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Posts Tagged ‘UNHCR’

First FY19 refugees arrive, mostly Africans distributed to 12 states

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 10, 2018

Update October 11th:  35 more came since yesterday. 21 of those were from the DR Congo. Total 108 refugees since October 1.

We told you yesterday that President Trump signed the Memorandum (the Presidential Determination) capping refugee admissions for FY19 which began on October 1 at 30,000.

A total of 73 were admitted yesterday in the first group.

DR Congolese refugees truck

In 2013, the UN asked Obama’s State Department to take 50,000 from the DR Congo over five years. More than 45,000 have arrived so far.  The Trump State Department is continuing their resettlement to American towns and cities.

The vast majority (57) are from the DR Congo.

As we previously reported President Trump’s State Department is prioritizing Africans.

I reported here in 2013 that Obama told the UN we would take 50,000 from the DR Congo over five years.  We have surpassed 45,000 so far and I will keep you posted about when we go over the 50,000 Obama promised.

I have said repeatedly on these pages that we must get the UN out of the business of choosing our refugees.  If we are going to take refugees, let’s choose them ourselves!

We aren’t going to solve Africa’s overpopulation and poverty problems by siphoning off ten thousand (or more) each year.

There are 14 from Afghanistan and two Syrians in this first wave.  Nine of the total 73 are Muslims, the remainder are various Christian sects with six from Afghanistan claiming no religion. The two Syrians being placed in Michigan are Muslims.

Below is a map from Wrapsnet showing the states that are ‘welcoming’ refugees in the first ten days of this fiscal year.

Ohio received the most with 16. The top five states were Ohio, Arizona, Vermont, California and Georgia.

 

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Posted in Africa, Changing the way we live, Christian refugees, Muslim refugees, Obama, Reforms needed, Refugee Resettlement Program, Refugee statistics, Trump, Trump Watch!, Where to find information, Who is going where | Tagged: , , | 9 Comments »

UN High Commissioner for Refugees: Politics driving EU migration debate

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 2, 2018

Duh! No kidding!

Invasion of Europe news….

UNHCR Filippo Grandi:

“Responsibility-sharing has been replaced by responsibility-shedding.”

Clever phrase by Grandi but a whole lot of average Europeans (Americans too!) are asking why it is their responsibility to save the African continent.

 

Grandi with Soros

UNHCR Grandi glad-handing with Soros! Oh happy day!   https://refugeeresettlementwatch.wordpress.com/2017/12/04/israel-ready-to-deport-thousands-to-africa-un-furious/

 

From the Malta Independent:

UN refugee chief says Med migrant rescues ‘taken hostage’ by politics

 

The head of the U.N. refugee agency says returns home among the millions of Syrians living abroad are few, and insists that rescues on the Mediterranean Sea have been “taken hostage by politics” — and must be restored.

Aquarius 2

58 migrants who had been kept out at sea for days have now disembarked in a deal that will divide the group four ways.  France, Germany, Portugal and Spain will share them as Italy refused to let the Aquarius 2 dock.      https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2018/09/30/58-Aquarius-migrants-disembark-in-Malta/4651538326085/

Filippo Grandi also urged Myanmar’s government to do more to create the conditions for Rohingya Muslims to return home. Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have fled to neighboring Bangladesh to escape a bloody crackdown since August last year.

The wide-ranging address by Grandi at UNHCR’s annual executive committee meeting on Monday comes as the European Union has been riven by discord over how to handle an influx of migrants in recent years — though the rate has dropped off from a record high in 2015.

The new government in Italy, which has taken a stricter line on migrants, has refused to allow in some boats that retrieved desperate people who left from Libya, dropping the dilemma of whether to take them in on fellow EU countries like France and Spain.

Grandi, who is Italian, appealed to Europe to preserve its asylum policies. He noted that Libya — the main launch point for migrants hoping to cross the Mediterranean — has strengthened its coast guard in recent months, but not its other institutions.

As a result, more would-be migrants and refugees have been getting forcibly returned to Libya, and “that means more and more people exposed to exploitation and detention — in horrific conditions.”

“Responsibility-sharing has been replaced by responsibility-shedding,” Grandi said, alluding to the EU squabbles. “Pushing people away cannot be the answer, and negotiating disembarkation boat by boat, even when successful, is not a good option.”

Go here for more.

See my ‘Invasion of Europe’ archive here.

And, don’t miss Hillary cackling about killing Qaddafi and bringing down the Libyan government which allowed Libya to become the invasion gateway to Europe.

Posted in Africa, Changing the way we live, Muslim refugees, Who is going where | Tagged: , , , , , | 4 Comments »

CIS: Why are we participating in UN refugee compact?

Posted by Ann Corcoran on September 26, 2018

By all accounts (from people I politically agree with!) Trump gave a great speech at the UN yesterday. And, although we stepped back from one of two new compacts related to refugees under construction in the world body, we participate in this one.  (See here that Trump removed us from a second UN compact deliberation.)

Trump at UN 2018

President Trump gave America First speech at the UN yesterday.

Writing at the Center for Immigration Studies, Nayla Rush, tells us what is wrong with the deliberations that would actually expand the protection the 1951 Refugee Convention presently offers to supposedly only legitimate refugees.

(See wikipedia for more on the 1951 Convention and don’t miss the definition of who is a ‘refugee.’)

In my view, these negotiations are one more way to expand the definition of what constitutes a ‘refugee’ which then would allow more people from the third world to move to the first without them having to prove that they would be persecuted if returned home.

By the way, this discussion of a new refugee compact was launched at Obama’s UN pow-wow in the fall of 2016 when they all were assuming Hillary was moving to the Oval!

Here is the news and analysis at the Center for Immigration Studies:

U.S. Continues to Back UN Refugee Compact that Contradicts Administration Goals

Despite announcing a lower refugee-resettlement ceiling for the coming fiscal year, the Trump administration continues to support the UN’s Global Compact on Refugees, which is in total contradiction to the administration’s refugee policies.

The final text of the Global Compact on Refugees was released late July. This refugee compact was expected to be adopted by UN member states (including the United States) at the 73rd General Assembly in New York later this week; but the vote is now expected to take place in December. The UN refugee compact seeks for more resettlement places while using expedited processing modalities; facilitating access to family reunification for resettled refugees and encouraging complementary pathways for refugees through private sponsorship programs (such as student scholarships, employment opportunities etc.) that would be additional to regular resettlement and are harder to monitor.

The Trump administration, on the other hand, announced the FY 2019 refugee ceiling of 30,000***, down from 45,000 for 2018 (both ceilings count as the lowest ceiling determinations since the creation of the refugee resettlement program following the Refugee Act of 1980). The reasoning behind such low ceilings is two-fold: Improving the screening and vetting of resettlement candidates (which means slower admissions) and reducing the untenable asylum backlog by reassigning refugee officers to asylum cases.

The Trump administration’s continued commitment to the UN agreement is puzzling.

Beware COMPLEMENTARY PATHWAYS!

Volker Turk

The UN wants to tell member states HOW THEY MUST SHARE THE BURDEN!

UNHCR’s Protection head, Volker Türk, insisted on the need for a new international agreement on refugees other than the 1951 Refugee Convention.

According to him, the 1951 convention, while focusing on rights of refugees and obligations of states, does not deal with international cooperation; it “does not specify how you share the burden and responsibility, and that’s what the global compact does. It responds to one of the major gaps we have faced for decades.” Türk added: “Also, we would aim [through the Global Compact on Refugees] to get more resettlement places and find more ways refugees can move to third countries – such as through family reunification, student scholarships, or humanitarian visas, so that refugees can travel safely (what we call ‘complementary pathways’).”

You can readily see how the UN wants an expansion of the definition of the 1951 definition of refugee protection to family members (who may not be legitimate refugees in their own right), students, and whatever that broad new category called humanitarian visas might allow.

Rush has many more details, click here to read it all.

I’m assuming the Trump Administration stayed involved in this series of meetings so they would continue to be informed.  I guess we will find out in a few months how serious the President is about not letting the rest of the world dictate who the ‘new Americans’ will be.

***I’ve been arguing for a refugee cap of zero for the coming year.  It would be the only way to force Congress to review the program with an eye to serious reform.  I would argue that the United Nations should be completely removed from our decisions on who comes to America and who doesn’t.  

At the present time the UN is dictating that we take the DR Congolese and the Burmese Rohingya. Before that it was the Bhutanese camps they wanted cleared and we said ‘yes master’ and did it! They pushed heavily for us to take the Syrian Muslims from their camps too, but Trump managed to stop that.

If we are going to take any refugees, we should demand that we pick only those we want!

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

Case of Iraqi refugee linked to ISIS exposes failed vetting system under Obama

Posted by Ann Corcoran on August 28, 2018

Ameen

The UN helped pick him for US resettlement!

Nayla Rush writing at the Center for Immigration Studies poses a wide range of questions about how a man with two arrest warrants in Iraq got in to the US from Turkey in 2014, received extensive benefits from the US taxpayer, and lived here until now undetected.

Entitled:

Follow-Up Questions on Omar Ameen’s Refugee Resettlement Case

 

I have chosen two questions to highlight the fact that we allow the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and a non-profit Catholic group to do the initial screening of refugees entering the US from Turkey.

BTW, during Obama’s term in office, Turkey was the second highest processing country for refugees entering the US after Kenya.

Do you trust those two agencies to decide who your new neighbors will be?

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Posted in Changing the way we live, Crimes, diversity's dark side, Immigration fraud, Iraqi refugees, Obama, Reforms needed, Refugee Resettlement Program, Trump | Tagged: , , , , | 2 Comments »

UNHCR meets in Switzerland: Gap widens between numbers of needy people and welcoming countries

Posted by Ann Corcoran on June 26, 2018

What else is new!

I’ve been following this issue for over ten years and I have never seen the UNHCR report anything but doom and gloom—more people than ever (every year!) need to be resettled in a better country than the one they left. Nothing changes while the US taxpayer foots most of the bill!***

unhcr headquarters in Geneva

UNHCR headquarters in Geneva. American taxpayers! This is your building!

 

And, heck, we haven’t yet reached the “migrant apocalypse” stage yet.

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Posted in Africa, Colonization, Community destabilization, Reforms needed, Refugee Resettlement Program, Taxpayer goodies, Trump, Where to find information, Who is going where | Tagged: | 4 Comments »

Time to take fraud in US Refugee Program more seriously; where is Congress?

Posted by Ann Corcoran on May 30, 2018

A former foreign service officer who worked in several capacities in the US Refugee Admissions Program around the world speaks from first hand experience when she says it is past time—way past time—for Congress to investigate the program.

After outlining examples of fraud that have been identified, Mary Doetsch says this at the Daily Caller:

It’s Time For Congress To Restore The Integrity Of The US Refugee Program

Perhaps even more disturbing than the actual fraud is the fact that this type of investigation is the exception rather than the norm. For decades, little heed has been paid to program’s extensive fraud.

unhcr sudan

Doetsch doesn’t say it, but I will. As a first step, let’s take the UN out of the process and if we are going to resettle refugees, let’s use American experts to make the decisions. Will save us a bundle of money too!

As a former refugee coordinator who served throughout the Middle East, Africa, Russia and Cuba, I saw first-hand the flagrant abuses and scams that permeate the refugee program. I witnessed widespread exploitation and misuse, from identity fraud to marriage and family relation scams, and from private individuals profiting from their involvement in USRAP to distortion of the actual refugee definition to ensure greater numbers of people who are really migrants are admitted as refugees.

During my own time working in this program, I watched USRAP continue to expand unchecked, seemingly without concern for whether it served the best interests of its own citizens or the country.

While refugee admissions have been declining under the Trump administration, there has been almost no focus on programmatic fraud. Midway into the 2018 fiscal year, just over a quarter of the 45,000 individuals proposed in the FY18 refugee ceiling had entered the country. This slow-down in admissions may reduce some fraud, but without structural reform, it cannot be eliminated.

Too many government officials, often under the guise of humanitarianism, have continued to disregard both the external “pay-to-play bribery schemes” of the UN along with the internal fraud within USRAP operations. The once admirable refugee program has lost its integrity and must be reformed. The USRAP is in need of a complete overhaul and it’s time for Congress to take the lead.

Read it all here.

Good luck trying to get Congress to do anything.

See what Ms. Doetsch said back in February 2017 in response to Trump’s announcement of restrictions to refugee resettlement from certain countries.

This morning as I see CNN crowing about how Trey Gowdy says the FBI did no wrong in planting someone in the Trump campaign, I am reminded of how the chicken! (yes Gowdy!) never lifted a finger to try to get to the bottom of the problems with the USRAP when he was chairman of the subcommittee responsible for overseeing the program.

Posted in Changing the way we live, Colonization, Community destabilization, Crimes, Immigration fraud, Reforms needed, Refugee Resettlement Program, Trump | Tagged: , , , , | 4 Comments »

UN closes refugee resettlement program in Sudan while corruption investigation proceeds

Posted by Ann Corcoran on May 18, 2018

Two days ago I told you that the UN High Commissioner for Refugees office in Sudan is being investigated (by the UN) for possible fraud in the selection process for refugees heading to mostly the US. 

There are allegations that bribes are being paid to influence the selection of certain refugees over others.

unhcr sudan

Now comes news that the program is being shuttered at least temporarily.

And, in case you are wondering, after lobbying from the UAE, Trump did drop Sudan from the travel restriction list, see here.

Where is Homeland Security, is it time to have a look at the 652 Sudanese who got in to the US in calendar year 2017 (Wrapsnet)?

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Posted in Africa, Changing the way we live, Crimes, diversity's dark side, Immigration fraud, Muslim refugees, Reforms needed, Refugee Resettlement Program, Trump, Where to find information, Who is going where | Tagged: , | Comments Off on UN closes refugee resettlement program in Sudan while corruption investigation proceeds

Corruption and bribery alleged in UN refugee office in Sudan

Posted by Ann Corcoran on May 16, 2018

And, the allegations are coming from a humanitarian publication under the UN umbrella.

Why do you care?

Because the UN High Commissioner for Refugees is the first stop for most refugees coming to your towns. (We took 53 from Sudan in the last 7 months). 

This is just more evidence that the US State Department should be cutting the umbilical cord to the United Nations Refugee Program. If we are going to be taking refugees from third world hell holes we should be doing the choosing and the processing without UN ‘help.’

(Don’t miss the chart below showing the UN as the first step in the screening of refugees to be your new neighbors!)

You know this is going on everywhere!

 

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Posted in Changing the way we live, Crimes, diversity's dark side, Immigration fraud, Reforms needed, Refugee Resettlement Program, Trump, What you can do | Tagged: , , , | 10 Comments »

Why is it our job to clean out UN refugee camps?

Posted by Ann Corcoran on April 10, 2018

And, why is the Trump Administration continuing refugee resettlement started for no other reason (by George Bush and Barack Obama) than to please the UN?

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Obama Secretary of State for PRM, Anne Richard with then UNHCR, now Secretary General of the UN Guterres, decided that the US should take 50,000 from the DR Congo.

Previous presidents jumped to the UN piper’s tune and said sure, the US will step up to take the Bhutanese and the DR Congolese because the UN asked us to.

These people were not our responsibility, no one could say we caused the problems that resulted in their care by the UN.

We have no strategic interest or reason other than to make the UN happy (and some big employers who want the cheap labor, the Dems who want voters and the contractors who want the payola!).

(By the way, there are other examples of cleaning out camps and of course the largest over the years have been the UN camps in Kenya, but the numbers have dramatically slowed in the last year, not so for the two I’m writing about now.  And, of course the UN has no interest in cleaning out the Palestinian camps and sending those people to other Arab countries.)

 

DR Congo express to America….

map DR Congo

The largest ethnic group of refugees coming to the US right now are DR Congolese. In the first 6 months of this fiscal year (’18) we admitted 2,569.

In 2013 the Obama State Department told the UN High Commissioner for Refugees that we would take 50,000 from the DR Congo over five years.

Checking Wrapsnet just now, I see that we have taken 40,899 since that promise was made, however going back to FY10, I see we are now at 49,476.  

Will the flow ever stop?

Based on the Bush Bhutanese deal, the answer is likely NO!

Nearly 100,000 Bhutanese scattered across America…

In 2006 we told the UN we would take 60,000 Bhutanese off their hands over five years.

These displaced people are really Nepali people that were kicked out of Bhutan and Nepal wouldn’t take them back.

map nepal and bhutan

Other western countries promised to take another 30,000.

Here in 2015 the UN reported on its “success” at that point in time:

A core group of eight countries came together in 2007 to create this opportunity for Bhutanese refugees to begin new lives: Australia (5,554), Canada (6,500), Denmark (874), New Zealand (1002), the Netherlands (327), Norway (566), the United Kingdom (358) and the United States of America (84,819).

Now 10 years after Bush Asst. Secretary of State Ellen Sauerbrey said we would take 60,000, we are at 95,841 (as of today). 

In the last 6 months, an additional 1,925 ‘refugees’ of Nepali origin that we call Bhutanese were resettled across the country.  I have to laugh because the total number in 2006 was 108,000 and between the US and other countries we have far surpassed that number now, so it begs the question—have more people arrived at the camps looking for resettlement in recent years?  (See one of my many posts on fuzzy math!)

Here is where 95,481 have been place in the US in just 10 years!

 

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The numbers are difficult to read even in the original.  The top five ‘welcoming’ states are Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, New York and Georgia.  And, can you believe it, Hawaii, the state that is hankering for more diversity got zip!

 

I don’t believe there is a law that says we must take refugees that the UN wants us to take!

And, thus, I think it is time that the Trump Administration distanced itself from the dictates of the United Nations.  In fact, maybe it is time to do more than that! Let’s take the lead in rethinking the entire 1951 UN Refugee Convention.

Surely, if we are going to offer ‘welcome’ to legitimate refugees, we have smart people who would know how to pick the most worthy candidates and not just take in ethnic groups wholesale because the UN tells us we must!

See Nayla Rush writing at the Center for Immigration Studies about the haphazard choices being made (even under Donald Trump!).

See my archive on the Bhutanese by clicking here.  The thing that has brought them to the media’s attention over the years is the fact that they have a high suicide rate in America.  In fact, for years leading up to 2006, they steadfastly maintained that they did not want to be “scattered to the four winds.”

Contact the White House, tell the President:  As your Administration prepares refugee plans for the coming fiscal year, stop asking how high, when the UN says jump!  We will pick our own refugees, thank you very much!

Posted in Changing the way we live, Colonization, Reforms needed, Refugee Resettlement Program, Refugee statistics, Trump, What you can do, Who is going where | Tagged: , , , , , | 7 Comments »

Australian Home Minister: Time to rethink 1951 UN Refugee Convention

Posted by Ann Corcoran on April 8, 2018

Whoa! Now that would shake up the No Borders International Left for sure!

Peter Dutton is talking about the 1951 Refugee Convention that is under the control of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

Trump at UN 2

Yes! Let’s push for an end to the UN Convention. Each country should make its own immigration policy!

He has a point!

Resettlement is not possible for the millions of migrants moving around the world, so why not create a better system to care for them where they are!

In fact, President Donald Trump told the United Nations this very thing on September 19, 2017 (see here).

But, the time is now and that means we should be on the offense and question the very underpinning of a system that is dangerously flawed, erodes national sovereignty, and is costly!

From The Guardian:

The home affairs minister, Peter Dutton, says “like-minded” countries [like the US!—ed] should come together to review the relevance of the 1951 United Nations refugee convention, arguing the document is outdated and does not account for the modern movement of people.

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Peter Dutton:  Is the 1951 Refugee Convention relevant today?

In a wide-ranging interview with Guardian Australia conducted on Tuesday, Dutton flagged a reluctance to allow the elderly family members of immigrants to come to Australia, and a desire to incentivise new arrivals to move to regional communities. He also reaffirmed the country’s commitment to a nondiscriminatory immigration policy.

Dutton said he agreed with statements made by the British prime minister, Theresa May, and others suggesting the UN convention relating to the status of refugees could be modernised “or at least an update of the way in which the convention works and what it provides for”.

He said countries’ efforts to resettle refugees were “token” given the numbers of displaced people, and argued offering support to refugee camps would be more effective than resettling a small portion of the refugee population.

Continue reading here.  See that he backtracked on earlier remarks about saving white South Africans.

Contact the White House!

Tell the President to go on the offense and push for dumping the 1951 UN Refugee Convention.

If nothing else, a debate on the issue would be extremely useful and might even force our do-nothing Congress to reevaluate the Refugee Act of 1980—a law that has over time allowed the UN to call the shots on who comes to the US as refugees.

See my Australia category by clicking here.

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