Liz Cheney is running for Wyoming’s only seat in the House of Representatives.
If you can’t find someone to run against her in the primary who is concerned about bringing third world refugees to Wyoming, or opposes mass migration generally, you must hound Cheney throughout the election season on the issue because it will help Wyoming and it will help all of us! Cheney will get national media coverage! Make sure she is forced to discuss refugees and mass migration!
Filing deadline in Wyoming is here.
That is not exactly the title of this excellent article at, of all places, theHuffington Post, but it’s my version of it! I’m actually blown away that Pew Charitable Trust’s Stateline news service has really dug into how the Refugee Admissions Program works. It confirms some things we knew, but that I had not seen so clearly revealed in print before.
Although it does skew toward advocating more resettlement to America (what else from a very far left foundation), someone did a lot of work. All of you in ‘Pockets of Resistance’ must read this whole article!
By the way, decades ago I knew something about the environmental hard left and property rights, and at that time Pew infamously began a propaganda campaign called the ‘Greening of the Churches.’ It was a strategy they knew that they needed in order to advance the cause of environmental fascism—they had to infiltrate the churches with the green (global warming etc.) message so good churchgoing people would carry their message. I digress, but that is my first encounter with Pew. So, I’m a bit surprised at how useful this article will be to you!
The article, besides some very useful information on how the program works, basically gives us the road map for slowing the flow—if the federal government does not have enough money appropriated for refugee resettlement (aka colonization), they can’t bring in large numbers of refugees for your town and state to care for. Only problem (and it is a big one!) is that our do-nothing House of Representatives is too chicken to use their power of the purse.
From the Huffington Post(emphasis is mine):
The U.S. plans to increase the number of refugees it takes from 70,000 to 100,000 over the next two years. New York, Los Angeles and 16 other cities have urged President Barack Obama to accept even more refugees from Syria.
But is the country—along with the aid groups that help in resettlement and local communities that receive refugees—ready for an increase in arrivals? And where will the new arrivals go?
The increase could strain America’s sprawling refugee admissions program, a partnership between the federal government, international organizations like the United Nations, nine national nonprofits and their hundreds of local affiliates.
Cities and states may need to spend more money on social services for refugees, particularly if Congress doesn’t approve additional federal funding for resettlement.
Parceling out tens of thousands of refugees to U.S. communities takes advance planning. Each week, representatives of the nine nonprofit groups meet in the Rosslyn, Virginia, offices of the Refugee Processing Center, a State Department contractor. Some groups attend via conference call.
Staffers sit around a table and review a thick packet of refugee case files. The files contain the addresses of any family members the refugee wants to join in the U.S., medical information and other personal data. The nine staffers then talk through the cases and match each refugee (or refugee family) with a city and a local nonprofit that can help them adjust to new lives in America.
To decide how many refugees to send to, say, Allentown, Pennsylvania, each year, the State Department considers how many people local nonprofits say they can resettle there. Philadelphia-based Lutheran Children and Family Service (LCFS) settled between 100 and 200 refugees in Allentown, Lancaster and Philadelphia this year; Allentown’s allotment included 39 Syrians.
Pay attention Wyoming! Governor Mead has been misinformed. He says that the refugees won’t cost the taxpayers of Wyoming anything! See his preposterous statement here back in July.*** This Pew article (below) tells us why he is wrong and is thus misleading Wyomingites.
Every state except Wyoming has a partnership with the federal government and local nonprofits to provide aid to refugees (and Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead, a Republican, has supported starting such a resettlement program).
Although cities and states have the opportunity to weigh in on the resettlement process, they don’t have much control over how many refugees are settled where. “We really don’t have any say, to be honest with you,” said Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, a Democrat.
The big national nonprofits that select and resettle refugees have called for the U.S. to help even more people: 200,000 refugees in fiscal 2016, including 100,000 from Syria.
The federal government spends a lot of money processing refugees overseas and then helping them to resettle. The State Department spent over $3 billion to assist and process refugees overseas in fiscal 2015 (including through grants to the U.N.) and to settle refugees in the U.S. (through grants to the nine nonprofits). [$3 billion for the resettlement alone, not including welfare is much higher than we knew—-ed]
The $1,975 per refugee local nonprofits receive from the State Department covers 30 to 90 days of furnished housing, help buying food and clothing, and a case manager who can shepherd refugees through what can be bewildering first days in their new country, including tasks like applying for a Social Security card.
The Pew author fails to tell readers that upwards of half of that $1,975 goes to the resettlement contractor.
For all of you being told that the resettlement being decided for your town or state by NINE PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS (not elected by you) will cost local and state taxpayers nothing, read this!
Remember readers, this is Pew saying this, not RRW!
Federal aid doesn’t cover everything. “Refugees would never be able to resettle based on what’s available in the refugee resettlement pot of funding,” said Charles Shipman, state refugee coordinator for Arizona.
Private donations bolster the services local nonprofits provide [private donations are minimal and usually involve junk furniture and clothes contributions.—ed]. And states and local communities help pick up the tab, too, because refugees—who arrive with little more than the clothes on their backs—are immediately eligible for mainstream benefit programs like food stamps, Medicaid and cash assistance for low-income families. States play a role in funding some of those programs.
When the refugee resettlement program began, in 1980, the federal government reimbursed states for providing cash assistance, Medicaid and supplemental Social Security benefits to refugees for their first three years in the country, said Ann Morse of the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Now, the federal government only repays states for one service: providing eight months of cash and medical assistance to childless refugee couples or single adults, who don’t qualify for family-based benefits.
The federal Office of Refugee Resettlement and the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees “pay 100 percent of the costs of refugee resettlement for many years. It’s not like we’re going to get stuck with an unfunded mandate,” he said…
For new readers we have a very large archive of posts on how Wyoming Governor Matt Mead wants to open a refugee program in the only state in the nation with no formal resettlement program. We wondered where the state’s Republican Senators are on the issue of immigration and we get a hint for one of them in a lengthy Breitbart story(hat tip: Jim) entitled, ‘No Congressional GOP Leaders Will Support Reducing Immigration.’
Breitbart reporter, Julia Hahn, who has been doing a lot of great work on legal immigration issues, including refugee resettlement, tells us this about Wyoming Senator John Barrasso:
In the Senate, for instance, while Senate Republican leaders gently and quietly opposed Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) 80%’s (R-FL) unpopular immigration bill once it was assured of Senate passage, they grounded their statements of opposition in vague criticisms of border security. [They are such chickens, it makes me want to scream—ed]Public comments suggest they were supportive of Sen. Rubio’s effort to drastically expand the total level of immigration into the United States. The Schumer-Rubio plan would have handed out more than 30 million green cards to immigrants primarily from countries with little to no history of Western institutions, but Sen. John Barasso (R-WY) praised Rubio’s efforts to expand the labor supply in this way:
I’m [a] child of immigrants. That is the history of this country. Immigration is good and important for our country. Legal immigration needs to really be modernized. Marco Rubio is working on that… We need additional labor.
Barrasso’s state of Wyoming has a population of about half a million people. Ironically, if just 1 million of Rubio’s 30 million green card recipients had moved to Wyoming — instead of more likely destinations in eastern states such as Georgia and Virginia— Wyoming could suddenly, almost overnight, have the same politics as California.
Generations of rural traditions passed down from parents to children would be electorally crowded out by the new traditions of new arrivals. Barasso never explained why he thinks adding millions of laborers from mostly poor countries would improve schools, hospitals, or job markets in states like his own, or why it would be “important for our country” to resettle millions of immigrants with green cards from non-Western countries.
Read all of Ms. Hahn’s report by clicking here.
Frankly, all of this makes me very concerned about any Republican running for the Presidency in 2016. We know Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush can’t be trusted to protect AMERICAN WORKERS, can any of them?
….or else he would let this idea go after the blowback he got last year! So, here we go again!
Leftwing newspapers in places like Wyoming don’t know what the h*** they are talking about as they editorialize in favor of refugee resettlement by the UN/US State Department by saying they only want the facts to be known.
Sure, but only the facts that support their wish to bring in the third world and put them on welfare in Wyoming. Right?
They even admit here in the editorialat the Caspar Star Tribune on Friday that there aren’t enough low-paying jobs!
As I said here recently, I want Mead to tell his citizens why he is so hell-bent on inviting the federal government to Wyoming to begin changing the people.
Caspar Star Tribune:
It’s time for action on refugees.
Gov. Matt Mead wants a realistic, fact-based discussion on whether Wyoming should have a resettlement program. Of the 50 states, we’re the only one that doesn’t have such an initiative.
What we do have now, regardless of a program, is a refugee population. They are already here. They have come to Wyoming looking for sanctuary and a fresh beginning, and we should do what we can to help. They want to be part of life in the Cowboy State.
Are we the most ideal state for resettlement? Probably not. For instance, Wyoming doesn’t have many city bus systems or entry-level jobs, both of which are often needed by new arrivals from war-torn regions. Our small, rural population is an obstacle as well. We probably wouldn’t see a high proportion of refugees. Does that mean we shouldn’t have a program that could help people who need it? Of course it doesn’t.
I’ll be watching to see how they propose to get the “facts” out and who they invite to Wyoming to provide those “facts.”
We have an extensive archiveon Republican Governor Matt Mead’s quest to make Wyoming the 50th state to “welcome” refugees from Somalia, Iraq, Syria, Burma, Uzbekistan, DR Congo and Afghanistan (and that is a short list!).
He says he just wants a civil discussion to get the facts. Indeed that is all we have ever asked for over the last 8 years—the facts! All of the facts! All of the facts to be laid out in public—the good, the bad and the ugly.
And, that is exactly what the UN/US State Department and their resettlement contractors avoid wherever they begin a new resettlement program. Why? Because when the average American citizen learns all of the facts they reject this program! Secrecy has been its watchword for over three decades!
See this story at the Casper Star Tribune where Gov. Mead, we are told, has asked the ‘Humanities Council’ to add discussions about the federal government’s refugee program to its forum agenda. LOL! Mead, who suggested here, that RRW is racist now says he wants a factual, respectful debate!
I can’t wait to see who he invites to address the negative aspects of resettling third worlders in Wyoming, the only state with no official resettlement program.
Imagine a sitting governor taking time to call-out a blogger thousands of miles away! What is he afraid of?
For all of our many many posts on the controversy that saw the issue become a re-election concern for Mead, click here. I haven’t the time or patience to go back through it all. But, will address a couple of the “facts” in this news story.
I wish only one thing—I wish that Republican Gov. Matt Mead would be honest and tell everyone why it is so important for him to open Wyoming to impoverished refugees from Syria, Somalia, Iraq, Burma, Afghanistan and from myriad other conflict zones around the world. Why???
Now to theStar Tribune: *On the phrase “refugee camps.” I don’t know where that came from and when I first saw it, I thought it was an unfortunate choice of words because refugees will not live in camps. They will live, at first, in a couple of US State Department/contractor chosen cities in Wyoming and in mostly taxpayer-subsidized housing.
* Regarding this statement by the reporter:
Opponents to resettlement have said refugees can spread HIV, Ebola, tuberculosis and advocate Sharia law.
Refugees are admitted to the US with HIV and tuberculosis. Come on lazy reporters—look it up! As for Ebola, the Liberian man who died in Texas with Ebola was visiting others who had come to the US as refugees, but no mention was ever made of his immigration status (that I know of). So, so far there hasn’t been a case of Ebola in a refugee.
And, yes, advocates of Sharia law are plentiful in the refugee flow, one only need to look to Minnesota, Ohio and California for cases of refugees being prosecuted for aiding Islamic terror groups around the world. * Regarding the discussion about secondary migrants (refugees who have moved into Wyoming from elsewhere):
Refugees are currently living in Wyoming, Mead said.
“Most of them (are) I think the term is secondary refugees,” he said. “In other words, they’ve relocated into another state and now they are coming to Wyoming. But because we have no plan in place, we don’t know what their numbers are, what are the resources that they’re using.
First, secondary migrants are like any other legal immigrant in America who chooses to move—we do allow free movement in this country (thankfully)! However, those who choose to move from their primary place of resettlement, don’t need any special programs just for them. They can find work and/or access welfare without someone (a resettlement contractor) holding their hands just as any other class of legal immigrant must do.
Governor Mead does not need the Humanities Council or a special resettlement contractor to figure out what “resources they’re using.” He is the governor after all, he needs only to direct offices within the state government to figure out how much welfare the ‘secondary migrants’ are using, how many kids are in the schools, what health services they are using, etc. The federal government is not going to send Wyoming more money for them, but state taxpayers might like to know the answer!
And, one more thing on the ‘secondary migrants.’ We learned here that Somalis were moving in from Colorado so as to obtain housing vouchers that they could take back to Colorado. Maybe the Governor should find out how many of those refugees were ripping off poor and disabled Wyomingites who need that housing! * Then this is downright BS!
The federal Office of Refugee Resettlement and the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees “pay 100 percent of the costs of refugee resettlement for many years. It’s not like we’re going to get stuck with an unfunded mandate,” he said, noting Albert Einstein was a refugee.
Please, please get your facts! I have written probably a hundred posts here at RRW explaining that local and state taxpayers are picking up a large chunk of the tab for all of this (not to mention the fact that even if some money comes from the feds, it still comes via Wyoming/US taxpayers or China! We don’t grow money on trees in Washington!). Who do you think is paying for: educating the refugee children, providing interpreter services, paying for the criminal justice system, the fire and rescue service, or a large portion of the medical screening at your local health department?
* And, now I am really steamed—what biased c***—“Albert Einstein was a refugee.”
I can play that game too. Utah child rapist and murderer “Esar Metwas a refugee” (she died in excruciating pain). And, so was Jasim Ramadonan Iraqi gang rapist in Colorado. Oh, and did you know about the two Iraqi refugee terrorists convicted in Kentucky? How about Somali, Abdirahmaan Muhumed, a refugee to whom we gave a good life and who then went off and died for ISIS leaving 9 children and several wives for US taxpayers to support?
Who do you think paid for the criminal trials of these refugees—state and local taxpayers! Who is paying for their prison terms? You guessed it! You! I’ll bet a million bucks (if I had it!) that Einstein will be mentioned at the Humanities forum, but not a word about Met, Ramadon or Muhumed will cross any lips.
My message to the good folks of Wyoming—get your facts! All of the facts!