Most illegal African migrants travel by sea to get to Europe, but due to a blip in the political boundary of Spain, they have a way in by land. And, of course to get this far, Morocco must have let them through their other borders!
Update February 28th: New York Times is reporting the story too with photos. Not just Africans, but Syrians in the mix.
MADRID – Some 500 African migrants stormed a triple barbed-wire border fence Monday that divides the Spanish territory of Melilla from Morocco, with about 100 making it over, an official said.
The migrants targeted two different sections of the border and were “very violent” as they used “sticks and threw rocks at Spanish and Moroccan police”, said a spokeswoman for the Spanish government’s representative in Melilla.
About 100 of the roughly 500 migrants involved in the border assault managed to enter Melilla, she added.
The Moroccan interior ministry said at least 27 people had been wounded, including 13 members of its security forces hit by rocks that the migrants hurled at them as they stormed the border fence.
Moroccan police arrested around 100 migrants, including 14 who were taken to hospital in the nearby town of Nador suffering injuries caused by the barbed wire that the Spanish authorities have placed on top of the barrier as a deterrent.
It was the latest in a series of coordinated assaults by African migrants on the border of Melilla, which along with fellow Spanish territory Ceuta has the European Union’s only land borders with Africa.
Some who make it over the fence are allowed to stay in Spain!
The spike in the arrival of migrants to Melilla in recent weeks has caused the population of an internment centre in the Spanish outpost to swell.
The centre, which has room for 480 people, currently houses more than 1,000 migrants. Military tents have been set up at the centre to accomodate the overflow.
Depending on treaties between Spain and the country of origin of each immigrant, some are repatriated and others are allowed into Spain.
I’ve seen several stories cross my desk in the last few days like this one from North Dakota—Lutheran Social Services trying to dispel “rumors” that local/state taxpayers are on the hook for refugees placed in their towns and cities.
The Lutherans are trying to get their hooks into Wyoming. Could that be the motivation for this campaign!
Here is the story from WDAY.TV that makes me laugh!
Fargo, N.D. (WDAY TV) -It’s a number that may surprise you. Every year,400 some refugees make their way to North Dakota.
I love it how they leave the impression that these Africans/Middle Easterners/Asians etc. just “make their way” to a place like North Dakota—they are in North Dakota because Lutheran Social Services has a lucrative contract with the US State Department (federal taxpayers!) to bring them there and drop them off!
Tonight, Lutheran Social Services held a forum at Fargo Public Library to educate people on refugee integration into the community.
Event organizers say they wanted to dispel the rumors that local tax payers are footing the bill for new Americans.
Of course, some of the cost of refugees rests with local taxpayers! Who else is paying for the education of the refugee kids but local taxpayers, not to mention the costs to local health clinics and the demand put on local subsidized housing that would normally be available to American low-income citizens.
And, let’s not forget the cost to local police and county court systems when refugees break the law. Here is just one case—Somali mass murder in North Dakota—that you know cost local taxpayers a bundle and presumably will cost North Dakota a bundle for his incarceration.
Readers might want to visit this breakdownof the costs of refugees in Georgia showing the federal and state share of the cost (prepared by Refugee Resettlement Relief). North Dakotans should be asking their state legislature for a similar accounting.
Instead, they say, Social Services offers a federally funded program to help refugees.
Yes, sure! And, the federal funds grow on trees in Washington. What about federal taxpayers (are North Dakotans not federal tax payers?). From our fact sheet (here):
The federal programs available to them include:
∙ Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) formerly known as AFDC
∙ Food Stamps
∙ Public Housing
∙ Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
∙ Social Security Disability Insurance
∙ Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD) (direct services only)
∙ Child Care and Development Fund
∙ Independent Living Program
∙ Job Opportunities for Low Income Individuals (JOLI)
∙ Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
∙ Postsecondary Education Loans and Grants
∙ Refugee Assistance Programs
∙ Title IV Foster Care and Adoption Assistance Payments (if parents are ⌠qualified immigrants – refugees, asylees, etc)
∙ Title XX Social Services Block Grant Funds
Then do they think that citizens are this stupid? Refugees live on $335 a month for 8 months!
Kavidhe Gundale, Lutheran Social Services: “They get only 335 dollars per month, for 8 months. They have to pay the rent, they have to pay for the gas and everything. “
Good luck North Dakota!
Every year 300 refugees will call Fargo, 90 in Grand Forks and 10 in Bismarck.
While we are on the subject of who is paying for all this, have a look at the most recent Form 990 for Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, here.
In the most recent year available, they had total revenue of $12 million (rounded number) and $8.4 million (70%) came from you via federal grants and contracts.
Here is how most of that was spent (rounded numbers):
$465,000 for current directors and officers compensation
I was looking for something else, and I’ll post it when I find it, but the Migration Policy Institute, last fall, published this useful information on MENA immigrants in America. Who knew that there was even a separate category for them.
Before you read on, just a reminder that the Migration Policy Institute is a pro-open-borders Leftie-funded (Soros et al) ‘think tank,’ (we wrote a lengthy post on them here in 2011), however, since the Left needs this data too (LOL! for voter outreach), I doubt they would mess with stats like these.
MPI says the top 5 states for MENAs are: California, New York, Michigan, Texas and New Jersey. It looks like Virginia and Florida are not far behind!
Political unrest and violent conflict have displaced millions in Syria and other parts of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) since late 2010, generating significant international interest in immigrants and refugees from the region.
In the United States, the September 11, 2001 attacks and subsequent military intervention in Iraq in 2003 also drew heightened — and sometimes unwanted — attention to the highly diverse MENA immigrant populations in the country, many of whom are Muslim.Yet immigrants from the MENA region have a long history in the United States. As early as 1920, the country was home to at least 50,000 immigrants from the region, primarily from what was then Palestine and Syria, including present-day Lebanon. Their numbers have steadily grown over the past few decades, and in 2012, about 961,000 immigrants from the region resided in the United States, representing just above 2 percent of the nation’s 40.8 million immigrants.
Iraqis are the largest single-country immigrant population from this region, followed closely by Egyptians. The number of immigrants from Saudi Arabia and Yemen has also grown rapidly over the past decade.
Compared to other immigrant groups, the foreign born from the MENA region are better educated and tend to have higher levels of English proficiency, but have comparatively lower rates of labor force participation. [So, are they living off the US taxpayer?—ed]
There are lots of links to follow for more information, here are just two bullet points I followed. If you have a feeling the speed of their arrival has increased, the answer is Yes!
Forty-five percent of foreign born from the MENA region in the United States arrived in 2000 or later.
In 2011, 45 percent of MENA foreign born had entered the country in 2000 or later, with 25 percent having arrived between 1990 and 1999, 15 percent between 1980 and 1989, and the remaining 16 percent prior to 1980.
MENA men and women don’t like to work!
Immigrant men and women from the MENA region were less likely to participate in the civilian labor force than were foreign-born men and women overall.
In 2011, foreign-born men ages 16 and older from the MENA region were less likely to participate in the civilian labor force (72 percent) than were all foreign-born men (78 percent). Foreign-born women from MENA countries were also less likely to participate in the labor force (42 percent) than were all immigrant women (57 percent).
Among men, Algerians (91 percent) and Sudanese (87 percent) had the highest labor force participation rates, while Iraqis (65 percent) and Saudis (23 percent) had the lowest labor force participation.
Consider that we resettled 19,491 Iraqis in the US in 2013, here, and are on target to admit a similar number this year, it sure looks like the US taxpayer is going to be supporting a large percentage of them. And, by the way, who the heck are all those (rich?) Saudis getting into the US, and through what legal program?
They allegedly reaped hundreds of thousands of dollars through food stamp fraud, selling drugs and trafficking in stolen property, then sent money to Pakistan.
Readers, since the availability of the facebook page Diversity’s Dark Side, run-of-the-mill immigrant food stamp frauds will be posted there, but this one had a couple of juicy bits that add to our extensive archive on food stamp fraud here at RRW.
EVERETT — A police raid on a downtown mini-mart Tuesday morning was the culmination of a 17-month investigation into food-stamp fraud.
Fraz A. “Tony” Mushtaq, 34, the owner of the A One Smoke & Grocery store at Everett and Colby avenues, is suspected of paying people cents on the dollar for access to their state food-benefits cards.
He also is under investigation for allegedly buying and selling merchandise shoplifted from area stores, money laundering and selling an illegal form of synthetic marijuana known as “spice,” police say.
Everett police believe a significant amount of the store’s inventory has been ill-gotten, said Lt. Jim Duffy, who leads the special investigations unit.
The police department has received complaints about the store for several years, he said.
Police believe the amount of stolen merchandise moved through the store, including pop, energy drinks and cigarettes, could total in the millions of dollars. Careful financial investigation has documented hundreds of thousands of dollars in questionable transactions, Duffy (Lt. Jim Duffy) said.
The police have been investigating this case since 2012. So, did he already have US citizenship or get it after the investigation had begun?
Mushtaq is from Pakistan and became a U.S. citizen a couple of years ago, Duffy said. Investigators believe he was sending money from his store back home to Pakistan.
And, this next bit is ludicrous! Everett investigators claim the money was not used for any “improper activities” in Pakistan! We are expected to believe these local investigators (or anyone else!) were able to follow the money in Pakistan! Not to mention the fact that tax dollars from food stamp fraud going to a foreign country constitutes an “improper” activity all by itself!
They found no evidence the money was being used there for any improper activities, Duffy said.
For new readers: Immigrant-perpetrated food stamp fraud became a side interest here at RRW in 2008, click here for our extensive archive.
Here is the latest puff-piece being circulated around the country about Wyoming (the only state with no refugee resettlement program) beginning to see the light, we are told, and REQUESTING refugees. We first reported the Republican governor’s outreach to the feds here.
As these refugee puff-pieces always do, this one starts out with the lovely success story of Congolese refugee Bertine Bahige (you can read his story yourself).
But, no matter how wonderful a person Bertine Bahige is, and how successful, Wyoming ‘leaders’ must remember at least two things—the cost of the refugees will after a few months be on the backs of the Wyoming taxpayerand no matter what promises you get now, Wyoming will not be choosing the refugees (choosing their nationalities or their religions), nor will it choose how many! The US State Department will be deciding that with its contractors.
So here is the article designed to tug on your heartstrings, but laced with lies. From the Casper Star Tribune(via SFGate) (hat tip: Joanne) Emphasis is mine:
Wyoming is the only state in the nation that doesn’t have a refugee resettlement program.
Bahige is hoping to change that.
He is Wyoming’s delegate for the United Nations Refugee Congress. Since 2010, he’s reached out to the Wyoming congressional delegation, state lawmakers and Gov. Matt Mead in hopes of creating a resettlement program in Wyoming.
Despite roadblocks, he’s pushed the ball in motion.
He’s working with the UW School of Law to draft a plan that Mead will consider for adoption.
They think they are going to get ALL federal money for this (note to Republican Governor Mead—that is taxpayer money too, and it comes with strings! You are handing over your state sovereignty and demographic future to the US State Department.)
No state dollars would fund a refugee resettlement program.The federal government would pump money into state agencies and a nongovernmental organization to oversee the initiative, said Suzan Pritchett, co-director at UW’s Center for International Human Rights Law Advocacy.
Wyoming’s Department of Family Services, Department of Workforce Services and Department of Health are among the agencies that would work with the federal government’s Health and Human Services and State Department to channel the money, said Merit Thomas, a policy adviser in the governor’s office.
Wyomingites, please take a few minutes and have a look at the costs to counties in Georgia for refugee resettlement. From Refugee Resettlement Relief. Here! And, longtime readers know that Tennesseans have for the last couple of years been attempting to get numbers like these out of their state agencies.
Wyoming will not pick the number or the nationalities/religions of refugees!
States like Colorado and Utah received more than 1,000 refugees in 2013. Wyoming would open its doors to a smaller number, Pritchett said. [Suzan Pritchett co-director at UW’s Center for International Human Rights Law Advocacy—ed]
The state’s low immigrant population may make it difficult for refugees who require certain places of worship and other cultural customs, she said.
This above, is of course, a reference to Muslim refugees. Don’t worry Ms. Pritchett, the US State Department will send you Muslims who will in turn build mosques, if you don’t have them already!
“Wyoming is not an immigrant-heavy state,” she said. “It may be inappropriate for some types of immigrant populations to move here.We are thinking about what’s the best fit for Wyoming and the capacity it can handle. It won’t be on the 1,000 per-year end of the scale.” [Again, Wyoming will not be making those decisions!—ed]
Refugees who arrive in the U.S. aren’t arbitrarily picked. After the UN chooses candidates, the Department of Homeland Security vets their backgrounds. Then the State Department chooses what cities will be best for the candidates.
They are not becoming self-sufficient! It may be a goal, but it is not happening! Look how they have chosen their words!
The goal of resettlement is not to enlist people on government welfare programs, Barclay said.
“It’s about self-sufficiency,”he said.
The refugees are enrolled in federal assistance programs like food stamps, but after eight months the federal government begins to wane support for most refugees. [Not true! refugees are on food stamps for years!—ed] Within the first four months, refugees are required to have jobs.One stipulation is that the immigrants have to repay their plane tickets. [And, the contractors get a cut of what they collect!—ed]
In Colorado, 72 percent of all refugees who found work became self-sufficient, said Paul Stein, state refugee coordinator. [72% who found work! What percent found work? And, how long did it take them?—ed]
All over America refugees are not working! Pockets of resistance to new resettlement have developed and the feds are desperate for new territory for thousands entering the US every month, so….
….to the residents of Casper and Gillette—you must ask questions! Lots and lots of questions!