Greenfield at Frontpage: Saving Afghan Interpreters is a Scam

In case you missed it, Daniel Greenfield writing at Frontpage magazine did some serious research on Biden’s airlift of the tens of thousands of so-called “interpreters” from Afghanistan headed to a town near you (but not to Delaware!).

My recent post is here:

“First” Wave of Biden’s Afghan Airlift! “Interpreters” Headed to Virginia

See Greenfield here:

‘Saving Afghan Interpreters’ is a Scam That Would Bring 100,000 Afghans to U.S.

Politicians put Afghans first and Americans last.

Getting the United States out of Afghanistan is relatively easy compared to getting Afghanistan out of America. The latest stage of the withdrawal is accompanied by frantic calls to “save Afghan interpreters” coming from the same media that also wants us out of Afghanistan.

But what’s the use of leaving Afghanistan if we’re going to bring it with us to America?

The “interpreter” scam is one of the longest running immigration hoaxes on record.

Continue reading here for all the gory details.

And, to help move Afghanistan to America, Biden has approved $100 million in spending to get the job done.

LOL!  Just now as I looked through old posts here at RRW I came across this one from 2008 about Biden pushing for more Special Immigrant Visas for “interpreters” from Iraq and Afghanistan knowing that none would go to Delaware.

Senator Joe Biden is such a hypocrite

And going further back in Memory Lane, all of this started when Ted Kennedy snuck a special refugee plan for Iraqis into a must-pass Defense Authorization bill as I reported here in 2007:

How many Iraqi refugees will be resettled in Hyannisport?

Virginia: Prime Example of Fake Refugees

This sob story from the Associated Press is meant to make naïve readers feel so very sorry for educated refugees, some in medical fields, who can’t get work here because they must get US licenses to practice (so that they can compete against your kids coming out of medical schools with degrees that cost you a fortune to provide).

But that isn’t the angle that interested me most in this report.

First and foremost, when someone is admitted as a refugee to the US under the US Refugee Admissions Program they are affirming that they can never return to their home country due to a legitimate fear of being persecuted for one of several factors—religious, racial, political among them.

Here we see that since the parents in this story can’t immediately jump into professional lives here, one has opted to return to Kurdistan—TO WHERE THEY CLAIMED THEY WERE NOT SAFE! in order to keep money flowing to the family back here being supported partially by US taxpayers.

From AP:

Workforce barriers keep refugees out of health care field

RICHMOND, Va. — Ferwerdin Al Barzanji has nightmares about what could have been — the promises she could have kept — if her almost 30 years as a university professor and medical researcher in Kurdistan were enough.

When she fled her home homeland bordering Iraq, Syria and Turkey to find refuge in Harrisonburg in 2016, families were depending on the monthly stipends she provided for food and housing. Students awaited her go-ahead to apply for grants at the college where she would teach.

She planned to bring more Kurds in!

Harrisonburg is a prime resettlement site. Protesting Trump’s refugee policies in 2017.
But within two years, she sent apologies instead. There was no money to send. There was no university job, no lab that would let her continue her work.

Like so many refugees, Al Barzanji’s options were limited, even with decades of experience and her fluent command of English, Arabic and Kurdish. Credentials, including her doctorate, were worthless in Virginia. To continue her career, she’d have to start over and go through school again. She couldn’t afford it, and it would be years before money flowed in again.

Eight months of tax payer financial assistance did flow in!

Refugees in the U.S. receive roughly eight months of financial assistance upon arrival, and after extensive interviews from federal officers abroad who determine their eligibility for resettlement, they’re immediately able to work. But neither Al Barzanji or her husband, Heja Al Sindi, could find employment that paid them a living wage.

Confirmed! Refugees are needed for cheap labor—“food factories” and “distribution centers!”

“They told me from the beginning, ‘You (can’t) think about your degrees. Ph.D.? Master’s? Teaching? No. You have to go to either the food factories or these distribution centers. Places like that in order to work,'” she recalled. “‘You can’t start like a university professor or a lab scientist.’

So if they told her that in the beginning why is she whining now?

If both of them stayed in the U.S., they wouldn’t be able to give their five children [presumably being educated now in Virginia’s public school system—ed] a better education — the reason they left their hometown after 50 years and the one promise Al Barzanji refused to let go.

The ‘refugee’ Dad went back to the place of their supposed persecution, Kurdistan, so he can make more money!

So they made a decision that would separate their family: Al Sindi would go back and work as the vice president of the University of Kurdistan and send his salary to his family in Harrisonburg while Al Barzanji continued her work as an interpreter and full-time mother.

“I put all my feelings and everything into their success. I have to forget about myself,” she said. “So I have to think about it like this. This is it. I have to live like this.”

Oh poor baby!

There is much more we could discuss in this AP story.  Virginia readers should definitely read on.

You Can’t Make this Up! Somalia Praised by UN for Welcoming Refugees

And, Somalia, the “role model,” has been doing it for THIRTY YEARS!

This then begs the question—why has the US admitted tens of thousands of Somali ‘refugees’ to the US  (at great expense to taxpayers) who presumably said they feared to live in their home country and had run off to Kenya and elsewhere around the world looking for a UN ticket to America?

Answer:  We are suckers!

From the Voice of America–who knew?

UNHCR Applauds Somalia’s Open-door Refugee Policy

MOGADISHU, SOMALIA – Three decades of violence have left 2.9 million of Somalia’s citizens internally displaced, but the country is also home to 25,000 refugees, including 6,800 Yemenis and over 700 Syrians.

Faith Kasina of the U.N.’s refugee agency, UNHCR, has praised Somalia’s open-door policy for refugees, which allows them to move freely and work, using their skills without the need of a permit.

Meanwhile Rep. Ilhan Omar, who could be back in Somalia helping her country rebuild, is here changing America by demanding we admit more refugees in time for the World Refugee Day PR stunt yesterday. BTW, this is the first time I’ve seen her mention the ‘religious’ government contractor that helped her get to Minnesota. She fingers LIRS. https://religionnews.com/2021/06/17/rep-ilhan-omar-others-encourage-u-s-to-rebuild-refugee-resettlement-ahead-of-world-refugee-day/

“Somalia had its own challenges over the years, but we must applaud this country and government because they have maintained an open-door policy for refugees for the past 30 years despite challenges they have been facing,” Kasina said. “We know that refugees are now able to live among local communities in urban areas and that they can also move around freely in the country.”

Ifrah Salah Abdalla is among millions of Yemenis who have been displaced from their homes following the war between the Houthis and the Saudi-backed government. She arrived in Mogadishu six years ago and balances her time as an information technology student and a part-time cashier to support her family.

She said that when she arrived in Somalia, she didn’t face many challenges because Somali citizens stood by the Yemenis and openly welcomed them, both young and old, with the help of the UNHCR.

She added that the relevant government refugee agencies had been very supportive in business initiatives, such as opening restaurants and clinics equally to refugees and locals.

Ishak Abdullahi Elmi lived in Syria as a Somali refugee from 1996 to 2000. He is now among candidates vying for a seat as a member of federal parliament in upcoming Somali elections.

[….]

Analysts say that as other nations close their camps, Somalia is becoming a role model in implementing U.N. conventions by welcoming refugees.

Therefore it should be clear to all of us that America need not take one more Somali fake refugee!

More here.

As one of my faithful readers reminded me, I guess we shouldn’t be surprised by the UN’s praise of Muslim Somalia.

In 2009, the United Nations told us that it is in fact Sharia Law (Islam) that is the real historic source for a tradition of charity toward refugees, toward welcoming the stranger (not Christianity!).

UN High Commissioner for Refugees lies!

Keep an Eye on Europe at Border Hawk

Since I haven’t posted much in recent months about the ‘Invasion of Europe’ you should from time to time check out Border Hawk news that does closely follow breaking stories there.

I know we are all concerned with our southern border and about what Harris/Biden are going to do to small town America, see my post from Thursday on Vermont, but Western Civilization is crumbling on the European continent and it’s important for you to follow its decline if for no other reason than to inspire you to get involved in stopping the slide here.

This is a photo of a statue called “the refugee ship” exhibited in Denmark to inspire Danes to welcome refugees.  Would this inspire you?   Apparently the Lutherans think it will.

 

Below is a screenshot of today’s news from Europe at Border Hawk:

Go to Border Hawk, I have it linked in my sidebar and click on some of those horrible stories (just in time for World Refugee Day tomorrow).

By the way, I can tell how many of you do bother to follow links I provide.  It helps me know what my readers find useful and if what I post is a good use of my time.

See my ‘Invasion of Europe’ archive by clicking here.  

I’ve been writing posts on Europe for over a decade.

State Department Admits Massive Fraud in Iraqi Refugee Program

We reported that an investigation was underway, here in February:

Biden Admin Halts Special Refugee Program for Iraqis Due to Fraud Bust

However, now the international corporate media is admitting it.

But, you need to know that this isn’t the first and won’t be the last admission that fraud is rampant in the US Refugee Admissions Program. 

Longtime readers may remember the moratorium on Somalis entering the US that began back in 2008 when the State Department uncovered fraud in the family reunification program—oopsy the Somalis claiming to be family members weren’t even kissing cousins.

I followed that scam investigation:

State Department: Possibly tens of thousands of Somalis in the US illegally

In 2007, I first told readers about how Ted Kennedy secretively tacked the Special Iraqi program onto a must-pass Defense Authorization bill in the dark of night.

How many Iraqi refugees will be resettled in Hyannisport?

So here we are nearly 50,000 Iraqis later…

From Reuters this morning just in time for UN-designated World Refugee Day on Sunday:

Mark Hetfield, CEO of HIAS (formerly Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) one of nine federal resettlement contractors*** is quoted as saying:

“Resettlement is a very scarce and valuable and lifesaving commodity,” said Mark Hetfield, president of HIAS, a refugee resettlement agency.

“People … are going to do anything they can to access it.”

 

EXCLUSIVE U.S. suspects 4,000 cases of fraud in Iraqi refugee program -documents

WASHINGTON, June 18 (Reuters) – U.S. authorities pursuing a sweeping fraud investigation suspect some 4,000 Iraqis of filing fraudulent applications for resettlement in the United States as refugees, and they are re-examining cases involving more than 104,000 others, according to State Department reports reviewed by Reuters.

More than 500 Iraqis already admitted as refugees have been implicated in the alleged fraud and could be deported or stripped of their U.S. citizenship, according to one document sent to members of Congress. It said there was “no indication to date that any of these 500+ individuals have ties to terrorism.”

The probe – one of the biggest into refugee program fraud in recent history – is fueling reservations among some in Joe Biden’s administration as they debate whether to create a similar program to assist Afghan refugees as American troops withdraw after 20 years of war, U.S. officials told Reuters.

The reports show the investigation is more far-reaching and serious than U.S. officials have disclosed since announcing in January a 90-day freeze of the Iraqi “Direct Access” refugee program. The suspension, which in April was extended indefinitely by the State Department, followed the unsealing of an indictment accusing three foreign nationals of fraud, records theft and money laundering.

A State Department spokesperson declined to comment on the scope of the investigation and internal government deliberations, but said the fraud scheme did not affect security vetting of refugees.

“The discovery, investigation, and prosecution of individuals involved in the scheme demonstrated the U.S. government’s commitment to ensuring the integrity of the program while upholding our humanitarian tradition,” the spokesperson said. “Those who would seek to take advantage of America’s generosity in welcoming the most vulnerable people will be held accountable.”

The spokesperson did not give a timeline for the investigation, but said the agency would work “as quickly and thoroughly as possible” to complete the review and make any necessary security changes.

Now this next part doesn’t make any sense to me because we are already bringing tens of thousands of Afghans here in the Special Immigrant Visa Program, the same one that the Iraqis used.

Here is one post on the Afghans from 2019:

Special Immigrant Visa Holders Coming in by the Thousands from Afghanistan, but Iraqi Flow has Slowed

You can see here that over 2,000 Afghans have been admitted in just the present fiscal year. How many did your state ‘welcome?’

Back to Reuters:

Under pressure from lawmakers of both parties and advocacy groups, the Biden administration is considering a similar program for Afghans facing Taliban retribution, according to a State Department official, a congressional aide and a lawmaker.

But there “are a lot of reservations” about expediting the resettlement of Afghans as refugees in the United States, said the State Department official, citing the problems with the Iraqi program.

There is much, much more so continue reading here.

I just took a trip down memory lane and see that I have a lot of posts on the Special Immigrant Visa Program and here is one in particular you should see.  Obama Judge rules that we aren’t bringing sufficient numbers of Iraqis and Afghans!

Judge Says Trump Admin Not Moving Fast Enough Bringing in Iraqi and Afghan Special Visa Holders

 

***In case you are new to RRW, here are the nine contractors that have monopolized all refugee distribution in the US for decades.

When President Trump reduced the number of regular refugees being admitted, he did continue the Iraq and Afghan special refugees program and the contractors, we learned, were surviving off their payouts to resettle them.

Foreigners First! is their motto.