Refugee Resettlement Watch

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

    Join 5,881 other followers

  • Reaching me by mail

    You can reach me by e-mail here:

    (But my inbox is so overloaded most of the time, it is hard to keep up.)

    Or, since some of you have asked, I have a post office box and you can reach me there by snail mail!

    Ann Corcoran
    P.O. Box 55
    Fairplay, MD 21733

  • Social

  • Refugee Info Resource

  • Categories

  • Archives

  • Blog Stats

    • 7,991,259 hits

Posts Tagged ‘Refugee Resettlement Watch’

Reminder: Saturday is catch-up day

Posted by Ann Corcoran on April 21, 2018

If you have been wondering why no news from me on recent Saturdays, it is because I’m using the time to try to get through e-mail backlogs and other related duties.


If you subscribe and usually read my posts in your e-mail, please see that yesterday in the story about the SPLC, I’m trying something new with longer posts.

Some of you may have noticed this line:

Read the rest of this entry »

Please click on it to read the rest of the story at my blog itself?

I would really love for you to come to the blog rather than just read stories in your e-mails.  Although clicks don’t matter as RRW is not monitized, I want you to see what else is available.

ann corcoran

In the right hand side bar I have a summary of Trump refugee admission numbers, most recent posts and top posts and my twitter feed (14.5K followers).

In the left hand side bar I have a link to RRW’s facebook page where an associate adds stories that are not at RRW, but are related in content. The page has 48,000 likes!

And, btw, when you read the post at RRW itself, there are sharing icons at the end of each post. (I don’t send those wordpress subscriber e-mails and have no control over whether they come to you daily or not, and I don’t know if there is a way to put share-buttons on those!)

My snail mail address is there.

There is a drop-down with categories and archives going back nearly 11 years, as well as a blogroll you could use to access other news websites.

And, finally, in the header you will find links to my videos, my little book and a useful Frequently Asked Questions.  Unfortunately the fact sheet is way out of date and it would be a daunting task to rewrite it now.

Thanks as always for visiting Refugee Resettlement Watch!

Posted in blogging, Refugee Resettlement Program | Tagged: | 4 Comments »

Saturday, the catch-up day….

Posted by Ann Corcoran on March 17, 2018

I’m trying something new starting today.  Because there are always so many interesting things to write about each day, I use my limited time at the computer to write posts and so end up with little time to answer your many e-mails (I have two e-mail accounts with thousands of e-mails each, yuk!).

RRW logo

My goal for Saturdays (Ha! we will see) is to answer e-mails, and get caught up on facebook and twitter, and to fix some technical things here at RRW. For example, someone asked that I add ‘Gab’ to my sharing choices and I think I accomplished that.

And, btw, while in the bowels of RRW, I noticed I never had turned on the sharing button for your e-mail subscription notices.  On that subject, I recommend you visit RRW on a regular basis instead of relying on the e-mails every time I post. There is much more right here including my twitter feed (right hand sidebar).  Even if you aren’t on twitter you can see the many important issues I tweet that never make it to my blog pages.

Also on the right hand sidebar you can see recent posts and the top posts of the last few days. The Frequently Asked Questions tab is on the header, here.

I am @RefugeeWatcher on twitter.

RRW’s facebook page is here: RefugeeInfoResource and includes items placed there by a partner administrator.

Thanks for visiting, thanks for all your comments, and thanks to those also who send me snail mail at my post office box. (P.O. Box 55, Fairplay, MD 21733). And, sorry I can’t keep up with everyone’s comments and questions, I’m trying harder starting today!

Posted in blogging, Refugee Resettlement Program | Tagged: | 3 Comments »

While I am away…..

Posted by Ann Corcoran on February 8, 2018


Ann SPLC art

Artwork gratis the SPLC

Because there is so much material archived at Refugee Resettlement Watch, I encourage, especially new readers, to visit and explore.

Knowledge is power!

Since July 2007, I’ve published over 9,000 posts. You might explore the categories in the drop down in the left hand side bar or use the search window with a couple of key words.

Categories of special interest might be ‘crimes,‘ ‘health issues,’ ‘Europe‘ or ‘what you can do.’

I recommend that you check out Frequently Asked Questions as well, at the top of the page under the header.

I’ll try to tweet occasionally while I’m away, so you might want to keep an eye on the right hand side bar here at RRW to see my latest tweets.  At twitter, I am @RefugeeWatcher .

Be back early next week!


Posted in blogging | Tagged: | 4 Comments »

RRW Monthly Roundup for January 2018

Posted by Ann Corcoran on February 5, 2018

Readers, I use these sporadic weekly or monthly roundups as an opportunity to write directly to you.

I think you will be interested to know what the top three posts of the month were for January, but I’m writing to tell you that I’m going away later this week and so posting will be lighter until I get back early next week.  I don’t want you to think I’ve quit!

Pushing onward toward July 2018 for RRW’s eleventh anniversary!

Before I get to those top posts, I want you to know that I had a good chuckle this morning about all the trolls this tweet (below) generated yesterday. I guess because I hash-tagged it with a trending tag #SuperBowlSunday it reached beyond my usual fan club.

I got messages about how racist I am (with foul language tossed in), how old I am (do I wear diapers? the ageists asked!) from some high IQ commenters who couldn’t spell or write. It was actually fun to see. Here is the tweet that apparently stirred them up.

I am @RefugeeWatcher….

Screenshot (1263)

Immigrants had been expressing fear of Humvees etc. This is what I linked to:


Here are the Top Three (actually four because there was a tie for #3) Posts of the month:

That Australia “dumb” deal takes the highest honors!

Australian rejected ‘refugees’ on the way to US this week!

Flight glitch causes some delay as Australia’s rejected ‘refugees’ head to US

Refugee numbers are low for first 3 months of fiscal year; Ohio is top receiving state

Minneapolis woman stabbed by Somali in mid-December is speaking out


For new readers……

You can find more information on how to use RRW by clicking here. (That is my mid-December roundup.)

And, you might want to look at my message here about your e-mail notices.  WordPress is telling me it isn’t on their end if you aren’t getting e-mails after subscribing. They tell me it is in your/our e-mail server (I’m not getting my e-mails from Leo Hohmann’s new site.)

Frankly there is more here at RRW then you get in e-mail, so why not just visit every day or so to see what is new.

Even if you aren’t tweeting yourself, you can see what I’ve tweeted most recently in the right hand side bar.

This post is filed in my ‘blogging’ category, here.

Posted in blogging, Refugee Resettlement Program | Tagged: | 2 Comments »

Message about your e-mail notices

Posted by Ann Corcoran on January 17, 2018

rrw-logo-1I’m sorry if you signed up and subscribed to RRW and then without explanation you stop receiving those e-mail notices each time I post.  

Know that I can’t control those e-mails and have complained on many occasions to WordPress.  Another reader today alerted me to the problem. She, like most readers who stop getting the e-mails, think that I am (for some reason) not writing.

Additionally, some of you have said that you attempted to re-subscribe and cannot.

I don’t know if this is being done on purpose by WordPress, or your e-mail server has decided they don’t like my work, or simply a case of lousy service from WordPress.


I can’t emphasize this enough: please please just come to RRW directly and see what I have posted that day or the day before (or the day before that….).  You don’t need to wait for an e-mail!  And, besides there is so much more here at the blog itself than you get in an e-mail. Check out Frequently Asked Questions in the header for example.

Just put this in your favorites and visit every day (or every few days):

Or, if you are on twitter, follow me because I put all of my posts there, plus a whole lot more news you can use!  I am @RefugeeWatcher (you will find me also by searching for Ann Corcoran).

Thank you!



Posted in blogging | Tagged: | 16 Comments »

2017 RRW year in review

Posted by Ann Corcoran on January 1, 2018

Happy New Year to all of my faithful readers (and new ones too)!

RRW celebrated its 10th anniversary this past summer and I can say, without a doubt, that this has been the most monumental year for the refugee industry for the decade I’ve been observing it.  And, of course, that is because Donald J. Trump resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

Trump in oval office 2

We will be watching in the year ahead!

The Trump Administration has been busy making changes to the UN/US Refugee Admissions Program with a very definite America First! orientation and we expect that to continue in the year that began 8 hours ago.

There is much the President can do administratively to begin the process of reforming how we deal with the UN and how refugees are admitted to the US. But….

Just as President Trump is undoing many policies Obama put in place with his phone and his pen, a new President in 3 (or 7) years can undo Trump’s administrative changes, so I will continue to argue that in order to bring about real change in what is an extremely flawed system of admitting third worlders (they aren’t all legitimate refugees) permanently to the US, Congress will have to make changes in the law!

Will they have the guts in 2018 to tackle the USRAP? My guess is no (remember the Republican leadership is driven by the Chamber and its ilk and wants the compliant low wage workers for its donor corporations) unless you continue to demand that they do (and the President pushes it!).

At this point in time, I plan to continue your education about how the Refugee Program impacts your communities and your wallets because, frankly, it is now or never for abolishing (or if you prefer to say reforming) the system.

Top Posts!

Now to the Three Top (most read) Posts of 2017:

This top story just goes to show how much readers want to hear from people who are living with the problems created by a refugee program that ignores the views of citizens who must live with it. Tens of thousands of people read these blog posts:

Comment worth noting from St. Cloud, MN

Aberdeen update: Efforts abound in South Dakota to keep citizens in the dark about refugees

Repost: US Cases of refugees arrested or convicted on terror charges, and other heinous crimes

There were three most important ways readers came to RRW, first through search engines as readers were looking for ‘Refugee Resettlement Watch’ or ‘Ann Corcoran,‘ followed by facebook and then twitter—all three combining to send the most readers my way.

Top countries!

And, here (below in descending order) are the Top Ten Countries from which readers arrived at RRW in 2017.

I had some fun looking over the countries that sent readers to RRW for all time (WordPress only supplied that information a few years ago) and am delighted to report that of 195 countries in the world, only one was not represented.  That country was Western Sahara (Africa).  All other countries, including small Pacific island countries, had residents who visited RRW.

For 2017 (excluding the US):





South Africa






For new readers! 

Visit my mid-December round-up here to learn more about the rules of the road at RRW.

This post, and others like it, is filed in my ‘blogging’ category, here.  If you missed it, you might like to see the top ten posts of the last decade which I reported here last week.

Again, Happy New Year!

Posted in blogging, Reforms needed, Refugee Resettlement Program, Trump | Tagged: , | 4 Comments »

RRW: A decade in review!

Posted by Ann Corcoran on December 26, 2017


marching menEveryone is doing year-end reviews this week, and I’ll do a roundup on New Years Day for 2017, but I thought this would be interesting especially for new readers.

RRW launched in the summer of 2007 and here are the Top Ten most visited posts for the decade (in descending order):

Watch the death of Europe in 19 minutes…. (2015)

Amarillo, TX being destroyed by refugee overload (2016)

Why so many Somalis in Minneapolis? (2011)

In first six weeks of FY2016 we resettled 827 Somalis; all but one are Muslim (2015)

UNHCR data confirms it: 75% of the so-called refugees arriving in Europe are MEN (2015)

HUGE! Food stamp fraud bust in Baltimore, check out the names, see a pattern? (2016)

How did we get so many Somali refugees—the numbers are telling (2008)

Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota is responsible for the Somali chaos in St. Cloud (2015)

Dead Somali ISIS fighter had ties to Lewiston, Maine (2014)

Brussels is coming to a town near you! Time for a moratorium on Muslim migration to America! (2016)

Those above are the Top Ten most visited posts of the 8,922 posts archived here at RRW.

I encourage new readers to see the categories in the Left hand side bar, or use the search window with a few key words to learn more about how refugees are placed in America, where they are placed and the impact they are having on your community’s culture and security.

And, I think that we can conclude from the interest shown in certain posts that we all need to look to Europe as a model of what NOT to do about refugees and migration.

Posted in blogging, Changing the way we live, Colonization, Europe, Muslim refugees, Reforms needed, Refugee Resettlement Program | Tagged: | 2 Comments »

RRW Weekly Roundup for the week ending December 16, 2017

Posted by Ann Corcoran on December 17, 2017

I haven’t posted a weekly (or monthly) roundup for awhile because truthfully I find writing them boring!  Every day I get up and find many new and more appealing stories than the ones I wrote yesterday, last week, or last year and spend my limited time on those.

Merry Christmas

Unless something huge breaks in the next few weeks, expect a little slowdown in posting here at RRW. 

Today I have an ulterior motive (besides wishing you a Merry Christmas!) because I have used the roundups as opportunities to fill you in on basic logistical issues.  We have so many new readers that I must from time to time discuss some of those items.

But, first, below are the Top Three Posts of the past week (top posts over the last day are in the right hand sidebar which reminds me that you will get so much more from RRW by visiting the site directly by clicking here rather than relying on an e-mail subscription controlled (!) by wordpress).

Readers liked these posts the best over the last week:

The Rohingya narrative driven by ‘human rights activists’ is a big lie

Mormon church donates $5 million to nine federal refugee resettlement contractors

Canada’s Immigration Minister visits Minnesota and says, please don’t come across our southern border!


Top Ten Countries from which readers arrived in the last week in descending order (excluding the US of course):




South Africa







I’m guessing that Turkey and Kenya have broken in to the top ten because refugees/officials there are trying to figure out what is happening to them now that President Trump has slowed the flow out of those two big processing countries.

For new readers and old readers who might not know, here are those logistical issues I need to mention:

~I screen comments and I am pretty lousy at getting to them quickly.  As I said, I like reading and writing, but not the other things that go along with it.  Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy most comments, but know that I can’t read ones that come with many links, videos etc.  I screen out threats of violence and foul language and because it’s my blog sometimes I screen out points of view that I vehemently disagree with (no time to get in to a big back and forth!).

~I do appreciate everyone sending me e-mails, but I have blinders on and can only focus on ones that are pertinent to the subject I’m concentrating on.  If I tried to answer every e-mail I get, I would have to quit. I try really hard to work writing on refugees in to my life. If I have no other life then I would go nuts!  My e-mail address is

~I’ve been increasing my presence on twitter (@refugeewatcher) and on facebook (RefugeeInfoResource), so follow me there from time to time.  My facebook page is moderated jointly with an experienced facebooker (I’m not one!), so you might see things there that you don’t see here.  By the way, in the last week facebook sent the most readers to RRW followed by search engines and then twitter.

~Please explore RRW. There are informative links at the top of the page. There are categories in the left hand side bar. One of those categories is blogging and that is where all of my past roundups can be found.  And, since I’ve written almost 9,000 posts since 2007, use wordpress’s excellent search window using a few key words and I’m sure you will find some thing you didn’t know.

~And, last, thank you for gifts and notes of thanks and appreciation sent to my snail mail address in the left hand sidebar.  I don’t seek contributions because I’ve always looked at my work as my charitable gift to America, however I do appreciate your thoughtfulness.  But, remember RRW is not an organization, it is just me and my computer (no staff, no interns, no office!)

That’s all for now! Have a wonderful Christmas season!

Thank you for visiting RRW and come back soon!

Posted in blogging, Refugee Resettlement Program | Tagged: | 9 Comments »

RRW Monthly Roundup for October 2017

Posted by Ann Corcoran on November 1, 2017

I haven’t done a monthly (or weekly) roundup for awhile and that is mostly because I always have so many more interesting things I want to write about in the time I give to my ‘hobby.’

Screenshot (55)

Thanks again to the SPLC for the lovely artwork and the award last year. Is their new honorees list out yet? I may have missed it!

But, I figured it was about time to post a roundup because it gives me the opportunity to talk to new readers and remind old readers of how they can find information at RRW to get the most out of this educational website.

And, it gives me a place to apologize for my slowness in posting comments, for my inability to respond to all of your e-mails, and to thank you for sending notes, books and information to my snail mail post office box.

Accept my apologies if you have tried to reach me and have been unable to. 

LOL! Again! RRW is a one-woman blog not an organization with staff and interns!

Writing this roundup also gives me a chance to thank various media outlets/reporters who want to interview me, and apologize for my lack of enthusiasm to do it!  Sorry!

Here then are the Top Three Posts for the month of October for readers all over America and the world!

(Top posts of the last few days are in the right hand side bar, but these are the top three for the whole month!)

Comment worth noting from St. Cloud, MN

Pay attention! Your town could become St. Cloud too!

Greenfield: France is at war. That’s why there are soldiers in the streets.


I have readers from over 100 countries, but here are the Top Ten Countries excluding the USA from which visitors arrived here during the month of October 2017:

Screenshot (1036)


For new and old readers:

If you are getting my posts daily via e-mail, know that wordpress sends those out automatically when you have subscribed.  I can’t control that.  But, I think you are missing a lot when you depend on only those e-mails for refugee news.

When you visit RRW directly by clicking here, you get more bang for your (free) buck including some links in the header like Frequently Asked Questions.

By the way, if you are new to how blogs work, the most recent post I wrote is the first thing you see when you open the blog, you can scroll down to previous posts literally back to the beginning if you have a whole lot of time!

In the left hand column at the very top is a search window.  Type a couple of key words in there and find loads of information in some of my 8,798 previous posts extending back to 2007.

You can see how to try to reach me.  And, you can see my facebook page feed in the left hand column. Categories, archives and a blog roll are also in that column (but apologies for a very out-of-date blog roll!).

In the right hand column you can see data on refugee admissions for FY17 (that has just ended) and my mission statement.  Scrolling down you will see recent posts, top posts for the last few days and my twitter feed (@RefugeeWatcher).  I put a lot more on twitter than I post at RRW, so there is more news to use right there!

Thank you for continuing to follow RRW!

This post and all previous weekly and monthly roundups are archived in my ‘blogging’ category, here.


Posted in blogging, Refugee Resettlement Program | Tagged: | 2 Comments »

RRW is on facebook and twitter reaching thousands

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 3, 2017

Once in awhile a reader asks why I’m not on facebook or twitter. I’m on both!

At facebook, RRW has a special facebook page entitled ‘RefugeeInfoResource’ click here. I think you can join without being a formal ‘friend.’

That page has 46,642 likes as of this morning. See my top post there right now:

Screenshot (893)

Screenshot (894)

You might want to go there and see the comments!

On Twitter, I am @refugeewatcher here:

I know it’s small-potatoes to the real experts on twitter, but a couple of days ago I hit 100,000 impressions with over 12.3K followers. LOL! I have more followers than HIAS and LIRS (two multi-million $ federal refugee contractors masquerading as non-profit groups)!

Here are some of my top tweets in the last few weeks:

Screenshot (895)

Screenshot (897)

(The above are screenshots, so links are not hot.)

Join me on facebook and/or twitter!

Posted in blogging, free speech | Tagged: | 5 Comments »

%d bloggers like this: