Refugee Resettlement Watch

Archive for the ‘Refugee Resettlement Program’ Category

Refugee news roundup! Trump is the only hope for America on most important issue—immigration

Posted by Ann Corcoran on July 22, 2016

First, I’ve been seeing a whole lot of America since I left Maryland a week ago today.  Thanks so much to all of you who have met me along the way to tell me about what is happening to your towns and cities as a result of the UN/US State Department Refugee Admissions Program.

I’m now 1/4th of the way through my listening tour of the heartland.  I hope to get time this weekend to tell you a bit about what I am learning. In some cases I’m stunned, in others disheartened, and then there are bright spots (mostly those involve the hard work you are doing to try to stem the tide!).

But, in the meantime, there are all sorts of nuggets of news I’ve been missing.  So, here is a quick re-cap.

Trump acceptance

This is the most important election of our lifetimes (possibly even since our founding).

First, the Trump speech last night was remarkable in the detail in which he addressed immigration policy and specifically refugee admissions policy.  The indispensable Julia Hahn (does she sleep?) at Breitbart tells us about how CNN is ignorant of refugee policy in its so-called “fact checking.”  Read it here.

One of Hillary’s possible VEEP picks (Tim Kaine) speaks to leaders of one of the most dangerous mosques in America, see here.

A reminder! If Hillary is elected and Speaker Ryan is still in office, we are finished!

Refugees by the numbers!  Be sure to see Leo Hohmann’s WND summary of which states are getting Syrian refugees as we approach Obama’s deadline—September 30th—to place 10,000 mostly Muslim Syrians into your towns.

Congolese going to be placed in Montana.  An announcement has been made that the first refugees to be placed in Montana will be Congolese.  We are told the Congolese flow is mostly made up of needy and traumatized women and children. Most are not Muslim, but these refugees will contribute little to the economy and require more social services than the usual because they need mental health counseling.

Controversy continues to swirl in Rutland, VT where the mayor secretly worked with a refugee contractor and invited 100 Syrian Muslims to live there.  Learn more here at Watchdog.org.

More Syrian Muslims for Michigan at Arab American News, here.  This story is about Grand Rapids, but every American should see Dearborn as I did earlier in the week.

Connecticut wants to be known as the “go-to state” for refugees according to CNN, here. The resettlement contractor there brags that CT has welcomed more Syrians than any other state.  Not so, according to WND, here.

No refugees entering the US since 2010 have been screened for HIV.  We knew about it here in 2011. Taxpayers pay for their meds.

Editor:  I’ll continue to update this post later (if I get some time).  Moving on to the next town this morning.

Posted in 2016 Presidential campaign, Changing the way we live, Colonization, Community destabilization, health issues, Muslim refugees, Refugee Resettlement Program, Resettlement cities, Stealth Jihad, Taxpayer goodies, Who is going where | Tagged: , , | 1 Comment »

Ohio: Active TB in refugees there too!

Posted by Ann Corcoran on July 20, 2016

Michael Patrick Leahy’s latest expose’ on where ACTIVE Tuberculosis is found in America reveals that the Akron, Ohio area has it too.

Elaine-Woloshyn-300x300

As Executive Director of the International Institute of Akron, Elaine Woloshyn is in charge of the refugees arriving in the city. The IIA is a subcontractor of USCRI the same federal contractor working to expand to Rutland VT and Reno NV. It is also the major federal contractor in Twin Falls, Idaho. http://iiakron.org/our-team/

We have a few posts on Akron here at RRW.  I’d like to direct you to one in particular because it is an example of what I am learning on my road trip through the heartland.  There is money involved in refugee resettlement and local elected officials and their cronies are figuring out how to tap it!  It is your money as developers look to the taxpayer-funded gravy train coming from Washington! (In addition to the foreign money that is buying up real estate!)

I digress.  Along with the money (for special people) comes other problems, including frightening health risks for all of us.

Leahy at Breitbart:

CLEVELAND, Ohio–Eleven refugees have been diagnosed with active tuberculosis in Summit County, Ohio, over the past six years, Dr. Margo Erme, medical director of the Summit County Public Health Department tells Breitbart News.

The case of active and communicable tuberculosis were in the county that holds Akron, with a population of 199,000. It is the largest city in Summit County, population 541,000.

The county lies immediately to the south of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County. Many of the delegates and members of the media attending the Republican National Convention held in Cleveland this week are staying at hotels in Summit County and are shuttled on buses thirty plus miles each way.

“From 1/1/2010 through 12/31/2015, 37 cases of tuberculosis (both pulmonary and extrapulmonary) were reported in Summit County,” Dr. Margo Erme, medical director of Summit County Public Health, tells Breitbart News in an email.

Of those, “16 were US-born” and “21 were foreign-born.” Of the 21 foreign-born, “10 did not come into the US on refugee status, 11 came into the US on refugee status,” Erme says.

Of the “US-born” I would like to know how many live in households with the “foreign-born?”

No time to write more, but check out this fluffy puffy piece on the growing Arab population of Toledo—a city I just visited!  A “model city” for Syrian refugees they say!  Ahhhh!  More when I have time.

Posted in Changing the way we live, Colonization, Community destabilization, diversity's dark side, health issues, Refugee Resettlement Program, Resettlement cities, Taxpayer goodies, The Opposition, Who is going where | Tagged: , , | 6 Comments »

Twin Falls elected officials getting blow back in rape case; they are NOT the victims

Posted by Ann Corcoran on July 18, 2016

.…but you might think so if you read two articles that appeared in my alerts this morning!

I urge you to read the two stories here and here and remember three things (I know you know!).

  1. The little girl is the victim!
  2. Threats of violence against anyone are never condoned.
  3. Elected officials hate controversy, so keep the pressure on them.

citizenservices2

On number three: Many of the elected officials in Twin Falls failed in their duty to be fully transparent with the community and all those concerned for the well-being of the real victim. Some called those who wanted answers (and are still waiting for answers) racists and bigots.

To see this cry-baby spin on the story now—that the poor elected officials are being besieged by e-mails from all over the country—is maddening.

They asked for the job of representing the people of Twin Falls, and as the saying goes, if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen!

And, learn a lesson as it relates to the Refugee Admissions Program:  Citizens of a community being targeted as a federal resettlement site have every right to all the answers about how the program is run, what it costs, who is coming and from where, and must have their questions answered as it relates to security and crime.  Additionally, they must be told who in the business community is promoting and benefiting from the arrival of low-skilled workers from the third world.

I’ve long-since come to the conclusion that we can’t wait for Washington to reform this program, but all of you with concerns must work on getting local elected officials, who are unresponsive, hostile and downright rude and nasty to you, unseated!

You have more people on your side than you know!

Posted in Changing the way we live, Colonization, Community destabilization, Crimes, diversity's dark side, Muslim refugees, Pockets of Resistance, Refugee Resettlement Program, Resettlement cities, Taxpayer goodies | Tagged: | 12 Comments »

Admit fewer refugees say 76% of Republicans; 38% of Dems agree!

Posted by Ann Corcoran on July 18, 2016

I was surprised to see that this large number—38%—of Democrats think our refugee admissions are too high!

Obama and Clinton 3

The numbers indicate that the public is not behind Obama and Clinton on the subject of refugees. Trump needs to continue to hammer this issue! Republicans in support of the refugee program for its ready supply of cheap labor should beware!

Readers you have to wade through a lot of column inches before you get to what I consider the meat of this story by AP.  It sure looks like Americans generally are not in agreement with Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton on admitting tens of thousands of refugees from mostly Muslim countries, especially Syrians.

Associated Press at WHIO (12 paragraphs into the story).  Emphasis below is mine:

Americans are slightly more likely to oppose than favor a temporary ban on Muslims who are not U.S. citizens from entering the United States, by a 52 percent to 45 percent margin that has been strikingly consistent in AP-GfK polls conducted this year.

Sixty-nine percent of Republicans say they favor the temporary ban on Muslim immigration, while 68 percent of Democrats are opposed. Half of whites and just a third of non-whites say they favor the ban. Seventy-six percent of Trump supporters are in favor.

On a trip to Scotland last month, Trump shifted his rhetoric, saying he would instead “want terrorists out” of the U.S., and to do so, he would limit people’s entry from “specific terrorist countries and we know who those terrorist countries are.”

The poll indicates that rhetorical shift could win support. Among those asked more broadly about a temporary ban on immigrants from areas of the world where there is a history of terrorism against the U.S. or its allies, 63 percent are in favor and 34 percent opposed. Ninety-four percent of Trump supporters say they favor this proposal, as do 45 percent of Clinton supporters.

“That’s a necessity for creating stability,” said Ryan Williams, 40, a health care provider from Jacksonville, North Carolina.

Most Americans — 53 percent — think the United States is currently letting in too many refugees from Syria, engulfed in civil war since 2011 and the Islamic State militant group’s de facto center. President Barack Obama has pledged to admit some 10,000 Syrian refugees this year.

Remember Hillary is on record saying she wants to admit 65,000 Syrians immediately (only 11 percent of Americans agree with her!):

Another 33 percent think the current level is about right, while just 11 percent want to let in more. About 4 in 10 think there’s a very or somewhat high risk of refugees committing acts of religious or political violence in the United States, 34 percent think the risk moderate, and 24 percent consider it very or somewhat low.

Seventy-six percent of Republicans think the U.S. should allow fewer refugees. Among Democrats, 43 percent think the current level is about right, 38 percent think the U.S. should allow fewer, and 18 percent want to allow more.

This tells me that Trump has to continue to pound the issue of refugees!  (And, that the propagandists at The Hive have their work cut out for them).

BTW, if every American could see what I’ve seen over the last two days on my road trip, these numbers would be even higher!

One more thing…I’ve heard several times lately that some Americans think that the US refugee program is a temporary one for the refugees, that they only come here until things calm down in their home countries.  That is NOT the case! Refugees who come to the US come here permanently and ultimately become citizens.

Posted in 2016 Presidential campaign, Changing the way we live, Colonization, Muslim refugees, Obama, Refugee Resettlement Program | Tagged: , , | 7 Comments »

Syrians arriving in Nebraska, governor notified

Posted by Ann Corcoran on July 17, 2016

I’m dashing off this post as I run out the door to make it to the next city this morning on my RRW road trip…

pete-ricketts-governor-320

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts is being notified about refugees arriving in the state. This is new news….

This is your usual fluffy puffy piece about happy, grateful refugees.

However there is a little nugget in here that I didn’t know.  Apparently governors are being notified by the feds about who is coming and how many. It is not clear if they are being notified where they will be placed.

If they are being notified, this is new news and a demonstration that our complaints about the secrecy of this program are changing how the US State Department and its contractors have operated for decades.

From the Omaha World-Herald:

During June alone, 2,406 Syrian refugees arrived — more than the previous six months combined. Such numbers appear to have the Obama administration on track to meet its stated budget year goal of resettling 10,000 refugees in the United States by the end of September.

Nebraska’s Syrian refugees arrived without fanfare, which was by design.

Local agencies settling the families on behalf of the U.S. government said they didn’t treat these arrivals any differently from the hundreds of other refugees they help relocate each year.

[….]

The Ricketts administration — which despite its protestations last November has acknowledged being powerless to stop the federal government’s resettlements — was aware that Nebraska had received its first Syrians. The governor receives a monthly report from the federal government with general information on refugees settled in the state, including nationality, gender and age.

In a statement to The World-Herald last week, Ricketts called on President Barack Obama to answer his and other governors’ calls to tighten security checks on new refugees.

More here.

Gotta run.  We have lots of previous posts on Nebraska especially interesting is one where a town rejected a meat packing plant because they didn’t want the disruption of immigrant/refugee labor.  Type the word Nebraska in our search window to learn more.

Posted in Changing the way we live, Colonization, Community destabilization, Obama, Refugee Resettlement Program, Resettlement cities, Who is going where | Tagged: , | 7 Comments »

New Hampshire: Are they priming Laconia for a new resettlement site?

Posted by Ann Corcoran on July 17, 2016

I could be wrong, but the fact that a refugee is going to tell you his success “story” at a roundtable discussion tomorrow night sure looks suspicious to me. Why bother with a propaganda event if they aren’t getting Laconia primed for a new resettlement site?

Laconia map

Manchester has been overloaded with refugees and so are they out scouting more sites in the state?

Here is the news at the Laconia Daily Sun:

LACONIA — As present global conflicts are forcing millions of individuals to flee their home countries, nations around the world are opening their borders to refugees in need of a place to resettle. Recognizing that Laconia has been one of the cities in New Hampshire welcoming refugees for the past 20 years, the Laconia Human Relations Committee is hosting an educational refugee resettlement roundtable forum in Laconia which will allow community members to better understand the process of resettlement in the region.

The forum will be held on Monday, July 18, at 6:30 p.m., at the Woodside Building at the Taylor Community. The forum aims to educate citizens on why refugee resettlement occurs and the process individuals must go through to get refuge in the United States. Carol Pierce, director of the Laconia Human Relations Committee, will facilitate a conversation with local refugees who have first hand accounts of how the process works in our region.

[….]

Stories like Ragassa’s will be shared at the roundtable forum, specifically discussing what challenges refugees had when they came to the United States and how they overcame them, as well as an informational presentation explaining the difference between immigrants and refugees. The forum is free and open to the public, but reservations are requested by calling 524-5600.

What the heck? Laconia has been welcoming refugees for 20 years we are told.  Well, I’ve been following the refugee program and Laconia has not been a resettlement site.  I didn’t go back 20 years, but I did go back into the data for the last nearly 8 years and other than 35 Bhutanese resettled there in 2009 and 2010, Laconia has not been a target site.

This ‘forum’ sounds to me like Laconia is in their crosshairs next!

For an extensive archive on New Hampshire (and especially Manchester) click here.

Posted in Changing the way we live, Colonization, Community destabilization, Refugee Resettlement Program, Resettlement cities, The Opposition, Who is going where | Tagged: | 7 Comments »

Top posts for the last week

Posted by Ann Corcoran on July 17, 2016

rrw-logo-1Well, I am finally on the road—so far I’ve traveled about 400 miles from home on my month-long RRW road trip. As time goes on, and if I have interesting news to report, I’ll have more details.  But, I am mostly on a listening tour to hear directly from citizens concerned about the UN/US State Department Refugee Admissions Program and how this federal program is impacting their towns (both culturally and economically).

I’m hoping I will be able to sneak a little time each day to post other news, but yesterday’s struggle with a hotel wi-fi was pretty discouraging.  As you saw though I was able to get a few bits of news posted and tweeted some other information as well. (Find me on twitter @RefugeeWatcher)

Here then are the Top Three most-read Posts of the last week at RRW (top daily posts are in the right hand sidebar):

Minnesota ‘sharia law’ billboard causing a stir

Massachusetts: Alleged assault by Syrian refugee exposes secretive nature of refugee program

Minnesota victim speaks in case of roving Somali gangs in upscale neighborhood

Thank you!!! I want to sincerely thank everyone who sent a donation in the last ten days.  I promise to e-mail each of you individually soon.

For new readers!  If this is the first time you’ve visited RRW, you might want to go back to the May roundup where I provide a long list of all the ways to research the refugee program at RRW where we have now written over 7,700 posts.  Go here for that information!

All previous roundups are archived here.

Posted in blogging, Refugee Resettlement Program | Tagged: | 1 Comment »

It is the numbers stupid! Debate (again) in wake of Nice Islamic terror attack

Posted by Ann Corcoran on July 16, 2016

It is no surprise that the Election 2016 debate about refugees should have begun in earnest again after the slaughter in Nice.

But, as everyone focuses on security screening, I want to repeat again that this is about numbers.  The Tunisian killer would not have been stopped by security screening.  He was just one of tens of thousands of Muslims living in France because France never said NO! to more Muslim immigration.

The bottomline is that there is a threshold that is crossed once the Muslim population reaches a certain point where Islamists become emboldened and energized.  France is there, so are many other European countries.  We don’t want to get there, but it is coming fast. The election of Hillary Clinton will assure that America will cross that threshold too!

Be sure to watch this youtube video about the Nice terror attack! (hat tip: Dick)

 

 

 

From Fox News—-Hillary wants 65,000 Syrians admitted to the US and we previously reported that the resettlement contractors want 100,000.

The terror attack Thursday in Nice, France, that left at least 84 people dead has reignited the refugee debate in the 2016 presidential race, with Donald Trump blasting Hillary Clinton’s calls to let in thousands more and saying, “we’d better get awfully tough.”

The terrorist behind the attack, Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, was not a refugee but a French resident originally from Tunisia. The attack nevertheless has rekindled concerns that accepting more refugees from Islamic State-occupied Syria raises the risk for the U.S.

The Obama administration has pledged to accept 10,000 refugees from Syria by the end of September. The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that 5,211 refugees had been brought in by the end of June and the U.S. is on track to meet the administration’s target.

Clinton, though, back in September called for increasing that number to 65,000 – a 550 percent increase from the administration’s current target.

“I would like to see us move from what is a good start with 10,000 to 65,000 and begin immediately to put into place the mechanisms for vetting the people that we would take in,” she told CBS News.

 Continue here.

Posted in 2016 Presidential campaign, Changing the way we live, Crimes, diversity's dark side, Europe, Muslim refugees, Refugee Resettlement Program, Stealth Jihad | Tagged: , , , , , | 11 Comments »

Refugee Protection Act of 2016 introduced by Vermont Senator Leahy

Posted by Ann Corcoran on July 16, 2016

It is probably the same old bill he has been trying to get passed for years.  I didn’t bother looking at it.  The point I want to make here is this—the Open Borders Left never gives up!  There is no way this bill will go anywhere this year in the waning months of an election year, but this sort of thing is done because they constantly push and they constantly gin up their grassroots by doing ‘show’ bills like this.

patrick Leahy

Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy one of the most important Senators pushing for MORE and MORE refugees to be admitted to the US.

Editor: By the way, I am traveling as I mentioned here. I am really hoping to continue posting from the road, however, at least this hotel in this city has a lousy internet connection (I’ll probably lose this connection 5 times before I finish this post)!

Here is a bit of information from Human Rights First about the bill introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont and Rep. Zoe Lofgren of California:

New York City—Human Rights First urges members of Congress to support the Refugee Protection Act of 2016, a bill that reaffirms the United States’ commitment to refugees and strengthens legal safeguards for those seeking protection from persecution and violence. The organization applauds Senator Leahy and Representative Lofgren for their leadership on this bill and for their commitment to the America’s legacy as a haven for refugees.

[….]

The bill would improve the efficiency, fairness and effectiveness of the U.S. asylum and resettlement processes, and strengthen protection for refugees. U.S. global leadership on the protection of refugees is crucial, as demonstrated by President Obama’s decision to host a world Leaders’ Summit on Refugees on September 20, and the U.S. asylum and resettlement systems should be a model for other countries. The Refugee Protection Act of 2016 fixes many of the areas in which U.S. laws and policies are not living up to the standards the United States has set for itself and, by extension, the bar it sets for the rest of the world.

Then this is my favorite in a list of things the bill would do, revealing I believe the Achilles heel of  the UN/US State Department Refugee Admissions Program—refugees are not finding jobs and economically helping communities, but are in fact a drain wherever they are placed.  This is probably a provision to send more of your $$$ to the resettlement contractors to distribute to the refugees (I didn’t bother to look it up!):

Safeguards newly arrived refugees from slipping into poverty and supports local communities.

Continue reading here for more of what Human Rights First has to say.

melanie nezer

HIAS’ Melanie Nezer is telling her people to write to Congress now.

The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (one of the nine major federal refugee contractors) is telling its members to write to their representatives in Washington and say this (they gotta keep their members believing that they are working for them in Washington):

I write to urge you to cosponsor the Refugee Protection Act (HR 5851/S 3241).

This legislation would provide critical protections for refugees and asylum seekers in the United States. It would ensure due process for refugees and asylum seekers, simplify asylum procedures, keep more refugee families together, protect refugee children, and modernize our refugee resettlement program.

The U.S. Refugee Admissions Program is a critical tool for achieving our humanitarian goals, promoting our economic interests, and enhancing our national security. Refugees selected for resettlement to the U.S. have been thoroughly vetted by our national security agencies and arrive in the U.S. wanting the same things we all want — peace, safety, and opportunities for themselves and their children.

As a nation with a long legacy of welcoming refugees, it is critical that we have the best procedures and tools for helping the world’s most vulnerable victims of violence. Resettlement — to the U.S. or anywhere else — is often the last resort for refugees who may never be able to return to their home countries or have any access to a productive future in the country to which they first fled.

As your constituent, I urge you to use your voice to stand up for refugees by co-sponsoring the Refugee Protection Act and opposing any legislation that would undermine our Jewish and American values of welcoming the stranger and protecting refugees.

Of course I’m telling you all this with a chuckle, but if Hillary is elected, this won’t be a laughing matter.  Bills like this could get through to her desk!

And, again, that is because they (the Open Borders Left) never gives up, they agitate and they agitate, day after day and year after year!

Note to angry Rutland residents: If you want to stop the madness help get rid of your old man in the Senate and help us all!

Posted in Changing the way we live, Community destabilization, Refugee Resettlement Program, Taxpayer goodies, The Opposition | Tagged: , , , | 8 Comments »

Which resettlement contractors are screwing up in Michigan?

Posted by Ann Corcoran on July 13, 2016

Have a look at this article from Arab American News from last week.

Welcome_To_Dearborn

Not enough housing in Dearborn where all the refugees want to live to be with their own kind of people reports the Arab American News.

It starts out with the usual heartwarming stories about refugees finding new lives in Michigan (the state getting the most Syrian Muslims) but then read down 11 paragraphs where we hear about the trouble the new arrivals are having after basically being left in the lurch by resettlement contractors and in one case NO agency is helping them.

Readers this is very common, we’ve heard it repeatedly over the years and instead of taking fewer refugees that could be taken care of properly, the federal contractors are overloaded (there are never enough volunteers backing up the paid staff!) and the refugees complain.  And, you can’t blame them, they have been sold a bill of goods about life in America and their expectations are very high.

Get this….how is it that a whole family is basically wandering around loose in Michigan with no one responsible for them but another refugee.

The Kabati family now enjoys a new, seemingly peaceful life, but anticipated the challenges that lay ahead as soon as they arrived at the airport.

Kabati said while other refugees were greeted at the airport by representatives of refugee aid groups and taken to their homes, they were greeted by a friend, who offered to provide any further assistance the family needed. Kabati added because they had no family in Michigan, the IOM inadvertently held his friend, also a recent Syrian immigrant, fully responsible for their aid.

The family friend gave them shelter for two days, until he secured them an apartment.

As of Saturday, Kabati and his family have not received paperwork and needed assistance to initiate their resettlement, like Social Security numbers, insurance and food stamps.

Kabati said he and his family are eager to start learning English, so they are able to get around and communicate with others. A tough language barrier prevents them from integrating into American society.

So far, no aid group has offered to place them in ESL courses, unlike the cases with other refugees.

Yikes! How many other Syrians have simply been flown in to a city and dropped?  You might not have a lot of sympathy for them, but you should. The refugees are just pawns. Again, we see evidence that this program is being run with incompetent leadership and is not about caring for the the world’s downtrodden as its first priority.

This is an example of gross incompetence on the part of the US State Department and some contractor which dropped the ball in Michigan!

Why? Because instead of slowing the flow to a level that could be accommodated and assimilated, the UN and the US State Department are sending them into communities at unsustainable levels hurting both the refugees and the citizens of the town or city unlucky enough to be a target site.

Continue reading the story for the litany of other complaints the new Michigan Americans have.

The primary contractors operating in the state are the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LSS Michigan), the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and get this, in Dearborn, it is USCRI—the same agency that isn’t doing a very good job in Lowell, Mass.

Posted in Changing the way we live, Colonization, Community destabilization, Muslim refugees, Refugee Resettlement Program, Resettlement cities, Taxpayer goodies, Who is going where | Tagged: , , | 14 Comments »

 
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 4,164 other followers

%d bloggers like this: