Message from Ann

Thanks to all of you who have been faithfully following RRW for three years!  I can hardly believe that tomorrow it will be three years and over 3000 posts since we started this blog.   This is not a goodbye, I’m just taking a little break.   I’ll be posting something from time to time and Judy will too I’m sure, but right now I want to focus on an election.  November is critically important for our future and frankly the outcome in November might be more important in helping to reform immigration policy and specifically the refugee program than me yakking about it on these pages.

Please continue to send me interesting news, and I will post from time to time, but I am going to use my “spare” time in the next few months to campaign for a candidate whose positions I strongly support.

Update: I should have mentioned that if you are arriving here for the first time, please check our categories and use our search function because we have written so much over three years that I am certain you will find something useful and informative.

Fox News’ Murdoch joins big companies, rich mayors, to push for Amnesty

I missed this story last week, but got it today thanks to Richard Falknor at Blue Ridge Forum who sent me this post at Debbie Schlussel from a few days ago.

Now why do you think billionaires and these multinational companies want amnesty for illegal aliens?  To be nice to the downtrodden of the world?  To add to our diversity because its good for us?  Or, because they want cheap labor flooding the job market?   You decide.

Here is the depressing story:

NEW YORK — Chief executives of several major corporations, including Hewlett-Packard, Boeing, Disney and News Corp., are joining Mayor Michael Bloomberg to form a coalition advocating for immigration reform – including a path to legal status for all undocumented immigrants now in the United States.

The group includes several other big-city mayors and calls itself the Partnership for a New American Economy. It seeks to reframe immigration reform as the solution to repairing and stimulating the economy.

Bloomberg and Rupert Murdoch, chairman and CEO of News Corp., appeared together Thursday on Fox News to discuss the effort.

“We’re just going to keep the pressure on the congressmen,” Murdoch said. “I think we can show to the public the benefits of having migrants and the jobs that go with them.”

Bloomberg added, “Somebody has to lead and explain to the country why this is in our interest.”

Whose interest Mayor?  The rich people?

If you are a Far Left Open Borders advocate, how do you sleep at night knowing that you are on the same side as the billionaires exploiting immigrant labor and hurting the average American worker?

I notice we have ImmigrationWorksUSA’s Tamar Jacoby weighing in favorably here as well.  We told you about them here when they were working with other so-called conservatives like Grover Norquist (Americans for Tax Reform) to craft a legislative strategy.

ImmigrationWorks USA, a national federation of businesses that support immigration, welcomed Bloomberg’s group to the effort. Tamar Jacoby, the organization’s president and CEO, said the coalition’s main contribution would likely be the extra attention and power it can bring to the debate.

“I don’t know that they’re going to be in the trenches everyday organizing grass roots, following the policy process,” Jacoby said. “It’s more a 30,000-foot approach – these big names adding their muscle to the push to get this on the table.”

Bloomberg spokesman Jason Post said no money has been spent on the effort yet, and he could not say whether the group will be a standard nonprofit, a political action committee or a group known as a 501(c)4 nonprofit, which can operate outside the more strict limits governing political action committees.

The business leaders in the coalition employ more than 650,000 people and make more than $220 billion in annual sales, combined.

I guess its going to be an uphill battle for Tea Party types and the average patriotic American worker.  We have to oppose Obama, Far Left Open Borders Advocates, Democrats who want more voters, Fox News, Billionaires, Multinational corporations, that’s all!

By the way, this is all just further proof of my theory that the Refugee Resettlement program is a bogus humanitarian effort—it’s just all about labor (cheap labor!).

More on meatpackers changing the face of Kansas and ECBOs in their wake

This is yet another story about meatpackers and immigrant labor and how those big companies are changing Garden City, Kansas and other small cities in Southwest Kansas.   There is a lot in this article, so I encourage all of you to read it.

Also, here is a story from 2009 that tells us that whites are now in the minority in Finney County, KS.

The Garden City Telegram reporter (Shajia Ahmed) has built this glowing frontpage story around the new Somali Community Center of Southwest Kansas described as follows in the opening paragraphs of the article:

Large images of Somali men and women in their brightly-colored garb and camels walking on dust-red ground, and a painting of the Kaaba, the holy Meccan edifice where Muslims across the world turn their heads in prayer five times a day, hang on the charcoal-colored walls inside the community center. Next to the photographs, an American flag lies juxtaposed to a light blue banner with a single white star in the center.

Beside both flags, a neon green poster with words carefully stenciled in marker, reads “Finney County: Many cultures, One community.” For $850 a month, members of the Somali community in Garden City have pooled together their funds to open a new community development center on North John Street, next to the local Department of Motor Vehicles.

It’s been awhile since I’ve written about Ethnic Community Based Organizations (ECBOs) often largely funded by taxpayer money at the local, state and even federal level (here is a recent federal grant list).   I call them mini-ACORNS and we have a whole category on the subject.  Basically, they are ‘community organizers’ and provide help for their specific ethnic group to find public benefits (like welfare).  Then when a political issue arises they act as the spokesmen and demand their rights for their group.  That is what the Somali Community of Southwest Kansas is—it is an ECBO.

By the way, Somalis love these ECBOs.  Here is a directory of some in the US, but new ones, like this one in our story, haven’t made the directory yet.

Back to the article.  I always wonder when someone says the local refugees/immigrants pooled their money to set up what amounts to a major business—a non-profit organization.  I’ve had experience setting up non-profits and it takes a lot of work and wherewithal.  So, I decided to start my research with the Kansas Secretary of State Office to see when this new ECBO was incorporated.

It was formed on March 27th of this year.  Its registered agent is something called US Corporation Agents, Inc. located at 4701 College Blvd, Suite 110, Leawood, KS 66211 which is also the address for the ‘community center.’  O.k. so who are they?   Well it turns out they were only incorporated in Kansas on January the 26th of this year but were originally formed in Nevada.   As for business type, they are listed as ‘Foreign for profit.’ So what is up with that?  Did the money for the Somali Community Center of Southwest Kansas really come from a bunch of poor immigrants pooling their pennies?  Or, did the seed money come from some foreign entity?

Generally here is how it goes:  ECBO formed with seed money from where?  Once established they tap into taxpayer money from all levels of government by getting grants for such things as English lessons, and other programs meant to ostensibly help them assimilate.*

Unfortunately the organization is so new we won’t figure out where their funding is coming from until they file a Form 990 next year and even with that the IRS has now changed the forms so its even harder to figure out how much taxpayer money goes into these “non-profit” organizations.  Local people are going to have to keep a real close eye on this “community center” and try to track its funding sources.

For new readers, more Somalis are on the way:

The US State Department has admitted over 80,000 Somali refugees to the US (this linked post continues to be one of the most widely read posts we have ever written) in the last 25 years and then in 2008 had to suspend family reunification because widespread immigration fraud was revealed through DNA testing.  That specific program has not yet been reopened (that we know of), but will be soon.

Nevertheless, thousands of Somali Muslims continue to be resettled by the State Department as I write this. We recently learned that we will be taking 6000 Somalis this year from one camp in Uganda and as many as 11,000-13,000 total from around the world.

Through the Refugee Resettlement program alone 2657 legal Somalis have already arrived in this fiscal year (2010) as of May 31st with an unknown number arriving through other legal programs and  illegally across both our borders.

* Be sure also to read this Comment Worth Noting from a Somali woman who refers to the Somali influx as an “invasion” and says they have no plans to assimilate.

Somalis disturbingly call their immigration to certain countries or cities as “invasions” and they call cities with no or little Somali populations as “Tuulas” or “villages”….

Are Garden City and Dodge City, KS  in the Tuula stage?  Or beyond?

Did NGOs wreck Somalia?

Yes, is the gist of the argument in the Daily Nation over the weekend.   This is not the first time we have heard this theory relating to Somalia and indeed much of Africa.  A young man who grew up in my town told me about his experience in Africa with the Peace Corps and said that the first question they got from the people upon arrival was, what did you bring us?

Rasna Warah in the Daily Nation:

Somalia celebrates 50 years of independence this week, but many people are wondering whether there is anything worth celebrating.

For more than two decades, the country has had no functioning government, and even today, the recently-elected Somali Transitional Government is barely able to carry out its functions effectively, thanks to militia who control many parts of the country.

Relief agencies estimate that nearly 1.4 million Somalis have been displaced since the 1990s, and that nearly half the country’s population — more than 3 million people — is still in need of relief aid and assistance.

But this is the story of the Somalia that we all know. The less known story is that of a country that was systematically destroyed by international NGOs, UN agencies and donors who undermined the local economy by flooding Somalia with aid, especially since the fall of Siad Barre in 1991.

No one tells this story better than Michael Maren, a former Peace Corps volunteer, who in his 1997 book, The Road to Hell, explains how the aid industry in Somalia became “a self-serving system “that thrived on the chaos in the country’’.

His main argument is that the aid industry undermined development in Somalia by stifling the local economy through relief supplies that killed industries, and which were routinely stolen by warlords, merchants and government officials.

Here is my, sure to be labeled racist, question.  In light of recent scams like the one in Maine where Somali former refugees were found guilty of ripping off medicaid, what came first:  a long-standing culture of corruption or is it a relatively new learned behavior from their experience with NGOs in Africa over a few decades?

Obama may push amnesty this year; holds (another) strategy session

An already hot summer could get even hotter, if the Associated Press story from yesterday is correct.  If Obama wants to push Tea Partiers and others to the boiling point, this will do it.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is enlisting activists and labor leaders in a push for comprehensive immigration legislation that will showcase Republican opposition and include a speech by the president.

The strategy was discussed during a meeting Monday by a range of prominent labor leaders and activist groups. Participants said Obama reiterated his support for immigration legislation but noted the political realities that have stalled it in Congress.

Latino leaders say they will work in coming months to pressure Republicans to give way and support an immigration bill — and make opponents pay at the ballot box if they don’t.

“We’re going to make absolutely crystal clear who’s at fault here,” said Eliseo Medina, a leader of the Service Employees International Union.

Prospects for passage of comprehensive immigration legislation look bleak this election year, and even many Democrats are wary of wading into the hot-button issue. But Obama, who pledged as a candidate to make immigration reform a top priority during his first year in office, faces pressure from the Hispanic community to act — or at least to try.

Read it all.

Of course you gotta wonder how much of this is Obama pandering to his base and stringing them along until November. Remember its been almost a year since that August White House strategy session where Obama was stringing along a whole bunch of pro-OPEN BORDERS businesses, unions, churches, refugee contractors and so forth, here.