More of Malta’s illegal aliens headed to the US

Illegal immigrant Africans break into Malta and then are magically transformed into “refugees” after surely fabricating a persecution story, and we resettle them in America.   It is maddening!  When are we going to send some of our illegals to Malta?  Afterall, these are economic migrants just as those who enter the US from Mexico are and do not deserve the label “refugee.”

Here is the whole article from the Times of Malta yesterday.  It is short and every bit of it is interesting so I couldn’t figure out what to cut out.    We have been writing about Malta for nearly two years.   It was a former Bush Administration US Ambassador, I call her ‘Tea Party Molly‘ (this was before Tea Party acquired a more significant meaning), who came up with this brilliant idea of relieving the illegal alien problem for Malta by bringing them here!

A group of 13 refugees from Somalia, Eritrea and Sudan leave Malta tomorrow to begin a new life in the United States.

Since the US Embassy began its permanent refugee resettlement programme in May 2008, over 250 refugees have been resettled inthe US.

The programme is a collaborative partnership among the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Office of Migration (IOM), the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and a number of local non-governmental organisations.

Charge d’Affairs Jason Davis said the refugee resettlement program showed America’s continuing commitment to help ease the burden that migration placed on Malta, as well as its recognition of the enormous challenges and dangers that many of the migrants faced.

“The programme’s success is a tribute to continued hard work on the part of UNHCR, IOM, and the US government, as well as many others here in Malta who have dedicated themselves to improving the lives of refugees in need of humanitarian assistance,” Mr Davis said.

He added that all refugees were assigned a sponsor agency in the US that provided initial services such as housing, food, and clothing, as well as referral to medical care, employment services, and other support services during the transition period to self-sufficiency. These services were provided to facilitate refugees with the process of integration and cultural assimilation.  [What a joke, they will live in slums, unemployed and on welfare.   There will be virtually no cultural assimilation encouraged!]

As I said, I have written about Malta many times and its always the commenters to the Times of Malta articles that are so instructive!

Here is Anthea Preston:

I would love to be able to move to America and start a new life in the land of plenty – much better standard of living than here in the UK, but alas, I do not meet their strict criteria despite having quite a lot to offer compared to these “refugees” aka illegal immigrants!!!! Something very wrong here.

And, Louise Vella has a couple of questions:

I thank the US for taking these refugees but I have two comments:

1. Can the government inform the public how many refugees and illegal immigrants are still in Malta?

2. Do these resettlements not help to attract more illegal immigrants who see Malta as a gateway to America? Is this not a pull factor?

Louise, I can’t answer your first question, the US government can’t tell us either how many illegal aliens are in the US.  But, as for your second question, I am convinced the answer is absolutely, YES!   The word is probably all over Africa—get to Malta and you might win the lottery and get a taxpayer funded new life in America (plane ticket and all!).

Here are all the posts in which I have discussed Malta.

Immigration Daily argues that June 8th White House meeting is telling

The on-line publication for pro-open borders immigration professionals argued in an editorial today that the June 8th White House chit-chat that I mentioned yesterday will be an extremely important event for what they call Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR = Amnesty). 

I know this is drifting away from refugees and asylees a bit, but flooding the US with immigrant populations is what they are both about.  However, I always wonder if legalizing millions of presently illegal aliens won’t in fact cause huge problems for the refugee industry because jobs are already very scarce for the low-skilled workers both import for their friends in big business.

What is the significance of the Sotomayor pick for the Supreme Court and the June 8th meeting?   From Immigration Daily:

President Obama’s nomination of Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court is yet another in a series of politically astute moves by the White House, in this case seeking to cement Latinos into the Democratic coalition. The nomination raises the question as to whether this is a down payment for CIR or a substitute for it. Some in the anti camp suggest that “Sotomayor was guaranteed to get the nod — as a consolation prize for Hispanic pressure groups, since there isn’t going to be an amnesty.” However, the pro-immigration America’s Voice argues that the SCOTUS nomination has nothing to do with CIR, and that “Obama has renewed his campaign pledge to move reform forward in year 1. Again, and again, and again.”

Read on for their linkage of Sotomayor pick to June 8th at the White House.

African refugees strain the school system in Cleveland

This article in the Plain Dealer is pretty much a boiler-plate article about the “challenge” faced by a school district, and in this case a particular school, to educate a flood of third world children who come from cultures where school is not part of their lives.   I always wonder what is happening to the other city kids in these schools when teachers must integrate illiterate children at all grade levels.

Helping the newcomers get acclimated is a stiff challenge. Teachers say it takes up to seven years to proficiently read and think in an unfamiliar language, particularly one with so many words that sound alike or carry double meanings.

Aides translate in African or Asian languages that Gallagher teachers don’t speak, but sometimes concepts have to be conveyed by pointing at objects or drawing pictures.

So, for example, what are the other students doing when a teacher is pointing at a pencil and saying, “pencil” to a 5th grader?

Catholic Charities resettled this particular group of refugees (as a federal government contractor!) and says essentially, we are finished with them at 3-6 months. 

The federal government and Catholic Charities support the refugees for three to six months, after which they have to find work or other support. Families get by with the aid of food stamps, donated furniture and hand-me-down clothes. Employment may be spotty. Many are without cars. They may have to shift to run-down housing.

School nurses work to get the families on Medicaid, or find them primary doctors and eye and dental care. That keeps them from depending on hospital emergency rooms. 

In fact the refugees should be getting up to 8 months of outright government aid and  they are eligible for all forms of welfare for years.   Besides there is no law that says Catholic Charities can’t help them for years, or as long as it takes, with their own privately raised funds.  How many refugees do you think Catholic Charities would resettle if they had to do it without your tax dollars, without the lucrative grants and contracts they have from the State Department and the Office of Refugee Resettlement in the Dept. of Health and Human Services?

No melting here!  Somalis have said they won’t be melting either.

Bill Merriman is a deacon at St. Patrick Catholic Church on Bridge Avenue, where he assists Liberians who live in the surrounding neighborhoods. Stephanie Pritts of Lakewood works as a volunteer among Somalis through Cleveland’s Community of St. Malachi parish.

They say the Africans retain much of their nomadic, tribal ways. Order and responsibility sometimes get lost in the shuffle as families mix freely and fill their rental homes with stepfathers, aunts, uncles and half-brothers. Children may spend days at the houses of kin, or leave during a school week for a family gathering in another city.

Pritts said the Somali women are warm and welcoming but are relegated by male-dominated tradition to cooking, giving birth and watching the children. The mothers tend to be illiterate. Helping with homework, science projects or going to the library are not in the routine. Academically, the children are on their own.

“They bring notes home from school, no one can read it,” Pritts said. “There’s no understanding that they have to support that effort.”

This article reminded me of the Cloward/Piven Strategy, a strategy Obama learned well at Columbia University.   Nancy Coppock in American Thinker:

The Cloward/Piven Strategy is named after Columbia University sociologists Richard Andrew Cloward and Frances Fox Piven. Their goal is to overthrow capitalism by overwhelming the government bureaucracy with entitlement demands. The created crisis provides the impetus to bring about radical political change.