The new UN High Commissioner for Refugees (after visiting Senator John McCain in Washington and signing an agreement to get more money from US taxpayers) visited Eli’s Cheesecake Company in Chicago.
We learn that a federal refugee contractor lines up jobs for refugees with Eli’s!
Contractor RefugeeOne took in $2.1 million from taxpayers in 2014 to act as an employment service for refugees. It brags that it brought 16,000 refugees to Chicago since 1982!
What! no Americans willing to make cheesecake? Or, is there some special tax incentive for Eli’s to hire foreign labor?
The UN trumpets the news here:
CHICAGO, United States, March 18 (UNHCR) – During a week-long visit to the United States, the head of the United Nations refugee agency welcomed Washington’s longstanding commitment to resettling more refugees than any other country and emphasized that managing the refugee crisis is a global responsibility.
Speaking on a visit to Chicago, where he met with refugees, US lawmakers and resettlement agencies, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said: “Resettlement addresses the needs of the most vulnerable and is the safest way to move people from one country to another. Refugees flee terror, they don’t bring terror to countries. Their arrival is very carefully vetted, so there should be no fear.”
While in the Midwestern city, Grandi visited RefugeeOne, a Chicago area non-profit that works with refugees fleeing war, persecution and terror, helping them to build new lives of safety, dignity and self-reliance.
Finding employment is a major step for a refugee to become self-reliant and one of the businesses that RefugeeOne has long partnered with is Eli’s Cheesecake Company, which has been employing refugees for over 25 years.
“It takes UNHCR to protect us, RefugeeOne to place us in jobs and people like Marc to help us become productive,” he added, referring to the President of Eli’s Cheesecake Company.
RefugeeOne is a subcontractor of three BIG contracting agencies of the US State Department: Church World Service, Episcopal Migration Ministries, and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service.
So, no low income Americans want the jobs? Or, it just isn’t cool enough for these Christian charities to help Americans first?
See Leo Hohmann at WND about African Americans being hammered by competition with immigrant labor, here.