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Obamacare applies to legal immigrants—all 150 varieties!

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 3, 2013

Obama: Have no fear! We’ve got your Obamacare instructions in 150 different languages!

Before you read this, here is my disclaimer:  Like most Americans, I don’t know what the heck Obamacare does or doesn’t do, but this is one supposed expert’s view on whether legal immigrants (although they may be non-citizens) must also sign-up for Obamacare.  Yes! says the expert (with some caveats!).

From About.com:

The Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, begins a period of open enrollment on Tuesday, Oct. 1, and immigrants will have to comply with the new law.

Immigrants with legal status — green card-holders, asylees, people with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) — are required to have health insurance coverage just like U.S. citizens.

For immigrants without legal status, nothing changes. Obamacare has nothing to offer unauthorized immigrants other than the status quo. Hospitals are still required to provide emergency room care to anyone who comes through their doors, regardless of immigration status, race or ethnicity.  [Caveat #1:  hospitals will still have to treat everyone and then try to squeeze the patient for payment later—-good luck with that!—ed]

Immigrants who have lived in the United States legally for at least five years and meet income requirements may be eligible to get Medicaid health coverage.  [Caveat #2:  A large number of legal refugees will just sign up for Medicaid, and probably not be truthful about income.—ed]

Are there penalties for immigrants who qualify to participate in the new system but don’t? Yes, immigrants are subject to fines, just like U.S. citizens. [Caveat #3: We keep hearing that the fines are so low that it’s better to pay the fine, but do they even file a tax return on which to be fined?—ed]

Fear not!  If you are a confused immigrant, Obama said two days ago, this is all you need to do:

…. there’s a hotline where you can apply over the phone and get help with the application, or just get questions that you have answered by real people, in 150 different languages.   So let me give you that number.  The number is 1-800-318-2596 — 1-800-318-2596.

If any of you speak another language well, why not call and see what is available in that language!

Posted in Changing the way we live, health issues, Obama, Refugee Resettlement Program, Taxpayer goodies | Tagged: , | 1 Comment »

Migrants, including refugees, evicted from tents under Indianapolis bridge

Posted by Ann Corcoran on August 28, 2013

So we do have migrant camps in America.

Indianapolis tent city where immigrants and refugees were living until a few days ago.

Although not all of the 60-plus evicted from under an Indiana bridge are immigrants, I’ve been wondering for some time if the overload of unemployable (for one reason or another) immigrants in the US would eventually lead to encampments like those we see in Israel and Europe.  And, then I wonder if those stories (like this one) ever reached the mainstream media would the average American get-it about the perils of open borders and unlimited immigration.

From the AP (hat tip: ‘pungentpeppers’):

INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis police arrested several homeless people Monday who ignored the city’s order to vacate a makeshift camp near the city’s downtown area where dozens of tents had been set up beneath a railroad bridge.

The bridge on downtown Indianapolis’ south side was home to about 24 tents, and about half the residents folded up their shelters and left in response to the city’s 9 a.m. removal order.

But city police arrested at least five people who refused to the leave and disposed of the remaining tents.

Maurice Young, the camp’s self-appointed caretaker, was taken into custody along with a handful of camp supporters. Young told The Indianapolis Star (http://indy.st/19TvijU ) all the city has done is disperse the homeless residents.

Mixed group of residents, many with mental illnesses, drug addictions:

Young said he and his supporters want individualized solutions but he said that since Indianapolis doesn’t offer that he and the others have chosen to live outside the city’s homeless shelter system and on their own terms.

He said the homeless camp’s population fluctuates, but until a few weeks ago 67 people lived in the camp.

After the city’s Department of Public Works posted signs Aug. 19 ordering the land to be vacated by Monday, he said that about 10 people moved out.

Those that stayed until Monday ranged in age from about 30 to 74 and included about 15 women, two of them pregnant, and 10 veterans. The others are immigrants or refugees from Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Liberia, Haiti, Jamaica and Mexico.

Young estimated about 80 percent have mental health issues, while others have addictions.

Indiana Overload!

For new readers, Indiana has had quite a problem with an overload of refugees especially in the Ft. Wayne area, although Indianapolis is also a “preferred” resettlement site.  Catholic Charities of Indianapolis is a primary refugee contractor there and I hope they have been contacted to see if any of their ‘clients’ have been living under the bridge.  Maybe the good Catholic parishioners of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis will take some of these destitute people into their homes?

Back in 2010, then Indiana Senator Richard Lugar requested a GAO study of the refugee program as a result of the lack of communication between the federal government/contractors on one side and local governments/citizens on the other who felt they were being swamped with refugees they couldn’t possibly afford to care for.  The GAO report is here and it is well worth your time to read it.  Whether it mattered one bit to the State Department and the ORR is not evident.

For more information type ‘Indiana’ or ‘Fort Wayne’ into our search function.

Posted in Changing the way we live, Refugee Resettlement Program, Resettlement cities, Your State | Tagged: , | 4 Comments »

Four Israelis arrested in Tel Aviv for beating African migrants

Posted by Ann Corcoran on August 28, 2013

The African “asylum-seekers” have been sleeping in a park in Tel Aviv.

African migrants sleep in Tel Aviv park.
Photo: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters

Regular readers know we have been following the on-going tension in Israel as thousands of mostly Africans came across the Egyptian border in recent years and asked for asylum.  The flow was slowed when Israel built a substantial border fence, but the political battles are on-going as to what to do with the thousands already there.

See our entire category on Israel and refugees for more.

Here is the story from the Jerusalem Post:

Four men driven by a hatred of foreigners beat and robbed African migrants in south Tel Aviv in recent months, before they were arrested Monday by Tel Aviv police.

Tel Aviv police said Tuesday that the four men operated in the neighborhoods of Hatikva, Shapira, and the area around the Central Bus Station. They would single out foreigners walking around these neighborhoods and then would attack them “using great cruelty” – police said – using bottles and sticks to beat them into submission.

Police said the robberies were of secondary interest to the men, who were driven by a hatred of foreigners and were looking to beat and terrorize them, robbing them as a sort of afterthought.

The men, all aged 22 and 21, are themselves residents of south Tel Aviv, and will be brought for a remand extension at the Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

In April, Tel Aviv police arrested five Israeli males, including two minors, for carrying out a series of attacks on Africans in south Tel Aviv.

Of course we don’t condone what these men have done, but frankly it is human nature to protect one’s territory so it’s not unexpected.   I think it has a name—Ethnic nationalism.  It is something the multiculturalists would like to stamp out permanently.

How long before we in the US have migrant camps like this one, and the ones in Germany, France, and Holland?

Addendum:  Here is an earlier story where an Israeli cabinet member says the migrants must be dispersed.

Posted in Africa, Asylum seekers, Community destabilization, Crimes, diversity's dark side, Israel and refugees, Who is going where | Tagged: , | 2 Comments »

Is Rush reading RRW?

Posted by Ann Corcoran on August 12, 2013

I caught a bit of Rush Limbaugh’s discussion today of the story we reported yesterday—-the one about “asylum-seekers” flooding the US border one day last week.  All said the same thing, that they wanted asylum because they had a credible fear of persecution by Mexican drug cartels.

Narco refugees!

This idea is not new.  I checked our archives and see that in 2012 we wrote about a Texas immigration lawyer working to expand the definition of asylum to include people some call “narco refugees.”    Immigration lawyers like Carlos Spector, and he is not alone, are looking to fatten their wallets while changing America.

Imagine if lawyers like this guy prevailed, we would have people on the border expecting to be granted asylum from every crime-ridden country in the world!

***Update*** Looks like the O-man has already expanded the definition, here.

***Update August 13th***Commenter to this post, pungentpeppers, alerts us to more on the story—we give them hotel rooms and all are not Mexicans!

Here (below) is some of what Rush had to say.  He doesn’t get all the nuances of the asylum process, but that doesn’t matter.  The words “asylum” and “refugee” were heard by millions of listeners who may in the future pay a little more attention to what I believe has been an immigration law (Refugee Resettlement Act of 1980 thanks to Carter, Kennedy, Biden) misused and abused by too many, for too long.

If Rush only knew that the ObamaGang of Eight amnesty bill will make receiving asylum easier and put more cash in the pockets of the refugee contractors whose job it is to hook the new refugees and asylees up with social services he would probably have a heart attack.  (See Rand Paul: “They bring’em in and sign’em up for welfare!).  And, don’t tell him those same contractors, largely funded with tax dollars, are also busy lobbying for passage of S.744!

Limbaugh:

“Just this past Monday, Border Patrol agents say about 200 people came through the Otay Crossing claiming a quote: ‘credible fear’ of the drug cartels.  So many were doing this that they had to close down the processing center and move the overflow by vans to another station.  ‘They are being told if they come across the border, when they come up to the border and they say certain words, they  will be allowed into the country,’ said a person who did not want to be identified on camera.  ‘We are being overwhelmed.’  Pete Nunez, former U.S. Attorney and immigration expert says, ‘This will swamp the system.’ ‘To make our system even more ridiculous than it has been in the  past,” he adds.  ‘There are no detention facilities for families, so the family would have to be split up. We don’t want to split families up, so we end up releasing people,'” out into the wild, essentially.

So what this essentially is, folks, is refugee status.  And refugee status is about the best status you can have, living in America.  Being a refugee is right up there with being a citizen, because benefits for refugees include food stamps, housing vouchers, English language training, job training, transportation passes, Medicaid, supplemental security income assistance, SSI, as well as other public and private benefits.  I mean, the Tsarnaev family were refugees.  They landed in America either at Logan or JFK, and they claimed asylum.  And that’s all you have to do.

Now, theoretically you’re kept track of, but if you come in claiming oppression, political asylum or, in this case, a credible fear of the drug cartels, then you’re admitted.  And somebody has come up with this idea.  Now, it’s not known who, obviously, but somebody’s come up with this.  What are the odds that whoever has come up with this is either a Democrat or a Democrat activist?

And then he said this—-the Syrians are coming!

Now, look, we’re already taking in thousands upon thousands of Mexicans and Hispanics, and there’s a companion story here about Syrian refugees are now pouring into the United States.  And there hadn’t been anything signed.  There’s no new immigration bill.  All this happened, the Republicans didn’t sign on to some 1,000 page bill.  There are plenty of laws on the books to overwhelm the country with new immigrants without any amnesty bill taking place.  So while we’re all debating that, this new influx just continues.

That is right!

Read it all!  Limbaugh links this story to one about taxpaying Americans fleeing the country.

Posted in Asylum seekers, Changing the way we live, Community destabilization, Obama, Refugee Resettlement Program, The Opposition | Tagged: , , | 5 Comments »

Catholic Church in Chicago to sponsor two refugee families

Posted by Ann Corcoran on August 3, 2013

O.K. So what is so interesting about that?

They are talking about raising $1600 privately to sponsor a family for the first three months, and that is about what Catholic Charities or the Bishops get per family from the US taxpayer.  So does this mean that since the local church will sponsor for three months, the local Catholic Charities contractor gets to pocket what they got from the feds for the same family?

I’ve been an advocate for private sponsorship from the earliest days of writing this blog, HOWEVER, my plan would leave the contractor-middleman (in this case some bureaucracy of the Church out of it), and my reform suggestion is that the family be supported privately for a year or two (three months is hardly time enough to find a job and be self-sufficient) with NO dependence on taxpayer-funded social services.  In that way, the parishioners wishing to help a family would be doing so out of a purely private charitable motivation and there would be a heightened opportunity for the family to truly assimilate.

Here is the story from Chicago.  Again, does this mean the funds received by the contractor for this family can be pocketed?

RIVERSIDE – Earlier this year, St. Mary Parish of Riverside started an initiative to help refugee families resettling in Chicago become self-sufficient in three months by providing housing, job opportunities, financial support and a medium to develop relationships with the church’s parishioners.

St. Mary Parish began its Refugee Sponsorship Committee in March in collaboration with the Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement program and plans to help resettle two families by the end of this year.

It needs to raise $1,600 per family to be able to supply services, including a welcome pack, subsidized rent for 90 days, an apartment in Rodgers Park, financial help and assistance in finding a job.

The church has raised $1,556 so far and has furniture in storage for the potential apartment.

“The goal is to ease [them] in,” Dalia Rocotello, a member of the Refugee Sponsorship Committee said.

To be clear, my plan would naturally limit the number of refugees entering the US by the amount of private charity available for their care until they are truly on their feet.

Posted in Reforms needed, Refugee Resettlement Program, Taxpayer goodies | Tagged: , , , | 3 Comments »

Iranian TV calling Mali conflict “the French war on Mali;” blame the French for refugee crisis

Posted by Ann Corcoran on January 25, 2013

This is actually funny if it weren’t so serious.

“French War on Mali increases Refugees,” from Press TV (Official Iranian English language news outlet):

The number of Malian people crossing into neighboring countries goes on to rise amid the French-led war on Mali.

According to reports by the United Nations, over 4,000 Malian refugees have arrived in Mauritania alone since January 11, when France launched a war on Mali under the pretext of halting the advance of fighters in the country.

Just some random fighters?  Not Jihadists trying to control the country?

They go on to tell readers about the terrible plight of refugees created by the FRENCH.

And, why did France launch this war?  To steal the resources of Mali, what else?

Press TV:

Some political analysts believe that Mali’s abandoned natural resources, including gold and uranium reserves, could be one of the reasons behind the French war.

If you missed it last Saturday we reported that a Leftist agitation group in Illinois is already calling for temporary refugee status for Malians already in the US, here.

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Mali: Muslim “rebels” creating more refugees on the move in Africa

Posted by Ann Corcoran on January 19, 2013

Here we go again (from StarAfrica.com):

A statement from the UNHCR quoted its spokesperson Melissa Fleming during a news briefing in Geneva on Friday as saying that a further 700 000 people may be displaced by the fresh wave of violence to hit the landlocked West African country as a foreign intervention force engage the rebels who have been in control of northern Mali since April 2012.

“We believe there could be in the near future an additional 300,000 displaced inside Mali and up to 400 000 additional displaced people in neighbouring countries as a result of the unrest” Fleming remarked.

According to her horrific, accounts of amputations and executions have been reported in Islamist-controlled regions of Mali, with claims suggesting that some civilians were being lured with large sums of money to defend the territories from the onslaught by Malian troops backed by French ground forces and airstrikes.

She also said there were reports of children fighting within the ranks of the rebels who continue to put up stiff resistance against intervention forces.

Close to 200, 000 displaced Malians have fled to neighbouring Mauritania, Niger, Burkina Faso and Algeria since the conflict began in March 2012 with over 300, 000 more internally displaced.

Will Samantha Power and her “responsibility to protect” get us into this conflict too?

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Canada: Supreme Court hearing refugee/war crimes case

Posted by Ann Corcoran on January 17, 2013

They are busy, busy, busy in Canada these days with refugee issues.  Yesterday it was the announcement that Canada would take 5000 more Iraqis and Iranians to make Turkey happy, and today the Supreme Court will hear an important case.

Here is the story (from Canada.com):

OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada will hear a case Thursday that grapples with how to determine just who is culpable for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Rachidi Ekanza Ezokola, a former high-level diplomat with the Democratic Republic of Congo, was originally denied refugee status after he fled to Montreal with his family because he was found to be complicit by association with the crimes committed by the war-torn African country.

It will be the first time since 1999 that the Supreme Court is considering the interpretation of provisions of a United Nations refugee convention that denies refugee status to people who are associated with war crimes and crimes against humanity – provisions upon which hundreds of refugee cases in Canada are decided, said Lorne Waldman, the president of the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers.

Sheesh!  They have a whole Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers, I wonder if we have such an association?

Read it all.  The “humanitarians” are on Ezokola’s side, no surprise there.

I bet there are war criminals sprinkled throughout the US refugee population. 

Those two Iraqis convicted of terrorism charges in Kentucky would, in my view, fit the definition.  Oh, but then again, they only killed Americans so that doesn’t count I suppose.

But, this case from New Hampshire of a refugee woman (Beatrice Munyenyezi) charged with lying about her role in genocide in Rwanda is pretty stunning.  We paid for her resettlement and then she cost us millions in court costs for a couple of very expensive trials.  Looks like her next trial, that had been scheduled for last October, will be happening in March? in Concord, NH.

Posted in Asylum seekers, Canada, Crimes, diversity's dark side, Refugee Resettlement Program | Tagged: , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Speaking of “preferred communities,” Erie, PA is to get 600 more refugees in 2013

Posted by Ann Corcoran on January 6, 2013

The FY 2013 refugee spigot is open and we are beginning to see reports about how many refugees might be coming your way this year.  Obama is aiming for 70,000 new Democrat voters in need of social services for FY 2013.   Yesterday I told you that Erie was a “preferred community” for refugee resettlement and has been for over ten years.

Back in 2008 there was some ‘funny money business’ going on with the International Institute in Erie (an USCRI subcontractor) but they must have gotten their problems solved when they canned the director.  And, they must be over the squabbles there between the resettlement contractors.

Below is the short news story that gives us two bits of information in addition to the notice about the large number of refugees the city is expected to absorb.    First, most are Bhutanese which definitely means we have decided to go beyond the original 60,000 Bush-approved Bhutanese/Nepalis we were taking from camps in Nepal.

And, the second thing you should know is that this demonstrates exactly how your city gets overloaded.  The resettlement contractors, here the International Institute of Erie and Catholic Charities, are paid to process-in the family members of the original seed population they initially resettled.  They are paid by the head so there is an incentive to find more family members to import.

“Welcoming” Erie:

More than 600 refugees will start calling Erie home in 2013.

Erie’s two refugee resettlement agencies, the International Institute of Erie and the local branch of Catholic Charities, expect to serve a total of 650 refugees in the 2013 fiscal year, officials with those agencies said.

The vast majority of the new arrivals will be Bhutanese, coming to Erie by way of refugee camps in Nepal, said Nandu Subedi, resettlement program leader for Catholic Charities in Erie.

The U.S. government approved the entry of Bhutanese refugees in 2007, and they started arriving in Erie in mid-2008, Subedi said. They’ve been arriving steadily every year since, about 600 to 800 annually, he said.

Since the start of the 2013 fiscal year in October, Catholic Charities has settled 49 refugees, all but six of them from Bhutan.

“A lot of their relatives are already settled here and the others like to move to where their friends and family are,” Subedi said.  [And the US taxpayer pays us to accommodate the refugees’ desires and bring in the families, including the old grandmas in need of social security—ed]

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IRC needs volunteers (but not at this exact moment) to help refugees navigate the US health care system

Posted by Ann Corcoran on December 26, 2012

I actually started to write another post this morning also involving refugee health care—mental illness again, but it’s a post requiring some bit of additional work, and I’ve run out of steam today.  So just so you know I’m not on an extended break, this is a quick little post I can throw up here without too much work (or, that is what I thought before I launched!).

It is a VOLUNTEER job announcement from probably the biggest of the federal resettlement contractors—the International Rescue Committee (where its head honcho makes more than Obama makes!).*  It is for a VOLUNTEER job, sort of, at some time in the future, but they want your information now.  Hat tip: FeFe

Remember as you read this that the IRC is so concerned about the issue of tracking your VOLUNTEER hours because they turn those into the feds for cash (for them!) in a “match grant” program.  Cool huh!

Here is the ad for Baltimore, MD (I’ve emphasized the things I don’t want you to miss):

Special Needs Health Volunteer
Sector: Health
Location: US – MD – Baltimore
Employee Type: Volunteer
Employee Category: Part Time

Description

Dear perspective volunteer,
Please note that we are not currently seeking volunteers in this position for the time being. Please consider other volunteer or internship opportunities, and be in touch with any questions.
This is an unpaid volunteer position. [in case you haven’t gotten that message yet—ed]

Purpose: Special Needs Health Volunteers are paired up with refugees and asylees who have specific health needs which may inhibit their ability to become self-sufficient in their new environment. Health concerns of clients in this category may include: disabilities, mental illness, pregnancy, severe hypertension, TB, and malnutrition. Health volunteers will provide one-on-one follow-up and counseling in order to help clients navigate the US healthcare system, ensure quality care for the client, and provide basic health education.  [Did you know we are taking TB refugee cases?—ed]

Possible Responsibilities [Does anyone do this for poverty-stricken Americans?—ed]

• Provide consistent follow-up care for special health needs of clients
Help clients to find health resources which best meet their needs
• As needed, help clients make medical appointments
• As needed, accompany clients to medical appointments
Ensure clients understand treatment instructions
• As appropriate, provide basic preventative health counseling
Ensure clients are receiving quality and dignified healthcare

IRC HEALTH VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS [Did we mention this was a volunteer job?—ed]

High level of cultural sensitivity
Commitment of at least four months of volunteering, 1-5 hours per week
Agreement to background check and background check fee (no more than $18.50)
Participation in health volunteer orientation and training
Diligence in keeping track of volunteer hours and communication with IRC staff through volunteer time  [The IRC must get its payment from the federal government for YOUR volunteer time.—ed]

IRC HEALTH VOLUNTEER PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
Work and/or educational experience in public health, nursing, health services, international health, or other health-related field
Ability to follow-through with long-term, detail-oriented projects

If you are interested, please contactkafiya.ismail@rescue.org.

IRC leading the way from harm to home. [cute, huh!—ed]
IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.

* Now check it out!  The IRC (which wants your nursing services for free) is a $431 million dollar organization which gets $247 million from YOU, the taxpayer (page 9 of their most recent Form 990, here).  And, guess where you have to go to find out the salaries being paid at the IRC?  Page 254 of their 299-page Form 990.  George Rupp, their head honcho makes a cool $447,432 in salary and benefits which beats Obama’s $400,000 salary!

It’s called doing well by doing good!  Maybe Rupp should be required to handle the TB patients!

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