Five arrested in Pakistan may be DC-Five

Update December 12th:  Robert Spencer is chuckling at Jihad Watch as American Muslim leaders ponder where on earth the DC-Five got their jihad ideas, here.

Update December 10th:   The DC-Five admit Jihad plans and are cooperating with Pakistani authorities, here.   And, Jerry Gordon writing at New English Review has more information and discusses immigration fraud and jihadists, here.  I thought once Bush was out of office all this was supposed to stop?  More here from McClatchy.

Here is a story from Fox News at midday today, thanks to Blulitespecial, that suggests five “Americans” arrested in Pakistan today may be the five reported missing from the DC area.   When you read this, don’t fall off your chair laughing about CAIR saying they might have misinterpreted the Koran—give me a break!  Note the “Americans” are Pakistani, Yemeni and Egyptian.  I wonder which of our many generous immigration programs they availed themselves of to become American citizens.

Five men who recently went missing from around the nation’s capital were arrested Tuesday during a raid in Pakistan, according to an official with the Pakistani embassy in Washington.

The official said that the men, all U.S. citizens, are being held by Pakistani police while authorities look into possible links to extremist groups.

The FBI recently launched an investigation into the five young men after their families and the Council on American-Islamic Relations notified the FBI of the disappearances, according to CAIR.

During a press conference Wednesday afternoon, CAIR officials said the men had left behind an 11-minute video, which the officials said “disturbed” them and misinterpreted verses of the Koran.

At least one of the missing men can be seen in the video, according to the CAIR officials.

U.S. authorities believe the men, 19 to 25 years old, went to Pakistan to join a terrorist group, one U.S. official said.

Hours after FOX News reported on the FBI investigation Tuesday night, Pakistani sources disclosed that five people had been arrested during an anti-terror raid on a house in the Punjab province of Pakistan.

One of those arrested is of Egyptian descent, another is of Yemeni descent, and the others are of Pakistani descent, the Pakistani official in Washington said.

Kind of reminds us of the Somali refugee youths heading back to Africa to join the Jihad.

Taxpayers bear the burden as refugee resettlement soars

That is the title of an opinion piece that appeared today in the Tennessean.  Freelance writer Don Barnett raises many of the same issues we have been raising here for the last 2 and a half years.  Unfortunately, reform of the program won’t happen until the media begin to investigate what is hidden behind a ‘presumption of good intentions.’

I’ll have more comments later on this excellent op-ed, but wanted to get it to you right away.

This fiscal year, the U.S. resettled almost three times as many refugees as all the rest of the countries in the industrialized world combined.

Despite the recession, growing poverty, unemployment and homelessness, the U.S. resettled 75,000 refugees, the highest number of admissions since 9/11.

This is possible only because what was once the calling of true sacrificial charity and private sponsors is now the responsibility of the American taxpayer. Traditional sponsor duties have been replaced by access to welfare upon arrival for refugees and an opaque stream of grant money from seemingly every government agency except NASA.

In recent years up to 95 percent of the refugees coming to the U.S. were referred by the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) or were the relatives of U.N.-picked refugees. Until the late 1990s, the U.S. picked the large majority of refugees for resettlement in the U.S.

Considering that the refugee influx causes increases in all legal and illegal immigration as family and social networks are established in the U.S., the U.N. is effectively dictating much of U.S. immigration policy.

A nonprofit nation of hundreds of taxpayer-funded organizations has grown up around refugee resettlement in the U.S. A government-funded study finds “U.S. resettlement communities are awash with ECBOs that exist in name only but provide little meaningful assistance.” ECBO stands for Ethnic Community Based Organization, a government-defined category of grant recipients.

The expansion of the fraud-prone refugee program and the transformation of refugee resettlement into a federal contracting business have given birth to a global refugee industry well-adapted to the federal grant and contract environment.

Catholic Charities with its parent the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB ) is the largest refugee agency both nationally and in Nashville. It is neither a charity nor Catholic, but more an extension of a state welfare agency.

Sixty-five percent of Catholic Charities USA’s $3.6 billion annual budget comes from government sources. Refugee resettlement, a relatively small portion of its services, is covered by the government at closer to 100 percent. For nonprofits, it is profitable to be in refugee resettlement, and the executive directors of some of the 10 major resettlement agencies make almost as much as the president of the United States.

Nashville Catholic Charities devotes about 26 percent of its budget to “immigrants and refugees,” an amazingly high percentage considering most of that aid is going to recent refugee arrivals — a fraction of 1 percent of Nashville’s population. Interestingly, Tennessee recently put Nashville Catholic Charities in charge of distributing and monitoring federal “refugee” grant money to other NGOs in the state.

The possibility of a generous reception in the U.S. has created a “magnet effect” for refugees deciding between resettlement in the U.S. and integration in the region where they reside.

The once-independent faith-based and civic organizations have suffered their own “magnet effect,” causing a shift of efforts away from traditional works toward the more profitable refugee program. USCCB even lobbies for more business — that is, for higher refugee admission quotas.

Incentives built into refugee resettlement are behind much of its growth, especially as refugees themselves enter the federal contracting and lobbying business.

It is long past the time to lift the curtain of myth that protects this program from scrutiny.

Jobs in Florida scarce for refugees, so what else is new

This is another of those older stories I’ve had kicking around in my queue hoping to find time to post on it.  It is an article lamenting the lack of jobs for refugees in South Florida.  I bet there are a lot of other South Floridians not working either with a state unemployment rate of 11.2%.

From the Sun Sentinel:

It’s never been easy for South Florida’s new immigrants to get their first job. Last year about 1,200 new refugees entered Broward County, many from Cuba, Haiti and Colombia. Many start off staying with relatives until they have the resources to get their own place.

A year ago, Youth Co-Op, which serves the tri-county area and has about 2,000 clients in Broward and Palm Beach counties, was able to easily place about 85 percent of them in jobs. Many found work in hotels, restaurants and the landscaping industry, among others.

Within the last six months, only about 65 percent of the agency’s clients have landed jobs.

In light of the economy, the state Department of Children & Families, which contracts out social services for refugees, lowered the placement standard agencies must meet from 65 to 60 percent. [Heck that sounds good compared to some places where we hear the employment rate is closer to 20%!]


Most refugees who are single qualify for a monthly cash stipend between $180 and $220 for their first eight months in the country, along with food stamps and other social services. There are no plans to extend the terms of that stipend, a spokeswoman with the office of refugee resettlement in Washington, D.C., has said.

I went to the stats because I wanted to know how many “refugees” were being resettled in Florida for the last few years.   In 2006 Florida took 2582 (1961 were Cuban), in 2007,  2691 (1818 Cuban), and 2008, 3723 (2698 Cuban).   These numbers do not put Florida at the top of the list for states receiving refugees, but I had read somewhere that Florida did get the most “refugees”.  I discovered that the refugee numbers on the normal charts do not tell the whole story.  

One needs to visit for example the 2007 Office of Refugee Resettlement Report to Congress to learn that in addition to the normal refugee numbers we take up to 20,000 Cuban and Haitian “parolees”  (called Havana Parolees) and in 2007 we took 17,294 Cubans.  Now that is for the whole country, but you can bet a large number of those ended up in Florida!

Bottomline, there are all sorts of programs bringing in “refugees” that put the number way above the supposed 80,000 cap for the year!   There are Havana Parlees, asylees from all over the world, and the Temporary Protective Status program, and others too probably!

FBI looking for 5 Muslim men missing in DC area

Update:  Five “Americans” arrested in Pakistan today may be the DC-Five, here.

Not much is known yet on this story reported by The Investigative Project on Terrorism, but the case worries officials who have been following the Somali missing youth case.* Hat tip:  Blulitespecial.  

Federal investigators are searching for a Howard University dental student and four other missing Muslim men reported missing from the Washington, D.C. area, the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) has learned. There is concern they may have been sent abroad to train for jihad. The five were last seen November 29.

The identities of two of the missing men, Howard student Ramy Zamzam and Waqar Khan, have been mentioned in online postings, including a Facebook page that was set up Monday for friends to offer their support. Some of those pages, however, appear restricted to friends and associates.

It is not clear where the men are believed to have gone, but an informed source told the IPT that at least one left behind a farewell video.

Note that one of the guys was/is president of the Muslim Student Association, which is an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood.  David Horowitz and Robert Spencer have been warning for years how radical these MSA chapters can be.

If I was Janet Napolitano I think I would be very worried.   These possible Jihadists have got to be pretty angry at Obama these days!

Tip to law enforcement:  If you are watching some possible Islamic radicals and see them go to a strip joint then chances are good an attack is in the offing!  Spencer explains here at Jihad Watch.

*  Somali missing youth case, here, and then more by searching with key words ‘Somali missing youths.’  No word yet on the nationalities of the DC missing men.