….by funding citizenship and training services. You will recognize some of the usual suspects, not just getting grants from the Office of Refugee Resettlement but also from Homeland Security which makes finding all of their federal bucks more complicated.
This is from reader ‘Julia’ who found this list of grantees for “Citizenship and Training”at USA Spending.gov. For a little summer Saturday fun, check out the over $30 million that has been expended so far through quasi-non-profit groups (I hope someone is monitoring how all this taxpayer money is being spent!).
Julia especially noted the DACA grants. By the way, just this week the HuffPoreported on how many Dreamers have signed up and how it’s going, here.
Below is a list of organizations that received funding for Citizenship and Training programs from the Department of Homeland Security. Funding for these programs began in FY 2010. Most of the organizations provide other services to the immigrant population. Note the organizations that provide assistance with DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). Also, note the organizations that coordinate their efforts with other organizations. Website information for the organizations is still being completed and will be updated.
It seems that if DACA is expanded through executive order, there is already a network of organizations in place to facilitate the DACA application process. Please note that this list is not a compilation of all organizations that provide assistance with DACA.
One of the first on the list to sign up new citizens (and be sure to check out the $$$ going to the Colorado African Organization):
BOWDOINHAM Maine (Reuters) – A Rwandan man accused of war crimes was arrested by the U.S. Border Patrol in northern Maine after a local citizen reported a “suspicious person” walking near the Canadian border, law enforcement officials said on Thursday.
Jean Leonard Teganya, 42, a Rwandan who authorities said had violated international law and the Canadian Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act, walked across the border into the United States illegally on Sunday when he was spotted, according to a statement issued by the Department of Homeland Security.
He was later detained and processed for removal from the United States, a spokeswoman said.
This is not our first Rwandan war criminal by any means. We posted extensively on a multi-million dollar federal trial in New Hampshire which ended last summer with a prison sentence for a Rwandan woman who lied to get into the US as a refugeebut was then found to be a war criminal (and is alleged to have killed a nun). See that post here and follow links back.
Update: No sooner had I posted this then an update arrives: The money has been restored and carrot-tasting class will resume! (Click here for the happy ending!)
One thing we have to thank these ‘unaccompanied alien minors’ for is exposing the three-decades-old Refugee Resettlement program of the US State Department to public scrutiny.
Here is yet another whiny story, this one featuring refugees in Washington state under the care of contractor World Relief. I bet you didn’t know you were funding classes so that new refugees could discover the joys of eating carrots in America. And, now this special program may be cut because the invading “children” are gobbling up all the federal cash.
This is my question—are there no Evangelical Christians (World Relief is an Evangelical federal contractor) or Catholics who could use their charitable time and teach refugees the vital information about carrots and thus leave the federal taxpayer out of the loop?
“We came here because we have to save our lives,” she says, sitting next to her husband. Now, they’re tasting raw carrots from a paper boat, seated at a long table surrounded by posters about the Founding Fathers, with people chatting in four languages. [Where is Saturday Night Live or Jon Stewart!—ed]
Refugees like Farwah Rubab and Syed Mubashar Abbas from Pakistan come here, to World Relief’s headquarters in Spokane, for answers. Not only do they get help finding housing, schooling and jobs, but they can attend workshops on the essentials: banking, interacting with law enforcement and today, cooking healthy food.
Though the much-covered influx of unaccompanied children at the southern border is 1,500 miles away from this classroom, the two are unavoidably linked by a pot of federal funding increasingly under stress.
Last month, the federal government halted funding to states for “refugee resettlement assistance” — the money that pays for these classes — because it needed that money to address needs at the border. In Spokane, World Relief, a nonprofit that helps resettle refugees, uses its $89,500 allotment to pay staff to help refugees apply for permanent residency and to organize these classes. The nonprofit Catholic Charities gets $35,500 from the contract to provide similar services. About $1 million in funding was cut for the current quarter.
Boo-hoo-hoo! If this keeps up there may be staff layoffs! Offices may close and the trickle down could crash the economy of Spokane (and refugees will not enjoy the culinary delights of America, the healthy delights of course!).
As I have said previously, no sympathyhere for the contractors***. They lobbied Congress for amnesty for illegal aliens, what did they think might happen if tens of thousands of new ones arrived overnight. Did they think that the Washington money tree would just grow more money?