The news on refugees is pretty sparse these days as the Afghan migrants (they are not refugees!) are consuming much of the bandwidth (and cash) the contractors need to expand the refugee program to admit their dream number of 125,000 refugees from every corner of the world this year.
The Afghans are seemingly being placed willy-nilly around America—not surprisingly in ‘welcoming’ cities like Buffalo, but also in places like Helena, Montana which did not heretofore have a refugee resettlement office. Can you say ‘Trojan Horse!’
By the way, once an office opens in your community, good luck ever shuttering it!
So, we learned this week that the ‘No borders’ crowd isn’t happy with their man Joe one year in from his occupation of the White House. They know that as this Midterm election year commences, the likelihood of getting any significant legislation through Congress is pretty much DOA.
We all know, however, that they have a lot to be happy about as our borders are wide open and more are on the way (even dying on the frozen Canadian border) thanks to encouragement from the White House.
And, for a little laugh, we note a kerfuffle at World Relief (one of the nine major contractors that monopolize all resettlement in the US)*** resulted in the resignation of its Seattle office honcho. Headquarters apparently objected to the hiring of a gay man by the local sub office.
Scandals among the do-gooders are always good for a chuckle….
As I bring you refugee news that interested me over the last week, I want to urge you to stay calm. My goal is to keep you informed and not to cause you stress-related health problems. There is too much anxiety these days on too many fronts. In fact, my great hesitation about posting anything is that I don’t want to add to your worries….
So first, let’s have a laugh! If only these elected officials would do more than talk about sending refugees/migrants to Delaware, a state that has taken only a handful of refugees in the 40 plus years since good ol’ Joe helped Ted Kennedy mastermind the refugee resettlement monstrosity, it would go a long way to highlight the hypocrisy of the Left.
While refugee placements are declining in South Dakota, they are increasing in places like Vermont (that is as it should be since the voters there are eager to have them, or why else send Bernie to the Senate year after year).
Those Afghans have swamped the system, but other refugees will be coming in hot and heavy soon says the Biden gang in the State Department. But can you believe this, finally some Republicans are asking for explanations about the airfare “loans” the refugees receive and the windfall it brings the contractors!
And, now taking on the ‘compassion’ mythology behind refugee resettlement here are a couple of interesting reads. I had a laugh about how in the second story a Catholic Lefty writer discovers that meatpackers are using and abusing refugee workers. Gee, where have we heard this before!
Thanks to all of you who have been encouraging me to keep the news coming about refugee issues here and abroad. However, the best I am going to be able to do is to give you a few stories that interested me over the last couple of weeks—stories that might not have been widely viewed.
You will see that the Invasion of Europe is on-going. Yikes! Poland now.
And, you might get a chuckle out of the fact that the contractors are fuming over their man in the White House and the fact that the US Refugee Admissions Program is limping along (except for the huge rush of Afghan Muslims being distributed in places that have heretofore not seen many refugees) like not far from me in Frederick, MD where the Lutherans are now opening a new office.
And, getting ready for future refugees—those fake refugees they call climate refugees—are places like Fayetteville, Arkansas of all places.
Check out John Binder at Breitbart for news on Biden’s Afghans. And for other immigration news seeBorderhawk every day!
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That would be in places like Jamestown, New York where a community meeting was held recently floating the idea of the city, about 70 miles from Buffalo, becoming a new hub for refugee placement.
The article at The Post-Journal does not mention Afghans (they are not real refugees anyway), but surely some would be in the mix if the city welcomes a resettlement contractor*** to town.
Remember that Biden is still shooting to admit 125,000 refugees other than Afghan evacuees this fiscal year.
As we have pointed out previously, housing almost everywhere is in short supply and so Small City, USA will be targeted.
Editor: In my previous postI might have left the impression that I had a list of where the Afghans will be going after they are evicted from military bases before February 15th. I don’t know that there is a list, but you need only enter your city or state into a search engine along with the word refugees, or Afghans and you can find the answer yourself if plans are in the works (usually in relative secrecy) for your community.
I’m posting this not because I need to warn Jamestown residents, they should already know about the meeting held last week, but because there are some nuggets in here that I need to warn all of you about.
‘Embracing Diversity’: City Eyed As Potential Location For Refugee Resettlement
The potential benefits of Jamestown becoming a resettlement location for refugees were discussed Thursday evening during a well-attended gathering at St Luke’s Episcopal Church.
The get together included representatives from a host of local and regional nonprofits and organizations and has been several months in the making. The discussion Thursday centered on refugees — people who have fled war, violence or conflict and are seeking safety in another country — and whether Jamestown has the resources available to welcome them.
“When we started to see an increase of refugees across the states, we heard a lot of comments, got a lot of emails, a lot of phone calls about ways our community could help and support those refugees,” Mayor Eddie Sundquist told a crowd of about 50 at St. Lukes. “It’s not often that we would see refugees here in the city, but as you all know we are a city built on immigration, built on a melting pot of different people, different ideas. That’s what made us strong many, many years ago and could make us even stronger as we continue.”
City officials have been in contact with Journey’s End, a refugee resettlement agency in Buffalo. Sundquist said on average, Journey’s End takes in about 500 refugees a year; this year they are also expecting an additional 500 refugees.
An issue arising in the Buffalo area for resettlement, Sundquist said following talks with Journey’s End, is the increase in housing costs. Resettlement agencies receive a set amount of money per refugee to assist them with housing, groceries and travel.
“Since they couldn’t even find housing, many of the refugees are actually being put up in hotels in the Buffalo area until they are able to find suitable housing,” the mayor said.
The mayor’s administration has been working with resettlement agencies, including Journey’s End, to look into establishing a pilot program in Jamestown. If it’s found the city has the right resources in place — appropriate housing, workforce development, health care and educational partners — as many as 20 refugees could be brought over initially.
Sounds reasonable, right? Here is the problem, pay attention! There is no such thing as a pilot program! Once your community has begun bringing in refugees, you can’t stop the flow!
The contractors will not honor any limit you set! Believe me there are many cities in America where mayors have tried and failed to stop the flow once they realized that their city was in overload.
Indeed once the immigrant seed community arrives, it is the contractor’s job to bring the extended family members, and, if you say no more, then you (the mean citizens) will be called racist and unwelcoming!
Sundquist said the pilot program could help set the framework for the community “embracing diversity.”
Also raised was the topic of safety for the refugees, with some stating that not everyone in the community may be as open to the idea of refugees settling in the city. Chautauqua County Sheriff James Quattrone, also in attendance, said safety is a legitimate concern that would need to be taken into account.
That is the other major red flag in this story. You see how it is set up, if you voice an objection for legitimate reasons (housing, cost of health care and education etc.), then they have already pegged you as someone who might actually physically hurt a refugee!
Sundquist said his administration would take all the notes and input received Thursday and continue working with state and local partners on establishing a pilot program. Another community meeting could be set in the next couple of weeks.
If you live in Jamestown or anywhere nearby (refugees can be resettled within a hundred mile radius of the primary resettlement office), and have a problem with this you better get to the next meeting!
As I have said till I’m blue in the face, organizing locally is all you have!
And, if you aren’t in Jamestown, you need to search the web for media reports (or even reports directly on contractors’ websites) for plans for your community as the political Leftists are working as fast as they can (as Biden’s popularity plummets) to change America by changing the people.
*** For new readers, these are the nine major resettlement contractors. Whenever you read about some local resettlement agency, it is helpful to figure out which of the nine the local contractor subcontracts for.
In this case Journey’s End is a subcontractor of Church World Service.
My alerts are full to overflowing with news about when and where the Biden Administration is distributing the Afghan evacuees. The ‘how’ of it all is a bit tricky because the entire refugee program (the Afghans aren’t refugees!) is in disarray as I reported here a few days ago.
I picked the Nebraska story because I traveled through the state on my road trip to have a look at refugee overloaded towns in the west and midwest back in 2016 and I chuckled when I saw this news because I can’t see the Afghans rushing the slaughterhouse employment offices.
And, why should they? According to a report from John Binder, see it here, your tax dollars will flow to them either directly or through the ‘social safety net’ (aka welfare) you pay for.
Binder wraps his piece with this line:
The data revealed also that most Afghan arrivals in the U.S. live on welfare.
About 500 Afghan refugees have arrived in Nebraska; resettlement agencies swamped
The number of Afghan evacuees coming to Nebraska has grown to over 1,000, and about 500 of them have already reached the state.
So far, 469 people evacuated from Afghanistan since the nation’s Aug. 15 collapse have arrived in Nebraska, or are on their way, from U.S. military bases around the nation.
Another 635 Afghan evacuees destined for Nebraska were still at bases, Nebraska State Refugee Coordinator Sara Bockelman said Wednesday. [See her Linked in page —ed]
That’s in addition to a smaller, undetermined number of people who came directly to Omaha from Afghanistan or otherwise have ended up in Nebraska.
Bockelman, speaking to a meeting of the Omaha Refugee Task Force, said a total of 1,104 Afghan evacuees are currently expected in Nebraska.
Initially, it was projected that about 655 Afghan evacuees would be placed in Nebraska. But officials said all along that they expected that number to grow.
About 300 of the Afghan evacuees so far have been placed in metropolitan Omaha by Lutheran Family Services and the Refugee Empowerment Center, the two resettlement agencies that place people in Omaha. Others have been placed in Lincoln and Council Bluffs.
To give you some idea of the rapid pace at which people are coming to Nebraska, Lutheran Family Services received 92 Afghan evacuees, including 39 school-age children, in November alone, an official of the agency said at Wednesday’s meeting. And the Refugee Empowerment Center was expecting 20 people to arrive in Omaha on Wednesday.
Because of the rush of evacuations, a lot of the Afghans of working age are coming without the employment documents that most refugees have when they arrive. So they will need financial help for longer than the usually expected three months until they can start working.
Useful nugget of info here…
Meanwhile, it appears that the pace of Afghan evacuees’ arrival to Nebraska will only pick up. The federal government has set a deadline of Feb. 15 for all people at U.S. military bases to be sent to cities around the nation. Officials at two of those bases have set an earlier deadline, the end of this year.
Guess they will have to be clearing out Ft. Dix in New Jersey pretty quick. Again, don’t miss Breitbarton that ‘welcoming’ arrival location.
FAIR also has more newson your hard earned tax dollars (or borrowed Chinese bucks) going to the Afghan relocation to a town near you.
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