Winchester City Council Wants More Information Before ‘Welcoming’ Impoverished Refugees

Good for them!

Of course Church World Service will give them rosy responses to their request for more information, but at least they can make a more informed decision before changing Winchester forever.

See my earlier report on Winchester, Virginia:

It Begins: Federal Contractors Out Scouring America for New Target Towns for Biden Refugees

 

As I said at the time, this is likely happening in many locations around America as the nine federal refugee contractors*** scour the country for new fresh territory in which to place the tidal wave of 125,000 refugees from Asia, Africa and the Middle East that Biden says he is welcoming in Fiscal Year 2022 which begins on October first.

From The Winchester Star:

Winchester City Council wants more info before voting on refugees

WINCHESTER — City officials say they need more information before deciding whether to welcome international refugees to Winchester.

Councilor Bell

Councilor Richard Bell, chairman of City Council’s Planning and Economic Development Committee, told the full council on Tuesday night the proposal to allow refugees to live in Winchester needs more vetting at the committee level before a final vote is taken.

“We have requested that it be placed on a future Planning and Economic Development Committee agenda for a more in-depth presentation by the organization and for further consideration,” Bell told the nine-member council.

The organization Bell referred to is Church World Service (CWS), a global nonprofit that hopes to open an office in Winchester to serve people who have been forced from their homelands due to political, social or religious persecution.

Susannah Lepley, Virginia’s director of Immigration and Refugee Resettlement for CWS, told the Planning and Economic Development Committee at its meeting on April 29 the bulk of the refugees, at least initially, would come from Iraq and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

They will be invited to settle in the United States by the U.S. State Department after proving they have a credible fear of persecution, or have already been persecuted, because of their heritage, social status or religious beliefs.

CWS, Lepley said, would find housing in Winchester for the refugees, help them learn English and pursue U.S. citizenship, assist them with applying for public assistance until they find employment, enroll their children in school and so on.

The committee recommended council approve the request, even though member Kim Herbstritt said at the time that Winchester has a severe shortage of affordable housing so it may be difficult to find homes for the 100 or so refugees per year that want to resettle within city limits.

Bell did not say when Lepley would be invited to make a second presentation to the committee, which is next scheduled to meet on May 19. An agenda for that session has not yet been published.

 

What to ask…..

When, and if, Church World Service’s Lepley is invited back, it is vitally important that concerned members of the public, not just those in the city, but county residents as well, be present to hear what she has to say.

First, we must assume, that since the city government is even contemplating saying yes, that Winchester doesn’t have any homeless or needy Americans to care for and that the city is flush with funds for educating children who don’t speak English, has ample affordable housing, is prepared to deal with health issues and is in need of low-skilled workers.

Questions I would ask in no particular order are these:

How long does Church World Service take care of the newcomers they place in the city or county (yes, they can spread refugees out for a hundred miles of Winchester once the office is established)?

Since CWS supports an open southern border, will CWS also facilitate any movement of illegal aliens/unaccompanied children into the area?

Are the refugees screened in advance for diseases such as TB, HIV, and Covid-19?  Who will pay for medical needs and for how long?

Does CWS have employers lined up?

Who pays for additional ESL teachers going forward?

What religions will be represented in the group of refugees?  And, what other nationalities might be added later?

Who pays for translators when the refugees have a problem with the legal system or educational system? Or, if they have a medical issue?  Local taxpayers?

In what neighborhoods will the refugees be placed?  If Winchester has a minority neighborhood already, care must be taken not to place third worlders into those established areas especially African American neighborhoods. Cultural conflicts have been known to occur. Back in 2008 there was just such a rough period in Roanoke.

If, for instance, Winchester welcomes a hundred this year and another hundred the next year and finds it is straining local resources or causing tensions, can Winchester shut down the flow?

There are probably plenty more, but a beautiful day outside beckons….

One last thing!

R & P Abstracts

The Winchester council, in advance of another meeting with Lepley, must ask if an R & P Abstract has already been prepared for the city by CWS.

These documents, prepared at the level of your local resettlement contractor with the help and guidance of one of the major nine federal contractors, are the blueprints for what is being planned for your town for the upcoming fiscal year.

The R & P Abstracts must be submitted to the US State Department in Washington in advance of placing refugees in any target location.

 

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

They worked to ‘elect’ Biden/Harris and lobby for open borders.  As taxpayers you pay them millions annually to change America by changing the people.

Two of the contractors, the USCCB and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service are also paid to find locations for the Unaccompanied Alien Children.

Foreigners First! is their motto!

Shapiro Family’s Foundation Shifts its Work From Helping Americans to Helping Refugees

By partnering with George Soros…..

***Update*** Breitbart reporter John Binder reported just yesterday that Shapiro is helping move illegal aliens into the US interior too.

 

In 2016, with the big push to resettle tens of thousands of Syrian refugees in America, the Shapiro Foundation patriarch Ed Shapiro got the idea to increase the number of refugees that resettlement contractors were bringing into the US by pushing for an expansion of the government-run refugee resettlement model used in the US to a system similar to Canada’s.

Canada has a government program and in addition allows for private groups to sponsor refugees outside of the government program.

Now I might argue for private sponsorship if that was how our entire system was run, with no taxpayer funding permitted, purely private money for private charity.  But this “new era,” as they are calling it, is simply to make more places available for third world refugees.

Here is what Shapiro says of his work.

By the way, family foundations are a way for very wealthy people to shelter their wealth from taxes, but still use it for pet (often political!) projects.

We are Ed & Barbara Shapiro, and along with our two young-adult children, we make up The Shapiro Family. Our philanthropic work through the Foundation is an incredible labor of love and each one of us invests considerable time into the meaningful projects that we get involved with.

We are inspired by Nelson Mandela’s quote: “History will judge us by the difference we make in the everyday lives of children.” And for the first 15 years of our Foundation, we did so largely passively, through our initial significant grantees: Boston Children’s Hospital, Doctors Without Borders (MSF), Horizons for Homeless Children and scholarships to The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and UCLA Anderson School.

I guess helping America’s children just wasn’t satisfying enough, or woke enough, for Ed. so…..

2016 marked a turning point for our Foundation. Ed and Barbara led a successful community-wide effort–including local, regional and national partners—to sponsor Syrian refugee families being resettled in Greater Boston. This program convinced Ed to start his next chapter, retiring from his 27-year investment management career in order to devote himself full-time to tackling the global refugee crisis.

Ed carried the highly focused approach he used during his investment career to the family’s philanthropy and decided to concentrate almost exclusively on refugees and immigration.

NPR is on it!

NPR’s Amos

And, so now here we are with NPR Refugee Reporter-in-Chief, Deborah Amos, telling us all about how Shapiro is not only using his own money for refugees, but is soliciting funds elsewhere in order to move more money into the hands of mostly federal resettlement contractors to find more community sponsors for refugee families because America has run out of poor children and families in need of help.

One of the funders of Shapiro’s new gig is none other than George Soros’ Open Society Foundation.

By the way, these Leftie movers and shakers are masters at public relations and media manipulation.  A big part of what they are doing with this is to generate warm and fuzzy stories as churches, synagogues and mosques join hands to “sponsor” poor refugee families.

‘New Era In Resettlement’: U.S. Refugee Advocates Count On More Community-Based Help

When President Biden announced this week that his administration would raise the cap on refugee admissions to 62,500 for this fiscal year, refugee advocates breathed a collective sigh of relief. The number is far above the historically low limit of 15,000 refugees set by the Trump administration. Biden’s announcement was a stark turnaround after weeks of pushback from refugee advocates, outraged by a previous order keeping the 15,000 limit.

Biden is calling on communities to do more, to put foreigners first!

One of those most elated by this week’s announcement is Ed Shapiro, a Boston-based philanthropist and advocate for reimagining the U.S. refugee resettlement system to enable a lot more community-based efforts.

“It is the start of a new era in resettlement,” he says.

Biden’s goal, laid out in a key phrase in a February executive order, introduces “community and private sponsorship” as an innovation that allows local groups of volunteers to become part of the circuitry of resettlement, including the day-to-day tasks of helping newcomers find housing, jobs, health care and a sense of community.

Just so you know, libertarian think tank, the CATO Institute, has been pushing this concept for the last five or so years as they say here.

The goal is to not simply take better care of the refugees the government admits, as Shapiro and Amos imply, but to expand the number admitted.

As I’ve argued before, the United States could accept more refugees using private money and private sponsors without needing Congress’s sign-off.

Amos continues at NPR….

The U.S. usually resettles refugees in a different way: The State Department contracts with nine large resettlement organizations. Volunteers play a role, but the program is centered around professional caseworkers.

Here is my favorite line from Amos. She is saying what we have been saying for over a decade—the program operates in secret!

It’s all done quietly so communities don’t reject the newcomers.

Now, the higher cap on refugee admissions means Shapiro can finally accelerate a project that has consumed him for four years. His aim is to fund pilot programs to kick-start an addition to the traditional resettlement infrastructure. “There is pent-up demand and interest,” he says. “These are people, families, who want to help.”

Shapiro’s partner is George Soros’ Open Society Foundation. https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/george-soros

He partnered with the Open Society Foundation and other funders to tap a pool of donors and raised $800,000 for grants awarded in March to eight U.S. community groups in seven states. Another round of grantees will be announced this month.

The proposals are moving testimonies, says Shapiro. One, from New Orleans, came from a multifaith community group that includes representatives from the oldest Jewish temple in the U.S. and a Roman Catholic congregation.

Who are the lucky winners?

Of course at this point in the NPR story I wanted to know which eight community groups got those first grants from Soros and Shapiro, but other than the one mentioned in New Orleans, Amos was mum on that.

I found them here….

They have a new name for the fund too—The Catalyst Fund!

Private Funders Unite to Support Community Sponsorship of Refugees in the United States

 

Here are the eight big winners of $100,000 each.  I have to laugh because most are among the nine federal refugee contractors*** already raking in millions of taxpayer dollars for their ‘charitable’ work.

Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas (Kansas City, KS)

Church World Service North Carolina (Durham and Greensboro, NC)

Ethiopian Community Development Council (Denver, CO and Washington, D.C.)

Home Is Here NOLA (New Orleans, LA)

Interfaith Refugee & Immigrant Services (IRIS) & Home for Refugees USA (Los Angeles, CA)

New Roots Fund (Seattle, WA)

U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) Albany Field Office (Albany, NY)

World Relief Chicagoland (Chicago, IL)

 

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

They worked to ‘elect’ Biden/Harris and lobby for open borders.  As taxpayers you pay them millions annually to change America by changing the people.

Two of the contractors, the USCCB and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service are also paid to find locations for the Unaccompanied Alien Children.

Foreigners First! is their motto!

 

Michelle Malkin Pulls No Punches on Biden’s “Ruinous Refugee Dump”

Editor: For a month or so there wasn’t much news on the US Refugee Admissions Program as the Biden White House flipped and flopped on the subject of admission numbers for this fiscal year so I was writing a weekly roundup of refugee news.   However, now, because there is so much news, I’ll need to go back to daily, or almost daily posting.

Do you remember those “No Fear” T-shirts teens were wearing a few decades ago?  I think of those shirts every time I hear from Michelle Malkin.  (No longer invited on respectable Ha! Ha! Fox News, but be sure to catch her on Newsmax).

Here at the Minot Daily News:

Biden’s ruinous refugee dump

Ready or not, here they come. Thanks to Joe Biden, America the Weary will soon open its doors to another 62,500 low-skilled foreigners from the Third World. The sovereign citizens in neighborhoods across our nation where these newcomers will be dumped will have no say in these decisions. Zip. Zilch. Nada.

Open borders judges made sure that the wants and needs of ordinary Americans would be subordinated to those of the refugee resettlement racket. There is no recourse under U.S. law to reestablish local control of the process.

Instead, the United Nations, the U.S. State Department and their globalist partners in the “faith” community (who rake in billions of dollars in tax subsidies off the backs of refugees and at the expense of voiceless citizens) will dictate who gets in and who moves where.

It will be mostly young low-skilled Americans forced to compete with the influx of 22,000 Africans, 6,000 East Asians, 4,000 Europeans and Central Asians, 5,000 Latin Americans and Caribbean nationals, 13,000 Near Easterners and South Asians, and another 12,500 refugees from unspecified countries. (Hint: Look for a “Green New Dealer” to ram a bunch of future Democratic-voting “climate refugees” into the mix.)

The numbers don’t lie. Replacement theory*** isn’t a theory. It’s a grim reality.

Much more here.

Read it, get it distributed widely, and buy Malkin’s book!

Pockets of Resistance!

And, as I said in my post on Winchester, Virginia a week ago, the only recourse you have now is to make political noise locally.

If the federal resettlement contractors become aware of a vocal “unwelcoming” local community they have been known to move to where they will find less resistance. 

***And, don’t miss my post at ‘Frauds and Crooks.’

Say it Out Loud! The Great Replacement is Underway

Winchester, VA: Letter Writer Not Happy with Opening City to Refugees

This is Dadaab in Kenya, one of the largest refugee camps in the world. It is where most of our Somali refugees lived before coming to America (including Rep. Ilhan Omar). Kenya wants the camp closed by June 2022. So where do you think thousands of the 430,000 housed there now will go? Anytown, USA?  https://www.dw.com/en/kenya-to-close-2-refugee-camps-next-year/a-57382561

 

***Update*** Another Letter writer says he is happy refugees will be placed in his “rural community” where people know and love their neighbors.  The point is that when Church World Service does its work, they soon won’t know their neighbors.

Editor: This is a follow-up to my post on Saturday:

It Begins: Federal Contractors Out Scouring America for New Target Towns for Biden Refugees

A letter writer who lives in Frederick County (Winchester is the county seat) is critical of the plan to begin moving Biden’s refugees into the city.

But as interesting as the letter is, it is the comments that are most informative.

First, here is the letter from county resident Dale Watten to the Winchester Star:

Letter to the editor: Winchester wrong location for refugee settlement

I think that Winchester is the wrong place and this is the wrong time to place a refugee resettlement office in our community. As Kim Herbstritt pointed out, Winchester does not have any excess housing, much less affordable housing for refugees. Our schools are overflowing as are the English as second language classes. After a year of COVID lockdowns and business closures, I don’t think this area has enough jobs for our own citizens let alone foreign refugees who can’t speak English.

I don’t think rural America should have to bear the burden of the Biden administration’s misguided policies that most of us in rural America did not vote for. Might I point out what has happened to once lovely Minneapolis in large part due to refugee resettlement. Send the refugees to NYC, San Francisco or Biden’s home state of Delaware. Don’t send them to Winchester. I strongly urge Winchester City Council to reject the proposed refugee resettlement office.

Dale Watten

Now, check out the comments.

They have devolved into controversy mostly between two commenters, one arguing that rural people (mostly Trump supporters!) should basically shut up about what the city does, demonstrating the great and growing divide between rural and urban America.

The fact is, and what readers need to know is, that once a resettlement office is established, refugees may be placed up to 100 miles of that office.

https://refugeeresettlementwatch.org/2021/04/21/nyt-biden-himself-blocked-increased-refugee-admissions-for-the-year/

And the other area of discussion relates to the illegals flooding our southern border and whether Winchester will end up being the recipient of some of those illegal aliens, demonstrating exactly what supposedly Biden, or at least whoever is Joe’s brain, feared when expanding refugee admissions in the middle of the border crisis.

I found this tiny segment of a Politico story from Monday of interest.

The story is about the flip-flop-flipping the White House has been doing for the last couple of months on the issue of setting the refugee cap at a level 4 times higher than Trump had left it.

Near the end of Politico‘s report is this bit of information.

Biden, or his other brain, feared conflation of the two issues—expanded refugee resettlement and the border invasion would be one and the same in the minds of the increasingly angry general public:

Several sources have said that Biden himself has expressed distress over immigration issues overall and raised concern about lifting the cap before the system could catch up. The White House has also been sensitive to the steady stream of bad press coming from conservative media about the border and predicted that if Biden announced a large number of refugees would be allowed in on top of it, critics would purposely conflate the two issues to accelerate a “open borders” false narrative.

There is nothing false about it, the Biden administration has gone full-on Open Borders and they know their time is limited to flood America as the 2022 Midterm elections loom!

The vast majority of Americans will see this for exactly what it is—an invasion run by Democrats to relocate poverty from every corner of the world and thereby putting Americans Last!

You have been told what they fear, and so it is incumbent on you to make sure the “steady stream of bad press” keeps coming!

Get some pockets of resistance going!

As I said yesterday, call your local government officials and find out if your community is being fingered as a new home to the third world, and if so, make your views known just as Frederick County, Virginia resident Dale Watten did yesterday.

But, be prepared for the vile verbal attacks that will come from the Socialist Leftwing pressing Harris/Biden for double 62,500 for admission to the US in FY22 which begins in less than five months.

Biden: It is 62,500 Refugees Again, Maybe!

Will your town be targeted?

If you are feeling whiplash over the Biden teams’ Refugee Admission plans, join the crowd.

I don’t have the time or energy to go back over the flip-flop-flipping the White House has been doing over the last few months on the decision to raise, not raise, and now raise the refugee ceiling from the level President Trump had set for Fiscal Year 2021 which ends on September 30, 2021—a mere 5 months away.

The No Borders wing of the Democrat Party went crazy when for a brief few hours on April 16th, Biden said he would leave the refugee ceiling at the Trump-set level. That was Biden’s grievous error! https://refugeeresettlementwatch.org/2021/04/17/biden-harris-make-a-hash-of-refugee-plan-infuriate-their-friends/

But, for new readers here is one recent post about the mess the administration stepped in when they dared to leave the ceiling/cap for refugee admissions for the remainder of the year at the Trump level—15,000.

Looks like the administration, in its latest iteration, has listened to refugee contractor Mark Hetfield who told the Biden team to “set the damn cap.” 

He explained it is a cap and likely won’t be reached, but that Biden/Harris must send their virtue signal around the world!

It was heard loud and clear yesterday by the United Nations which chooses most refugees admitted to the US and applauded the decision.

Somalis who live in one of the world’s largest UN refugee camps—Dadaab in Kenya—will soon be arriving in Anytown, USA. Trump had slowed the movement of certain groups of refugees to America.

Here is what CBS reported on the new Biden plan.

Biden increases refugee cap to 62,500 after backlash

President Biden has increased the refugee admissions cap to 62,500 for the current fiscal year, after keeping the historically low Trump-era cap of 15,000. But Mr. Biden also admitted in a statement on Monday that the administration will not reach that cap this year.

The Biden administration faced intense backlash from liberals, immigration advocacy groups and religious groups alike after announcing last month that they would keep the Trump-era level of 15,000 refugees for the time being, despite an earlier pledge to quadruple admissions of immigrants escaping war and violence. The White House said Monday that they would increase the cap this month.

“Today, I am revising the United States’ annual refugee admissions cap to 62,500 for this fiscal year,” the president said in a statement. “This erases the historically low number set by the previous administration of 15,000, which did not reflect America’s values as a nation that welcomes and supports refugees. The new admissions cap will also reinforce efforts that are already underway to expand the United States’ capacity to admit refugees, so that we can reach the goal of 125,000 refugee admissions that I intend to set for the coming fiscal year.”

We are raising the ceiling just for show and to get the crazed Leftwing Refugee Contractors*** off our backs!

But Mr. Biden also said in his statement that the U.S. will not reach 62,500 admissions and a cap is just that — a ceiling.

“The sad truth is that we will not achieve 62,500 admissions this year,” the president said in his statement. “We are working quickly to undo the damage of the last four years. It will take some time, but that work is already underway.

Have you noticed that not only on the refugee admissions, but with the southern border that they have decided on the perfect propaganda message to cover their screw-ups.  Blame it all on Trump!

Now what?

Based on comments from readers, I see that many of you still don’t know that the invaders at the southern border are not refugees that will arrive under the legal refugee admissions ceiling. Don’t worry too much about that for the moment.

Biden/Harris are out scouting for new locations to place either group of migrants (aka new Democrat voters).

Just know that no one in Washington is going to help you if your town/city/county is going to be a relocation site for legal refugees or illegal aliens.   See my post about Winchester, Virginia

A reader yesterday asked me how she could find out if she lived in a target town?  I have no way of finding out….However!

Pick up the phone!

I told her she must call her local elected officials at the city or county level and ask them if they have been alerted by the federal government or a federal resettlement contractor if they have been targeted.  

Get other like-minded people to do the same, the more the better!  And, if the answer is yes, yours is now a target town, you will have to get to work organizing locally against it.

I know that isn’t what you want to hear, but that frankly is all there is—you making the most political noise you can make against Biden and the Democrats working to change America by changing the people.

For four years, we all sat back and let Trump take care of us.  He did a mostly good job, but here we are—back to square one—local organizing by hard working citizen activists asking local elected officials:

Don’t we have an obligation to care for our own poor and homeless first?

 

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

They worked to ‘elect’ Biden/Harris and lobby for open borders.  As taxpayers you pay them millions annually to change America by changing the people.

Two of the contractors, the USCCB and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service are also paid to find locations for the Unaccompanied Alien Children.

Americans Last! is their motto!