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Posts Tagged ‘Church World Service’

‘Temporary’ status to be continued for Syrians says Homeland Security chief

Posted by Ann Corcoran on February 1, 2018

As regular readers know, there has been nothing temporary about this LEGAL immigration program called Temporary Protected Status (until now!).

In a long overdue process, President Trump’s Homeland Security Department has been ending TPS for nationals of many countries who have been here for over a decade in some cases.

However, TPS for Syrians will be continued for another 18 months and is only available for those Syrians who got in to the US (somehow?) before August 2016. (See my recent accounting of who was behind the push for Syrian TPS, here.)

Here is the snippy Trump-bashing news from HuffPo reporter Elise Foley:

WASHINGTON ― The Trump administration will leave some Syrians in the U.S. at risk of being deported while their country is still mired in war, but extend temporary protections for several thousand others, the Department of Homeland Security announced Wednesday.

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HuffPo quotes Meredith Owen a lawyer at Church World Service.  CWS is paid millions of dollars annually (71% of its budget) from the US Treasury to take care of refugees admitted to the US, yet they seemingly spend all of their time politically agitating for more immigrants of all stripes, not just legitimate refugees.

The agency will extend temporary protected status, or TPS, for Syrians for another 18 months, which will allow an estimated 5,800 Syrians to legally continue living and working in the U.S. But Syrians who came to the U.S. after August 2016 will be shut out of the TPS program — despite the ongoing war in Syria and against the urging of human rights organizations, faith leaders and national security experts.

“After carefully considering conditions on the ground, I have determined that it is necessary to extend the Temporary Protected Status designation for Syria, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said in a statement. “It is clear that the conditions upon which Syria’s designation was based continue to exist, therefore an extension is warranted under the statute. We will continue to determine each country’s TPS status on a country-by-country basis.”

[….]

The president has also resisted extending TPS, which is granted to immigrants from countries hit by armed conflict, natural disasters or other urgent problems. Under Trump, DHS already ended TPS for El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan and gave at least 250,000 nationals of those countries notice they needed to leave the United States. Trump also rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, which puts 700,000 young undocumented immigrants who came as children at risk of deportation. All told, that’s nearly a million people who are set to lose work permits and protections under Trump.

[….]

Deportations to Syria are relatively uncommon, but they do happen. Immigration and Customs Enforcement deported two Syrian nationals in the 2017 fiscal year and nine the year before, according to the agency.

LOL! That last line made me laugh. So intent are reporters like Foley to show Trump as the evil one, she can’t even mention the inconvenient fact that the nine Syrians deported in FY16 were deported under their Dear Leader—Barack Hussein Obama!

Don’t miss my posts this past week about Church World Service’s political agitation activities against the President, here and hereMr. President, Cut them loose from the federal teat!

Posted in Changing the way we live, Colonization, Immigration fraud, Other Immigration, Reforms needed, Refugee Resettlement Program, Taxpayer goodies, The Opposition, Trump | Tagged: , , | Leave a Comment »

Lancaster, PA: Church World Service puts on sob story event, never mentions their federal boodle!

Posted by Ann Corcoran on January 29, 2018

CWS_small2Church World Service, one of the nine major federal resettlement contractors***, paraded ‘refugees’ before the public in a media event designed to put-down the President (and by extension, you, who voted for him!).

This isn’t pick-on-Church-World-Service week, but they seem to be conspicuously out in front leading the Open Borders political activism (along with their friends at HIAS) recently.

See my previous posts, here and here (see if your church is a member of CWS demonstrating with CAIR).

In Lancaster (Amish country) they put on one of many events as part of their first anniversary bash-Trump campaign to gain support for more refugee admissions (for more paying clients for them).

 

Here is Lancaster Online:

Three years ago, Palestinian writer Emtiaz Zourob said goodbye to her husband and two children and fled Gaza after being warned her life was in danger because of her views.

U.S. authorities granted her asylum and led her to believe her family would be able to join her in Lancaster, where she was resettled.

Palestinian in Lancaster

CWS’s Palestinian poster girl can’t understand how America could have elected “this man.”

Then, with election of Donald Trump as president, Zourob’s hopes for family reunification crashed. [Family reunification=chain migration.—ed]

On Saturday, one year after Trump suspended admittance of people from seven Muslim-majority countries, including Palestinians, Zourob told her story at a Church World Service forum on refugees.

About 60 attended the panel discussion at Lancaster Theological Seminary. Refugees from Congo, Somalia and Sudan also told their stories.

I have a lot of questions about Zourob’s story.  First and foremost she must have gotten in to the US on her own (illegally?) in order to have applied for asylum.  How did she do that? Who paid her way? What is the real story here? And, then if her family is in Egypt (no longer in ‘dangerous’ Gaza) surely she can join them there.

Lancaster Online continues….

Zourob, in an interview, said that in 2016 her husband, son and 10-year-old daughter applied for asylum at the U.S. embassy in Cairo and expected to obtain visas granting them entry. 

Zourob, 37, hoped she would be seeing them soon and told friends in Gaza she liked the United States.

“I told them I feel like I’m home because all the people here, they are very nice with me,” she said. “But after Trump, I’m not sure about this actually, if it’s still my home or not.”

“It’s very difficult to explain, but the American people, they choose this man to lead America,” she said.

Go here for more on CWS’s Lancaster PR campaign.

A Church World Service rep once told me that they get the first refugees planted (no he didn’t use that word) and then follow-up in subsequent years with helping bring in the family.

For additional information see our archive on Lancaster (America’s refugee capital?) by clicking here.

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Do your tax dollars pay for political action by ‘loving’ Christians like this one?

Why is Church World Service really so worked up? 

The answer is that they are paid millions of dollars annually from the federal treasury for their ‘Christian good works’ and Trump is cutting off the money train.

How much exactly are they getting from the Department of State, the Department of Health and Human Services, HUD, Homeland Security, and the Defense Department? You can find out at USASpending.gov.

First I looked at their federal grants and contracts for FY2008 to FY2018 and this is what I found (screenshot of first page below):

Forget ‘humanitarianism!’ This is about M-O-N-E-Y!

Nearly $450 MILLION since 2008 for Church World Service alone!

 

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This is just the first page of many pages!

 

 

So what did they get (involuntarily) from your wallets in FY2017 (end of Obama and beginning of Trump presidencies.)  Screenshots below are of three pages for FY17:

 

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Now, see why they are so upset!

Look at USA Spending for the first 3 months of FY18 (Fiscal years begin Oct. 1 of previous year).

For 3 months, only $171,950 in sub-grants!

Yikes! No wonder they are working so hard against this President!

 

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***Church World Service is just one of the nine (and not one of the largest recipients of your generosity)!  This was so much fun, I think I’ll try to do more of these!

The number in parenthesis is the portion of their budget that you involuntarily pay!

Forget about their pawn Zourob, they cannot survive without federal boodle!

 

Posted in Asylum seekers, Changing the way we live, Colonization, Community destabilization, Immigration fraud, Muslim refugees, Obama, Reforms needed, Refugee Resettlement Program, Resettlement cities, Taxpayer goodies, The Opposition, Trump | Tagged: , , | 4 Comments »

Church World Service and HIAS join CAIR to protest at White House

Posted by Ann Corcoran on January 28, 2018

We told you here that three US federal (taxpayer funded!) resettlement contractors were helping to organize a protest against the President’s so-called Muslim ban yesterday.

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service activists were likely lurking, but Church World Service and the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) were front and center of the small gathering.

Breitbart’s Penny Starr reported the news.  Here is an enhanced screenshot photo from that report.

 

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Muslims (men) pray outside the White House surrounded by large numbers of Church World Service female activists. The big banner on the right is the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society protest-march prop that they bring out for these events.

 

Here is what Starr reported:

Protesters gathered at Lafayette Park outside the White House on Saturday to slam President Donald Trump on the one-year anniversary of an executive order he issued to protect Americans from immigrants and refugees coming from terror-ridden countries with little or no vetting.

CAIR spokesman calls Trump Admin. white supremacists as all the white folk gathered around.

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McCaw works it all in (including support for Black Lives Matter)!

“We strongly condemn, like you, the racist and white supremacist beliefs reflected in President Trump’s remarks, actions and programs by this Muslim ban, the cancelling of DACA, the labeling of Black Lives Matter as identity extremists — a false designation,” Robert McCaw, director of Government Affairs Department of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), said at the protest.

“We will fight the white supremacy of this administration,” McCaw said.

Church World Service is 71% federally funded (by my most recent accounting, here). Its CEO makes a quarter of a million annually.

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What an insult that we fund them millions of our dollars every year for decades!

If you belong to any of these churches (below) know that Church World Service was representing you outside the White House yesterday.

They also hold the annual “Crop Walk,” so if you disagree with their political tactics you need to start speaking up!

Member Communions

Posted in Changing the way we live, Colonization, Community destabilization, diversity's dark side, Muslim refugees, Stealth Jihad, Taxpayer goodies, Trump | Tagged: , , , | 5 Comments »

Taxpayer-funded refugee contractors lead anti-Trump rally in DC tomorrow

Posted by Ann Corcoran on January 26, 2018

The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) tweeted to come on out to Washington DC tomorrow to ‘celebrate’ the one year anniversary of the President’s first so-called Muslim “ban.”

Here is the facebook page for the event.  If you happen to be in the DC area you might want to swing by and have a look-see.  Take pictures if you do!

(Highlighting is mine)

PRAYER. RALLY. MARCH.

ADVOCATES AND ALLIES TO FORM HUMAN CHAIN AROUND MUSLIM PRAYER AT RALLY MARKING ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF PRESIDENT TRUMP’S FIRST MUSLIM AND REFUGEE BAN

Impacted refugees, leaders, and dozens of organizations rally in front of White House and march to CBP headquarters in protest of continued anti-Muslim, refugee, and immigrant policies

Washington, D.C. – Hundreds will join local and national Muslim, immigrant, refugee, and civil rights organizations at noon on Saturday, January 27th in front of the White House to protest the one-year anniversary of the first Muslim and Refugee Ban and subsequent bans that have discriminated against communities and dismantled the refugee resettlement program. Impacted leaders still affected by the current bans on Muslim-majority nations will speak about family separation. Refugee leaders will protest the most recent refugee ban, which alongside other policy changes is estimated to result in only 15,000 refugees arriving this year, just a third of the 45,000 cap set by the President – the lowest in history.  [Wow! They think it will be as low as 15,000! They will surely all go broke with so few paying clients!—ed]

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No stranger to DC protests.  This is Church World Service’s CEO being arrested in a pro-amnesty demonstration a few year ago.   https://refugeeresettlementwatch.wordpress.com/2017/10/26/church-world-service-ceo-says-trump-is-catering-to-white-supremacists-with-refugee-screening-changes/

WHAT: Faith leaders, Muslim-American community members, refugees, and advocates express opposition to a year of Muslim and refugee bans. Allies will form a human chain during Islamic midday prayer and march to the Trump Hotel and Customs and Border Protection headquarters. [Get pics if you go!—-ed]

Later in the day, we will engage in a creative visual act of protest at the Trump International Hotel with someone directly affected by the ban.

VISUALS: Human chain protecting Muslims during midday prayer, pro-refugee and Muslim posters

WHO:
Afkab Hussein: Somali refugee separated from his family due to multiple travel bans
Imam Talib Shareef: President and Imam The Nation’s Mosque, Masjid Muhammad
Naeem Baig: Muslim spoken word artist
Rev. Reuben Eckels: Church World Service
Yasmine Taeb: Iranian American and Legislative Director for Human Rights & Civil Liberties, Friends Committee on National Legislation
Lakshmi Sridaran, South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT)
Other speakers to be announced

WHEN:
12:00 PM EST on Saturday, January 27th. Prayer will be held at 12:20 PM EST. March to CBP begins around 1:30 PM EST.
5:45 PM EST on Saturday, January 27th. This creative visual act of protest will include someone directly affected by the ban available to speak to the media. Please meet at the entrance to the Federal Triangle Metro station, 302 12th St NW

WHERE:
12:00 PM EST action:
1600 Pennsylvania Ave
The exact location of the rally is on Pennsylvania between Madison and Jackson Place NW. On the street, in between Lafayette Square and the White House.
5:45 PM EST action: Federal Triangle Metro station, 302 12th St NW, Washington DC 20004

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Church World Service political activists just love to demonstrate as we said this morning:   https://refugeeresettlementwatch.wordpress.com/2018/01/26/a-loving-christian-representative-of-church-world-service/

Three (in red) of the nine federally funded refugee resettlement agencies*** are co-sponsors. What happened to the other six?

Co-Sponsors: American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), American Civil Liberties Union, American Family Voices, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council, Center for American Progress Action Fund, Church World Service, Conference of Major Superiors of Men, Council on American-Islamic Relations, Defending Rights and Dissent, Disciples Refugee & Immigration Ministries, Dulles Justice Coalition, Emgage Foundation, Franciscan Action Network, Friends Committee on National Legislation, Friends of the Earth, HIAS, ICNA Council for Social Justice, Indivisible, J Street, Justice for Muslims Collective, Leadership Conference of Women Religious, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, MomsRising, MoveOn.org, MPower Change, Muslim Advocates, Muslim Public Affairs Council, National Council of Jewish Women, National Immigration Law Center, National Iranian American Council, National Religious Campaign Against Torture, Oxfam, Poligon Education Fund, reSisters, Shoulder to Shoulder, South Asian Americans Leading Together, Veterans For Peace, We Are All America, Win Without War

**Please note by choosing to attend this event, you are committing to participate non-violently and in accordance with the law, to work to de-escalate confrontations with others, and to obey the orders of authorized event marshals and of law enforcement. You also acknowledge that you are solely responsible for any injury or damage to your person or property resulting from or occurring during this event, and that you release all event sponsors and organizers (and their officers, directors, employees, and agents) from any liability for that injury or damage. If you bring a bag, please do not leave it anywhere as it is a security risk and will be confiscated by police. Please bring your own water, no water bottles will be handed out.**

Go here to see if Church World Service is speaking (and protesting) on behalf of your church!

***These are the nine federal resettlement contractors. Only three this time want to put their names on this event.  The number in parenthesis is the portion of their budget that you involuntarily pay!

Posted in Changing the way we live, Community destabilization, Muslim refugees, Refugee Resettlement Program, Stealth Jihad, Taxpayer goodies, The Opposition, Trump | Tagged: , | 5 Comments »

A loving Christian representative of Church World Service?

Posted by Ann Corcoran on January 26, 2018

How is this for timing!

I just wrote a post about how the ‘faith-based’ refugee resettlement contractors are NOT conservatives (here) as they were labeled as such in a story at Deseret News, and along comes this photo.

See the tweet below from Richard Falknor at High Blue Ridge.  So much for decent conservative Christians!

The Latina is wearing a Church World Service shirt as she makes herself abundantly clear.

 

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Church World Service community agitators in action! “WE are here to stay.”

 

Just a reminder!

Your tax dollars fund 71% of the Far Left Church World Service’s budget!

Cut them loose Donald! Cut them loose from the federal teat!

Tell the White House and your Washington Representatives that you have had enough with paying for Leftwing political agitation groups!

And, if your church is a member of Church World Service you better speak up now!

Posted in Changing the way we live, Community destabilization, Other Immigration, Reforms needed, Refugee Resettlement Program, Taxpayer goodies, The Opposition, Trump, What you can do | Tagged: , | Leave a Comment »

Arrogant Church World Service closes doors in Poughkeepsie

Posted by Ann Corcoran on December 3, 2017

“And when half the community didn’t agree with this program, they were called racists, bigots and so on.”

(Poughkeepsie resident David Cole)

 

We reported about ten days ago that this was in the cards for Church World Service’s resettlement office where citizens complained “loudly” that they  opposed the opening in the first place, but CWS went ahead anyway.

Church World Service was responsible for my entry into this whole issue over ten years ago when its subcontractor at the time, Virginia Council of Churches, began placing refugees quietly (that is the operative word!) in to Hagerstown, MD.

Citizens of the often struggling western Maryland city wanted to know—why here? We have so many needy people already!

(By the way, they are no longer operating here despite their best efforts to paint questioners as racists.)

You would think CWS would have learned from past mistakes…guess not!

Here is the news from Poughkeepsie (hat tip: Jim):

POUGHKEEPSIE–The refugee resettlement agency that operated briefly out of the Family Partnership Center in Poughkeepsie has closed its office, and it all points back to President Donald Trump’s executive order earlier this year reducing the number of refugees coming to the United States.

For new readers, reducing the numbers means they weren’t going to be paid by the feds (you, the taxpayer). They receive vast amounts of their budgets based on a per refugee head basis.

Hudson Valley News continues:

Last fall, the global humanitarian ministry held public forums to outline its intentions and answer questions about integrating refugees into the community.

At the November meeting at Christ Episcopal Church, some expressed opposition, decrying the “secrecy” of the plan and how it was “thrust upon” city residents without their approval.

[….]

David Cole, a Poughkeepsie resident who led a group opposing the refugee resettlement, said he was not surprised to learn that CWS had closed its Hudson Valley office.

“Poughkeepsie was not the right place for a refugee resettlement office,” he said.

“CWS…tried to push this onto the community, and the community wasn’t happy about it. They still went ahead and pushed an office into the area. I’m sorry to say this, but the whole thing backfired in their faces.”

Cole, who organized a petition against resettlement late last year, said that after Trump cut the number of refugees in half, the agency wastefully spent all its resources in a community where many already are struggling.

“And when half the community didn’t agree with this program, they were called racists, bigots and so on,” he said. “It’s a shame those people didn’t see the real reasons why, and that is, Poughkeepsie is not the right place for a refugee resettlement.”

More here.

My Poughkeepsie archive is here.

They had big plans!

Obama/Hillary and the refugee contractors, like CWS, had big plans going in to 2016. They fully expected Hillary to win and the flow of refugees to tick up even higher, so the US State Department was actively scouting new sites (old ones were getting overloaded and they needed fresh territory).

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This is the State Department’s guide for community organizers to teach them how to set up new resettlement sites in their unsuspecting communities. I only discovered it by chance.

As the Obama Administration was winding down, new resettlement sites were planned in many small and medium-sized cities, but the State Department never revealed the whole list because of course they knew opposition would be inevitable.

At one point we heard that there were as many as 47 potential new sites being secretly developed.  We reported on the ones we learned about, including Poughkeepsie.

Here is a list (incomplete) from a post I wrote at the time Trump was elected.

Below are new sites we have identified so far of the supposed 47 the Obama Administration is (or has been) trying to get established.

One of the first things the Trump Administration must do is to make all of this information public information.  Here are some of the sites we have identified so far by just keeping an eye on local news reports:

[The status listed below is as it was at this time last year—ed]

Asheville, NC (not decided yet)

Rutland, VT (approved, waiting)

Reno, NV (open)

Ithaca, NY

Missoula, MT (open)

Aberdeen, SD (not now)

Charleston, WV (approved, see Senator Capito as the Frau Merkel of WV!)

Fayetteville, AR

Blacksburg, VA

Pittsfield, MA

Northhampton, MA

Flint, MI

Bloomington, IN (dead for now)

Traverse City, MI

Poughkeepsie, NY

Wilmington, DE

Hudson, WI (dead for now?)

Watertown, NY (maybe)

Youngstown, OH (maybe)

Storm Lake, Iowa

Sante Fe, NM (approved but on hold)

I would love to know how many we can cross off the list. 

Let me know if you have definitive news on any of these locations. Of course Poughkeepsie is dead.

To learn more about the ‘New Site Development Guide‘ introduced by Lawrence Bartlett one of the career bureaucrats who is still in control at the Bureau of Population Refugees and Migration, click here.

Heritage missed the mark! and this is one reason why:

Bartlett was a headliner at a one-sided panel discussion on USRAP reform held at the Heritage Foundation here (Is Heritage selling us out?) in September; and, thus, surely had some influence on Heritage’s “Roadmap for reform.”

I’ll wager that Heritage’s inside-the-Washington-beltway experts had no clue that controversy was swirling in cities like Poughkeepsie and surely Bartlett and his crew didn’t tell them!

Posted in Changing the way we live, Colonization, Community destabilization, Pockets of Resistance, Refugee Resettlement Program, Resettlement cities, Taxpayer goodies, The Opposition, Trump, Who is going where | Tagged: , , | 2 Comments »

Did you know that Church World Service is helping to replace American doctors with Cuban ones?

Posted by Ann Corcoran on November 30, 2017

We write almost daily about low-skilled American workers being replaced by immigrant and refugee laborers, but I had no clue it was happening at the other end of the education scale until I read this story from Progressives for Immigration Reform.

Yes, readers there are still people on the Left side of the political spectrum who worry about American workers! In fact…..

I have to laugh, it seems PFIR ‘gets it’ better than does the venerable ‘conservative’ organization, the Heritage Foundation!

7,000 Cuban doctors have been admitted to the US since 2006 while 9,000 American medical school graduates could not find a residency program, a key step in becoming an accredited doctor.

From Kevin Lynn at PFIR:

I was catching up on reading a stack of newspapes that had piled up while pondering what to write for this week’s blog when the answer leapt out at me from the front page of the Sunday local Lancaster, Pennsylvania*** newspaper. Front and center was an article entitled DOCTORS WITHIN BORDERS.

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Cuban doctors competing with your sons and daughters in America!

Since 2006, 7,000 Cuban doctors and other healthcare professionals have been admitted to the US under a special government program. The article went on to detail how Church World Services (CWS), a volunteer agency (VOLAG) that specializes in refugee relocation services and garnering large federal government grants in the process, helped to relocate these Cuban healthcare workers here and in 11 other cities.

[….]

I was intrigued to read the article because last summer when I was attending Politicon in Pasadena, CA I had the opportunity to interview Dr. Doug Medina, a graduate of Georgetown University’s medical school who despite his never having failed any clinical course work, and having passed all three licensing exams, was not able to matriculate into a residency training program. Now for those not familiar with medical career paths, following graduation if a doctor cannot be matched with a US residency program at a teaching hospital, they cannot be licensed to practice medicine in the US. It is pretty brutal when you consider a student upon completing medical school could be hamstrung with anywhere from $130,000 to $250,000 in student loan debt (and quite possibly more if you factor in 4 to 5 years of pre-med.) Then to add insult to injury, there is the ever accruing interest at 6.7% which could raise a student’s total liability to over $400,000 over the term of the loans.

According to data from the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), a program that was established in 1952 to assist medical school graduates with finding residency programs in 2016, of 19,692 graduates from US medical schools, 1,900 were not matched with a residency program. Currently, it is believed that there are some 9,000 graduates of US medical schools who were not matched with a residency program and for all intensive purposes will never be able to practice as doctors.

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From the PFIR post

It would be one thing if as in the case of Cuba, education was government funded. Here in the US it is not. And the onus is on the student and their family to come up with ways to finance their education. The question then becomes how is a medical school graduate going to service the debt on their loans if they cannot command the salary of a doctor? If plan B is to become a high school biology teacher or a research assistant, then good luck servicing your debt, buying a house, car, and starting a family.

Cut off  government funding for Church World Service and save American jobs!

Another thing to consider would be to reign in the VOLAGs such as CWS who have actively lobbied lawmakers to admit more refugees. These VOLAGs are given federal grants based on the number of refugees (or doctors from Cuba) they work to resettle in the United States. This is big money. In the case of CWS, 70.8% or $68,448,159 of last year’s income came directly in the form of grants from the Federal Government. Another solution might be to take a chunk of the $68 million given to CWS and allocate to fund more resident programs. At $50,000 a resident position, the money reallocated from CWS to Medicare could create roughly 1,368 new positions.

Anyone out there with a son or daughter planning to be a doctor better read this carefully!

There is more, continue reading here.

And pay attention! If your church is doing a “Crop Walk!”  You are helping CWS change America by changing the people!

Last month I did a podcast for PFIR  if you are interested!

***And, for more on “America’s refugee capital”—Lancaster, PA, go here.

 

Posted in Changing the way we live, Legal immigration and jobs, Other Immigration, Resettlement cities, Taxpayer goodies, The Opposition, Who is going where | Tagged: , , | 9 Comments »

Poughkeepsie LOUDLY said no to refugees!

Posted by Ann Corcoran on November 24, 2017

The political Left-wingers, like those at Church World Service, don’t like LOUD when it comes from the people who don’t want their towns and cities changed without their consultation.

I had to laugh when I saw this headline at NPR:

Opposition To Refugee Arrivals Keeps Getting Louder

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Erol Kekic dog whistling with this line? He said people asked: “Why are we bringing people who don’t all look like us?” I will bet no one uttered those words that night!

Don’t you know! Loud is bad if it doesn’t come from the Left!

And, it is funny, just last night I was so irritated by Leftwing commentators always referring to Rightwing “dog whistles” when along comes a story with some dog whistles from the Left!

If you don’t know what the heck dog whistles are (in the political sense), it is when a supposedly secretive message is being sent to one’s own political base.

Before I give you some juicy bits on this NPR story, you might want to revisit my reports on Poughkeepsie here.

In the waning months of the Obama Administration (before November) hopes were running high.  Obama had set a refugee admissions ceiling for FY17 at 110,000, the highest in years and certainly much higher than any of his previous 7 years, and they all thought that Hillary was headed to the Oval.

So the US State Department with its contractors*** set about finding lots and lots of fresh territory in which to place refugees (older sites were getting overloaded and tensions were building).  Poughkeepsie was one such new site.

Then along came Donald J. Trump to mess up their big plans….

Thus this National Public Radio story:

A few days after Donald Trump was elected President, more than a hundred people packed into a church sanctuary in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. to hear a presentation about refugee resettlement in their town.

It didn’t go well.

This was after Trump had campaigned on refusing Syrian refugees, citing security concerns. In the church that night, staffers from the non-profit organization Church World Service laid out their plan to open a refugee resettlement office in Poughkeepsie, and bring in about 80 refugees, mostly from the Congo, Iraq and Syria.

The audience had questions. A lot of them. They wanted to know, would they be safe? And could Poughkeepsie afford to care for these new residents?

“As a resident of this town, of this city, I can look out my window any time and find someone in need,” said Poughkeepsie resident Steven Planck, to vigorous applause.

I have seen this comment dozens of times and ask this question: If Church World Service is a Christian ‘charity,’ why not focus on the poor people in every American city? Why are we importing more poverty?

The head of Church World Service’s refugee program, Erol Kekic, spent more than an hour trying to respond to the questions.

“We had to do a lot of truth-telling, and dispel some myths,” says Kekic. “From ‘the value of my property will go down because refugees will be resettling next to me,’ to ‘are we bringing terrorists?’ to ‘why are we bringing people who don’t all look like us?'”

It’s getting harder for refugees to find a welcoming home in the U.S. The Trump administration has cut the number of refugees allowed into the country. In cities and town across the nation, citizens are protesting refugees being resettled in their neighborhoods.

In Poughkeepsie, the debate got ugly. On social media, people called opponents of the refugee plan racists and Islamophobes. The staff of Church World Service received death threats. [Ho hum! Death threats, so what else is new—ed]

[….]

Until recently, refugee resettlement in the U.S. had wide bipartisan support. The U.S. State Department, along with nine large non-profit groups, decides where to resettle refugees fleeing persecution, war and violence. They look for communities where there are volunteers to help.

The reason the refugee industry had “wide bipartisan support” and still does is that the Republican establishment wants the cheap labor for their big business donors and the Dems want the voters.  And it is only in the last few years that this secret program has been exposed to the American taxpayers who shell out the bucks for it!

NPR continued:

“We all wondered, why? Why Poughkeepsie?” says David Cole, 37, a lifelong resident of the town who helped mobilize opposition to Church World Service. Cole insists he has nothing against Muslims or other refugees. But he says Poughkeepsie isn’t a wealthy town; unemployment there is higher than the statewide average.

Why Poughkeepsie? Because Church World Service thought a banner year was coming with a slew of Obama/Clinton paying refugee “clients,” and they figured Poughkeepsie would be a pushover!

“I looked at people that I knew,” Cole says. “And I said, OK, well, why aren’t these people getting help? Why are we trying to help, you know, people from war-torn countries in an area where there’s people looking for jobs? Like, they’re scavenging for jobs around here. I don’t get it.”

[….]

“Yes, there are loud voices in every community,” Kekic says. “But they’re usually not the majority, and they’re usually just a very loud minority.”

So what is the lesson here: Louder wins!

There is much more and it is worth reading here.

To learn more about hard Leftwing Church World Service, click here.

***These are the nine major US taxpayer-funded NGOs responsible for (secretly) placing refugees in hundreds of American towns.

 

 

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Church World Service CEO says Trump is catering to white-supremacists with refugee screening changes

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 26, 2017

This is one of several statements I’m seeing this morning on the Trump Administration’s latest announcement on more stringent vetting for refugees and others wanting to enter our country.

Editor: When I can’t quite figure out how much Trump is accomplishing on this issue, I can always use a ‘squawk’ gauge—what is the decibel level of the squawking from the refugee industry? It is pretty high today!

And, you know what is too bad, as the House Immigration Subcommittee holds a hearing this morning on the refugee program, there will not be one word of the fact that contractors are working against the very people who fund them—us.

As usual, in his Trump-blast, the CEO of one of nine federal contractors (paid by the head to place refugees in your towns) never once mentions that with more stringent vetting and fewer refugees entering the US, his ‘religious’ charity may have to absorb a huge loss in FEDERAL funding.

Will Rev. McCullough take a pay cut himself?

 

McCullough arrest

Taxpayers help fund his quarter of a $million annual salary! CWS CEO Rev. John McCullough being arrested in Washington, DC protesting in SUPPORT of Obama’s executive AMNESTY. Photo and story here: http://njfon.org/2015/04/08/faith-groups-challenge-fifth-circuit-court-on-presidents-immigration-actions/

 

Washington, D.C. – CWS joins our partners and communities of faith across the United States in decrying the White House’s announcement today regarding changes to the US refugee resettlement program. As a result of these changes, hundreds, possibly thousands of families that have gone through the exhaustive vetting process in good faith and were promised refuge in the United States will see their eligibility revoked and be exposed to even further danger. The disruption to the program will have severe long-term consequences. [Including, but never mentioned, the possible loss of millions of dollars to their coffers—ed]

CWS’ President and CEO, Rev. John McCullough said “today’s announcement makes the pattern undeniable. The Trump administration is seeking to dismantle the refugee resettlement program brick by brick, through any means necessary. This administration is not interested in pursuing our national interest, enhancing national security, upholding the legal frameworks that protect both us and our allies, much less our shared moral obligation to lead as a nation during the world’s largest displacement crisis. The arguments put forward to dismantle the refugee program are all just smoke screens in order to fulfill the Trump campaign’s bargain with white-supremacy.”

Continue reading here.

This past summer, I used Charity Navigator for my source of information on CWS and its income (see all nine contractors here).  This is what I learned.  In the most recent year for reporting (2016), CWS was operating on a budget of just over $88 million.  See how much of that YOU (the taxpayer) supplied.

71% of their revenue comes from the US Treasury! Yet, the good reverend is perfectly comfortable protesting, political organizing against the President, and calling any of you who have concerns about the refugee program a white supremacist! 

This organization could not exist without government grants!

 

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See if a Church World Service subcontractor is working where you live, click here.

(It was Church World Service that sent its subcontractor, Virginia Council of Churches, to the county in Maryland where I live over 10 years ago and so CWS is responsible for helping create this blog!  However, I see VCoC isn’t listed as a subcontractor on that list anymore!  Hmmm!)

And here (below) are Church World Services churches (churches representing the religious LEFT).

Is your church one of those supporting the goals of CWS? 

BTW, If your local church is doing a “crop walk” you know you are supporting more refugees being placed in America through CWS.

People ask me all the time what they can do.  If one of these is your church, you need to start speaking up to your local pastors/ministers!

 

 

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Lancaster, PA where we are told that the Amish welcome one and all

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 15, 2017

Update October 16th:  Today I used Lancaster as my example of what you should be doing as a first step locally if you are unhappy with the secrecy surrounding the refugee program where you live. Click here to see what you need to do!  Hold your mayor’s feet to the fire!

We are told that by the big German publication, Deutsche Welle which claims Lancaster is “dubbed America’s refugee capital.”

It is probably written to make Germans concerned about the migrant invasion of their homeland feel bad by encouraging them to think everything is sweetness and light in America (well, except for Trump!).

It is the same old story line….

Welcoming people

Welcoming mayor

Refugees supposedly contributing to economy

Kind-hearted ‘Christian’ resettlement agency

Worries that the flow is slowing

Evil Donald Trump

Yawn!

But, I am posting it as background for my next post (either later today or tomorrow).

Deutsche Welle:

As the US isolates itself under President Donald Trump, one rural town in Pennsylvania keeps rooting for refugees. The Amish and Mennonite communities of Lancaster County say “refugees welcome.”

[….]

Mayor Rick Gray

Mayor Gray has presided over the huge refugee build-up in Lancaster since 2006. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rick_Gray_(Pennsylvania_politician)

Lancaster Mayor Rick Gray explains that welcoming refugees by supporting religious freedom and tolerance “is in [Lancaster’s] genes.”

[….]

Stephanie Gromek, who works for Church World Service***, one of nine refugee resettlement agencies in the US, says that in the past year alone, the organization has resettled almost 700 refugees here. The Amish “worked so hard to keep their culture, and that’s what we hope for with our refugees,” she says. [Islamic ‘culture’ too?—-ed]

[….]

Gromek deals with cases from around the world in her work and says that in recent times there has been an influx of people from Syria, Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

[….]

But changes in US policy doesn’t bode well for the countryside community. President Trump’s push to put limits on the number of refugees admitted into the US will likely leave its mark on Lancaster, says Jonathan Charles. [Charles is just some local guy they quoted. Bet you could find a local guy with the complete opposite view—ed]

Stephani Gromek

At least Gromek is being honest! No new refugees means no federal money for her non-profit ‘Christian charity.’

“This current president is not a person we are very fond of. We haven’t had any new arrivals since [Trump] became president. And it will take a few years to see how much it impacts us. But I’m sure that it will.”

Fewer than half as many refugee resettlements are expected this year as compared to last year, says Stephanie Gromek. Still, she remains optimistic: “If we don’t get any refugee arrivals, our organization doesn’t get funding. However, the reasons for what the administration is trying to do are not holding. There’s no weight, no justification for what Trump is trying to do.”

Mayor Gray, however, is worried there might be more at stake and is paying attention to what the migrant community has to say about the political developments in the US. “Some refugees I spoke to are now afraid of what’s going on a national level. They say they’ve seen this kind of thing happening before in their own countries.

“I really hope they’re wrong.”

More here.

See my archive on Lancaster.  There are a lot of posts there.  Don’t miss the one where I attended an Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) meeting in Lancaster a few years ago and first learned that the feds were referring to communities (where citizens were asking questions) as ‘Pockets of Resistance.’  They reported happily that Lancaster and PA generally had no such resisters.

*** Church World Service is the federal government contractor whose subcontractor, Virginia Council of Churches, sent the first refugees to the county where I live in Maryland beginning in about 2006. We were told we were getting spillover from Lancaster of Meskhetian Turks (Sunni Muslims) because there had been some problem in Lancaster. (We never learned what that was, but we heard that from our sheriff at the time.)

You can learn more about CWS’s finances here.

They are 71% funded by the US taxpayer.  So much for Christian charity!

 

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