Wyoming: Good conversation underway on refugee program and diversity

Commenter:  Those who want a refugee program should invite refugees to live with them and pay for them!


Give Syrian refugees a home in your home! Photo: http://rt.com/usa/usa-syria-refugees-thousands-309/


Yesterday a friend alerted me to the extensive comment thread developing at this article in the Wyoming Tribune Eagle about Somalis moving to Cheyenne, Wyoming.   I encourage you to visit it and check out the comments and maybe add one of your own before the thread disappears.  This morning there were 63 comments and now it’s up to 72!  ***Update*** Heck, now I see they have closed the thread, read it before it disappears!

But, it reminded me to look for a comment from someone posting as “Parallex” that I had seen a few weeks ago in response to the pro-refugee editorial (supporting Gov. Matt Mead) also in the Wyoming Tribune Eagle that says it all.

This is a refrain we hear all the time from sensible conservative local folks.

Here is “Parallax” (for the record I don’t know who this person is):

Those who support a refugee program should be required to:

1) Pay for it themselves.

2) Provide living quarters for the refugees in their own homes.

Those who oppose this program are not “bigots”. They ARE concerned about the cost and social issues that come with a flood of people from places like Somalia. I’ve seen it first hand. Conveniently supporters never mention this aspect of the issue but there’s no shortage of evidence for the problems this can create. What do supporters propose we do about these problems? Send government checks to the new ‘oppressed minority’?

If cocktail sipping Liberals feel bad about themselves and demand a ‘diversity’ program to assuage their guilt then they should also be the test bed… let these refugees live with those who demanded this program. Diversify yourselves, Liberals, and get busy paying for it while you’re at it.

Maybe Liberals just don’t know that they can sponsor a family or adopt a third world child with their own money?

As second MERS case reported by CDC, Obama briefed

Another Saudi national has brought a case of the deadly MERS virus to America.  This story has been all over the national and local news since it broke two days ago.

The US will now have to be added to the map. Where else?

See our coverage of the previous case in Indiana here ten days ago.

As we have said on previous occasions, if Americans don’t wise up to the security threats, the cultural challenges, the expense to taxpayers of opening our borders to the world, the one thing that will get their attention is the threat of deadly diseases their kids might contract at school, or they might pick up in a hospital or on the subway.

MERS is making the national news, but others, especially tuberculosis, are on the rise in the US immigrant population and the cases are reported only in the local media.  See our Health issues category for more.

From AP:

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Employees at two Orlando hospitals who came in contact with a Saudi resident infected by the second confirmed U.S. case of a rare virus are being monitored for symptoms and have been told to stay home for two weeks, health officials said Tuesday.

Fifteen hospital workers at Dr. Phillips Hospital and another five employees at Orlando Regional Medical Center were being monitored at home for fever, chills and muscle aches, said Dr. Antonio Crespo, an official with the hospital system.

So far, none of them has tested positive for MERS, or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. MERS is a respiratory illness that begins with flu-like fever and cough but can lead to shortness of breath, pneumonia and death.

The Saudi resident was being treated at Dr. Phillips Hospital, where he showed up at the emergency room May 8. Three days earlier, he had visited Orlando Regional Medical Center with a friend who went to the hospital for a test.

Two workers at Dr. Phillips Hospital, who were not identified, have shown flu-like symptoms recent days. One of them was sent home, and the other has been hospitalized in isolation. Both are awaiting test results that could come later this week. Crespo said MERS has been shown to have a 14-day incubation period.


The White House said Tuesday that President Barack Obama had been briefed on the MERS cases in the U.S.

We would be so much better off as a nation without the Saudis money, oil, students and diseases!

Maine: Tsarnaev’s gun came from Eritrean gang member in Portland

However, the Portland Chief of Police maintains that Maine is still a safe state with only a few loosely affiliated immigrant gangs!

Boston bomber Tsarnaev was a political “refugee” in America

It’s all over the news, but as usual the UK press (Daily Mail!) is covering the story in its famously direct fashion, no beating around the bush about the nationalities of the gang bangers like the defensive-sounding Maine papers.

Longtime readers of RRW know that Maine has become a magnet for African refugees—as refugees resettled directly there by the US State Department, as secondary migrants, and as asylum seekers.  See our lengthy archive on Maine, here.   See especially our 2009 post about the Somali migration to Maine for its generous welfare.

By the way, when you check out the Portland paper (the Sun Journal), note that one of the gangs they are watching is the Somali True Bloods.

Here is the UK Daily Mail (Hat tip: ‘pungentpeppers’):

The 9mm pistol that Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev used to murder one police officer and gravely wound another came from a brutal street gang in Maine that is allegedly led by an Eritrean immigrant.

Tracking the path of the Ruger P95 semiautomatic pistol has led investigators to believe he may have dealt drugs to finance the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings that killed three spectators and injured more than 260 others.

Drug money is also believed to have funded the 26-year-old’s 2012 trip to Chechnya and Dagestan in Russia, where he became involved in radical Islam.


They found that it was legally purchased at a Cabella’s sporting goods store outside Portland, Maine, in November 2011 by Danny Sun Jr – a Los Angeles native. The gun typically sells for about $375.

Sun told investigators that he gave the pistol to Biniam Tsegai, a 27-year-old Eritrean immigrant who goes by the street name ‘Icy.’

The Times reports that Tsegai is a reputed leader of a Portland, Maine, street gang with a lengthy arrest record – including robbery, criminal trespass and reckless driving.

In May 2013 – a month after the marathon bombings – Tsegai was arrested and indicted on federal drug trafficking charges. Prosecutors noted that the drugs he is accused of trafficking were brought from Boston to Maine.

Tsegai has refused to talk to authorities about the Ruger pistol – or anything else.

However, Tsarnaev’s possession of the weapon have strengthened their suspicions that he was involved in drug trafficking.

This last bit in the story is a terrible black mark on investigators.  That these murders linked to Tsarnaev were not solved (and still aren’t solved as far as I know) in a timely fashion is a travesty.

They have not been able to prove his involvement, but suspect he had something to do with the September 11, 2011 murder of three men in an apartment outside Boston who were found with the throats slit. Marijuana and $1,000 in cash was found sprinkled around the crime scene.

Besides Maine, where are the Eritreans?

RRW geography lesson!

They are in Washington DC in very large numbers.  The State Department and its contractors don’t normally resettle new refugees to DC (the well-off and well-connected might be troubled by that), but Eritreans are going to DC as secondary migrants having been resettled elsewhere in the US.

Here is a lengthy story, also thanks to ‘pungentpeppers,’ about how their kinfolk in Africa are being kidnapped and ransomed and the DC Eritreans are stressed about it.

According to wikipedia about 50% of the population of Eritrea is Christian and 48% Muslim.

From the Washington City Paper:

Eritreans began migrating to the U.S. in small numbers in the 1960s, when the country was still part of Ethiopia, according to Hepner. Subsequent waves in the 1980s and over the past five years brought thousands more, mainly as part of refugee resettlement programs, and the D.C. area has long been home to one of the largest communities in the country, Hepner says.

Read it all.

This is our 30th post in our Boston bomber category, click here, for more on the case and that grateful refugee family.