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More on Spartanburg refugee plan and Rep. Trey Gowdy’s entry into the fray

Posted by Ann Corcoran on April 17, 2015

There are two good news stories out since yesterday about what is happening in Spartanburg, SC where the citizens there are demanding to know how it came to be that their small city was secretly targeted as a new refugee resettlement site.

By the way, it is so important to note that Spartanburg is not alone.  In December, the US State Department referenced the fact that their resettlement contractors*** had offices in 180 cities, and just about three months later the State Department is saying they have offices in 190 cities.  So they have found more new sites—is your town one of them?

Call Rep. Trey Gowdy and ask him to investigate the Refugee Admissions Program!

Secretive!

If you think we are being too casual in using the word ‘secretive,‘ some of you may remember the incredible admission by the board of Lutheran Family Service Rocky Mountains in March 2014 (revealed in a letter to the editor), that the reason there was a public controversy over opening a resettlement office in Wyoming (the only state in the nation without a program) was because word of what they were planning leaked to the public before they were ready to spin it.

Here is what I said then, and say now about Spartanburg:

We can’t stress to you enough that federal contractors, like Lutheran Family Services, cannot sell a refugee resettlement plan to a community by telling citizens the whole truth up front! 

In fact, the driving force behind this blog from day one has been our fury over this very point—if it’s a good program, then dammit tell the public the whole plan.  If you can’t sell it with the truth, then it shouldn’t be done with secrecy (or emotional appeals using refugees as poster boys and girls).  In fact, this is exactly why citizens everywhere are sick of government at all levels, government-funded non-profits like this Lutheran bunch, and our so-called leaders.

Maybe we have finally gotten a leader in Washington!

Here are the two stories making the rounds today about Rep.Trey Gowdy’s excellent letter to Secretary of State John Kerry. If you see more stories let us know.

The Daily Caller:  ‘Gowdy demands halt to refugee resettlement in his district’

Frontpage Magazine, Daniel Greenfield, ‘An Invasion of refugees’

Many of you ask:  What can I do?  

Today you can call Gowdy’s office (202-225-6030), thank him and tell him to hold hearings (he is chairman of the House subcommittee responsible for the Refugee Program as it is now being administered).  It is secretive, complicated, expensive and unfair and must be either scrapped or completely overhauled.

***These nine major contractors (who receive the majority of their funding from you, the taxpayer) oversee 350 subcontractors in 190 US cities and towns:

Posted in Changing the way we live, Colonization, Community destabilization, creating a movement, Reforms needed, Refugee Resettlement Program, Taxpayer goodies | Tagged: , | 2 Comments »

PEGIDA planning to march in the UK at the end of this month

Posted by Ann Corcoran on February 9, 2015

PEGIDA coming to the UK…

 

The UK Mirror has a story here, apparently designed to make readers think the worst of PEGIDA:

A notorious ‘anti-Islam’ movement is coming to Britain with its first ever demo and a march likely to attract thousands.

Pegida has sparked huge controversy in Germany.

Under the banner of ‘Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the West’, it claims it is trying to defend countries from the spread of extremism at the hands of Muslim immigrants.

[….]

It is advertising its first ever UK demo for Newcastle upon Tyne on February 28, however, with a Facebook campaign expected to attract ‘thousands’.

It is the first of a series of demos planned for the UK, with others due to take place in Manchester, Birmingham and London.

Obviously designed to chill interest in the event, you can read the rest of the PEGIDA vilification story here.

For our entire ‘Invasion of Europe’ series click here.  Our posts on German immigration problems are here.

Posted in Asylum seekers, Changing the way we live, Community destabilization, creating a movement, diversity's dark side, Europe, free speech, Muslim refugees, Stealth Jihad | Tagged: , , | 1 Comment »

Will wonders never cease! Washington Post report on Germany admits Muslims aren’t assimilating

Posted by Ann Corcoran on January 28, 2015

This is an article the Washington Post ran last Saturday that I am just getting around to mentioning.  I didn’t even read it for a couple of days figuring it would be the usual mainstream media slam of “rightwingers” and “Islamophobes,” but check this out.  Right in the middle of the article is a section (below) which asks how can this be that second and third generation Muslim immigrants aren’t “assimilating?”

Could it possibly be that the Muslim immigrants, having reached critical mass, are more interested in advancing Islam than they are in acquiring the trappings of the ‘good (material) life?’

 

 

From the Washington Post on PEGIDA (emphasis is mine):

As the movement has grown, tens of thousands of Germans also have risen up to condemn Pegida, taking to the streets in counter-demonstrations that have often been far larger that the anti-Islamic, anti-immigrant rallies they are opposing. Yet the Pegida movement has seemed to tap into a hidden vein of German angst.

Not assimilating! 

Some here are worried not only about the new asylum seekers, but also about the growing numbers of other migrants entering Europe’s largest and strongest economy. Equally vexing to many is the lack of assimilation among a significant number of Muslim immigrants, some of whom came to Germany decades ago. Last September, for example, Germans were outraged after a stunt in the city of Wuppertal in which 11 devout Muslims wearing the words “Sharia Police” on bright orange vests approached Turkish nightclubs and cafes and warned young partygoers that they were violating Islamic law by drinking.

Such fears have surfaced as security concerns are mounting in Germany and across Europe over the threat of homegrown terror. As in France, hundreds of radicalized young Germans — many of them the second- and third-generation sons and daughters of Muslim immigrants — have left to fight with extremists in Syria and Iraq.

“How is it possible that parallel societies are forming in Germany?” Pegida spokeswoman Kathrin Oertel said on German TV last week. “That Islamic judges have the right to administer justice, and that Islamic schools are inciting hatred against German citizens?”

It is because Islam and the advancement of the Caliphate is stronger and infinitely more important than anything (jobs, nice homes, fashionable clothes) Germany can offer!  Get it!

And, it goes on because most Western governments are chicken!

See our complete archive on the growing internal discord in Germany by clicking here.

Posted in Changing the way we live, Community destabilization, creating a movement, diversity's dark side, Europe, free speech, Immigration fraud, Muslim refugees, So what did they expect?, Stealth Jihad | Tagged: , , | 4 Comments »

Letter: Why aren’t we taking care of our own poor people first?

Posted by Ann Corcoran on January 12, 2015

If there is one question people new to the whole refugee process in America ask, it is that sensible, logical question.  Below is a letter to the editor from the New Hampshire Concord Monitor from someone who is apparently helping the homeless with a true charitable spirit and not as a paid refugee resettlement contractor.

Hat tip: ‘Pungentpeppers’ (emphasis below is mine).

To the editor:

We have been avidly following the series of articles on the homeless population in Concord.

Living in close proximity and volunteering within the community serving both the homeless and the refugees, it has become sadly apparent that our homeless population consists predominantly of American citizens. Many of them veterans and many without benefits.

Without a valid address or residence, one does not qualify within our system for food stamps or assistance. Why is it that we seem to continue to encourage and subsidize the constant influx of immigrants and refugees for whom we seem to always find living and housing accommodations for? Our food pantries are overwhelmed, supplies are diminished and dwindling.

Thank heavens for our local churches for stepping up to the plate, and providing both food and warm, safe shelter to our most needy, particularly during our cold and harsh winters.

As we continue to not only exist, work and volunteer within the capital city of Concord, we wonder why it is disturbingly apparent and profoundly troubling that the homeless population consists of American citizens.

We have yet to see a refugee sleeping in a tent or under the railroad tracks. Why is that?

EDDIE TORRES

Concord

Concord is a federal “preferred community” for refugee resettlement.  I bet most Concord residents did not know they merited that distinction!

Readers ask me all the time what they can do, this is one thing that is easy enough and you should do it while we still have free speech in America—write letters to the editor!

Posted in Changing the way we live, Community destabilization, creating a movement, free speech, Refugee Resettlement Program, Resettlement cities, Taxpayer goodies | Tagged: | 2 Comments »

Uh oh! Monday could be hot in Germany as Muslims plan counter-demo against Islamophobes

Posted by Ann Corcoran on January 3, 2015

The demonstration from both sides is planned for Cologne which saw a huge outpouring of concern for the Islamization of Germany last October.  However, the largest demonstrations against further Muslim immigration to Germany have occurred in Dresden on recent Mondays.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s New Year’s message: If you question Muslim immigration you have “hatred in your hearts.”

From the World Bulletin (emphasis is mine):

At least 13 non-governmental organizations of Muslim and ethnic-Turkish immigrants in Germany announced Thursday their joint decision to protest against the right-wing populist PEGIDA movement.

“We are calling on all citizens to join demonstration in Cologne on Jan. 5 and take a stance against racism, xenophobia, hatred against foreigners and hostility against Islam,” the organizations said in a joint statement.

“We will support all democratic initiatives and allies that oppose PEGIDA and other groups inspired by it,” the statement added.

Germany’s Muslim Coordination Council, a platform of four large Muslim organizations in the country, signed the joint statement along with associations representing Turkish-German businessmen, TUMSIAD and MUSIAD-NRW.

Union of European Turkish Democrats, one of the most influential organizations among Germany’s three million Turks, also backed the call for joining the counter-protests in Cologne, organized by a German citizen initiative supported by political parties, trade unions and church organizations.

Cologne is one of Germany’s most populated cities known for its multi-cultural plurality and large number of immigrants.

A recently formed right-wing anti-Islam movement, Cologne Against Islamization of the West, is also planning a demonstration in the city Monday. The initiative is a copycat group inspired by the Patriotic Europeans Against Islamization of the West or the PEGIDA, which gathered more than 17,000 protesters in the city on Dec. 22. The rise of the right-wing group made headlines in Germany and abroad.

Germany witnessed an increase in suspicion and negative feelings towards Muslims in recent months as far right and populist parties sought to benefit from a growing fear of Islam and Muslims, largely influenced by reports of murders and atrocities committed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorist group in the Middle East.

Nearly 30 percent of Germans polled by the Stern magazine said they believed anti-Islam demonstrations organized by PEGIDA were justifiable.

Meanwhile, Merkel says we love our Muslims (underlying message, our economy needs those cheap laborers!)

From OnIslam:

CAIRO – Addressing the nation on the eve of the New Year, German chancellor Angela Merkel urged people to help refugees fleeing conflicts, telling them to turn their backs to the “racist”, “full of hatred” anti-Muslim grass-roots movement.

“It goes without saying that we help them and take in people who seek refuge with us,” the chancellor said, Deutsche Welle reported.

Merkel also urged Germans to welcome immigrants, adding that Europe’s biggest economy must welcome people fleeing conflict and war.

She also lamented the rise of the new movement, Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West (PEGIDA), that has been holding weekly rallies in the eastern city of Dresden for weeks.

Referring to protests that took place before the fall of the Berlin Wall, Merkel said, “Today many people are again shouting on Mondays: ‘We are the people’. But in fact they mean: You do not belong – because of the color of your skin or your religion,” Reuters reported.

“So I say to everyone who goes to such demonstrations: Do not follow those who are appealing to you! Because too often there is prejudice, coldness, even hatred, in their hearts.”

She really does have that Leftist lingo down!

Don’t you think it’s interesting that some never learn from history.  Germany, of all places, should know the perils of silencing speech.

See our ‘Invasion of Europe’ series for more information.

Posted in Changing the way we live, Community destabilization, creating a movement, diversity's dark side, Europe, free speech, Muslim refugees, So what did they expect?, Stealth Jihad, Who is going where | Tagged: , , | 2 Comments »

Cheyenne, WY: Citizens to rally for states rights and against federal government sending refugees to Wyoming, Saturday Nov. 1

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 29, 2014

Show your support, meet in beautiful Cheyenne, Wyoming on Saturday November 1st! http://www.cheyenne.org/listings/index.cfm?listingID=79

As regular readers know, we have been writing on and off for months about the federal government and a Lutheran resettlement contractor with plans to resettle refugees in the last state in the nation without a formal resettlement program.

Over a year ago, Republican Governor Matt Mead appeared very hot on the idea, here, when he sent a letter to the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement stating that the State of Wyoming has elected to pursue a resettlement program.

See our complete archive on the fire storm his letter created by clicking here.

This is a press release making the rounds in Wyoming for Saturday’s rally. If you can’t attend, find other ways to lend support.

CONTACT: Info@CitizensProtectingWyoming.org 307 . 441 . 4230

CAPITOL STEPS RALLY – SAT., NOV. 1st, 11-1:30 & EDUC. EVENT – 7pm

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NOV. 1st CHEYENNE CAPITOL RALLY – REFUGEE IMPACT ON WYOMING?

Casper, Wyoming – October 28, 2014 – Citizens Protecting Wyoming (CPW) – a non-partisan non-profit – calls on elected public servants and candidates listed on the November ballot, to address and listen to citizen concerns about “any” Wyoming Refugee Resettlement Program (RRP) or plans.

A rally dedicated to this purpose is scheduled from 11:00am -1:30pm on Saturday, November 1st by the State Capitol steps, followed by a Honk & Wave and a 7:00 pm educational event.

Mike Ellmore, a CPW representative from Gillette stated, “Concerns we are hearing across the state range from refugee problems communities around the US are having, including health, safety, cultural conflicts, drains on welfare, medical, community and educational programs.”

Don Barnett, the keynote speaker flying in for the rally and evening educational/organizing event said, “The program (RRP) places significant unfunded costs on state and local taxpayers in the form of social services which must be provided.

The recent US Ebola outbreaks have sparked renewed attention in Governor Mead’s September 2013 letter to Washington, D.C. committing, “The State of Wyoming has elected to pursue …. and participate in that program … .” (http://refugeemead.com).

Foregoing pubic knowledge, input or agreement, Mead is set to allow Wyoming to become the last state in the US to have a RRP forced upon the citizens by the Federal government implemented United Nations programs.

In a March 2014 public letter (bit.ly/OuI4vE), Mead states that Wyomingites would be involved in RRP discussions and decisions and that, “I welcome the participation of all citizens.” After seven months of Mead not providing a public venue, the CPW is responding to the growing concerns voiced by Wyomingites by facilitating the citizen-government dialogue on Nov. 1st at the State Capitol (details below.)

Ace Halstead, CPW Public Relations, reported, “Wyomingites want the truth. Mead’s office has recently responded with a RRP “Fact Sheet” which demonstrates his apparent continued avoidance of actual factual matters of this issue. This shows me a lack of transparency and serves only to misdirect from reality and create additional unnecessary confusion.”

Karen Bogart, CPW of Casper noted, “A permit was secured for the 11:00am -1:30pm rally on Saturday, Nov. 1st at the State Capitol steps (Updates here: http://on.fb.me/1wb30Ki). RSVP for a 7:00pm Educational – Motivation – Citizen Training is also offered (on.fb.me/1vyxw25). Discounted motel rooms are available. More event/hotel details: http://www.CitizensProtectingWyoming.org. Contact/Donations: info@CitizensProtectingWyoming.org

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Taxpayers fund savings accounts for refugees

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 9, 2014

How do refugees get money for cars, houses, education, businesses?

The program is known as Individual Development Accounts through the Office of Refugee Resettlement (HHS).

Albert Mbanfu, Director of the International Center in Bowling Green, Kentucky. http://www.bgdailynews.com/new-international-center-director/image_02fb9de4-89e7-5d6d-97e8-6cf648b73901.html?mode=jqm

This is one of the many ways your local refugee resettlement contractor is able to hand out government (your) cash to refugees and surely get a little cash for themselves for administering the program.  (There are also micro-enterprise loan programs especially for refugees as well).

The local contractor gets a grant from ORR and then refugees may sign up for the savings plan.

For every dollar they save toward certain savings goals, they are matched with a dollar from the US Treasury.  Frankly the complete unfairness of the program to American low income people is often responsible for the hard feelings toward some refugees in certain areas.

We have heard disgruntled citizens ask, for example:  how are they getting cars?

We have reported on this program often but the story we mentioned from Kentucky (yesterday) contained a reference to the program that you may not have noticed, so I thought some clarification was needed.

Here is the section of the ‘Refugees get new homes’ Bowling Green article (hat tip: Robin) that I want you to see:

When Me Meh and her family escaped Burma for a refugee camp in Thailand, they lived in a bamboo house without electricity or other amenities.

The family of 10 resettled in Bowling Green in 2009, bringing with them only some clothes and important papers, Meh said. She was 17. Meh’s two older brothers and her father started work while she went to school and her mother took care of their home.

After a couple of years, the three had saved $4,000. She said the International Center gave them a grant that matched their savings, and they were able to put a downpayment on a house.

The reader is left with the impression that this very nice resettlement contractor—the International Center—was being generous, but this is taxpayer money that was only passed-through the contractor’s coffers!

Go here for a recent list of grantees for the multi-million dollar program.  And, for more information you might want to look at page 38-40 of the FY2012 Annual Report to Congress.   While you are visiting the Annual Report, check out all of the other grant programs that refugee contractors can apply for.  You will be amazed!

Addendum:  I was once told by an official involved with the refugee program in Washington that there is no financial audit done of these resettlement contractors.

Posted in Changing the way we live, Community destabilization, creating a movement, Refugee Resettlement Program, Resettlement cities, Taxpayer goodies, Where to find information | Tagged: , , , , | 2 Comments »

Vermont wants open-borders for Vermont, right Senator Leahy?

Posted by Ann Corcoran on August 4, 2014

I’m really warming to the idea of a grassroots/media campaign to send more refugees to Vermont including those ‘unaccompanied alien minors’ surging at our border.

Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy as he rolled into Washington in 1975. Come on Pat! It’s time to open the borders of “welcoming” Vermont to the “children!” Photo: http://bigstory.ap.org/photo/patrick-leahy-12

If you missed my post about two weeks ago about Vermont’s elected ‘leaders’ running their mouths about how we must be more “welcoming”and knowing that Vermont Senator Leahy has been a champion of refugee resettlement and a Senate leader for the passage of S.744 (the Gang of Eight’s amnesty bill), you know that Vermont must surely be the most “welcoming” state in the nation led by such a generous man.

Then how could this be?

I just checked the statistics for this fiscal year and Vermont has “welcomed” a paltry 228 refugees while 50,988 were resettled around the country.

Vermont! It is time to put up or shut up.

In response to my post yesterday on the Vermont “refugee” group sending illegal aliens across the border into Canada reader, ‘sodiumpen’ said this:

Interesting that the VI&AA shuffled the illegal immigrants, etc. out of Vermont into Canada. Guess they didn’t want to keep them in-state?!

Just think of all the ski area hotels, motels, ski lodges, etc. that are seasonally vacant. I’m sure they’d make great accommodations for all those illegal alien children – especially the older teens!

Another good reason to funnel more unaccompanied minors and illegals into Vermont is the state plans on beginning a single payer health plan in 2017:

“The state has a planned 2017 launch of the nation’s first universal healthcare system, a sort of modified Medicare-for-all that has long been a dream for many liberals.”
http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20131026/INFO/310269893

I’m sure all those liberal residents of Vermont will be glad to foot the healthcare bill for all of their new, incoming residents (instead of the non-Vermonters) – along with happily enabling & fulfilling the other liberal dreams of unfettered illegal immigration/open borders/amnesty.

Sounds like a win/win to me!

To me too!

Remember, earlier this year we reported on a document (key indicators) produced by the Office of Refugee Resettlement in HHS, that says the feds are looking for more “welcoming” sites and the availability of ‘free’ healthcare is one of the top criteria.  Vermont sounds like it is just the ticket!

As reader Jake said, let’s just call Vermont The Green Card State!

 

Posted in Changing the way we live, creating a movement, Immigration fraud, Refugee Resettlement Program, Refugee statistics, Taxpayer goodies, The Opposition, Who is going where | Tagged: , , , | 6 Comments »

NumbersUSA urges activists to attend town halls in August

Posted by Ann Corcoran on August 2, 2014

….and they have a handy map to help you find one near you.

More Republicans (in red) willing to hold town hall meetings then Dems.

Here is a story from the Washington Examiner reporting on the action alert!  Ready to Rumble!

Even if lightning strikes Friday and Congress OK’s an immigration bill, activists angered with unaccompanied minors swarming over the U.S.-Mexico border plan to invade town hall meetings House members are planning during the five-week congressional recess.

Congress did act on immigration bills, but as we know, it changes nothing so be sure to find a town hall meeting near you by clicking here.

While you are at NumbersUSA check out their Congressional report cards so you know how your Members of Congress and US Senators are doing on immigration issues.

Posted in Changing the way we live, creating a movement, Immigration fraud, Obama, Refugee Resettlement Program, The Opposition | Tagged: , , | 1 Comment »

Mass demonstration in Boston, Mass; did it make the news?

Posted by Ann Corcoran on July 28, 2014

Rally on Beacon Hill on Saturday. Image source: Twitter/Marc Lombardo

Update August 6th:  Massachusetts off the hook after all, here.

Update:  More protests in Massachusetts, Chicopee this time!

They demonstrated by the thousands on Beacon Hill on Saturday against the Obama Administration-generated surge and Obama pal Governor Deval Patrick’s comments that Massachusetts will take a thousand of the “children.” (but only for a few months!).

Do you think it’s as fascinating as I do that we are seeing such blow-back about illegal (and LEGAL) immigration in Massachusetts?  Not just this demonstration, but also that two Mayors (in the peoples’ republic of Massachusetts!)—in Springfield and in Lynn (as early as 2011) are begging for relief from the refugee overload they have been experiencing.

The only thing I can make of it is that there comes a “tipping point” for everyone, no matter what political persuasion one comes from, when too many is too many!  The New England states have been “welcoming” for much longer than some others, thus their population is more saturated with immigrants of all stripes in need of services.  So can we expect to see the backlash elsewhere as the numbers of immigrants grow?

***Don’t forget*** today is the day to call your Member of Congress and US Senators and tell them to stop the border invasion.  Melt the phone lines all week!

Here is the story at The Blaze (have you seen it in the national mainstream media?).  Surely Rush Limbaugh will talk about it today on his show—-he as much as invited people to the demo on Friday, here.

The largest some observers have ever seen there:

Illegal immigration protesters descended upon historic Boston on Saturday decrying Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick’s decision to offer shelter in the state to unaccompanied minors.

And, here is the news at Boston.com:

An anti-illegal immigration rally on Beacon Hill outside the State House on Saturday, July 26 was teeming with protesters.

While Bree Sison of CBS Boston estimated that the gathering drew hundreds of people, Jeff Kuhner, the host of WRKO’s The Kuhner Report, who organized the rally, put the number closer to 10,000 people.

People carrying signs that said “Deport illegals,” and “Americans before illegals” stood just outside the State House from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

I predict that if Congress goes home for vacation and does nothing about the flood of ‘unaccompanied alien children’ crossing the border and being distributed around America, elected officials will be getting an earful when they meet constituents during their “break.”

All of our coverage of ‘unaccompanied minors’ is here (archive goes back several years).

 

 

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