Refugee Council USA Removes Islamic Relief USA from its Member Roster

That is strange.

Just now as I read this latest salvo against HIAS  (one of nine refugee contractors that monopolize all resettlement to the US) charging that the ‘Jewish’ group has been snuggling up to Islam-first groups like CAIR and Islamic Relief, I went back to the Refugee Council USA members page that I had partially screenshot only a week ago when I wrote about the growing storm over the leadership of the Conference of Presidents—an organization that brings together groups that support Israel and the Jewish people.

I took this screenshot only a week ago of the membership page of RCUSA which is the lobbying arm of the refugee industry in the US.

There were 29 groups listed as members.  Islamic Relief USA was one.

 

But somewhere between Monday and Friday this past week, Islamic Relief USA was removed (or removed itself) from the membership roster.  See a screenshot today!  There must be a story here!

Just to be sure I wasn’t hallucinating I went to the Wayback Machine and found that on April 27 Islamic Relief was still there and that RCUSA touted 29 member groups.  Today it is 28 members.

 

 

Here is the Member page today:

 

So, the question is, did Islamic Relief quit or did they get the boot!?

We will likely never know because RCUSA is a secretive organization I’ve been trying to learn more about for years.

On the day a few weeks ago when my internet went down I was planning a post about them.  They have a paid staff, they have a Washington, DC office, they are active ‘educating’ Congress about the need to bring in more refugees, they reach out to grassroots open borders activists to give them instructions, etc.

Yet….

They are not incorporated (as far as I can tell), they are not a 501(c)3 charitable organization, but supposedly their banker is Church World Service.

However, when I searched through CWS’s Form 990s I found no mention of money that passes through CWS to RCUSA.

In 2017, we learned that RCUSA paid (or planned to pay) the Podesta Group $100,000 to lobby Senate and House members for more refugees and more money. (Later in 2017 the Podesta Group “ceased to exist” so it is unclear if the funds were paid out for the lobbying campaign.)

(I think you need to see the entire plan the Podesta Group had crafted for RCUSA in March of 2017.)

Where would that money come from if RCUSA (apparently) doesn’t exist as a business or as a non-profit group?

I won’t use the word, but can you hear the washing machine running?

See my many posts on the Refugee Council USA by clicking here.

Controversy Continues! Writer: Show HIAS the door!

News on refugees is pretty sparse these days involving mostly stories about how refugees (including illegal immigrants) don’t have work and are scrabbling to get their government bennies.  Stories like this one from New Hampshire where my message to the Open Borders movement activists is this—you now need to step up and personally help (with your own time and money) all of the migrants you have helped bring to America.

However, I’m delighted to see that there is a spotlight shining on HIAS (aka the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) from within the Jewish community.

I told you about the controversy here a week ago.

Now this from the Middle East Forum:

HIAS Endangers Jews, Empowers Their Enemies

HIAS, formerly known as the Hebrew International Aid Society*** until 2014, is in the news following a firestorm over the prospects of Dianne Lob, formerly the chair of its board of directors, becoming the chair-elect of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

Not friends of Israel! Another issue rarely mentioned is the fact that HIAS works in Israel AGAINST the government as it puts legal muscle behind efforts by the government to deport illegal aliens there. https://www.hias.org/blog/strategic-litigation-brings-results-hias-israel-and-hope-asylum-seekers

The increased attention on HIAS provides an opportune time to scrutinize its work in resettling refugees. Unfortunately, a close examination leads to the conclusion that HIAS knowingly promotes policies that endanger Jews, as well as aligns with those linked to Islamist terrorism.

Rather than debating whether a former HIAS executive should head the big tent of all big tents of mainstream Judaism, the Jewish community should instead begin discussing how to show HIAS the door, just as it would for any other organization that enabled dangerously racist communities.

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….the company HIAS keeps is telling. It has been unapologetic in its partnership with the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). The ADL has raised serious concerns about CAIR, citing the fact, among others, that it openly delegitimizes Israel.

Read it all.

I suggest that HIAS’s close working relationship with the Southern Poverty Law Center is also concerning.  See my post yesterday.

For new readers, see that HIAS received more federal funding in FY19 under Trump than it did in the best Obama year.

See my HIAS archive for dozens and dozens of posts on the federal refugee resettlement contractor.

The writer uses the word “naivety” in describing HIAS actions. I don’t believe they are naive for one second.

***I don’t know where the author gets this name for HIAS.  See wikipedia here.

 

Exposed: Southern Poverty Law Center has Millions Stashed in Offshore Bank Accounts

Did you make the list? Wouldn’t it be great if someone did a project to find out how many of these “groups” actually exist. https://www.splcenter.org/sites/default/files/yih_2020_final.pdf

Please visit my other blog (Frauds and Crooks) today to see the latest information on the king of non-profit scammers—the Southern Poverty Law Center.

I haven’t been paying any attention to them lately but apparently in March they published their latest Hate Crime report and have once again listed RRW as an anti-Muslim hate group.

As I have pointed out for years, RRW is just me and my blog—I HAVE NO GROUP—but apparently the facts be damned when they rake in millions scaring people out of their money.

As Tyler O-Neill asked in his Pajamas Media story this week:

If the SPLC were an impeccable civil rights organization, why would it hide money in offshore accounts?”

Indeed!

See my archive on the SPLC here at ‘Frauds and Crooks’ and here at RRW.

As I said, they have once again listed Refugee Resettlement Watch as a hate group, nevermind that RRW is just me and my blog.  I wonder if I have any legal rights?  I couldn’t claim that they have hurt my income since I do what I do without any funding.

By the way, I suspect I was recommended for their list by the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society several years ago because I was exposing HIAS’s ‘business model’.  I explained all that in 2014.

I have no way of proving it, but I suspect that HIAS and the SPLC had a hand in shutting down RRW last summer.

 

Leadership Battle Within American Jewish Groups Exposes HIAS Dirty Linen

In a perverse way, it is a good thing that the leadership of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations has chosen the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS)‘s Dianne Lob as its future Chairman of the Board because it energized investigators to look into HIAS many activities that for our purposes mostly center around its role as one of nine federal refugee resettlement agencies milking the US taxpayers as it seeks to expand immigration of all sorts to your American towns and cities.

Here Caroline Glick gives us a thorough laundry list of why picking someone so closely tied to HIAS signals a wrong and dangerous direction for American Jewish groups.

American Jewry’s Organizational Crack-Up

Last week an event occurred will be remembered as a key moment in the disintegration of organized American Jewish support for Israel and American Jewish organizational life itself.

Global business leader, Dianne Lob, has been affiliated with HIAS for a decade. https://www.hias.org/global-business-leader-take-helm-hias-board

Last Friday, the leaders of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations announced that the Conference’s nominating committee had selected Dianne Lob, the immediate past president of HIAS to run unopposed for the position of Chairman of the Conference’s Executive Board. Her election is scheduled to take place on April 28.

The Conference of Presidents – an umbrella group that comprises 53 Jewish American organizations — is widely viewed as the most important Jewish organization in the United States.

Why is Lob’s selection important? On the face of things, it was unremarkable.

People who have known Lob for decades describe her as a garden variety New York Jewish liberal whose views on Israel are in keeping with the views of the vast majority of American Jews.

Members of the Conference of President for their part claim not to know her at all. During her term as Chairman of HIAS from 2016-2019, she didn’t participate in major Conference events like its trip to Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Lob’s selection is an earthquake in American Jewish organizational life is not because of anything she has said or done, but because of her organizational affiliation to HIAS.

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As the Zionist Organization of America documented in a letter*** to the heads of the Conference of Presidents following Lob’s selection, in a declaration before a U.S. federal court, HIAS attested that the refugees they serve today come from “Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Ukraine, Bhutan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan, Eritrea, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Burundi, South Sudan, Uganda, Russia, Belarus, and Burma, among other countries. Many of these clients are Muslim.”

Lob herself attested that 90 percent of the Syrians and 60 percent of the Iraqis that HIAS brings to the U.S. are Muslim.

HIAS’s contribution to Muslim immigration to the U.S. is significant for two key reasons. First it is indisputable that many of the Muslims immigrating to the U.S. are anti-Semitic. As ZOA noted, “according to the ADL Global 100 Antisemitism Index, in 16 Muslim majority Middle Eastern countries, 74% to 93% of the population is antisemitic.”

So by bringing Muslims from Syria and Iraq to the U.S., HIAS is in all likelihood bringing anti-Semites to America.

29 groups make up the Refugee Council USA, the lobbying arm of the refugee industry. They all work with Islamic Relief USA. https://rcusa.org/members/

The second reason HIAS’s efforts to bring Muslims to America is significant is because in its work in this arena HIAS has collaborated with Islamic groups associated with Islamic terrorist organizations. For instance, HIAS has worked with Islamic Relief.

Islamic Relief is a branch of Islamic Relief Worldwide, (IRW). As the ZOA noted, Israel outlawed IRW because of its terrorist activities, including financing of Hamas terror. HIAS has also worked with the Council on American Islamic Relations, (CAIR) which was an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holyland Foundation trial where the Holyland Foundation was found guilty of funding Hamas.

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In Israel, HIAS works with other leftist extremist groups to prevent the deportation of illegal aliens from Sudan and Eritrea. This week they launched a protest with the Anti-Defamation League in Israel demanding that Israel expand the rights of illegal aliens who have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Continue here, there is much more.

If you are a member of one of the groups that make up the Conference of Presidents, time is running out to let them know what you think!

*** The ZOA letter is here, keep it for future reference if you need information on HIAS!

I have a huge archive on HIAS because of its longtime role as a US resettlement contractor and more recently because it is an unabashed Trump-hating political activist group, see it here.

California: New Refugees Struggling in COVID-Closed America

I’m sure this is happening everywhere, so it is all the more reason to continue the suspension of new refugee arrivals that was supposed to have been lifted this week by the US State Department.

No jobs for newly arrived refugees and no one to give them instructions in person as to where to get signed up for their taxpayer-funded ‘services.’

Protesters against the President in Oakland in 2017. They want more refugees! I sure hope that right now these folks are out helping the existing refugees survive the virus crisis. https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/02/07/alameda-county-moves-to-protect-immigrants-from-trump-order/

 

From San Francisco Public Press:

Nonprofits Retool to Serve Refugees Struggling During COVID-19 Shutdown

Refugees who arrived in the Bay Area around the time shelter-in-place orders were issued, as well as those who have been her for an extended period, are struggling to stay afloat, organizations who serve them said.

The most recent arrivals are simply trying to establish themselves, whereas others are unaware of services available to them, are being led astray by misinformation on social media or are faced with a rekindling of the trauma they thought they had left behind.

Blythe Raphael of Jewish Family and Community Services. https://jfcs-eastbay.org/leadership-team/#Blythe_Raphael

Given the shutdown of many businesses, new arrivals are less likely to find jobs.***

Without employment, refugees have less access to health insurance and more need for income assistance. Lacking income to buy cars, newly arrived refugees must rely on drastically curtailed bus and rail service to do essential tasks like shop for groceries or get to the hospital. New arrivals without existing community connections can then end up extremely isolated.

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….the system of refugee resettlement in the United States is based on rapidly finding employment. “You are looking at a substantial pool of individuals who may not be able to pay for rent and their needs even if they were working,” said Blythe Raphael, who heads the refugee services program at Jewish Family and Community Services East Bay. “Those families we’re watching carefully and trying to find assistance.”  [This organization is a subcontractor of HIAS.—ed]

Multiple organizations that serve refugees have shifted gears, reorganized and launched new services to ensure they can meet this population’s needs during the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The stay-at-home order was issued just after several families arrived in the area from Aghanistan, forcing Raphael’s East Bay organization to retool for remote work at the same time it was delivering assistance. “As all services were closing to in-person interviews, we had to really review our model in order for us to make the service connections for all of our new arrivals and for our case managers to be able to serve people with essential course services,” Raphael said.

In other words, it is hard to get new refugees signed up for their various welfare programs and other services when so much is closed.

These groups have had to quickly adjust to the shelter-in-place order, and are themselves vulnerable to the economic fallout, so they need as much public support as they can get, said advocates. “Small organizations are going to suffer a lot from this economic crash that’s going to happen,” said Zand (Leva Zand, development director of the Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants in Oakland).

More here.

***One of those jobs that refugees are hired to do is slaughterhouse work.  And, now comes news that meat plants are having to close due to the number of workers getting sick with COVID-19.  See here.