Union Leader article demonstrates secrecy federal contractors employ to “seed” your communities with more refugees

Update April 4th:  A reader directed us to the comment section at this Union Leader story (I admit I hadn’t previously read them), but here is just one of many great comments.  This one is from Jeannine Richardson and sums up the feelings of many:

Rick D’Alarcao [another commenter] – I think you and Ginger should offer to take in a few of these refugees if you think we need more of them. Put your money where your alleged “do-gooder” mouth is. Liberals are always do-gooders with other peoples’ money. That should be the motto of the Democrat Party.

Just a reminder, Ms. Richardson sent testimony to the US State Department hearing last May.  We published it here.  So please all of you send a statement to the State Department this year!

Update:  Follow-up story here.

They are turning red states blue!  And, Heaven help Nashua if they are getting more Rohingya Muslims.

This story is a few days old now and I held it up because I have so much to say about this latest flare up in New Hampshire between a federal refugee resettlement contractor and the elected officials in Manchester and Nashua.

Unfortunately, this is going to have to be Part I of what I plan to say because I am out of time for my ‘charitable work’ this morning of bringing you the news about LEGAL immigration programs and problems.

Before I give you a portion of this news story, keep a couple of things in mind.  These contractors have to operate in secrecy (some agencies are worse than others) because they know that once citizens fully get wind of what is happening, citizens usually object.

And, the other point that you should know is that once a resettlement agency gets a foothold in your city, they get PAID BY THE STATE DEPARTMENT to process in the earlier refugees’ family members.  That’s why I call this seeding!  It’s also known as chain migration!

Resettlement contractors have a huge financial incentive to keep the family reunification applications flowing, and they will sucker poor residents of a city with a guilt trip about keeping the families together.  Most Americans are a soft touch and they know it.

By the way, there is no federal law that says they have to place the extended family within 50 miles of their other family members, maybe the State Department tells them that, but Congress never did.  And, besides as this article points out, refugees will move anyway within a few months because they want to be with their own ethnic group.

Note location of Nashua directly south of  Manchester. Concord has them too.

Here is the story from the Union Leader (Ready or Not, the refugees are coming).  Emphasis below is mine:

The state’s refugee resettlement program is expected to spread from Manchester to Nashua in the coming weeks, with 50 refugees headed toward the Gate City. Officials in both cities are expressing concern over the plans.

“I was talking about my concerns with the head of the International Institute*, and the next communication I have from them is to say that they (the refugees) are coming, and we’ve found housing for them,” said Nashua Mayor Donnalee Lozeau. “I asked, ‘Where? When? Who’s coming? Are there any children?’ No one has any answers. The concerns I raised were real ones, and I feel like they weren’t addressed at all.”

The International Institute of New Hampshire (IINH) has been working for months to resettle another 200 refugees in Manchester, despite a sometimes frosty relationship with city officials. Mayor Ted Gatsas wrote a letter in 2011 to the U.S. State Department, which oversees the refugee program, faulting its “complete and utter lack of consideration for the local resettlement community.”

Citing the challenges the thousands of refugees already in the city face in terms of housing, education and employment, Gatsas later sought a moratorium on new arrivals, asking the Executive Council to withhold federal contracts to IINH and other resettlement agencies. The contracts were eventually approved.

Manchester Ward 3 alderman Pat Long, who headed a commission to study the refugee problems in Manchester, said he approached IINH officials months ago about the possibility of spreading out the 200 incoming refugees to other communities around the Queen City.

“There is a stipulation that resettlement take place within 50 miles of the local state office,” said Long. “The IINH office is located in Manchester, so we were asking that they look at other communities within 50 miles of the city as well. Nashua was one of them, and when I heard there were 50 refugees headed there, I thought at first they were part of the group of 200, but that’s not the case. The IINH has applied for and been approved to receive 50 additional refugees.”


“When we’ve questioned them in the past, the IINH always points out that these are families they are trying to keep together, that the refugees have family members here they are coming to be with,” said Long. “So my concern with this is, when the institute money runs out, and this group leaves Nashua, they likely have family here in Manchester. So it’s likely they will head here as well.”


…. Lozeau said she has many concerns.

“It’s not enough to bring them just because you have federal money and the OK to do so,” she said. “Without doing the proper due diligence work, you are setting them up to fail, and that doesn’t benefit anyone.  [including the citizens and taxpayers of the resettlement city—ed]

* The International Institute of New Hampshire is a subcontractor of the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, here.  USCRI is headed by Lavinia Limon, here, who ran the whole federal Office of Refugee Resettlement for Clinton.  She revolved out of the government door and into the government contractor door!

For more information, type ‘New Hampshire’ into our search function for dozens and dozens of posts on problems there.

Watch for Part II about what you can do in your towns and cities!

Food Stamp Fraud in Florida; and a couple of media breakthroughs

Longtime readers know that writing about food stamp fraud perpetrated at mom & pop immigrant-run stores is my hobby along with my other charitable work of writing about refugee resettlement.   Last night there was a breakthrough in the mainstream media when Bill O’Reilly had a segment on trafficking in food stamps and how much of your money is being lost through that form of fraud!

He had on an expert from the CATO Institute, Chris Edwards, who estimated that food stamp fraud is costing the US government $3 billion a year, far above the Dept. of Agriculture’s $750 million estimate.  When I find a link for the segment I’ll post it here.   O’Reilly seemed genuinely surprised at how the trafficking scam works.   For new readers, ‘customers’ in possession of food stamps (nearly 50 million people now!) sell them to the store for usually 50 cents on the dollar—customer gets his 50 cents and the store turns the full dollar in to the feds for repayment.   LOL!  Redistribution of wealth anyone!

And, of course O’Reilly and Edwards never mentioned any connections to immigrant-run stores and probably never will—too politically incorrect to notice such a thing?

The second media breakthrough on a fraud story came yesterday also in this news account of a convenience store bust in Daytona.   The news account actually told the reader where these alleged scammers are from!  Usually readers are left to guess just where this supposedly LEGAL immigrant, with a non-American sounding name, came from.

From the Daytona Beach News Journal  (be sure to read the whole story because these perps did a slightly different form of the trafficking scam):

DAYTONA BEACH — A Ridgewood Avenue convenience store owner and his son were arrested Monday after Daytona Beach police, state and federal agents raided his business in connection with a food stamp scam, a police spokesman said.

Bassam Sale Abu Diab, 55, a native of Israel, and his son, Matthew Bassam Abu Diab, born in the U.S., were each charged with three counts of misappropriating public assistance funds, making misrepresentations to a credit card issuer, obtaining property by fraud and communications fraud.

Bassam Sale Abu Diab “a native of Israel”

Daytona Beach police, Daytona Beach Code Enforcement, The U.S. Secret Service, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Florida Department of Revenue served two search warrants Monday morning on the Diabs, said police spokesman Jimmie Flynt.

The raid Monday was the culmination of an investigation into the food stamp fraud that started in December. Search warrants were served at 4M Food Mart at 740 North Ridgewood Ave. and at the Abu Diabs’ home at 221 Gala Circle, Flynt said.

The execution of the warrants resulted in the seizure of $23,000 and a vehicle. A tally of the receipts show that at least $88,000 in Electronic Benefit Transfer transactions were made at the store, and the amount did not include the value of the merchandise the Abu Diabs bought at Walmart and Save-A-Lot stores in the area, Flynt said.  [The amount of money ripped off here is smaller than many other food stamp fraud cases we’ve reported, some have reached upwards of a million dollars.  They must have nabbed this pair early—ed].


The investigation focused on the illegal use of EBT (food stamp) cards. Investigations revealed that 4M Food Mart employees purchased the cards and paid between 20 and 40 cents on the dollar after using the cards to buy goods at Walmart and Save-A-Lot stores, police arrest reports show.

Abu Diab, the younger, used expletives on arresting officers

Sounds like these guys are cheapskates only returning 20-40 cents on the dollar, it is usually 50 cents, but when you read the rest of the story, it looks like their version of the scam does return 50 cents to the ‘customer.’

Also, be sure to watch the news footage about this bust, here, where Abu Diab, the younger, reportedly swears at arresting officers.

Wouldn’t you love to know how the senior came to be in the US, which of our highly-praised LEGAL immigration programs got him here.  Maybe junior’s mom gave birth to junior here and then the old man was able to gain entry through his son?  I guess it’s too much to hope for that a real investigative reporter would find out the immigration status of Dad.   Nevertheless, we should be grateful that this reporter, Patricio G. Balona, told us this much.

LOL! I would not be surprised though to learn that this pair is Palestinian and the reporter could only go so far as to report “native of Israel.”

For more on food stamp fraud at immigrant-run stores, just type ‘food stamp fraud’ into our search function and I bet I have a hundred stories similar to this one spanning the last five years.

An afterthought:  If you are on twitter help get this story out!