Who are they? Those are the 14 Senators led by Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar and Illinois Senator Dick Durban who last year wrote to Obama asking that he admit 65,000 Syrian (mostly Sunni Muslim) refugees to the US.
I had a good laugh herein September of last year when we saw that the New York Times had picked up our nickname for the group but couldn’t bother to link or even name where they got it!
You can bet this same gang will be upping their demands when Obama does his UN pow-wow in September and sends his final “determination” to Congress right after that.
Here are the Senators to watch. Guesses? Will they demand 65,000 again, 75,000? or maybe 100,000?
Thanks to reader Julia for reminding me that Kaine is on this distinguished list.
Below for your amusement are the 14 Members of the Senate Jihad Caucusled by Senators Dick Durban (D-IL) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN):
Al Franken (D-MN)
Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
Patty Murray (D-WA)
Robert Menendez (D-NJ)
Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)
Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)
Christopher Coons (D-DE) LOL! Delaware hasn’t taken a refugee in a couple of years!
Tim Kaine (D-VA)
Edward Markey (D-MA)
Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
Mazie Hirono (D-HI) LOL! Last I looked Hawaii took a whole 7 refugees last year!
I’m home! Got home last Sunday after putting 6,208 miles on my car. Traveled through 20 states and stopped in 13 of them for meetings in 21 different cities over 30 days! I’ll report over time as I post related news stories that will now be more informed by what I saw and heard.
Thanks to all who spent so much time with me. Perhaps the biggest revelation was to learn that there are so many of you concerned and working hard to save your towns and cities from being completely transformed!
I’m repeating a message from an earlier postthis week.
Although during my travels, I focused primarily on what you are doing locally and how you have to begin to wrest control of your local governments from the Open Borders advocates who seem to have captured your towns on behalf of the moneyed interests looking for cheap labor, I came home to the news about a demonstration in Washington next Sundaythat is clearly the opening salvo in Obama’s last big propaganda event at the UN in September to dramatically increase the number of refugees who enter the US in fiscal year 2017 (begins on October 1 of this year). So, I realized that we have to deal with the pressing calendar issues first.
We know what Obama wants and as a lame duck there isn’t much we can do about him. However, DO NOT FORGET there is only one entity that can stop his plan for next year and that is Congress because they can choose to NOT FUND what he wants.
I know, I know, they have been a terrible disappointment, but that doesn’t mean they should be ignored or be let off the hook! In fact, everything you do in the weeks ahead, in addition to working to defeat Hillary, is to (sorry to be so graphic) put the screws to your Member of Congress and your US Senators. They must be fully aware that they are the responsible party here.
By the way, in one stop I made on RRW’s road trip, I heard that the Member of Congress representing the area was sending the grassroots folks on a wild goose chase to confront their state legislative representatives. That is important because you must make political noise at all levels of government, but it is the Members of Congress who will say yes or no to Obama this fall and they are all up for election now!
Enough of that, let’s talk about the Three Top (most read) Posts of the last week (top daily posts are in the right hand side bar).
Regarding the first one here (below), this is what you should do in light of what I’ve said above. Make sure that your Washington reps (your Congressman and two US Senators) are sent the article that appeared in the paper about the heated meeting in Aberdeen.
When you send it (more than one of you should send it!), with a cover note that tells your reps in Washington exactly what you think about it and ask them to take some action. For example, ask them to get you a copy of the R & P Abstract for FY2017 for Aberdeen. If there isn’t one yet, tell them to get you any Abstracts for South Dakota for FY17! In other words, make them work and answer you! I’ll bet a buck that they have no clue that this document exists! LOL! Even if you have it already, ask anyway and educate them about the plans for their state for next year.
If they don’t respond within a week, call the office (call all offices, Washington and the local office) and ask to speak to any staffer who knows anything about the refugee program in the state. Bug them politely, but firmly! Top Three Posts for the week ending yesterday, August 20th, are:
Some miscellaneous information: All of you should consider opening a twitter account. You don’t have to tweet, but honestly once you follow certain people you can get the hottest news all day (almost better than by following Drudge). I just yesterday passed the 4,000 followers mark which isn’t much compared to real twitter masters, but it is one important way for me to get refugee news out that I can’t find time to post here at RRW. I am @RefugeeWatcher.
We have a facebook page too, here, with 27,000 ‘likes’ where a friend helps keep it going!
And thanks so much to all who have donated to RRW. I’m working on getting thank you notes out!
I just want my critics to know that I don’t work for anyone or any dark and dastardly entity. My driving force is that I believe with all my heart that citizens have a right to know what Washington is planning for their communities! And, once informed they have a right to speak up without being denigrated and silenced.
Previous weekly and monthly round-ups are archived here.
Due to a shortage of time, I am going to urge all of you, especially in new ‘pockets of resistance,’ to read this thorough article (albeit biased in favor of refugees going to Ithaca) because it has a lot of useful information about the process of setting up a new resettlement site (this one is a Catholic Charities site).
Here is one little bit of the Ithaca Voice article that answers a question many of you have had:
After arrival in Ithaca, working-age family members are required to be self-sufficient within six months. Within a year they will apply for Green Card status. According to Spear, Catholic Charities will receive $2,025 per person. This is broken down as $900 per refugee arrival for administration and $1,125 per refugee for “client direct” assistance. This money comes from the State Department (PRM) as part of the “Reception and Placement Program” that covers the first 90 days’ costs of resettling each refugee.
Other funds are organized by federal offices such as the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Administration of Children and Families (ACF), and Refugee and Entrant Assistant funds via the Office of Refugee Resettlement.
The refugees “immediately qualify for public assistance and we are the ones that will help them with the application process,” says Chaffee. “They are going to be working and contributing to our tax base within six months. Many refugees become home owners within five or six years.”
Read it all, there is so much I would like to say about it!
First self-sufficiency is a joke. Refugees are considered self-sufficient even if they are still on certain forms of welfare including housing assistance and food stamps. In fact, if they go off all welfare the ‘Work Opportunity Tax Credit’ would not be available to prospective employers (and as we have said repeatedly, the driving force for the refugee resettlement program is not humanitarianism, but to provide cheap, federally subsidized, labor to certain industries!).
The original State Department tranche of money includes in this case $900 per refugee head for Catholic Charities income, however, Catholic Charities receives other grants from other federal agencies to supplement their phony Christian charity. This per head payment gets higher and higher every year! And, since there is a per head payment, there is no incentive to slow the flow in subsequent years if the town gets overloaded.
“Public assistance” is the nice way of saying WELFARE. Yes, they get welfare right away (including SSI for the elderly and disabled refugees) and Catholic Charities job (the federal contractor here) is to get them signed up ASAP.
And finally, even if refugees get menial jobs, they will not be taxpaying members of the community because their income will be so low that they won’t have to file.
I would really like to know the percentage of refugees who buy homes that quickly (even with a special government savings program just for refugees to buy homes!). Some groups of refugees even enter the country with enough money to purchase property which begs the question—are they the poor downtrodden people we are led to believe they are?