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Idaho boo-hooing: Not enough refugee workers arriving

Posted by Ann Corcoran on September 11, 2018

This story would not be worth posting except for the fact that it once again informs us that the refugees are here to supply cheap labor for industries that want to keep wages low. (Cheap for industry, but not for taxpayers who subsidize the refugee families with welfare!)

And, it is worth posting because the refugee agency head in Twin Falls is mistaken when he thinks the citizens of Idaho have been sufficiently ‘educated’ and now will be more welcoming of refugees.

chobani plant twin falls

Twin Falls has long been a city in turmoil about the refugee flow there partly due to the labor needs of the massive Chobani Yogurt plant there and the dairy industry that supplies it.

 

From the Idaho State Business Journal:

Lack of refugees has Idaho businesses scrambling for workers

(Be sure to click on the link and see the story which features a photo of a Muslim woman giving free Arabic lessons to Americans.  Gee, so why is that needed?)

TWIN FALLS — Idaho has welcomed far fewer refugees this year, which means resettlement agencies have more time to work with families, but South Idaho businesses are scrambling to find workers.

The College of Southern Idaho’s Refugee Center*** is on track to resettle 71 people this year, a fraction of the 300 people it typically serves each fiscal year. It’s received 64 refugees so far this year, with another family of seven expected soon. The fiscal year ends at the end of September.

“I think the decline in arrivals takes a toll, especially with our super low unemployment right now,” said Tara Wolfson, director of the Idaho Office for Refugees. “And I think there’s a loss to our ingenuity, to our workforce, to our bringing new ideas and creations to our state, that refugees tend to bring.” [This is such BS—refugees bring new ideas and creations to the state.—ed]

[….]

“It’s really a tough thing because we need workforce,” Roeser said. “We have so many Baby Boomers retiring. We have so many services that need warm bodies to work because of the aging workforce.”

I have said innumerable times that since the US Refugee Admissions Program is primarily to supply cheap labor for big global businesses (like Chobani), let’s have that debate, but shut up about it being a ‘humanitarian’ program.

Refugee resettlement across the state has declined dramatically since 2016 when 916 people resettled in Idaho. That number dropped to 611 the following year, and the Idaho Office for Refugees has resettled 341 people so far in the 2018 fiscal year.

[….]

Zeze Rwasama

Zeze Rwasama thinks people are not complaining about refugees now because they have been sufficiently re-educated. 

Wolfson said she expects that the low resettlement rate will continue into next year.

But Rwasama [Director of the Refugee Center at CSI] is hopeful that federal policies and practices “could change at any time.” He said these days he less frequently hears certain anti-refugee sentiments that he used to hear often, such as concerns about safety or complaints about refugees “taking jobs” from other workers.

“I think people have actually received correct information and that’s why I don’t hear it anymore,” Rwasama said.

“And I hope those answers are getting to the president as well, and soon he will allow more refugees to come.”

 

More here.

Things are only quiet because Donald Trump has taken the pressure off for now.

So, dear readers, the flood gates will open again if there is a new President elected in 2020 (there isn’t another Republican who would do what Trump is doing).  I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to reform the whole program while we have him in office. So get out and get involved in election year politics where you live!

Go here for my huge archive on Idaho.

***The Refugee Center at the College of Southern Idaho is a subcontractor of the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (one of the big nine federal resettlement contractors).

Posted in Changing the way we live, Colonization, Community destabilization, Pockets of Resistance, Reforms needed, Refugee Resettlement Program, Resettlement cities, The Opposition, Trump, Who is going where | Tagged: , , | 19 Comments »

Bowling Green, KY not getting enough Muslim refugees says refugee contractor

Posted by Ann Corcoran on August 4, 2018

I’ve already posted a bunch of stories similar to this one from several different cities in what is an obvious media campaign to blast the President as he approaches his deadline to say how many refugees the US will ‘welcome’ in FY19.

I don’t intend to publish them all because it gets boring, but will note interesting points when I see them.

Iraqi refugee terrorists

Iraqi refugees convicted on terror charges were arrested in Bowling Green, KY, but you never see that mentioned anymore.  https://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/exclusive-terror-worry-rises-al-qaeda-found-kentucky-20958004

We have written a lot on Bowling Green, KY over the years.

It is Senator Rand Paul’s home town. In 2011, two Iraqi Muslim refugees were arrested there and ultimately found guilty of attempting to help a terrorist group in Iraq.  The arrest resulted in the US State Department temporarily halting resettlement from Iraq and rescreening thousands of potential refugees.

At that point, Senator Paul came out strongly against the program, but his criticism vanished when he ran for President in 2016.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Changing the way we live, Christian refugees, Colonization, Community destabilization, Crimes, diversity's dark side, Muslim refugees, Refugee Resettlement Program, Resettlement cities, The Opposition, Trump, Who is going where | Tagged: , , , | 7 Comments »

Refugees trickle in to Twin Falls, Idaho

Posted by Ann Corcoran on April 13, 2018

Add “trickle” to our descriptive media word-list about this years’ refugee flow to America.

Previously we joked about “plummeting” numbers (dip, tumble, drop dramatically, drastically decline, etc.). Now we can add “trickle.”

lavinia-and-chobani

Back in the good ‘ol days, Lavinia Limon (USCRI) was sending Mr. Chobani Yogurt (Hamdi Ulukaya) his workers for Twin Falls.

Mr. Chobani Yogurt must be a bit annoyed as the refugee worker stream to his Twin Falls yogurt plant must be trickling too.

And, heck, he even lost pal, doyenne of the refugee contractors, Lavinia Limon last fall. See here.

This article is just another of the ho-hum planted media stories about that mean ol’ Donald Trump and how his refugee slowdown is hurting their refugee industry.

It wouldn’t be worth posting except for the blatant admission that plummeting refugee arrivals are hurting the contractors’ budgets. 

For longtime readers you are likely thinking—well we know that!

However, ten years ago, when I started writing this blog about the flawed US Refugee Admissions Program, the media didn’t know that refugee contracting agencies*** were paid by the head to place refugees, so I see this paragraph below as progress!

From the Idaho State Journal:

There are challenges that come with taking in fewer refugees. It’s hard to manage the Refugee Center’s budget, Rwasama said, because the center receives federal funding per refugee who arrives. “Everything is impacted when you don’t have funding to provide services.”

More here.

I was glad to see that they say they are taking better care of the formerly placed refugees since they are receiving so few new ones.

Rwasama is CSI Refugee Center director Zeze Rwasama.  It has never been adequately explained just how the College of Southern Idaho became a subcontractor for USCRI, one of the nine (soon to be eight?) federal contractors.

Nevertheless, we are happy to see that the admission is being made regularly and the media is now reporting that:

Federal resettlement contractors (and their subcontractors) receive payment from you, the US taxpayer, on a per refugee head basis!

Progress!

*** I post the contractor list almost every day because I want new readers to know exactly who is responsible for driving the US Refugee Admissions Program (in addition to the UN!).

The number in parenthesis is the percentage of the nine VOLAGs’ income paid by you (the taxpayer) to place the refugees, line them up with (low paying) jobs in food production and cleaning hotel rooms, and get them signed up for their services!  From most recent accounting, here.

 

Posted in Changing the way we live, Colonization, Community destabilization, Legal immigration and jobs, Muslim refugees, Pockets of Resistance, Reforms needed, Refugee Resettlement Program, Resettlement cities, Taxpayer goodies, The Opposition, Trump | Tagged: , | 2 Comments »

Kentucky refugee numbers dip, drop, dwindle

Posted by Ann Corcoran on April 2, 2018

We know that, so why am I posting yet one more “plummet” story that the refugee industry has fed the media?

Because in this story we see the beginning of the strategy for Fiscal Year ’19 which I mentioned here the other day.

Right on cue they have begun the PR push for pre-Trump levels of refugee admissions.

From The Messenger:

International Center of Kentucky faces dwindling refugee arrivals

Albert Mbanfu, the center’s executive director, met with community partners Thursday to discuss resettlement issues. Mbanfu said after the meeting that the center is experiencing a slowdown but that the federal government isn’t saying why.

(Learn about Stakeholder meetings, here.)

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Mbanfu is presiding over a Stakeholders meeting that includes school and health officials, etc. These meetings are supposed to be open to the public, so all of you should be finding out when they are held and request to be present. After all, as the taxpayers paying for all of this, you are the biggest stakeholder of all!  Photo:  http://www.bgdailynews.com/news/international-center-faces-dwindling-refugee-arrivals/article_9c2588e6-342d-5dd5-a332-fc937311fd7a.html

 

The Messenger continues….

In light of this [discussion about Trump slowdown.—ed], Mbanfu said the center has been asked to rework its budget. He said in a follow-up interview that the center has made cuts and reduced staff.

“A year and a half ago we were at about 30 and right now, full- and part-time staff, we are down to 22, and there are still plans to reduce that further,” he said of the agency’s employees.

[….]

During the meeting, Mbanfu also discussed plans to scale back funding for refugee resettlement agencies across the country.

“Beginning Oct. 1 [Fiscal year ’19 begins that day.—-ed], not all of the refugee resettlement agencies will be open,” he said. “Many will close their doors.”

Mbanfu said the center’s volunteer agency, the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, is working on a proposal to keep its affiliated agencies open. More information should be available in August or September, he said.

This is what I wanted you to see!

Despite the low number of arrivals, Mbanfu told the center’s partners it is going to ask for permission to resettle 440 refugees next fiscal year.

The center was previously granted permission to resettle that amount before Trump took office.

I have to laugh.  I’ll bet some of those officials which have to cope with large numbers of refugees in the schools and health system are keeping their fingers crossed that 440 won’t be coming next year!

The strategy is taking shape!

Apparently, the strategy is for all three hundred or so subcontractors (of the nine major contractors***) to prepare Abstracts for the coming year as if President Trump wasn’t even there.  They know he won’t go for Obama-level numbers, but they plan to use their request for high numbers in the inevitable media agitation campaign.

Those Abstracts go to the US State Department (as a basis for next year’s determination) and if the DOS was smart they would put the word out right now that they won’t entertain any Abstracts that come in at Obama-era levels.  They could even put out a percentage.  For example an Abstract must come in at say 25% of its FY18 submitted level.

If the Trump State Department does not head this off now, they face another refugee industry anti-Trump media blitz come September.

(They will get one anyway, but at least the contractors won’t be able to use their submitted Abstracts in the process.)

BTW, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has never lifted a finger to reform the refugee program. At one point, after those Iraqi refugee terrorists were caught in his home town, Senator Rand Paul took a stand against the program, but quickly shut down his criticism.  I think KY is one of those states that welcomes cheap refugee labor for BIG CHICKEN! and for the Chamber of Commerce. 

Wouldn’t you like to know what ol’Mitch and Rand are telling Trump behind the scenes about refugee resettlement!

 

*** For new readers, these (below) are the nine federal refugee contractors that have been driving more refugee resettlement for over three decades.  The program will never be reformed as long as these fake non-profits are funded with taxpayer dollars and are permitted to wage political organizing/agitation campaigns.

The International Center of Kentucky works for the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, a contractor which has a checkered past (in Kentucky too!).

Go here for my USCRI archive to see what I mean. Don’t miss this one: CEO Limon is out!

The number in parenthesis is the percentage of the nine VOLAGs’ income paid by you (the taxpayer) to place the refugees, line them up with (low paying) jobs in food production and cleaning hotel rooms, and get them signed up for their services!  From most recent accounting, here.

Posted in Changing the way we live, Colonization, Community destabilization, Reforms needed, Refugee Resettlement Program, Resettlement cities, Taxpayer goodies, The Opposition, Trump, Trump Watch!, What you can do | Tagged: , , | 1 Comment »

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.

eskinder_negash

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.

lavinia-and-chobani

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.

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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.

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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!

 

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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 »

 
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