Afghan special immigrant visa (SIV) holders and families enter US in high numbers

Maryland and Virginia are in the top five welcoming states… I’ve been told that the flow of these ‘special’ immigrants are helping to keep federal money flowing to the resettlement contractors*** as they are treated as refugees (but not counted as part of the 45,000 ceiling set by the President last September) and as such, … Continue reading Afghan special immigrant visa (SIV) holders and families enter US in high numbers

Special Immigrant Visas for Afghans help refugee contractors stay afloat

I heard recently that the refugee resettlement agencies (the big nine)*** which the State Department contracts to place refugees in your towns and cities were busy resettling ‘interpreters’ from Afghanistan and those federal payments were helping keep them financially afloat. So…I checked some numbers at Wrapsnet and was amazed by what I saw.  Sure enough … Continue reading Special Immigrant Visas for Afghans help refugee contractors stay afloat

South Dakota one of Four States that won’t get Afghan Evacuees (yet!)

“We had really significant concerns about our ability to provide the level of support to help make that integration successful.” (Rebecca Kiesow-Knudsen of Lutheran Social Services South Dakota)   Wow! I can’t believe a refugee contractor is actually telling the truth!  No, they don’t have the resources and neither does South Dakota or America for … Continue reading South Dakota one of Four States that won’t get Afghan Evacuees (yet!)