….and to direct more of your tax dollars to so-called non-profit voluntary agencies (aka federal contractors).
Update and reminder: Rep. Keith Ellison has the dubious distinction of having the most Somali constituents who left the country to join Jihadists in Africa, here.
So the powerful lobbyists for federal refugee contractors couldn’t find anyone other than Minnesota’s hot head Rep. Keith Ellison who called the Republican Party a “basically bigoted party” only a few weeks ago to carry their water in expanding refugee resettlement and getting more of your dollars into their coffers? Really!
Readers, I have been suggesting for years that the real driving force behind the refugee program in recent years is to get more Muslim immigrants into the US, and you know with Ellison, a Muslim, now taking the lead on the program in Congress it’s the closest we’ve come to seeing that truth.
Way back in 2007, I wrote a post about an Imam from Maryland (Yahya Hendi) visiting Saudi Arabia and telling a Saudi audience that they had elected the first Muslim to Congress (Ellison) and that Muslims would control a number of US cities by 2015 (he is wrong on the year, it will take longer). He admitted that Muslim conversions weren’t happening fast enough, so immigration is the ticket to swelling the US Muslim population.
Now here is Ellison introducing the “Strengthening Refugee Resettlement Act” last week.
Get’em in faster (speed up the security checks?), get them job training to compete against Americans in our weak job market, and make sure they get a green card right away (presently they must wait a year).
Ellison’s press release:
WASHINGTON–Rep. Keith Ellison (MN-05) today introduced the “Strengthening Refugee Resettlement Act,” which increases coordination and provides much-needed resources for new Americans fleeing war, persecution, or natural disaster.
The bill streamlines refugee processing abroad, while taking advantage of that processing time to provide refugees with English classes and work orientation training. It also allows refugees to be admitted to the United States as lawful permanent residents, saving scarce government and non-governmental organization (NGO) resources. [Do you find this as annoying as I do—these contractors just don’t want to be bothered with this extra work a year later. They want to get their $$$ and be done with the refugees within 3-6 months and bring in another batch!—ed]
More money for the contractors!
The bill strengthens refugee integration into local communities. In particular, it expands the public-private Matching Grant program, which has been highly successful in helping refugees become economically self-sufficient.
Brings more of your tax dollars to Ellison’s district where Ellison got elected with the help of the huge Somali population in his district.
“America’s refugee program should reflect our values of generosity and inclusion for all Americans—new and old. The ‘Strengthening Refugee Resettlement Act’ achieves this by making sure refugee families have the resources they need to be self-sufficient as quickly as possible. Strengthening support not only helps the 34,000 refugees who have come to Minnesota since 2000, but improves America’s image abroad.”
According to the University of Minnesota, Minnesota has historically had the highest number of refugees per capita. Between 1999 and 2007, over 34,000 people were resettled in Minnesota, from 30 different countries. Over 50,000 Somalis alone—many of them refugee–currently live in Minnesota. [They are all refugees or illegal aliens—ed]
Ellison has kindly listed for us the hit-parade of federal contractors and immigration and open-borders lobbyists who support his bill:
Refugee Council USA (this is the lobbying arm for refugee organizations)
Then he lists seven of the top nine major federal contractors who are on board with his bill. These organizations receive millions of tax dollars to resettle refugees to your towns and cities while expending very small amounts of their own money. These ‘church’ groups are not passing the collection plate to help refugees in any major way!
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants
Ethiopian Community Development Council, Inc. (ECDC)
Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society
Church World Service
The Episcopal Church
Interestingly, the two largest contractors: the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and the International Rescue Committee are not listed. I wouldn’t be quick to chalk that up to any policy concerns with signing on with Ellison but more likely just a bureaucracy problem as they are so big they probably couldn’t get approval through in a timely manner.
Watch for it! By the end of the week we will see Obama’s refugee wishlist for 2013 which if all goes the way it always does, Congress will rubber stamp it!