugees in your towns and cities. The USCCB places the largest number so they are really feeling the financial pinch as the President has reduced the flow of paying clients (aka refugees).  These middlemen, get paid by the head for their ‘charitable good works,’ so they have no incentive to ever see a reduction in numbers.

Posted in Changing the way we live, Colonization, Community destabilization, Reforms needed, Refugee Resettlement Program, The Opposition, Trump | Tagged: , , , | 9 Comments »

Refugees lured to Aberdeen, South Dakota are now going to be jobless!

Posted by Ann Corcoran on December 7, 2017

There is no longer any question that refugees are a US State Department-supplied transient migrant labor force moving around the country following short-lived needs for factory workers.

So everyone needs to stop the propaganda about this being a strictly humanitarian program and stop denigrating local citizens who have questions about supporting it with their tax dollar!

In my alerts this morning there was a short blurb about a company closing its doors in Aberdeen, South Dakota and it listed Lutheran Social Services South Dakota (a subcontractor of LIRSthere as one agency for refugee workers to access for help finding work and counseling.

I was interested in the story because South Dakota was one of the stops in my 6000 plus mile trip around America in the summer of 2016 to see how refugee labor was affecting American communities.

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In April 2016 I reported on Aberdeen “welcoming” Mayor Levsen:  “We need workers, and we certainly would be glad to have more friends and neighbors and more children in our schools and more cultures that we can learn from.” [And you get to pay for it all while big business gets cheap labor!]  https://refugeeresettlementwatch.wordpress.com/2016/04/16/heads-up-aberdeen-south-dakota-new-resettlement-site-being-proposed

And, I wondered what does LSSSD have to do with Molded Fiber Glass?

(I can only guess that Molded Fiber Glass, which makes blades for wind turbines, must be suffering from a decline in interest in wind energy (a story for another blog!)).

Here is the bit of news about the company laying off its workforce:

Molded Fiber Glass employees learned Wednesday morning that they’ll only have their jobs for about two more months.

Workers will be laid off as operations wrap up at the plant, which is expected to close by Feb. 15, 2018. As a result, 409 people will out of jobs.

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A list of Aberdeen organizations that provide services to those who need assistance — from basic needs to job placement — follows.

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Lutheran Social Services: 110 Sixth Ave. S.E., Suite 200, 605-229-1500

Lutheran Social Services provides individual counseling and mental health to the general population.

The Center for New Americans – a division of Lutheran Social Services – provides case management employment training and employment assistance from a refugee’s arrival for up to five years. It also provides employers of refugees with interpretation services and training, according to director Tim Jurgens.

 

So I looked around and what did I find?

An article that tells us that only a few years ago Molded Fiber Glass lured refugee workers from other states to fill out its South Dakota workforce.  A work force which they will now fire!

The lesson here is that refugees placed by the US State Department and its contractors*** may not stay where they were placed, but move around the country looking for better work situations (it is called secondary migration in refugee industry lingo) and in so doing disrupt, for only a short time in some cases, your local community.

This is a 2016 story where Molded Fiber Glass is crowing about its refugee laborers—half of the plant workforce!  And, now in 2017 the plant has announced it will close. Oh well.

From The New American Economy:

South Dakota has an enviable problem, at least for workers: The state has a consistently low unemployment rate, typically about half the national average. This spring it dropped to 2.5 percent, the lowest in the country. For businesses, however—which are drawn to the state for its friendly tax policies and low utility costs—the view translates into one of worker scarcity. And it poses a critical problem: Who will staff their hotels and restaurants? Who will make the products they manufacture?

This is the dilemma David Giovannini faced when he arrived in Aberdeen, South Dakota in 2010 to run a new plant for Molded Fiber Glass, an Ohio-based manufacturer of composite material systems and processes. The Aberdeen facility makes blades for wind turbines. Given the rapidly expanding wind-energy market, the firm was perfectly poised for expansion – but it couldn’t find enough employees.

“South Dakota is a great place for companies to be, but the available workforce has been a little bit of an issue for us,” Giovannini says. “So for us to be able to handle our business levels we had to look at alternatives.”

Fortunately, Giovannini had a good place to look. Ninety miles away, in Huron, South Dakota, a hiring manager at a turkey processing plant had taken an innovative approach to finding labor.

Frustrated with the diminishing number of Latino immigrant workers holding legal work documents—and unable to rely on American-born workers to apply for the grueling jobs—Mark “Smoky” Heuston of Dakota Provisions had decided to recruit refugees, traveling 300 miles to do so. [I learned in my travels the meatpacking was a well-paying job Americans did want to do until the industry discovered immigrant labor willing to work for less and was less demanding on management—ed]

By the way, a citizen of Huron had arranged a meeting for me with “Smoky” when I passed through Huron on my 2016 trip, but he cancelled it abruptly the night before. 

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No wonder “Smoky” was too busy when I arrived in Huron in July 2016. He had just done a PBS News Hour puff piece on refugee labor.  Photo credit me!  https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/south-dakota-town-embraces-new-immigrants-vital-to-meat-industry

Giovannini liked what he saw, gained an introduction to Karen community leaders, and slowly started hiring them. That was in 2011, when his Aberdeen plant employed 150 people. Today it employs 600, half of whom are American-born. “If we had not been able to tap into that reservoir of people, we would have had difficulty,” he says. “Quite frankly, the refugee workers have been critical to our success as a company.”

Molded Fiber Glass pays above-average wages and offers benefits that rank in the top quartile for the area. It gives employees tuition-assistance for related college coursework and pays its immigrant workers to take English-language classes. In addition, human resources staff help refugees navigate life outside of work, assisting them in finding housing, cars, and doctors. They also help them read bills or school forms.

The investment has been well worth it, the company says. Production has more than tripled, and the town has benefited from the influx of young workers and families.

With an aging population and young people increasingly moving to urban areas, South Dakota as a whole has been struggling economically. “The refugees have begun to meld into the community, so it’s also an economic boom for Aberdeen,” Giovannini says. [Unless they can find other work in Aberdeen, I guess they will have to unmeld now and move on!—ed]

And where the company once had to heavily recruit for labor, it now merely continues to treat workers well and lets word-of-mouth take over. Refugees have traveled from as far as Texas, Alaska, and Georgia to apply for jobs. “We still advertise, but not to the extent that we used to do it,” Giovannini says.

More here.

Ho hum, now what? The refugees move on to another town and another company. 

And, to think we taxpayers pay for their movement to America facilitated by the US State Department and its contractors so that businesses can have a ready supply of cheap labor that disrupts your town with a needy transient population!

And, our tax dollars pay for Lutheran Social Service of South Dakota to take care of their needs when a business dumps them.

See my archive on South Dakota here.  The Burmese, soon to be unemployed, have been less disruptive than the Somalis moving there for meatpacking work.

***These are the nine federal resettlement contractors paid by you to place refugees in your towns and cities so that companies like Molded Fiber Glass can obtain a workforce.  The employment headhunters, the middlemen, get paid by the head for their ‘charitable good works,’ so they have no incentive to ever see a reduction in numbers.

Posted in Changing the way we live, Colonization, Community destabilization, Legal immigration and jobs, Pockets of Resistance, Reforms needed, Refugee Resettlement Program, Resettlement cities, Taxpayer goodies, The Opposition, Who is going where | Tagged: , , | 14 Comments »

We have admitted 130,000 Somalis to the US since 1983! Do we have any obligation to clean out Kenyan camps? NO!

Posted by Ann Corcoran on December 6, 2017

In the wake of the Supreme Court decision on the so-called ‘travel ban’ which does target some Somali refugees, there is much wailing and moaning going on in places like Minnesota as we see here at the Star Tribune.

 

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This is the UN camp, Dadaab, in Kenya.  We get the largest number of our Somali refugees from this camp. Are we expected to clean out the camp forever?  Somalis have been producing children there for 27 years, ever since their country fell apart. Why is this America’s problem?

 

See this story at the Star Tribune as Somalis complain that their families are still stuck in camps:

News of the Supreme Court’s ruling that allows enforcement of President Trump’s travel ban sent Minneapolis resident Mohamed Abdirisaq rushing to seek counsel at the local Women Child Safe Center. For him and his loved ones, the decision’s implications are immediate and personal.

Abdirisaq’s wife and three children, who live in Kenya, await resettlement in the Twin Cities.

“I’m heartbroken,” Abdirisaq said. “This decision denies my right to reunite with my family.”

His “right” to reunite! And, by the way, why did he leave his family behind in the first place?

Ayan Isse, executive director of Women Child Safe Center, said “my clients are worried to death. I don’t know how to calm their nerves. Their families are still stuck in the refugee camps and some have even been deported back to Somalia recently. Our country is still not peaceful.”

It is not America’s problem that the Somalis cannot govern themselves! 

And, frankly I believe there are Muslim countries in the world—can you say rich Gulf states–that, if they had the will, could invest in Somalia and repatriate the people. But, they don’t because (in my opinion) they know that the Somalis serve a useful purpose as  the advance guard—Islam’s foot soldiers—to be sent out across the world.

You know it’s time to show you the numbers I’ve compiled over the years for the Somali refugees we taxpayers have funded to move to America.  These are only the Somalis we admitted through the US Refugee Admissions Program. They do not include: temporary protected status entrants, Visa lottery winners, successful asylum seekers or the large numbers of Somalis who are roaming America after getting across our borders undetected.

Will it ever end?

From a report I first posted here:

1983-93:   4,413

1994:  3,508

1995:  2,524

1996:  6,440

1997:  4,948

1998:  2,952

1999:  4,321

2000:  6,002

2001:  4,940

2002:   242    (Guesses why this is so low?  9/11 freaked everyone out!)

2003:  1,708

Here GW Bush picks it up to make up for lost time!

2004:  12,814

2005:  10,101

2006:  10,330

2007:  6,958

2008:  2,523

2009:  4,189  (on the rise again even though family reunification is suspended still!)

2010:  4,884

2011:  3,161

2012:  4,921

2013:  7,600

2014:  9,000

2015:  8,858

2016:  (Wrapsnet is down at the moment)

Total is over 130,000

Posted in Africa, Changing the way we live, Colonization, Community destabilization, Muslim refugees, Reforms needed, Refugee Resettlement Program, Stealth Jihad, The Opposition, Trump, Who is going where | Tagged: , , , | 6 Comments »

White House “New Senior Adviser for Refugees” still a mystery

Posted by Ann Corcoran on December 5, 2017

Over a week ago, the Heritage Foundation tooted their horn in an e-mail that they had visited the White House with their “Roadmap for Reform” for the US Refugee  Admissions Program.

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You learned about that visit here.

In their e-mail Heritage said this:

Last Thursday, they briefed Admiral Hall on their report at the National Security Council. He was very receptive and promised to pass it to the new Senior Adviser for Refugees ….

Who that senior adviser is remains a mystery.

We did hear from sources that we needed to contact a woman named Julie who is the Dept. of State’s Senior Congressional Advisor and she might know.  When we did so, and explained that we wished to share information with the “New Senior Adviser for Refugees” including information on fraud in the USRAP she said this in response:

The State Department takes allegations of fraud very seriously.  If you have information you would like to convey, you may contact the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration directly at PRM-Admissions-Inquiries@ state.gov

But, we received no information on who the adviser might be, just the admonition to contact PRM.

We did immediately write to that Department of State (DOS) office and have not, so far, received a response.  We wanted to especially share what we have been learning about Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, see Breitbart story here.

This comment (at Heritage) below reminded us that many of you might have things to share with the US State Department about fraud and possible misuse of taxpayer dollars.

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I encourage any of you who have information about waste, fraud etc. to contact that office linked above (in the e-mail to me from Julie).

I don’t know who is at the other end of that e-mail address because I haven’t gotten a response, but don’t hesitate to contact the office about problems you may be having with federal contractors or when you see those contractors either keeping things secret from your community or when they leave refugees in the lurch.

On the secrecy issue, the DOS has told the national media and a Senate committee in the past that meetings held by their contractors—quarterly consultations/stakeholder meetings—are open to the public!

Or, as the commenter above said, tell the DOS if you see incidents where the refugees themselves are potentially breaking the law.

I know what you are saying, that you don’t want to get on some government list, but honestly if we don’t blow the whistle then what? The swamp will never be drained and America, as we know it, will be gone for your children and grandchildren!

And, one more thing, you may find that the DOS (if they do answer you) will send you to another federal agency—ORR in HHS—saying that whatever you raised doesn’t involve DOS. Yes it does! The DOS is the agency that sends refugees out to your towns and cities so they are in fact the lead agency on the distribution of refugees, the hiring of contractors and the decisions about which towns will be impacted.

This post is filed in my ‘what you can do’ category, here.

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RCUSA, lobbying arm of refugee industry, tracks refugee numbers to shame Trump

Posted by Ann Corcoran on December 5, 2017

I’ve told you about the Refugee Council USA many times. It is the consortium of groups that includes the nine federal resettlement contractors that pressures policy makers in Washington, DC. Back in 2015 they were clamoring for 200,000 refugees to be admitted to the US in one year!

Most recently they joined with CAIR to protest the President. And, stunningly, paid the Podesta Group $100,000 (was some of it taxpayer dollars?) to lobby certain Republican members of Congress for them!

I see now that they are following the refugee admissions numbers and prominently posting them on their website’s opening page obviously to stick it to the Trump Administration which has indeed seriously reduced the number of refugees entering the US and thus will severely put a strain on their budgets since they are paid by the head for every refugee they place in Your Town, USA.

 

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Screenshot taken on December 5, 2017  http://www.rcusa.org/

 

They are probably having hissy-fits over the recent one-two-three punch they have gotten from the Trump Administration and the Supreme Court as I said in my previous post.

They must be feeling the one-two punches, actually more than two punches when you consider the reduced numbers of paying clients (aka refugees) entering the US, the US withdrawal from Obama’s UN compact, and now this.

See my archive on the Refugee Council USA here.

And, again, go here to see who is in this DC swamp lobbying group.  All nine federal resettlement contractors are there.

Here, for new readers, are the nine federal resettlement contractors paid by you to place refugees in your towns and cities.  These middlemen get paid by the head for their ‘charitable good works,’ so they have no incentive to ever see a reduction in numbers.

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Supreme Court says Trump travel ban can be enforced for now

Posted by Ann Corcoran on December 5, 2017

Truth be told, I never fully immersed myself in the travel ban issue as I saw it as separate from what I’ve been concentrating on. I’ve thought from the beginning that the President should never have mixed the two issues (US Refugee program and a travel restriction) in that first Executive Order and thus thoroughly confused the general public.

And, allowed the Supreme Court to muck around and write refugee law (see my Supreme Court category by clicking here.)

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The vote to permit the ban to be carried out for now was 7-2 with only Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor dissenting.

That said, I’m reporting here a brief summary from CNN of what happened yesterday. We will have a better understanding when the refugee industry gets in gear today and begins blasting away at Trump again.

They must be feeling the one-two punches, actually more than two punches when you consider the reduced numbers of paying clients (aka refugees) entering the US, the US withdrawal from Obama’s UN compact, and now this.

From CNN:

Washington (CNN)The US Supreme Court on Monday allowed the newest version of President Donald Trump’s travel ban to take effect pending appeal.

This is the first time justices have allowed any edition of the ban to go forward in its entirety. It signals that some of the justices might be distinguishing the latest version from previous iterations and could be more likely, in the future, to rule in favor of the ban.

Issued in September, the third edition of the travel ban placed varying levels of restrictions on foreign nationals from eight countries: Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Somalia and Yemen.

Readers need to know that the only country in that list that we take significant refugees from is Somalia (and not even directly from Somalia, but from Kenya and elsewhere).  So I assume this doesn’t completely close the Somali spigot for now, but I suspect this will make it harder for those Somali ‘refugees’ living in the US to travel back and forth to Somalia (the country they were supposedly escaping) as they have been doing!

We have been taking some ‘refugees’ from Iran, but most have been those practicing minority religions and not Muslims. And, although there was a big push for Syrians that number didn’t reach monumental numbers. Those other countries in the restricted list send very few (none in some cases) refugees to the US.

Countries from which we do receive Muslim refugees that are not on the travel ban list are: Burma (growing number of Rohingya entering US now), Iraq, Afghanistan, and several African countries.  So this travel ban is in no way a Muslim ban!

CNN continues…

Lower courts in two separate challenges had partially blocked the ban.

The order is a significant temporary win for the Trump administration, which has fought all year to impose a travel ban against citizens of several Muslim-majority countries. Monday’s order means it can be enforced while challenges to the policy make their way through the legal system.

The Trump administration has maintained that the President has the authority to install travel bans in order to protect national security.

“The Constitution and acts of Congress confer on the President broad authority to prevent aliens abroad from entering this country when he deems it in the nation’s interest,” Solicitor General Noel Francisco argued in court papers. Francisco argued that the ban was necessary “in order to protect national security.”

The White House said it was “not surprised” by Monday’s order.

More later when some bright legal minds weigh in.

And, remember this isn’t the end of it since there are still cases working their way through the lower courts.

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Arrogant Church World Service closes doors in Poughkeepsie

Posted by Ann Corcoran on December 3, 2017

“And when half the community didn’t agree with this program, they were called racists, bigots and so on.”

(Poughkeepsie resident David Cole)

 

We reported about ten days ago that this was in the cards for Church World Service’s resettlement office where citizens complained “loudly” that they  opposed the opening in the first place, but CWS went ahead anyway.

Church World Service was responsible for my entry into this whole issue over ten years ago when its subcontractor at the time, Virginia Council of Churches, began placing refugees quietly (that is the operative word!) in to Hagerstown, MD.

Citizens of the often struggling western Maryland city wanted to know—why here? We have so many needy people already!

(By the way, they are no longer operating here despite their best efforts to paint questioners as racists.)

You would think CWS would have learned from past mistakes…guess not!

Here is the news from Poughkeepsie (hat tip: Jim):

POUGHKEEPSIE–The refugee resettlement agency that operated briefly out of the Family Partnership Center in Poughkeepsie has closed its office, and it all points back to President Donald Trump’s executive order earlier this year reducing the number of refugees coming to the United States.

For new readers, reducing the numbers means they weren’t going to be paid by the feds (you, the taxpayer). They receive vast amounts of their budgets based on a per refugee head basis.

Hudson Valley News continues:

Last fall, the global humanitarian ministry held public forums to outline its intentions and answer questions about integrating refugees into the community.

At the November meeting at Christ Episcopal Church, some expressed opposition, decrying the “secrecy” of the plan and how it was “thrust upon” city residents without their approval.

[….]

David Cole, a Poughkeepsie resident who led a group opposing the refugee resettlement, said he was not surprised to learn that CWS had closed its Hudson Valley office.

“Poughkeepsie was not the right place for a refugee resettlement office,” he said.

“CWS…tried to push this onto the community, and the community wasn’t happy about it. They still went ahead and pushed an office into the area. I’m sorry to say this, but the whole thing backfired in their faces.”

Cole, who organized a petition against resettlement late last year, said that after Trump cut the number of refugees in half, the agency wastefully spent all its resources in a community where many already are struggling.

“And when half the community didn’t agree with this program, they were called racists, bigots and so on,” he said. “It’s a shame those people didn’t see the real reasons why, and that is, Poughkeepsie is not the right place for a refugee resettlement.”

More here.

My Poughkeepsie archive is here.

They had big plans!

Obama/Hillary and the refugee contractors, like CWS, had big plans going in to 2016. They fully expected Hillary to win and the flow of refugees to tick up even higher, so the US State Department was actively scouting new sites (old ones were getting overloaded and they needed fresh territory).

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This is the State Department’s guide for community organizers to teach them how to set up new resettlement sites in their unsuspecting communities. I only discovered it by chance.

As the Obama Administration was winding down, new resettlement sites were planned in many small and medium-sized cities, but the State Department never revealed the whole list because of course they knew opposition would be inevitable.

At one point we heard that there were as many as 47 potential new sites being secretly developed.  We reported on the ones we learned about, including Poughkeepsie.

Here is a list (incomplete) from a post I wrote at the time Trump was elected.

Below are new sites we have identified so far of the supposed 47 the Obama Administration is (or has been) trying to get established.

One of the first things the Trump Administration must do is to make all of this information public information.  Here are some of the sites we have identified so far by just keeping an eye on local news reports:

[The status listed below is as it was at this time last year—ed]

Asheville, NC (not decided yet)

Rutland, VT (approved, waiting)

Reno, NV (open)

Ithaca, NY

Missoula, MT (open)

Aberdeen, SD (not now)

Charleston, WV (approved, see Senator Capito as the Frau Merkel of WV!)

Fayetteville, AR

Blacksburg, VA

Pittsfield, MA

Northhampton, MA

Flint, MI

Bloomington, IN (dead for now)

Traverse City, MI

Poughkeepsie, NY

Wilmington, DE

Hudson, WI (dead for now?)

Watertown, NY (maybe)

Youngstown, OH (maybe)

Storm Lake, Iowa

Sante Fe, NM (approved but on hold)

I would love to know how many we can cross off the list. 

Let me know if you have definitive news on any of these locations. Of course Poughkeepsie is dead.

To learn more about the ‘New Site Development Guide‘ introduced by Lawrence Bartlett one of the career bureaucrats who is still in control at the Bureau of Population Refugees and Migration, click here.

Heritage missed the mark! and this is one reason why:

Bartlett was a headliner at a one-sided panel discussion on USRAP reform held at the Heritage Foundation here (Is Heritage selling us out?) in September; and, thus, surely had some influence on Heritage’s “Roadmap for reform.”

I’ll wager that Heritage’s inside-the-Washington-beltway experts had no clue that controversy was swirling in cities like Poughkeepsie and surely Bartlett and his crew didn’t tell them!

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Twin Falls, ID ‘Interfaith’ group to celebrate diversity today after “hate crime” in October

Posted by Ann Corcoran on December 2, 2017

Get ready Humboldt, TN because in a few years your small city (that is now welcoming a labor-hungry meatpacking plant) will have the joys of diversity visited upon you too.

For new readers Chobani Yogurt (BIG YOGURT) in Twin Falls is one of several food processing factories to enjoy the refugee labor being sent their way by the UN/US State Department Refugee Admissions Program and its NGO contractors.

However, see here that the Trump Administration is slowing the movement of their workforce in to the country.

All these global corporations will be scrambling if this keeps up!

 

Islamic center twin falls

Islamic Center of Twin Falls from their facebook page:   https://www.facebook.com/Islamic-Center-of-Twin-Falls-729572123807662/

 

Here is how the story begins at MagicValley.com:

TWIN FALLS — A group of faith leaders are planning an interfaith rally — a response to an October incident where butchered pig parts were draped on a cross at the Islamic Center of Twin Falls.

Faith Leaders of the Magic Valley are organizing a rally for religious freedom. It’s slated for 11 a.m. to noon Saturday at Twin Falls City Park.

Organizers say it’s a grassroots effort, and the purpose is to celebrate the diversity of religions in Twin Falls and to exercise freedom of religion. It’s a direct response to the Islamic Center incident, which Twin Falls police have called a hate crime.

To learn more visit MagicValley.com because I dare not give you another paragraph of their story.

They are the only paper in the country to ever send me a legal letter for snipping too much of a story (says a lot doesn’t it!).  I’ll bet I actually added to their traffic that day!

Sorry I didn’t see this sooner, but send photos if you attended!

See my Twin Falls archive here.

 

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