Somali Bantu becomes US citizen, but…

This story is titled, “Somali refugee celebrates long road to citizenship,” and like so many mainstream media reports it’s all so upbeat until one reads further down the article. 

You are too old for school, said Catholic Charities in Pittsburgh (yes, must be the same one the Burmese are protesting here):

Mr. Muya was 20 when he came to Pittsburgh, and was told he was too old to go to school. Officials at Catholic Charities, which helped resettle the Somali Bantu families here, told him he needed to find a job.

Government refugee polices focus on the goal of self-sufficiency above all else, which “isn’t easy,” said Claire Kushma, director of marketing and public relations at Catholic Charities.

Because only limited resources are available to the refugees upon their arrival, “they must obtain a job quickly to provide for basic needs like food, shelter and clothing,” she said, noting that Catholic Charities will be launching an expanded program in 2010 to provide work force and English language skills to refugee who have found jobs. [Edit:  that should be a small number since so few refugees are finding work.]

No one is keeping track of the refugees!   Where have we heard this before!

And while his new citizenship may symbolize how far this group has come, an estimated dozen families living in Lawrenceville are still enduring tough challenges, said Ms. Tsapis, a grant-writer and strategic planner for Magee Womencare International, a humanitarian outreach arm of Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC.

While the children, who make up most of the 250-plus community of Somali Bantus, have picked up English easily, they still encounter hostility during the schools days. All are Muslim and they’re teased for the turbans and heavy robed clothing that many wear, their accents and their customs, she said.

The biggest problems? The language and cultural barriers, and “safe affordable housing with decent landlords,” Ms. Tsapis answered, noting that the families have experienced vandalism and assaults in their homes and on the streets.

“Most don’t feel safe in their homes, have uncooperative landlords or housing that just isn’t affordable.”

While praising the good intentions of resettlement programs, she said no one organization keeps track of this group or other resettled refugees or of the services that are being provided.

“Nobody’s talking to anyone else,” she said.

The refugee resettlement program of the US government is kept from scrutiny and ultimately reform by this presumption of good intentions!

More Somali Bantu on the way?

Here is a Somali Bantu website, Somali Bantu Community Association of Boise, I came across a few weeks ago and have had in my queue.  It’s dated December 4th, so maybe they know something we don’t know—14,000 more Somali Bantu are on the way?!

How many Somali Bantus are coming to America?

About 14000 , mostly families with young children. now there are 12,000 Bantu in United States.

For a backgrounder on the Somali Bantu see the article by Don Barnett at the Center for Immigration Studies.  Thanks to reader, JLM (here), for pointing it out to us.

Cambodia deports Uighurs seeking asylum, returns them to China

Wow!  The Cambodian government just put them on a plane sent by China and deported them.  This is a story I have mentioned recently here.  No messing around with human rights concerns and human rights activists—bam, just sent them back.  From an AP story posted on a Cambodian blog:

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — A group of Muslims who fled China after deadly ethnic rioting and sought asylum in Cambodia were sent back home Saturday, even though rights groups fear they face persecution there.

Interior Ministry spokesman Lt. Gen. Khieu Sopheak said the 20 members of the Uighur minority had been put on a special plane sent from China that left Phnom Penh International Airport Saturday night.

“They are going back to China,” he said.

Cambodia has been under intense pressure from China to deport the Uighurs, whom Beijing has called criminals after they fled the country with the help of a secret network of missionaries. The expulsion came a day before Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping visits Cambodia as part of a four-country tour.

The United States, the United Nations and human rights groups had urged Cambodia to stop the deportation. A spokeswoman for the U.N. refugee agency said it had not finished evaluating the Uighurs, including two children, for refugee status.

The Uighurs were being deported because it was determined they entered the country illegally, Foreign Ministry spokesman Koy Kuong said earlier. He said two other Uighurs who had been with the group are missing.

Some countries have refused to send Uighurs — such as those released from U.S. detention at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba — back to China over concerns about retribution and abuse.

“It is hugely concerning that Cambodian authorities are not giving this group an opportunity to seek asylum, or for authorities to assess their asylum case,” Brittis Edman, a Cambodia researcher with Amnesty International, said late Saturday before the group left.

“This group will be particularly vulnerable to torture. Because of those concerns, Cambodia shouldn’t send them back.”

Uighurs say Beijing has long restricted their rights, particularly clamping down on their practice of Islam.

Bottomline is that it looks like China isn’t going to mess around and get squishy with Islamic supremacism in China.  Since our Marxists and Maoists, especially in the Obama Administration (Anita Dunn, where are you?), are bending over backwards to appease Islamists, I’m wondering how their reverence for China squares with this latest action.

For new readers, we have been following Uighur issues ever since the Uighurs detained at Guantanamo Bay were considered for release into the refugee community in the US. See ‘State Department calls Gitmo prisoners refugees’ here.

Here is a post Judy wrote in October of 2008 where she quotes Andrew McCarthy on the Uighurs:

And Andy McCarthy, who has more experience than practically anybody at prosecuting jihadists, wrote :

Jihadists — and there is not question that the Uighurs are jihadists — do not recognize distinctions based on the Westphalia world of nation-states. In their view, it is Dar al Islam or Dar al Harb: i.e., you are either part of the realm of the Muslims or the realm of war, and the goal is to turn Dar al Harb into Dar al Islam by any means necessary. Releasing trained jihadists into the United States on the theory that their beef is with the Chinese and they have no problem with us would be a delusional act of suicide.

Also, note that we learned just a few days ago that we have an exiled Uighur leader living in a town near you, here.

You can bet that the Obama Administration tip-toes around this issue so as not to tick-off the Chinese who hold our financial future in their communist hands.

To find all of ours stories on Uighurs, you may have to use our search function for several spellings of the word:  Uighurs, Uyghurs, and Uighers.