Last Friday, VDare published a letter from Pary Karadaghi, Chief Executive Officer of the Kurdish Human Rights Watch in Fairfax, VA, critical of a July piece by Brenda Walker of Immigrations Human Cost entitled “What the New York Times didn’t tell you about Nashville’s Kurdish Gangs and the Patriotic Backlash.” Karadaghi calls Walker anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim.
Walker’s response to Karadaghi’s criticism:
As a refugee, you may believe that America should be the sanctuary for the world. On a planet of over six billion, such a thing is simply not possible, even if it were desirable.
Like all other peoples, Americans have the right to maintain their own culture.
That last line says it all.
I had just this minute discovered that a link seemed to be broken to statistical information about how many refugees had been resettled in each state (in the 2004 Office of Refugee Resettlement Annual Report to Congress), when out of the blue someone, identified only as a “friend”, alerted me to the availability of the 2005 Annual Report.
Please go here and read the latest available information about Refugee Resettlement of the US government and check out the statistics for your state (in Appendix A).
Who is going to take the Uighers? You take them! No, you take them! You! The case of the Uighers highlights the predicament for all those who suggest we just close down the Military prison at Guantanamo Bay. According to this AP story there are 355 prisoners at the US facilty in Cuba (there were once twice that many). Our government is trying to persuade Canada to take as asylees or refugees a group of 17 ethnic Uighers, Chinese Muslims.
Faced with rising international pressure to close the military prison in Cuba, the United States has identified dozens of detainees who can be released or transferred to other countries.
Military officials say they expect to identify another 70 who can be transferred or released.
But before it puts any of those detainees on a plane, the United States must find a country willing to accept them. It also must obtain assurances the prisoners will be prevented from attacking the United States or its allies and will not be tortured or face other treatment that violates international law.
Beijing appears to be wetting it chops to get hold of them, and we fear the worst if they are returned to China. The Canadian government says no thanks to the Uighers although Amnesty International Canada says, lets take them. The US doesn’t want them (or maybe some Chevy Chase-liberal-old hippie-peacenik, has room in a mother-in-law apartment for at least a couple).
This case says a lot about how fast and loose our government is with the definition of refugee/asylee. Remember with refugees there is no giving them back. You bought ’em, you keep ’em.