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!

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

***Update*** At least one resident of this northern Virginia county is not happy. Is this a one-off, or could a pocket of resistance be growing?

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

Heads up Winchester, Virginia!

“Winchester has always been an open community.”

(Mayor David Smith)

This is probably going on in most of America right now!

The nine federal Refugee Resettlement contractors*** that work for the US State Department and ultimately the United Nations are getting ready for Chairman Joe’s promise to begin the massive, possibly annual, flow of 125,000 refugees to America beginning October first!

(It is still unclear how many will be admitted before that date since the Biden team has been flip-flopping on what they plan to do for the remainder of this fiscal year.)

This is exactly how it begins! 

This is exactly what Church World Service did in Hagerstown, MD in 2007 when I first became aware of the federally funded plan to diversify America.

They send a spokesperson to a local elected board, in my case the county commission, to explain how wonderful it would be to bring impoverished refugees to the community.

Winchester is the county seat of largely rural Frederick County, Virginia. It borders West Virginia.

Then completely uninformed elected officials nod in agreement (fear of looking racist!) not having a clue what types of questions they should ask.

As for Winchester, Virginia, it looks like there will be an opportunity for some citizen input before May 11th, but even that may be too late because Winchester’s Democrat mayor is signaling that Winchester is welcoming.

From the Winchester Star:

City could become home to international refugees

WINCHESTER — A global faith-based organization thinks Winchester is an ideal community for international refugees who have been driven from their own countries.

Let’s be clear! CWS is a hard Left political activist organization. Here along with the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) they organized a protest against President Trump in 2018. Look closely and you will see CWS logo on protest signs. https://refugeeresettlementwatch.org/2018/01/28/church-world-service-and-hias-join-cair-to-protest-at-white-house/

 

Susannah Lepley, Virginia’s director of Immigration and Refugee Resettlement for the nonprofit Church World Service (CWS), told the city’s Planning and Economic Development Committee this week that her organization — formed in 1946 as a partnership between 17 religious denominations that wanted to feed, clothe and shelter the impoverished — hopes to open an office in Winchester that would serve people who have been forced from their homelands due to political, social or religious persecution.

[Lepley doesn’t mention that the majority of CWS funding comes from the US government (aka taxpayers) letting officials believe their work is purely driven by ‘religious’ charity—ed]

“We feel that refugees would add to the Winchester community,” Lepley said. “There would be more people to work here, and Winchester would be great for the refugees themselves.”  [What? So Winchester is short on workers?—ed]

Lepley said the refugee resettlement office’s goal for the first year would be to bring in 100 refugees, which equates to about two families per month.

However, that number could increase in later years if President Joe Biden follows through on his pledge to raise the number of refugees allowed into the United States annually.

It will not end!  Once the flow begins, elected officials in Winchester will have no say on how many more will be placed there.  Schools? Healthcare? Social Services? Law enforcement? What happens when those services are stretched?  Winchester will be out of luck!

By the way, Lepley’s office is in Harrisonburg, VA and they have likely saturated that area with impoverished refugees and so must now find new territory.

Currently, only 15,000 refugees are allowed in per year — a number that Lepley said is “a historic low” — but Biden has said he wants to elevate that number to 125,000, possibly as soon as October. Prior to the tenure of President Donald Trump, she said, the yearly average number of refugees allowed into the U.S. was 96,000.

“What we’re doing is building the structure so that when the presidential determination is 125,000, we’ll have places to send people that are welcoming towns, welcoming cities,” Lepley said.

The Winchester CWS office, at least initially, would primarily serve people who have fled Iraq and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

After 90 days the refugees are the responsibility of ‘welcoming’ Winchester!

“Before they arrive, we find an apartment for them, we set up the apartment, we furnish it with everything from dishes to lights to beds, sheets, towels, shampoo, everything,” Lepley said. “We help them within the first seven days to apply for government assistance to get them through the first several months, provide very intensive case management for the first 90 days, and then we provide employment assistance, help put their kids in school, things like that for the first five years they’re here.”

CWS also helps refugees learn English and obtain permanent residence in the United States.

Why are they coming?  Because the United Nations has “granted permission” for them to come to America!

Kim Herbstritt

Committee member Kim Herbstritt asked Lepley why the refugees would come to the U.S.

“They’re invited by the State Department,” Lepley said, explaining the refugees have already applied for, and been granted permission to, emigrate to the United States by the United Nation’s High Commissioner for Refugees.

At least someone has the good sense to ask about housing availability!

Herbstritt said it may be difficult for Lepley to find enough local homes for the refugees. The city’s housing supply is so low that on Tuesday, only 19 homes were available for purchase in Winchester, and half of those cost more than $300,000 each. She recommended Lepley also look at available housing in nearby Frederick and Clarke counties.

If city officials give their blessing to the refugee resettlement office, Lepley said it would most likely open in April 2021 [that date has passed?—ed] somewhere within city limits.

Mayor Smith

“Winchester has always been an open community,” Mayor and committee member David Smith said before the panel voted unanimously to recommend City Council’s approval of a resolution supporting the refugee resettlement office.

Council will open discussions on the proposal at its next meeting on May 11.

So has Winchester run out of its own poor people to care for?  That is what you should be asking the Mayor and city officials!

If you live in Winchester or anywhere in Frederick County, Virginia or adjoining counties and have problems with bringing third world poverty to your town or county when Americans are unemployed and homeless, you better get moving and make your voices heard. 

That is the only way to stop this train.  

***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.

Americans Last! is their motto!

Not a Peep on Refugees in Biden’s Big Socialist Dream Speech

 

Oh he mentioned immigration—“our war over immigration,” he called it—-but the word “refugee” does not appear in the text of his simplistic speech seemingly geared to a middle school reading level, given to a mostly empty House chamber, before a largely odd-looking bunch of masked (vaccinated!) so-called American leaders.

It must have been a hilarious spectacle for our enemies around the world.  I tried to watch it, I really did, but just couldn’t stand it for more than a half an hour.

Formerly Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society

Yesterday, refugee contractor HIAS, in an e-mail to supporters, indicated that they had high hopes that there would be a renewed enthusiasm by Mr. Biden to expand the number of refugees to be admitted and that he would reaffirm that desire to the nation last night.

Nope! He didn’t.

Dear friend,

Tonight at 9 p.m. ET, President Biden will make his first joint address to Congress since taking office.

HIAS will be watching his remarks closely.

You probably followed the news last week, when the Biden administration announced plans to keep the number of refugees resettled in the U.S. at its all-time low level. Advocates like you immediately and fiercely called upon the administration to reverse the decision, and within hours, the administration committed to raising the refugee admissions ceiling by May 15.

The new deadline is less than three weeks away.

The e-mail goes on to urge supporters to keep the pressure on the White House.

Signed: The HIAS Team

 

Here is the text of Biden’s ‘government-is-here-to-take-care-of-you’ speech in which he mentions immigration.  The ‘R-word’ is missing.

As you read this, think about the fact that the Obama/Biden administration had EIGHT YEARS to lead an effort to fix “our war over immigration” and it failed to do so.

Now Biden is tossing this hot potato to Nancy and (LOL! ) to Kamala…

Read it all, but here is the section on immigration.

Let’s end our exhausting war over immigration.

For more than 30 years, politicians have talked about immigration reform and done nothing about it.  [Joe forgets that he was there for those 30 years and more!—-ed]

It’s time to fix it.

Biden: I am leaving it to the giddy girls to fix it!  Wouldn’t you have loved to be a fly on the wall at Xi Jinping’s house as he watched this performance.

On Day One of my presidency, I kept my commitment and I sent a comprehensive immigration bill to Congress [Hot potato toss to Nancy—ed].

If you believe we need a secure border – pass it.

If you believe in a pathway to citizenship – pass it.

If you actually want to solve the problem – I have sent you a bill, now pass it.

We also have to get at the root of the problem of why people are fleeing to our southern border from Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador.

The violence. The corruption. The gangs. The political instability. Hunger. Hurricanes. Earthquakes.

When I was Vice President, I focused on providing the help needed to address these root causes of migration.

It helped keep people in their own countries instead of being forced to leave.  [What the heck is he talking about.  They came throughout the Obama/Biden eight years!—ed]

Our plan worked.

But the last administration shut it down.

I’m restoring the program and asked Vice President Harris to lead our diplomatic efforts. [Hot potato toss to Kamala, but didn’t he do that about a month ago?–ed]

I have absolute confidence she will get the job done.

Now, if Congress won’t pass my plan – let’s at least pass what we agree on.

Congress needs to pass legislation this year to finally secure protection for the Dreamers – the young people who have only known America as their home.

HIAS must be disappointed and further confused.

Frankly, I too am puzzled by Biden’s flip-flop-flipping-flop on his handling of the Refugee Admissions Program.

After all, he is the grandpappy of the forty-year (so far) plan to change America by changing the people known as the Refugee Act of 1980.

Illuminating Skullduggery Podcast on Biden Refugee Admissions Flip-Flop

Here I go again, another post on the incredibly amusing muddle the Biden Administration has gotten itself into in regards to the flip-flop-flipping on his decision to aim to admit a certain number of refugees into the US this fiscal year.

Since I last wrote here on Wednesday, I posted a piece at Frauds and Crooks on the topic, because I am so fascinated by how the Biden White House has made such an enormous political blunder and that the corporate media has reported on the blowback Biden has received from the liberal wing of his party.

The Frauds and Crooks post focused on how quickly the refugee lobby went into action to slap Biden around on his unforgiveable waffling and announcement that he would leave the refugee ceiling/cap at the Trump level for the remainder of the fiscal year sending HIAS and other refugee pushers ballistic as heads exploded throughout the refugee industry.

See it here:

America First Has No Effective Opposition to Recreating the Third World on American Soil

There are so many things I could have written about today, but instead, I just spent part of an hour listening to a podcast at something called Skullduggery where HIAS (formerly Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) CEO Mark Hetfield gives Michael Isikoff some inside skinny on what went down last week in the White House implosion over the refugee cap for the year.

Additionally Hetfield reveals a few other nuggets of information that you may find illuminating.  I did.

Hey, and if you think that somehow I pick on Mark Hetfield and HIAS, I don’t.

Mark Hetfield protesting President Donald Trump’s refugee policy decisions.

It just happens that Hetfield appears to be the most political of the refugee contractor CEOs and is out and about talking to the media and organizing protests. (See all contractors*** below.)

He also was the leader of the pack suing the Trump administration every time Trump attempted to reform the Refugee Admissions Program.

Calling all refugee policy wonks! This podcast is worth listening to as Hetfield describes the situation with the White House as “bizarre.”

Here are a few takeaways (some nuggets we already know, but confirmed by Hetfield):

~ The refugee admissions controversy was the first blowback Biden received from the liberal wing of the party.  By May 15th a new refugee ceiling will be announced by the capitulating  White House.

~ We learn that Secretary of State Blinken wants the increase, but some unknown players in the White House are politically “spooked on immigration.”  That tells us that we must, for all its worth, keep talking about immigration and the southern border as a “crisis.”

~ With the refugee program it is the Muslim refugees that most scare the public. There was a few minutes of discussion about the 2015 governors’ revolt when 31 governors told Obama they refused to admit Syrian refugees to their states. Even presidential candidates such as moderates on immigration, Bush and Rubio, became “xenophobic” in their rhetoric.  That really freaked-out Hetfield.

~Hetfield claims the public is mostly positive about bringing in more refugees, but apparently some unnamed advisors in the White House are looking at polling that does not confirm Hetfield’s optimistic view.

~Hetfield is “infuriated” by all of the focus on vetting refugees that delays their arrival in America.  He says that no refugee has committed a lethal terror attack on US soil, but doesn’t mention that many have been stopped and apprehended before they could carry out a planned attack!  And, he doesn’t mention the killers and rapists who have gotten past the screening.

~Isikoff finds Tucker Carlson’s great “replacement” theory “vile.”  And then asks if Hetfield watches Carlson. This is the funny part: Hetfield says he “made the mistake” of going on Tucker’s show a few years ago.

By the way, that did not go well for Hetfield.  If you missed it, here it is:

 

~ Hetfield called the replacement concept “beyond offensive.” He and the podcasters are concerned about whether this “strain of thinking” by the likes of Carlson, Donald Trump and Stephen Miller is “ascendant.”  Hint to you:  Keep it going.

~Hetfield called the administration’s border crisis a “lose-lose” situation for the President.

~As for the ceiling/cap, he wonders how the Biden team got so muddled over it as he said “set the damn cap” and set it higher than Trump’s cap.  It doesn’t matter exactly what it is because it is a cap, a ceiling.  He just wants to get the program moving and then Biden should fulfil his promise for FY2022 which begins on October 1, 2021 to admit 125,000 refugees from the Middle East, Africa, South America and Asia.

For those of you new to the Refugee program there was some useful basic information about how the program works.

Listen to the whole interview entitled ‘Biden’s Refugee Problem.’

 

***If you are new to RRW, here are all of the federal refugee resettlement contractors.

The border crisis is damaging refugee resettlement!

The contractors worked to ‘elect’ Biden/Harris and they lobby for open borders.

From the earliest days of writing this blog it has perplexed me because if they truly cared about the refugees they legally help, they would not encourage leniency toward lawbreakers at our borders because the general public makes no distinctions.

To the average American it is all the same—too many people having too many needs for Americans to pay for.

Americans Last! is their motto!