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Jewish refugee agency to begin closing resettlement sites

Posted by Ann Corcoran on December 16, 2017

As I mentioned yesterday, when I reported that true-believer, Lawrence Bartlett, Director of Refugee Admissions at the US State Department, had been reassigned to Puerto Rico (voluntarily we assume), resettlement contractors*** are in a panic.

At Jewish Telegraphic Agency (hat tip: ‘badboylookout’) we learn that the State Department is in talks with its contractors about which sites to close—the smaller ones first.

(Go here to see HIAS sites near you.)

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As CEO of HIAS, Hetfield makes an annual salary of $358,718 (doing well by doing good!).  Since there aren’t enough paying ‘clients’ (aka refugees) coming in, will he take a pay cut? 

This is a far cry from the heyday (Hillary on the horizon!) in mid-2016 when the State Department was reportedly working on a secret list of 40-plus NEW sites.

(emphasis below is mine)

(JTA) — HIAS, the Jewish refugee aid agency, will be closing resettlement programs in several cities due to a sharp reduction in the total number of refugees let into the country in the next fiscal year.

The group’s Chicago chapter announced in an email Friday that it would be shuttering its refugee resettlement program.

The same day, HIAS President Mark Hetfield told JTA that programs in other cities would likely follow, though nothing has been finalized. HIAS runs refugee resettlement programs in 21 large to midsize metropolitan areas.

“It is true that smaller resettlement sites are being closed, and we’re in negotiations with the State Department right now as to which those will be,” he said. “We want to keep open as many sites as we can. Chicago has a lot of resettlement agencies there, and that was a smaller site.”

Just think about that above—negotiations with the US State Department—once again confirming that state and local opinions are not considered (when opening or closing sites).  A non-profit group accountable to no voters and the US State Department are making decisions about your home town!

For the fiscal year 2017, HIAS resettled about 3,300 refugees after being approved to resettle nearly 4,800 refugees. The organization has been approved for about 3,300 this year, but Hetfield expects to resettle fewer. He said the reduced number will make it a challenge to engage 380 synagogues nationwide that had signed up with HIAS to help with welcoming refugees to their cities. [Of course no mention of the loss to their wallets!—ed]

More here.

That last bit really gets me hopping angry!

Here is an idea for the 380 synagogues:  Have we run out of needy people? Why not help the poor people where you live!  And, if it’s refugees you want to help, then find the ones who came in previous months and years who are STILL STRUGGLING to find housing, food, jobs, etc. Are only the newest ‘Americans’ more attractive to you, more worthy of your charity?

Go here to see my entire Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) file.

***These are the nine resettlement contractors (six are ‘religious’ charities) that can’t survive without federal funding (your tax dollars). They work jointly with the US Dept. of State to change America by changing the people. Maybe it’s time they shifted their focus and take care of poor, homeless, needy Americans! Wouldn’t that be refreshing this holiday season!

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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:

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Chobani gets big wet kiss from tainted real estate news outlet

Posted by Ann Corcoran on December 14, 2017

Ulukaya envisions Twin Falls becoming the “Silicon Valley of food”…

 

The Leftwing media outlet that posted a big glowing report of the wonders Chobani Yogurt has brought to Twin Falls, Idaho is called ‘Curbed.’ 

I had never heard of it so I checked it out here at wikipedia and see it is a real-estate industry blog owned by Vox Media.   Curbed we learn was founded by one Lockhart Steele.  Not a household name you say.  Right, but he did get a bit of publicity back in October when he was fired from Vox in the great wave of exposed sexual harassers on the political Left.

(LOL! This was more interesting than the wet-kiss story about Chobani. Readers might remember that (exposing their bias) Vox had this to say about yours truly).

Variety:

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Lockhart Steele, Vox Media’s editorial director and former CEO and founder of Curbed Network, has been fired for sexual harassment after allegations made by a former employee.

“Lockhart Steele was terminated effective immediately,” CEO Jim Bankoff wrote in a memo to staff Thursday, which the company confirmed to Variety was authentic. “Lock admitted engaging in conduct that is inconsistent with our core values and is not tolerated at Vox Media.”

Steele’s name also has been removed from the Vox Media page listing company leadership. He joined the company through its November 2013 acquisition of Curbed, in a cash-and-stock deal reportedly worth $20 million to $30 million. The Curbed Network included Curbed.com, which covers real-estate; food blog Eater; and Racked, which covers retailing. Previously, Steele was managing editor at Gawker Media. Steele did not respond to a request for comment.

There was a time in American history when media on the Left would have been cheering for the American worker, not so much anymore, they are instead cheering for giant global corporations using cheaper and more compliant immigrant labor.

Now to the story at (tainted) Curbed/Vox on Chobani Yogurt and its sainted CEO Hamdi Ulukaya (emphasis is mine):

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Chobani has no role at all in the refugee program.” Yet here he is sharing the podium with Lavinia Limon of USCRI, the very resettlement agency that works with the US State Department to send refugees to Twin Falls. Are we to believe there is no collusion—that they have no discussions about refugee labor for Idaho?

For Hamdi Ulukaya, founder and CEO of the Greek yogurt-making giant Chobani, Twin Falls, Idaho, helped his company expand in ways he could barely imagine when he arrived in the United States in 1994 as a Turkish college student who didn’t speak English. The small city of 48,000 in the Magic Valley, an agricultural center in the southern part of the state, home to the company’s 1 million-square-foot factory, will soon be the centerpiece of a new chapter for Chobani, one of the last decade’s most successful new food brands.

Earlier this month, Chobani announced plans to expand its sizable footprint in Twin Falls. A $21 million, 70,000-square-foot expansion, centered around an energy-efficient, glass-enclosed food research and development center (R&D), set to open next summer, aims to become a food-focused startup hub that will help Chobani and other entrepreneurs develop new products. Ulukaya envisions Twin Falls becoming the “Silicon Valley of food,” and Michael Gonda, the senior vice president of corporate affairs, says the expansion will double the research & development team, currently operating out of a double-wide trailer.

Mayor Shawn Barigar loves Chobani (doesn’t everyone).  But, do the folks of Idaho want to “redefine rural?”

Chobani shows how economic development, innovation, and a new business can help change a city’s fortunes. Twin Falls Mayor Shawn Barigar said the company exemplifies “redefining rural,” a local bid to build and innovate within its proud agricultural heritage. Since arriving in 2012, Chobani has helped the agribusiness hub thrive, creating 1,000 direct jobs, pumping more than $700 million annually into the region’s GDP, and becoming a big part of the state’s important dairy industry (its plant processes 3 million of the 40 million pounds of milk produced daily in Idaho).

Ulukaya’s story, and his company’s success, embody the American dream immigrants have chased for centuries. But in today’s political climate, Chobani has also found itself drawn into the city’s and the country’s reckonings with a wave of anti-immigrant, anti-refugee sentiment. Ulukaya has proudly supported and sought out refugees, employing hundreds in Twin Falls, where 11 or 12 different languages are spoken on the factory floor.

[….]

Otter and Chobani in 2012

Idaho Republican Governor Otter apparently wants to “redefine rural” too—-big smooch for Ulukaya in 2012. Global food processing giants are changing American towns and cities with refugee labor.  Photo:   http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/mar/09/yogurt-war-exposes-big-food-flaws-as-chobani-passe/

Twin Falls has been part of the nation’s refugee program for decades, with a resettlement office at the local College of Southern Idaho (CSI) helping to place roughly 300 refugees every year.

On that last bit, I sure hope Mr. Chobani Yogurt knows that the refugee numbers are going to be really low this year in Trump’s first full year of control of the flow.

Local citizens should watch for refugees being bused in from other cities and states. It is still a rumor so far but we are hearing that cheap-labor strapped food processing companies may be doing that in other states.

The good mayor of Twin Falls wears two hats!

When Chobani first considered expanding to Twin Falls back in 2011, none of this was central to the conversation or the courting of the fast-growing company. Barigar, then president and CEO of the chamber of commerce (a role he still performs in addition to being mayor), said the city and local economic development agencies spoke about the state’s economy and labor force. They “came for the milk,” he says, and quickly got to work. The Twin Falls factory, the world’s largest yogurt production facility at more than a million square feet, broke ground and was up and running in less than a year.

This last sentence above is a point that hasn’t ever been fully explored.  How does a company that produces so much waste get up and running in less than a year?  How did they get through environmental regulatory requirements at the local, state and federal level that fast?

There is so much in this article I would love to address, but you will need to read it yourself especially if you live in Twin Falls and have been living through this.  Just one more bit here:

Persistent rumors, including a false story that Chobani was involved in a conspiracy involving child sex and spreading tuberculosis, led the company to file a successful defamation lawsuit against Infowars’ Alex Jones, who took down the fake stories as a condition of the settlement. As a private company, Chobani has no role at all in the refugee program, says Gonda.

Chobani lawyers have successfully silenced critical news, not just Infowars, about Chobani Yogurt and the refugee program.

Much more here at Curbed/Vox.

I recommend that anyone with the wherewithal should do a documentary film about Twin Falls, Idaho or St. Cloud Minnesota to show the rest of the nation what happens to a town when a food processing company or other corporations seek refugee labor, the city is changed and a ‘pocket of resistance’ forms.

Both small cities have it all! (Controversial mayors, global corporations, Republican elected officials in the bag for more immigrant labor, Muslim refugees, Chambers of Commerce pushing immigration, Leftwing  ‘church’ groups, US State Department refugee placement contractors, refugee criminal cases, new mosques, citizen push back, defamation of rural patriotic Americans by the local media, etc.).

See my complete archive on Twin Falls by clicking here.

Oh, and by the way, all of the Leftist media attacks on the concerned citizens of Twin Falls imply that the citizens were making it up that Syrian refugees were coming to Twin Falls. Here is MagicValley.com’s April 30, 2015 headline:

CSI Refugee Center Expects Influx of Syrians

TWIN FALLS • The College of Southern Idaho’s Refugee Center is expecting an influx of Syrian refugees starting in October.

CSI Refugee Center works for Lavinia Limon of USCRI (photo above).

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The Rohingya narrative driven by ‘human rights activists’ is a big lie

Posted by Ann Corcoran on December 13, 2017

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These are Rohingya jihadists! 

 

I’ve been writing about Rohingya ‘refugees’ for ten years and have watched the Leftwing media machine work overtime to produce a narrative that the poor Muslim Rohingya in Burma (Myanmar) and Bangladesh are being persecuted and killed by Burmese Buddhists and therefore they need to be forced on Burma or better still moved to Your Town, USA and into the West generally.

If anyone is interested in writing the real story, and debunking the propaganda, see my Rohingya Reports category with hundreds of posts here.

I’m not writing a book today, but here are some key points beginning with this quote from that Rightwing rag—Time magazine:

Today, southern Bangladesh has become a haven for hundreds of jihadis on the lam. They find natural allies in Muslim guerrillas from India hiding out across the border, and in Muslim Rohingyas, tens of thousands of whom fled the ethnic and religious suppression of the Burmese military junta in the late 1970s and 1980s. Many Rohingyas are long-term refugees, but some are trained to cause trouble back home in camps tolerated by a succession of Bangladeshi governments. The original facilities date back to 1975, making them Asia’s oldest jihadi training camps. And one former Burmese guerrilla who visits the camps regularly describes three near Ukhia, south of the town of Cox’s Bazar, as able to accommodate a force of 2,500 between them.

That was from an article in Time in 2002! Seven years later Time was singing the Human Rights Industrial Complex’s tune!

Then here we learned that the Bush Dept. of State (in 2008) had linked Islamic terror groups to the Rohingya, but by 2012 (Obama) the State Department list was gone.  See my post here.

Some experts are trying to set the record straight:

Just a few days ago I reported on an op-ed in The Hill where a retired foreign service officer says (shock!) that the Rohingya should be resettled in Muslim countries and here is Patrick Poole back in September reporting on a former State Department official making a vain(?) effort to debunk the Leftist/Islamist story that has become the dominant theme—Rohingya pure as the driven snow, Buddhists bad. Don’t accept the narrative!

Here is what should matter to you!

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Burmese monks: No fear!

According to Wrapsnet, from FY07 through FY17 the US State Department and its contractors have placed 19,189 Burmese Muslims (Rohingya) in your towns and cities!

Another 163 arrived in the last ten weeks (since October 1).

Burma is not on any travel restriction list and neither is Bangladesh! (NYC Port Authority bomber!)

What you can do: 

Write to the White House and make sure Bangladesh and Burma are singled out for extra security screening or better still for an outright ban!

Again, to learn more about the decade-long propaganda campaign to force the Rohingya on the west, click here.

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Canada’s Immigration Minister visits Minnesota and says, please don’t come across our southern border!

Posted by Ann Corcoran on December 12, 2017

trudeau diversitySo Mr. Diversity is Beautiful, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, is now worried about his southern border after he put out the “Welcome” sign with his big talk about how wonderful Canada is compared to the mean country run by a mean President—the US.

This event made me laugh, but there are a few things in the report about last week’s visit by “icon” Ahmed Hussen to Minnesota that I need to mention.

Here is the story at the Star Tribune.

By the way, I tweeted it when I first read it and it was popular on twitter (I’m trying to a better job with twitter and even if you aren’t on twitter yourself, you can see my tweets in the right hand sidebar of RRW).  I am @RefugeeWatcher.

Star Tribune:

Canada’s immigration minister, Ahmed Hussen, arrived in Minnesota just days after the U.S. Supreme Court let stand for now new travel restrictions for eight countries, including Somalia — the land a teenage Hussen fled with his family.

But even as he has come to symbolize for some the divergent immigration philosophies on either side of the U.S.-Canada border, Hussen shuns criticism of the Trump administration’s approach. In fact, he was in the Twin Cities this week in part to discourage a spike in asylum-seekers crossing into Canada this year that has tested the country’s famously welcoming attitude.

“We are huge fans of immigration, but we want people to immigrate through the regular channels,” he said.

Here is the first point I want to mention, this “regular channels” bit!

There is no regular channel for someone who is in the US illegally, possibly after failing an asylum bid, and who will soon be on one of those ICE deportation planes back to Africa.

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The “icon” Canadian Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen with supporters, family?

So who is Hussen kidding! Anyone who was smart enough to break into the US knows his only out is to take his (or her) chances by breaking into Canada.

There is no line for them to join to fill out legal paperwork.

In a speech at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Hussen touted Canada’s measured approach, including a gradual increase in immigration planned over the next three years. [Their “measured approach” follows a free-for-all Syrian airlift to Canada that has the country now in an uproar (not enough jobs and too much welfare!)—ed].

He met with resettlement agency staff and other advocates, plugging a unique Canadian program in which private citizens and churches sponsor some refugees. Members of the local Somali community, where he enjoys rock star status, threw him a welcoming reception in Minneapolis.

“He is an icon,” said Mohamed Ahmed, a local community leader and Bush Foundation fellow. “People see him as an example of what is possible in the West.”

[….]

A recent rise in illegal border crossings into Canada has triggered pushback from conservative politicians there and concerns from border communities such as the Manitoba city of Emerson, unsettled and overwhelmed by the arrivals. In Manitoba, many of those arrivals have been Somalis who had unsuccessfully applied for asylum in the United States. Now, Hussen and some Canadian lawmakers are reaching out to immigrant communities to highlight that border crossers undergo rigorous screening and face deportation if their asylum claims fall short.

“We don’t want people uprooting their lives based on false information,” Hussen said. “Crossing the border irregularly is not a free ticket to Canada.”

Ahmed said word in the local Somali community remains that Canada offers a much gentler welcome to those arriving at its border with asylum claims. He spoke of a friend, a permanent resident who faced deportation after a criminal conviction, who crossed into Canada this year. Though he doesn’t know yet if he will be granted asylum, the friend reports receiving subsidized housing and free legal help, Ahmed said. [Sounds more like encouragement to come to Canada than discouragement to me!—ed]

[….]

Hussen also praised a Canadian refugee resettlement system in which, alongside the government’s program, private citizens and organizations commit to supporting refugees for a year. The country has found these refugees do better easing into Canadian life. Hussen said the United Kingdom and several Latin American countries are modeling new programs on the Canadian approach, though he hasn’t yet fielded inquiries from the United States.

More here.

I must set the record straight on this idea—-Canada’s private sponsorship program. I read a lot about Canada that I don’t post on and I can tell you their private sponsorship has had all sorts of problems recently.

Now, you are going to hear more about it here in the US because that Washington, DC Open Borders think tank—the Cato Institute—has been pushing this idea too. Cato is libertarian (I guess!) and has become the darling of the refugee industry which uses it to suggest that even ‘Rightwingers’ want refugee resettlement.

I would be all for a private sponsorship program for refugee resettlement if all of the middlemen contractors were given the boot and private groups and churches would take full responsibility for a family of refugees for a year or more—no federal or state taxpayer funding!  All charity would be privately donated time and money until the family was on its feet. Such a program would be naturally self-limiting in terms of numbers of refugees that private sponsors could manage.

But that is not what Cato has proposed, they want a system like Canada’s—both a private system and a government-funded and controlled system working side by side.  I talked to one of their people on this and was told they hoped that eventually the publicly funded program would be phased out and the private system put in place.

No it won’t!

There will be two systems with greater capacity for ever greater numbers of refugees!

If there was any will in Washington, Congress could trash the present system and install a private one. As I said, if there was any will!

See my Canada category here where over 200 posts are archived including a bunch about the exodus of American illegal aliens to Canada (some were leaving under Obama so don’t fall for the meme that it is all about that meany President Trump).

Addendum: I meant to throw this link in about how the wailing is underway in Minnesota as refugee numbers drop there due to Donald Trump’s slowdown of the refugee flow to America.

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Tanzania: UN and US open new processing center to move Congolese refugees to the US more expeditiously

Posted by Ann Corcoran on December 11, 2017

And, yippee it is ahead of schedule as we once again lead the world in helping the United Nations clean out camps around the globe!

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Coming to America thanks to the UN!

I think what is happening here is that since the Obama Administration promised a few years ago to admit 50,000 from the DR Congo to your towns and since most are not Muslims (a few are!) then you will see these numbers jump because the refugee contractors*** need paying “clients” from somewhere to keep tax dollars flowing in to their coffers while President Trump slows the flow from their usual countries—Iraq and Somalia for example.

I just checked Wrapsnet and see that after Bhutan (where we have been cleaning out camps for the UN ever since the Bush Administration), the DR Congo is now in second place for supplying refugees to the contractors.  Of the 3,553 refugees admitted to the US since October 1, 707 (20%) are from the DR Congo.

Here is Relief Web on the opening ceremony shindig last week:

 

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Circled in red is Ambassador Mark Storella leading the festivities because surely the US has the most money committed and will take the vast majority of the DR Congolese to the US

 

Kigoma Region – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, opened on 5 December the Makere Refugee Processing Centre in Kasulu District, Kigoma Region, Tanzania. The centre serves as a one-stop facility for processing Congolese Refugees residing in Nyarugusu camp bound for resettlement primarily to the US under the Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) and other resettlement countries on cost-sharing basis.

The opening ceremony was led by Ambassador Mark C. Storella, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the US State Department Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) and Chairperson of the Great Lakes Core Group, accompanied by the Chargé d’Affaires of the US Embassy in Tanzania and PRM staff from Washington DC and Kampala.

[….]

Representatives from other resettlement countries including Canada, Australia, United Kingdom (UK) and Belgium also attended.

 

[….]

“The Makere Refugee Processing Centre is a clear evidence of a burden-sharing approach in easing refugee hosting by the international community and especially the US Government. The Government of Tanzania is very grateful for that,” said (Rtd) Brigadier General Maganga in his welcoming remarks.

Burden-sharing my foot!

That made me laugh! The US is once again going to take the lion’s share of the refugees from this processing center. It is a shame taxpayers here and in those countries (Canada, Australia, etc) are paying for junkets for bureaucrats to Africa.

More here.

And, btw, Tanzania was one of those countries in the warning zone about the recent ‘Plague’ concern, see here.  So hope the medical screening will be extra serious.

See my archive on the DR Congolese resettlement here.

*** These (below) are the nine contractors you pay to place refugees in American towns.  Right now they are suffering financially because the Trump Administration has slowed the flow to the US.  Each refugee we admit carries a per head value to the contractors. Fewer refugees=fewer bucks from the US Treasury to their budgets.

I once heard, but don’t know if it is true, that when George Bush dramatically reduced the flow after 9/11, that somehow the State Department figured out how to keep the contractors from folding all together by sending money their way.  Since Trump has messed them up in some parts of the world, expect big flows from places like this new center in Tanzania.

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GAO says climate of “fear” in chicken plants where refugee workers are part of the workforce

Posted by Ann Corcoran on December 11, 2017

We have been reporting for years about the meatpacking industry, what we call BIG MEAT and BIG CHICKEN, having discovered the great advantages of hiring immigrant and refugee laborers (foreign-born the GAO calls them) who will work for lower wages (this industry once did pay good wages) and complain less than American workers who understand the laws that protect them.

We believe it is this industry and a few other large companies in the food processing industry that are the largest drivers behind the refugee resettlement program and thus the reason that the Republican-led, Chamber of Commerce-dominated, Congress does not initiate reform of the US Refugee Admissions Program.

Fundamental question:

Should the US State Department and its nine ‘non-profit’ contractors be supplying refugee labor to giant global corporations using taxpayer dollars?

Here is news that the GAO actually looked in to the problems in chicken plants that largely involve workers who fear to report problems involving safety.  The new report is here.

 

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We learned in the GAO report that nearly a half a million workers are employed in the meat and poultry industry. I’ll bet the turnover is high requiring ever greater demand for new refugees to fill those jobs.   http://www.gao.gov/assets/690/688294.pdf

 

I wonder, do the refugee resettlement agencies that actively place their refugee “clients” in to meat and chicken plants know about all this and turn a blind eye. 

I’m thinking specifically of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service that signed contracts recently with JBS Swift and Tyson Foods to help them acquire and train refugee workers.  So much for humanitarianism!

(After I began writing this post I found many more stories in other news outlets about the findings, but I had already snipped this one, maybe not the best one, and was too lazy to start over!)

From Infozine:

For several years, Oxfam and a coalition of allies and experts have been exposing the dark underbelly of labor conditions in the poultry industry.

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Does Linda Hartke, who signed contracts with two global meatpacking companies, know about the “dark underbelly of labor conditions” in the plants.

Boston, MA – infoZine – Oxfam’s concerns were recently confirmed by the GAO, after it conducted direct interviews with poultry processing workers in five states.*** The central underlying problem is the pervasive climate of fear inside poultry plants; when workers are afraid to report issues, OSHA and other inspection agencies are unable to detect or investigate problems.

Eighteen months after the GAO issued a report confirming that poultry workers face inordinate health and safety hazards and that many of these problems go under-reported, a follow-up investigation calls on all three federal agencies– the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture– to improve ways for workers to communicate issues without fear of retaliation.

“The health and safety problems that workers face in poultry processing plants have been exacerbated in the past year due to a growing climate of fear and oppression in an industry where workers are mostly immigrants, refugees, and people of color,” said Alex Galimberti, Senior Advocacy and Collaborations Advisor for Oxfam America. “Every day, workers experience problems, such as denial of treatment for repetitive motion injuries, lack of access to bathroom breaks, and sexual harassment. Most of the time, they feel unsafe reporting these issues to federal agencies or to top level management.”

By the way there have been lots of stories lately about small and medium-sized towns fighting the placement of new meat or poultry plants in their communities. Many citizens object to the environmental problems and the influx of immigrant/refugee labor drawn to the town bringing with it cultural upheaval.  This is a new angle—health and safety problems in the workplace.

***The five states where plants were investigated were: : Arkansas, Delaware, Nebraska, North Carolina, and Virginia.

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Mormon church donates $5 million to nine federal refugee resettlement contractors

Posted by Ann Corcoran on December 11, 2017

And, it sure must be a welcome donation as the federal funds that most of the nine live off of are drying up.

For new readers see my July post where I gave a recent accounting of their funding.

One resettlement contractor featured in this story, Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM), is 99.5% funded by the federal government. Does this mean that the other .5% comes from the Mormon church and not Episcopalian worshipers?

Here is the story in the Deseret News:

SALT LAKE CITY — For a second straight year, the LDS Church has donated $5 million worth of aid to the nine voluntary refugee resettlement agencies in the United States.

The $1.2 million in cash and $3.8 million in commodities or services will be used during 2018 by the nine charitable organizations, who have agreements with the State Department to provide reception and placement services for refugees who arrive in the United States.

Each organization will receive a different amount. Some are long-time partners of the church. Other relationships began in late 2015 or during 2016.

Here is what the LDS Church gave to the Episcopal Church (EMM has no separate non-profit legal structure):

“Episcopal Migration Ministries and our 22 affiliate partners are deeply grateful for the generosity and support of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” one said in a statement provided to the Deseret News. “With a gift of $50,000 cash and $200,000 in-kind donations, the LDS Church has donated $500,000 combined (cash and in-kind) to Episcopal Migration Ministries since 2016. In addition, they are working with the Episcopal Migration Ministries team to create a strategic media plan to broaden outreach.”

Continue here.

Frankly I don’t get it, we have stories from Utah (other states with large Mormon populations) about struggling refugees, why doesn’t the LDS Church keep their money closer to home and help refugees directly. 

Don’t miss this recent story about refugees living in Utah who say they want to go home to the camps in Africa! 

I guess the Mormon church would rather contribute to CEO salaries of the big nine*** some ranging from in the $200,000’s up to nearly $600,000.

***Here (below) are the big nine ‘non-profit’ organizations that monopolize all refugee resettlement in the US.  The six ‘religious’ contractors are part of the politically active Religious Left.  I’m wondering if the LDS Church wants in on the action.

But, truthfully readers, there will be no lasting reform of the refugee program in the US until this contracting system is abolished.  The President can reduce numbers for awhile, but these nine receiving the majority of their funding from taxpayers and then acting as Leftwing community organizers (holding rallies, ginning up bad publicity against the President) must go and that will require Congress to rewrite refugee law.

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Resettle Rohingya ‘refugees’ in Muslim countries where they can have a future

Posted by Ann Corcoran on December 9, 2017

When I saw this opinion piece in The Hill my first thought was: oh no, not another politically correct B.S. whine-fest about the ‘plight’ of the Rohingya people of Bangladesh and Burma (aka Myanmar).

 

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Buddhist monks protest against the so-called Rohingya.

 

I thought I knew what was coming—that the US and other Western countries must ‘welcome’ them to our towns and cities—when I read the title of the piece by Jeff Goodson:

Resettle the Rohingya refugees where they can have a real future

But, boy was I wrong and am blown away that The Hill even published this commentary.

The Human Rights Industrial Complex (HRIC) must be having a ‘hair on fire’ moment.

Here is some of what a retired foreign service officer, with a long distinguished career, was permitted to say (emphasis is mine):

(LOL! my first tip-off that this wasn’t what I thought, was the use of the words “high dither” to describe the HRIC!)

International humanitarian and rights groups and the Muslim diaspora have been in high dither over Burma’s crackdown on Rohingya Muslims. The counterinsurgency operation, which was precipitated by Rohingya insurgent attacks in August, has so far sent 626,000 Rohingya fleeing to Bangladesh.

International players in the drama are acting perfectly in character. The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), which conducted the attacks, called itself a garden-variety ethnic insurgent group out to protect the Rohingya people against state repression. Burma declared ARSA a terrorist group, and initiated what it calls a legitimate counterinsurgency campaign against extremist Bengali terrorists. Rakhine Buddhist nationalists actively supported the army, and took their own vigilante action.

Al-Jazeera, Qatar’s official mouthpiece for spreading Salafist propaganda, called for foreign governments and international institutions to force the hand of the Suu Kyi government and hold it accountable. The oratory of the Muslim diaspora, meanwhile, quickly reached fever pitch.

[….]

If the international community really wants to do something constructive about the crisis, it will stop debating semantics and focus on permanently resettling the Rohingya refugees.

Uh oh! This is where I thought Goodson would go PC (politically correct) on me! Imagine my shock to see this prescription:

What is needed is for the U.N. and other bilateral, regional and non-state actors to start planning for permanent resettlement of the refugees in Muslim countries that already host large Rohingya populations. These are Bangladesh, now with about a million Rohingya, Pakistan with 350,000, Saudi Arabia with 200,000, Malaysia with 50,000, the UAE with 10,000 and Indonesia with 1,000. Since Pakistan and Saudi Arabia were so helpful in creating, training and arming ARSA, they will no doubt be especially welcoming to their Rohingya brothers and sisters.

[….]

All of the players in this drama are acting in character, and Burma is no different. It may be the most insurgent-prone country in the world, with 47 armed ethnic groups, and it will no doubt continue fighting this insurgency as it has fought others for the last 70 years — in this case with help from China. If it’s smart, it will stop the violence, peacefully escort the remaining Rohingya to the border with Bangladesh, and seal that border permanently.

Be still my beating heart!  Goodson wraps with this:

It’s time to end the Rohingya insurgency for good, stop the recurring humanitarian crises, and close off western Burma permanently as a potential gateway for Islamic jihad. Whatever the fate of the few hundred thousand Rohingya still remaining in Burma, the international community should stop setting its hair on fire and focus on doing what it does best: help resettle the Rohingya refugees to countries where they can have a real future.

More details from Jeff Goodson about the Rohingya situation that is already causing thousands to be placed in Your Town, USA!

See my extensive ‘Rohingya Reports’ category with over 200 posts extending back ten years.

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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.

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