Karnamaya Mongar was a married Bhutanese refugee resettled in Virginia who happened to ‘find her way’ to an abortion doctor in Philadelphia. She died there. Surely, someone in the refugee resettlement “community” had to facilitate that trip. Who?
Yesterday the trial began for a barbaric abortion doctor in Philadelphia charged in her death along with the deaths of babies born alive. He snipped their spines.
Below is the story at the Daily Mail. I told you about it here in 2011 when we learned she had only been here for four months, did not speak English, and would thus have been still in the care (well, sort of!) of “church” resettlement agencies.
I’m guessing Catholic Charities (Virginia!) wouldn’t have been involved this time because in 2008 they were criticized for helping another immigrant in their care, a 16-year-old girl, get an abortion. Presumably they had learned their lesson.
An abortion doctor who performed ‘barbaric’ abortions at his medical centre will go on trial today over eight deaths including a pregnant refugee and seven viable newborns.
Dr Kermit Gosnell, 72, the clinic owner, could face the death penalty over charges he killed 41-year-old Karnamaya Mongar and seven viable newborns at a West Philadelphia clinic in Pennsylvania. He also faces a separate federal trial on prescription drug charges.
Gosnell, who has pleaded not guilty, saw himself as a medical missionary in the blighted neighbourhood where he worked and lived for 40 years. His Women’s Medical Center treated the poor, immigrants, teens and women with late-stage pregnancies who could not get abortions elsewhere.
But some of those patients were left with infections, perforated bowels and other injuries after barbaric abortions were performed by untrained, unlicensed staff, according to numerous lawsuits and a lengthy 2011 grand jury report.
In 2009 Ms Mongar also lost her life at the centre.
Ms Mongar’s family has a civil suit pending over her death. The woman from Bhutan – who did not speak English – died after allegedly receiving lethal doses of sedatives and painkillers from Gosnell’s untrained workers.
She and her husband and three children had survived 20 years in refugee camps before settling in rural Virginia. She was referred to Gosnell’s clinic to seek a second-term abortion.
Medical technician Sherry West, during her plea to third-degree murder and other charges, admitted she may have administered drugs to Ms Mongar while Gosnell was off-site.
The wholesale movement of tens of thousands of Bhutanese/Nepalese refugees began in 2007, here. They have had a rough time and have the highest suicide rate of any group of refugees we have resettled. Culture shock perhaps?
My Canada stories are piling up, so I’m going to post three here in one post.
First is an update of the Sri Lankan boat people that we first reportedherein 2010. Seems that at least two men on the ship were wrongly given refugee status according to a Canadian Court. Pro-immigration lawyers had creatively argued that since the ship had been publicly identified with Tamil Tiger terrorists that none of the migrants could be returned safely to Sri Lanka without fear of persecution.
Sri Lankans are also traveling by boat to get into Australia as we reportedherelast week.
The Immigration & Refugee Board misinterpreted the law when it granted asylum to two Sri Lankans simply because they had traveled to Canada aboard the human smuggling ship MV Sun Sea, the Federal Court has ruled.
In a pair of decisions, the court weighed in on attempts by refugee lawyers to argue that, because the Sun Sea has been publicly linked to the Tamil Tigers rebels, its passengers faced persecution if Canada sent them back to Sri Lanka.
The latest cases involved two men who were not considered genuine refugees except for the fact they had been on board the Sun Sea. The refugee board ruled that made them members of a “social group” that faced persecution.
But this week, the court said it had used the wrong standard of proof to reach those decisions. It overturned both men’s asylum claims and sent the cases back for re-evaluation.
The Sun Sea arrived off the British Columbia coast in August 2010, carrying 492 Sri Lankan migrants. The voyage had originated in Thailand and was organized by a smuggling syndicate that charged hefty fees.
Although those on board claimed to be fleeing persecution, Justice Sean Harrington said B472 “was found to be a liar,” while B323 was not credible and did not face a serious chance of mistreatment when he had lived in Sri Lanka.
“The Sun Sea passengers had a myriad of motives to come to Canada,” he wrote in his ruling.
“Some were human smugglers. Some may well have been terrorists. Some were garden-variety criminals who wanted to escape justice. Some had serious reason to fear persecution in Sri Lanka and some, like Mr. 472, were economic migrants.”
Second story for today
Canada saving billions by fast-tracking asylum claimsfrom countries not considered to be producing legitimate refugees, including any who want asylum from the US! Thanks to a reader for sending this about a week ago.
Canada has seen a dramatic drop in the number of refugees seeking asylum here after Ottawa began fast-tracking applications from countries where it feels people are less likely to be persecuted.
Senior government sources say that on average, 164 foreigners are claiming asylum weekly in 2013, down nearly 70 per cent from the average weekly claim for the past five years, which was 537. This is based on data for the first seven weeks of 2013.
The plummeting figures show the impact of the changes that Immigration Minister Jason Kenney made to Canada’s refugee system in 2012 when he sponsored a bill that made this country a less welcoming destination for asylum seekers with shaky claims – those he called “bogus refugees.”
Mr. Kenney’s legislation, now law, gives the Immigration Minister the power to designate which countries are less likely to be a legitimate source of refugees.
Changes last year designated 27 countries of origin – including the United States, most European Union member countries and Croatia – as places from which claims would be fast-tracked. Ottawa added eight more countries to this list this month.
Refugee claimants from countries on this safe list – those that Canada considers democratic states with a solid human-rights record and an independent judiciary – now have much less time to fight to stay here. [and thus do not need to be housed and fed at taxpayer expense—ed]
The third story in my Canadian troika today is this one about Immigration Minister Kenney traveling to Turkey and being criticized for not committing to take thousands of Syrians home with him. This is the story from the Edmonton Journal last week. Kenney did commit to resettle more Iraqis and Iranians.
OTTAWA – The NDP and a Syrian Canadian group are questioning why Immigration Minister Jason Kenney chose to accept Iraqi and Iranian refugees when he visited fleeing Syrians in Turkey last month.
They accuse Kenney of misleading the Canadian public by touting his visit as being in support of Syrian refugees, which currently number about 200,000 in Turkey, when Canada opted instead to take 5,000 Iraqis and Iranians.
But Kenney’s office says there’s a perfectly good explanation for the decision: Turkey won’t let any fleeing Syrians leave the country until the United Nations officially declares them actual refugees.
Kenney’s aides also say Canada is currently co-operating with the UN’s refugee agency, which doesn’t want to push the resettlement of the hundreds of thousands of fleeing Syrians just yet.
I had been wondering why Western countries weren’t dashing to Turkey to bring home refugees. The UN says it isn’t time yet. Watch for it! The Iraqis are getting boring to the US refugee contractors, Syrians will be next. As a matter of fact, I bet at this year’s State Department hearing for who to bring in 2014, the likes of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops will be asking for Syrians please!