Tanzania: UN and US open new processing center to move Congolese refugees to the US more expeditiously

And, yippee it is ahead of schedule as we once again lead the world in helping the United Nations clean out camps around the globe!

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Coming to America thanks to the UN!

I think what is happening here is that since the Obama Administration promised a few years ago to admit 50,000 from the DR Congo to your towns and since most are not Muslims (a few are!) then you will see these numbers jump because the refugee contractors*** need paying “clients” from somewhere to keep tax dollars flowing in to their coffers while President Trump slows the flow from their usual countries—Iraq and Somalia for example.

I just checked Wrapsnet and see that after Bhutan (where we have been cleaning out camps for the UN ever since the Bush Administration), the DR Congo is now in second place for supplying refugees to the contractors.  Of the 3,553 refugees admitted to the US since October 1, 707 (20%) are from the DR Congo.

Here is Relief Web on the opening ceremony shindig last week:

 

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Circled in red is Ambassador Mark Storella leading the festivities because surely the US has the most money committed and will take the vast majority of the DR Congolese to the US

 

Kigoma Region – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, opened on 5 December the Makere Refugee Processing Centre in Kasulu District, Kigoma Region, Tanzania. The centre serves as a one-stop facility for processing Congolese Refugees residing in Nyarugusu camp bound for resettlement primarily to the US under the Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) and other resettlement countries on cost-sharing basis.

The opening ceremony was led by Ambassador Mark C. Storella, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the US State Department Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) and Chairperson of the Great Lakes Core Group, accompanied by the Chargé d’Affaires of the US Embassy in Tanzania and PRM staff from Washington DC and Kampala.

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Representatives from other resettlement countries including Canada, Australia, United Kingdom (UK) and Belgium also attended.

 

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“The Makere Refugee Processing Centre is a clear evidence of a burden-sharing approach in easing refugee hosting by the international community and especially the US Government. The Government of Tanzania is very grateful for that,” said (Rtd) Brigadier General Maganga in his welcoming remarks.

Burden-sharing my foot!

That made me laugh! The US is once again going to take the lion’s share of the refugees from this processing center. It is a shame taxpayers here and in those countries (Canada, Australia, etc) are paying for junkets for bureaucrats to Africa.

More here.

And, btw, Tanzania was one of those countries in the warning zone about the recent ‘Plague’ concern, see here.  So hope the medical screening will be extra serious.

See my archive on the DR Congolese resettlement here.

*** These (below) are the nine contractors you pay to place refugees in American towns.  Right now they are suffering financially because the Trump Administration has slowed the flow to the US.  Each refugee we admit carries a per head value to the contractors. Fewer refugees=fewer bucks from the US Treasury to their budgets.

I once heard, but don’t know if it is true, that when George Bush dramatically reduced the flow after 9/11, that somehow the State Department figured out how to keep the contractors from folding all together by sending money their way.  Since Trump has messed them up in some parts of the world, expect big flows from places like this new center in Tanzania.

 

Tell Me Lies- The Establishment Media is the Grand Master of Fake News

ABC News anchor Brian Ross has dealt a blow to the establishment media and its effort to marginalize independent and alternative news. Ross falsely reported Michael Flynn will testify that President Trump directed him to make contact with Russian officials while Trump was a candidate. This isn’t the first time Ross and ABC News have passed off bogus stories, and it won’t be the last. ABC’s fake news story damages the carefully orchestrated effort by corporate media to institute fact checking tools designed to stigmatize and edge-out news that doesn’t conform to the establishment narrative on a wide-range of issues. The establishment has tried to bury its lies, but the Brian Ross fake news story about Micheal Flynn has forced its dirty practices back out into the spotlight. The corporate media no longer controls the news cycle. The propaganda it receives and reports from the government is now critically analyzed and debunked on social media within minutes. Millions of Americans no longer watch the corporate alphabet news networks or read corporate newspapers. The Brian Ross fiasco shows that the establishment is not finished trying to slander and discredit its enemies. It’s so desperate now to turn the tide, it has lost the ability to produce believable misleading news either read from government scripts or created by fake news organizations.

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GAO says climate of “fear” in chicken plants where refugee workers are part of the workforce

We have been reporting for years about the meatpacking industry, what we call BIG MEAT and BIG CHICKEN, having discovered the great advantages of hiring immigrant and refugee laborers (foreign-born the GAO calls them) who will work for lower wages (this industry once did pay good wages) and complain less than American workers who understand the laws that protect them.

We believe it is this industry and a few other large companies in the food processing industry that are the largest drivers behind the refugee resettlement program and thus the reason that the Republican-led, Chamber of Commerce-dominated, Congress does not initiate reform of the US Refugee Admissions Program.

Fundamental question:

Should the US State Department and its nine ‘non-profit’ contractors be supplying refugee labor to giant global corporations using taxpayer dollars?

Here is news that the GAO actually looked in to the problems in chicken plants that largely involve workers who fear to report problems involving safety.  The new report is here.

 

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We learned in the GAO report that nearly a half a million workers are employed in the meat and poultry industry. I’ll bet the turnover is high requiring ever greater demand for new refugees to fill those jobs.   http://www.gao.gov/assets/690/688294.pdf

 

I wonder, do the refugee resettlement agencies that actively place their refugee “clients” in to meat and chicken plants know about all this and turn a blind eye. 

I’m thinking specifically of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service that signed contracts recently with JBS Swift and Tyson Foods to help them acquire and train refugee workers.  So much for humanitarianism!

(After I began writing this post I found many more stories in other news outlets about the findings, but I had already snipped this one, maybe not the best one, and was too lazy to start over!)

From Infozine:

For several years, Oxfam and a coalition of allies and experts have been exposing the dark underbelly of labor conditions in the poultry industry.

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Does Linda Hartke, who signed contracts with two global meatpacking companies, know about the “dark underbelly of labor conditions” in the plants.

Boston, MA – infoZine – Oxfam’s concerns were recently confirmed by the GAO, after it conducted direct interviews with poultry processing workers in five states.*** The central underlying problem is the pervasive climate of fear inside poultry plants; when workers are afraid to report issues, OSHA and other inspection agencies are unable to detect or investigate problems.

Eighteen months after the GAO issued a report confirming that poultry workers face inordinate health and safety hazards and that many of these problems go under-reported, a follow-up investigation calls on all three federal agencies– the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture– to improve ways for workers to communicate issues without fear of retaliation.

“The health and safety problems that workers face in poultry processing plants have been exacerbated in the past year due to a growing climate of fear and oppression in an industry where workers are mostly immigrants, refugees, and people of color,” said Alex Galimberti, Senior Advocacy and Collaborations Advisor for Oxfam America. “Every day, workers experience problems, such as denial of treatment for repetitive motion injuries, lack of access to bathroom breaks, and sexual harassment. Most of the time, they feel unsafe reporting these issues to federal agencies or to top level management.”

By the way there have been lots of stories lately about small and medium-sized towns fighting the placement of new meat or poultry plants in their communities. Many citizens object to the environmental problems and the influx of immigrant/refugee labor drawn to the town bringing with it cultural upheaval.  This is a new angle—health and safety problems in the workplace.

***The five states where plants were investigated were: : Arkansas, Delaware, Nebraska, North Carolina, and Virginia.

 

Mormon church donates $5 million to nine federal refugee resettlement contractors

And, it sure must be a welcome donation as the federal funds that most of the nine live off of are drying up.

For new readers see my July post where I gave a recent accounting of their funding.

One resettlement contractor featured in this story, Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM), is 99.5% funded by the federal government. Does this mean that the other .5% comes from the Mormon church and not Episcopalian worshipers?

Here is the story in the Deseret News:

SALT LAKE CITY — For a second straight year, the LDS Church has donated $5 million worth of aid to the nine voluntary refugee resettlement agencies in the United States.

The $1.2 million in cash and $3.8 million in commodities or services will be used during 2018 by the nine charitable organizations, who have agreements with the State Department to provide reception and placement services for refugees who arrive in the United States.

Each organization will receive a different amount. Some are long-time partners of the church. Other relationships began in late 2015 or during 2016.

Here is what the LDS Church gave to the Episcopal Church (EMM has no separate non-profit legal structure):

“Episcopal Migration Ministries and our 22 affiliate partners are deeply grateful for the generosity and support of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” one said in a statement provided to the Deseret News. “With a gift of $50,000 cash and $200,000 in-kind donations, the LDS Church has donated $500,000 combined (cash and in-kind) to Episcopal Migration Ministries since 2016. In addition, they are working with the Episcopal Migration Ministries team to create a strategic media plan to broaden outreach.”

Continue here.

Frankly I don’t get it, we have stories from Utah (other states with large Mormon populations) about struggling refugees, why doesn’t the LDS Church keep their money closer to home and help refugees directly. 

Don’t miss this recent story about refugees living in Utah who say they want to go home to the camps in Africa! 

I guess the Mormon church would rather contribute to CEO salaries of the big nine*** some ranging from in the $200,000’s up to nearly $600,000.

***Here (below) are the big nine ‘non-profit’ organizations that monopolize all refugee resettlement in the US.  The six ‘religious’ contractors are part of the politically active Religious Left.  I’m wondering if the LDS Church wants in on the action.

But, truthfully readers, there will be no lasting reform of the refugee program in the US until this contracting system is abolished.  The President can reduce numbers for awhile, but these nine receiving the majority of their funding from taxpayers and then acting as Leftwing community organizers (holding rallies, ginning up bad publicity against the President) must go and that will require Congress to rewrite refugee law.

 

NY Times: In FY 2017, record number of Somalis were deported from US to Somalia

Adding more information to the strange story we reported yesterday about an ICE flight to Africa carrying 92 Somalis destined to go home to Somalia but instead did a U-turn and returned to the US after landing in Senegal.

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Minnesota immigration lawyer Kim Hunter talked to the NY Times about her Somali clients.  http://www.kimhunterlaw.com/staff/

The NY Times after many whinny paragraphs devoted to lawyer Kim Hunter, whose clients were on the plane, tells us a few bits of information we didn’t know.

Besides learning that the new government in Somalia is cooperating with the US and that the flight is being returned to Louisiana, here is some useful data:

Many Somali citizens who are in the United States without documentation have been able to stay for years despite deportation orders because Somalia would not grant them the necessary travel documents. Mogadishu, which opened an embassy in Washington in 2015, appears to be cooperating with American officials to accept more of its citizens back.

Even Obama was deporting Somalis!

The number of Somali people being deported from the United States has risen since 2014. During that fiscal year, 65 Somali citizens were removed from the United States. That number jumped to 120 the next year, and 198 the year after that.

Trump administration picks up the pace!

In the fiscal year 2017, 521 Somali citizens were deported, according to the most recent report from ICE. A spokeswoman for the agency said there were five chartered flights to Somalia that year.

Read it all here.

One advantage of this ICE flight mess-up is that we now know about these deportations and so do a whole lot of other people—including those Somalis who are trying to figure out how to illegally enter the US right now.

And, will we see more “undocumented” Somalis headed to Canada via frozen northern Minnesota and North Dakota?

 

NATO Nightmare: Putin Poised for 6 More Years in Power

In the fifty-ninth edition of the Russian Newspapers Monitor, Professor Filip Kovacevic discusses the articles from four Russian newspapers:  Izvestia, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, RBK, and Sovetskaya Rossiya. He discusses Vladimir Putin’s announcement of his candidacy for the March 2018 presidential election and examines the current anti-Russian political trends in Europe. In addition, Professor Kovacevic looks at the possible threats to the recent oil price deal made by the OPEC+ countries in Vienna and discusses the critique of the latest TV interview given by the Russian neo-liberal prime minister Dmitry Medvedev. Do not miss this exclusive edition of the Russian Newspapers Monitor!

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Izvestia  – December 7, 2017

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Middle East expert Pipes: I now believe it is a “purposeful conspiracy to replace Western civilization with Islam”

Daniel Pipes is President of the Middle East Forum and has been writing and speaking about Islam since before 9/11.

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In a November interview (originally published in Italian), Pipes commented on his predictions for Syria as the ISIS threat is diminished.

He believes more refugees will be on their way to Europe, even as ISIS is no longer the excuse for their movement to western countries.

Below are a few snips from the interview which you can read in its entirety here (hat tip: Paul):

As ISIS collapses, will Europe face another wave of Syrian immigrants?

ISIS is a minor issue today; the major question is how the powers now present in Syria will resolve matters among them. I am pessimistic and expect many more refugees will be spilling out of Syria.

If so, how can Europe deal with this radicalized humanity?

Europeans should take control of their borders while urging Middle Eastern migrants to head toward Saudi Arabia and other wealthy states with whom they share a culture.

We previously posted a recommendation from Pipes in which he said Muslim refugees should be taken care of in their own “culture zone.” 

See that 2013 post by clicking here.

And, coincidentally yesterday we reported on an Op-ed at The Hill where a longtime foreign service officer said the same thing of the Rohingya ‘refugees’ from Burma. They should be placed in Muslim countries!

The Pipes interview continues:

What are the long-term risks of the unprecedented migration now underway to Europe?

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The replacement of European civilization with Islamic civilization.

Do you believe in the “Eurabia” theory, as do right-wing politicians in Italy?

When Bat Ye’or first proposed this theory in 2002, I was skeptical, not believing in a purposeful conspiracy to replace Western civilization with Islam. Fifteen years later, and especially after witnessing the astonishing actions of Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, I find it convincing. I can see no other way to explain the spectacular unwillingness to recognize the damage caused by unfettered immigration and blind multiculturalism.

Read more here.

And, see my complete archive on the ‘Invasion of Europe’ here.  It extends back nearly ten years.

Endnote: I’ve been thinking lately that all of us (bloggers, writers, citizen activists) should no longer (if you ever did!) find ways to say things in a more palatable, dare I say politically-correct way.  We will be vilified by the Leftwing and their Islamic supremacist friends of course, but there is no other way to move the general population to a point where they can understand the threat western civilization is facing.

And, by speaking the unvarnished truth, you give permission to others to do the same.

Daniel Pipes doesn’t mince any words here!

 

Plane with deportees lands in Africa and then returns to US without dropping off Somalis

This is a very strange story this morning at the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Thanks to reader Margaret for sending.

When the ICE plane touched down in Dakar, seems there was a problem getting a crew that had enough rest in order for the nearly 6,000 mile upcoming leg of the trip to continue from Dakar (Senegal) to Mogadishu in Somalia.

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The mystery is intriguing, but the more important news here is that 92 Somalis were being deported from the US!

From the Star Tribune:

A plane with deportees to Somalia, including at least four from Minnesota, returned to the United States on Friday after a stop in Senegal that authorities said did not go according to plan.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a statement that a flight with 92 deportees headed back after a refueling and pilot exchange stop in Dakar. As the plane landed in Dakar, ICE was notified that relief crew members were not able to get enough rest because of issues with their hotel, and the plane remained parked at the airport to allow the relief crew time to rest.

“Various logistical options were explored, and ultimately ICE decided to reschedule the mission to Somalia and return to the United States with all 92 detainees,” said the statement from the agency.

Local attorneys for several of the deportees on the flight said they were baffled by the turn of events — but hopeful the flight’s return might offer some of their clients a long-shot opening to block their deportations.

The number of Somalia natives the United States deports to their homeland has increased markedly in recent years, and the Trump administration this year removed that country from a list of nations deemed uncooperative on deportations.

The U.S. government has argued that conditions in the East African country have improved sufficiently to return people there. Advocates have pointed to a string of deadly terror attacks in Somalia as they insist the country remains unsafe.

Continue reading here and see that lawyers for the deportees are hoping this gives them another shot at a reprieve for their clients.

We have on many occasions reported that Somalis are traveling back and forth between Somalia and the US for pleasure trips, so we can assume that the country is safe enough.

See my post the other day in which I asked, does it ever end?  Thirty-plus years since we have been ‘welcoming’ Somali refugees.  Are they ever expected to get their country in order?

Bottomline here is that if its safe to send deportees home, then we no longer need to take Somali refugees, right?

 

Resettle Rohingya ‘refugees’ in Muslim countries where they can have a future

When I saw this opinion piece in The Hill my first thought was: oh no, not another politically correct B.S. whine-fest about the ‘plight’ of the Rohingya people of Bangladesh and Burma (aka Myanmar).

 

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Buddhist monks protest against the so-called Rohingya.

 

I thought I knew what was coming—that the US and other Western countries must ‘welcome’ them to our towns and cities—when I read the title of the piece by Jeff Goodson:

Resettle the Rohingya refugees where they can have a real future

But, boy was I wrong and am blown away that The Hill even published this commentary.

The Human Rights Industrial Complex (HRIC) must be having a ‘hair on fire’ moment.

Here is some of what a retired foreign service officer, with a long distinguished career, was permitted to say (emphasis is mine):

(LOL! my first tip-off that this wasn’t what I thought, was the use of the words “high dither” to describe the HRIC!)

International humanitarian and rights groups and the Muslim diaspora have been in high dither over Burma’s crackdown on Rohingya Muslims. The counterinsurgency operation, which was precipitated by Rohingya insurgent attacks in August, has so far sent 626,000 Rohingya fleeing to Bangladesh.

International players in the drama are acting perfectly in character. The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), which conducted the attacks, called itself a garden-variety ethnic insurgent group out to protect the Rohingya people against state repression. Burma declared ARSA a terrorist group, and initiated what it calls a legitimate counterinsurgency campaign against extremist Bengali terrorists. Rakhine Buddhist nationalists actively supported the army, and took their own vigilante action.

Al-Jazeera, Qatar’s official mouthpiece for spreading Salafist propaganda, called for foreign governments and international institutions to force the hand of the Suu Kyi government and hold it accountable. The oratory of the Muslim diaspora, meanwhile, quickly reached fever pitch.

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If the international community really wants to do something constructive about the crisis, it will stop debating semantics and focus on permanently resettling the Rohingya refugees.

Uh oh! This is where I thought Goodson would go PC (politically correct) on me! Imagine my shock to see this prescription:

What is needed is for the U.N. and other bilateral, regional and non-state actors to start planning for permanent resettlement of the refugees in Muslim countries that already host large Rohingya populations. These are Bangladesh, now with about a million Rohingya, Pakistan with 350,000, Saudi Arabia with 200,000, Malaysia with 50,000, the UAE with 10,000 and Indonesia with 1,000. Since Pakistan and Saudi Arabia were so helpful in creating, training and arming ARSA, they will no doubt be especially welcoming to their Rohingya brothers and sisters.

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All of the players in this drama are acting in character, and Burma is no different. It may be the most insurgent-prone country in the world, with 47 armed ethnic groups, and it will no doubt continue fighting this insurgency as it has fought others for the last 70 years — in this case with help from China. If it’s smart, it will stop the violence, peacefully escort the remaining Rohingya to the border with Bangladesh, and seal that border permanently.

Be still my beating heart!  Goodson wraps with this:

It’s time to end the Rohingya insurgency for good, stop the recurring humanitarian crises, and close off western Burma permanently as a potential gateway for Islamic jihad. Whatever the fate of the few hundred thousand Rohingya still remaining in Burma, the international community should stop setting its hair on fire and focus on doing what it does best: help resettle the Rohingya refugees to countries where they can have a real future.

More details from Jeff Goodson about the Rohingya situation that is already causing thousands to be placed in Your Town, USA!

See my extensive ‘Rohingya Reports’ category with over 200 posts extending back ten years.