Refugee Resettlement Watch

Posts Tagged ‘El Cajon’

El Cajon again! Refugee contractor accused of skirting housing rules when placing large families

Posted by Ann Corcoran on August 10, 2017

Sheesh! A few minutes ago we told you about the huge US refugee contractor—the IRC—working with Starbucks to find refugee employees to make your morning coffees in the San Diego area, and up pops more news (not good news!) about the IRC there.

 

 

This sort of news will result in a cry for more start-up money for refugees.  It will never result in formal questions being asked by Congress about whether we are bringing in more refugees than we can afford!

From KPBS San Diego:

Three large refugee families that a local nonprofit helped resettle at an El Cajon apartment complex are being asked to move because they have too many people living in their homes.

Uh-oh!

They came forward after KPBS aired an investigation nearly two weeks ago about other refugee families who said the same resettlement agency — the International Rescue Committee in San Diego — put them into too-small apartments by encouraging them to sign leases that omitted the names of some occupants.

IRC’s national office in New York has said it is investigating the recent claims made by refugees. In an email Tuesday, a spokesman said the office is aware of the new cases, which it is also looking into, “and is supporting our clients through their next steps.”

What say you, David? IRC CEO David Miliband giving George Soros their highest award in 2013. https://refugeeresettlementwatch.wordpress.com/2013/11/09/federal-refugee-contractor-gives-freedom-award-to-george-soros/

The three families, who moved into their two-bedroom apartments last year, said they received the 30-day notices to vacate a day after KPBS’s story was published on July 27. A manager for the complex, which is under new ownership, said only five people are allowed in a two-bedroom apartment. Two of the families have eight members, while another has seven.

Lalmir Hamdard, a refugee from Afghanistan who arrived here in September, said he relied on an IRC translator to help him sign the English-language lease. A copy of the document provided to KPBS showed five names on the lease instead of all eight members of his family.

“At the time, I didn’t understand it in English — even my daughters with little English didn’t understand,” he said in Farsi through a translator. “I only understood that it said here, ‘Write this, sign here, do this.’ And I did.”

Two neighboring Syrian families who speak Arabic shared similar stories. They would have to find a three-bedroom apartment, which would be more expensive, and they are already having trouble keeping up with rent on their two-bedroom units. However, even a larger apartment may not be big enough depending on a complex’s policy.

More here.

Nice to see some real investigative journalism for a change, but reporter needs to ask….

Where is the US State Department that oversees agreements with its contractors (the IRC is one of nine that contracts with the federal government to place refugees) which surely include rules about how many tenants are in each apartment or house?

We have a huge archive on the IRC and its head honcho—David Miliband—here. Go here to see my latest financial  accounting for the IRC.

Posted in Changing the way we live, Colonization, Community destabilization, Muslim refugees, Reforms needed, Refugee Resettlement Program, Resettlement cities, Taxpayer goodies, The Opposition, Who is going where | Tagged: , , , | 4 Comments »

Will Starbucks test new refugee employees for TB (San Diego off the charts)?

Posted by Ann Corcoran on August 10, 2017

Michael Patrick Leahy at Breitbart called Starbucks to see if new refugee hires (see my post earlier) will be tested for TB as part of their employment screening. Surprise! No response!

From Breitbart:

Starbucks held a hiring event exclusively for refugees in El Cajon, California on Tuesday, part of its recently announced commitment to hire more than 10,000 refugees over the next five years.

See NBC7 report here about the event at the IRC office. Afghans, Syrians, and Somalis will be making your coffees. http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/california/Starbucks-Holds-Refugee-Hiring-Event-in-El-Cajon–439292923.html

El Cajon is located in San Diego County, where more than 20,000 refugees have have been resettled by the federal government in the past nine and a half years since the beginning of Fiscal Year 2008.

A 2013 study from a research team led by Dr. Timothy Rodwell, “an associate professor and physician in the Division of Global Health at UCSD [University of California at San Diego]” that “analyzed data from LTBI [latent tuberculosis infection] screening results of 4,280 refugees resettled in San Diego County between January 2010 and October 2012,” noted that “San Diego County, in California, is a leading refugee resettlement site, and it also has one of the highest rates of active TB in the country, with an incidence rate of 8.4 cases per 100 000 people in 2011.”

[….]

In other words, the incidence of active TB among the 4,280 refugees who were resettled in San Diego County between January 2010 and October 2012 was 327 per 100,000, more than 100 times greater than the incidence of active TB among the entire population of the United States in 2016.

Wow! I didn’t know this next bit!  Refugee contractors*** repeatedly tell the public that only those with latent TB are admitted to the US, but even if that is all we are admitting, that is still a risk for public health.

About four percent of the entire population of the United States tests positive for latent TB infection. Around 10 percent of those with LTBI will develop active TB at some point in their lives. The triggering mechanism to activate latent TB is not entirely understood, but high levels of stress, crowded living situations, poor public health practices, the presence of other diseases that lower the immune system, and behavioral conduct–such as smoking–appear to increase the chances of activation.

The 21.4 percent of refugees in the San Diego County study who tested positive for latent TB infection is about five times the national average.

Breitbart News contacted Starbucks to learn if their refugee hiring process will include mandatory testing for latent and active TB, but has not received a response.

Of course not!

Continue reading here.

See my ‘health issues’ category with hundreds of posts on refugee health problems including mental health issues.

For those who ask me all the time—what can I do?  Write to the White House and tell the Prez to tighten up admission requirements for migrants with communicable diseases.  If terrorism doesn’t scare you, TB might!

*That video.  After I watched the video linked under screen shot photo above, I kept getting an error message when attempting to open the link.  I hope that doesn’t happen for you. If it does, search for: ‘Starbucks holds hiring event for refugees’ and it should be listed for NBC.

*** For new readers, the International Rescue Committee is one of the Federal contractors/middlemen/employment agencies/propagandists/lobbyists/community organizers? paid by you to place refugees in your towns and cities listed below.  Under the nine major contractors are hundreds of subcontractors.

The contractors income is largely dependent on taxpayer dollars based on the number of refugees admitted to the US, but they also receive myriad grants to service their “New Americans.”

If you are a good-hearted soul and think refugee resettlement is all about humanitarianism, think again! Big businesses/global corporations like Starbucks depend on the free flow of cheap (some call it slave) labor.

And, I have a question for you:  As a volunteer are you given instructions on how to spot communicable diseases like TB in the refugee community you are helping? (See symptoms at left).

The only way for real reform of how the US admits refugees is to remove these contractors/Leftwing activists/big business head hunters from the process.

Posted in Changing the way we live, health issues, Legal immigration and jobs, Muslim refugees, Refugee Resettlement Program, Resettlement cities, Trump, What you can do | Tagged: , , | 10 Comments »

California: Illegal alien kids living the good life on US taxpayer dime

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 31, 2014

It is a good thing someone in Congress is watching out for your money!  Here Senator Charles Grassley reveals that some unaccompanied alien children (those wannabe ‘refugees’) are living the good life in El Cajon, California.

Yippee! We offer duck petting (taxpayer supported ducks?).

The federal contractor—Southwest Key Programs—describes its amenities in documents submitted to the government as petting zoos (chickens, ducks, ponies), organic gardens and guitar lessons.    Learn more about Southwest Key, here.

But, remember several of our usual migrant contractors such as the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service are getting federal grants for ‘the children’ as well.

From The Blaze  (hat tip: Rosemary):

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on Thursday demanded more details from the Obama administration about a detention facility for illegal immigrant children that says it offers guitar lessons and other amenities that raises more questions about how taxpayer dollars are being spent.

Over the summer, Grassley said the Department of Health and Human Services told members of Congress that it costs anywhere from $250 to $1,000 a day to house just a single illegal immigrant child.

On Thursday, Grassley said he has received information about one facility in California that includes pricey features that probably explain why it costs so much to house these children. That facility is in El Cajon, California, and is run by Southwest Key Programs, which described several amenities in documents it submitted to the government.

[….]

Grassley added that in April, Southwest Key proposed a daily rate of $316 per child to house them at the facility. But Grassley said it’s unclear what the company is currently charging per child.

See all of our coverage of the ‘Unaccompanied minors’ invasion going back several years by clicking here.

By the way, El Cajon is a popular refugee resettlement site and we have a pretty extensive archive on problems there.

Posted in Changing the way we live, Immigration fraud, Refugee Resettlement Program, Taxpayer goodies | Tagged: , | 1 Comment »

Iraqi refugee sentenced to 26 years to life for murdering wife wants to be executed…

Posted by Ann Corcoran on July 28, 2014

….so his body can be taken ‘home’ to Iraq.

The convicted murderer weeps at wife’s Muslim funeral when it was still believed she was killed by Islamophobes! http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/28/us/killing-of-iraqi-woman-leaves-immigrant-community-shaken.html?_r=0

 

Sentencing, a week ago today in June was the final step in the lengthy investigation and murder trial that surely cost the taxpayers of California a bundle.  Not only did Kassim Al-Himidi brutally murder his wife, but left a note at the murder scene that first led investigators to think that a hate-crime against Muslim immigrants had occurred.

And, this is what we are paying for in our “humanitarian” refugee resettlement program!

All of our coverage of the case is here. (El Cajon Iraqi hate crime archive, see especially “fishy” hate crime story here on April fools’ day 2012).

From the Los Angeles Times:

An Iraqi immigrant was sentenced Monday to 26 years to life in prison for the 2012 bludgeon slaying of his wife in their El Cajon home.

Kassim Al-Himidi, 50, left a note near the body to mislead investigators into thinking that the fatal beating of his wife, Shaima Alawadi, 32, was an anti-immigrant hate crime, prosecutors said.

Still loudly protesting his innocence, Al-Himidi told Judge William McGrath at the sentencing Monday that he would prefer to be executed so his body could be returned to his native Iraq.

Read it all.

About the photo:  I wonder did the New York Times ever update (apologize!) that story depicting the people of El Cajon as racist and Islamophobic!

Posted in Crimes, diversity's dark side, Iraqi refugees, Muslim refugees, Refugee Resettlement Program, Resettlement cities | Tagged: , , | 2 Comments »

El Cajon: Murder trial begins for Iraqi refugee at center of 2012 fishy hate crime story

Posted by Ann Corcoran on April 3, 2014

Kassim Alhimidi, right, leaves after a memorial for his wife, Shaima Alawadi at a mosque, March 27, 2012, in Lakeside, Calif. http://abcnews.go.com/US/husband-arrested-murder-iraqi-american-family-claimed-hate/story?id=17682675

Diversity is strength alert!

Remember this from April of  2012: an Iraqi man whose wife wanted a divorce apparently created a fictional hate crime to cover up the bloody murder of his wife.

This all happened at about the same time as the Trayvon Martin story was making headlines.

This is what we said on April 1, 2012:

CAIR and the Muslim grievance lobby are trying oh-so-hard to elevate this tragic murder of a young Iraqi mother in California to be on par with the Trayvon Martin circus in Florida.   I’ve been reading about the case elsewhere and there is something fishy about it.

The Reuters story at the time even dragged in the scumbags at the Southern Poverty Law Center!

Now, on Tuesday, at the Times of San Diego:

Opening statements are scheduled for Tuesday in the murder trial of an Iraqi immigrant accused of fatally beating his wife in their El Cajon home after she asked for a divorce.

Kassim Alhimidi, 49, is charged with killing Shaima Alawadi, 32, also an Iraqi immigrant.

The defendant was arrested on Nov. 8, 2012, by El Cajon police in what was first thought to be a hate crime. His wife was found mortally injured with at least six head wounds in their Skyview Street residence eight months earlier.

First-responders found a note in the home that read, “This is my country, go back to yours, terrorist.”

How many Iraqis in America?  Who knows?  Remember there were earlier waves of Iraqis being resettled here prior to the latest huge wave.

From 2007 until April 30, 2013, we resettled 84,000 Iraqi nationals to the US.   So, by now we have surely surpassed the 100,000 mark with more on the way.  From the USCIS:

Since the inception of the program in 2007, 203,321 Iraqi nationals have been referred to the USRAP for resettlement to the United States. USCIS has interviewed 142,670 Iraqi refugee applicants; approved 119,202 for resettlement and, 84,902 Iraqi refugees have arrived in the United States.

Our Iraqi refugee category has 609 previous posts archived.  The most recent one, before today, is the South Dakota Iraqi sex trafficking sentencing, here.  Keeping our court systems busy!

 

Posted in Changing the way we live, Crimes, diversity's dark side, Iraqi refugees, Muslim refugees, Refugee Resettlement Program, Resettlement cities, women's issues | Tagged: , , | 2 Comments »

Fresh “refugee” produced food is not cheap food

Posted by Ann Corcoran on February 11, 2013

…for the taxpayer.

Your tax dollars at work!

I’ve written about this topic before (here is just one post), but since we have new readers all the time, they might not know that their tax dollars are funding “community” gardens as part of the “sustainable” agricultural movement in the US.

I don’t think there is anyone who doesn’t like the idea of small producers having community markets in which to sell the fruits (and vegetables) of their labors.    And, before critics pounce, I know darn well that big agri-business is funded with tax dollars and I don’t like that either!   I simply wish to help you be more informed.

For your education then, know that the Office of Refugee Resettlement is awarding grants for community gardening projects and they have (with the help of the International Rescue Committee) figured out how to make it possible for food stamps and other welfare sources of funding to be used at community markets.

Here is the article from East County Magazine (CA) that got my attention (emphasis mine):

January 30, 2013 (El Cajon*) – Last week, Troy McKinney, Fresh Fund coordinator from the International Rescue committee (IRC), participated in an exclusive interview with East County Magazine. He gave more details of the future farmers’ market that will be set up on the Prescott Promenade in downtown El Cajon each Thursday starting March 21.

Like the IRC’s farmer’s market started four years ago in City Heights, the El Cajon farmer’s market will help both local refugees and the broader community.

The market has been getting encouragement and support from the City of El Cajon as well as local merchants enthused about bringing more people into the area, McKinney said. “This will be great asset to the downtown area.”

“We noticed the great benefits to the community,” McKinney said.  The Fresh Fund program provides incentivizes low-income families to shop at the market (i.e. those with SNAP- Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as FoodStamps, WIC (Women Infants Children), or SSI (Supplemental Security Income)). When participants come and spend $15 at the farmer’s market, they can then receive an extra $15. A percentage of stall fees at the farmer’s market will go back into the ‘Fresh Fund’ to incentivize more people to participate and shop there.

Say what?  If they spend $15 of their food stamp benefits, they receive $15 (in cash?).  Isn’t that trafficking in food stamps?  And, who is giving them the extra $15?

Anyone can come to the market. The food “is all San Diego grown; we want to keep it as local as possible. There may be some farmers that aren’t East County, but are San Diego grown.”

At the IRC, the food security department works with refugees in farmer training programs, such as aquaponics classes.  Some of these IRC clients will be selling their foods at the farmers’ market, generating much-needed revenues for the refugees and their families.

“We’re still in the process of community backyard growers to sell. It’s great for the youth and community to get healthy, fresh food,” McKinney said. “We want the market to be very inclusive from certified organic to backyard growers.” You can even get a hot meal there too.”

There are many health benefits to the market, including “access to the highest quality of fruits and vegetables you can buy from San Diego,” said McKinney, adding, “There will be more energy growing downtown. This is directly supporting our farmers and local economy. They can hire more people. We can grow our economy from the ground up.”

This is how the IRC describes its Fresh Fund program, here.

Fresh Fund is a farmers’ market incentive program that leverages the purchasing power of SNAP and WIC dollars to support local farmers and increase access to healthy, fresh foods to under-served communities.

Residents enrolled in CalFresh/SNAP (the food stamp program), Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), or Supplemental Security Income (SSI/Disability) may sign up for Fresh Fund at participating farmers’ markets that are EBT-accessible.

See their webpage and the offer of $15 if shoppers use their welfare benefits at the market.    I have to say, after writing about food stamp trafficking for five years now, I see enormous potential for fraud at these largely unregulated local “farmer’s” markets.

The Founding Fathers should be rolling in their graves to see the government using taxpayer money to help out-compete the local Mom and Pop small farmer who isn’t on the dole.

Before I get to the IRC’s litany of fabulous results for their Fresh Funds, be sure to have a look at the Office of Refugee Resettlement Agricultural Refugee Partnership GRANT program that lists all the federal GRANT MONEY available to federal refugee contractors (like the IRC) to set up garden projects so that refugees can grow the food that is sold in these taxpayer-subsidized markets.  The growing and the selling are both subsidized with your tax dollars (federal, state and local).

So what do we get out of this—the redistribution of your money in one big circle?

We pay the refugee growers who then sell their produce to those with food stamps and the welfare users get extra money from you as an incentive to use their food stamps.

Here is what the IRC says are the benefits of Fresh Funds (welfare benefits used at farmers’ markets in Cali):

Program outcomes have been staggering—particularly at the City Heights Farmers’ Market—when compared to farmers’ markets on the national stage. The following national statistics are taken from the Agricultural Marketing Service 2006 Farmers’ Market Vendor Survey.

~Annual income for the CHFM was more than double the national average for farmers’ markets. (National average $243,000; CHFM $522,291).
~SNAP sales at the CHFM are more than 20 times the national average (National $279/mo.; CHFM $6,092/mo).
~The race/ethnicity of farmers’ market vendors at the national level is 89% white and 11% non-white; farmers at CHFM are 3% white and 97% non-white. [and why is this an important stat?–ed]

These numbers are particularly poignant when reflected upon individual vendors.  Average farm vendor revenue at the CHFM was $47,000 in 2011.  Fewer than 6% of vendors at the national level gross between $25K and $100K annually.  Further, the top selling farmer at the CHFM grossed more than $122K in 2011.  Fewer than 1% of farmers’ market vendors nationally gross over $100,000 per year.  The same farm also created 8 new jobs as a result of their market sales, pointing to the broad impacts such programs can have on individual businesses and the broader economy.

Just for fun, have a look at the IRC’s most recent Form 990, here.  They are a $431 million a year operation and taxpayers give them $247 million of that (p. 9).  They say they are trying to raise private funds for the Fresh Fund,  but they are definitely in a strong position to help their people (refugees) out-compete a non-subsidized small farmer if their ‘private’ (foundation?) dollars don’t materialize.

* El Cajon, where this story originates, is a refugee-overloaded city.  Here is our archive of posts on the troubles they have.

Posted in Changing the way we live, Refugee Resettlement Program | Tagged: , , | Comments Off on Fresh “refugee” produced food is not cheap food

 
%d bloggers like this: