Because it is just me here (no staff, no interns), I’m going a bit crazy trying to keep up with your e-mail and phone requests. So, I decided to put a little time into listing the usual questions I get and put answers here (in one place).
(There is no particular order to the following frequently asked questions):
How do I find out if my town is targeted?
You won’t get much of a warning. If you hear a rumor (like the Idaho one we posted here), follow it up (and let us know!).
Also be sure to see this map, click here (gone!) and this handy list, click here. If you are within a hundred miles of any of those resettlement offices, your town is fair game. The legend on the map lists abbreviations of the nine major federal resettlement agencies. BTW, they are running out of ‘welcoming’ places to resettle refugees so they are out scouting for fresh territory.
You might want to visit the feds’ New Site Development Guide, here.
Who are the nine federal resettlement agencies choosing sites for refugee resettlement?
The nine VOLAGs are listed here. VOLAG stands for Voluntary Agencies which is a joke because they are largely paid by the US taxpayer to do the resettlement.
What do I need to know if I do learn that refugees are planned for my town?
See this post we wrote some months ago, ‘Ten things your town needs to know.’
Where do I start to learn how the Refugee Admissions Program works?
Start with our fact sheet (sorry it is three years old, we need to work on updating it, but it is still useful). I find the Annual Reports to Congress very very useful. We also have a category with hundreds of posts in it entitled, ‘where to find information.’ Serious students of refugee resettlement should periodically scroll through it.
Your state refugee coordinator is listed here.
ORR interactive site helps you find your local contractors and your state coordinator, other info, here.
The original Refugee Act of 1980 is here.
There is a good report on the high cost of resettling Middle Eastern refugees at the Center for Immigration Studies here.
Also, I urge you to just follow my blog postings for awhile and you will learn as you go. I try hard to link back to previous information every day.
You are always talking about doing data base research, where do I do that?
Go to the Refugee Processing Center, here, and just play around with the data bases available. I can’t explain exactly how to pull up all the information, but you will figure it out if you spend a little time exploring them.
How do I follow the money?
Go here and follow links.
I need information on ______, what do you know about it?
We have a very good search function here at this wordpress blog. Please type a few key words into our search window in the upper left hand corner. Since we are now over
8,000 9,000 posts, I use it all the time to see what I know about a certain subject or resettlement location. Please search here at RRW. LOL! You probably will find plenty of information faster than e-mailing me with your question!
How do I find a ‘Pocket of Resistance’ near me?
Contact Jim Simpson, firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more about Jim here.
How do I get your book?
You can purchase it on Amazon, or go here to the Center for Security Policy where there is a free version to download.
Would you sign me up to get your post notifications?
WordPress doesn’t allow me to sign you up. You need to follow directions to subscribe. Or, if you want to see everything I post on your twitter feed, follow me on twitter. I also have a facebook page but with the help of Kelly we post some other things there, and not all of my RRW posts. If you don’t want your inbox filled with notifications, just visit RRW daily and scroll back through what I’ve posted during the day.
Where do I find your youtube videos?
I’ve done three with the help of our friends at the Center for Security Policy. The first one is now over 2.5 million views.
Do you take donations?
Yes, although I no longer have a paypal donation button. I have a Post Office box address (in the left hand sidebar). I was convinced by many readers that after 8 years of voluntary work, I should be willing to accept some thanks in the form of donations. But, know that your gifts are not tax deductible for you.
Can I interview you on my radio show?
I do some radio interviews, but honestly I think I am missing requests (and do apologize), but it is because my e-mail inbox is so full I miss them. Please put very clearly in the subject line something like: ‘MEDIA REQUEST’. That goes for reporters too wanting interviews or questions answered.
If you have sent me a media request and have not heard back, please resend with ‘MEDIA REQUEST’ clearly in the subject line.
My gmail address is email@example.com
Will you speak to my group in _____?
I traveled and spoke in many places in 2015 and have met some very wonderful people (South Carolina, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Missouri, Texas, Minnesota, Iowa, and Tennessee), but honestly I am not a speaker and it is very stressful to travel and speak. And, when I travel I don’t get much blogging done, which I think is more important for the overall cause.
I did travel (6200 miles in my car!) in the summer of 2016 simply to see for myself many of the cities I’ve been writing about and to meet some of our wonderful patriots. We held small gatherings where I mostly listened and we strategized, but that was very different than a formal (stressful!) speaking engagement.
If you contact me, I will be giving you the names of a couple of people knowledgeable about the Refugee Admissions Program who might be willing to travel (but be prepared to pay expenses and an honorarium, we don’t have the money in our movement as the other side has!).
That is all for now. Again, sorry I can’t get to all of your e-mails (at least a hundred a day). I hope this helps. I’ll be re-posting it from time to time, or adding new information as needed.