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!

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.

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!

Virginia: Ethiopian Community Development Council Prez Speaks Out Against Trump Admin

“We are disheartened by the policies of the current administration.”

(Tsehaye Teferra, president and CEO of the Ethiopian Community Development Council)

The legacy media is filled these days with stories about how refugees are having a tough time in America coping with the Chinese Virus—so commonsense would dictate that we don’t bring anymore until Americans are back on their feet. Right!

What interested me in this news from Arlington, VA isn’t so much about how refugees are coping, but that it features the Ethiopian Community Development Council one of the nine major refugee contractors operating in America.

I’ve been writing this blog for 13 years, and they have hardly made a blip on my radar screen because they seem to have chosen to keep a low profile.  I haven’t seen them out protesting Donald Trump, filing lawsuits against him or otherwise whining to the media about how they have to fire staff and close offices until now.

The ‘Our man in Arlington’ column by Charlie Clark (whoever he is) at the Falls Church News Press featured ECDC yesterday in a column about how (you guessed it) refugees are coping with the COVID lockdown.

The Supreme Court on June 25 okayed the Trump administration’s policy of limiting the number of asylum seekers in the country by denying them court appeal rights.

That decision came just days after the worldwide marking of the United Nations-sponsored World Refugee Day, June 20. And it comes after President Trump spent the past three years aiming to reduce total refugee levels to zero.

Most likely to feel the impact locally is the Arlington-based Ethiopian Community Development Council Inc., the refugee-support and State Department-authorized transition agency with offices just off Columbia Pike.

I was alerted that this sub-sector of Arlington’s diverse population is among those hit hardest by the coronavirus lockdown. So I logged on last week to several Zoom conversations with the nonprofit’s far-flung constituents.

Today’s immigration landscape is a far cry from the 1970s when Arlingtonians (mostly) opened our doors to refugees from the Vietnam War. And the current push to restrict America’s benefits to those born here distances us from our classic international role as a beacon for victims legitimately escaping violence and tyranny.

A rare public comment about our President by Tsehaye Teferra, president and CEO of the “donation-supported council”:

In 2012 Obama named Teferra a CHAMPION OF CHANGE! https://theethiopiantimes.wordpress.com/2012/02/10/white-house-highlights-dr-tsehaye-teferra-as-a-champion-of-change-and-trailblazer-in-american-diaspora-communities/

“The current policy of the Trump administration with regard to refugees represents a departure from the foundational ideals that established this country as a place of refuge for those that are in need of protection and safety,” said the statement from Tsehaye Teferra, president and CEO of the donation-supported council. “We are disheartened by the policies of the current administration.”

Teferra founded the counsel in 1983, focusing at first on Ethiopians in the Washington area, but eventually expanding to all refugee groups for help in resettlement, languages, employment and education.

I take issue with the columnist’s characterization of ECDC  being a donation-supported council unless you consider tax payer funding as a ‘donation.’

So, I did what I normally do under these circumstances and headed to Guidestar  to have a look at their most recent Form 990.  Gee, what a surprise! ECDC  is almost completely federally funded and Dr. Teferra pulls down a comfy salary thanks to US taxpayers and Donald Trump.

$12 Million in Government Grants! Total income $13 Million!

 

Nice work if you can get it!

 

 

Appomattox County, Virginia Becomes First County to Say No Thanks to Refugee Resettlement

Oh the irony!

As conservative Virginia watchers decry the state’s slide into the blue, there are still pockets of patriots in the heart of the old dominion where some elected officials are standing up to the Democrats.

Described as the “heart of Virginia,” Appomattox County stands out this morning as one such place.

There may be others, but I think I would have heard of them—counties that are backing the President and telling his State Department that they don’t want any refugees in 2020.

You need to know that Appomattox hasn’t been a resettlement site, but you also need to know that the President’s offer to weigh-in on the issue is not limited to historically prime refugee placement sites.

Frankly anywhere in America is vulnerable as I pointed out here, here, and here:

Shame on You if You Don’t Take 15 Minutes to Do This!

 

Virginia’s Democrat Governor Ralph ‘blackface’ Northam was one of the first governors in the nation to tell the State Department—send more refugees our way because we have run out of poor people in Virginia and we need more reliably Democrat voters (who want free stuff) to eventually outnumber the deplorables.  (He didn’t exactly say that, but that is what he means!).

The vote against becoming a refugee placement county comes in the wake of a virtual civil war going on in Virginia over gun rights.

From WSET-13:

UPDATE: (WSET) — Appomattox County voted in support of a resolution refusing to become a refugee sanctuary.

In the heart of Virginia!

The Appomattox County Town Council voted to refuse to become a refugee sanctuary because they don’t have the funds to provide services to refugees.

[….]

Chairman Samuel Carter said the county is economically depressed.

He says the county would have to provide safety, education and housing for refugees.

“Finding the appropriate property in all to house this,” said Carter. “Is this going to interfere with future buildings or structures?”

Carter said there are a lot of unknowns in becoming a refugee sanctuary, which is why they support the town.

He said the county also doesn’t have an influx of refugees re-settling to the area.

Residents said they are happy with the board’s decision and they agree with the county.

The update jumps to an earlier story.

It is important for you to know about the Second Amendment fight going on in Virginia.  Interesting that Appomattox County elected officials have connected the issues.

APPOMATTOX Co., Va. (WSET) — More than 70 localities in Virginia have voted to become a ‘Second Amendment Sanctuary’ sending a message to state lawmakers they want to protect their right to bear arms, but a local county is trying to send another one.

Leaders in Appomattox County approved a resolution in November.

Democrat double standard on full display in Gov. Northam scandal. https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/01/politics/northam-blackface-photo/index.html

By becoming a Second Amendment Sanctuary community, the Board of Supervisors says it will oppose, within the limits of the law, any efforts to unconstitutionally restrict gun rights and use legal means to keep it from happening.

The decision to start declaring localities a ‘Second Amendment Sanctuary’ comes after Virginia Democrats took control of the General Assembly in the latest election.

Governor Ralph Northam said he plans to pass stricter gun laws that include universal background checks.

Northam also announced in November that Virginia will continue to welcome refugees fleeing danger and persecution after President Donald Trump signed federal Executive Order 13888.

More here.

Do you live in a red county? 

Even if you haven’t been a prime target for the placement of refugees or for the placement of unaccompanied alien children, your county can go on record.

Go here for the address at the US State Department.  And, check out which states and counties have said YES to more refugees, here.

LOL!  I don’t know if the State Department plans to list counties that say NO!

Don’t be confused by the cities that have sent consent letters, it is county commissioners who are the decision-makers according to the State Department funding guidance.

Those are the rules in order for the refugee contractors to get more money after June 2020.

For new readers these (below) are the nine federally-funded refugee contractors that monopolize all refugee placement in America.  For decades they have decided in secrecy where to place refugees and they don’t want to lose that power because even as they pontificate about their religious convictions and humanitarian zeal, they are Leftwing political groups working to change America by changing the people and using your money to do it!