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Refugees should not be a “public charge” says reader

Posted by Ann Corcoran on August 4, 2016

Editor:  This is another good guest commentary (two others in the last week may be found by clicking here).  We welcome guest writers because a) the issue is too large for me to cover it all, and b) some great writers and investigators are developing across the country and they need to be heard!  Emphasis below is mine.

REFUGEES AND THE “PUBLIC CHARGE”

by Bob Enos (Willmar, MN)

The tradition of immigration in America historically contains a concept known as the “public charge”. As the purpose of immigration in America was purely to build the American nation, all new entrants have been expected to “sing for their supper”. That is, we were expected to take advantage of the opportunities America provides to build a better life, while not becoming a burden to our fellow Americans.

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Today, the public charge concept continues to be an element of federal immigration law, but it has been watered down. It also provides exceptions to certain classes of immigrants.

First, there are myriad forms of taxpayer-funded assistance that our federal legislators have decreed are not really burdensome to taxpayers after all. They include: Section 8 housing; health insurance; food stamps; child care; public schools; and institutionalization.

These non-cash public assistance programs can and often do exceed the low wages that unskilled workers earn, even full-time workers.

Second, under Section 213A of the federal Immigration and Naturalization Act, both refugees and asylum seekers are actually excused and exempted from any federal requirement to be self-supporting! This means that, unlike other immigrant classes who are required to earn a livelihood in order to avoid possible deportation, the refugee has no such worry.

In short, if a refugee is deported, it will NEVER be due to the financial burden s/he places upon the rest of us!

As pressure builds for comprehensive immigration reform, legislators in Washington MUST address (a) eliminating the exclusion and exemption of refugees and asylum seekers from the public charge test, and (b) the expanding the definition of public charge burdens to include not only cash welfare payment, but non-cash assistance as well.

Let me know if you have something you wish to share by responding in a comment to this post.  I’ll contact you and tell you how to send your short submission!

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Revolving door between government agency and its contractors finally being exposed!

Posted by Ann Corcoran on August 3, 2016

Michael Patrick Leahy writing at Breitbart has put pen to paper and pulled together some of the facts about how the refugee resettlement industry is in an incestuous arrangement between agencies that dole out your tax dollars and the contractors that receive them.  If this isn’t illegal it should be!

Lavinia Limon

She is looking to open offices in Rutland VT and Reno NV next! See our Limon archive here: https://refugeeresettlementwatch.wordpress.com/?s=Lavinia+Limon

The arrangement is unethical at minimum and I fault Congress for its lax review of the expanding UN/US Refugee Admissions Program for the practice Leahy exposes.

Disallowing the present arrangement is the least Congress could do to begin to reform and rein-in the program that will bring 85,000 refugees to the US this year, including 10,000 Syrian Muslims.

Here is Leahy:

A revolving door in the Democratic administrations of Bill Clinton and Barack Obama has sent millions of dollars in federal funding to the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants [USCRI], which is led by two former directors of the Office of Refugee Resettlement [ORR], the federal office that selects the voluntary agencies [VOLAGs] who get lucrative federal contracts to resettle refugees.

President Bill Clinton appointed Lavinia Limon as director of ORR in 1993, a position she held until the end of his administration. After a brief interlude at the Center for New American Communities, a project of the left-leaning National Immigration Forum, Limon was named executive director of USCRI in August 2001, a position she still holds.

In 2009, President Barack Obama appointed Eskinder Negash, an Eritrean refugee on Limon’s USCRI staff, as director of ORR. When Negash resigned abruptly in December 2014, he went back to USCRI, where he now serves as Vice President of Global Development.

All of you concerned with the arrival of refugees in your towns, or the expansion of existing resettlement sites must read this report! Click here to continue!

USCRI wants Rutland and Reno next!

I have to head out early today (I’ll pass the 4,000 mile mark on my road trip) and can’t elaborate, but I want to make two additional points.

Lavinia Limon’s USCRI has two (maybe more) new sites they are targeting:  Rutland, VT and Reno, NV!

And, although the focus here was on the Office of Refugee Resettlement at HHS, don’t forget that Anne C. Richard, the Asst. Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration has also revolved into the door at the US State Department from a contractor—the International Rescue Committee.  See her bio here.

She had an earlier stint at the State Department and see her connection to the International Crisis Group (a Soros project). Richard says in her bio that she helped create this group!

 

Posted in Changing the way we live, Colonization, Community destabilization, Muslim refugees, Obama, Reforms needed, Refugee Resettlement Program, Taxpayer goodies, The Opposition | Tagged: , | 7 Comments »

Big news! Tennessee AG allows 10th Amendment lawsuit to be filed against feds!

Posted by Ann Corcoran on July 7, 2016

It has been a long time coming, but regular readers know that the Tennessee legislature voted earlier this year to file a lawsuit against the federal government’s refugee resettlement program being operated in the state as a so-called Wilson-Fish program.

I’m not a lawyer and have no time to get into the weeds on the case, but just know that for these 12 states*** this case is the worst nightmare for the refugee industry in America.  It seems the case prepared by the Thomas More Law Center will proceed as the last impediment to filing has been removed!

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Holly Johnson of Catholic Charities (left) calls the shots for TN. On the right is Jan Reeves who has been making decisions on who comes to Idaho for over two decades. Idaho is also a Wilson-Fish state!

Here is a little bit of the Tennessean last night (LOL! trying to downplay the momentous decision):

The lawsuit will move forward because a resolution approved by the legislature earlier this year included a provision that allows the legislature to hire outside counsel to sue the government for noncompliance of the Refugee Act of 1980.

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“This Office shares the General Assembly’s concern about unauthorized federal intrusion in matters that have historically legally resided within the exclusive purview of state and local officials,” Slatery (TN AG) wrote in a letter sent to the clerks of both legislative chambers. “The founders in adopting the United States Constitution created a series of checks and balances to ensure that no one branch of government would have unfettered power.”

The federal government working with Catholic Charities and NOT with the elected officials of the state of Tennessee is basically spending Tennessee taxpayers’ money with no authorization from the legislature!

Proponents of the measure have said the lawsuit is necessary because the federal government has failed to consult with Tennessee on the continued placement of refugees while suggesting that the feds have shifted the cost of administering the program to the state without lawmakers specifically authorizing the appropriation of funds.

This is not the same case that was filed in Texas and Alabama! This is a states’ rights lawsuit!

Texas and Alabama have sued the federal government over refugee resettlement, but Tennessee’s forthcoming lawsuit would be the first based on the 10th Amendment, which states that the federal government possesses only powers delegated to it by the U.S. Constitution and that all other powers are reserved for the states.

Continue reading here.

We will write more later as others weigh in on the exciting news.

For all of you working in ‘pockets of resistance’ this is huge news, but it is not by itself a silver bullet! There is no one silver bullet! Unfortunately we cannot count on Congress to abolish or even reform this program with the present leadership. So we must all continue working on all of the seemingly small things we do every day to bring attention to the refugee resettlement industry in America!  I’m confident a tipping point is near!

The New York Daily News had its say about the Tennessee case with a story filed on Saturday. As someone said, it reads like a “novella!”  Check it out here since it discusses yours truly being driven by Islamophobia.  I guess what went down in Lake Calhoun, MN last week can all be chalked up to Islamophobia too!

***Two other states are effectively Wilson-Fish states now as Kansas and New Jersey withdrew from the program, but it appears governors there are too chicken to make the next move and file a lawsuit just as Tennessee will now do.

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No tears for US Bishops on news of another ACLU lawsuit against them

Posted by Ann Corcoran on July 2, 2016

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops receives millions of dollars each year to place thousands of refugees (including many Muslims in your towns) and we have long argued that your tax dollars should not be paid to federal contractors masquerading as religious charities.

 

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One day they will have to decide between cold hard federal cash and their moral principles!

 

So no sympathy here as the ACLU files suit against the Bishops for accepting taxpayer dollars and then restricting abortions and contraceptive availability to the ‘unaccompanied alien children’ in their care.  When they take Caesar’s money, they must follow Caesar’s rules!  They can’t have it both ways!

From Life News.com:

For decades, U.S. Catholic agencies have been on the front lines helping to provide young immigrants and refugees with the physical and emotional support they need after they arrive in America.

But a new lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union could put the much-needed aid programs in jeopardy.

The ACLU recently filed a lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), arguing that the government should not give money to the Catholic aid programs because they do not refer or provide abortions or birth control to young, unaccompanied minor refugees and immigrants, the New York Times reports. The ACLU argues in the lawsuit that the agencies are legally required to provide access to contraception and abortion because they receive government funding.

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The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops,which oversees the agencies, received almost $10 million in government funding to help unaccompanied minor immigrants and refugees in 2014, according to the report.

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ACLU Senior Staff Attorney Brigitte Amiri said, “We are shocked and deeply concerned to see history repeating itself with millions of taxpayer dollars funneled into the hands of a religious group that has a long history of refusing critical health care services to the most vulnerable people in their care.”

This “critical health care” is talking about abortion, which, by not supporting, lets the group “impose their religious beliefs on others,” according to the ACLU.

More here.

Posted in Muslim refugees, Reforms needed, Refugee Resettlement Program, So what did they expect?, Taxpayer goodies | Tagged: , | 7 Comments »

NY Daily News calls RRW “conspiracy website” and lies

Posted by Ann Corcoran on June 23, 2016

Sometimes you just gotta laugh and then thank the NY Daily News for sending more readers my way.

Of course you all know that most of what is reported to have happened in Twin Falls, Idaho is true.

There was a sexual assault involving three boys from Sudan and Iraq (Twin Falls and Boise receive large numbers of mostly Muslim refugees from both those countries).  Two of the boys are in custody.  The victim was a five-year-old white girl who lived in the apartment complex.  An eyewitness has described the shocking scene she discovered.  The older boy was filming the two younger boys naked and peeing on the little girl (who they had stripped of her clothing). The girl was examined at the hospital and no one has reported (yet, that I know of) that she was penetrated by any of the boys.

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Family members wait for information outside of the juvenile detention center in Twin Falls where two of the boys had been taken. Based on the woman’s attire can you guess her religion NY Daily News reporter?

The incident occurred on June 2 and clearly the police and elected officials kept the incident quiet I believe because the whole subject of refugees (mostly from Muslim countries) has been the subject of heated discussions in the community for over a year. (See our extensive archive here)

We FIRST reported the story here on Monday June 20th (not weeks ago!) and our focus was on the accusations citizens were hurling at their elected city council members.  We gave readers an update on June 21, here, when we had detailed information from a witness (reported by a reporter who is an expert on refugee resettlement at World Net Daily).

Now get this! The New York Daily News is trying to tell its readers that the whole thing was a lie! If you did not read past this headline:  ‘Story of Syrian refugees gang-raping Idaho girl at knifepoint is false, authorities sayyou would not know that something bad did happen.

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The story was all too sensational, and caught wildfire on conservative blogs and conspiracy websites.

Many paragraphs in, reporter Jason Silverstein, admits, well, something did happen in Twin Falls weeks ago. Hey Jason, how about taking an interest in finding out exactly what did happen!

Authorities have confirmed that there was a suspected sexual assault at the Fawnbrook Apartments complex in Twin Falls June 2…

Silverstein continues:

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NY Daily News reporter Jason Silverstein calls RRW a “conspiracy website” and owes me an apology. Photo: http://www.nydailynews.com/authors?author=Jason-Silverstein

Several websites — including the Refugee Resettlement Watch, the Dr. Rich Swier blog and ACT for America — fueled the fires of a false story for weeks.

Fueled the false story for weeks—what the hell! We only reported it on Monday when the news became:  local citizens confront elected officials on why the case was not made public for weeks!

I’m not going to send you to the NY Daily News for the rest of the Silversteins’s “false story” (open it at your peril) because it is one of those websites so full of ads and pop-ups that you can barely read it as it causes your computer to stall.

But, go see what Michelle Malkin had to say yesterday at Townhall about the story and the key point—if citizens didn’t continue to hound officials in Twin Falls this case would never have seen the light of day! And, so why are the citizens demanding transparency the bad actors in this situation?

Also, one of my major points for the last nearly 9 years of writing this blog is that the program has been wrapped in SECRECY and so the way to stop embellishment of information that does leak out about who the refugees are and what they are doing, is for the US State Department and the resettlement contractors to be open and honest with American citizens (who pay for all of it!) and with the communities being disrupted!

This whole incident has caused me to wonder, how many more crimes are being committed by refugees that we never hear about because no citizens are watching, or are brave enough to blow the whistle, while authorities cower in fear due to political correctness and reporters like Silverstein eagerly denigrate the messengers!

Update: CAIR weighs in, here.

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Judicial Watch Corruption Chronicles: Millions in business loans to refugees not tracked by HHS

Posted by Ann Corcoran on June 10, 2016

Judicial Watch logoI’m dashing out the door and cannot do this incredible work by Judicial Watch justice, but wanted to get it up now hot off the presses!

For years I’ve wondered how you get at this information on special loans for special people and now I know—someone does a Freedom of Information Act request (a specialty of JW as Hillary knows so well!).

Here is how the story begins:

The U.S. government gives refugees on public assistance special “loans” of up to $15,000 to start a business but fails to keep track of defaults that could translate into huge losses for American taxpayers, records obtained by Judicial Watch reveal. The cash is distributed through a program called Microenterprise Development run by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Refugee Resettlement.

Since 2010 the program has granted thousands of loans to refugees that lack the financial resources, credit history or personal assets to qualify for business loans from commercial banks. Most if not all the recipients already get assistance or subsidies from the government, according to the qualification guidelines set by the Microenterprise Development Program. It’s a risky operation that blindly gives public funds to poor foreign nationals with no roots in the U.S. and there’s no follow up to assure the cash is paid back. The idea behind it is to “equip refugees with the skills they need to become successful entrepreneurs” by helping them expand or maintain their own business and become financially independent.

You gotta read this, continue here.

If you are looking for an organization to donate to—Judicial Watch is it!

Afterthought:  Repeatedly you see news stories that refugees are opening new businesses at record rates and thus boosting the local economy.  (Opening businesses with your financial help.)  This information makes me wonder how many of those new businesses survive for even a year or two?

 

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Testimony to the US State Department from Earl in Tennessee

Posted by Ann Corcoran on June 3, 2016

Editor: Here comes another one! We haven’t seen them all yet!  I am still sorting my e-mail in search of the testimony you sent to the US State Department in response to the DOS request for public comment on the “size and scope” of the UN/US Refugee Admissions Program for FY2017.

The day before the deadline for submission of testimony I noticed (maybe you were all ahead of me and noticed!) that the dates were wrong in the Federal Register.  I happened to see a comment sent by lawyers to the DOS asking that the comment period be re-opened because citizens, who might like to have testified, didn’t think the notice was for a comment period this year, but for last year.   See here.

So far no sign that the State Department is re-opening the comment period.  Have any of you seen a new notice?

From Earl who obviously spent a great deal of time researching:

Testimony re: 2017 Refugee Resettlement Program

The Syrian refugee situation is merely “the tip of the iceberg” – a tiny part of the real issue. The “iceberg,” itself is the Federal Refugee Resettlement Program (RRP). The RRP was established by legislation in 1980, and so is far older than the Syrian situation, and the Fedral Government has illegally and dramatically expanded the program’s hegemony since then.

There is so much seriously wrong with the current form of the RRP that it would take a book to cover it all. Some of its major critical problems (drastically condensed) include:

1. The RRP is unconstitutional.

a. It forces states to fund state programs resulting from a Federal program without their agreement – a violation of states’ rights that the U. S. Supreme Court has already ruled unconstitutional.

b. It gives over a billion dollars a year to nine commercial contractors (called VOLAGS – “Voluntary Agency”) most of which are religious organizations. What this means is that the Federal Government is taking taxes from all Americans, and donating them to religious groups selected by the government. The Federal Government has no right to select which religious charities anyone has to support, but that’s exactly what’s happening. The Constitution clearly requires separation of church and state; a requirement grossly ignored by the RRP.

c. There is no part of the Constitution’s “enumerated powers” which compels or even allows the Federal Government to finance, arrange, or promote immigration from anywhere.


2.  The RRP is illegal.

The 1980 RRP legislation clearly and narrowly defined who can be considered a refugee for purposes of the program – people who can prove they have or are subject to persecution because of their political views or because of membership in a racial, ethnic, religious, or social group.

The vast majority of refugees seeking asylum in the U. S. are economic (“seeking a better life”) refugees, or are fleeing war zones – neither condition qualifies them for refugee status.

Therefore, the RRP is violating its own establishing legislation because Congress has ignored the legal definition of “refugee.”

3. The RRP is dangerous.

a. On October 8, 2015, FBI Director James Comey testified before Congress that the FBI cannot guarantee Islamic terrorists won’t get into the US in the Syrian flow that is about to start. On October 21, 2015, Director Comey informed the House Homeland Security Committee that it is impossible to screen Syrian refugees entering the U. S.

b. During a speech at the National Defense University, U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, head of the House Homeland Security Committee, reported that intelligence officials have revealed that it’s no longer just a threat, but an actual occurrence – ISIS terrorists have tried to use the refugee program to enter the United States.

c. Membership in a U. S. – registered terrorist group is not a bar to entry through the RRP as long as the refugee was not thought to be a “direct participant” in “terrorist” activity. What an absurd standard!

d. Approximately 95% of U. S. – bound refugees are selected by the U. N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) or were relatives of U. N. – picked refugees. The UNHCR signed a Cooperation Agreement with the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in 1988, according to an OIC statement. The OIC has been described as the new Islamic Caliphate (world-wide government), although ISIS has also laid claim to that title.What kinds of refugees do you think the OIC pressures the UNHCR to select?

e. Refugees are not tested for many diseases, such as HIV, and they also constitute approximately half of the TB cases in America.

f. If you look at news photos of the hoards of refugees flooding Europe, you’ll be struck by the fact that 95% of them are men in the specific age bracket from which most terrorists are drawn. They don’t look anything like the warm, friendly-looking refugee families that our media and the Federal Government portray as “typical.” Once the fickle media spotlight is off the refugee situation, refugees coming here are almost certain to reflect the same young-male Muslim demographic Europe is struggling with – a dangerous demographic.

g. The Obama administration has repeatedly bragged about the extensive investigative process used for refugees – supposedly taking from 12 to 18 months. Recently, the process has been shortened to three months, proving that the process is merely a political ploy to promote acceptance of dangerous refugees by a gullible public.

4. The RRP is incredibly expensive.

a. The Federal Government spends about 1.2 billion dollars a year just to bring refugees to the U. S. It pays the “VOLAGS” another approximately 1 billion dollars a year to handle the distribution of refugees to the states. These funds could assist 500 times as many refugees if safe havens were established in refugees’ own or nearby countries. Why do you suppose that wealthy Arab oil-producing countries refuse to accept any refugees whatsoever?

b. State and Federal welfare programs are available to refugees the same as to citizens. Refugees qualify for at least 14 welfare programs, the cost of which is never counted or revealed. The total program cost is estimated to be 10 to 20 billion dollars a year when welfare is included, and refugees use welfare at much higher rates than citizens – four times higher for SSI, for example. The VOLAGS grossly under-report welfare costs becausethey don’t actually track them – they estimate them with absurd assumptions that are intended to conceal the huge amounts – much of which comes out of state budgets.

c. The RRP is laced with fraud and corruption at all levels, as is true for many, if not all, U. N. enterprises. U.N. personnel often sell access to the program, and once here, refugees make false claims of family relationships in order to bring other “refugees” into the program. In effect, the RRP is a “stick in the spokes” of U. S. foreign policy, because other countries can refuse refugees, knowing that the U. S. will probably take them.

d. Our country and states are hobbled by ancient, deteriorating infrastructure, bloated social services, underfunded school systems, and inadequate fire and police protection. State and Federal agencies are regularly asked to cut spending. Eliminating the RRP could free funds desperately needed for more worthy and delayed projects.

5. The RRP can destroy our communities.

a. Few Middle-Eastern refugees/immigrants “assimilate” into their host communities. Paul Harpole, mayor of Amarillo, Texas, says that, “…it’s a huge disservice to bring in refugees that we’re not able to handle. We create small ghettos…. A group of Somalis came in to say they had elected a mayor of their community…. Then another faction claimed they had their own leader. We come to find out that rival tribes – slaves and masters – were being settled together.” There are now about 22 different languages spoken in the Amarillo schools by 660 refugee kids who don’t speak English, and the U. S. Department of Education says they have to be at grade level within one year. Many of these third-world kids don’t even know how to use a bathroom. Plus, the federal Government pays schools only $100 per refugee student per year.

b. Refugees will work for minimum wage, and, so, take jobs from Americans. In inflation-adjusted dollars, the meat-packing industry used to pay about $20/hour to employees. Now, it’s closer to $10/hour, on average, because of the refugees. The meat-packing industry is a major lobbying group promoting higher refugee numbers, making campaign contributions all over the country.

The Refugee Resettlement Program must be rescinded.

It is immoral, unethical, and unconstitutional for the Federal Government to bring Muslim refugees to the United States.

 

This is the twentieth testimony in our series leading up to the deadline for comments to the Dept. of State on May 19th.

Go here for where they are archived to see what your fellow citizens have said.

I intend to keep posting testimonies until I have exhausted my long list! I had no idea so many of you would respond to my offer!  But, thank you for your hard work!

Don’t forget!  If you sent testimony to the State Department, be sure to send it to all of your elected officials and ask that they look into the program and give you a response (it is not too late to send it!). When corresponding with elected officials always ask a question and try to force them to respond to you.

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Testimony to the US State Department from Laurel in Illinois

Posted by Ann Corcoran on May 30, 2016

Editor: Here comes another one! I am still sorting my e-mail in search of the testimony you sent to the US State Department in response to the DOS request for public comment on the “size and scope” of the UN/US Refugee Admissions Program for FY2017.

The day before the deadline for submission of testimony I noticed (maybe you were all ahead of me and noticed!) that the dates were wrong in the Federal Register.  I happened to see a comment sent by lawyers to the DOS asking that the comment period be re-opened because citizens, who might like to have testified, didn’t think the notice was for a comment period this year, but for last year.   See here.

So far no sign that the State Department is re-opening the comment period.  Have any of you seen a new notice?

From Laurel who is most concerned about the impact on her local school system (including costs!) with the sudden arrival of large numbers of refugee children in need of special help.

Ms. Anne C. Richard U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration

Dear Ms. Richard:

The refugee resettlement program is a secretive, expensive and potentially dangerous program that needs to be immediately halted, and probably scrapped. What once began as a wellintentioned means to help asylees has now evolved into a complex “people importing” business with many players, most of all the VOLAGS, which are essentially government agencies disguised as charities. A good example is Lutheran Immigration and Social Services, which professes to be “faith based” but in reality has no affiliation to any church (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, 2015).

“We [LCMS] are not connected to the refugee work of Lutheran World Relief at this time, and our relationship with, and support for, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services is limited. LIRS is not a Synod organization, not a Recognized Service Organization and is not officially tied to any church body” (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, 2015).

Unfortunately, the people most directly impacted by “importing” refugees – i.e. local schools, state taxpayers, community residents, medical facilities, social service agencies – are not involved when refugees are placed, yet they are stuck with the costs and problems. A good example is Evanston, Illinois where school districts 65 and 202 have seen a sudden surge of refugee students. (Gavin, 2015). Administrators were not informed.

“Dr. Witherspoon added, ‘I don’t have a real handle on why we’re seeing such a big increase in Evanston.’ He added he would be interested to see if this was a one-time increase, or if it is going to continue” (Gavin, 2015).

Student refugees often have learning and language issues and require the hiring of additional staff.

“Many of the children have not had any formal education, so it is unclear what grade they should be placed in. Language is a barrier, as most of the refugee students speak French, Arabic, Turkish or Swahili. They also require vaccinations and medical care…Evanston Township High School has hired staff to address the needs of these children (Gavin, 2015).

Refugees place enormous costs on the host communities. In September 2015, Center for Immigration Studies released a study estimating that each Middle Eastern refugee costs taxpayers almost $65,000 for the first five years (Zeigler & Camarota, 2015). A more recent study published this month finds that “[the] average immigrant household consumes 33 percent more cash welfare, 57 percent more food assistance, and 44 percent more Medicaid dollars than the average native household (Richwine, 2016).

Illinois (my state) ranks as one of the highest tax states in the nation (Kiernan, 2016). In some cases, property taxes equal or exceed the owner’s mortgage payment. Since refugees impose high costs to state and local residents, why are communities not given the option to say “no?” This amounts to taxation without representation.

The refugee resettlement program has become a “cash cow” to be milked by many players. It is now a $1 billion industry that operates without any oversight or regard for the taxpayers who are funding it. The United States cannot afford to import hundreds of thousands of individuals who will be a net drain on our resources.

Works Cited

Gavin, L. (2015, November 4). Refugees Arrive at School Districts 65 and 202. Retrieved March 4, 2016, from Evanston Roundtable: http://evanstonroundtable.com/main.asp?Search=1&ArticleID=11143&SectionID=16&SubSectio nID=27&S=1

Kiernan, J. A. (2016, April 30). 2016’s States with the Highest & Lowest Tax Rates. Retrieved May 18, 2016, from WalletHub: https://wallethub.com/edu/best-worst-states-to-be-a-taxpayer/2416/

Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. (2015). Refugee – FAQ. Retrieved October 13, 2015, from Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod: http://www.lcms.org/Document.fdoc?src=lcm&id=3766

Richwine, J. (2016, May). The Cost of Welfare Use By Immigrant and Native Households. Retrieved May 18, 2016, from Center for Immigration Studies: http://cis.org/Cost-Welfare-Immigrant-NativeHouseholds

Zeigler, K., & Camarota, S. A. (2015, September). The High Cost of Resettling Middle Eastern Refugees. Retrieved May 18, 2016, from Center for Immigration Studies: http://cis.org/High-Cost-ofResettling-Middle-Eastern-Refugees

 

This is the nineteenth testimony in our series leading up to the deadline for comments to the Dept. of State on May 19th.  Go here for where they are archived to see what your fellow citizens have said.

I intend to keep posting testimonies, a few a day, until I have exhausted my long list! I had no idea so many of you would respond to my offer!  But, thank you for your hard work!

 

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Testimony to the US State Department from John in Indiana

Posted by Ann Corcoran on May 29, 2016

Editor: Yes! I know there are many more! I am still sorting my e-mail in search of the testimony you sent to the US State Department in response to the DOS request for public comment on the “size and scope” of the UN/US Refugee Admissions Program for FY2017.

The day before the deadline for submission of testimony I noticed (maybe you were all ahead of me and noticed!) that the dates were wrong in the Federal Register.  I happened to see a comment sent by lawyers to the DOS asking that the comment period be re-opened because citizens, who might like to have testified, didn’t think the notice was for a comment period this year, but for last year.   See here.

From John:

Ms. Anne Richard
Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration
US State Department
Washington, DC

RE: FR 2016-09267

Dear Ms. Richard:

I have to believe that you do not realize the havoc you are creating across our great nation, or certainly you would take steps to alleviate it.

Your actions are resulting in overcrowded schools with resources stretched beyond the breaking point.

Your actions are causing communities to go nearly bankrupt because their resources are not sufficient to manage the multiple problems and needs of these new people.

Your actions are creating danger in the communities because these new people cannot obtain substantial work and hence are resorting to criminal activities.

Your actions are resulting in increases in unemployment among American workers because these new people are forced by necessity to work for substandard wages when they can find jobs.

Your actions are allowing the growing group of Islamic people to become even larger with the possible potential for Shari’ah to be instituted in parts of our country, a system of life that is totally at odds with our nation of freedom.

I could go on and on but I am sure that you are receiving many comments from other concerned citizens and are becoming aware of what we are worried about. We are simply not able to absorb the masses of people you are trying to bring into our communities. We have plenty of problems in our cities and towns and our money and talents should be directed to them.

Let the other countries deal with their problems and let us deal with ours. We are not, and should not be, the savior of all nations. If America is to survive as a sovereign country this massive and ill-advised immigration program must stop.

Yours with worry and concern,

This is the eighteenth testimony in our series leading up to the deadline for comments to the Dept. of State on May 19th.  Go here for where they are archived to see what your fellow citizens have said.

I intend to keep posting testimonies, a few a day, until I have exhausted my long list! I had no idea so many of you would respond to my offer!  But, thank you for your hard work!

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Testimony to US State Department from Adrienne in California

Posted by Ann Corcoran on May 29, 2016

Editor: Yes! I am still combing through my hundreds of e-mails to find the testimony you sent to the US State Department in response to the DOS request for public comment on the “size and scope” of the UN/US Refugee Admissions Program for FY2017.

The day before the deadline for submission of testimony I noticed (maybe you were all ahead of me and noticed!) that the dates were wrong in the Federal Register.  I happened to see a comment sent by lawyers to the DOS asking that the comment period be re-opened because citizens, who might like to have testified, didn’t think the notice was for a comment period this year, but for last year.   See here.

It is not selfish to put America First!

To PRM from Adrienne,

States should have final control over resettlement activities within their state borders. Until there is evaluation of and FULL DISCLOSURE of the costs and other impacts associated with resettling the thousands of refugees, I am strongly opposed to continuing the Refugee Admissions Program for 2017. The program should be suspended or put on hold until the costs and impacts have been revealed to the American public.

Schools are overburdened, with some now having 75 different languages. The education of our children will be impacted as teachers try to address the additional language, learning and emotional difficulties inherent in refugee children.

San Bernardino killer

There was a lot of information that should have been a red flag to those “vetting” the San Bernardino killer.

In addition to the burdens to the American people in more ways than just increased taxes, fewer jobs, and less care for our Veterans and Seniors, there is a danger in not properly vetting people from areas where there is a predominant ideology to destroy those who do not believe as they do.

I live not far from San Bernardino, where this ideology was espoused by terrorists who killed people who had just given him and his wife a baby shower! Isn’t this much like the good will extended to refugees as they settle in other towns? There was evidence from the wife’s Facebook page that she had pledged allegiance to ISIS.

Certainly we need to take the time to ensure that each individual refugee has a clean past. The vetting process MUST NOT be shortened to anything less than the 18-24 month standard. The responsibility to protect American citizens falls upon your department. Please do not let us down.

It is not selfish to put America first, because only when we are great can we lend a helping hand to those in need.

This is the seventeenth testimony in our series leading up to the deadline for comments to the Dept. of State on May 19th.  Go here for where they are archived to see what your fellow citizens have said.

I intend to keep posting testimonies, a few a day, until I have exhausted my long list! I had no idea so many of you would respond to my offer!  But, thank you for your hard work!

P.S. I should have mentioned it, but I have been adding photos and other images just to jazz up the plain text, I hope you all don’t mind!

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