Springfield Mass. Mayor pleads with federal elected officials to support moratorium on refugee resettlement for his city

A “pocket of resistance!”

We have written since last summer about Mayor Domenic Sarno’s pleas to slow or stop the flow of impoverished third worlders to Springfield and no one is listening to the Mayor.

Mayor Domenic Sarno: I am not cold-hearted! (Answering the loaded question!).



This should be a lesson for any city contemplating “welcoming” refugees—once the flow has started and the contractors are set up in your town or city, they DO NOT STOP.

This article tells us why—family reunification cannot be questioned and there is no incentive for the contractor to stop the flow.

Once a seed community has been established, the contractors are paid to resettle family members—it is called family reunification and anyone who opposes reuniting the poor families is treated like a cold-hearted SOB.   Are you listening Wyoming?

From MassLive:

SPRINGFIELD – Mayor Domenic Sarno has renewed his request for a moratorium on new refugees in Springfield after learning that possibly 70 more will be resettled here in the coming year.

Sarno raised his concerns in a letter submitted Thursday to U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, of Springfield, with copies sent to U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, and Gov. Deval Patrick.   [Good luck getting any help from that trio!—ed]


In his three-page letter, Sarno asked Neal for assistance in encouraging the area agencies to have a moratorium on new refugees in Springfield “until the City is able to adequately address the impact of further refugee placement, and, in the interest of fairness to all involved, until other communities accept some percentage of the displaced refuguees.”

A Jewish agency and the Lutherans are doing the resettling in Springfield and they call the shots—not the local government!

The Jewish Family Service of Western Massachusetts and the Lutheran Social Services of New England serve as the refugee resettlement agencies in the region.

In response to the city’s request for information, Jewish Family Service stated in a recent email that it “is proposing to resettle 250 individuals to Hampden County” in the coming year, including 35 individuals in Springfield. The number includes adult and children.

“Of this number, we will only be resettling refugee families in Springfield with existing ‘U.S. Tie’ family members or family reunification,” said Mohamud Mohamed, who is New America Program director for Jewish Family Service.

By the way, for the third year in a row, I’ve called for a Moratorium on refugee resettlement for many of the same reasons Mayor Sarno is.   Here are my ten reasons submitted to the US State Department most recently last month.

And, here, a former refugee worker from Massachusetts told the US State Department the same thing!

Now with the crisis on the border of the so-called asylum seekers from Central America, it is all the more reason for Congress to halt the whole darn refugee program until there is a thorough investigation and reforms are initiated.

More “pockets of resistance” tomorrow!


Crisis on the border predicted ten years ago!

Center for Immigration Fellow, Don Barnett, predicted (in 2004!) the “crisis” we are now seeing before our eyes as tens of thousands of illegal alien minors (mostly male teenagers) are flooding our border and are being treated as asylum seekers and refugees.

Don Barnett: Time for refugee program to come out of the shadows! http://trib.com/opinion/columns/barnett-time-to-bring-refugee-program-out-of-the-shadows/article_b3e35008-b3e1-5552-b0cc-7b72b6ccec5d.html?comment_form=true

There is so much news this morning on the “invasion of America” that I almost don’t know where to begin. So we will start at the beginning—in 2004 during the Bush Administration!

Barnett wondered at the time:  Is the U.S. government an active participant in human smuggling operations?

Here is Barnett in a backgrounder for the Center for Immigration Studies:

When the old Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) was reorganized as part of the new Department of Homeland Security (DHS), it lost one of its immigration enforcement functions.

The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), part of the Department of Health and Human Services, is now in charge of custody, identification, and release policy for “unaccompanied minors” caught trying to cross the border or caught in the interior.

ORR likes to remind its contractors that their mission is no longer “just about refugees.” The federal agency is a social services agency which dispenses grant money and manages benefits and services for a range of entitled immigrants that now extends well beyond those who come over on the U.S. refugee program. Its clients are eligible for all forms of welfare, but, as well, there is grant money from virtually every program the federal government has ever created (including funds from the tobacco settlement and the president’s “marriage initiative”), to be managed for successful asylum seekers, “Cuban/Haitian entrants,” and holders of “Trafficking” and “Battered Women” visas—all of whom need merely get themselves to U.S. shores with the correct label to qualify for ORR care.

Read it all, it is everything you need to know about the origin of this tragedy for America.  It took frankly an evil Administration (using children for their political gain) to bring us to this place ten years later.

#ActOfLove—what a joke!

M.D.: Deadly diseases crossing the border with the ‘refugee’ “children”

Dr Elizabeth Lee Vliet reporting at World Net Daily (emphasis is mine):

A flood of illegals has massively surged at our southwestern borders. The economic impact of medical care, education and incarceration for illegals forced on taxpayers is bankrupting Arizona.

Why are such swarms entering the U.S. illegally NOW, particularly children? Newspapers in Mexico and Central and South America are actually describing U.S. “open borders,” encouraging people to come with promises of food stamps or “amnesty.” It is textbook Cloward-Piven strategy to overwhelm and collapse the economic and social systems, in order to replace them with a “new socialist order” under federal control.

Carried by this tsunami of illegals are the invisible “travelers” our politicians don’t like to mention: diseases the U.S. had controlled or virtually eradicated: tuberculosis (TB), Chagas disease, dengue fever, hepatitis, malaria, measles, plus more. I have been working on medical projects in Central and South America since 2009, so I am aware of problems these countries face from such diseases.

A public health crisis, the likes of which I have not seen in my lifetime, is looming. Hardest hit by exposures to these difficult-to-treat diseases will be elderly, children, immunosuppressed cancer-patients, patients with chronic lung disease or congestive heart failure. Drug-resistant tuberculosis is the most serious risk, but even diseases like measles can cause severe complications and death in older or immunocompromised patients.

The “unaccompanied alien minors” are going to cost America dearly, read it all.

See also our Health Issues category with 223 previous posts about refugee and migrant diseases, mental health issues, and policy discussions.   In my view, it won’t be worries about terrorism or the cost of social services involved with more immigration, but the fear of one’s children acquiring a deadly disease from a schoolmate that will finally cause Americans to wise-up on the subject of unfettered immigration.

For all of our many posts on the ‘unaccompanied minors’ click here.


UN and media lackeys hype numbers for World Refugee Day

Ho hum!  I guess we can’t expect honesty for their big propaganda day.

Several people reported this headline to me:   For First Time Since WWII There Are More Than 50 Million Refugees.   

My first thought was directed at the UN—“liar, liar, pants on fire!”—but maybe I should be directing my annoyance at the AP reporters and the headline writer because I wondered how that 50 million “refugees” jives with the Pew study (using UN numbers) that says the number of refugees is down to between 10 and 12 million from a peak in the early 90s of 18 million (see graph below right)

Iraqis on the move (again) this week. The US takes 20,000 Iraqis a year. Iraqis make up the largest ethnic group we are resettling right now. http://www.newser.com/article/3296c869af544477b0c782c8dd35b352/ap-photos-a-look-at-daily-lives-of-refugees-as-global-count-surges.html

Here is the story, hat tip Judy, that I wasn’t going to waste my time on, but since it is everywhere, I will (waste my time) and post it:

TAZA KHORMATO, Iraq (AP) — In a battered car loaded with blankets and clothes, Hassan Abbas and his mother left a dusty town in northern Iraq, fleeing this week’s violence and joining what the United Nations says is the largest worldwide population of displaced people since World War II.

The U.N. refugee agency’s latest annual report, released Friday, found more than 50 million people worldwide were displaced at the end of last year, reflecting an ever-expanding web of international conflicts.

Last year’s increase in displaced people was the largest in at least two decades, driven mainly by the civil war in Syria, which has claimed an estimated 160,000 lives and forced 9 million people to flee their homes. Now Iraq is adding to that tide.

Notice the word “displaced”—that does not mean they are by definition all “refugees.”  Twenty paragraphs into the story we learn this:

Of 51.2 million displaced people worldwide last year, 16.7 million were refugees outside their countries’ borders. More than half of the refugees under UNHCR’s care — 6.3 million — had been in exile for more than five years, the agency said.

That 16.7 million is likely inflated as well, but even so it is still LESS than the peak in the early 1990’s of 18 million.

LOL!  This is what I would have picked out of the story for my headline!

On World Refugee Day: Violence in Muslim countries producing most of world’s refugees.

Just a few paragraphs from the end of the AP story:

By country, the biggest refugee populations were Afghan, Syrian and Somali, the report said.  [and now Iraqis again, of course—ed]


You know stories like this one from AP are used as propaganda (often effectively with naive Americans and dumb politicians) to soften them up.  But, besides the usual do-gooder verbiage about “vulnerable” people, “humanitarian” gestures, and “welcoming” communities would someone please tell me….

What good does it do America to bring a relative handful here?   And, why do we want to bring any of their Islam-driven violence and squabbles to America anyway?