More refugees headed to Worcester, MA

Because Boston is getting too expensive,   Worcester, MA will be getting increased numbers of refugees according to this article in the Telegram.

The organization [Worcester’s Refugee and Immigrant Assistance Center] helped 100 refugees find housing and jobs in Worcester last year, with the majority of families coming from Burma, Burundi and Somalia.


Because of rising housing costs in the Boston area, Worcester is becoming an increasingly popular resettlement area for refugees, leaving agencies looking for more support from Mr. Chacon’s office.

Who is Mr Chacon?

Mr. Chacon, a former journalist and the son of Mexican immigrants, was appointed to the position [Dir, Mass. Office of Refugees and Immigrants] last year, after helping run the campaign of Gov. Deval L. Patrick.

He likes public forums and so do we.  We think that citizens in every city receiving refugees should have an opportunity to ask questions and express opinions on the topic.

Mr. Chacon hopes to organize a forum at some point during the year for agencies that work with refugees in the Worcester area.


“We need to have a lot of activity in this city,” he said. “We need to convene and figure out the best way to support these people.”

If you have the stamina you can read about our public forum in Hagerstown, MD in our category called September forum here.

I have an idea for Mr. Chacon and the Governor, maybe they could resettle a few hundred refugees in Hyannisport since Massachusetts Senator Kennedy is the original sponsor of the Refugee Act of 1980.

Recommended reading list from Ann and Judy

The other day, in response to a comment, I suggested readers check out our blog roll for more on Islam, and I also threatened to post our suggested reading list.   The following are books that Judy and I have read that have helped form our thinking on the subject of Islam and immigration in America:

America Alone by Mark Steyn 

Terrorist Hunter by Anonymous

The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) by Robert Spencer

Jihad Incorporated: A Guide to Militant Islam in the US by Steve Emerson

Because They Hate:  A Survivor of Islamic Terror Warns America by Brigitte Gabriel

Unholy Alliance: Radical Islam and the American Left by David Horowitz

Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Now they call me Infidel:  Why I renounced Jihad for America, Israel, and the War on Terror by Nonie Darwish

Future Jihad:  Terrorist Strategies against the West by Walid Phares

The West’s Last Chance by Tony Blankley

Hatred’s Kingdom: How Saudi Arabia Supports the New Global Terrorism by Dore Gold

Londonistan by Melanie Phillips

The Truth about Mohammad: Founder of the World’s Most Intolerant Religion by Robert Spencer

The Death of the West by Patrick Buchanan

Infiltration: How Muslim spies and subversives have penetrated Washington by Paul Sperry

The Siege of Mecca by Yaroslav Trofimov

State of Emergency by Patrick Buchanan

The Legacy of Jihad by Andrew Bostom

Disinformation by Richard Miniter

Booklets from the David Horowitz Freedom Center (to order, call 800-752-6562, ext. 209, or go to the Freedom Center’s bookstore, here):

     What Americans Need To Know About Jihad by Robert Spencer

     The Islamic Mein Kampf

     Why Israel Is The Victim In The Middle East by David Horowitz

     The Nazi Roots of Palestinian Nationalism and Islamic Jihad by David Meir-Levi

     The Violent Oppression Of Women In Islam by Robert Spencer and Phyllis Chesler

Listen to the Gathering Storm Radio program tomorrow!

If you are interested in the “Mapping Sharia in America” investigation we posted on the other day—the one where I suggested the odds were excellent that a Muslim refugee coming to America would become radicalized in a mosque here, then check out the Gathering Storm tomorrow afternoon.   See Always on Watch for details.

While you are there make a note of the other Friday afternoons in March, some great guests are scheduled.

Are we doomed to repeat history?

I know that is an entirely overused question, but when I read this article by Patrick Buchanan a couple of days ago I couldn’t help wondering, no matter how many times we hear it, we don’t ever seem to learn from it.

Here is how Buchanan begins in this week after the ethnic flare-ups in the Balkans (again!):

According to a compelling lead article in the new Foreign Affairs, “Us and Them: The Enduring Power of Ethnic Nationalism,” we may be witnessing in the Third World a re-enactment of the ethnic wars that tore Europe to pieces in the 20th century.


“Ethnonationalism,” writes history professor Jerry Z. Muller of Catholic University, “has played a more profound role in modern history than is commonly understood, and the processes that led to the dominance of the ethnonational state and the separation of ethnic groups in Europe are likely to recur elsewhere.”


Western Man has mis-taught himself his own history.

But, despite the fact that we know this is happening we are encouraging the very same thing to someday happen right here in America.  Our government is actively encouraging, through the Department of State and Health and Human Services, and with the help of taxpayer funded non-profits, the creation of ethnic enclaves through the Refugee Resettlement program.

Earlier this month I reported on a federally funded conference in DC whose main purpose is to create separatist type of organizations called Ethnic Community Based Organizations.  What are we thinking?   Other than cursory little training sessions I have never seen a concerted effort by the government and volags to teach immigrants and refugees how to be Americans, instead there is an effort to honor and enhance separateness.

Right on cue last night I read yet another article where an ethnic group is separating itself, this time Burmese Karen are setting up their own separate Karen language church (it’s not always the Muslims doing this!).

Read the entire Buchanan article, it is just plain commonsense and we need to heed it.   Here is how he wraps up:

And we should look to our own land. According to Pew Research, there will be 127 million Hispanics here by mid-century, tripling today’s 45 million — and almost 100 million new immigrants. No nation faces a graver threat from this resurgence of ethnonationalism than does our own.


Look homeward, America.

Booklet on Refugee Resettlement in Europe

Just came across mention of a booklet published by the International Catholic Migration Commission about refugee resettlement in Europe.   We’ve had several readers asking about how this “durable solution” works in Europe and we didn’t know.  This booklet sounds like it might be a place to start.  I’m betting there is no mention of Raispail’s novel, The Camp of the Saints.

The International Catholic Migration Commission recently published Welcome to Europe: A Guide to Resettlement, which contains a comparative review of partnerships between governments and non-governmental organizations involved in resettlement of refugees in Europe.


The resettlement of refugees is perhaps the least known and most misunderstood of the durable solutions that offer protection to people who have fled persecution in their countries and who can neither return nor stay in the country to which they’ve fled. In fact the actual number resettled in Europe every year is limited; some 5,500 only in 2007.


The Guide assembles on a comparative basis and for the first time most of the information on resettlement as it is practiced in Europe.