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Posts Tagged ‘Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service’

Tent Foundation makes refugee hiring guide available to corporations

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 7, 2018

In November of last year, information came to us from a confidential source about Chobani Yogurt CEO Hamdi Ulukaya’s personal foundation, The Tent Foundation, contracting with Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (one of nine federally funded resettlement agencies) to produce a guide for businesses to help them find refugee labor.

Here is just a bit of the background I gave about LIRS contract with Tent in a post almost a year ago:

For new readers, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) is one of nine federal contractors*** hired and funded (on a per refugee-head basis) by the US State Department and the Office of Refugee Resettlement in HHS to place refugees in towns where citizens have no say in the matter and are generally kept in the dark about the process and plans for their communities.

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Linda Hartke’s sudden departure from LIRS has never been explained.

LIRS, approximately 96% funded by taxpayer dollars, is at the moment in a tight spot due to internal turmoil.

We have also recently reported on two other LIRS side ‘deals’ with global corporations— the meatpackers JBS Swift and Tyson Foods.

Now we hear that Ulukaya’s personal foundation, The Tent Foundation, has hired LIRS to write “a 15-page resource toolkit for employers laying out why they should hire refugees.”

According to a signed contract seen by RRW, the finished product was to be delivered to The Tent Foundation by the end of October.

Go to that post and see what an excited Linda Hartke said about their new funding source.

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LIRS hiring guide for the Tent Foundation is here:          https://www.tent.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Tent_Guidebook_FINAL.pdf

Hartke has since been removed as CEO of LIRS, a full explanation about her departure was never forthcoming.

In light of all the internal turmoil going on at LIRS over the last year, I had wondered if The Tent Foundation ever got its guide.

But, sure enough, here it is!

It is a useful guide for not only businesses looking for refugee labor, but serious students of the US Refugee Admissions Program will find it full of information that could come in handy.

Although, Tent works in Europe, the guide is entirely devoted to finding and hiring refugee workers in the US.

I especially found useful the ‘Where to find refugees’ table that begins on page 17.

Below is just a small portion of the table that goes on for two additional full pages.

See which cities are the top ‘welcoming’ cities in America from 2007 to 2016 (mostly Obama years):

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There are a total of 136 locations on the list.  Apparently towns and cities receiving less than 100 are not included.     https://www.tent.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Tent_Guidebook_FINAL.pdf

 

In addition to less tangible benefits like feel-good bragging rights (corporate virtue signalling!) there are some economic reasons (besides wage issues) to bank an economic gain from hiring refugees.

Here is one!  A tax break!

Remember I mentioned that there was a tax break for businesses being touted as a way to encourage companies to hire people on welfare (here yesterday).  I see that on page 14, here at the Tent/LIRS hiring guide, the break is further explained.

Readers may not know that although most legal immigrants to America are not permitted to tap into welfare for several years, refugees are exempt from that prohibition and are able to almost immediately, with the help and guidance of their federally-assigned resettlement contractor (ie LIRS), sign up for myriad social service programs.

Here is what the guide advises….

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Go here to read the whole guide.

 

***Below are the nine federal refugee resettlement contractors.

Faithful readers are probably sick of seeing this list almost every day, but a friend once told me that people need to see something seven times before it completely sinks in, so it seems to me that 70, or even 700 isn’t too much!

And, besides I have new readers every day.

The present US Refugee Admissions Program will never be reformed if the system of paying the contractors by the head stays in place and the contractors are permitted to act as Leftwing political agitation groups, community organizers and lobbyists largely paid on our dime!  

And, to add insult to injury they pretend it is all about ‘humanitarianism.’

The number in parenthesis is the percentage of their income paid by you (the taxpayer) to place the refugees into your towns and cities and get them signed up for their services (aka welfare)!  And, get them registered to vote eventually!

In most cases (LIRS for instance!), the percentage of their income paid by taxpayers is so high one could hardly call them private groups any longer. They are virtually quasi-government agencies.

From my most recent accounting, here.  However, please see that Nayla Rush at the Center for Immigration Studies has done an update of their income, as has James Simpson at the Capital Research Center!

Posted in Changing the way we live, Legal immigration and jobs, Reforms needed, Refugee Resettlement Program, Taxpayer goodies, The Opposition, Where to find information | Tagged: , | 7 Comments »

#Welcome75K refugees campaign off to a slow start

Posted by Ann Corcoran on August 21, 2018

What is that you ask? 

It’s a Twitter hashtag campaign launched by something called ‘We are all America’ to pressure the President into succumbing to refugee industry demands for a ceiling of 75,000 refugees for your towns and cities in FY19 (which begins in a little over 5 weeks).

By the way, the Left loves to do this, and they have the money to do it!  That is, create campaigns to make it look like their views are in the majority and thus they have all the power. Don’t be fooled.

I will grant that, although the hashtag campaign began only about a week ago, you would think they would have more retweets considering the supposedly vast number of supporters refugee advocates claim to have.

This tweet below has only garnered 4 retweets since the 15th.

 

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Here is a screenshot of the key organizers of ‘We are all America.’

I’ve checked off three federally funded refugee contractors, but remember that the Refugee Council USA represents all nine*** as its lobbying office in Washington.

 

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What you can do….

Besides using the hashtag #Welcome75K if you are on Twitter

Sign up for today’s webinar hosted by resettlement contractor Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service. 

See what they are telling their political activists to do!

 

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LIRS is 96-97% funded by you, the taxpayer, and if the President doesn’t raise the refugee admissions ceiling this year they will be in SERIOUS financial jeopardy! They have a lot to lose!

 

 

*** These (below) are the nine federal resettlement contractors/advocates which are largely paid for their ‘humanitarian’ work by you, the US taxpayer.

They have every right to organize and speak out against the President, my problem is that they are surely using taxpayer dollars for their advocacy.

As the numbers of incoming refugees decline so too does their income (they are paid by the refugee head!).

Another low year, perhaps lower than this year’s 20,000 plus year, could completely blow to smithereens the budget of one or more of these federal contractors which are demanding a cap of 75,000.  (LOL! The nine have colluded so they all are asking for 75,000!)

The number in parenthesis is the percentage of their income paid by you (the taxpayer) to place the refugees into your towns and cities and get them signed up for their services (aka welfare)! 

From my most recent accounting, here.  However, please see that Nayla Rush at the Center for Immigration Studies has done an update of their income!

 

Posted in Changing the way we live, Reforms needed, Refugee Resettlement Program, Taxpayer goodies, The Opposition, Trump, Trump Watch!, What you can do | Tagged: , , | 4 Comments »

EU trying (in vain?) to get new agreement on migrant redistribution in Europe; fear increase in populism

Posted by Ann Corcoran on April 27, 2018

“If we don’t get a deal by the summer we will lose credibility vis-à-vis public opinion and we cannot afford that because it would fuel support for populist and extremist parties across the country.”

(Unnamed diplomat from a frontline country)

 

Politico Europe is reporting that the European Union is working to get in place (by June) a new plan to redistribute migrants from frontline countries, but those frontline countries are not happy.

Invasion of Europe news….

Of course no where is it mentioned that they must first stop the boats arriving from North Africa (European equivalent of BUILD THE WALL)!

 

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Colonization, Europe, Immigration fraud, Other Immigration, So what did they expect?, The Opposition, Who is going where | Tagged: , , , , , , | 6 Comments »

Lutherans hire “transition” expert to get LIRS back on track

Posted by Ann Corcoran on April 18, 2018

Earlier this month Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service announced a transition CEO (you could call him a fixer) in the wake of the sudden departure of former CEO Linda Hartke.

Can he save the organization?

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Linda Hartke resigned amid internal turmoil.

Michael Patrick Leahy at Breitbart reports the story here:

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), one of the nine voluntary agencies (VOLAGs)*** who, until the current fiscal year, have collectively been paid more than $1 billion annually by the federal government to resettle refugees, has named an interim CEO after the previous CEO, Linda Hartke, resigned abruptly in February.

Hartke’s resignation came after the completion of an internal investigation first reported by Breitbart News.

VOLAGs receive almost all of their funding from the federal government, with revenues tied directly to the number of refugees resettled. Refugee admissions have plummeted under the Trump administration, driving VOLAG revenues down dramatically – placing the ability of several to continue operating in question.

 

[….]

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Pat Nichols is interim CEO hired to straighten out LIRS.   http://patnicholstransitions.com/what-i-do/

“(LIRS) is excited to announce the appointment of Pat Nichols as Interim President and Chief Executive Officer, effective Thursday, April 5, 2018.”

[….]

According to his website, Nichols founded Transition Leadership International, LLC “[i]n 1996, after leading two civic sector organizations through major transitions.”

[….]

Neither Rinehart (LIRS board chairman) nor Nichols made any mention of the investigation that prompted his predecessor’s departure.

Critics say that money flowed so freely to the VOLAGs under the Obama administration that many lacked sufficient financial controls.

With the reduction of revenue associated with the decline of refugee admissions under the Trump administration, operational weaknesses that were previously unnoticed, have now come to the forefront in many VOLAGs.

Read it all for more details and to follow links.

Nichols has his work cut out for him because LIRS business model depended almost completely on federal funding—97% of what they operate on is taxpayer-supplied money last time we checked.

For my ever-expanding archive on Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, click here.

 

***  I post the contractor list almost every day because I want new readers to know exactly who is responsible for driving the US Refugee Admissions Program (in addition to the UN!).  We are hearing reports that all nine might not survive the year. Is LIRS one that could fail?

The number in parenthesis is the percentage of the nine VOLAGs’ income paid by you (the taxpayer) to place the refugees, line them up with (low paying) jobs in food production and cleaning hotel rooms, and get them signed up for their services (welfare)!  From most recent accounting, here.

 

 

Posted in Changing the way we live, Colonization, Community destabilization, Reforms needed, Refugee Resettlement Program, Taxpayer goodies, The Opposition, Trump | Tagged: | 3 Comments »

Trump’s “secretive” policies for slowing refugee flow to US

Posted by Ann Corcoran on February 23, 2018

This is really a nothingburger story at a college newspaper, but I was drawn by the headline, and, since I hadn’t mentioned Colorado much lately, am posting it.

 

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I will bet that none of these protesters for more refugees ever gave any serious monetary donations to the local program because they have come to expect their Christian ‘charity’ comes from the government.

 

Reporter ‘s  provocative title at The Catalyst is:

Trump’s Secretive Changes to the Process of Reviewing Refugees

The story then goes on to explain how the vetting process is being tightened and that the local Lutheran contractor’s office is shrinking.  It is the same sob story we are hearing from sea to shining sea.

And, I continue to contend that the whole Ponzi-scheme system of paying ‘religious’ charities like the Lutherans with federal dollars to place refugees on a per head basis is crashing and a major part of the blame (for staff reductions and refugees left in the lurch) rests with the agencies like this one in Colorado (a subcontractor of the ‘mothership’—Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services in turmoil at the moment) that never raised enough private money to tide them over in downturn times like this.

LOL! A good friend recently coined the phrase: “Live by the government, die by the government.”

So here is some of what reporter Aleryan says about Colorado Springs.

By the way, no mention anywhere about how the refugees were pouring in to Colorado to supply meatpackers with cheap labor (LIRS even has a contract with Brazilian-owned slaughterhouse—JBS—headquartered in Greeley!).

President Trump’s executive order to ban refugees from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from coming into the United States, known as “The Muslim Ban,” is what we often talk about and see on news regarding any refugee status or immigration policy. However, is the Muslim Ban what really affects the arrival of refugees in American cities such as Colorado Springs?

Laura Liibbe is the community programs coordinator at Lutheran Family Services, Colorado’s local organization that is responsible for refugee settlement, among other affairs. Liibbe studied international development and teaches English as a second language, which was what inspired her to get involved with the organization. Her work primarily entails connecting refugees to the resources they need in Colorado Springs. [Connecting to resources=signing them up for welfare—ed] She has been working with LFS for six years.

[….]

When the refugee ban was finally lifted, people believed that refugees could again enter the U.S.. However, Trump had already implemented secretive policies that were not at the forefront of the news, so refugees were still not granted access to the country.

The security processes that Trump altered made it impossible for some cases to be processed. The security screening process usually entails refugees providing medical documents, background checking, verification of their refugee status, and their employment history for 10 years. That process is already difficult for some refugees to fulfill, especially if they fled their country and do not have access to their official documents. This process was made more difficult by mandating a 15 or 20 year verification of employment and other documents.

Trump also took resources from refugee reviewing processes that were reallocated to U.S. asylum cases. Liibbe emphasized that this move was not necessarily bad, but she criticizes the shift of resources instead of investing in new and increased resources. The refugee reviewing process is now significantly slower due to the loss of financial support and expertise. Each year, the President chooses a number of refugees to accept. This year, Trump’s administration decided on 45,000, but due to the slowed nature of the process, only 18,000 are expected to be approved and able to enter this year.

[….]

Liibbe emphasized that the city of Colorado Springs has the resources, the capacity, and the capabilities to receive refugees. In the past, they have settled 150 refugees a year with ease. Now, Liibbe insists that we will see a major decrease in that number. This decrease will deeply affect the LFS partnerships because their government funding is dependent on how many refugees they settle.

Can you say Ponzi-scheme!  For regular readers this per refugee head payment business is old news, but believe me, ten years ago when I began writing about the program, no media ever mentioned that critical fact!

Come on Congress, time to get off your butts and either dump or reform the Refugee Act of 1980!

Endnote to Ms. Aleryan:  You might be interested in writing about the contracts LIRS has with meatpackers especially since this agency—Lutheran Family Services, Rocky Mountains—helped secure the contracts.  Humanitarianism is not the primary driving force behind the UN/US Refugee Admissions Program!  Big business and the Chamber of Commerce is! (Dems get voters of course!)

Posted in Changing the way we live, Community destabilization, Reforms needed, Refugee Resettlement Program, Resettlement cities, So what did they expect?, Taxpayer goodies, The Opposition, Trump, Who is going where | Tagged: , , , | Comments Off on Trump’s “secretive” policies for slowing refugee flow to US

Lutherans announce departure of CEO Hartke amid claims of financial irregularities, poor management

Posted by Ann Corcoran on February 14, 2018

Linda Hartke is the second refugee contracting agency CEO in a matter of months to step down apparently involuntarily from the leadership of one of nine federal refugee contractors.***

 

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She follows Lavinia Limon (USCRI) who was, we heard from sources, “pushed out” last October (see here).  No explanation was ever given about Limon’s departure, but it came at about the same time that investigations into LIRS had commenced.

This is what Michael Patrick Leahy is reporting at Breitbart this morning:

Linda Hartke is out as CEO of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, three months after Breitbart News first reported on an internal investigation into claims of financial irregularities and harassment at the embattled non-profit under her leadership.

“Today, Linda Hartke, President and CEO of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), announced her departure from LIRS after eight years of service,” LIRS said in a memorandum sent to its donors, Lutheran congregations, and the U.S. government on Tuesday.

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Hartke and LIRS brought refugees to lobby Congress last June for more refugees and more funding. On our dime?   https://refugeeresettlementwatch.wordpress.com/2017/06/26/refugee-contractors-brought-refugee-lobbyists-to-washington-again-last-week/

A source familiar with the operations with LIRS tells Breitbart News that the Board of Directors fired Hartke on Thursday of last week, a consequence of the findings of the internal investigation into her tenure as CEO.

[….]

“The issues related to Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIaRS) are widespread but are rooted in the main areas of financial mismanagement and the incompetence of leadership,” a source familiar with the operations of the refugee resettlement industry told Breitbart News in November, adding that “seven key areas” were the focus of the internal investigation:

Financial Mismanagement

Failure to Address Financial Irregularities Discovered by Independent Audits

Wasteful Spending

Concealment of Taxable Income

Timesheet Fraud

Budget Grant Fraud

Large Severance and Settlement Payouts to Avoid Public and Board Reporting

The State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) has contracted with LIRS and eight other voluntary agencies (VOLAGs) to resettle refugees admitted into the United States under the Refugee Admissions Program. Over the past several decades, federal payments to these VOLAGs have averaged about $1 billion annually.

Virtually all of LIRS’s revenues come from the federal government.

Continue reading here and see LIRS leadership efforts to make her departure sound so warm and fuzzy.

Yes, LIRS is a federally funded resettlement agency that I have followed for years sucking down on average 95% and up of its funding from you, the US taxpayers (see my most recent accounting, here).  We sure hope that in addition to the Dept. of Health and Human Services looking into its grants management that the US State Department is doing the same!  And, where the h*** is Congress?

Not such a happy place to work!

Just yesterday, I came across the Glassdoor and got a few screenshots of comments from employees that let you know what an internal mess was going on there in recent months.

Here are just three of those.  (When you read these, consider that all this was going on while you paid for it including Hartke’s over $300,000 annual income/related income package.)

 

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Yikes! Unkindest cut of all—likening her to Trump!

 

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LIRS near you? Then this is what you must do….

Be sure to go here and see LIRS’s subcontractors working in 23 states.  See if you have an affiliate near you.  It is up to you to make sure your people know about the turmoil at the top of this food chain!  LIRS headquarters is where your local agency gets most of their funds. And, it is LIRS headquarters that works with the US State Department to choose which refugees are to be placed in your towns and cities.

 

*** These are the nine federal contractors paid by you to place refugees in to hundreds of towns and cities via their subcontractors (see directory of offices).

They sit down with the Dept. of State every week in Washington to divvy-up the incoming refugees to be distributed (unbeknownst to you) to your towns.  Although, due to the Trump slowdown, there are fewer to divvy-up each week.

The number in parenthesis is the percentage of their income paid by you (the taxpayer) to place those refugees and get them signed up for their services (aka welfare)!  From most recent accounting, here.

 

Posted in Changing the way we live, Colonization, Community destabilization, Reforms needed, Refugee Resettlement Program, Taxpayer goodies, The Opposition, Trump, What you can do, Where to find information | Tagged: , , | 2 Comments »

Hartke: Lutherans want DACA amnesty, shutdown unacceptable

Posted by Ann Corcoran on January 22, 2018

Today I saw this Press Release (below) on the twitter page for Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, but can’t find it elsewhere.

Apparently their site has been down for days (strange!).

Since it is LIRS’s embattled CEO making the statement I guess she survived the internal turmoil and shake up that Breitbart reported here in November.

This is what you see when you attempt to get to the website:

 

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This made me laugh. Their website has been down for at least 3 days, but they don’t want to miss a donation or a travel loan payment from their refugee clients (your money but they get a cut of it when they can get refugees to pay-up!)

 

Now here (below) is LIRS’ Press release.

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Hartke: ‘Non-profit’ groups like ours are impacted because we are 97% funded by the government. (She didn’t admit the 97% part!)

A point I don’t make often enough is that the federal refugee contractors support illegal immigrants with as much vigor as they support legal refugees.

You may hear your politicians make a distinction between LEGAL and ILLEGAL immigration with a comment like this:

“Legal immigration is good, but illegal is what I object to.”

But, get it into your head that the Leftwing Open Borders advocates, including those leading the nine federally funded resettlement agencies, make NO SUCH DISTINCTION.  They are advocates for any and all immigrants and are supportive of amnesty as you can see in this statement.

I never understood that because each illegal (made legal) through amnesty is a competitor of the refugees (LIRS’s clients) for whom they are contracted to find employment.

The shutdown also means that money that might have been coming to them from Washington today and tomorrow is not coming.

 

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LIRS shutdown page 2

Go here for my complete archive on LIRS.  Readers of the Lutheran faith who disagree with this NGO operating in your name should speak up.

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

Per (refugee) head payment to contractors took huge jump during Obama’s tenure

Posted by Ann Corcoran on January 3, 2018

I’m sure readers get sick of hearing me talk about the per head payment the US State Department pays the so-called VOLAGs (aka resettlement agencies, aka contractors)*** to place refugees into your towns and cities, but it is important because that is why you hear the contractors wailing now about the Trump Administration’s refugee slowdown.

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Why is the “welcome” the responsibility of the beleaguered US taxpayer? 

Of course these agencies are on the Leftwing of the political spectrum and want to see diversity (and Democrat voters) planted in your towns. They have bought into the UN’s borderless world agenda, and some (maybe more than we know) work directly with global corporations to supply refugee labor, but because they can’t survive without government funding, they are hysterical now.

Thanks to collegue Jim, here is a document from ten years ago, produced by Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (the one experiencing financial accounting questions) claiming that the $850 per head payment they received at the time (half went to the refugees and half was for overhead) was not sufficient and they wanted a per head raise to $1,500.

Public-Private partnership, my foot!

 

They actually made the claim repeatedly in their report that the PUBLIC-PRIVATE partnership was too heavily skewed in the direction of private funding responsibility and that the feds weren’t putting up their share.

That claim led me to a Form 990 for 2009 (I couldn’t find 2008) to see if they were indeed putting in more money than the feds.  The answer is NO!

In fact only 3% of their revenue from gifts, grants and loan collection fees was private funding. The remainder was GOVERNMENT funding of some sort.

Here is a screenshot of that portion of their Form 990 for 2009:

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Obviously government grants are taxpayer dollars as is the loan service fees.

 

That fact, that 97% of LIRS income that year was supplied by the US taxpayer, completely nullifies the argument they make in their 2008 18-page analysis: The Real Cost of Welcome where they say they are supplying the greater amount in the public-private partnership.

The purpose of the study was to ‘encourage’ an even larger share of the burden for the taxpayer.

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In 2008 they complained that $850 per refugee was inadequate and that they were putting in an unfair share of the public-private arrangement.

 

I thought you might like to see what ‘services’ they provide for refugees (that you pay for). Remember that they only take care of the refugees they place for 90 days.

Much of this could be done with volunteer help and donations. Isn’t this after all supposed to be a charitable humanitarian endeavor?

When did it happen that religious good works were to be paid for by the government?

 

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You can readily see why a refugee designation is the most desirable LEGAL immigration category one could want. American taxpayers give out a lot of goodies, plus the refugees get caseworkers to hold their hands through the welfare bureaucracy!  

 

Conclusion:  We want $1,500 per head!

 

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I can report that they got their wish and more! The present rate (climbed steadily over the Obama years) is now $2,125!  

$1,125 is to be spent on the refugee and the contractor pockets $1000 for ‘administrative’ expenses. (And the contractor decides how to spend the refugee’s share!).

And, let me be clear, this (State Department payment) is not the only money the contractors receive from the US Treasury, they receive literally millions more through other agencies and grants/contracts particularly from the Office of Refugee Resettlement in HHS.

***These are the nine federal contractors who pass money through to hundreds of subcontractors operating around the country.

Broken record alert!

It is my contention that the UN/US Refugee Admissions Program will never be reformed until these Leftwing community organizers are removed from the federal dole. You get the list twice today (earlier post here)!

 

 

Posted in Changing the way we live, Colonization, Community destabilization, Obama, Reforms needed, Refugee Resettlement Program, Taxpayer goodies, Where to find information | Tagged: , | 3 Comments »

Is Lutheran Linda Hartke talking about Stephen Miller? Sure sounds like it!

Posted by Ann Corcoran on December 19, 2017

My recommendation to lawyers for Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) is to cool Linda Hartke’s presence in the media attacking the Trump administration.

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Stephen Miller

Hartke, CEO of LIRS, is embroiled in internal problems at one of the largest US resettlement contracting agencies where reportedly lawyers for the Board of Directors have been brought in to set the ship right.

See recent posts here, here and here.  In that last post we listed, see that LIRS has signed a contract with a giant foreign-owned meatpacking company (JBS Swift) to help facilitate their use of refugee labor. They also signed a contract with Tyson Foods.

Here she is working with Mr. Chobani’s foundation. Bringing in a little chump-change to add to the millions of tax dollars they get every year.

Biting the hand that feeds her!

LIRS is 96% funded by taxpayers, so here she is taking a whack at Stephen Miller, a chief White House aide to President Trump.

The story that appeared in my alerts today (although it is from last month and I missed it) is entitled:

‘Trump’s Wall Isn’t Up Yet, But Stephen Miller Is Still Shrinking Immigration’

It reports on a comment by Hartke published in the Washington Post, here.

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Linda Hartke: Not the best poster girl for the refugee program at the moment!

“Within the administration there are a number of key players who are just looking for every opportunity, every program . . . every administrative or regulatory leeway they have to restrict entry into the United States,” said Linda Hartke, president and chief executive of the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, which resettles refugees.

Even as they fight court orders seeking to halt parts of Trump’s immigration agenda, Sessions, White House senior adviser Stephen Miller and other key players are finding ways to shrink the immigration system. Miller was an aide to Sessions before both men joined the administration; in less than a year, their immigration policy prescriptions have moved from the realm of think-tank wish lists to White House executive orders.

Dear Mr. Miller, if you are reading this, I know where you can shrink even more!

Defund the middlemen contractors, which are attacking the administration in the media on a daily basis! Start with LIRS which has some financial funny business going on with its federal grants right now anyway!

And, readers, I’ll say it every chance I get.  There will be no real reform of the US Refugee Admissions Program until the nine Leftwing community activist contractors*** are removed from the federal payroll.

***Below are the nine that monopolize all refugee placement in America. Every week they sit down with the US State Department and divvy-up the incoming UN-chosen refugee cases and decide which towns and cities will be forced to welcome them.

Federal contractors/middlemen/lobbyists/community organizers paid by you to place refugees in your towns and cities.  Because their income is largely dependent on taxpayer dollars based on the number of refugees admitted to the US, the only way for real reform of how the US admits refugees is to remove the contractors from the process.

 

Posted in Changing the way we live, Community destabilization, Legal immigration and jobs, Reforms needed, Refugee Resettlement Program, Taxpayer goodies, The Opposition, Trump | Tagged: , , | 4 Comments »

GAO says climate of “fear” in chicken plants where refugee workers are part of the workforce

Posted by Ann Corcoran on December 11, 2017

We have been reporting for years about the meatpacking industry, what we call BIG MEAT and BIG CHICKEN, having discovered the great advantages of hiring immigrant and refugee laborers (foreign-born the GAO calls them) who will work for lower wages (this industry once did pay good wages) and complain less than American workers who understand the laws that protect them.

We believe it is this industry and a few other large companies in the food processing industry that are the largest drivers behind the refugee resettlement program and thus the reason that the Republican-led, Chamber of Commerce-dominated, Congress does not initiate reform of the US Refugee Admissions Program.

Fundamental question:

Should the US State Department and its nine ‘non-profit’ contractors be supplying refugee labor to giant global corporations using taxpayer dollars?

Here is news that the GAO actually looked in to the problems in chicken plants that largely involve workers who fear to report problems involving safety.  The new report is here.

 

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We learned in the GAO report that nearly a half a million workers are employed in the meat and poultry industry. I’ll bet the turnover is high requiring ever greater demand for new refugees to fill those jobs.   http://www.gao.gov/assets/690/688294.pdf

 

I wonder, do the refugee resettlement agencies that actively place their refugee “clients” in to meat and chicken plants know about all this and turn a blind eye. 

I’m thinking specifically of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service that signed contracts recently with JBS Swift and Tyson Foods to help them acquire and train refugee workers.  So much for humanitarianism!

(After I began writing this post I found many more stories in other news outlets about the findings, but I had already snipped this one, maybe not the best one, and was too lazy to start over!)

From Infozine:

For several years, Oxfam and a coalition of allies and experts have been exposing the dark underbelly of labor conditions in the poultry industry.

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Does Linda Hartke, who signed contracts with two global meatpacking companies, know about the “dark underbelly of labor conditions” in the plants.

Boston, MA – infoZine – Oxfam’s concerns were recently confirmed by the GAO, after it conducted direct interviews with poultry processing workers in five states.*** The central underlying problem is the pervasive climate of fear inside poultry plants; when workers are afraid to report issues, OSHA and other inspection agencies are unable to detect or investigate problems.

Eighteen months after the GAO issued a report confirming that poultry workers face inordinate health and safety hazards and that many of these problems go under-reported, a follow-up investigation calls on all three federal agencies– the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture– to improve ways for workers to communicate issues without fear of retaliation.

“The health and safety problems that workers face in poultry processing plants have been exacerbated in the past year due to a growing climate of fear and oppression in an industry where workers are mostly immigrants, refugees, and people of color,” said Alex Galimberti, Senior Advocacy and Collaborations Advisor for Oxfam America. “Every day, workers experience problems, such as denial of treatment for repetitive motion injuries, lack of access to bathroom breaks, and sexual harassment. Most of the time, they feel unsafe reporting these issues to federal agencies or to top level management.”

By the way there have been lots of stories lately about small and medium-sized towns fighting the placement of new meat or poultry plants in their communities. Many citizens object to the environmental problems and the influx of immigrant/refugee labor drawn to the town bringing with it cultural upheaval.  This is a new angle—health and safety problems in the workplace.

***The five states where plants were investigated were: : Arkansas, Delaware, Nebraska, North Carolina, and Virginia.

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