Athens, GA: ‘Religious Left’ attempting to re-open refugee resettlement issue for city

For those of you who have heard me speak over the last week, in St. Louis and in Washington, DC, this is an update of what I told you was happening to Athens, Georgia where one of the big nine federal resettlement contractors is attempting to set up a new resettlement site!

IRC contractor J.D. McCrary: If we had been able to keep the resettlement secret from Athens citizens, we would have had it by now! Un[expletive]believable!
The Leftwing churches have invited the International Rescue Committee (the federal contractor) in to discuss how to open Athens to resettlement and get around the Mayor’s request that the federal government come back with a PLAN describing how the resettlement would work.

I can’t impress upon readers enough that this mayor has hit on one of the most important points about resettlement going on in America—local communities are expected to just ‘welcome’ in hundreds (it will be hundreds, thousands eventually!) of third world refugees who are impoverished and often illiterate with no plan or discussion about a city’s ability to absorb more poverty!

The US State Department and the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) do not want to have to prepare any plans which might involve public input when they open a new resettlement site!

Every reader, especially readers in Georgia should contact Mayor Denson and help her stand up to the federal government, the giant contractor (the IRC), and the churches representing the ‘religious left’ in Athens.  See all of our previous coverage of Athens, GA by clicking here.

Here is the latest news which I am snipping extensively because it is so informative.

From Online Athens:

Less than four months after the U.S. State Department rejected a plan from a nonprofit refugee resettlement group to set up a program in Athens, a small group of Athens area clergy have begun work aimed at convincing the federal agency to reconsider.

Those clergy and others met for 90 minutes Wednesday at Athens’ Covenant Presbyterian Church with J.D. McCrary, executive director of the International Rescue Committee in Atlanta. McCrary, who had spearheaded the IRC’s unsuccessful effort to have a resettlement program designed to serve 150 refugees — people fleeing persecution and atrocities, as opposed to people simply wanting to come into the United States — established in Athens, was invited back to the community by some of those ministers.

The local churches represented at Wednesday’s meeting, in addition to Covenant Presbyterian, were Oconee Street United Methodist, St. Gregory the Great Episcopal, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens, Christ Community Church, Commerce Presbyterian, Colbert United Methodist and Comer United Methodist.

McCrary told the group the IRC effort in Athens was rejected by the State Department as a result of what the department saw as significant local political opposition to the proposal.

Much of that opposition was expressed in an August letter from Athens-Clarke County Mayor Nancy Denson to the refugee coordinator in the Georgia Department of Human Services. In the letter, the mayor wrote, in part, “Serving refugees will add a burden to local charitable and other public resources, including safety net services. Refugee students may also place an inordinate service burden on the school district due to limited English proficiency by the children and their parents.”

The letter did not entirely close the door on the refugee resettlement proposal, suggesting instead that IRC “should delay implementation of their plan for this fiscal year (which will end June 30) and present a formal refugee integration plan to local elected officials and community stakeholders in the future.”  [The contractors and their federal handlers do not want to open this door to presenting plans—ed]

McCrary told the slightly more than one dozen people gathered at Covenant Presbyterian that the agency has no current plans to submit another proposal for State Department review. If, however, some evidence of community support were to surface, the IRC might consider making another proposal next year, McCrary said, or it could come back to the community following the next election cycle if it appeared that political opposition might have softened.

In a Friday interview, Denson said her position on the IRC proposal hadn’t changed.

“My responsibility is to take care of the people who are already here,” she said.

It’s purely a capacity issue,” Denson added, noting that Athens is already dealing with “panhandlers and people sleeping outside.”

On this issue being raised by McCrary (below) that refugees have moved in from Atlanta, that is likely true and not something we would want to control.  This is America and people can move!  However, when a resettlement office is opened NEW REFUGEES ARE BROUGHT IN FROM THE THIRD WORLD DIRECTLY TO THE CITY OR TOWN and they are most in need of “services.”

In beginning to make his case for reconsideration of establishing a refugee resettlement program in Athens, McCrary told the group gathered Wednesday that Athens is already hosting refugees, some of whom moved into the community after receiving resettlement help through IRC in Atlanta, and some of whom commute from metropolitan Atlanta into Athens each day to work.

“They’re already here,” he said.


Regarding last year’s effort in Athens, which got significant media coverage, McCrary said, “If it hadn’t played out so publicly, no one would even have noticed that it had happened.”

There is much more, read it all!

By the way, the IRC is headed by British leftwing politician (former foreign secretary) David Miliband who is surely pulling down an over $400,000 salary as did his predecessor (I doubt he crossed the pond to take a lower salary than the former CEO).  Search RRW for ‘David Miliband.’

Murdered His Wife While Koran Played, Update

Editor: This is an update from ‘Pungentpeppers’ on that horrific case of a refugee in the UK who tortured and murdered his wife.  For new readers, our first post may be found by clicking here.

 Murdered His Wife While Koran Played, Update

Sara Al Shourefi died of multiple stab wounds and blunt force trauma to her head and body.


This is an update to a murder trial story we presented earlier involving a family of refugees from Kuwait who had settled in Sheffield, England. The murderer had four wives; while he was murdering his second wife, he played the Koran at high blast and made travel arrangements for a Hajj to Mecca!

Per the prior post, Thahi Harroba Manaa, 37, pleaded guilty with diminished capacity (i.e., insanity) to the unbelievably horrific murder-by-torture of his second wife, Sara Al Shourefi, 28. His mother was at the property during the 105-minute attack but did not call for help. Nor did the neighbors who heard Sara screaming.

Per “The Star” news, the murderer’s sister testified that he had a long history of mental problems. Sometimes he was normal and loving; but, at other times, he acted like a different person and talked of conspiracies. He was suspicious of “everything and everyone”.

The wife, Sara, had told her she was frightened of Manaa, who beat her and tore out clumps of her hair for trivial things, such as the house was not clean. In the months before the murder, Manaa had cut himself off from family (but not the mother presumably) and took Sara’s mobile phone away from her.

Dr. Rameesh Puri, a forensic psychiatrist, testified that Manaa had all the symptoms of schizophrenia at the time of the attack. His behavior was typical of someone who had “lost contact with reality”. For example, he called his own son a “one-eyed Satan” because he became convinced the child was not his.

“An ‘evil’ husband left a screwdriver embedded in his wife’s eye after torturing and killing her in a sadistic attack.”

Manaa’s four marriages were “characterised by morbid jealousy”. He divorced his first wife because of delusions she was having an affair with his brother. He divorced his wife Nadia over the telephone because he thought she was unfaithful. [There was another wife named “Kholoud” whom he married when Sara was pregnant for the first time.]

Sara, Manaa’s second wife – the murder victim, was so desperate to prove she was not having an affair she offered to go to Mecca with her husband to plead her innocence, but Manaa wanted to go on his own first in case she had called ahead to have him arrested. [It’s not clear why he feared arrest. Sara, cut off from society, had no one to tell her that you cannot reason with “crazy”. She believed it was “not culturally right to speak to the police or medical professionals against her husband”. Thus, she suffered years of abuse in silence.]

On Monday, the jury at Sheffield Crown Court found Manaa guilty of murder. At the end of the trial, Sara’s surviving sister said, “Our parents are also suffering terribly, they believed Sara had come to the UK for a better life, they are distraught.” She added, “I am pleased that Thahi (the murderer) has not managed to trick anyone, not only will he be punished by God but he will spend a very long time in prison.” The sentencing will be at a later date.


Editor’s note: So what does the British taxpayer get for his/her generosity and kindness in welcoming this man to live among them?  They get to pay for his incarceration for life (assuming they don’t ever let him out!) and will most likely also financially support the children.

For further reading:

Jeb Bush: repopulate Detroit with migrants! Sounds good, but is it one big fat myth?

Drudge had a headline story last night, from CNN, which listed many of Presidential hopeful Jeb Bush’s comments on welcoming immigrants.

Can we afford one more Bush tax and spender?

According to CNN, Bush was to give a speech in Detroit yesterday (I don’t know if he did) and suggest this:

He even suggested the mayor of Detroit — the economically depressed Midwestern city where he’s giving his first policy address of the 2016 campaign on Wednesday — use immigration to “repopulate” the city.

Would someone please do an economic study of one of the refugee-overloaded cities and see if immigrants did bring prosperity to the city or not!  Let’s put this notion to rest!

Look at Utica, NY for example.  Ten years ago the United Nations raved and called it the Town that Loves Refugees and just two weeks ago we learned that the city was suing the state because they can’t afford to educate all of the refugee children.

Any study should examine closely the cost of educating the children and the costs to the criminal justice system. We need to know what the labor market looks like.  Are the immigrants simply taking jobs that less-educated Americans want?

We also need to know how much money is leaving the city and the country in the form of remittances back to the homeland!

The study must consider how much federal TAXPAYER money is simply flowing from Washington to the city (it shouldn’t be counted as benefiting the city when taxpayer dollars are simply moved from one pot to another!).  Also, we hear all the time that immigrants open businesses at a higher rate, but I want to know how much start-up money is going to them from government-supported micro-loans.  And, how quickly they are closing those businesses!

Let’s get the answer once and for all!

Portland, OR: Somali parents want costly dual language program in school system

If you are an educator or just a taxpayer in a Somali “welcoming” town, this is a story for you.   In Portland, Oregon, Somali activists want a dual language program for their children, many of whom are ‘graduating’ from high school, but without a diploma!  I didn’t even know there was such a thing!  Do they just age-out?


The MRG Foundation, billed as Oregon’s leading funder of the ‘social justice’ movement gave these Somali youths a grant.


Here is the story at the Street Roots News.    Apparently the recent wave (it is very large) of new Somali refugees are especially illiterate.

There are nearly 500 Somali youth currently attending Portland Public Schools (PPS), and since 2010, they’ve combined to make the district’s third largest immigrant community, behind Hispanics and Vietnamese. More than half don’t speak any English, and some had little, if any, formal education prior to moving to the U.S. This is especially true of the most recent wave of Somali immigrants. Many children in this group were born in refugee camps in Kenya and, like Mohamud, never attended school. In addition, few have parents with the education necessary to help them with their homework.

Read it all.

Everyone reading this should be giving serious thought to the fact that the next generation of Somalis in America are working (if they are working) at menial labor according to Street Roots News.

Remember Portland’s most infamous Somali youth—-the Christmas tree bomber, here.

We have resettled well over 100,000 Somalis around the country in the last 25 years.  9,000 came in fiscal year 2014 and we are on target to surpass 10,000 this year.