Will Refugee Resettlement Resume Tomorrow as Was Expected? News from Idaho

Tomorrow is the previously stated date for refugees to begin arriving again in large numbers.  They have been trickling in, probably a couple of hundred in the last two months since refugee travel was halted by the United Nations, but the US Refugee Program is largely shut down.

Special Immigrant Visas do continue to arrive from Afghanistan by the hundreds, but I’ll leave that discussion for another day.

Meanwhile the only news coming out of the mainstream media about refugees in America are sob stories about how they are struggling, out of work, fearful of being evicted, and trying to cope with COVID (like all of America!).

Some are working in essential services like meatpacking (Yogurt making?), others like those in the hospitality industry are out of work in large numbers.

Here is one such story from Twin Falls, Idaho where controversy over refugee resettlement has been muted after years of public protests about how the program was changing Idaho.

(I have a huge archive on Idaho, see it here.)

The third world moving to Twin Falls, Idaho. Map from the heyday of the Obama years. https://www.eastidahonews.com/2016/12/starting-over-a-young-african-father-of-six-seeks-a-new-life-refuge-in-idaho/

 

From MagicValley.com:

‘It’s like we’re living a half life’ — For refugees, COVID-19 impacts depend on where they live

The star of this story, a refugee from the DR Congo, says he is more worried about his brother in a refugee camp in Africa.

However, so far, the Chinese Virus has made no significant impact on refugee camps (although as I have reported it isn’t for the media’s lack of interest, they expect catastrophe momentarily).

The article mostly discusses how challenging it is for refugees to live here in America these days (especially as many can’t speak English) and how the refugee agencies are short of funding and also cannot help refugees in person. (Why not? Where are their masks?)

They really aren’t short of funding as I pointed out here.  The nine major contractors that send money down to subcontractors are getting nearly as much as they did during the Obama years (some are getting more!) when thousands upon thousands arrived every month!

The motherships must be holding on to the cash in order to pay salaries of their top execs.  Besides, letting the low level staffers go makes for a better media story anyway!

Here is one little snip from this publication (these Idaho papers are prickly, they once sent me a letter telling me I couldn’t snip their stories).

Director Zeze Rwasama College of Southern Idaho Refugee Center in Twin Falls, Idaho. CSI is a subcontractor of the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants.

The federal government pushed the date resettlements would restart from May 1 to May 15, but resettlement centers anticipate it will be pushed again.

“For that to happen involves the coordination of many government agencies to allow a refugee to travel,” Rwasama said.

“Many of those agencies are working with limited staff. I don’t see how we can receive refugees during this time.”

Coping with reduced budgets:

Now that refugee resettlement is halted in the wake of COVID-19, federal funding coming to resettlement programs will be drastically reduced…

You can read it all here.

Then there is an AP story  circulating mostly about Arizona Afghans you can read yourself entitled:

New refugees struggle to find footing in US during pandemic

Coping with reduced budgets! Not!

The College of Southern Idaho Refugee Program is a subcontractor of the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants which is almost 100% funded by taxpayers.  Its chief executive officer makes at least a quarter of a million a year in salary (last we checked) that YOU are paying.

Here is how they are doing financially from USA Spending….

The $90 million in the left hand corner is the amount of federal funding they have received in the last 12 months!

 

 

The International Rescue Committee, also mentioned in the Twin Falls sob story, has seen little change in its financial position from the Obama years.  Its CEO, David Miliband, is pulling down a salary approaching a million dollars annually.

How about if they pony-up some of their federal funding to directly feed and house refugees they have distributed around America for years.

Why should taxpayers first pay for the resettlement and now pay for refugee care during the virus crisis?

$215 Million in the last twelve months!

 

This is no time to resume admitting more poverty to America!

Will CEOs of Refugee Agencies Take Pay Cuts to Help Their Staff and Their Refugees?

There are some stories floating around that CEOs of some of America’s largest corporations are taking pay cuts to help keep more of their lower level workers on the job as the COVID-19 crisis continues.  Here is one from Forbes published two days ago.

David Miliband President and CEO of the Manhattan-based ‘charity’ International Rescue Committee. Are they reducing salaries to help the refugees they brought to America?

At the same time we are learning that the refugee agencies continue to be shuttered (staff reduced) and refugees are struggling. See refugees struggling in Bowling Green, KY and in Durham, NC.

So this morning I am wondering if ‘moneybags’ Miliband and other CEO’s of leading ‘charitable’ refugee agencies were giving up large salaries to help especially the refugees they have been dropping off across America for decades.  And, to save some of their low level employees from getting the budget ax.

Here below is a page from a recent International Rescue Committee’s Form 990.

(If the Form 990 doesn’t open, visit Guidestar, here.)

If they and others of the nine refugee contractors have begun to reduce salaries of their top employees, let me know so I can report their humanitarian generosity toward the most vulnerable among us.

 

To be fair, David Miliband has the most outrageous salary of the ‘non-profit’ groups changing America by changing the people, but 6-digit salaries are the norm in the refugee industry.

As I have said on many previous occasions, salaries would be none of our business if the organization was not living almost entirely on taxpayer dollars.

For my David Miliband archive, click here.

COVID-19 News: NGOs in Europe Call on Governments to Take Better Care of Migrants

This is a bit of maddening news!

Non-profit groups that have encouraged the migration of Africans and Middle Easterners to Europe for a decade or more are now demanding the governments of Greece and France do more to protect migrants as the virus crisis deepens.

Why?

Because as one official at Catholic Charities Caritas said: “[W]e need to protect our volunteers and staff.”

What! So governments need to send in government workers instead of their ‘volunteers!’

Here is the invasion of Europe news from The Guardian:

NGOs raise alarm as coronavirus strips support from EU refugees

Governments across Europe are facing calls to urgently put into place measures to protect refugees and migrants – in particular lone children – as the coronavirus epidemic sees volunteer numbers plunge and many vital support services close.

On Tuesday, groups working with refugees and unaccompanied children in France and Greece implored the authorities in both countries to provide urgent help to refugees and unaccompanied minors, whom they say have been effectively abandoned by the authorities. [Abandoned by authorities? Sounds like abandoned by the NGOs!—ed]

NYC based International Rescue Committee (led by moneybags Miliband) is one group that is demanding Greece and France do more. They said in a statement this week: “The physical health and safety of our staff, our clients, and our communities is the International Rescue Committee’s top priority globally.” “Clients” are refugees. Community does not mean your town, it means their community of migrants and volunteers.

In France, a group of 24 organisations sent a letter to the French government and the mayors of Calais and Grande-Synthe imploring them to provide urgent interventions to refugees and migrants in northern France.

In the letter, the organisations, which include Médecins du Monde and Refugee Rights Europe, say:

“The situation of exiled people is unspeakable: lack of accommodation, cold, humidity, stress, fatigue, crowding together in light tents, daily expulsion from places of life, deplorable sanitary conditions.”

The groups say that, in the absence of any other protection measures, the state should provide accommodation and basic food distribution as well as access to hot water and soap to try to stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus among the migrant community.

[….]

The groups, including the IRC [International Rescue Committee], Human Rights Watch, and the Danish Refugee Council among others, also called for a raft of protective measures including an end to deportations and pressing forward with relocation and family reunion programmes for unaccompanied minors across Europe.

[….]

One charity in northern France told the Guardian they are losing desperately needed volunteers as the epidemic takes hold across the continent.

No kidding!  When the s*** hits the fan, the fair-weather do-gooders beg for government help!

More here.

If you are a new reader, and want to know more about the ‘Invasion of Europe’ my archives are here. To learn all about moneybags Miliband, click here. 

This is the IRC’s statement on the refugee shutdown that begins (supposedly) today in the US.

Help! Forensic Accountant Needed: International Rescue Committee Rolling in Taxpayer Dough!

And, the most maddening thing about it?  They are working to assure illegal aliens are not deported.

Yesterday, I told you that the International Rescue Committee is diversifying its business model and is soliciting grants to set up legal offices to help illegal aliens fight deportation.

As I have been saying the Refugee Resettlement Contractors are now full service Open Borders organizations that you fund with your tax dollars!

 

Dallas: Refugee Contractor Expands Role, Works to Stop Deportations of Illegal Aliens

David Miliband, a British national and IRC CEO is doing well by doing good. No pay cuts for him! See my David Miliband archive bff Hillary and George Soros. https://refugeeresettlementwatch.org/?s=David+Miliband+

 

So I figured it was time to see how the big kahuna of the US refugee industry, the International Rescue Committee was doing under the Trump administration especially since they are among the chief wailers and moaners about the low refugee admission numbers that they say has led to a need to close some of their subcontractor offices and let some low level staffers go (hint! It looks like the big honchos are still in a job).

Using data from USASpending.gov I’ve now had a look at five of the nine federal resettlement contractors.  The IRC will be number six.

So far only the US Conference of Catholic Bishops has seen a significant decline in its federal funding.  In fact the three who recently sued to stop the Trump refugee reform effort—Church World Service, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service and HIAS—are doing very well.  USCRI (US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants) is financially fine as well.  So I don’t know what all the crying is about!

Follow the money! (if you can)!

First here is how the IRC is doing at USA Spending.

They sure jumped on the federal gravy train in the last couple years of the Obama Administration and are still riding it for all it is worth!

 

A very big chunk of their federal dough comes from USAID—a money pit that doesn’t get enough attention!

 

Next I went over to Charity Navigator where they always provide these handy little pie charts to tell us what percentage of their income you contributed (involuntarily) via the US Treasury—a hefty 60%!

But, wait, notice they say over $422 million is government boodle.

 

 

Okay, so thought I might solve the mysterious discrepancy by visiting their annual reports.

And, too funny, see who is co-chairman of the board!

Remember Obama’s Treasury Secretary who couldn’t get his taxes done correctly!  Turbo-tax Geithner himself!

 

 

Yikes, now Geithner’s annual report shows $544 million from grants and contracts for the same year. That would be taxpayer funding.

 

These numbers would put them at 73% taxpayer funded. They could barely survive if they had to depend on private donors.  You might want to see who they are—you will recognize the names of many rich and famous celebs!

 

Surely their IRS Form 990 would help us!

Here is page nine of the Form 990 for the same recent year:

 

That number for government grants matches Charity Navigator but not their annual report. Don’t ask me why!

 

And, definitely these numbers do not match USA Spending numbers.  I’m guessing that the IRC is getting funding from other governments around the world other than ours.

Alas, there is no taxpayer group working for us that might have the skill to unravel all of this!

However, here is one thing that is not a mystery—doing ‘charitable’ good works is lucrative business as I said in a post at ‘Frauds and Crooks’ this week: Tell your kids to grow up to be non-profit execs!

Just have a look at the salaries at the top of the International Rescue Committee! 

Warning!  Don’t look if you have high blood pressure or a heart condition!

 

https://www.rescue.org/sites/default/files/document/3857/ircfy18990r.pdf

That is largely your money!  See page ten!  Over $300 million for salaries and benefits! And, travel alone was $40 million! Does Miliband travel first class (or private jet!)?

And, now they are making sure illegals scheduled for deportation in Dallas (where else?) have a lawyer.

I wonder, if one of those illegals they defend commits a crime, could the IRC fat cats be sued?  Hmmm!

 

 

Dallas: Refugee Contractor Expands Role, Works to Stop Deportations of Illegal Aliens

As the Trump Administration slows the flow of refugees into the US, the refugee contractors including the mack daddy of the whole bunch—the International Rescue Committee–is now going to provide lawyers for migrants who are scheduled for deportation as a way of expanding its financial base and its influence.

I’ve been telling readers for a long time that the nine refugee contractors working for the US State Department do not just place refugees and supposedly care for them, but are involved in all open borders issues, legal and illegal in the US and around the world.  This story is more proof of that!

From the Dallas Morning News:

Deportation defense fund for immigrants is about to launch in the city of Dallas

The International Rescue Committee in Dallas, an agency that’s resettled refugees for decades in North Texas, is expanding its services to immigrants caught up in deportation proceedings.

The Kenyan Killer, Bill Chemirmir, should have been deported from Dallas long before he allegedly murdered at least 22 elderly women for their jewelry. Will the IRC make it possible for even more heinous crimes against Americans to be committed? https://fraudscrookscriminals.com/2020/02/06/number-of-victims-of-texas-kenyan-killer-reaches-22-additional-lawsuits-filed/

The IRC will administer $200,000 in grants from the City of Dallas and the Vera Institute of Justice, a New York-based nonprofit, for an attorney and other staffing.

The IRC is now in “turbo mode” due to sweeping changes in national immigration, asylum and refugee policies, said Suzy Cop, the executive director of the Dallas IRC office. “There’s a huge waitlist to get legal representation. It’s great that the city finds this so important.”

The new fund is a first for Dallas and was recommended by an immigration task force advising the city’s Office of Welcoming Communities and Immigrant Affairs.

The Vera Institute has been administering such private-public programs for immigrants since 2013. It began in New York City and spread to such cities as Austin, San Antonio, Sacramento, Santa Ana and Chicago.

[….]

Suzy Cop, the executive director of the Dallas IRC office will make it possible for more like Billy Chemirmir to not be deported from Dallas.

For years, the IRC has assisted individuals who obtain permanent residency after one year as a refugee, and then with their U.S. citizenship process. They have assisted refugees with U.S. legal status who petition for family members living abroad. It also runs anti-human trafficking programs.

The local IRC provides mental health services. It also now assists immigrants with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. And it runs an economic development program that prepares clients, refugees to immigrants, for jobs.

The IRC has steadily expanded its services beyond refugee resettlement just as the administration of President Donald Trump has scaled back refugee admissions. Refugee admissions were cut to 18,000 last September, down from a ceiling of 110,000 when President Obama left office in January of 2017.

More here.

When I called the IRC the “mack daddy” it is because they are the richest of the contractors.  I was going to analyze their USA Spending report here, but will do it in a separate post.