Lancaster, PA, Meskhetian Turks, and Church World Service

It’s Saturday morning and it’s usually a slow day at RRW, and I have chores to do, but couldn’t resist writing one more post when Judy sent me a Steve Sailer post from VDARE on Meskhetians (Muslim Russian/Turks).

For new readers, we got our start writing Refugee Resettlement Watch in 2007 because of those three things in my title above.   Funny how things work!

You see, we had never heard of Refugee Resettlement until Church World Service’s subcontractor, Virginia Council of Churches, quietly began resettling the Meskhetians in our rural county in western Maryland.  The story at the time was that Lancaster, PA was overloaded with refugees, specifically the ‘Russians,’ and CWS needed to off-load some within a reasonable geographic distance from their friends in Lancaster, PA (yes, that is the home of the Amish).   Our Chief of Police reported that he called the authorities in Lancaster at the time and was told there were some crime issues and the Muslim Russian flow needed to stop for awhile.

Philadelphia where Muslim Russian Turk, Khusen Akhmedov, killed a young mother and children.

Bottomline for Washington County, Maryland is that about 200 were resettled here in the mid-2000’s (Bush Administration), but the State Department halted the resettlement when some bad PR about CWS and VCC reached the media.

Needless to say, it’s a long story and I don’t know what happened to the original group.  More recently I met a real estate agent in Hagerstown (our county seat) who told me the Russian “refugees” had money to buy houses which makes us all wonder how they became “refugees” in the first place.

Now, 6 years into writing this blog comes an answer from a Russian-speaking writer to VDARE.

(Here is one post we wrote in 2008 trying to sort out why the US was resettling 18,000 Meskhetians.)

Before we quote liberally from the writer, first visit the post by Steve Sailer (also at VDARE) that prompted the Russian-speaking commenter.

A Meskhetian Turk was arrested in Lancaster (where Church World Service is the primary resettlement contractor) in July for running down a young woman and three children in Philadelphia, and killing them.  A fourth child survived.

Read the whole post.

Then this is a portion of what a reader of VDARE sent in response (emphasis is mine):

I read the Steve Sailer’s  post about the Meskhetian Turks. I know a little of them, because I worked closely with them for a couple of years.

I learned that a program was looking for volunteer tutors who could speak Russian. Remembering my elders from Russia, and their neighbors, (Latvians, Lithuanians, Ukrainians, Georgians, Armenians), I looked forward to helping people from Europe.

The refugees were not the Europeans I expected to meet. Instead of being European and Christian, they were Muslim Turks. With individual exceptions, the impressions I left with were not very favorable.

Because we could understand one another, they spoke very freely. Their most common sentiment, which they expressed shamelessly, was that America owed them a living; that we should support them for the rest of their lives, for all that they had been through.

This is what Meskhetian Turks have been through:

Stalin, a Georgian, ordered them deported from Georgia, once the German threat had receded. He accused them of collaborating with the Nazis. This was most likely not the reason, for the Germans never got close enough to the Meskhetians to be able to recruit them.

The Meskhetians were banished to Central Asia, to places like Tadjikistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, and so on, where their Muslim co-religionists live. However, even the Muslims of those regions grew to hate them. You see, the reason they were persecuted (contrary to the reason offered by the U.N., that they are “very industrious”), is that they are lazy. And indeed, natural selection has sharply honed these instincts in them. Lying and stealing are virtues. 

By 1990, the Muslim republics in which they resided had had enough of them, and began expelling them. So they became “internal refugees” in the Soviet Union. When the Soviet Union broke up, and the Muslim republics became independent, the Meskhetians became stateless, because the Russian Federation would not grant them citizenship. More intolerable for these Turks was the fact that the Russian government forced them to work, in exchange for food and supplies. Their very notion of “persecution”!

So began their campaign to be recognized by the UN as “internal refugees”, who could apply for asylum in other countries—and Russia was more than happy to rid themselves of the Meskhetian Turks. Turkey offered to take them, but they refused, because Istanbul would have required the men to serve in the army. The Meskhetians wanted no part of that!

There is more, plus links, read it all!

So it seems they really weren’t “refugees” in the way most people think of refugees, and I’ve wondered aloud on these pages many times if they weren’t just brought here to help Russia—-to remove a thorn from its side.  In fact, I testified two years in a row to the US State Department and said Congress should stop the State Department from using the refugee program for unrelated foreign policy reasons.  Here is what I said:

Congress needs to specifically disallow the use of the refugee program for other purposes of the US Government, especially using certain refugee populations to address unrelated foreign policy objectives—Uzbeks, Kosovars, Meskhetians and Bhutanese (Nepalese) people come to mind.

We’ve had a run on refugee stories from PA over the last few days, if you didn’t see them go here and here.

For more on Lancaster, PA, go here.

Why do American Leftwing Jews hate Israel so much?

Update August 11th:  A Washington Post reader asks Hetfield and Schwartz, why the Israel bashing?

Honestly, I don’t get it.  Why would the likes of Mark Hetfield (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) and Eric P. Schwartz (formerly the Asst. Sec. of State for Population, Refugees and Migration for Obama) want Israel to become overloaded with African migrants?  Anyone in their right mind can see that a small country (no matter how prosperous) overwhelmed by needy people will eventually fall.

Why do they want Israel to die?

Eric P. Schwartz, a George Soros groupie

Those Israelis working and paying taxes will not be able to sustain the social services needed by large numbers of poor and uneducated migrants as the numbers grow and they begin to vote.  The destabilization of government (this is the Cloward-Piven strategy) will happen in Europe (is happening!) and in the US too, just over a longer time frame.

Here Hetfield and Schwartz pen a joint scolding of Israel in the Washington Post. (Israel Turns its back on African refugees) The Op-ed is a week old (I don’t see where it got much attention).  You might first want to visit our category on ‘Israel and refugees’ to get an idea of the huge problems and public tension being created by the African illegal aliens there.

There is a lot of boiler-plate guilt-tripping in the piece (kind of like the ‘nation of immigrants’ propaganda we get in the US), so you can go read most of it yourself.

Hetfield and Schwartz:

The Israeli government sent 14 Eritreans back to their country of origin last month after they formally abandoned their requests to remain in Israel. Many more such returns are expected. Israel is seeking to address its refugee challenges by promoting the fiction that it hosts few, if any, Africans fleeing persecution, only “infiltrators” and “illegal work migrants.” The action is a troubling departure from Israel’s proud tradition of refugee protection.

Mark Hetfield: HIAS

Gee, maybe this is about whacking the Netanyahu government?  Hetfield and Schwartz surely don’t like the fence!  The two continue:

With the Netanyahu government’s recent construction of a 144-mile Sinai border fence between Israel and Egypt, the flow of asylum seekers has been reduced to a trickle. But Israel must still deal with the 55,000 asylum seekers within its borders, and the government’s statements, record and plans are troubling. Eli Yishai, who served as interior minister until this year, recklessly stoked anti-immigrant sentiment and xenophobia by repeatedly referring to asylum seekers as “infiltrators” and urging large-scale detention of migrants. In May 2012, he declared that south Tel Aviv, where many migrants reside, “has turned into the garbage can of the country.”

Read it all (if you feel like it).

Taking the sugar off the table!

As for the detention business, recently a commenter to one of RRW’s other posts said a country must “get the sugar off the table” in order to stem the illegal migrant tide and that is exactly what detention could do.

The WaPo gives us this bio for Hetfield and Schwartz:

Eric Schwartz was assistant secretary of state for population, refugees and migration from 2009 to 2011. He is dean of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota and a board member of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS). Mark Hetfield is president of HIAS.

We have written a lot on Schwartz (another Soros protege’) over the years, click here.  And, Hetfield (President of one of the top nine federal refugee contractors) has become increasingly visible and vocal especially as he has taken a leading role in backing the Gang of Eight amnesty legislation (before and after some donors questioned whether HIAS should be involved in pushing amnesty).

Al-Shabaab terrorist recruitment video released in US

But, you likely won’t get to see it because according to this report it’s been pulled down already.

The film (we first heard about here on Thursday), described as professional and well-made, features three of the “youths” (for the first time I see one was not a Somali refugee) we chronicled ad nauseam starting back in 2008 beginning here who thumbed their noses at the good life given to them by the US taxpayer and refugee resettlement contractors and went back to Somalia for Jihad training.

Abdi Bihi: Not enough “programs” or jobs for Somali youths to keep them in Minnesota!

Thanks to reader Cliff, here is the story at Fox News 9:


A new recruiting video from the terror group al-Shabaab posted to YouTube and called “The Path to Paradise” focuses on the journey of three men who left Minnesota to die in Somalia.

The video, which demonstrated high production values, has since been taken down; however, FOX 9 News obtained a copy of the never-before-seen footage of three young men who left Minneapolis six years ago to join training camps in Somalia.

All three of the men profiled in the video — including the only non-Somali to be recruited — are now dead, killed either in combat or in suicide attacks.


The nearly 40-minute video features Dahir Gure, Mohammed Hassan and Troy Kastigar, all of whom left for Somalia in 2007 and 2008. The video chronicles the path of the three “from the Twin Cities to the Land of 2 Migrations,” and each of them spoke directly to those who are still in Minnesota.

“I would like to speak to my brothers in western countries,” Gure said.

The story discusses how the newly-minted Jihadists went back home to Africa supposedly to fight the ‘invading’ Ethiopians (that was their story and one some US Senators bought, here, in 2009), but it was (and is) a war against the infidel culture of the West especially America.

Although over the years we give Abdi Bihi credit for sounding the alarm and fighting the radicalization of the refugee “kids,”  this is not about how much stuff Americans give refugees, it is the prevalence of radical teaching in local mosques and the lack of parenting in the Somali community (indeed the parents probably are encouraging attendance in radical mosques).

Here Bihi sounds like he has been talking to too many ‘progressive’ activists there in Minnesota:

“It is targeting, for the first time, specifically our young men and women,” said Abdi Bihi, who works with Somali youth and whose own nephew, Burhan Hassan, went to Somalia and died.

Bihi said the video indicates al-Shabaab needs new soldiers and is hoping to find them in the large population living in the Twin Cities, where unemployment is high and there are few programs to help young Somali men and women.

By the way, most of the Somali youths who gave up life in America to fight for Allah were well-educated (thanks to the US taxpayer) and had bright futures ahead of them.   A shiny new community center with more basketball courts was not going to hold them in Minneapolis (one proposal years ago).  Material ‘stuff’ and the good life does not trump Allah’s message to kill the infidels!

For new readers, we have probably a hundred posts on the ‘Somali youths’ who left America or Canada or Europe to learn to be Jihadists.  If you type those words (Somali youths) into our search function this is the extensive archive you get.

Why so many Somalis in Minneapolis?  This post is almost daily one of our ‘top posts.’