In some ways I almost don’t want to report on the latest from LeoHohmann.com because I don’t want more Americans who stand up for America and Western Civilization to live in fear of our own government, but you need to be forewarned!
Hohmann’s chilling piece is about our friend Brenda Arthur in Charleston, WV entitled:
Deep state attacks: Gov’t ‘Fusion Centers’ spying on patriots concerned about Islam
Below is some of the story, but please read the whole thing. I’m just setting the stage with the following snips:
Brenda Arthur received an unexpected visit on March 8 that, one week later, leaves her feeling more than a little uneasy.
At her door that day was an officer with the West Virginia State Police. He wanted to know about her involvement in a Freedom of Information request regarding a local mosque.
Arthur, who will turn 67 this summer, serves as leader of the West Virginia chapter of ACT For America, whose mission is to educate Americans about the advancement of Islamic principles in Western societies.
As a Jewish American, she was concerned about a major expansion of the Islamic Association of West Virginia in her hometown of South Charleston. This mosque has hosted an openly anti-Semitic preacher in the past, and so she went to city hall in late January to have a look at its construction permits and site plans, something that is within the right of every American citizen under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act and state open-records laws.
She had no idea that this perfectly legal activity, performed every day by citizen watchdogs across the U.S., would prompt a visit from the state police.
Workman’s [the officer who came to Arthur’s door] unit is part of the West Virginia Intelligence Exchange, a secretive outfit that works closely with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s “intelligence fusion center” in West Virginia.
All 50 states have at least one DHS fusion center, and the story of Brenda Arthur lends credence to the views of civil libertarians that these centers, whatever their stated purpose, have been weaponized against law-abiding American citizens.
Do not talk to them!
Whitehead [John, founder of the Charlottesville, Va.-based Rutherford Institute] has strict advice for any law-abiding citizen who is approached by law enforcement asking questions about their personal activities.
“If they come to your door, do not talk to them. If they call you on the phone, do not talk to them.”
Whitehead said the intimidation tactics used by fusion centers are similar to the East German Stasi and other secret-police agencies.
“They’re copying the tactics of former totalitarian regimes and the slightest mistake can get you in trouble,” he said.
Hohmann continues, please read it allso you know how to handle the situation should it happen to you.
It is going to get harder before it gets better, so please hang in there all of you!
You might not have Brenda’s bravery (or that of Johnson in my previous post), but there are so many things you can do to save America and save Western Civilization—find your niche and work at it every day!
Read more about Arthur by clicking on my Charleston, WV archive here.
…which describes a brazen push with school system permission to indoctrinate teachers about Islam reportedly using allegations of bullying in the schools as the pretext for ‘educating’ the teachers.
This demonstrates a pattern of aggressive proselyting we have observed as Muslim immigrants begin to make their presence known in cities that have had little experience with this kind of ‘diversity.’
They are often aided and abetted by local so-called ‘Interfaith’ groups representing the religious Left. (Ring a bell South Dakota!).
But, first a little background to set the stage:
Catholic Charities has had a small resettlement office in Charleston for a long time, but a couple of years ago, as the Interfaith group jumped on the ‘we-want-Syrian-refugees’ bandwagon, they found Episcopal Migrations Ministries (99.5% funded by taxpayers) willing to put in for a new office in Charleston specifically seeking Syrian Muslims.
I wrote abouttheir unusual desire to specify a particular ethnic group in 2016.
Normally a budding new subcontractor is happy to get whatever ethnic groups are sent their way. After all, it is about ‘humanitarianism’ right!
They didn’t get their wish, as Hohmann relates, and the office approved by Obama’s State Department was killed when Trump came in, partially due to Trump’s ‘ban’ on Syrians and partly due to organized citizen opposition in Charleston.
They aren’t getting their New Americans yet, but readers need to know that they are just waiting for Trump to be gone from the White House! So, in the meantime, they are “educating.”
Fast forward to this past week when we learned that the The Islamic Association of West Virginia had sent an invitation via the school system directly to individual teacher’s mailboxes inviting them to learn about Islam at a special upcoming event—-The Islamic Association of West Virginia: Get to know your Muslim student event!
Can you imagine if the local Baptist Church (any other faith group) went to the School Board and asked to put invitations in to teachers’ boxes about an upcoming ‘know your Christian students event.’ They would be laughed out of the office!
It would never happen.
So why did the Islamic Association of WV have success? It is spelled F-E-A-R!
Now, see Hohmann’s riveting reportingon what happened and is happening in Charleston, WV! See how teachers are afraid!
The U.S. State Department of State won’t move forward with resettling refugees this year through a Charleston-based affiliate of Episcopal Migration Ministries, according to organizers who had been working to bring more refugees to West Virginia.
Members of the West Virginia Interfaith Refugee Ministry had been working to bring more refugees — those fleeing violence or persecution in their native countries — to West Virginia, by establishing a Charleston-based affiliate of a national resettlement agency. Lynn Clarke, a leader with the group, said last month that they planned to open an affiliate of Episcopal Migration Ministries in Charleston on Aug. 1, and that they anticipated 85 refugees would arrive between October 2017 and September 2018.
The Rev. Canon E. Mark Stevenson, director of Episcopal Migration Ministries, and Antigona Mehani, who was hired to direct the office, both later said too much was unknown to anticipate how many refugees could arrive and when.
On Wednesday, Rabbi Victor Urecki, leader of Charleston’s B’nai Jacob Synagogue and a member of the West Virginia Interfaith Refugee Ministry, provided a statement from Episcopal Migration Ministries and the West Virginia Interfaith Refugee Ministry. [Urecki has been a leading advocate involved with the local ‘Interfaith’ effort to bring Syrian refugees to Charleston.—ed]
The statement from Episcopal Migration Ministries said that on Monday, Episcopal Migration Ministries “learned that the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration will not move forward with resettling refugees in several sites in the coming year,” including Charleston.
So, other sites won’t get refugees in the coming year—where are they?
By the way, two things made this Charleston site different in my view. First, those pushing the resettlement were pushing for Syrians from the outset, not any refugees from anywhere which is the normal case, but Syrians specifically.
And, secondly, that cash-strapped EMM had closed other established offices in other states, yet was hoping to open this one. Why?
I have a substantial archive on Charleston, click here, because citizens there were actively engaged against the idea of bringing more poverty to West Virginia.
LOL! Did any of you call Rep. Mooney’s office and ask him to get you the FY18 R & P Abstract for EMM in Charleston? Did he get it for you?
It is not too late. You will find the Abstract very informative (if they give you all the pages) because it will describe all the amenities Charleston has to offer its new third world refugees—jobs, housing, medical care, etc.
As I pointed out in my previous post, the open borders activists and the contractors*** are looking ahead to October when they think the UN/US Refugee Admissions Program will be back and moving full steam ahead.
This newsfrom Charleston, WV confirms one of two things—-either the contractors know something we don’t know, or they are setting up a media opportunity to bash the Trump Administration for dashing their hopes (again) should the Trump team keep the refugee flow low (or even halt it altogether!) come September.
Before I give you this news from an Episcopal Migration Ministries(99.5% funded by taxpayers!) wannabe subcontractor in the capitol city of West Virginia, I need to once again remind readers (and tell new readers) about the process.
Normally in May of each year there is a “scoping meeting” held by the US State Department to seek input from the public about the ‘size and scope’ of the refugee admissions program for the coming fiscal year. They pretend it is to get public input, but it is mostly an appeal to the contractors to send in their wish lists.
I don’t have time to go over the whole history of our involvement with these phony ‘hearings,’ but suffice it to say, they do not want to hear from the general public. In fact, I don’t think there was even a “scoping meeting” at all this year.
R & P Abstracts….
Along about May, all of the contractors’ subcontractor offices go to work on their R & P Abstracts. These documents, discussed many times on these pages, are wish lists of sorts. The subcontractor will decide how many refugees a community has the capacity to take, from where in the world they will come from, and what amenities your town has for them—housing, jobs, health care, schools etc.
The best Abstract I ever saw was for Reno, Nevada, see here.
Big no-no! Do not read RRW!
And, surprise (not!), a couple of years ago, World Reliefactually sent a letter to its subcontractors alerting them to the fact that I told listeners on a Minnesota radio show to “get your abstracts.” The leadership at WR told it’s subcontractors (they call them “affiliates”) to not give the abstracts out when people call. Oh, and this is funny, they told their staff to not read RRW! The leadership would screen my writing and inform the underlings if they needed to know about something we said at RRW!
As of July 3, 2017, the US State Department has an up-to-date affiliates list, go here, find an office near you (even within a hundred miles), call them and ask for the FY18 Abstract they have prepared for the US State Department!
Be prepared to be told such a document doesn’t exist (one of their tricks) and for those who admit there is such a plan for your town, they will tell you that you can’t have it anyway! But, it is a good exercise for you, to be told that THEY have plans for your community that YOU can’t see!
The R & P Abstracts are the basis for making the “determination” to be announced in September about how many refugees the Trump Administration is going to ‘welcome’ to America for FY2018 which begins on October 1, 2017.
The process appears to be going forward just like any other year (not surprising since Trump has no people in the DOS refugee office).
The President sends his ‘determination’ (which includes how much of your money he wants Congress to appropriate) to The Hill for “consultation.” Consultation traditionally involves rubber stamping whatever the President wants. The majority of the power for refugee resettlement is vested in the President.
Now that I have gone way too long (I hope you are still reading!), here (below) is a bit of the Charleston Gazette-Mailstory that would indicate that the US State Department is welcoming in the abstracts just like in a normal year and this wannabe resettlement agency is acting like it is a done deal and that Charleston will be getting 85 refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Why this particular Episcopal office wants only these particular (mostly Muslim) ethnic groups is a puzzle. What! No impoverished Africans? No Somalis, no Christians from the DR Congo? Hmmm!
It is by no means a done deal! But, by making it sound like it is, if they don’t get their hypothetical refugees, at least they can blame Trump in the end.
(There is a Catholic resettlement agency already working in Charleston, this would be a new competitor as the contractors ‘bid for bodies.’)
A Charleston-based refugee resettlement office will assist in placing 85 refugees in the area during the Oct. 2017- Sept. 2018 fiscal year, according to the director of the group organizing the effort.
The West Virginia Interfaith Refugee Ministry, a group that has been working to bring refugees to West Virginia, plans to open the office of a refugee resettlement agency affiliate on the third floor of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Charleston on Aug. 1, according to Lynn Clarke, director of the group.
Antigone Mehani, who previously served as the employment services manager at another resettlement agency in Louisville, Kentucky, also begins Aug. 1. Clarke anticipates Mehani will hire one part-time employee. The agency is an affiliate of Episcopal Migration Ministries, one of nine national refugee resettlement agencies that work with the federal government and local groups to place refugees. [We learned herethat EMM is closing offices elsewhere, so why open a new and controversial office in Charleston?—ed]
Episcopal Migration Ministries has about 30 offices nationwide. In the ministry’s “resettlement communities,” local organizers assist refugees with finding health care and work, translation and other services.
Mehani will be an employee of the Episcopal Diocese of West Virginia, which will assist with administrative tasks. [One important criticism of EMM is that it keeps no separate accounting available to the public because its federal money flows directly to the church, come on Congress, where are you?—ed]
The group has raised about $100,000 in pledges, donations and grants, according to Clarke.
The refugees — people who have had to flee their homes because of war, persecution or other violence — will likely come from Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Clarke said half will be children.
Clarke said the refugees likely won’t have ties to the region, so they won’t begin arriving until the ban is no longer in effect. She anticipates arrivals in November.
“I always believed this would happen for Charleston,” she said. “There’s always been concern that things would change, but I don’t remember ever thinking that this office wouldn’t open.”
(This “new” office of EMM is not listed on the recent updateof State Department subcontractors.)
Again, as I said in my previous post, you must focus your energy on getting the Trump Administration to come in with a zero ‘determination’ in September for FY18. It is my view that if they go back to some normal number—like 50,000—there will never be any incentive to EVER reform the UN/US Refugee Admissions Program!
***Federal contractors/middlemen/lobbyists/community organizerspaid by you to place refugees in your towns and cities. At this minute they are sending ‘abstracts’to Washington which are their personal wish lists and plans for who will be ‘welcomed’ to your towns.
Because their income is largely dependent on taxpayer dollars based on the number of refugees admitted to the US, the only way for real reform of how the US admits refugees is to remove the contractors from the process. I have ideas on how to do that, but no one in Congress every asks!
I’m asked all the time: What can I do? What can I do?
This is an excellent example of the kind of thing you can do. This is a list of talking points thoughtfully prepared by Brenda Arthur of the Charleston, WV Act for America chapter. As a citizen activist, she put some serious time into preparing this point/counterpoint and made it available for all of you!
PROPONENTS OF REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT
WILL SAY :
1. Your town is losing population. Bringing refugees will revitalize your city.
+ Truth: Saying that Importing third world poverty into our city or state revitalizes it just defies logic and commonsense.
+The educational level of many refugees is low. They will only qualify for minimum or low wage jobs. Therefore, they will continue to qualify for some form of government assistance such as Medicaid and/or Food Stamps aka SNAP.
+ Big Business uses refugees for cheap labor thereby depressing wages for Americans with low education levels.
+ The cost of educating a refugee child is apprx $10,000+ per year not to mention the additional cost of English language assistance/interpreters and additional tutoring due to a lack of previous education.
+ Refugees often send some of their money out of the country to family left behind. Those remittances that leave the country are dollars unavailable to the local economy. This is never factored in.
+ As the refugee population grows more languages will be required to be provided by the school system. This erodes the quality of the schools and reduces teaching time for American kids whose parents are paying the bill.
+ In towns where the refugee population has grown, parents are finding 17-20 year-olds in class with their children.
+ Some school districts across the country have as many as 81 languages for which they must provide ESL teachers and interpreters.
2. Another selling point by the proponents is that “It is our moral obligation. That’s who we are as a country.”
+ Our tax dollars were never meant to be someone else’s charity .
+ We should aid refugees where they are. For every one brought here we can help 12 people there. The administration of mercy belongs to each of us individually—-not to the government.
+ Our first moral obligation is to our own people.
3. OVER 800,000 REFUGEES (since 9/11) HAVE BEEN ADMITTED TO THE U.S. AND NO TERRORIST PROBLEMS:
+ Proponents will present the picture that everything is “sweetness and light “. Not true. Many problems are occurring with refugee populations in towns all across America: Gangs, increased drug trafficking, sex slave trade, domestic violence, crime, drug resistant strains of TB, female genital mutilation, and more.
+ Cultural differences are often great and cannot be bridged. Some refugee cultures believe that “honor killing” and rape of non-muslim women is acceptable.
+ In addition, there have been terrorist acts committed by refugees as well as many crimes. Taxpayers pay for expensive trials, and for those who are sentenced we must bear the cost of imprisonment for many years.
4. NO STATE MONEY IS INVOLVED.
+ Yet another selling point of the proponents is that THERE IS NO STATE MONEY INVOLVED. IT’S ALL FEDERAL MONEY. WELL, FIRST OF ALL, FEDERAL MONEY IS OUR MONEY. SECONDLY, LET’S DISCUSS THE STATE COSTS: MEDICAID , STATE EMPLOYEES, EDUCATION, INTERPRETERS, AND LIKELY CASH WELFARE PAYMENTS.
DON’T TELL ME OR ANYONE ELSE THERE IS NO STATE MONEY INVOLVED WITH THIS PROGRAM. It’s a matter of how much.
+ Medicaid–Unreimbursed cost to the state
+ TANF–Cash Welfare payments –Unreimbursed costs to the state
+ Interpreters–Provided to students and other refugees as needed
+ Education–Cost for educating children K-12
+ State Employees’ salaries and benefits who work w/refugees
5. The vetting is very, very rigorous.
+ Former FBI Director, James Comey, Obama’s Special Envoy to the Middle East to fight ISIS, General John Allen, Former Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, Mike McCaul, Chairman of Homeland Security in the Congress , and now we know from the leaked Wikileaks documents that even Hillary Clinton herself said at a private meeting in 2013 that the refugees cannot possibly be vetted.
+ Further, Leon Rodriguez, former Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, reluctantly told former Senator Jeff Sessions’ Senate Committee in September 2016 that some of the refugees get in based solely on their testimony alone.
+ Fraud is rampant in the refugee program. Many refugees come from failed states. They have no documentation. We are supposed to believe the lie that everyone is who they say they are.
+ ISIS has sworn to infiltrate the refugee population. They already have.
6. The refugees become self-sufficient within 5 years.
+ The fact is that the Office Of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) defines self-sufficiency in a way that is contrary to the common understanding of the word. A household is considered self-sufficient if it is not receiving “a cash assistance grant”. But other welfare programs do not count under the ORR definition. Thus, ORR considers and reports them as self-sufficient even if they are receiving other forms of government assistance such as: Food Stamps (SNAP), Housing subsidies, or Medicaid .
Don’t be fooled. Make them define their terms.
7. Refugees pay taxes.
+ Consider that the average educational level of a Middle Eastern refugee is 10.5 years. That is not even a high school diploma. This means that the likelihood of them earning more than $9-$12 /hour is pretty unlikely. Having a low wage job is most likely. Further, even if they work and pay taxes the fact that the earnings level is low will often make them eligible for continuing government subsidies. There are other points to consider:
+ Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is available to people whose income is low. Many, if not most, refugees would likely qualify for this.
+ Child Tax Credit up to $1000 per child would apply based on income guidelines. This credit is IN ADDITION to deductions for dependent children.
+ Once the Tax Credits are applied it is possible that they are getting back all or most of the taxes that were paid and potentially more than they paid.
So, there we have it for those of you looking for something to do. Use Arthur’s points for letters to the editor, arguing with ‘friends’ on facebook, or when corresponding with your elected officials.
This post is filed in two categories here at RRW: ‘Comments worth noting’ (here) and in my new category ‘What you can do’ (here).
And, for all of you interested in Arthur’s home state of West Virginia, go here for my archive on the state.
Where were you WV Republican Senator Shelley Moore Capito and Republican Rep. Alex Mooney? Only two choices!—either asleep-at-the-switch or in support of this move by a local ‘interfaith’ group to be named a federal subcontracting agency for the purpose of beginning a new refugee resettlement site in the state. (Charleston previously received a few refugees through Catholic Charities, but no where near this scale).
If Capito and Mooney had put up significant opposition, we would have heard about it and this decision might have turned out differently.
Does Obama think he can stick it to West Virginia (Trump territory) voters in his final weeks in office? And, where is Joe [Manchin]? He must be all for it too!
Just this morning we reported that in Wisconsin, Republican Rep. Sean Duffysent a strongly worded letterabout plans to begin placing Syrians in his district and here a few days ago we learned that the plan for Bloomington, Indiana was shelved because opposition had grown there and because it is expected that Trump will make some move after January 20th to slow (or stop) the flow of refugees to America (money for resettlement is drying up as well).
So why go ahead with this new site at the West Virginia state capitol?
For new readers we have followed the growing controversy in Charleston extensively for months,see here.
The U.S. Department of State has approved an application to establish a refugee resettlement program in Charleston, officials announced Wednesday. But that decision could be reversed by the incoming administration, according to an expert on refugee resettlement law.
The West Virginia Interfaith Refugee Ministry, which also is the name local organizers have been informally using to describe their humanitarian effort, will begin as a program of the Episcopal Diocese of West Virginia.
In a statement issued Wednesday, the Rev. Canon E. Mark Stevenson, director at Episcopal Migration Ministries, announced that the West Virginia Interfaith Refugee Ministry had been approved to join its network of 30 refugee resettlement sites throughout the country.
In October, they submitted an application for a resettlement agency to place 100 refugees in Charleston in the first year.
David Ramkey, chief financial officer for the Episcopal Diocese of West Virginia, said the refugees should be a “welcome addition” and “very productive part” of the community.
Neil Grungras, executive director of the nonprofit Organization for Refuge, Asylum and Migration, said the Donald Trump administration could reverse the decision.
“The State Department is never obligated to allow even an approved refugee into the U.S.,” Grungras said. “The answer, with regard to the 100 approved, is that it probably depends where they are in their processing. [I will bet a buck that the Obama Administration is packing as many as they can into that pipeline right now!—ed]
Lynn Clarke, a local organizer, said the group had been told that, if they were approved, the refugees would likely begin arriving this summer. She said the group anticipates refugees fleeing from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, but she said they also could be from other countries. –
As I said in aprevious post, I don’t know why this ‘interfaith’ group was so hot for Syrian Muslims (apparently Iraqis and Afghans too), they usually don’t get to pick their favorite ethnic groups, but actually get a little bit of everything.
“I don’t think they should be brought here, period!”
(citizen activist Brenda Arthur)
As Itold you a few days ago a Charleston ‘Interfaith’ group was planning a rally to push for the resettlement of Syrian refugees to the state capitol. And, as I mentioned then, I am struck by the fact that the rally for refugees was so specific about Syrians when we bring refugees from all over the world (and resettlement contracting agencies don’t get to pick only those ethnic groups they prefer).
Why are they so concerned about Syrians? Why is the Charleston, West Virginia group so discriminatory against other ethnic groups?
And here are my bigger questions: Where is Alex? Where is Shelley? Where is Joe?
Considering that the controversy about the resettlement of Syrian refugees in American towns is one of the major issues that pushed Donald Trump over the finish line last week, shouldn’t we expect elected officials like Rep. Alex Mooney (R) in whose district this rally occurred and US Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R) and Joe Manchin (D) to have the guts to say where they stand on the issue!
Are they for or against this plan from Washington?
During last year’s rally supporting Syrian refugees, Brenda Arthur stood across the street in protest. She learned of the rally only hours before it was scheduled to begin. She was then one of only two people protesting against it.
This time, she brought a few friends. To them, the reasons to not bring refugees seem endless.
“We had the June flooding disaster, we’ve lost jobs, there have been cuts in school funding and then there’s the drug epidemic,” Arthur said. “We’ve got all of these major problems to deal with. How does it even make sense to bring people here from halfway around the world that are going to need every form of government assistance?”
Arthur, 65, gathered with about a dozen other people in protest of the rally. Their main complaints about settling refugees in Charleston is the fear that they might be sent by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and that tax money would be used to resettle them.
But even if it didn’t cost taxpayers anything to bring refugees to West Virginia, and even if officials could be completely sure that the refugees weren’t sent by ISIS, Arthur still doesn’t want them here.
“I don’t think they should be brought here, period. We should take care of them in their homeland,” Arthur said. “A lot of these people, you know, they’ve been in their tribal land for thousands of years, and now they’re uprooted, brought to a new culture — in many cases a culture that has nothing to do with them. Our values are antithetical to a lot of things that they believe.”
See our complete archive on the West Virginia controversy by clicking here.