The World Cup, South Africa and xenophobia (yes, xenophobia again!)

Apparently the World Cup is scheduled to be held in South Africa in 2010 and everyone is freaking out about what impact the “xenophobic” unrest (violence!) of recent months will have on the games and the hoped-for economic boom tourists might bring.   This is an overly long article from a publication of the Namibian government in which, yes, once again, xenophobia is blamed for the violence.    Those South Africans hate foreigners for no reason at all (except that they are foreigners), or so the theory goes.   See my earlier post on xenophobia here.

Sandwiched in the middle of this, as I said, overlong dissection, is what I see as the crux of the matter.  There are too many people in Africa and too few resources.  As the population increases and hordes of people cross borders to find the basic necessities, jobs, food, shelter,  the indiginous population will react violently to preserve their own lives and livelihoods.   In South Africa it is the poor black population perpetuating the violence against other African black ‘outsiders’. 

This is not rocket science, nor does it call for a psychiatrist to root out xenophobia.

In 1997, it was found that 25% of South Africans wanted a total prohibition of migration or immigration and 22% wanted the South African government to return all foreigners presently living in South Africa to their own countries.

Forty-five percent of the sample called for strict limits to be placed on migrants and immigrants and 17% wanted migration policies tied to the availability of jobs. In the same survey, some 61% of respondents agreed that migrants put additional strains on the country’s resources.

The government of the “rainbow nation” did nothing.  So does the next survey surprise anyone?

In 2006, respondents continued to consider foreigners to be a threat to the social and economic wellbeing of South Africa. More than two-thirds said that foreigners use up resources such as water, electricity and healthcare destined for citizens. Two-thirds of respondents felt that foreigners from other African countries commit crimes and close to one half said that foreigners bring diseases such as HIV to South Africa.

Thus, like in the1997 survey, respondents in 2006 appear to continue to have a negative view of the impact of foreigners on the country, and in fact it would appear that their view on certain issues has hardened, with greater percentages saying foreigners take up resources meant for citizens.

It makes perfect sense that the citizens of South Africa are responding to a real problem of too many people and not enough resources.  When the government didn’t listen 10 years ago, is it any surprise that their view has hardened!     Take heed John ‘open-our-borders’ McCain.

Go back and read about Steve Camarota’s Washington Post opinion piece and our increasing population and dwindling resources here.

Somali immigrant story (Part II)—community organizer reports on Seattle Somali gangs

This morning I reported to you that Asha Mohamed, a Somali refugee, has become a community organizer in Seattle.  See Part I here.    She went to Chicago earlier this year to discuss important issues— including gang activities in Seattle—with more experienced community organizers.    Here is what the New American Media (Expanding the News Lens through Ethnic Media) says about these gangs:

While in Chicago, Mohamed said she was fortunate through Equal Voice to make valuable contacts with community organizers who have experience in facing some of the issues plaguing Seattle, particularly the city’s resurgence of gang violence. “We’re back in the ‘90s,” Mohamed exclaimed, except now it’s “East African gangs trying to get street cred.” She lamented, for example, the recent death of a 16-year-old Somali youth she had known since he was eight. He took an African-American friend to attend a Somali wedding. Afterwards, while driving down the highway, he was followed and shot by fellow Somalis, apparently enraged at him for “betraying his people” by bringing an African-American guest.   [Ed:  In the phrase “betraying his people” she likely isn’t referring to Somalis but to Muslims.  He must have brought an infidel to an Islamic wedding. Unbelievably shocking revelation, did any of you, in your wildest dreams, know this was going on in America?]

Mohamed said that there are now “stabbings left and right,” territorial disputes over drug distribution turf among Asian, Latino, African American, and East African gangs, all being fueled by new Somali arrivals from Minnesota and Ohio. [It’s all Ohio and Minnesota’s fault, not Somalia’s fault?]  It is very tough for parents to admit to the accusations, she said, that “your kid sells drugs, your kid does drugs.”

We told you about Somali gangs in Minneapolis earlier this summer here, and I want to know why we aren’t hearing about these Muslim gangs from the mainstream media?  I really know why!   My post yesterday about the Vanishing American article explains why.

As for the growing tension between Black native-born Americans and African immigrants, see our many posts here.

So, to all community organizers out there, what is your plan?  We gonna start deporting some of these gang bangers?

To new readers:  The US State Department has resettled over 82,000 Somali refugees over the last decade or so.  In the first 11 months of this fiscal year, 1761 have arrived.  That number is down from previous years likely due to the suspension of family reunification from some parts of Africa because DNA testing revealed rampant fraud.

Update September 11th:  Here is a complete rundown on the number of Somali refugees we have admitted to the US in the last 25 years.

Somali immigrant story (Part 1)—from refugee to community organizer

Update:  Part II is here.

Here is an article, thanks again to Blulitespecial, that interestingly pulls together many points we have made in recent posts.  (I’m splitting this post into two parts because there is so much to say.)  Perhaps the most instructive part of this article from New America Media about Somali refugee, Asha Mohamed, is that she is a “community organizer”.  Her story is a window into identity politics and the community organizing business.

I encourage readers to read the whole thing, but this is one section that caught my interest:

Now a mother of three, Mohamed is a counselor for the Seattle Housing Authority. She is also a community organizer, and a fervent immigrants’ and human rights activist at CURE – Coalition to Undo Racism Everywhere. She is looking forward to her role as a delegate to the Equal Voice for America’s Families town hall meeting in Los Angeles on Sept. 6. “We’re bringing 400 people from Seattle, 600 from the state,” she said energetically, prayerful that from within her group will emerge some who will help comprise “the next generation of critical thinkers.” Underwritten by the Marguerite Casey Foundation, there will be two other concurrent town halls in Birmingham and Chicago, respectively. The three-city event is expected to attract nearly 15,000 people, many of whom will have attended local and regional town halls 2007-2008.

Mohamed participated in an Equal Voice policy platform meeting in Chicago earlier this year where attendees spent four days to produce a working agenda for low-income families. That agenda will be submitted for approval on Sept. 6.

You gotta laugh, notice she went to another famous “community organizers” home town of Chicago.  I would love to see both group’s (CURE and Equal Voices) financial documents because based on my previous research most of these types of groups get government grants in addition to foundation (tax subsidized by you) support.   Now which Presidential candidate’s name do you think will be on everyone’s lips tomorrow?

Burmese refugees run over other Burmese refugees in Texas

Cool!  I just realized this is our 1000th post and we just finished our 15th month at RRW.

This is a strange story that involves Tyson’s Food and refugees (again!).  (Hat tip: Blulitespecial)  In a bizarre accident last week, refugees driving presumably to the Tyson’s plant nearly killed other Burmese workers sitting under a tree outside the plant.   Luckily no one was killed, but the victims were hospitalized.

A driver runs down three people at the Tyson Plant in South Sherman, and all three people were hospitalized. Sherman police spent the day mapping out the scene trying to figure out what happened.

“Black vehicle traveling southbound on the control road. When it left the control road…drove through the median…thru the fence and struck the pedestrians that were sitting under a tree.”

The driver of the car was a 23-year-old Burmese man with 3 passengers.  Great driver, huh!   Bet they find out he isn’t licensed yet.

Police say the investigation is on-going and that there is a language barrier. It seems everyone in the car, and the three victims, are all from the southeast Asian country of Myanmar formerly known as Burma. Police say all of the people involved came from a Burmese refugee camp in Dallas.

I didn’t know we had a refugee “camp” in Dallas.

We have resettled about 32,000 Burmese refugees over the last few years.  See earlier post here.  The goal for this fiscal year (’08 which ends by September 30th) is 18,000 and so far we have resettled around 16,000 in the last 11 months.

Socialist Spain dramatically reducing immigration

Spain is following Italy now with plans to sharply reduce immigration.  It wasn’t so long ago that Italy was being chastised for its racist-xenophobic-bigoted hatefulness when it cracked down on immigrants in Italy.   Now, Socialist-ruled Spain is jumping on the bandwagon.

Socialist Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, who announced an amnesty to about 700,000 illegal immigrants soon after he took office in 2004, has done a U-turn on immigration since winning re-election.

Turns out that unemployment is going through the roof:

Spain, facing rapidly rising unemployment, will stop issuing visas to most migrant workers, the government said on Thursday.

Even that most sacred immigration strategy, family reunification, is going to be curtailed:

The measure follows another decision to restrict family reunion visas, which the government had said would cut immigration by 40 percent.

I wonder if they did some DNA testing as France has done, and more recently we have done, and found these folks aren’t really related.

I bet they also figured out that you couldn’t have open borders and a welfare state without sinking the country.