This story in Mother Jones, just sent to me by a reader, looks familiar. Some parts of the article must be from a previous story from Dallas, Texas. However, it’s worth mentioning again to further make my point that we are bringing Iraqi refugees to the US under false pretenses and the government contractors (volags) are using this opportunity to promote their version of reforming refugee resettlement—begging for more taxpayer funding for the refugees AND for themselves. I’m actually beginning to wonder if these tragic stories are planted to drum up public support for higher taxpayer funding for refugees (that would be something the Soros strategists would do).
America is a bad dream.
Recently arrived refugees interviewed in Dallas wonder how they’re supposed to become self-sufficient on minimal assistance in the worst economy since the Great Depression. Rather than making new lives, they are facing unemployment, eviction and isolation.
“The life here is closed,” said Lara Yakob, whose husband, an architect in Mosul, has been out of work since he arrived five months ago. His best prospect to date: a tryout in a laundry room.
“I think the American government feels that they made bad things for Iraq, so they bring us here. I don’t know why they do that if they don’t find us a job. This life they start for us, is a very bad life, ” said Omar Ibrahim, who arrived in Dallas in 2008 and still is jobless.
He lives in a housing complex on the edge of the city, on a tree-lined street off the freeway, near Garland. Around 100 refugee families from Iraq, Myanmar and central Africa share this neighborhood of two-story apartments around the corner from a gas station—the site of a recent police killing—a Cash America outlet, aging strip malls and shuttered superstores.
His rent assistance stopped after four months, and to pay the bills he had to do the unthinkable. “I called my family in Iraq to send me money,” he said. And they asked him, “You are in America, and you are asking us for money?”
“They know that America is a dream, but it is a bad dream,” he said.
The story goes into the usual spiel about how little the refugees receive from the government. Please note that the $900 mentioned here, is split with the resettlement agencies and only represents a tiny fraction of the welfare assistance refugees do get. The “seed money” is from the US State Department. All of the additional costs of refugee resettlement are borne by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) in the Dept. of Health and Human Services, and of course, from your state and local welfare assistance programs.
Each refugee receives $900 from the State Department’s Reception and Placement program for initial resettlement to cover housing, clothing, food and necessities for 30 to 90 days. The money is administered by 10 resettlement agencies that typically use half of it to cover administration and logistics.
A State Department spokesman tries valiantly to remind everyone that the Refugee Resettlement Program was NEVER intended to be funded exclusively by the taxpayer but was supposed to be a PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP and the volags (supposedly non-profit charitable groups) were to raise private funds as well.
“The money we give is intended only as seed money. They have to raise money on their own. In no way is the U.S. government contribution supposed to be the entire provision for the refugee,” said Thomas Pierce, a spokesman at the Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration.
Reminder! Yesterday I told you that one of the Top Ten Government Contractors, USCRI, gets 96% of its funding from you—-the American tax payer. AND, they spend $1 million on lobbying that is not then available to the poor refugees.
In this article, another of the Top Ten, Church World Service, says they want to get double what they are now receiving from the State Department.
Refugee advocates want $1,100 per refugee in the near term, but say ideally the grant should be doubled to $1,800, which would be in line with cost-of-living increases. “There has been a huge historic underfunding, ” said Jen Smyers, an associate for immigration and refugee policy at Church World Service in Washington.
By the way, rumor has it that the US State Department is picking up the tab for the Top Ten’s Washington, DC lobbying offices! Can anyone deny that is so?
My solution: Ask the big moneybags George Soros and his buddies at the Tides Foundation to make up for all the shortfall, afterall it is they who are pushing for more immigrants to flood the US. And, sadly, they have more money than the Federal government!
Note to CWS and USCRI: I saw that you only got peanuts from Tides in the same year that IRC got $3.5 million, what gives?