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Posts Tagged ‘United Nations’

US has greatest number of asylum claims of any country in world, far surpassing Germany!

Posted by Ann Corcoran on June 21, 2018

I’ve been warning that the US must not become Germany, but this morning I see that we are there already! 

Merkel and Trump

Dear Donald: Follow Angela Merkel’s lead on asylum seekers at your great peril!

Before I give you the latest news about the numbers, you need to know that asylum is just another side of the refugee coin.

The only difference is that, in the case of refugees we admit through the US Refugee Admissions Program, we screen them (supposedly), pick them up abroad, and fly them to the US.

In the case of asylum seekers, they get to the US on their own initiative and then ask for asylum and that is what is happening at the southern border this very minute—-tens of thousands claiming they are entitled to asylum.

(For those who are scratching your heads and asking why we aren’t just loading them up and sending them back across the border, if they claim asylum (as per the 1951 UN Convention on the Status of Refugees), we must hear their claims.  They are all being trained by Leftist handlers to ask for asylum.)

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Posted in Asylum seekers, Europe, Immigration fraud, Reforms needed, Refugee Resettlement Program, Trump | Tagged: , , , | 9 Comments »

White South Africans petition Trump to allow them to migrate to US

Posted by Ann Corcoran on March 4, 2018

Increasingly news is coming out of South Africa that white farmers are being murdered in ever greater numbers and the government there has made the first moves toward confiscating their prime agricultural lands.

 

white crosses SA

Crosses represent white farmers killed in a campaign of ethnic cleansing. Be sure to see Katie Hopkins reports from South Africa at The Rebel:  https://www.therebel.media/rebel-south-africa

 

How did this racism get so far along before you heard about it?

It’s because it goes completely against the Leftist meme that only whites can be racists and indeed the mainstream media told us that South Africa was to be the beacon for the new multicultural world calling it the Rainbow Nation. It is all BS of course as we have reported in previous posts archived here.

South Africa will be a model for the world alright—a once prosperous country is going down due to its black leadership’s hatred for “the other.”

They aren’t just going after whites, but other black Africans (migrants from other African countries) are terrorized there as well.  It is called xenophobia. See one of my posts here.

Readers need to know that we have been taking ‘refugees’ from South Africa for years. 

michelle and mandela

Michelle and Mandela. The whole Rainbow Nation myth is going down the tubes as whites are persecuted but Leftists, including the Obamas, can’t let the myth die!

In the first 4 months of this fiscal year we took 45 from South Africa according to the Refugee Processing Center database.  I will bet not one is white!  The vast majority are other black Africans (maybe a few Asians and Middle Easterners) that the South African blacks don’t like!

But, I’m guessing it is getting harder and harder for the mainstream media to avoid talking about the self-destructive government in South Africa which began that country’s decay when the communists, led by Nelson Mandela, took charge.

(History tells us that all great communist land confiscation schemes turn productive farmland into wastelands in short order, South Africa will just be the latest example.)

However, this time there is a vast alternative media to spread the news in real time…..

But, yikes! even Newsweek (Newsweek!) is reporting with this headline:

THOUSANDS SIGN PETITION ASKING TRUMP TO LET WHITE FARMERS IN SOUTH AFRICA MIGRATE TO U.S. AFTER COUNTRY VOTES TO FORCE THEM OFF LAND

More than 12,000 people have signed a petition asking President Donald Trump to let white people in South Africa emigrate to the U.S. amid a vote by the country’s parliament favoring a motion that could see South Africa’s constitution amended to allow for land to be stripped from owners without any compensation.

The motion, which will still need the approval of the South African Parliament’s Constitutional Review Committee before an amendment can even be drafted, has once again stoked fears among the country’s white farmers of a violent and disastrous land redistribution akin to that which crippled Zimbabwe in the 2000s.

The online petition calls on Trump to “take the steps necessary to initiate an emergency immigration plan allowing white Boers to come to the United States.”

Boer is the term used to describe South Africans of Dutch, German or Huguenot descent, who are also commonly referred to as Afrikaners.

[….]

The petition suggests that Trump should stop admitting refugees from Somalia and the Middle East, claiming they “cannot be properly vetted,” and allow white South Africans into the country instead.

A similar petition, calling on European Union President Jean-Claude Juncker, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Theresa May to allow white South Africans into EU countries, has gained nearly 17,000 signatures.

The motion was put forward by the Economic Freedom Fighters and supported, but amended by the ruling African National Congress (ANC), with the party promising reforms that will address racial disparities in land ownership.

Much more here.

The Change.org petition is here (while it lasts).

change.org SA

This is a screenshot of the petition as of this writing. Note that Change.org is already attempting to discourage signing it.

 

You can see that the Leftist agitators are already going after it and frankly Change.org is a Leftwing creation so this ‘update’ at Newsweek is interesting.  I don’t see that the petition claims to be only from people in South Africa, so why this beef?

It is unclear where people who are signing the petitions on Change.org are based.

A spokesperson for Change.org told Newsweek it would look into whether the petitions violate any company policies and whether the website plans to take any action. The website later added a note stating it had “received flags from some Change.org users that facts contained in this petition may be contested,” adding: “You may consider researching this issue before signing or sharing.”

Truth be told, the one-worlders do not want whites to be designated as refugees.

Ahhhh! Whites as refugees! That would turn the world on its head, and they will fight tooth and nail to not let that happen!

OMG what a can of worms that would open at the UN!  The next thing you know ethnic Swedes or Germans (for instance) would be demanding resettlement in whatever bastions of Western Civilization remain as they are persecuted in countries (their countries!) becoming Islamic states.

Posted in Africa, Changing the way we live, Colonization, Community destabilization, Crimes, diversity's dark side, Reforms needed, Refugee Resettlement Program, Trump, Who is going where | Tagged: , , , , | 17 Comments »

Bipartisan efforts underway to support Samaritan’s Purse exec for top UN refugee job

Posted by Ann Corcoran on February 20, 2018

I told you here earlier this month about the long knives being out to destroy the nomination of Ken Isaacs a Veep at Samaritan’s Purse to head the IOM.

President Trump has nominated Isaacs to head the International Organization for Migration which not very long ago was another NGO receiving millions of US taxpayer dollars to do the foreign end of refugee processing in to the US (among other things).  Now they have been officially folded in to the UN.

Of course, I would like to see the IOM squeezed financially, but at minimum the President should not be bullied by this pair (with the Washington Post!).

Ibrahim hooper

Knife number one: CAIR’s Ibrahim Hooper 

In my earlier post I said the President should not back down to the long knives  lead by Eric Schwartz and CAIR’s Ibrahim Hooper.

Here is news with the latest on the controversy, hat tip: Richard at Blue Ridge Forum.

A bipartisan group of leading human-rights activists, including a Pulitzer-prize-winning New York Times columnist, has jumped to the defense of President Trump’s choice to lead the United Nation’s International Organization for Migration (IOM), which uses its $1 billion annual budget to promote worldwide cooperation on refugee and trafficking issues.

Trump nominated Ken Isaacs, vice president of the Christian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse, in January to head the 169-member organization, which holds elections to name a leader but typically defers to United States’ choice to run the organization.

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Knife number two: Eric Schwartz, a hard Left one-worlder who ran the refugee program in the early years of the Obama Admin, and is a George SOROS protege.

Isaacs, who served in the Bush administration as the director of the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance at the U.S. Agency for International Development, has spent 30 years organizing large-scale emergency relief programs in some of the most dangerous and desperate places in the world, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Darfur, Iraq, Liberia, Somalia, Eritrea, and Rwanda.

The day the White House announced his nomination, Isaacs was in Bangladesh administering diphtheria treatment to Muslim-majority Rohingya refugees.

Now, two weeks later, lifetime colleagues and allies in the humanitarian community are furiously trying to save his nomination after an Obama State Department official and a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations accused Isaacs of tweeting anti-Islamic and anti-immigrant statements.

In a Washington Post article, the pair of critics took issue with a number of Isaacs’ views, including the belief that the Koran instructs its followers to engage in violent jihad, that Middle East Christians should be given first priority when applying to the U.S. government for refugee status, and that President Obama’s policy of accepting large numbers of Syrian refugees was “foolish and delusional” because some of them could become “security risks” if allowed in the United States.

After the article, Isaacs apologized for his “careless” social media posts and vowed to lead the IOM with “the highest standards of humanity, human dignity, and equality,” if chosen.

The paper later editorialized against the nomination, arguing Isaacs’s views were “venomous,” demonstrated “bigotry,” and that his leadership in the post would be “an embarrassment to the United States.”

Continue reading here.

Dear Donald, don’t let the Washington Post (Bezos), CAIR and Schwartz win this one!

Posted in Changing the way we live, Muslim refugees, Obama, The Opposition, Trump | Tagged: , , , | 2 Comments »

UN: Western countries not ‘welcoming’ enough ‘refugees’ now residing in Indonesia

Posted by Ann Corcoran on February 3, 2018

Let’s be clear right off the bat.  Indonesia is a Muslim country and most of those attempting to pass through Indonesia (arriving there illegally), with a goal of being resettled in the US, Australia, Canada, or Europe, are Muslims.

What happened to the supposedly humanitarianism of Islam and governments ruled by it?  Why are these people our problem in the first place?  

The truth is that Indonesia doesn’t want them either!

For years the UN has been processing illegal aliens arriving in Indonesia from Somalia etc. in to your US towns via the US State Department.  Frankly it needs to stop and it looks like it is slowing.

I just checked Wrapsnet for processing through Indonesia to the US and found that we admitted 18 cases (21 individuals indicating most are single (men?) people, hmmm) in the first three months of FY18 (beginning Oct. 1, 2017).

Indonesia waiting

Waiting in Indonesia for a ticket to America, Australia, Canada, Europe…..

Here is Gulf News (NY Times story):

(Journalism 101 requires that every refugee story begins with a sob story!)

JAKARTA: Ebrahim Adam fled armed conflict in his home region of Darfur, Sudan, in 2011, and ended up seeking asylum in Indonesia, hoping to be eventually resettled in Australia or another Western country so he could resume his dream of being an economist. [Usually they want to be doctors, so they say!—ed]

But after languishing for nearly seven years in Indonesia — where he cannot legally work, access public services or obtain citizenship — Ebrahim recently received bad news: His resettlement is unlikely to ever happen. The UN Refugee Agency’s office in Indonesia has begun informing the nearly 14,000 refugees and asylum seekers in Indonesia that they should not expect to be welcomed by another country. Instead, they should prepare to assimilate into Indonesian society as best they can, or consider returning to their strife-torn countries.

 

[….]

Analysts said Ebrahim faces additional obstacles: He is single, Muslim and of military age, which could make countries worried about terrorism less likely to take him in.

[….]

Globally, there are more than 24 million certified refugees and asylum seekers, the highest levels since the Second World War, according to the United Nations.

Historically, the chances of refugees ever being resettled are only around 1 per cent.

Those refugees residing in Indonesia face the additional obstacle that the United States and Australia, the two main resettlement destinations for refugees here, have put in place more stringent immigration policies, further decreasing their already long odds.

Mark Getchell

“Mark Getchell, the IOM’s chief of mission in Indonesia, said the policy changes in Australia and the United States, combined with a reluctance by Canada, New Zealand and European nations to take in additional refugees, means the number of resettlements are only about 400 people a year now in Indonesia.” (IOM is a branch of the UN)

[….]

The situation of refugees hoping for resettlement in the West became more dire after President Donald Trump took office last January. His administration’s travel ban blocks people from eight countries from entering the US, including Somalia, the country with the second-highest number of refugees and asylum seekers stuck in Indonesia.

400 too many!

Last year, only about 400 refugees living in Indonesia were resettled in the United States, according to the United Nations. Indonesia is not a signatory to the 1951 UN refugee convention, which prohibits governments from returning people fleeing persecution to areas where they face serious threats, but the country has allowed certified refugees to remain here as they await resettlement in a third country.

[….]

For years, asylum-seekers from the Middle East and South Asia have used Indonesia as a transit point to reach Australia, boarding rickety wooden boats run by human smugglers for the perilous voyage across the Indian Ocean.

In 2013, however, the Australian government adopted strict new measures to discourage future arrivals by immediately transferring those who made it to its shores to spartan detention centers in Papua New Guinea and Nauru, and refusing to ever consider them for resettlement.

But, golly gee, now we get the booby prize!  We admit to America those same lawbreakers who attempted to get to Australia and were detained. And, we pay for it thanks to the Obama “dumb” deal that Trump agreed to!

More from Gulf News here.

It would make enormous sense if the UN spent more time persuading Indonesia to keep their coreligionists, and promote a PR campaign through Africa and the Middle East that there is no ticket to the West through Indonesia!

Posted in Asylum seekers, Australia, Changing the way we live, Colonization, Immigration fraud, Muslim refugees, Reforms needed, Refugee Resettlement Program, Stealth Jihad, The Opposition, Trump, Who is going where | Tagged: , , , , , | 6 Comments »

No surprise! UN Secretary General (Socialist) Antonio Guterres pushing mass migration

Posted by Ann Corcoran on January 16, 2018

Update: Leo Hohmann has more on this story at his new website, here.

In his argument posted at The Guardian, he says more legal pathways are needed because they (from the third world) are coming illegally (whether we like it or not).  Sounds like blackmail to me!

He also confirms my oft-repeated contention that it is the desire by industries for labor that we should be satisfying in the new borderless (dream) world.

Aspiring migrants, denied legal pathways to travel, inevitably fall back on irregular methods. This not only puts them in vulnerable positions, but also undermines governments’ authority. The best way to end the stigma of illegality and abuse around migrants is, in fact, for governments to put in place more legal pathways for migration, removing the incentives for individuals to break the rules, while better meeting the needs of their labour markets for foreign labour.

Thanks to reader Deb for sending me Jihad Watch’s take on his screed here.  See discussion there about hijrah and the OIC.

Then check out Breitbart’s report :

United Nations Secretary General António Guterres has unveiled his plan to promote global mass migration in the left-liberal Guardian newspaper.

 

Guterres, a former Socialist Party prime minister in his native Portugal, took over the top job at the UN on January 1st, having previously served as the institution’s High Commissioner for Refugees.

His article, titled ‘Migration can benefit the world. This is how we at the UN plan to help, makes the bold claim that mass migration “powers economic growth, reduces inequalities and connects diverse societies”, in order to promote the Global Compact for Migration.

“This will be the first overarching international agreement of its kind,” he boasted — but claimed it would not “place any binding obligations on states”, but rather serve as “an unprecedented opportunity for leaders to counter the pernicious myths surrounding migrants”.

Trump dumps!

Breitbart continues:Trump at UN

These assurances have failed to convince the Donald Trump administration in the United States, with the White House rejected it as “simply not compatible with US sovereignty”, and President Trump summarizing it as “no borders, everyone can come in!”

Then this….

He [Guterres] made the contentious claim that migrants “take jobs” that local workers “cannot” fill, and asserted that this is a positive thing. He also attempted to spin the fact that migrants send huge sums of money straight out of their host countries and back to their countries of origin as a kind of supplement to foreign aid.

Breitbart continues here.

Pay attention to this last issue above about remittances.  It is huge!

I remember when the Temporary Protected Status for Salvadorans was up for renewal under George W. Bush.  It was quickly renewed with his administration saying that the money the Salvadorans sent OUT OF THE US ECONOMY was propping up El Salvador (so we needed to continue doing that).

Guterres at RRW:

We followed Antonio Guterres here at RRW for a decade since he was previously the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (before moving up to top dog position at the UN).

Go here for my Guterres archive.

Just a reminder that in June of 2009, as UNHCR, he said it was sharia law that underpins international refugee law and United Nations refugee activities. See here:

New York, 23 June (AKI) – The 1,400-year-old Islamic custom of welcoming people fleeing persecution has had more influence on modern international refugee law than any other traditional source, according to a new study sponsored by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

High Commissioner Antonio Guterres said that more than any other historical source, Islamic law and tradition underpin the modern-day legal framework on which UNHCR bases its global activities on behalf of the tens of millions of people forced from their homes around the world.

Take that Christians and Jews! You thought Biblical Judeo-Christian charity predated Islam, silly you.

Posted in Changing the way we live, Colonization, Community destabilization, Legal immigration and jobs, Obama, Stealth Jihad, The Opposition, Trump | Tagged: , , | 7 Comments »

Australia ignores the UN and the New York Times, selects more Christian refugees

Posted by Ann Corcoran on December 27, 2017

This is what we should be doing as well and it has begun with the Trump Administration restrictions on migration to America from certain regions of the world.

australian-detainees

While Australia tells the UN they will pick their own refugees, they are happy to send these detained ‘asylum seekers’ (mostly Muslims) to the US as refugees.

I would be completely cheering for Australia if what Miranda Devine says is really happening, however, Australia is dumping those rejected asylum seekers (mostly Muslims) on US towns and cities (with the Trump Administration’s full cooperation), so I’m feeling less enthusiastic about this news (any news telling the UN to take a hike!) than I normally would.***

Columnist Devine tells UN to butt out of Australia immigration policy, here at the Daily Telegraph (hope you don’t get the paywall):

THE United Nations refugee agency was at it again last week pointlessly complaining about Australia’s sovereign right to secure its borders.

At a special press conference in Geneva, the UNHCR demanded the Australian government “live up to its responsibilities and urgently find humane and appropriate solutions” on Manus Island.

This is the organisation which runs refugee camps in the Middle East which are supposed to be for all persecuted, displaced people but which, for some reason, are almost entirely populated by Muslims.

By the way, almost all Syrian refugees admitted to the US in Obama’s last years in office were Muslims and we heard the same thing: the UN was picking our refugees and they were picking from their camps, thus mostly Muslims were being resettled.

It’s a curious demographic imbalance when Christians and other religious minorities are effectively being ethnically cleansed from the region, yet are not safe in UN camps because they are persecuted there by the same people who drove them out of their homes — that is if they weren’t crucified, beheaded or turned into sex slaves first.

But the UN turns a blind eye to the missing Christians on its books, declaring the imbalance a mystery, while attempting to shame countries like Australia to “do more”.

[….]

The New York Times reported these numbers as “Australia’s Immoral Preference for Christian Refugees”, with an opinion column arguing that “Selecting refugees based on their spiritual beliefs is a form of state-supported prejudice that secular societies like Australia have a moral obligation to reject.”

I didn’t see that New York Times piece, but they show their ignorance because I will bet a buck that the NYT cheered (or at least didn’t say anything about “state-supported prejudice”) when the US opened its doors to Russian Jews (calling them refugees), by the tens of thousands, a few decades ago.

And, I doubt they ever editorialized against the Lautenberg Amendment, here.

Devine continued:

What about the UN’s apparent discrimination against Christians in its refugee camps? If the UN wants to claim the moral high ground, it should get its own house in order first.

More here.

***And, go here for my large archive on the Australia “dumb” deal.

Posted in Asylum seekers, Australia, Changing the way we live, Colonization, Muslim refugees, Refugee Resettlement Program, Trump, Who is going where | Tagged: , , , | 7 Comments »

Apocalyptic numbers of “migrants” will overwhelm Europe this century, driven by global warming, say ‘experts’

Posted by Ann Corcoran on December 24, 2017

Now that the general public is sick of the refugee crisis created by Middle East wars, watch for ‘Climate refugees’ as the fashionable reason for mass migration in 2018!

Before I get to the climate refugee portion of the story, see that the UN says there are 258 million migrants on the move around the world.   (The total population of the US is around 326 million and at present we gain one international migrant every 33 seconds!)

boat_people from Libya

Migrants headed to Europe!

According the UN there are 50 million “migrants” in the United States now making it the top destination for people on the move.

I’m going to emphasize for the umpteenth time that migrants do not equal refugees.  Even if the Left would love for you to get it into your head that every person on the move is a refugee of one sort or another, they are not.

The 1951 UN Refugee Convention  (still in effect) defined a refugee as follows:

“A person who owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country; or who, not having a nationality and being outside the country of his former habitual residence as a result of such events, is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to return to it..”[11]

 

Do you see anything in there about a refugee being someone running from a war zone, anything about needing a job, anything about being poor, anything about leaving a natural disaster area, anything about fearing gang violence, anything about the weather changing at home? NO!

So the vast majority of people on the move are NOT refugees, they are simply migrants.

But, watch for the on-going efforts of the borderless world pushers to try to claim they all are refugees.

So here is what the UN reported this week about migrants of all stripes.

The US has the highest number of migrants of any country in the world!

From Reuters:

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – An estimated 258 million people are international migrants, a figure that has surged by a half since the turn of the century, the United Nations said on Monday.

One in ten of those people is a refugee or asylum seeker, the U.N. said in a report on migration trends and developments released to coincide with International Migrants Day.

Globally, 3.4 percent of the population consists of international migrants, meaning someone who lives in a country other than the country where they were born, it said.

[….]

The rights of migrants and the need for safe, well-managed migration policies are included in the set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted unanimously by the U.N. member nations in 2015, and the U.N is planning an international conference on migration late next year.

Other figures showed that migration contributed 42 percent of the population growth in Northern America between 2000 and 2015, and that the population in Europe would have declined during that time period without migration.

The biggest number of international migrants, nearly 50 million, live in the United States. Saudi Arabia, Germany and Russia have about 12 million international migrants each, followed by the UK with almost nine million, it said. [S.A. does permit large numbers of foreign workers, but they are not voting citizens.—ed]

The greatest number of migrants, 106 million, came from Asia, it said.

More here.

Beware the CLIMATE REFUGEE ruse!

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Off and on over the years I’ve followed the growth of the climate refugee movement. (See my archive on the topic by clicking here.)

I believe it will be taking off big time in 2018. (It’s a twofer: They will be able to whack the President on two things at once—refugees and global warming!)

The ‘climate refugee’ activists have been somewhat held back because so many thinking people question the validity of the global warming issue in the first place, and they have been stymied by internal political arguments about the word ‘refugee.’

Longtime promoters of the humanitarian ‘refugee’ redistribution of people, don’t want the word ‘refugee’ sullied or otherwise messed with.  But, those pushing redistribution of people and wealth using the climate argument want to latch on to the sexy word—refugees—that they know the media loves. And also because the word implies that we have some responsibility for them.

It’s just a guess, but I think that the glow is off that word for many people after more than a decade of being lectured and told that western countries must absorb the Muslim world’s problems by moving massive numbers of mostly illegitimate ‘refugees’ (migrants!) to the West.

The one-worlders need a new excuse, so here comes global warming creating ‘climate refugees.’ 

As you might guess, I set alerts to receive certain types of news from around the world every day.  One of those alerts is for ‘climate refugees,’ another is for ‘Syria refugees.’

The Syria alert has been packed with at least two dozen daily stories for the last few years, but I noticed lately that the ‘climate refugees’ stories are becoming almost as numerous!  What the heck!

Here is one (PBS News Hour) that is being blasted everywhere this week.

Global warming could drive 660,000 more people per year to Europe

The number of asylum seekers fleeing their home countries to the European Union will increase 188 percent — to 660,000 applications per year — by 2100 if carbon emissions and global warming continue on their current path, according to new estimates published Thursday in Science Magazine.

But, do you see what they have done here?

“Asylum seekers,” after going through a legal process and being granted asylum, are REFUGEES.  They are once again making the leap—making you think that those moving because of changing weather at home are legitimate refugees!  It follows that if they are refugees, you are primed to think that you must care for them, invite them to your town or some such nonsense.

There is a rebuttal of Science mag here.

And, here is another story, this one from Reuters, which rightly refers to the people moving due to changing weather as ‘migrants.’

To wrap up with some holiday cheer! There is even a story this week about Santa moving to the South Pole because of global warming.  Trying to be cute(?) as they plant the R-word here:

 

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Posted in Changing the way we live, Climate refugees, Colonization, Community destabilization, Who is going where | Tagged: , , | 8 Comments »

Politifact: There is no way to get at the true cost of resettling refugees in the US

Posted by Ann Corcoran on December 8, 2017

This is a story I missed in September right after the President spoke at the UN General Assembly.  Thanks to reader Brenda for sending it our way.

Trump at UN

We know this is true and it has been frustrating over the years when I’ve been unable to tell readers exactly what it does cost the US and state/local taxpayers per refugee placed (secretly!) in your towns and cities.

Recently you have seen a spate of reports about how refugees financially benefit America—the truth is they are deceiving the public because no one really knows the true cost of refugees’ admission to the US, their resettlement and their use of public services for which, unlike other categories of legal immigration, they are eligible upon arrival.

The best case was made by the Center for Immigration Studies in a study we reported and Politifact mentions below.

Before I tell you what Politifact says, see this post I wrote a month ago about researchers at the University of Utah troubled by this same fact—no one is keeping records on the cost of resettlement in any usable format.

To see what I mean locally, call your local Social Services agency, your school board, your court system or hospital (interpreter costs) and ask how much is it costing per year for each refugee in their system.  This is the response you will likely find in most locations: we don’t have users of our system characterized by immigration status.

But, you know who does know—your local resettlement contractor.

However, I’ll bet a buck they won’t tell you how many students they have placed in your local school system or how many of their refugees are signed up at your local social service agency.

Here is what Politifact found:

They couldn’t get at the true cost of the US Refugee Admissions Program either!  LOL and when I went to their whole list of meters for Trump, this story is missing from the list! No meter, so story is difficult to find!

Politifact opens with President Trump speaking at the UN and you know they were hoping to nail him with a “pants on fire’ meter.  They failed.

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Politfact doesn’t give Trump’s UN remarks a rating because even they realized the USRAP is so opaque, so lacking in transparency, that the numbers cannot be found.

“For the cost of resettling one refugee in the United States, we can assist more than 10 in their home region,” Trump said. “Out of the goodness of our hearts, we offer financial assistance to hosting countries in the region, and we support recent agreements of the G-20 nations that will seek to host refugees as close to their home countries as possible. This is the safe, responsible and humanitarian approach.”

We wondered about the accuracy of Trump’s claim that what’s spent on resettling one refugee in the United States could be used to help more than 10 refugees in their home region. We found the on-the-ground reality of aid to refugees to be so complex that it’s not possible to prove or disprove Trump’s statement.

The U.S. Health and Human Services Department (HHS), for example, told us that many mainstream programs and federal departments offer aid to refugees, and that makes an overall per-capita cost estimate impossible to calculate.  [No kidding! Use USA Spending.gov and you will find money going to the refugee program from the Dept. of Agriculture and the Justice Dept. just to name two that you might not have thought of!—ed]

[….]

Given the complexity of the calculations, we won’t put this claim on the Truth-O-Meter.

[….]

PROTESTER BURNS MONEY AT SEATTLE JAILHOUSE.

Where is Congress? Don’t you lazy lunks care how much this program is costing America?  How about some standardized reporting practices on the costs.

As for costs, the State Department reported that in fiscal year 2016 it spent nearly $545 million on the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program — that accounts for processing, transportation, reception and placement costs. (An expert told us refugees have to repay the full cost of their travel tickets, usually within two years.***)

About $1.6 billion in fiscal year 2016 went to Refugee and Entrant Assistance, administered by the Office of Refugee Resettlement within HHS. Refugee and Entrant Assistance funds programs that help refugees, asylees, Cuban and Haitian entrants, survivors of torture, Special Immigrant Visa holders, trafficking victims as well as unaccompanied children who were apprehended by immigration officials and are waiting for a resolution of their immigration case.

About $697 million of Refugee and Entrant Assistance’s 2016 budget went to resettlement services, according to Refugee Council USA, a coalition of non-governmental organizations that help refugees. [Here they are using information from the recipients of the government largess, hardly an impartial source!—a source that hired the Podesta Group to get them more government money!—ed]

Politifact:

So how much is spent per refugee resettlement? That’s not clear.

Do you hear that Welcoming America, a community organizing group parading economic studies around the country! You don’t know either what it costs taxpayers for this program, so you can’t say there is a net benefit to the economy!

Politifact continues….

“The amount and type of federal assistance provided to a refugee during his or her period of eligibility can vary greatly,” said Victoria A. Palmer, HHS spokeswoman. “Additionally, cash and medical assistance are administered at the state level, and the state cost-sharing amounts vary significantly from state to state.” [It is our contention that this cost-shifting is illegal! Where are you Congress?—ed]

[….]

A November 2015 study from the Center for Immigration Studies, which favors low immigration levels, found a $64,370 cost to taxpayers per refugee from the Middle East over the course of the refugee’s first five years in the United States.

“For what it costs to resettle one Middle Eastern refugee in the United States for five years, about 12 refugees can be helped in the Middle East for five years, or 61 refugees can be helped for one year,” the study said.

The five-year resettlement estimate includes expenses incurred by offices within HHS and the State Department, plus welfare and education costs, the center reported. The estimates are based on 2013 figures.

“It should be clear that what drives these costs are the initial expenditures by (Office and Refugee Resettlement) and (Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration) and the very high use of welfare by Middle Eastern refugees,” the CIS report said.

More here.

*** This travel loan statement from an “expert” is bogus.  Yes, some refugees pay back their travel loans and others don’t.  There is no legal force applied.  The VOLAGs (the contractors) just tell refugees that their credit rating will stink (yes, sure, someone who has lived in an African refugee camp understands that!) if not repaid.

The real truth is that the contractors listed below try to extract the travel loan repayment from the impoverished refugees and then keep a cut for themselves.

See that the USCCB wrung $3 million out of refugees in one year, see my previous postThis is your money, and if refugees pay back travel loans, all of it should return to the US Treasury.  Where are you Congress?

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US Conference of Catholic Bishops not happy with the President

Posted by Ann Corcoran on December 8, 2017

So what else is new. 

The USCCB, as readers know, is one of the nine major federal resettlement contractors*** that is being financially hurt by the slowdown in the refugee flow to Your Town, USA.

But, they never tell the public that piece of important information when they wail about federal refugee policy changes. I recently joked that until one of their news items tells the public the whole truth, I would keep writing about their taxpayer-supplied millions of dollars!

Of course they are not happy with President Trump now because he removed the US from that ‘nothing burger’ UN compact I told you about here.  

When that compact was formed in September of 2016, on the margins of the UN General Assembly at an Obama-organized show, organizers were disappointed at a toothless and wishy-washy response by western countries.  That is not to say it wouldn’t have turned in to something after follow-up meetings, but was in truth nothing more than symbolic.

But, you see it gives the Religious Left, like the Bishops, a reason to bash Trump now.

From Crux:

NEW YORK – Following the announcement last Saturday by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that the United States would no longer participate in the development of a Global Compact on Migration, U.S. Catholic bishops and migration experts denounced the decision and urged the Trump administration to reconsider its position.

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Catholic lobbyist O’Keefe. Do taxpayers ‘contribute’ to his salary?

The Compact was an outcome goal of the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, which the U.S. participated in during a United Nations summit in September 2016.

“We simply cannot in good faith support a process that could undermine the sovereign right of the United States to enforce our immigration laws and secure our borders,” said Tillerson.

In response, the U.S. bishops said the decision is counterproductive to the country’s safety efforts and violates key tenets of Catholic social teaching.

Bishop Joe E. Vásquez, chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Migration, said that while the Church teaches that every country has a right to secure its own borders, “the Church has long articulated that it is the obligation of nations to assure human rights for all migrants and special protections for vulnerable migrants, such as refugees, forced migrants, victims of human trafficking, and women and children at risk.”

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The Bishops and O’Keefe have every right to lobby on everything under the sun (including global warming). They can bash the Prez all they want, but if I were the President I would be cutting off their federal funding! Separation of church and state after all! Let them do their lobbying and their “good works” with private funding!

How many of your tax dollars help pay this Catholic lobbyist’s salary?

In an interview with Crux, Bill O’Keefe, vice president for government relations and advocacy for Catholic Relief Services, said Catholics of all political persuasions should support the effort of the Global Compact.

If you are a Catholic of a different “political persuasion” speak up in your local parish!

And, now for new readers (longtime readers can stop here!) because I am going to post this every time I see them whining and moaning about refugee policy, but never mentioning their pecuniary interest.

From my post last July…

The Bishops Migration Fund was 97% taxpayer-funded according to a 2014 annual report for their Migration Fund and I doubt the percentage has changed much in recent years.

The Bishops don’t file a Form 990 and their operations are so vast, I could spend the whole day and still not sort it out.  Also, maybe you can find one, but I have not found an annual report for their refugee program since I found this one for 2014.

So we will have to rely on it (again). Keep in mind these funds for their refugee resettlement program do not include millions that go directly from the feds to some individual Catholic Charities and Dioceses around the US. (If you are researching your local CC or Dioceses, you can often find good numbers at USASpending.gov)

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US Treasury dollars circled in red. Travel loan collection fees is your money too! Do you see what a tiny bit of money is privately given which says to me that the average practicing Catholic is not supporting their migration program.

 

***These are the nine federal resettlement contractors paid by you to place refugees in your towns and cities. The USCCB places the largest number so they are really feeling the financial pinch as the President has reduced the flow of paying clients (aka refugees).  These middlemen, get paid by the head for their ‘charitable good works,’ so they have no incentive to ever see a reduction in numbers.

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Wow! Trump withdraws US from UN Compact on migration/refugees

Posted by Ann Corcoran on December 3, 2017

“We will decide how best to control our borders and who will be allowed to enter our country.”

(US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley)

 

The Human Rights Industrial Complex (HRIC) must be going nuts!

Thanks for the tip from reader ‘heymister24’ who sent this overnight.

***Update December 4th*** This news changes the picture. Pres. Trump made the decision himself after Haley wanted to stay in the compact.

Here is Deutsch Welle‘s version of the news (reported in many publications):

The United States has announced it is withdrawing from the Global Compact on Migration. The non-binding UN migration pact was meant to boost international cooperation on migration issues.

US President Donald Trump’s administration has withdrawn the United States from a United Nations pact to coordinate and improve international migration and refugee issues, the US mission to the global body said.

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The global approach … not compatible with US sovereignty.”

“Today, the US Mission to the United Nations informed the UN Secretary-General that the United States is ending its participation in the Global Compact on Migration,” the US mission to the UN said.

In September 2016, all 193 UN member states of the General Assembly adopted the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants. [You may remember that was Obama’s big show at the UN.—ed]

The non-binding declaration includes a set of pledges to protect migrants, foster migrant integration, develop guidelines on the treatment of vulnerable migrants and strengthen global governance of migration, among other issues.

[….]

“The New York Declaration contains numerous provisions that are inconsistent with US immigration and refugee policies and the Trump Administration’s immigration principles. As a result, President Trump determined that the United States would end its participation in the Compact process that aims to reach international consensus at the UN in 2018,” the US statement said.

[….]

US Ambassador Nikki Haley said, “America is proud of our immigrant heritage and long-standing leadership” on supporting migrants and refugees.

“No country has done more than the United States, and our generosity will continue. But our decisions on immigration policies must always be made by Americans and Americans alone,” she added. “We will decide how best to control our borders and who will be allowed to enter our country. The global approach in the New York Declaration is simply not compatible with US sovereignty.”

I hope this means we are going to choose our own refugees (if any) without dancing to the UNHCR’s tune going forward.

Mostly I tell readers to complain to the President about something. This time send him your thanks by clicking here.

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