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Brazil: JBS and another BIG MEAT company raided in tainted meat scandal

Posted by Ann Corcoran on March 18, 2017

So how does this affect you in America? It doesn’t directly, but it gives me another opportunity to educate new readers!

The story, which I first heard on my regular early morning scan of CNN, is about JBS, the Brazilian meat giant, that is changing American small cities because of it voracious desire for refugee labor!

Meatpacking companies get the cheap labor.  American towns get the cultural upheaval.

I took this photo of JBS headquarters in Greeley this past summer on my 6,000 mile tour of refugee-overloaded towns. JBS is a Brazilian owned company benefiting from cheap refugee labor. Our tax dollars (welfare) subsidize those wages, so our meat is not cheap!

For new readers I have contended for years that the US Refugee Admissions Program is more about supplying large global corporations with cheap/captive labor than it is about ‘humanitarianism.’ 

Wages are low and we (taxpayers) subsidize the workers’ families through welfare. What a business model!

JBS (BIG MEAT) and other companies it owns (BIG CHICKEN) are changing towns like Greeley, Colorado where a large influx of Somalis have moved to the area to work for the global corporation, or have been directly resettled there by federal refugee resettlement contractors.

Be sure to see this story by Bloomberg about BIG MEAT and the Trump refugee slowdown.

Although this happened in Brazil, it places, once again, front and center the question of our food safety!

From the New York Times (emphasis is mine):

Brazil’s Largest Food Companies Raided in Tainted Meat Scandal

RIO DE JANEIRO — Federal agents raided the operations of Brazil’s largest food companies on Friday over accusations that their employees oversaw a scheme that included bribing inspectors to allow rotten meals to be served in public schools and salmonella-contaminated meat to be exported to Europe.

The investigation by Brazil’s Federal Police, an agency similar to the F.B.I., deals yet another blow to the country’s business establishment, which is struggling to recover from colossal graft scandals around Petrobras, the national oil company, and Odebrecht, a huge construction company.

In the newest corporate scandal, investigators said that employees at two food-processing giants, JBS and BRF, paid federal inspectors to ignore the adulteration or expiration of processed foods.

Inspectors also falsified sanitary permits, and bribes were channeled to the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party of President Michel Temer, according to the authorities.

Rafael Cortez, a political scientist at Tendências, a consultancy in São Paulo, called the meatpacking inquiry “one more element that will add to the picture of political instability.” Brazil’s political establishment was already reeling from an array of other graft cases.

The meatpacking investigation also casts doubt on Brazil’s agribusiness industry, a relatively resilient pillar of the nation’s weak economy. JBS is one of the world’s largest meat producers, with the United States chicken processor Pilgrim’s Pride among its foreign subsidiaries. BRF is a major exporter of meat to the Middle East and Asia.

Continue reading here.

See my tag ‘meatpackers’ for many more stories on the industry that once paid a decent salary and employed Americans.

You should know that then Senator Jeff Sessions (now Trump AG) called out meatpacking lobbyists behind the ‘Gang of Eight’ amnesty legislation in 2013, here.

Endnote: If you live in a state with a lot of meatpackers/refugee labor, be sure to investigate how much your elected officials are getting in campaign donations from the meat/poultry companies.

Posted in Changing the way we live, Colonization, Community destabilization, health issues, Legal immigration and jobs, Refugee Resettlement Program, Resettlement cities, Taxpayer goodies, Trump, Who is going where | Tagged: , , , | 1 Comment »

The EU tried to pawn off 100,000 Syrian refugees on Brazil (the land of zika)

Posted by Ann Corcoran on June 18, 2016

Doesn’t sound like it would have been a very humanitarian thing to do!  And besides isn’t Brazil in deep economic doo-doo?

But who knew this was in the works! (No longer in the works!)

From Telesur:

Acting President Michel Temer suspended all talks with the EU over resettling refugees in Brazil.

The unelected coup government of Brazil, led by Michel Temer, suspended all talks with the European Union Friday over resettling Syrian refugees in Brazil, ending the “open arms for refugees” policy of President Dilma Rousseff which was put in place in 2013.

BBC Brazil was informed by two people involved in the negotiations over accepting refugees that the suspension was ordered by the new Minister of Justice, Alexandre de Moraes, and sent to advisors and diplomats at a meeting this week.

The refugee plan was initiated under the administration of former Justice Minister Eugene Aragon in 2013.

Brazil sought to obtain international resources to house about 100,000 people fleeing the conflict in Syria over a five year period.

The government of suspended President Rousseff was hailed by international aid organizations over its readiness to provide a home for thousands of Syrian refugees who are facing a strong tide of xenophobia and racism in Europe. (Maybe they were just looking for some cold hard European cash!)

The article goes on to say that the UN High Commissioner for Refugees was in on it too.

We have a small archive on South America and refugees, click here for other news.

Posted in Muslim refugees, Refugee Resettlement Program, South America, Who is going where | Tagged: , | 13 Comments »

Syrian Muslim refugees go to Brazil; no hugging please!

Posted by Ann Corcoran on May 13, 2015

Syrians congregate near mosques like this one in Sao Paulo

This is an interesting article about how Syrians are going to Brazil.

Some love it, some don’t.  They say it’s expensive to live with no social services available. Some want to move on to Europe.

And, one problem with life there we are told is that the warm and friendly Brazilians don’t understand why Muslims don’t want to be hugged or shake hands.

The Guardian gives a jab at the US by pointing out that Brazil has taken more Syrian refugees than we have.

We have just passed the 800 mark, here.

Since 2013 when Brazil opened its doors, 1,740 Syrian refugees have been registered in the country – far more than in the US.

No time today to report more, but just wanted to add it to our South America archive for future reference.

Read it all here.

Posted in Muslim refugees, Resettlement cities, South America | Tagged: , | 2 Comments »

Syrian and Iraqi “refugees” trafficked through Brazil destined for Europe

Posted by Ann Corcoran on February 20, 2015

We have been writing ad nauseum about the ‘Invasion of Europe’ via primarily the Mediterranean Sea, and now thankfully so is much of the mainstream media.  Thanks to all who sent this story — ISIS wants to flood Europe with 500,000 through North Africa to Italy.

However, here is a new angle on the invasion:

Traffickers moving Syrians and Iraqis through Brazil to Europe! 

From Folha de S. Paulo:

 

The Federal Police is investigating a people trafficking route through Brazil for Syrians and Iraqis fleeing war and persecution in their home countries.

The refugees, who use false passports, are trying to arrive in Europe. Part of them are fleeing the war in Syria. The other, persecution at the hands of the militant group Islamic State (Isis).

The suspicion is that some of the false documents are being produced in Rio, and there are concerns that federal police officers may be involved in the scheme.

Officially, the Federal Police says it is investigating “the possibility that there may be some kind of logistical support to people traffickers in Brazil.”

The police say that at least 60 people used or attempted to use false passports – most of which were Israeli – to leave the country in recent months.

Look at this complicated route at right!

Apparently the two countries facilitating travel to Brazil are the UAE and Turkey!

Notice that one route takes them through Brazil to Uruguay and then back to Brazil!

Legitimate refugees are not going to have the resources or the savvy to pull something like this off.

And, what is to stop them from heading to the wide-open US southern border?

For our ‘Invasion of Europe’ series go here.  And, we have just made a new category ‘South America’ as we are increasingly seeing ‘refugee’ news from there.

Posted in Crimes, Immigration fraud, Iraqi refugees, Muslim refugees, Refugee Resettlement Program, South America, Who is going where | Tagged: , , | 1 Comment »

Brazil “unprepared” for asylum-seeker crush

Posted by Ann Corcoran on January 19, 2014

It’s not just Australia, Israel, Bulgaria, Italy and the rest of Europe trying desperately to hold back the tide of migrants from the Middle East/Africa and other third world nations, but even in South America there is no peace from largely economic migrants (all calling themselves ‘asylum seekers’) looking for new places to call home.

Homeless “asylum seekers”

From Deutsche Welle (The star of this story is Mohammed from Syria):

Brazil has seen the number of asylum seekers increase nearly tenfold over three years and official agencies are woefully unprepared to deal with the refugees. Few people receive asylum and help for immigrants is sparse.

[….]

In Brazil, political refugees from the Middle East or Africa have been a rare sight over the last few years. The South American country appears far removed from the horrors of war on foreign continents. But that is changing. Between 2010 and 2013, the number of people seeking asylum in Brazil increased nearly tenfold, from 566 to 5,200. Adding to those numbers are thousands of immigrants from Haiti, Senegal, Angola, Liberia, Bolivia, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

“Brazil has to prepare for an increasing crush of immigrants,” said Andres Ramirez, who represents the UN’s refugee agency in Brazil (Acnur). Since 2013, the organization has been operating a small office in Sao Paulo. One of the biggest problems, he told DW, is the lack of emergency shelters. “Many refugees sleep on the streets for days before they get any help,” he said.

Of the 5,200 people applying for asylum in Brazil, just 649 were recognized, according to figures from the country’s Ministry of Justice. The largest group among them, 283, came from Syria, followed by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, with 106, then Columbia and Angola.

The largest group seeking asylum, however, were the 1,814 Bangladeshis. Just one was recognized as a political refugee. Senegal followed with 868 asylum seekers, of whom four were recognized. In other conflict regions, such as Lebanon, Guinea-Bissau and Somalia, acceptance rates stood at below 3 percent.

Such statistics don’t include the 15,000 Haitians in northern Brazil. Roughly 70 per day arrive in Brasilia, a city of just 10,000 in the state of Acre, bordering Peru.

[….]

The unofficial influx has become a political problem. In an extraordinary cry for help, the state government of Acre requested on Wednesday (15.1.2014) that the federal Ministry of Justice allow it to close the border to Peru.

Read it all.

As always, I wonder how the poor and destitute from places like Bangladesh are getting the money to travel half way around the world to Brazil.  And, do they all pass through Cuba on the way???  I suppose it’s just a matter of time before they work their way north to the US border!

Posted in Africa, Asylum seekers, Europe, Immigration fraud, Muslim refugees, Who is going where | Tagged: , , | 2 Comments »

Brazil taking Syrian refugees; large Syrian community there

Posted by Ann Corcoran on August 15, 2013

This is just for your information, it was news to me and assume it might be to you as well.

Iconic image: Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer statue

From UNHCR posted at Reuters:

…. instead of seeking shelter in Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq, Jordan or Egypt, which together have taken in 1.89 million Syrians, Nidal [featured refugee in this article—ed] decided to head across the Atlantic to Brazil, which has a big Syrian community. He was not the only one; Brazil has granted asylum to just over 200 Syrian refugees in the past two-and-a-half years and a further 50 claims are waiting to be processed. In April, the number of asylum-seekers recognized was up 50 per cent on the month before.

The Brazilian government has approved 100 per cent of the asylum claims presented so far by Syrian nationals, but many more people may have flown to the country and not bothered to seek asylum.

“We assume that the number of Syrians living in Brazil because of the conflict is much bigger than the figure revealed by the official statistics,” said Andrés Ramirez, UNHCR’s representative in Brazil. He said that this was because many of the new arrivals were staying with family or friends among the estimated 3 million-strong Syrian community, which is playing a key support role.

Syrian asylum-seekers had started arriving in Brazil from the very beginning of the conflict and officials said this was this was due to the strong historical links between the two countries and the big Syrian community.

No overt mention of what the predominant religion of the Syrian “community” is (after all this is a UN press release).  Maybe this is where the Christians are going, but I really don’t know.  Do you?

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