Houston: Burmese refugee shot and robbed in broad daylight

This poor guy who lived in a crime-ridden neighborhood was placed there by Catholic Charities.  So what else is new.   Near where we live, the Virginia Council of Churches placed refugees in the worst drug-infested neighborhood and worst building in Hagerstown, MD two years ago.   That act, among others, told local citizens that the do-gooders were a bunch of phonies.   

I don’t want to hear wailing about money.  If Refugee Resettlement agencies don’t have enough government money, either go find more private charitable funding or don’t bring that many refugees—tell the State Department, NO!

From KHOU Channel 11 in Houston:

HOUSTON — Inside Ben Taub Hospital, a victim of a robbery who is on a ventilator and unable to speak must be wondering if Houston is any better than the place he just left. 

“It is sad. He just wanted the American dream like everyone else,” Officer Carrie Farquhar said.

They targeted refugees!

Sam ended up in Southwest Houston at an apartment complex in the 17600 block of Beechnut near Wilcrest. Other refugees from Burma had been living there, too.

Seeking the American dream, Sam found a job at Kroger.

But two weeks ago, his life changed again.

It was the day he walked from his apartment to a gas station located right next door. He went there to cash his payroll check.

Houston Police say surveillance cameras captured a female named Criteria Holmes walking over there, too. She saw Sam get his money.

“Saw him and knew what he was doing, and was on the cell phone,” say Detective Farquhar.

She was allegedly on the phone with Eugene Simmons, who is a documented gang member.

Police say Simmons waited for Sam to get back to the apartment complex. When Sam arrived, he took Sam’s money at gunpoint and then shot him six times. The robbery took place in broad daylight. 

HPD says Simmons and Holmes, who are now in custody, likely targeted refugees.

The other refugees insisted they be moved from that neighborhood and the do-gooders at Catholic Charities granted them their request—too late for Sam of course.

Frightened about what had happened, all the refugees living in the apartment complex wanted to move out immediately.

Catholic Charities, which has many Burmese as clients, granted their request and quickly relocated them.

I guess it takes a tragedy to get these resettlement agencies to change their ways, and apparently the State Department did nothing in 2001 when they knew there was a problem!

In 2001 Catholic Charities in Houston was accused of placing refugees in dangerous neighborhoods!

Chris Coen of Friends of Refugees has obtained a July 2001 State Department monitoring report on Catholic Charities which he summarized as follows:

Refugees reported possible criminal activities at the apartment complex at which all of the refugees had been placed by the affiliate. Two of the refugees interviewed told monitors that they felt that their neighborhood was bordering on unsafe. When interviewed about how safe they felt at the apartment complex, one family indicated that a few days before they had heard gunshots and the police had come to the apartment complex. Another refugee family reported that neighbors were too noisy and threw garbage from the balcony above their apartment. They thought that the neighbors used drugs.

Where are the investigative reporters of old?   Forget taking on any sacred cows of the leftwing, they have gone to swoon over important issues like Michelle’s buff arms (or the dog, or the garden, or her clothes).

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