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Posts Tagged ‘Iowa’

Iowa “man” charged with murder after victim of attack dies months later

Posted by Ann Corcoran on March 18, 2018

Here we are playing the immigrant name-game again.

Ann Coulter says one has to have a “secret decoder ring” to figure out where the violent perps are from and how they got here in the first place!

Up next is Magai Anai-Kur now charged with murder after the victim of his home invasion dies.

Magai Anai-Kur

First degree murder charges for 
Magai Anai-Kur, 19

I looked around and see that some are speculating he is from a large family of South Sudanese admitted to the US as refugees, but the police aren’t saying and apparently the media isn’t asking.

He could be a refugee (no sense debating about vetting because they can’t screen out criminal refugees and apparently they don’t try to screen out the mentally ill as we have reported on numerous occasions).

The alleged murderer could be here on ‘Temporary Protected Status;’ he could be an asylum seeker; he could have come through chain migration from a winner of the ‘Diversity Visa Lottery; he could be a student visa holder; or he could have come across any of our borders illegally.

But, since we are never told, let’s just assume he is a refugee until we learn otherwise! (Checking Wrapsnet I see that Des Moines is a resettlement city and that a bunch of Sudanese were placed there in the last years of the Obama Administration.)

Maybe if we do just assume criminals like this one are refugees, the refugee industry will get behind publicly identifying violent immigrants to clear their refugees of blame.

There is a brief story here at the Des Moines Register (hat tip: JC) about the upgrade of charges now that Mr. Howe has died and his injuries are from the home invasion.

Prosecutors have charged the suspect in a break-in and stabbing in Urbandale last year with first-degree murder, two months after the victim in the case died of his injuries.

Magai Anai-Kur, 19, is charged with first-degree murder, first-degree burglary, first-degree robbery and second-degree theft in connection with the home invasion on Sept. 3, 2017.

The 77-year-old victim of the home invasion, Robert Howe, died in January. Four months earlier, he had been hospitalized after he was stabbed during the break-in.

Now, have a look at an earlier article at the Des Moines Register describing what happened when the violent African “man” broke into the Howe’s home.

Before a violent break-in brought devastation into their lives, 77-year-old Robert Howe was living in Urbandale with his wife, Marilyn Howe.

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Robert Howe died months after the home invasion attack.

The two were married for nearly 60 years, according to his obituary. He enjoyed spending time with his great-granddaughters and had welcomed a great-grandson into his life just a few days before a teenager allegedly attacked him, his widow said.

[….]

Early in the morning on Sept. 3, Robert woke up in his home at the 6300 block of Urbandale Avenue to find someone on top of him, strangling him, Marilyn said.

Magai Anai-Kur, 19, was charged with attempted murder, 1st-degree burglary, 1st-degree robbery and 2nd-degree theft in connection with the home invasion, according to police. The Polk County Attorney’s Office will determine whether any charges will be upgraded.

During the break-in, Robert woke up to find Anai-Kur strangling him with his hands around his neck, his thumbs on his Adam’s apple, Marilyn said. Anai-Kur then allegedly beat him on the head, resulting in Robert sustaining a broken jaw. The teen then allegedly put his elbow on Robert’s throat and stabbed him with the other hand.

Anai-Kur allegedly stole a car from the home, which was later recovered, according to police.

Most people initially thought the stabbing is what caused the worst injuries, but it was the strangulation, Marilyn said.

“His body was very depleted from what happened,” she said. “All that strangulation interrupted the blood to the brain and caused the stroke and damaged his throat muscles. He was never able to swallow properly.”

And, the Leftists want our guns!

See my ‘Crimes’ category which has surpassed 2,000 posts (2,228 to be exact!).

And, think about this: whatever immigration program brought him here, he will now be cared for by taxpayers for a likely life in prison.

Looking for something to do?

Spearhead a national campaign to require that police and media identify the nationality and immigration status of those arrested and charged with violent crimes and require making the information immediately available to the public!

LOL! See if you can line up Ann Coulter for your media blitz!

 

Posted in Africa, Changing the way we live, Community destabilization, Crimes, diversity's dark side, Reforms needed, Refugee Resettlement Program, Resettlement cities, What you can do | Tagged: , | 7 Comments »

Was there fraud in the huge resettlement of Burmese ‘refugees’ to the US?

Posted by Ann Corcoran on February 27, 2018

They must have found something at the USCIS or a thousand Burmese living in the US right now wouldn’t have gotten a letter to report to a USCIS office.

Was there fraud in transit country, Malaysia???

(Checking Wrapsnet I see that since FY06 we have admitted a whopping 167,583 Burmese people and they were coming before 2006 and are still coming, see map below.)

Here is a short article at the Des Moines Register about the “summons” Burmese living in Iowa have received:

Dozens of refugees in Iowa received letters from immigration officials asking them to appear for an interview and provide information that validates their status.

The refugees are from the country formerly known as Burma, a group that has grown in the past five years to include more than 8,000 living in Iowa.

[….]

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Abigail Sui, program manager of Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy and Resources in Des Moines.   http://www.embarciowa.org/

She [Abigail Sui] said at least 50 refugees in Iowa, all who came from Burma and to the U.S. through Malaysia, got the letter from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Department that requested the in-person interview. One letter required travel to Indianapolis, while a refugee from Indiana appeared at the USCIS offices in Des Moines for an interview Monday, according to EMBARC.

[….]

“A current USCIS investigation has raised concerns about identity and biographic information provided to USCIS in a number of cases involving Burmese refugees, including many who have resettled in the U.S.,” said Sharon Rummery, a USCIS public affairs officer based in San Francisco.

She said in an email that the USCIS sent 1,000 requests for interviews nationwide that “will help determine the refugee’s immigration status or eligibility for future immigration benefits.”

The interviews are voluntary, but Sui said that she thinks consequences are possible if the refugees do not go.

Already facing resettlement hardships, the refugees would have to fund a trip to the interviews and take time off work, said Sui. In addition, no interpreters would be made available.

Can you hear the immigration lawyer stampede now—no taxpayer-funded interpreters is a big no-no!  And, how dare the Trump Administration dig more deeply into the US Refugee Admissions Program.

More here.

Here is a map from the US State Department’s Refugee Processing Center showing where the 167,583 Burmese have been placed since FY06.  Obviously there is an error as there is no number on the dark blue Indiana.   Texas takes top honors.

 

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New readers may not know that Wyoming is the only state with no refugee program.

 

My archive on the Burmese may be found by clicking here.

Most of the Burmese are not Muslims but in the last few years, the US has begun admitting larger numbers of the so-called ‘Rohingya,’ Muslims from Burma and Bangladesh.

Posted in Colonization, Immigration fraud, Reforms needed, Refugee Resettlement Program, Resettlement cities, Taxpayer goodies, Trump, Where to find information, Who is going where | Tagged: , , | 1 Comment »

Des Moines, Iowa: Resettlement agencies criticized for placing refugees where there is no transportation

Posted by Ann Corcoran on December 20, 2017

There is nothing new for me in this long investigative article at the Des Moines Register which asks the question about placement of refugees in an isolated low income housing complex:

“Why do resettlement agencies in Des Moines continue to place refugees there?”

I’ve been hearing about the lack of public transportation for refugees since the earliest days of this program coming to my attention in 2007.

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Limon is the CEO of USCRI and this isn’t the first time the organization has been criticized about its housing choices. In 2008 the State Department pulled the contract for one of USCRI’s subcontractors in Waterbury, CT over an issue of inadequate housing.  https://refugeeresettlementwatch.wordpress.com/2008/05/10/state-department-yanks-international-institute-of-connecticut-contract/

And, I’ve been hearing about refugee contractors finding cheap subsidized housing and then creating ethnic enclaves by bringing more family members (chain migration!) to join the ones they brought initially.

Because I am trying to get a little time off, I’m not going to analyze the article for you. Please read it yourself by clicking here.

Refugees must walk long distances in the cold to get basic groceries and the fault is not with the public transportation system, the fault is with the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants and with Catholic Charities*** who are so obviously concerned with their own incomes (and the newest refugees) that they aren’t taking care of the refugees they placed months earlier.

They literally walk away sometimes as soon as 3 months (when their federal pay check runs out) from any responsibility for those “clients” they resettled earlier. This is not humanitarianism.

Instead of placing more financial responsibility on taxpayers (to put more money into public transportation)….

How about if USCRI and Catholic Charities set up either a privately funded small van service or at least find church volunteers to make regular driving runs for the refugees and then consider this….

Support President Donald Trump’s refugee reductions because obviously you do-gooders can’t handle the numbers that were coming in through the Obama years!

***These (below) are the nine federal contractors responsible for all refugee resettlement in America. USCRI is 98% funded through the US Treasury (you, the taxpayer). Charity Navigator gives them no rating because they really are an extension of government and receive only a small amount of private charity.

Limon (who was Bill Clinton’s Director of the ORR) pulls down a salary package of about $300,000 (2015 Form 990). When I wrote about her salary (a little less than ten years ago) it was just short of $200,000, see here.  Has your income taken a leap like that?

And, by the way, are there no synagogues in Des Moines?  HIAS whined recently that they had 380 synagogues across the US wanting to help refugees.  How about putting any in Des Moines to work helping these poor refugees who are now walking for their groceries.

 

Posted in Changing the way we live, Community destabilization, Reforms needed, Refugee Resettlement Program, Resettlement cities, Taxpayer goodies, The Opposition, Trump | Tagged: , , | 7 Comments »

Dems join CAIR to silence speech in Iowa small town

Posted by Ann Corcoran on September 16, 2017

This didn’t happen in Berkeley, CA or St. Louis, MO but in a small Iowa town’s community center.

I’m just going to give you the opening paragraphs of the story, but everyone of you concerned about the future of  our country should read the jaw-dropping account of a public meeting where Democrat protesters and Council on American Islamic Relations representatives teamed up to disrupt a presentation organized by a former Muslim, a convert to Christianity.

This is America?

From Leo Hohmann at World Net Daily:

While all eyes were on the University of California, Berkeley, Thursday night to see if radical leftists could control their anger over the mere presence of a conservative speaker on campus, it was a gathering in a tiny Iowa town that attracted the attention of one of the left’s key allies – the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

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Hurst, running for local elected office, was the leader (along with CAIR) of the infiltrators who disrupted the meeting requiring police presence so that speakers could continue. “He posted on Facebook suggestions that Guandolo, Christian and Gaubatz did not qualify for free speech rights under the First Amendment.”

CAIR, which was named an unindicted co-conspirator in a massive terror-financing trial held in 2008, crashed a meeting in Oakland, Iowa – population 1,500 in rural Pottawattamie County.

Why such concern for what’s going on in a place so far off the beaten path?

Actually, it’s not unusual, not in post-Trump America.

CAIR has made it a top priority in the wake of President Trump’s surprising election victory to show up, challenge and cause confusion wherever the truth about Islam is being taught, say experts on the organization. CAIR is worried that a nation under the spell of Barack Obama for eight years may start to wake up to some startling facts and discover that Islam has become the government-favored religion, the only religion Americans are not allowed to criticize.

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Miriam Amer, CAIR Iowa, was reportedly in attendance. https://twitter.com/mzmea611/

This is all part of CAIR’s nationwide campaign against “Islamophobia” which coincides with the United Nations’ anti-Islamophobia campaign being carried out on a global scale. Cities such as Boston, Minneapolis, San Fransisco and Nashville have all taken up the cause of defending Islam against verbal attacks increasing referred to as “hate crimes.”

The speakers who had CAIR worked up into a tizzy were John Guandolo and Chris Gaubatz, partners in Understanding the Threat…..

Click here and read about what happened in Oakland, Iowa, a bigger deal then Berkeley where we have come to expect massive intimidation efforts to silence speech.

When is the last time you heard about Dems/Muslims holding public meetings crashed by people trying to silence their speech?  That’s right, you haven’t!

And, one more thing, if you have people like Hurst running for public office where you live, you better get out and oppose them!

Posted in diversity's dark side, free speech, Stealth Jihad | Tagged: , | 10 Comments »

NYT: How Tyson Foods and its greedy demand for cheap immigrant labor ‘saved’ an Iowa town

Posted by Ann Corcoran on June 1, 2017

That is pretty much the gist of the New York Times story here about Storm Lake, Iowa.

The opening paragraphs give the message that I, and others before me, have been giving for years.  When big global corporations like Tyson Foods discovered cheap (first illegal) immigrant labor and now legal refugees, the cultural make-up of American heartland towns was changed forever.

We told you here last November that the Obama State Department was making Storm Lake a direct resettlement site. https://refugeeresettlementwatch.wordpress.com/2016/11/22/storm-lake-iowa-filling-americas-dead-spots-with-diversity/

The NYT spins it as a feel-good story as this town that features a PORK (no Muslim laborers) plant would have died.

My question is, why would it have died? If Tyson had kept up the wages over the years, there would be more generations of rural Americans who would consider this work (if they weren’t brainwashed in liberal colleges that is)?

It is especially maddening because immigrant wages stay low and you (taxpayers) help support the families with your welfare dollars. Wow! What a business model!

I’m posting this story for a reason other than the fact that it confirms what I have been yammering about for years—-refugee resettlement is about labor, not first and foremost ‘humanitarianism’ by our government and its resettlement contractors***.  But, I am posting it to give readers an example of what you can do!

Here are the opening paragraphs about how Tyson Foods is ‘saving’ a town:

STORM LAKE, Iowa — When Dan Smith first went to work at the pork processing plant in Storm Lake in 1980, pretty much the only way to nab that kind of union job was to have a father, an uncle or a brother already there. The pay, he recalled, was $16 an hour, with benefits — enough to own a home, a couple of cars, a camper and a boat, while your wife stayed home with the children.

“It was the best-paying job you could get, 100 percent, if you were unskilled,” said Mr. Smith, now 66, who followed his father through the plant gates.

After nearly four decades at the plant, most of them as a forklift driver, Mr. Smith is retiring this month.

The union is long gone, and so are most of the white faces of men who once labored in the broiling heat of the killing floor and the icy chill of the production lines. What hasn’t changed much is Mr. Smith’s hourly wage, which is still about $16 an hour, the same as when he started 37 years ago. Had his wages kept up with inflation, he would be earning about $47 an hour.

Continue reading here to see what meatpackers have done to Storm Lake.

One more thing, you will see if you read it all is that the NYT is out to get Rep. Steve King (no surprise!).

So what can you do?

Readers ask me all the time, what can they do to help get the message out.  I’ll try to write a comprehensive (as comprehensive as I can) post in the coming days about what you can do, but here is what one reader did because every little bit helps! (I’ll make a new category and call it ‘What you can do’ for ideas like this!)

She actually took the time to comment to the NYT. 

The comments are closed now, but please have a look and see what readers of the NYT said, here.  The NYT probably did not appreciate the tone of many of them! (When you open that previous link, the comments should pop-up in the right hand side bar, they do on mine.)

Here is our reader:

D Flinchum
Blacksburg, VA

It should be clear from this article that the influx of cheap foreign labor is for the benefit of the company owners. Pay low wages w/no benefits, but because low wages don’t often pay for a 1st-world life, shift the cost to the community at large by gov social services and higher costs for housing, lower quality schools, and ER health care.

The refugee program has become a recruiting system for Big Meat. It is made out to be some great humanitarian system and anybody who opposes it is called a heartless bigot. This is nothing more than gas-lighting – trying to make people who see the truth believe something that they can see isn’t so by calling them names. It’s just like a philandering husband trying to gas-light his wife into thinking that she is crazy for suggesting he is out partying with Marcia in Marketing instead of working late when he comes home half drunk with lipstick on his shirt.

It is also important to note that most of these new workers and their children qualify for affirmative action. It is likely that these new workers’ children who do go on to college will be able to take advantage of programs not available to the white working class kids who might also be interested in advancing into the professions.

As one man in the article said, it’s hard to have ill feelings for someone just trying for a better life, but the company owners already have a good life and it is they who should be held accountable.

Thus we have Trump in the WH.

See our tag ‘Meatpackers’ for many more stories about BIG MEAT changing America. Don’t miss this one about meatpackers worried about the Trump ‘proposed’ slowdown.

*** US federally-funded refugee resettlement contractors are paid by the head (by you!) to bring migrant laborers to your American towns and cities:

 

Posted in Changing the way we live, Colonization, Community destabilization, Legal immigration and jobs, Refugee Resettlement Program, Resettlement cities, Taxpayer goodies, The Opposition, Trump, What you can do, Who is going where | Tagged: , | 16 Comments »

Storm Lake, Iowa: Filling America’s “dead spots” with diversity!

Posted by Ann Corcoran on November 22, 2016

Storm Lake population 10,600 in 2010.

Looks like we have found another of the 47 new resettlement sites we learned that the US State Department has identified to place some of Obama’s 110,000 refugees for FY2017.  Of course, as we just said for Rutland, VT, some locations are on hold as the contractors try to figure out how far out on the limb (financially) they wish to climb.

Since refugee contractors get most of their federal money on a per head basis, any slowdown in resettlement after Trump is inaugurated cuts in to their budgets.

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Surprise (not)! Tyson Foods has a pork processing plant at Storm Lake and the first refugee from Thailand (Burmese?) went to work there. Wikipedia tells us there is a turkey processing plant there too. More refugee labor on the way? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Storm_Lake,_Iowa

This is the second story we have seen lately about Catholic resettlement agencies spreading out their responsibilities to smaller organizations (or churches) presumably to make resettlement cheaper for themselves.  We told you about Hudson, Wisconsin here last week.

The problem of transparency is something I will be pushing the Trump Administration on as soon as we know who will be Secretary of State.  It is maddening that here we are nearly 2 months in to FY17 and we have only identified some of the 47 new sites*** we heard the DOS has chosen.   Citizens have a right to know when their towns have been selected for refugee placement.

Once again from a local paper, we learn (inadvertently)   some nuggets that should help all of us.

From the Storm Lake Pilot-Tribune last week:

The Bridge of Storm Lake’s mission has grown in an unexpected direction. The neighborhood ministry has become a refugee resettlement agency along with its other programs.

The first two refugees from Thailand have been successfully settled in Storm Lake, and a mother and small child will be arriving before the end of the year, freed from the desperate conditions of refugee camps.

The role was not one the program expected to play.

Catholic Charities, one of the national agencies charged with resettling refugees accepted to enter the United States, had reached out to The Bridge to see if could help.

There are placement agencies in larger cities like Omaha and Minneapolis, but Storm Lake sits in a “dead spot” in the midst of a vast rural region, unserved by any existing resettlement office.

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Jay Dahlhauser founder and CEO of The Bridge. http://www.thebridgeofstormlake.com/

Jay Dahlhauser of The Bridge explained that the national resettlement agencies [The Contractors—ed] meet each Wednesday to see what refugees are arriving, from where, and figure out which refugees each will handle.

We should demand that the Trump State Department not hold these meetings in secret.  Imagine this! Non-profit groups are sitting around a table in DC every Wednesday making decisions that will effect your community for decades/generations!

Pilot-Tribune:

With the country beginning to reach out to more rural regions for resettlements, The Bridge accepted the challenge from Catholic Charities, but not before wrestling over the decision. [What do they mean the “country” is reaching out to place refugees in rural areas! The Obama State Department and the US Conference of Catholic Bishops may be reaching out, but they are not the “country!”—ed]

So here (below) we learn something completely new—the feds can send up to 30 refugees to a town before making a formal agreement with the agency! BTW, none of this is in the law, this is all decided within the Department of State without any legal underpinning (so it could easily be undecided by a Trump Secretary of State).

Pilot-Tribune:

Storm Lake and The Bridge are currently capped at a maximum of 30 resettled individuals. If the number reaches that level, a more permanent agreement would be necessary, or possibly a formal resettlement office to be located in the community.

Continue reading here.

I would love to know if the contractors get any little rewards from the meatpackers when they supply them with cheap refugee laborers.

***To see if your town is an existing resettlement site check out the US Department of State database.

But when you look at that data base know three things.  1) the data base is out of date, 2) we are told there are 47 new sites not listed and, 3) see if you live within 100 miles of one of these offices because that means your town is fair game to receive refugees.

Here are some of the new sites being chosen by the US State Department (that we know of!).  We are adding Storm Lake, Iowa. If anyone there is interested in learning more, check out our ‘Ten Things Your Town Needs to Know‘ by clicking here.

Asheville, NC

Rutland, VT

Reno, NV

Ithaca, NY

Missoula, MT

Aberdeen, SD (may have been thwarted as a primary resettlement site!)

Charleston, WV

Fayetteville, AR

Blacksburg, VA

Pittsfield, MA

Northhampton, MA

Flint, MI

Bloomington, IN

Traverse City, MI

Poughkeepsie, NY

Wilmington, DE

Watertown, NY (maybe)

Youngstown, OH (maybe)

Storm Lake, Iowa

Posted in Changing the way we live, Colonization, Community destabilization, Legal immigration and jobs, Refugee Resettlement Program, Resettlement cities, Taxpayer goodies, Who is going where | Tagged: , , , | 5 Comments »

First Syrians arrive in Iowa, will get “services”

Posted by Ann Corcoran on June 24, 2016

Just a quickie post to make a couple of points.

The federal resettlement contractor (US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants) bringing refugees to Des Moines is the same one bringing refugees to Idaho (in that still festering controversy about the sexual abuse of a little girl by migrants from Sudan and Iraq).

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Is Joshua Barr saying any immigrant (including illegals) can get welfare in Des Moines? Hmmm! Photo here: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/opinion/columnists/2015/09/17/column-new-human-rights-director-looks-dms-underbelly/72370936/

And, for very new readers, who maybe don’t know, refugees are eligible for all forms of welfare available to Americans including SSI for the elderly and disabled.

From KCCI Des Moines:

DES MOINES, Iowa —The first Syrian refugee family to arrive in Iowa is getting help to start a new life here.

Gov. Terry Branstad ordered the state to do nothing to help those fleeing Syria, but a federal agency works with refugees here.

The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants has a field office in Des Moines, and is treating the Syrian refugees like any other refugees, by setting up an apartment and helping them settle in.

The Tameem family from Syria sat through a class with 60 immigrants from Thailand, Nepal, Malysia, Kenya and Somalia to learn the ropes in Iowa. [Have they all been tested for TB, just wondering—ed]

“When you come to the city seeking services, they cannot treat you differently based on your immigrant status,” said Joshua Barr, of the Des Moines Civil & Human Rights Commission.

Of course “services” is code for welfare of all sorts—food stamps, housing, education, medicaid etc….

Go here to see if USCRI is working in your town.   By the way, it is the same contractor planning to bring refugees to Rutland, VT and Reno, NV—got services?

Posted in Changing the way we live, Colonization, Community destabilization, Muslim refugees, Refugee Resettlement Program, Resettlement cities, Taxpayer goodies, Who is going where | Tagged: , , | 12 Comments »

Iowa jobs programs for refugees could cost state taxpayers hundreds of thousands

Posted by Ann Corcoran on April 4, 2016

The story is from the Des Moines Register today (hat tip: Joanne).

State Senator Bob Dvorsky

Iowa State Senator Janet Petersen (D) is working to find the money for more refugee “services” in the state budget.

Hey, folks in Montana and Wyoming, listen up!  When the wannabe refugee contractors tell you that the refugee resettlement program for your state will cost your state and local taxpayers zip, zero, nada, refer your elected officials to this article about the need for a jobs program and more “services” for the 10,000 refugees who have been placed in the state.  (Apparently the meatpacker employers don’t pay enough!)

$350,000 is being sought from the state legislature to help fund RefugeeRise and it’s “advocacy” efforts on behalf of (mostly Burmese?) refugees who don’t have enough “services.”

Of course, the first question I have is where is the refugee resettlement agency that placed them in the first place, aren’t they already being paid to help refugees get “services” and jobs?

RefugeeRise appears to me to be yet one more taxpayer-funded subsidiary of an expanding refugee industry.

This is, after all, an industry!

Posted in Legal immigration and jobs, Refugee Resettlement Program, Resettlement cities, Taxpayer goodies | Tagged: , | 6 Comments »

Marshalltown, Iowa, the town a foreign-owned company changed forever

Posted by Ann Corcoran on February 1, 2016

This is one more in a long sad line of American towns and cities changed forever due to the needs of greedy global corporations (not just meatpackers!) and their appetite for cheap immigrant labor.  They get the cheap labor, we get the poverty and extra welfare expenses, not to mention the cultural upheaval!

Marshalltown, of course, is in the news because all eyes are on Iowa today.

Be sure to see an earlier post on how JBS Swift (a Brazilian owned company) is destroying the American middle class in Marshalltown.

And, don’t miss my post of only a couple of weeks ago about foreign-owned companies like JBS Swift changing America by changing the people.

“Taking food out of our [American] mouths!”

From Philly.com thanks to a reader:

The blue-collar city, which has shed manufacturing jobs, epitomizes the economic squeeze of the American middle class. And Marshalltown has grappled for years with immigration, the issue that fires up conservative GOP base voters almost as much as terrorism.

Today, about a quarter of Marshalltown’s population of 28,000 is Latino. By contrast, Hispanics make up about 6 percent of Iowa’s population. A number of Burmese and Sudanese immigrants also have settled here.

Job cuts

In the 1980s the meatpacking industry mechanized production, boosting output and slashing wages. Meat processors already faced a labor shortage as the U.S. rural population shrank and fewer Americans wanted the repetitive, dangerous jobs, the industry says. Packers turned to Mexico and the rest of Latin America for workers.  [B.S. they could have paid a decent salary and kept American workers!—ed]

“It’s like they’ve got a sign on the border, ‘Come to Marshalltown,’ ” said Mike Foreman, 66, who worked at the meatpacking plant until 2000, when a back injury forced him to retire.

“The company paid them less than they paid us,” he said last week at the city’s senior citizens center. “The way I look at it, they’re taking food out of our mouths.”

Continue reading here.

See all of our posts over the years about meatpackers by clicking here.

Posted in 2016 Presidential campaign, Changing the way we live, Colonization, Community destabilization, diversity's dark side, Legal immigration and jobs, Refugee Resettlement Program, Taxpayer goodies, Who is going where | Tagged: , , | 1 Comment »

Des Moines, Iowa: State scrambling to figure out how to pay for refugee influx as fed money dries up!

Posted by Ann Corcoran on August 10, 2015

Mark Grey

Mark Grey, a Univ. of No. Iowa professor: Wahhhh! we need more (of your) money for the refugees! Photo: http://iowawatch.org/2013/05/23/support-for-immigrants-citizenship-exists-but-how-deep-is-that-support/

This is more evidence that the federal government, which in the early years of setting up the Refugee Resettlement Program helped states cope, is no longer doing so.  

The cost of resettling thousands of refugees into your state is falling almost exclusively on state and local taxpayers as the UN and US State Department send them out to ‘everytown’ America!

By the way, when I first started writing RRW there were 10 federal contractors and one of the ten was the State of Iowa.  I’m not sure how that happened, maybe in response to Bill Clinton sending all those Bosnian Muslims there for meatpacking labor during his term in office.  But, in any case the state is no longer a contractor.

Today there are the nine we always refer to who pretend to be private non-profit (charitable! hah!)groups, but are heavily funded with your tax dollars.

Here is the story from the Des Moines Register. I only have time to snip a few interesting bits.  Please read the whole article because it is very informative for anyone contemplating creating a ‘Pocket of Resistance’ in the state.  Or, maybe there already is one that we don’t yet know about?

Federal grants that once supported assistance programs no longer exist. Refugees speaking different dialects even in the same languages are adding pressure to state agencies whose workers are trying to help the refugees. And Iowans helping refugees from other countries say the state, and its governor, are not doing enough.

[….]

“There is always room to improve,” said Amy Doyle, a lawyer who works with a refugee resettlement agency in Des Moines. “It’s really a matter of providing state funding for the organizations (that assist refugees).”

Gov. Terry Branstad said more funding is needed, but from the federal government.

Here it is!  WE need $$$ for hospitals and school!

Social service providers and other experts on immigration issues in Iowa said the state must do more. Mark Grey, a University of Northern Iowa professor of anthropology and director of the Iowa Center for Immigrant Leadership and Integration, said that includes providing more resources for hospitals, school districts and English as a Second Language education.

After 90 days the refugees are your (local!) responsibility!

Refugees settled directly in Iowa when they arrive in the United States typically receive 90 days of core services from federal resettlement agencies, which provide assistance settling into housing, obtaining a Social Security card, and signing up for state aid.

Please urge your Members of Congress to co-sponsor the Babin bill NOW!  His bill seeks to get a handle on the exponentially growing cost of the program.   Where is Rep. Steve King?

For all of our previous coverage of Iowa, click here.  I see that a few years ago I did write about how the US State Department gave the State of Iowa the boot, here.  I urge anyone forming a ‘Pocket of Resistance’ to read through all of this so you have an understanding of who the players are.

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