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USCRI gets big federal grant to teach senior refugees English

Posted by Ann Corcoran on February 6, 2018

Why do they need to speak English if they aren’t going out into the workplace?

Because, of course, USCRI (one of nine federal refugee contractors***) and others on the No Borders Left want to be sure they can pass a citizenship test and ultimately vote.

Jill Peckenpaugh

In 2016, Albany USCRI director, Jill Peckenpaugh, said USCRI, which controls the turf there, had admitted over 3,000 refugees to Albany since 2005.  http://wamc.org/post/panel-discussion-mideast-refugee-crisis-held-albany

And, know that even if the refugee flow into the country is slowing down, federal grants are still going out for various and sundry ‘needs’ of the refugee community.

The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) is still sending out millions of dollars that is helping the contractors stay financially afloat through the Trump admissions slowdown.

(New readers might want to see that the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) recently ditched its longtime leader—-Lavinia Limon—here.)

 

Yes, elder refugees are eligible for Social Security benefits!

And, before I get to the story at the Albany Times Union about USCRI’s $180,000 grant, readers need to know that we admit refugees to the US who are over 65 years old and that they are eligible for Supplemental Security Income (see here).

Social security logo

Curious about how many senior citizen refugees we admit, I checked some numbers at Wrapsnet.

I couldn’t find an over all number so here are some selected ethnic groups.

From FY09 to today we admitted refugees over 65 years old from (I only looked up a few nationalities!):

Burma (1,844)

Bhutan (4,458)

Iraq (5,099)

Somalia (598)

Syria (207)

Surely, for the whole refugee population from every country, the number of refugees eligible for SSI in the last ten years must be 20,000-30,000!

And, I don’t know if the refugee industry advocates got rid of the rule (they were trying) that requires the senior refugee to attain citizenship in seven years or become ineligible to continue receiving their gratis SSI. (Too lazy this morning to search for it!)

USCRI Albany is being paid by you, the US taxpayer, to help senior refugees get their services and is seeking volunteers in Albany because Albany has run out of American senior citizens in need of volunteer help.

And, btw, the volunteers will do the actual work while some USCRI staffer is paid with the grant money to ‘administer’ the program.

From the Albany Times Union:

ALBANY — When 64-year-old Raaida Aldabass first came to the U.S. from Syria one year ago, she used to cry every day that she wanted to go back to her country.

“But now it is better, she is happy because she’s learning the language,” Rana Safeih, Aldabass’ daughter, said in Arabic.

[….]

Aldabass is one of nearly 30 senior citizen refugees receiving ENL tutoring sessions.

These sessions are just one of multiple new services the Albany chapter of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants has been providing to its older refugee population after receiving a three-year, $180,000 grant in January 2017.

“The main idea is to connect refugees with already-existing services,” said Jake Slutzky, program coordinator at USCRI-Albany.

The program, called Services to Older Refugees, is broken up into two categories: community outreach and education, and intensive case management. USCRI provides their nearly 30 older refugees extensive assistance in areas such as housing, medical care, legal assistance and social integration, to name a few.

[….]

“Folks need to learn English and pass the U.S. citizenship test, but do not have the mobility to get to class,” Slutzky said. “Volunteers go to the refugees’ homes to teach them English at a time that the grandchildren or children who speak English are home, so they can help with the lesson. Besides helping with ENL, you’re helping an elderly person keep their mind active and become self-sufficient.”

More here.

And, this isn’t just happening in Albany, here is a story from Phoenix about elder refugees who have many needs, including mental health needs.

By the way, if you wonder why USCRI supports the DACA kids and every other group of illegal aliens here in the US, just know that if amnesty is granted, USCRI and the other contractors expect to be hired by the feds to help the ‘New Americans’ get their services too!

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

The number in parenthesis is the percentage of their income paid by you (the taxpayer) to place those refugees and get them signed up for their services (like SSI)!

USCRI is 98% taxpayer funded!

Posted in Changing the way we live, Colonization, Community destabilization, Reforms needed, Refugee Resettlement Program, Resettlement cities, Taxpayer goodies, The Opposition | Tagged: , , | 6 Comments »

Major resettlement contractor silent about ‘retirement’ of top official

Posted by Ann Corcoran on January 20, 2018

We told you here a few days ago that Lavinia Limon suddenly retired from the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) in October.  That is about the same time that another major State Department refugee contractor was having internal reshuffling problems as well.

Stacie Blake 2

USCRI’s Stacie Blake did not respond to requests for further information.   http://refugees.org/about/

Michael Leahy at Breitbart ,who has done extensive reporting on the refugee industry, tried to get answers from USCRI to no avail.

Until we have further information that it was a normal retirement, we will assume it was related to the industry turmoil as the Trump Administration attempts to rein-in the refugee program.

These contractors*** which have become almost wholly dependent for their survival on the US Treasury are thus experiencing financial stress as federal payouts are declining.

Here is his story entitled:

Mysterious Retirement of Lavinia Limon at U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants Raises Questions About Federal Program

And, here is what Leahy asked USCRI’s Director of Government and Community Relations:

The unusual circumstances surrounding Ms. Limon’s retirement prompted Breitbart News to ask USCRI communications director Stacie Blake several questions on Thursday about the former CEO’s departure:

1. Why did the announcement of Ms. Limon’s retirement from USCRI not include a statement from her?

2. Why did USCRI not issue the announcement as a press release?

3. Was the employment of Ms. Limon’s brother, Peter Limon, director of business development, also terminated at the same time?

4. Was Ms. Limon’s retirement forced by the USCRI Board of Directors, as sources have told Breitbart News?

5. Was Ms. Limon’s retirement caused by concerns or ongoing investigations–either internal or external–over financial irregularities at USCRI?

Ms. Blake has not responded to our inquiries.

Go here for the whole Breitbart story.

By the way, after 11 years of following the UN/US Refugee Admissions Program, it is no surprise to me that they don’t answer media questions.

These quasi-government agencies are notoriously secretive and frankly it is their greatest failing and what keeps me continuing to write about them. They use our tax dollars for big CEO salaries while treating the general taxpaying public arrogantly!

***The nine federal refugee contractors that must be undergoing enormous financial stress as the number of refugees (paying clients) decline.  The number in parenthesis is the percentage of their income involuntarily supplied by you, the taxpayer.

 

 

Posted in Reforms needed, Refugee Resettlement Program, Taxpayer goodies, The Opposition, Trump | Tagged: , | 4 Comments »

Rutland, Vermont refugee program officially dead (for now)

Posted by Ann Corcoran on January 19, 2018

Since I’m on the subject of Vermont—see machete attacker is son of Somali refugee in my previous post.

And, since I told you about the shake-up at USCRI (the federal refugee contractor in charge of Vermont) yesterday, I figured that you might want to know the latest from Rutland where a huge public battle over a new refugee office was waged over the last couple of years.

New readers might want to see my archive on Rutland by clicking here.

From The Rutland Herald yesterday.  The tone of the article suggests the media is miffed that they weren’t informed of the meeting with USCRI’s new top dog, Eskinder Negash.  Par for the course that refugee discussions are done in secrecy and who knows it better than the citizens of Rutland!

Rutland is not expecting any more refugees during the current fiscal year, according to the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants.

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Eskinder Negash the new CEO at USCRI.  Sure wish we knew what happened that saw Lavinia Limon “retire.”

A letter dated Jan. 4, from Eskinder Negash, acting chief executive of the refugee organization, said USCRI officials were asked by the State Department Bureau of Populations, Refugees and Migration to revise its placement plan for the current fiscal year, which ends on Sept. 30, based on “several executive orders.”

“Based on PRM’s instructions and our analysis, we regrettably write to inform you that USCRI will ‘zero out’ its refugee arrival target for Rutland, VT, until we hear further notice from PRM on the resumption of refugee arrivals,” Negash said in the letter.

Mayor David Allaire posted the news on his Facebook page Wednesday in a post that was not initially made public and was only available to Allaire’s Facebook friends. The post was updated to be made public Thursday afternoon.

Allaire, along with Alderman Chris Ettori, attended a meeting at the Community College of Vermont’s campus in downtown Rutland on Wednesday. Negash and Amila Merdzanovic, director of the USCRI program in Vermont, also attended.

The Rutland Herald learned of the meeting and developments from USCRI from someone who attended the meeting. There are no indications the media was invited to the meeting or informed in advance that it was taking place.

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Republican governor Scott welcomes refugees and immigrants to the Green Mountain state (aka Green card state!). Including machete man?

Attempts to reach Negash and Merdzanovic on Thursday afternoon were unsuccessful.

[….]

While the recent work by USCRI officials to bring refugees from Syria and Iraq to Rutland has been controversial, USCRI has been relocating refugees to Vermont for 30 years.

Did they resettle the Somali machete hacker family?

Rutland Herald continues…..

 

Negash also said USCRI leaders “greatly appreciate Gov. (Phil) Scott’s strong support for refugee resettlement.” A call to a Scott representative was not returned Thursday afternoon.

On Jan. 29, 2017, Scott issued a statement in response to President Donald Trump’s executive order restricting immigration and refugee resettlement.

“I can’t imagine what Vermont, or our country, would look like today, had we refused to allow immigrants from all reaches of the world to experience this wonderful country the way most of us have, simply because they were not born here or didn’t share our exact religious view,” the statement said.

Much more here.

See more of my posts on Vermont generally by clicking here.

The US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) is one of nine federal contractors with hundreds of subcontractors under them that monopolize all resettlement in the US. USCRI has staked out Vermont for itself.  (Numbers in parenthesis after each is the percentage of their funding you give them via your tax dollars.)

 

Posted in Changing the way we live, Colonization, Community destabilization, Muslim refugees, Pockets of Resistance, Refugee Resettlement Program, Resettlement cities, The Opposition, Trump, Who is going where | Tagged: , , | 6 Comments »

Long time refugee advocate and refugee agency CEO is gone

Posted by Ann Corcoran on January 18, 2018

This isn’t exactly breaking news!

Lavinia Limon stepped down as head of the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) last October according to a statement by the head of its board of directors. However, it may not have been a voluntary retirement. Someone recently reported to me that she was “forced” out during a period of growing “panic” among the nine federal contractors who are seeing their budgets shrink as refugee arrivals slow.

USCRI is presently being led by her longtime sidekick, Eskinder Negash.

This is a portion of the statement (about her ‘retirement’) from Board Chairman attorney Gene DeFilice:

Message from the Chairman of the Board of USCRI

Dear USCRI staff and partner agencies,

Lavinia Limon, CEO and President of USCRI has decided to retire from USCRI effective October 13, 2017. The Board appreciates Ms. Limon’s over four decades of service to refugees and immigrants, and her contribution to USCRI, thanks her, and wishes her the best in her future endeavors.

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A picture worth a thousand words. Limon was Bill Clinton’s Director of ORR and here she is with Mr. Chobani Yogurt. USCRI is the agency bringing refugee labor to Twin Falls, Idaho which benefits globalist Chobani!

The Board of Directors has appointed Mr. Eskinder Negash as acting Chief Executive Officer. The Board is currently in the process of conducting a national search, which includes the consideration of Mr. Negash.

Mr. Negash, a refugee himself, has devoted his entire distinguished career to addressing the needs of refugees and immigrants. Mr. Negash brings nearly 40 years of experience working on behalf of refugees and immigrants and managing non-profit social service agencies. Prior to joining USCRI, Mr. Negash served as Director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), within the Administration of Children and Families, at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 2009-2015. With a budget of over 1.5 billion, the ORR is the largest government-funded refugee resettlement organization in the world. During Mr. Negash’s tenure, the ORR provided essential services to more than 850,000 vulnerable people through its Resettlement Program, Rescue & Restore anti-trafficking campaign, and the Unaccompanied Children’s Program.

Additionally, Mr. Negash served as Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of the International Institute of Los Angeles for 15 years, and the Chief Operating Officer of USCRI from 2002-2009.

[….]

As we thank Lavinia for her service, say good-bye, and wish her well, please join me in congratulating and supporting Eskinder as he assumes the position of acting Chief Executive Officer of USCRI.

Sincerely,

Gene DeFelice

Chairman of the Board of Directors of USCRI

(There was no mention of retirement party or farewell gala.)

If you are a longtime reader of RRW, you know that both Lavinia Limon and Eskinder Negash have been gracing our pages for years.

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Negash and Limon in happier days!

Click here for a huge archive on Limon and here for Negash.   I don’t have the time (or patience) for a rundown on their whole careers.

However, just a few key bits of information on Limon.

She was Bill Clinton’s Director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement and I believe a key player in promoting the idea of refugee labor for BIG MEAT (and eventually BIG YOGURT) that began with Clinton admitting large numbers of Bosnian Muslims for his friends in the Iowa beef industry during her leadership of the Office of Refugee Resettlement in HHS.

It is actually a clever scheme: Bring in cheap captive labor ($$$) for your industry pals and wear the white hat of humanitarianism as you do it!

Michael Leahy at Breitbart chronicled Limon’s career here (a must read!).

As for Negash, he left his post as Director of the ORR (note both of them revolved in and out of government) under strange, never explained, circumstances, see here.

Again, I have no idea why this shakeup at USCRI, but it is more evidence that Donald Trump’s refugee policies are breaking up old alliances and power structures in the swamp.

USCRI’s finances….

You can imagine that they are hurting.  They are one of the nine federal contractors*** that is almost completely federally funded.  See a discussion of their finances here from last March. I put them (at that time) at about 94% funded by the government (you).  Limon was making a largely federally funded salary/related income of over $300,000!

And then see here when I analyzed all nine contractors a few months later, I put them at 98% government funded.  I was using facts provided by Charity Navigator which told me that this agency could not be evaluated because:

This organization is not eligible to be rated by Charity Navigator because, as a service for individual givers, we only rate organizations that depend on support from individual contributors and foundations. Organizations such as this, that get most of their revenue from the government or from program services, are therefore not eligible to be rated.

Go here to find an USCRI subcontractor office near you.

And, this reminds me, speaking of CEOs leaving, I wonder what is happening over at Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service that was undergoing a shake-up at about the same time, see here. 

Did Hartke survive?

*** These are the nine federal contractors largely funded by you. In parenthesis, after each, is the percentage of their income funded by Congress out of the US Treasury.  They are paid by the head to resettle refugees, so as the Trump Administration slows the flow into the country, their budgets are being strained to the breaking point.

Posted in Reforms needed, Refugee Resettlement Program, Taxpayer goodies, The Opposition, Trump | Tagged: , , , , | 6 Comments »

Vermont: “Man” attacks elderly woman with machete at hotel for homeless

Posted by Ann Corcoran on January 7, 2018

I saw the story yesterday and am looking around this morning for any news about the “man” (the alleged attacker) who happens to have a Muslim name and looks like he might be Somali.  I’m not seeing anything yet.

Is he a refugee, an illegal alien, an asylum seeker, a diversity visa lottery winner, what?

There should be a law that immigration status is immediately available in criminal acts like this!

Harbor Place

The attack happened at the controversial Harbor Place, a hotel for the homeless. The converted Econo Lodge was a source of controversy here in 2016:   https://www.sevendaysvt.com/OffMessage/archives/2016/12/01/harbor-place-motel-for-the-homeless-can-stay-in-shelburne

 

Below is one of several stories on how a woman delivering meals for the homeless was attacked by a machete-wielding African “man” who then barricaded himself in his room for the next couple of hours.

From the Daily Caller:

A man armed with a machete assaulted an elderly volunteer worker at a homeless shelter in Shelburne, Vt., Friday morning, according to local police.

Abukar Ibrahim

Abukar Ibrahim

32-year-old Abukar Ibrahim attacked a 73-year-old Meals on Wheels volunteer while she was delivering food to Harbor Place, which provides temporary emergency housing to those in need.

While in the office, the female victim reportedly saw Ibrahim vandalizing her car. When she confronted him and tried to intervene, the man became violent, assaulting her with a machete.

The woman was taken to the University of Vermont Medical Center with multiple injuries, including a “significant leg wound.” She received treatment and was later released.

In the wake of the attack, Ibrahim, who police identified as the assailant, barricaded himself in a room for two and a half hours. He supposedly taunted police officers from inside the room before deciding to come out and surrender. The attacker was sent to the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility on charges of attempted murder.

He will be arraigned tomorrow.

For more information on the “welcoming” state of Vermont, click here.

Shelburne is only 15 miles from the USCRI affiliate in Vermont—-Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program.  Inquiring reporters might want to call there and see if Ibrahim is one of their’s.

Posted in Africa, Changing the way we live, Colonization, Community destabilization, Crimes, diversity's dark side, Reforms needed, Refugee Resettlement Program, Stealth Jihad | Tagged: , , | 5 Comments »

Pennsylvania public radio skews the news on refugees, what else is new

Posted by Ann Corcoran on December 28, 2017

Sometimes I want to scream because the media bias is so blatant on the issue of the US Refugee Admissions Program. This story from WYYY by Laura Benshoff is a case in point.

Entitled: ‘In 2017, Pa. resettled nearly 1,000 fewer refugees than previous budget year,’ the title alone is deceptive!

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Reporter Laura Benshoff did not do her homework on refugee program

Sure it might be 1,000 fewer than last year and that is because last year (FY16) was an outlier!

It was the ONE year that Obama was attempting to pour refugees in to the country at a higher than normal rate.

When I checked Wrapsnet just now, that is the US State Department’s data repository, I found that the average number of refugees placed in PA over the last ten years was 2,568 per year. (BTW, her numbers from the PA refugee office do not match the federal data, so it is unclear what numbers the PA refugee office is using.)

We do know that Pennsylvania, over ten years, is in the top ten refugee placement target states (turning red states blue!) in the nation.

Here is WYYY:

This year, a combination of pauses, new federal policies and screening procedures dramatically cut the number of refugees finding new homes in Pennsylvania. From 3,679 in budget year 2016, the number fell to 2,698 in 2017, a 26.7 percent decrease, according to the Pennsylvania Refugee Resettlement Program.

That drop-off appears especially steep due to an uptick in refugee arrivals during President Barack Obama’s last year in office. Local refugee resettlement agencies say the decline was also driven by Trump administration policies that could have long-lasting effects.

cathyrin HIAS

Does Miller-Wilson know that her own organization added to the chaos and confusion with its lawsuits filed against the President?

Now this next bit made me laugh.  We have a HIAS employee complaining about how the “government’s back and forth with the courts” made their work harder.  IT WAS HER ORGANIZATION, HIAS, THAT INITIATED THE LAWSUITS!

“It’s incredibly mercurial, it’s incredibly capricious, and it’s incredibly hard to manage,” said Cathryn Miller-Wilson, executive director of the refugee resettlement group HIAS, of the federal government’s back and forth with the courts over refugee policy this year.

And, let me add that this whole refugee system, based on a per refugee head payment to the contractors, is flawed because it will be “incredibly capricious” as each year the President has the power to set the arrival numbers.

The FACT that the contractors have become so dependent on high arrival numbers for their budgetary survival is their fault! (See my previous post, will HIAS head honchos take pay cuts?)

Ms. Benshoff really drank the koolaide the contractors served up with this line:

The president also lowered the total number of refugees allowed into the country each year from 110,000 to 45,000.

Let’s jump to the facts on the 110,000 Obama number. Obama admitted no where near 110,000 in any of his eight years in office!  He proposed 110,000 as he was literally walking out the door in the fall of 2016!

 

Obama numbers graph

Notice what the tricksters at the DOS have done here. Obama set the FY17 ceiling as he was walking out the door at 110,000.  Note that he had 7 previous years where he could have done the same. Why didn’t he?   Trump legally reset it at 50,000, but the DOS left the 110,000 there because they want to make Trump look as mean as they possibly can compared to their dear leader Obama, and so that their media lackeys can continue to write about Obama’s 110,000 level that was really pie in the sky.  110,000 could never have been accomplished.

 

Benshoff continued quoting from Margaret O’Sullivan:

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O’Sullivan’s organization is a subcontractor to USCRI (Lavinia Limon). USCRI is 98% funded by taxpayer dollars. They are likely losing more than a million bucks.

“We’re all concerned about the number itself, and the unevenness with which we’re actually receiving word and being asked to resettle refugees,” said Margaret O’Sullivan, executive director of Nationalities Service Center in Philadelphia. “That’s our job, to be ready.”

For those of you who continue to believe that the Refugee Program has no cost to state taxpayers (that it is solely a federal program), this next line should disabuse you of that notion.

As a result of the downturn, O’Sullivan described cutting or losing around a million dollars from the group’s budget related to refugee resettlement this year, due to reduced state grants and lower resettlement numbers.

If you would like to read more, go here.

Again, beating a dead horse, but this program, run like a ponzi scheme, based on the number of paying clients (aka refugees) being admitted each year and nine contractors paid based on the number, must be abolished!

And, you won’t find any sympathy here for their budget problems now, because they got fat and lazy on taxpayer dollars (they raise very little private charity) and apparently never planned for a downturn.

There will be no longterm reform of how refugees arrive (and are placed in your towns and cities) in America until these nine, Leftwing community activist groups, are removed from the federal dole.

Posted in Changing the way we live, Community destabilization, Obama, Reforms needed, Refugee Resettlement Program, Refugee statistics, Taxpayer goodies, The Opposition, Trump, Where to find information, Who is going where | Tagged: , , | 7 Comments »

Bowling Green, KY “stakeholder” meeting was informative

Posted by Ann Corcoran on December 20, 2017

“…any resettlement agency that resettles less than 100 (refugees) in principle they are supposed to close their doors.”

Albert Mbanfu

international_center3 KYI sure hope some concerned citizens were permitted to attend the meeting and hear all this personally!

For new readers, the resettlement contractor working near you is supposed to hold quarterly consultations in the community, but often block taxpaying citizens from attending, saying they are not “stakeholders.” 

I say that the taxpayers are the ultimate stakeholders!

As I read this story, in the Bowling Green Daily News, I wondered if anyone ever mentions that terrible case a few years ago where two Iraqi refugees were arrested and ultimately sentenced for planning Islamic terror right there in Bowling Green.

Here is the Bowling Green Daily News (again we hear about resettlement contractor USCRI which I mentioned in my earlier post today.)

At its current rate, the International Center of Kentucky in Bowling Green doesn’t expect to meet its goal of resettling 300 refugees before the end of the fiscal year Sept. 30.

“As of today, we have about 36,” Albert Mbanfu, the center’s executive director, told a group of refugee resettlement partners Monday during a meeting at the center.

Mbanfu called that amount “by far the lowest number that we’ve ever resettled in a three-month period.”

[….]

During the meeting Monday, representatives from U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s office, the Bowling Green Independent School District and other resettlement stakeholders reviewed data on the previous fiscal year’s refugee arrivals. [Glad to hear that Paul is on it, but where was Mitch McConnell’s office rep?—ed]

Between October 2016 and September 2017, the center saw 287 refugee arrivals. Of those, 194 – or 68 percent – arrived during the first quarter of fiscal year 2017.

Somalis made up the largest group of arrivals at 114 with refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo just behind at 75.

The average number of days for refugee job placement was 112, and the 90-day job retention rate was 92 percent.

The top four employers were Perdue [BIG CHICKEN!—ed], ARC Automotive, Trace Die Cast and Kroger.

[….]

Also at the meeting, Mbanfu brought up an issue with the low number of refugees the International Center at Owensboro is resettling. “Basically, any resettlement agency that resettles less than 100 (refugees) in principle they are supposed to close their doors,” he said.

Mbanfu said the International Center is working with the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants to raise those numbers.

A scrum to behold?

I can see it now—there must be fierce fighting going on among the nine federal contractors as they bid for bodies—paying refugee clients—in a smaller pool than they have ever had.

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I would love to be a fly on the wall at one of those US State Department weekly meetings when they divvy-up the incoming refugee cases!

Mbanfu is obviously putting a lot of confidence in his contractor USCRI and Lavinia Limon’s skills as she throws her weight around at the DOS.

BG News continues….

In a follow-up interview, Mbanfu said that because the site is the only one in its area, it has a greater chance of staying open. He said the USCRI supports keeping the location open and that he’s confident it will help raise the location’s arrivals.

More here.

And, go here for our Bowling Green archive.

We have a lot from there because it too had problems (USCRI had problems!) with refugees being placed in substandard housing a few years ago.

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Des Moines, Iowa: Resettlement agencies criticized for placing refugees where there is no transportation

Posted by Ann Corcoran on December 20, 2017

There is nothing new for me in this long investigative article at the Des Moines Register which asks the question about placement of refugees in an isolated low income housing complex:

“Why do resettlement agencies in Des Moines continue to place refugees there?”

I’ve been hearing about the lack of public transportation for refugees since the earliest days of this program coming to my attention in 2007.

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Limon is the CEO of USCRI and this isn’t the first time the organization has been criticized about its housing choices. In 2008 the State Department pulled the contract for one of USCRI’s subcontractors in Waterbury, CT over an issue of inadequate housing.  https://refugeeresettlementwatch.wordpress.com/2008/05/10/state-department-yanks-international-institute-of-connecticut-contract/

And, I’ve been hearing about refugee contractors finding cheap subsidized housing and then creating ethnic enclaves by bringing more family members (chain migration!) to join the ones they brought initially.

Because I am trying to get a little time off, I’m not going to analyze the article for you. Please read it yourself by clicking here.

Refugees must walk long distances in the cold to get basic groceries and the fault is not with the public transportation system, the fault is with the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants and with Catholic Charities*** who are so obviously concerned with their own incomes (and the newest refugees) that they aren’t taking care of the refugees they placed months earlier.

They literally walk away sometimes as soon as 3 months (when their federal pay check runs out) from any responsibility for those “clients” they resettled earlier. This is not humanitarianism.

Instead of placing more financial responsibility on taxpayers (to put more money into public transportation)….

How about if USCRI and Catholic Charities set up either a privately funded small van service or at least find church volunteers to make regular driving runs for the refugees and then consider this….

Support President Donald Trump’s refugee reductions because obviously you do-gooders can’t handle the numbers that were coming in through the Obama years!

***These (below) are the nine federal contractors responsible for all refugee resettlement in America. USCRI is 98% funded through the US Treasury (you, the taxpayer). Charity Navigator gives them no rating because they really are an extension of government and receive only a small amount of private charity.

Limon (who was Bill Clinton’s Director of the ORR) pulls down a salary package of about $300,000 (2015 Form 990). When I wrote about her salary (a little less than ten years ago) it was just short of $200,000, see here.  Has your income taken a leap like that?

And, by the way, are there no synagogues in Des Moines?  HIAS whined recently that they had 380 synagogues across the US wanting to help refugees.  How about putting any in Des Moines to work helping these poor refugees who are now walking for their groceries.

 

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Chobani gets big wet kiss from tainted real estate news outlet

Posted by Ann Corcoran on December 14, 2017

Ulukaya envisions Twin Falls becoming the “Silicon Valley of food”…

 

The Leftwing media outlet that posted a big glowing report of the wonders Chobani Yogurt has brought to Twin Falls, Idaho is called ‘Curbed.’ 

I had never heard of it so I checked it out here at wikipedia and see it is a real-estate industry blog owned by Vox Media.   Curbed we learn was founded by one Lockhart Steele.  Not a household name you say.  Right, but he did get a bit of publicity back in October when he was fired from Vox in the great wave of exposed sexual harassers on the political Left.

(LOL! This was more interesting than the wet-kiss story about Chobani. Readers might remember that (exposing their bias) Vox had this to say about yours truly).

Variety:

curbed

Lockhart Steele, Vox Media’s editorial director and former CEO and founder of Curbed Network, has been fired for sexual harassment after allegations made by a former employee.

“Lockhart Steele was terminated effective immediately,” CEO Jim Bankoff wrote in a memo to staff Thursday, which the company confirmed to Variety was authentic. “Lock admitted engaging in conduct that is inconsistent with our core values and is not tolerated at Vox Media.”

Steele’s name also has been removed from the Vox Media page listing company leadership. He joined the company through its November 2013 acquisition of Curbed, in a cash-and-stock deal reportedly worth $20 million to $30 million. The Curbed Network included Curbed.com, which covers real-estate; food blog Eater; and Racked, which covers retailing. Previously, Steele was managing editor at Gawker Media. Steele did not respond to a request for comment.

There was a time in American history when media on the Left would have been cheering for the American worker, not so much anymore, they are instead cheering for giant global corporations using cheaper and more compliant immigrant labor.

Now to the story at (tainted) Curbed/Vox on Chobani Yogurt and its sainted CEO Hamdi Ulukaya (emphasis is mine):

lavinia-and-chobani

Chobani has no role at all in the refugee program.” Yet here he is sharing the podium with Lavinia Limon of USCRI, the very resettlement agency that works with the US State Department to send refugees to Twin Falls. Are we to believe there is no collusion—that they have no discussions about refugee labor for Idaho?

For Hamdi Ulukaya, founder and CEO of the Greek yogurt-making giant Chobani, Twin Falls, Idaho, helped his company expand in ways he could barely imagine when he arrived in the United States in 1994 as a Turkish college student who didn’t speak English. The small city of 48,000 in the Magic Valley, an agricultural center in the southern part of the state, home to the company’s 1 million-square-foot factory, will soon be the centerpiece of a new chapter for Chobani, one of the last decade’s most successful new food brands.

Earlier this month, Chobani announced plans to expand its sizable footprint in Twin Falls. A $21 million, 70,000-square-foot expansion, centered around an energy-efficient, glass-enclosed food research and development center (R&D), set to open next summer, aims to become a food-focused startup hub that will help Chobani and other entrepreneurs develop new products. Ulukaya envisions Twin Falls becoming the “Silicon Valley of food,” and Michael Gonda, the senior vice president of corporate affairs, says the expansion will double the research & development team, currently operating out of a double-wide trailer.

Mayor Shawn Barigar loves Chobani (doesn’t everyone).  But, do the folks of Idaho want to “redefine rural?”

Chobani shows how economic development, innovation, and a new business can help change a city’s fortunes. Twin Falls Mayor Shawn Barigar said the company exemplifies “redefining rural,” a local bid to build and innovate within its proud agricultural heritage. Since arriving in 2012, Chobani has helped the agribusiness hub thrive, creating 1,000 direct jobs, pumping more than $700 million annually into the region’s GDP, and becoming a big part of the state’s important dairy industry (its plant processes 3 million of the 40 million pounds of milk produced daily in Idaho).

Ulukaya’s story, and his company’s success, embody the American dream immigrants have chased for centuries. But in today’s political climate, Chobani has also found itself drawn into the city’s and the country’s reckonings with a wave of anti-immigrant, anti-refugee sentiment. Ulukaya has proudly supported and sought out refugees, employing hundreds in Twin Falls, where 11 or 12 different languages are spoken on the factory floor.

[….]

Otter and Chobani in 2012

Idaho Republican Governor Otter apparently wants to “redefine rural” too—-big smooch for Ulukaya in 2012. Global food processing giants are changing American towns and cities with refugee labor.  Photo:   http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/mar/09/yogurt-war-exposes-big-food-flaws-as-chobani-passe/

Twin Falls has been part of the nation’s refugee program for decades, with a resettlement office at the local College of Southern Idaho (CSI) helping to place roughly 300 refugees every year.

On that last bit, I sure hope Mr. Chobani Yogurt knows that the refugee numbers are going to be really low this year in Trump’s first full year of control of the flow.

Local citizens should watch for refugees being bused in from other cities and states. It is still a rumor so far but we are hearing that cheap-labor strapped food processing companies may be doing that in other states.

The good mayor of Twin Falls wears two hats!

When Chobani first considered expanding to Twin Falls back in 2011, none of this was central to the conversation or the courting of the fast-growing company. Barigar, then president and CEO of the chamber of commerce (a role he still performs in addition to being mayor), said the city and local economic development agencies spoke about the state’s economy and labor force. They “came for the milk,” he says, and quickly got to work. The Twin Falls factory, the world’s largest yogurt production facility at more than a million square feet, broke ground and was up and running in less than a year.

This last sentence above is a point that hasn’t ever been fully explored.  How does a company that produces so much waste get up and running in less than a year?  How did they get through environmental regulatory requirements at the local, state and federal level that fast?

There is so much in this article I would love to address, but you will need to read it yourself especially if you live in Twin Falls and have been living through this.  Just one more bit here:

Persistent rumors, including a false story that Chobani was involved in a conspiracy involving child sex and spreading tuberculosis, led the company to file a successful defamation lawsuit against Infowars’ Alex Jones, who took down the fake stories as a condition of the settlement. As a private company, Chobani has no role at all in the refugee program, says Gonda.

Chobani lawyers have successfully silenced critical news, not just Infowars, about Chobani Yogurt and the refugee program.

Much more here at Curbed/Vox.

I recommend that anyone with the wherewithal should do a documentary film about Twin Falls, Idaho or St. Cloud Minnesota to show the rest of the nation what happens to a town when a food processing company or other corporations seek refugee labor, the city is changed and a ‘pocket of resistance’ forms.

Both small cities have it all! (Controversial mayors, global corporations, Republican elected officials in the bag for more immigrant labor, Muslim refugees, Chambers of Commerce pushing immigration, Leftwing  ‘church’ groups, US State Department refugee placement contractors, refugee criminal cases, new mosques, citizen push back, defamation of rural patriotic Americans by the local media, etc.).

See my complete archive on Twin Falls by clicking here.

Oh, and by the way, all of the Leftist media attacks on the concerned citizens of Twin Falls imply that the citizens were making it up that Syrian refugees were coming to Twin Falls. Here is MagicValley.com’s April 30, 2015 headline:

CSI Refugee Center Expects Influx of Syrians

TWIN FALLS • The College of Southern Idaho’s Refugee Center is expecting an influx of Syrian refugees starting in October.

CSI Refugee Center works for Lavinia Limon of USCRI (photo above).

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Chobani Yogurt update: plant expansion planned for Twin Falls, Idaho

Posted by Ann Corcoran on November 14, 2017

Idaho Republican governor Otter praised the yogurt tycoon.

Here is the story from the Utica, NY Observer-Dispatch:

The founder and CEO of Chobani has no regrets about moving part of his Greek yogurt company to south-central Idaho, a region embroiled in the national debate over refugee resettlement that spread to company boycotts by far-right bloggers and conspiracy theorists. [So there were boycotts—who knew?–ed]

lavinia and chobani

Not a conspiracy, they are now out in the open about cozy relationships between refugee agencies and companies looking for immigrant labor. That is Hamdi Ulukaya on the right with the head honcho of the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants Lavinia Limon (Bill Clinton’s former Director of ORR). USCRI is the major contractor placing refugees in Twin Falls.  It is 98% funded by taxpayer dollars. Limon makes over $300,000 a year in salary and benefits for changing America by changing the people (and finding Chobani Yogurt its laborers)!

“I hear the conversations here and there, but it’s a peaceful community that we all love,” said Hamdi Ulukaya, a Turkish immigrant. “It’s the home of Chobani.”

Ulukaya spoke to The Associated Press before a Thursday announcement of a $20 million expansion of the company’s facility in the city of Twin Falls — the world’s largest yogurt plant — to serve as its global research and development center tackling how yogurt is made and consumed.

[….]

The company employs 2,000 workers, including 300 refugees.

However, Chobani’s time in Idaho also has taken a darker turn as anti-immigrant advocates have seized on the company’s open stance on refugees. Fringe websites have falsely claimed that Ulukaya wanted to “drown the United States in Muslims.” Other websites, like Breitbart News, falsely attempted to link Chobani’s hiring of refugees to an uptick in tuberculosis cases in Idaho.

 

To counteract the hateful rhetoric, Chobani sued right-wing radio host Alex Jones earlier this year, saying that Jones and his InfoWars website posted fabricated stories linking Ulukaya and the company to a sexual assault case involving refugee children in Twin Falls. Jones originally promised to never back down in his fight against the yogurt giant but eventually retracted his statements in a settlement. [We are aware that Chobani lawyers threatened other news outlets as well—ed.]

Ulukaya declined to comment on the Jones lawsuit but said the rise in anti-refugee sentiment has never delayed a project he wanted to pursue. And he says he is committed to being a welcoming company.

chobani with cup

Messy!

[….]

During Thursday’s expansion launch, Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter praised Chobani’s impact on the community.

More here.

See my entire Twin Falls archive by clicking here.

See what is messy here!

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