What did I tell you, AP reporter only a few hours late

Two hours and fifty four minutes ago (about 17 hours into the first day of March), AP reporter Matthew Lee filed his monthly story on the Iraqi refugee numbers for February.  I was only joking this morning and didn’t really expect  to see the same story—with a slight twist—right on cue.   The story still bashes the Bush Administration but he reports that the numbers have actually gone up a little, still falling way short of the numbers needed to reach the magic 12, 000 Iraqi refugees by Sept.30, 2008.

WASHINGTON – The number of Iraqi refugees admitted to the United States rose slightly for the second month in a row, although the Bush administration still will struggle to meet its target of 12,000 by the end of September.


The State Department said Saturday that 444 Iraqi refugees entered the country in February. That puts total admissions for the current budget year, which began Oct. 1, at 1,876 and leaves the administration seven months to admit 10,124 to reach its goal.

Get ready for thousands to begin arriving in May because as Matthew never fails to remind us we have a moral obligation to bring them here to put them to work cleaning motels and receiving taxpayer-funded welfare.  (No, he doesn’t really say that last part!)

“We think the turning point will come by May,” Foley [State Dept] said, noting that there are thousands of refugee interviews scheduled this month and next.

Opening minds and cultivating a world view

According to a news report from Harrisonburg, VA, a college in the Shenandoah Valley is conducting a class for students that will open their minds (suggesting they are closed now) about the value of immigration.   You know, gotta get those young minds early.

Bridgewater College students are learning about immigration in the Shenandoah Valley through a “field-based” course, studying immigration history and policy in class and visiting museums, Ethiopian and Indian restaurants, a mosque and a Russian Baptist Church.


“I want to show them how immigrants have shaped the character of the Shenandoah Valley over the years,” said Lisa Porter, the Bridgewater professor leading the class. “It’s problematic when people are exposed to immigration solely through the media.”


“We want to begin a conversation in the community,” she said. “That’s how phobias and stereotypes are dismantled.”

Students said they didn’t know until they took this class how much other cultures were bringing to our culture.  The reporter then launches into a discussion about a visit to an Indian restaurant.  Now who doesn’t like a good curry once in awhile.

But, it makes me wonder if the class also tells about some of the bad things other cultures bring, like female genital mutilation, polygamy, and honor killings. 

Harrisonburg, VA must be “welcoming” because it’s been an important refugee resettlement site for groups like Virginia Council of Churches.