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

Posted by Ann Corcoran on December 7, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[….]

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

[….]

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

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

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

 

So I looked around and what did I find?

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

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

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

From The New American Economy:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by Ann Corcoran on December 6, 2017

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Will it ever end?

From a report I first posted here:

1983-93:   4,413

1994:  3,508

1995:  2,524

1996:  6,440

1997:  4,948

1998:  2,952

1999:  4,321

2000:  6,002

2001:  4,940

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

2003:  1,708

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

2004:  12,814

2005:  10,101

2006:  10,330

2007:  6,958

2008:  2,523

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

2010:  4,884

2011:  3,161

2012:  4,921

2013:  7,600

2014:  9,000

2015: 8,858

2016:  9,020

Total is over 130,000

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Fox News is just as big a problem on refugee issue as Leftwing media

Posted by Ann Corcoran on December 6, 2017

The other day when we reported that the Heritage Foundation got it so wrong with its “Roadmap for Reform” one of my first thoughts was it is because they clearly are living in a DC bubble and have no idea of what is going on in ‘flyover country.’

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Elizabeth Llorente Fox News Latino reporter:    https://muckrack.com/liz_llorente

I think it is because the mainstream media isn’t reporting on the trouble in towns and cities where refugee overload has created enormous tensions. We don’t expect fairness from CNN etc, but Fox News is just as much to blame!

This Fox News story by Elizabeth Llorente makes my point.  Llorente clearly hasn’t read very much about the program and then she uses Linda Hartke, of all people, as her source for views from the religious Left.

We will get to Hartke shortly, but first this.  Reporter Llorente clearly got this talking point from the refugee contractors (probably from Hartke!).

The number of refugees entering the U.S. has plummeted since President Trump lifted a four-month ban on admissions.

Only 3,108 refugees came to the U.S. in October and November, the first two months of the new fiscal year. The Obama administration admitted 18,300 refugees in the same period last year. The new numbers represent a dramatic 83 percent drop.

Lazy reporter?

Take a look at this data (below).  What do you see? Those two months she uses as comparison are the highest two October/November admissions for probably 20 years (at least 10 here). Yes, Trump’s numbers are thankfully low, but it is disingenuous to take the top Obama months and compare them this way—this is what the lying Left does all the time!

 

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This is a screenshot from Wrapsnet. I cut the later months off so that we could see the early months for the last 11 years more clearly.  November numbers have not been added yet. We know however that the total for Trump’s October and November is 3,108. What steams me is when I see Trump’s numbers compared to the largest numbers Obama ever had in those months. That is what the Leftwing media does all the time, so why is Fox News doing it?

 

In the fall of 2016, fearing that Trump would be elected in November, the Obama administration was working furiously to bring in extremely high numbers in those months leading up to and following the election.  The numbers were so high that refugees were dumped into motels because the contractors couldn’t keep up.

Now to Linda Hartke!

Of all the people to quote representing the nine contractors*** she picked the embattled Hartke and gives her many column inches to lament! (Does she know Hartke personally?)

Don’t these reporters at Fox News read?

Hartke is embroiled in accusations of financial mismanagement. See Michael Patrick Leahy at Breitbart‘s expose here.

Llorente goes on….

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Hartke makes over $300,000 annually and her organization is allegedly in deep turmoil.     http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/11/11/source-claims-financial-mismanagement-fraud-harassment-lutheran-immigration-refugee-service-spark-external-investigation/

Groups that work with refugees lamented the drop, saying the U.S. should not scale back its support for people fleeing upheaval.

Could Fox just once mention the fact that these “groups that work with refugees” are paid government contractors who have a financial interest in seeing ever-larger numbers of refugees admitted to the US.

“It’s tragic, really,” said Linda Hartke, president and chief executive of the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, which resettles refugees. “It’s tragic for refugees who’ve fled for their lives, who are simply looking for the chance to be safe and provide for their families and see their kids go to school and live in dignity.”

She said to Fox News, “It hard for many Americans to understand why this administration fails to see that we not only have an international obligation to protect the most vulnerable, but an opportunity to demonstrate American leadership.”

As for the administration’s withdrawal from the global talks on migration, Hartke viewed it as bewildering.

“The global compact was an opportunity, including for our neighbors, to be much more thoughtful about the flows of migrants, what’s good for this country and for our neighbors as well,” Hartke said. “Having these conversations in a global context is something we shouldn’t be afraid of.”

And, in light of what is happening inside Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, I have to say that Hartke has chutzpah!

Readers, stop believing everything Fox News says, please read many sources of alternative media to become fully informed.

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

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

Posted by Ann Corcoran on December 5, 2017

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

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You learned about that visit here.

In their e-mail Heritage said this:

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

Who that senior adviser is remains a mystery.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Supreme Court says Trump travel ban can be enforced for now

Posted by Ann Corcoran on December 5, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

From CNN:

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

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

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

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

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

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

CNN continues…

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

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

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

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

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

More later when some bright legal minds weigh in.

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

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Breitbart reporter says Haley was the holdout, she wanted to continue with UN “compact” on refugees

Posted by Ann Corcoran on December 4, 2017

Well this news certainly changes the picture on the news we reported here yesterday.

(Just a reminder that this compact was not some longstanding agreement. It was created only in September of 2016 when Obama, walking out the door, put on his little side show on refugees at the UN General Assembly meeting. It has little weight, but if we didn’t get out now the chances were great that after a forth-coming meeting and more to follow in 2018 we would be drawn deeply into something that is not to America’s benefit.)

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Chief of Staff Kelly said pullout and President Trump ultimately concurred! 

Here is Neil Munro at Breitbart telling us that actually UN Ambassador Nikki Haley was the only hold-out in the Administration arguing for the US to stay in the compact. (Hat tip: Richard @highblueridge)

President Donald Trump overruled objections by his United Nations ambassador when he directed the U.S. leave the “Global Compact on Migration” treaty, which is intended to promote mass-migration into countries regardless of national laws and voters’ preferences. [Treaty might be too strong a word here, but it surely could have turned in to one.—-ed]

U.N.. Ambassador Nikki Haley wanted the United States to stay in the pro-migration treaty which is being advanced by a multinational conference in Mexico on Monday, December 4. But according to Foreignpolicy.com,

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White House chief of staff John Kelly, who previously led the Department of Homeland Security’s crackdown on illegal immigrants, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions strongly backed a pullout, according to diplomatic sources familiar with the deliberations. The State Department initially opposed the withdrawal, but its policy planning chief, Brian Hook, who represented Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the principals’ meeting, reversed course and recommended ditching the negotiations.

The meeting ended in deadlock, with Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, expressing the lone dissent. Haley had argued that the United States would have a better shot at influencing the outcome of the negotiations if it participated in the process.

She was ultimately overruled by the president, according to diplomatic sources.

Trump made the pro-American decision on Friday, as Senators prepared to vote on the tax bill.

Continue reading here.

Besides losing our sovereignty with deals like this, you know the UN was going to be deep in our pockets for more moola!

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Israel ready to deport thousands to Africa, UN furious…

Posted by Ann Corcoran on December 4, 2017

…but, get this: It turns out that many of the illegal alien/asylum seekers have been transported out of Israel to third countries.

I had heard rumors that we are taking some of those!

I just checked Wrapsnet and we did take 8 ‘refugees’ off Israel’s hands in October. (The November processing countries will be out in a few days and I’ll check again.)

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That is the UNHCR Filippo Grandi glad-handing with George Soros, the leading architect of a borderless world, in 2016.

Here is how asylum is supposed to work:  migrant asks for asylum in the first safe country he or she reaches and it is that country’s problem to process the asylum claim and grant it or not.

However, the whole process has been skewed for at least 10 years (the time I have been involved, it could be more) by things like our deal with Malta and more recently Australia*** where we take their rejects!

Is it happening with Israel too?

Here the UN High Commissioner for Refugees says that in fact the UN has helped over 2,000 asylum seekers move from Israel and be placed in “third countries.’

This is just one more reason we must get out from under the thumb of the UN!  The only asylum seekers that are our responsibility are the ones who arrive on our border!  (We aren’t asking Israel to take some of ours!)

From Haaretz:

The head of the UN’s refugee agency says Israel is choosing to forget its own painful past and should treat its African asylum seekers more compassionately.

“The Israeli government’s decision to expel 40,000 African asylum seekers is of great concern,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi told Haaretz at a conference in Rome over the weekend.

[….]

The Israeli government approved a plan last month to close its detention center housing African asylum seekers from Sudan and Eritrea, and launch an expulsion operation in the coming weeks to deport them back to their homeland or another African state.

The asylum seekers will soon receive notices demanding that they either leave Israel or face jail for an unlimited amount of time. Israel is reportedly paying Rwanda $5,000 for every asylum seeker it takes in. Additionally, those agreeing to leave Israel will receive $3,500 and get their airfare paid. The move could cost the government about 1 billion shekels ($287 million).

[….]

Grandi says his organization has been talking with the Israeli government about African asylum seekers for many years, noting that the UN has helped some 2,400 refugees be resettled from Israel to third countries (i.e., somewhere other than Israel or their homeland).

Then there is a discussion about that dreadful other UN agency, UNRWA, that is specially designed to take care of Palestinians in perpetuity. Those ‘refugees’ are never resettled elsewhere in the Middle East (can you say rich gulf states like Saudi Arabia) so that the thorn is always there in Israel’s side.

Grandi spent nine years at the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, first as deputy commissioner general and then, from 2010, as commissioner-general. His term as refugee commissioner runs until 2020.

He defended his former UN agency for its work with Palestinians. “UNRWA is often accused of either perpetuating the refugee status of Palestinians or of exempting Israel of its responsibilities toward civilians in the occupied territories by providing services on its behalf,” he said. But the disappearance of the underfunded agency “would not solve the issue of Palestinian refugees – rather it would exacerbate it,” he warned.

More here.

I will bet the White House doesn’t know we are taking more Africans as ‘refugees’ who are really Israel’s problem.

*** Go here to learn about the terrible precedent we are setting with the “dumb” Australia deal, and for my lengthy archive on Malta, where we have been taking their illegal aliens to the US ever since the George W. Bush administration, click here.

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Wow! Trump withdraws US from UN Compact on migration/refugees

Posted by Ann Corcoran on December 3, 2017

“We will decide how best to control our borders and who will be allowed to enter our country.”

(US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley)

 

The Human Rights Industrial Complex (HRIC) must be going nuts!

Thanks for the tip from reader ‘heymister24’ who sent this overnight.

***Update December 4th*** This news changes the picture. Pres. Trump made the decision himself after Haley wanted to stay in the compact.

Here is Deutsch Welle‘s version of the news (reported in many publications):

The United States has announced it is withdrawing from the Global Compact on Migration. The non-binding UN migration pact was meant to boost international cooperation on migration issues.

US President Donald Trump’s administration has withdrawn the United States from a United Nations pact to coordinate and improve international migration and refugee issues, the US mission to the global body said.

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The global approach … not compatible with US sovereignty.”

“Today, the US Mission to the United Nations informed the UN Secretary-General that the United States is ending its participation in the Global Compact on Migration,” the US mission to the UN said.

In September 2016, all 193 UN member states of the General Assembly adopted the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants. [You may remember that was Obama’s big show at the UN.—ed]

The non-binding declaration includes a set of pledges to protect migrants, foster migrant integration, develop guidelines on the treatment of vulnerable migrants and strengthen global governance of migration, among other issues.

[….]

“The New York Declaration contains numerous provisions that are inconsistent with US immigration and refugee policies and the Trump Administration’s immigration principles. As a result, President Trump determined that the United States would end its participation in the Compact process that aims to reach international consensus at the UN in 2018,” the US statement said.

[….]

US Ambassador Nikki Haley said, “America is proud of our immigrant heritage and long-standing leadership” on supporting migrants and refugees.

“No country has done more than the United States, and our generosity will continue. But our decisions on immigration policies must always be made by Americans and Americans alone,” she added. “We will decide how best to control our borders and who will be allowed to enter our country. The global approach in the New York Declaration is simply not compatible with US sovereignty.”

I hope this means we are going to choose our own refugees (if any) without dancing to the UNHCR’s tune going forward.

Mostly I tell readers to complain to the President about something. This time send him your thanks by clicking here.

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Dramatic drop in number of refugees entering the US in first 2 months of fiscal year

Posted by Ann Corcoran on December 2, 2017

The President now has completed the first two months of what will be his first full year in admitting refugees to the US and we see numbers are dramatically lower. 

In fact they are so low that if the present pace continues until the end of the fiscal year, September 30th, less than 20,000 could be the final tally.

As readers know the Trump Administration set the CEILING for this fiscal year at 45,000, but that is a ceiling, not a target!

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Doing okay, but I continue to argue that simply dropping numbers isn’t enough because the next Prez could raise the numbers higher to make up for lost time. The entire program should be abolished and if the President and Congress want a program they need to work on it.  Removing the middlemen contractors should be the first order of business when (if!) they put America First!

I caution readers to not get too excited by the dramatic downward (so far) trend because if past years are any indication there is usually a lull in the first few months followed by a summer uptick then a huge flood comes in in September because everyone is pushing to reach the ceiling (with the exception being the year Obama and Trump shared the fiscal year).

In FY 17 Obama was pouring them in in the first months while in the closing months Trump was slowing the flow.

(See chart below through October 31 to see monthly admissions.  Note the ceiling numbers and the ultimate admissions numbers.) And, do you see that dip in the middle of FY11, that is when those Iraqi refugee terrorists were arrested in Bowling Green, KY and caused the whole huge Iraqi flow to America to grind to a halt as they needed to be rescreened.

Michael Patrick Leahy at Breitbart had a look at the numbers here yesterday, however he concentrated on the November numbers which were available yesterday at Wrapsnet.

I’ll focus my attention on the numbers in this fiscal year which includes the months of October and November combined.

For the first two months of FY18 we admitted 3,108 refugees. If that pace continued for the year the total would be less than 20,000 (again 45,000 is the ceiling).

The resettlement contractors*** must be having hissy-fits as they ‘bid for bodies’ (aka paying refugee clients) as each must fight to keep its taxpayer-funded budget from imploding.

***Update*** The wailing began yesterday as Jewish and Lutheran refugee contractors saw the numbers, see here.  The Lutherans esp. need the cold hard cash refugees represent because they have some funny-money problems going on there, here.

So what do the Muslim numbers look like?

There is no question that the Muslim percentage of refugees has dropped precipitously this fiscal year, again see Leahy for November.

Muslim refugees account for 16% of the flow this fiscal year which is way down from nearly 50% during some of Obama’s years in office.

My calculations indicate that of the 3,108 total refugee admissions for those two months, 487 are Muslim. That works out to about 16% for the two months.  Wrapsnet has the various Muslim sects designated like this:

Amadiyya: 7 total, all from Pakistan

Moslem: total 362

Tops in that category: Burma 111, DR Congo 35, Eritrea 50, Ethiopia 23, and Somalia 107 plus smaller numbers from other countries (Those from Burma are Rohingya)

Moslem Shiite: total 45

Tops in that category: Afghanistan 13, Iraq 29

Moslem Suni: total 73

Tops in that category: Iraq 27, Somalia 19, Syria 22

It makes me laugh to see those Iraqi numbers.  We have the Sunnis and Shiites fighting each other in Iraq and then we bring in the two opposing sides!  Will they continue their centuries of quarreling in your city?

By the way, if you run your own numbers at Wrapsnet I encourage you to use the fiscal year numbers instead of annual year because this whole program is run on a fiscal year basis.

Have a look at the entry numbers for each month since FY2008 (a Bush year) below:

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Notice what the tricksters at the DOS have done here. Obama set the FY17 ceiling as he was walking out the door at 110,000.  Note that he had 7 previous years where he could have done the same. Why didn’t he?   Trump legally reset it at 50,000, but the DOS left the 110,000 there because they want to make Trump look as mean as they possibly can compared to their dear leader Obama, and so that their media lackeys can continue to write about Obama’s 110,000 level that was really pie in the sky.  110,000 could never have been accomplished.

 

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

 

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We welcome further explanation from the Heritage Foundation about comments being withheld over the weekend

Posted by Ann Corcoran on November 28, 2017

If you are arriving here for the first time today, see this post on Sunday to catch up.

We see that when the Heritage Foundation asked for comments (there are now 208, more?) on their US Refugee Admissions Program ‘reform’ plan that they have now added the following note from an editor:

Editor’s note: Thanks to everyone who has commented on this post. Some of those comments were initially not visible due to a delay in our system. We value your opinion and apologize for any confusion.

They have also corrected one commenter with this:

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In order to alleviate any further confusion we invite someone from Heritage’s IT staff to explain how it was that over 100 comments initially were visible only to the commenter, making them believe they were accepted, while others were visible to everyone.

We understand holding comments for moderation, we do it all the time, but the difference is that the commenter isn’t seeing his or her comment (as if it had posted) visible to them, but to no one else!

Please write to me, I am at refugeewatcher@gmail.com and I will be happy to post verbatim whatever the tech explanation is.

And, by the way, some who were posted early-on (visible to all) were not all people Heritage tech people might have recognized as previous commenters.

Nor is it a reasonable explanation to say that the forum was only for members of Heritage (although many who commented are obviously members) because otherwise that should have been made clear at Heritage’s website page.  We would have honored a notice that said: Member forum only.

And, it is not sufficient to use a holiday weekend screw-up as a reason since Heritage put out the appeal for comments on Friday, the day after Thanksgiving (we didn’t post about it until the 25th, Saturday), on a long holiday weekend, so clearly they expected people to send in comments over the weekend and should have been ready, especially on such a hot topic.

Of course Heritage doesn’t owe any of us an explanation, but it would be to the Heritage Foundation’s advantage to fully explain what happened and thus regain its squeaky clean reputation. 

But, we mustn’t lose sight of the fact that the ‘reform’ plan itself should be withdrawn and re-written taking in to consideration, first and foremost, the enormous economic and societal costs to local US citizens.

Go here and see what we said about the report in July.

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