Editor: I’m taking a break as I am sure some of you have noticed, and I am trying to decide if I really want to continue to “feed the dragon.” That is a phrase someone shared with me decades ago about writing daily (or nearly daily) commentary on the news when there are so many other interesting things to do!
And, I think maybe it is time for the next generation to fight for the future!
In the meantime, I’ll continue to report on a few refugee issues even as I don’t have the time or the will to respond to comments, often snarky ones, from those who think I don’t post the things they want to see posted. My message to them is to write their own blog!
There are nearly 10,000 posts here at RRW, so please use the search window to look for information on refugee resettlement and related issues.
Checking the limited data at the Refugee Processing Centerfor this fiscal year which began on October 1, 2020 (ends on September 30th), I see that Biden will likely end the year with the smallest annual number of refugees admitted since the Refugee Act of 1980 (Kennedy, Biden and Jimmy Carter) became law.
As of July 31st, 6,246 have been admitted with two months until the fiscal year ends. Go here to see how many your state received:
When a reader sent me a link the other day to a story I had just written about, and another said the following in a comment:
States need to take it upon themselves to regulate immigration and refugee resettlement ..D.C. can not tell states what to do unless weak politicians allow it.
I knew that it was time to take a break from writing this blog.
It became clear that people aren’t reading and aren’t doing what they need to be doing if they really want to slow immigration and save their communities from becoming a depository for needy people from the third world.
We all want someone else to save us.
We expected President Trump to save us, but he could only do so much.
I’ve been here before. I don’t want this post to get too long, but decades ago I became a conservative when the National Park Service working with preservation groups and local politicians wanted my farm and others nearby to be added to a national park.
Long story, it took years, but we prevailed. It required hard work gathering facts, publicizing them, and we had to weather a lot of public acrimony.
For a number of years, in the late 1980s into the early 1990s, I wrote a newsletter, LOL! the old fashioned kind that needed printing and mailing before we had such an easy way to get information out. It was called Land Rights Letter and I wrote about the federal (communist!) land grab that was happening everywhere at the time.
Eventually I had to stop because people all over the country would call and ask me to help them save their land from the federal government. I was here to give advice, but it would be up to them to do the work. And, I discovered that they really didn’t want to do what they needed to do, they wanted me to do it for them.
I don’t mean to pick on the reader who sent the comment above, but what the heck have I been writing about for these nearly 14 years at RRW? And, who is electing weak politicians at all levels of government?
The Socialist Democrats have been working diligently at the local and state level to put their people in place and now here they are at the top of the heap almost everywhere.
So, I better get to my point!
It is now up to you!
Update! See my tutorialon how to compete with the Left! I am going to add to it weekly and it will be available in my sidebar here at RRW and at ‘Frauds and Crooks.’
RRW is a resource for your education and hopefully the nearly 10,000 posts I’ve written since 2007 will be a resource as you do your local organizing. If you are new, start researching my category‘Knowledge is Power’because having facts is the first requirement of local community organizing.
Local organizing is the only way you are going to slow the demographic change the Left has in store for you. We lost Trump, Congress is a total waste, most governors are chickens, but maybe there is hope for your state legislature and your city government.
The most important place for you to get politically active is in your own home town where exposing what the local politicians have in store for you is the first action step you must take.
That brings me to Stephen’s story. Stephen is a reader who sent me this report on what happened in his Texas home town.
I received a letter from the zoning committee informing me that gas station/carwash/food mart was going up kitty corner to my property and if I wanted to object I had, I believe 10 days, to show up at the next meeting and make the objection. I was the only homeowner that had to be legally notified because of the proximity to the proposed building site.
We live in a small city of approximately 3,000 people and for the most part zoning laws are strict. You have to build on 3/4 of an acre lot minimum to get in or buy an existing home which is set up the same way. Anyway we have a gas station nearby where they wanted to build and another not far from it and both sell convenience items so this didn’t seem to make sense to add a third in between the two.
I went to the city’s web page and looked up the minutes from the city council meetings and, lo and behold, I find a 55-page power point presentation for the building of what equates to small college-sized campus looking thing. Nice, snazzy looking plan and made up by a local college from the big city.
Essentially it’s about 10 large-sized apartment buildings with a proposed train station. (They’ve been trying to get light rail in this area for years but it keeps getting voted down, if this went through it might of been enough to revive that project).
The zoning change for the gas station/carwash/food mart thing is on the very edge of the foot print for this large development, not part of it, but they had to know about it, especially since they are from the west coast and this is Texas.
Also the only people who know about this here are a small handful that were at that city council meeting and no one else. Additional information on this: it is right across the train track is an industrial park so it’s kind of obvious that who ever was going to fill those apartment buildings would likely be working at that industrial park.
The major concern was that city was about to allow lower income people into the city. This new population would add about an easy one third to our population and could easily change the demographics of our city and instead of being a red district this could of been enough to change it to blue.
Word went out pretty quickly. No talk of race, refugees or anything like that because it was never mentioned by them so not by us either, but we fought this and beat it back based on a variety of issues, the foremost being how the city hadn’t really good answers for what they were trying to rush through.
The train station wasn’t a firm thing, sewer would be required, traffic congestion would become a problem and more. Basically people were just saying hell no, we live here to get away from the city and don’t want a city moved to us, which is what this was.
Bottom line is pay attention to what’s happening in your zoning and city council meetings. Raise the flag early or these things become unstoppable.
I’m not sure how a Biden EO would of effected this if it was announced up front, what the construction was for.
Currently the land is still undeveloped but the city has put together a master plan to avoid most of our concerns though there are still small cottage sized units of housing planned for (about half of the original plan) with out developers yet, so we could find ourselves back in the same or similar situation. [Stephen will be watching, I am sure!—ed]
Stephen told you the most important thing you can do now is to find out what is being planned in secrecy in your community. It might not be a plan for refugees yet, but the housing he describes will, you know!, be back as long as the Dems control all levers of government. See Biden housing initiative described at The Federalist.
If you live anywhere near any of the towns and cities on the maps in this post below, or even within a hundred mile radius of one of them, they will place more refugees in your community.
Getting the information early, spreading the word to your fellow citizens, and creating a public outcry, as Stephen did, is all you have going for you at the moment. The resettlement agencies tend to stay away from potential resettlement sites if there is sufficient public opposition (I know that from personal experience), but the trick is to find out as early as possible what the plan is for your community.
Hint! One thing you can do is to religiously follow your local government meetings and have someone join your local Interfaith group to get information because they will be the first to lobby for refugees for your town or city.
And, you better get to work booting the Dems from office, especially at the local level, or move to another part of America where you will be free of them (at least for now).
I am not going away completely. I’ll post here if something strikes me as vital, or of interest to me, to post. And, I’m still at Frauds and Crooks where I have more readers and more leeway to write on a variety of subjects because frauds and crooks are everywhere!
I have been very remiss in not thanking those of you who have sent messages and expressions of gratitude to both my e-mail accounts and at my snail mail box over the holiday season.
Although I should have been more careful about checking my post office box when I traveled to town, I do have somewhat of an excuse as the mail service in Maryland has been abysmal for months because our rural mail travels through an apparently incompetent Baltimore hub (I’m sure ol’ Joe will get that fixed!).
I am still receiving Christmas cards posted in early to mid-December!
So thank you to all who have sent Christmas greetings and thanks.
Yesterday, I began the process of re-thinking how I will handle e-mails as my accounts are constantly full and I often miss important messages from you buried among e-mails where I am apparently on someone’s e-mail list as they willy-nilly just blast out e-mails all day on myriad subjects.
Apologies to all of you who must think that I am ignoring your important questions and information. So, stay tuned for changes in how you reach me.
As I said previously, you can respond with a comment to any recent post and mark your comment “not for publication” and I will see that.
I’ve written two posts in recent days that could just as easily have been posted here at Refugee Resettlement Watch. I don’t know how much overlap there is between readers here and my other blog Frauds, Crooks and Criminals, so I thought I should link them here as well.
Some reader comments of late have led me to believe that I might have readers who don’t know that I write at two blogs throughout the week.
If you don’t follow ‘Frauds and Crooks’ here are a few recent posts you might want to see:
At the end of that post I said this about sending comments to either RRW or Frauds & Crooks.
I do see all of your comments since I have to approve them. They are not automatically posted because you wouldn’t believe the crap that would get through if I didn’t review them. Sometimes I don’t get to them for a day or so, so don’t be discouraged if you haven’t seen yours posted immediately.
It is impossible for me to get to all of your e-mails, so if you really want to send me something that you want to make sure I see, send it as a comment to a post. You can preface the comment with “NOT FOR PUBLICATION.” I will see the message within a day that way and it won’t be posted.
It’s kind of crazy isn’t it—for 13 years I’ve been working to inform the American public about the US Refugee Admissions Program on almost a daily basis. I say almost because as many of you know the speech police succeeded in forcing RRW off the internet about this time last year for a brief period.
I’m too lazy to write anything new. What do I say? When I started this effort in the summer of 2007 I assumed it was something that would last a few months. 9,487 posts later, I’m still doing this!
So, because I am lazy and want to get onto the news of the day, I figured I would post my ‘About’ pagehere because I suspect most of you don’t visit RRW directly and may not have ever seen it.
Prior to 2007 I had no interest in the refugee issue, heck, I had no idea there even was any controversy.
Of course I knew there were refugees moving around the world, but I had no clue that the US government was actively working with the United Nations to select refugees from third world countries and then was quietly placing them in small and medium-sized cities in most of the fifty states.
That is, until a stir was created in the rural county where I live in Western Maryland.
To make a very long story short, I learned that the Virginia Council of Churches , working for New York City-based Church World Service, had been quietly placing refugees in our county.
I wanted to know if the people of Washington County had any say in the matter, and who told a Virginia church group that they could place an economic burden on a Maryland! county that had a lot of burdens already.
Our local paper, the Herald Mail, had no interest in explaining to our citizens how the program, which I had just learned was the US State Department’s US Refugee Admissions Program, worked. I implored the paper to investigate and report facts to help tamp down a growing anger as more people had questions about how the decision was made and who would pay for the needs of the impoverished refugees.
Click herefor a post I wrote in 2007 explaining how I asked the Herald Mail to publish a thorough report on the refugee program. I think you will see that the questions I asked were reasonable and ones any sensible person would ask.
Ultimately a public meeting was held, Hagerstown city and Washington County citizens were not happy, and within weeks the US State Department sent the Virginia Council of Churches back to Virginia.
All of that history (and subsequent mentions of those early days) is cataloged in a category I called ‘September Forum’for anyone who is interested in the history.
I launched Refugee Resettlement Watchin July 2007 simply as a place to archive everything I was learning (after the Herald Mail refused to inform citizens) about a subject that had so intrigued me.
If you are new to RRW, you need to know that I don’t work for anyone! And, I am not paid for my volunteer work!
I’m just a citizen who believes that taxpaying Americans have every right to know how a government program works and so have spent the last 12 13 years (writing almost every day!) on this one very dysfunctional and frankly destructive program.
By the way, I didn’t start out thinking the program itself was dangerous for the future of our country, I was initially only concerned with how dysfunctional and unfair it is.
Unfair because local people had no say in how their community was being changed by bureaucrats in Washington!
I have nearly 9,000 posts [today it is 9,487] archived here in which I explain the program, educate about what is happening around the US, and report on refugee problems around the world.
Then in late 2018, I became discouraged.
After the President had been in office for nearly two years, I didn’t see the major reforms being initiated that I had hoped for. Yes, he drastically cut the numbers of refugees arriving, but he left the structure of the program firmly in place.
And, he signaled that no major changes would be made by continuing to fund all nine federal refugee contractors (like the arrogant and politically Progressive Church World Service responsible for refugee placement in my county) even as they had many fewer refugees to ‘care for.’
I posited, and still do, that if no major reform of the program is made during Trump’s tenure in the White House, the program will be put on steroids as soon as he is gone. [Biden is eager to make that happen, see here yesterday.]
Indeed, the refugee industry will demand of the new President that the numbers being admitted should be increased tenfold to make up for what they will call the “lost Trump years.”
In the fall of 2018, I figured it was time for me to do something else, so at the first of the year (2019), I launched a new blog—Frauds, Crooks and Criminals—in order to write about a broader range of issues that appealed to me.
If I was going to write every day, I figured I might as well have fun!
Although relatively inactive, Refugee Resettlement Watch was still available for citizens seeking an education about the refugee program, or so I thought!
In June of 2019 the blow came—a reader reported that RRWhad been taken down!
I had no warning from my host of more than a decade— WordPress.com—which was destroying years of my work, and when I inquired they refused to tell me why now, after nearly 12 years of using their services, I was being kicked off of their platform.
This is censorship, plain and simple. I wrote about ithereat ‘Frauds and Crooks.’
It was obvious that the speech police had finally found me as the Leftists and Open Borders Agitators (in the run-up to the 2020 elections) go about silencing anyone with views other than theirs—anyone who isn’t supportive of their mission of changing America by changing the people.
WordPress.com allowed me access to my posts in order to host my own blog, but I was not provided access to my subscribers or sadly not to most of my photos, graphs and charts that illustrated my posts.
I needed help! What did I know about taking a hodge-podge of nearly 9,000 posts and putting them all back into some usable format?
However, thanks to help from Elbel Consulting Services, LLC, I rebuilt the blog and am hosting it on a secure server. I’m back!
Endnote: Perhaps the greatest casualty of being removed without notice from the internet was my subscriber list. Prior to being censored, I had thousands of subscribers. WordPress.comdid not give them back to me. RRW is also increasingly hard to find via search engines so rebuilding a readership is a daunting task.