Judicial Watch Major Court Victory: Montgomery County, Maryland Must Clean up Voter Rolls!

Since we are on the subject of sanctuary county—Montgomery County, MD (see my previous post)—here is a bit of good news for a change!  (Hat tip: Cathy)

 

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Thank God for Judicial Watch!  Note that it took TWO full years before the county is being forced to comply.

From JW’s press release:

JUDICIAL WATCH VICTORY: FEDERAL COURT ORDERS MARYLAND TO PRODUCE VOTER REGISTRATION LIST DATA TO JUDICIAL WATCH

 

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that a federal court has ordered the State of Maryland to produce voter list data for Montgomery County, the state’s biggest county. The court ruling comes in the Judicial Watch lawsuit filed July 18, 2017, against Montgomery County and the Maryland State Boards of Elections under the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA).

The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, Baltimore Division (Judicial Watch vs. Linda H. Lamone, et al. (No. 1:17-cv-02006)). The decision follows NVRA-related Judicial Watch successes in California and Kentucky that could lead to removal of up to 1.85 million inactive voters from voter registration lists. The NVRA requires states to take reasonable steps to clean up its voting rolls and to make documents about its voter list maintenance practices available to anyone who asks.

Judicial Watch had sought the Maryland voter list data after discovering that there were more registered voters in Montgomery County than citizens over the age of 18 who could register.

[….]

The dispute over the voter registration list arose from an April 11, 2017, notice letter sent to Maryland election officials, in which Judicial Watch explained Montgomery County had an impossibly high registration rate. The letter threatened a lawsuit if the problems with Montgomery County’s voter rolls were not fixed. The letter also requested access to Montgomery County voter registration lists in order to evaluate the efficacy of any “programs and activities conducted for the purpose of ensuring the accuracy and currency of Maryland’s official eligible voter lists during the past 2 years.”

Democrat Maryland officials, in response, attacked and smeared Judicial Watch by suggesting it was an agent of Russia.

More here.

Just a reminder!  Maryland is run by the Dems even as it has a Republican (never Trumper!) governor.

Why Wasn’t Alleged Philadelphia Shooter’s Picture Plastered on CNN this Morning?

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Maurice Hill, 36, had a long history of gun convictions.

 

I said I would write about American criminals from time to time, and I’ve told you that I watch CNN the first thing every morning as a way of seeing where the Leftwingers/Progressives are going on any given day.

Today, at CNN, the morning anchors were talking their viewers into thinking a Trump-induced recession was upon us, but they also reported on the gun violence in the Democrat-run city of Philadelphia.

They did report that the shooter, who wounded six police officers when officers came to serve a warrant on the man who ultimately opened fire, and said the shooter had a veritable arsenal of weapons and ammunition. But, I didn’t hear them mention his name, only that he was taken into custody.

Maurice Hill, we learn here at the Philadelphia Inquirer had a long criminal history.

(See that Townhall was on it overnight with a report about Hill’s criminal history.)

So, how did Hill get his guns including assault weapons?  Are we going to hear anything about whether he had a background check?  Are we going to hear anything about mental illness? Are we going to hear anything about who he hated (police?)? Are we going to be told that a background check would have kept him from owning guns?  Did his family, friends and neighbors ever try to report him to the local police?

Are we going to hear anything about who his political heroes are?

I’ll bet that starting tomorrow, you won’t hear another peep about how the city of brotherly love harbors violent criminals with arsenals in their closets. Why? Because it runs against the PC narrative our mainstream media is peddling.

All the gun laws in the world are not going to keep the Maurice Hills from acquiring “weapons of war.”

And, you know where that leaves you—the law abiding American!

Oklahoma Senator Lankford Leads Bipartisan Push to Increase Refugee Admissions

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Senators Lankford and Rubio: Two of nine Republicans pressing Trump to “increase” number of refugees to be admitted to the US. 18 Senators in total signed the letter.

Responding to the fear that the Trump Administration might really cut the number of refugees to be admitted to the US in FY2020 (which begins on October 1, 2019) to zero, Senator James Lankford (R-OK) and Chris Coons (D-DE) spear-headed a letter to the Secretary of State saying they want the President to “increase” the number of refugees to be admitted.

However, they aren’t willing to say what that number should be! I suspect that is because once a number was discussed their ‘bipartisan’ effort threatened to fall apart.

We assume they want more than the 30,000, the number the President set as the ceiling for the present year.

The resettlement contractors want 95,000!

Note the usual Leftwing Open Borders Dems are joined by nine Republicans.

See if your Senator is among them.

This is Lankford’s press release yesterday:

Senators Lankford, Coons Lead Letter on Concerns to Eliminate Refugee Cap

 

 

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Chris Coons (D-DE) led a bipartisan letter with Senators John Thune (R-SD), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Tina Smith (D-MN), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Thomas R. Carper (D-DE), Rob Portman (R-OH), Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY), Susan Collins (R-ME), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Cory Gardner (R-CO), and Ed Markey (D-MA) to the administration to express concern about reports of a proposed elimination of refugee resettlements for FY2020.

The Senators wrote, “While some Members of Congress have already expressed their displeasure with the FY2019 resettlement cap, and the lower-than-normal admittance numbers for FY2017 and FY2018, eliminating refugee admittance altogether is even more alarming. At a time when we are facing the ‘highest levels of displacement on record,’ according to the United Nations Refugee Agency, we urge you to increase the refugee resettlement cap and to admit as many refugees as possible within that cap.

America has a responsibility to promote compassion and democracy around the world through assistance to vulnerable and displaced people.”

Continue reading here.  There is a link to the letter there as well.

See that the Catholic News Agency is on the story. Of course!

I don’t need to tell you what to do, right!  If your Senator is one of the Republicans in this gang of nine, let him or her know what you think!

Some of the Rs on this list might think this is a freebie for them, make sure they know you are watching!

A Trip Down Memory Lane: Baltimore Welcomes Diversity

Editor:   This week the President challenged local Democrat elected officials to fix their decaying cities with special attention to Baltimore.  But, I am seeing no mention of the unsuccessful push there for more than a decade to rebuild Baltimore with immigrants.

This is a post I wrote in May of 2015 at Refugee Resettlement Watch as Baltimore was in flames.

Changing American cities by changing the people (pushing out African Americans!)?  Is it possible that diversity doesn’t build economic strength, but in fact further destroys African American communities?

Baltimore: Thousands of impoverished refugees poured into city in last ten years; fuel for the fire?

Is Baltimore a failed social experiment in the government’s (and big business’s) push for more diversity in your towns and cities?

Can we call it a first spectacular failure for Obama’s Task Force on New Americans plan to seed communities with third-worlders?

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The Lutheran Center in Baltimore is home to Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, one of the Top Nine refugee resettlement contractors in the country, and it is headquartered in one of Baltimore’s better neighborhoods. This is what we said in 2014: Gotta keep up their real estate holdings! The Lutheran Center is a six-story structure constructed in 1999 on property owned by Baltimore’s historic Christ Lutheran Church. The building is located near Baltimore’s Inner Harbor in the historic Federal Hill neighborhood, a charming area rich with history and an eclectic array of eateries and shopping venues. 

In fact, Baltimore is a preferred refugee resettlement site according to the Office of Refugee Resettlement!

Baltimore, a majority African American (63%) city where we hear jobs are scarce and poverty is profound, with by several accounts amounting to 25% of the population living below the poverty level, the US State Department and its refugee resettlement  contractors  have nevertheless been pouring more diversity and consequently more poverty into the city for at least a decade.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake fell for the feds ‘progressive’ scheme here in 2012 when she said that bringing more refugees and immigrants to the city would boost the economy completely failing to understand that, just because African Americans are black, they wouldn’t simply ‘welcome’ the rainbow colors of the world to compete with them for jobs, housing and scarce social services.

The hard truth was revealed in the New York Times of all places.  African Americans don’t take kindly to diversity!

Here is one shocking little fact that was buried in a New York Times story about the recent riots:

Black gang leaders directed angry rioters to Asian and Arab shops while protecting stores owned and run by fellow African Americans.

Then he described how he and some Bloods had stood in front of black-owned stores to protect them from looting or vandalism. He said they had made sure no black children, or reporters, were hit by rioters. They pointed them toward Chinese- and Arab-owned stores. Charles said Mr. Gray had brought gangs together.

So much for the diversity-is-beautiful myth!

How much diversity has been brought to Baltimore to compete with poor African Americans?

This morning [in May 2015—ed] I went to the data base and checked out the numbers of refugees deposited in Baltimore since 2005.  I’m listing only countries of origin if there were more than 10 refugees resettled there. There were many other countries represented by smaller numbers.

Baltimore’s new diversity (these are newly resettled from abroad since 2005 [to May of 2015.—ed], not secondary migrants from elsewhere in the US):

Azerbaijan (10)

Bhutan (1,352)

Burma (1,109)

Burundi (11)

Cent. African Republic (16)

Congo (26)

DR Congo (253)

Eritrea (374)

Iran (136)

Iraq (404)

Liberia (99)

Nepal (10)

Pakistan (13)

Palestine (19)

Russia (196)

Somalia (217)

Sudan (225)

Syria (26)

Uzbekistan (36)

Vietnam (15)

All are in direct competition with African Americans for jobs, education, housing and social services.  And, these numbers do not include the thousands of illegal aliens welcomed to Baltimore in the last decade!

(End of 2015 post.)

Afterthought:  Can we conclude that pouring ‘new Americans’ into impoverished and decaying US cities is not the panacea the Progressive social engineers want you to believe?

If it works then we should see Baltimore as a shining city on the bay by now, right?

You might want to revisit Robert Putnam’s work about how diversity in fact destroys community cohesiveness.

Trump: Gotta Problem with America? Go Back and Fix Your Own Country!

That sentiment that got the Open Borders pushers undies in a wad, is a sentiment expressed from time to time over the years at Refugee Resettlement Watch especially as it relates to Somalia.

Why indeed aren’t the well-educated (on the US taxpayer’s dime) and know-it-all Somalis in America going back and doing anything for Somalia and their fellow Africans?

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The controversy surrounding Trump’s remarks and Omar’s own in-your-face style have gone a long way to educate Americans about Somalis in the US. Keep her talking!

The excuse now of course is the terrorism there thanks to Al-Shabaab, but long before the Islamic terrorists Somalis couldn’t govern themselves because clans squabbled among themselves and corruption was rampant.

The United Nations is finding out the hard way that few want to go to that mess of a country as they try to repatriate Somalis from their huge camp, Dadaab. 

Periodically the Kenyan government threatens to close it because they say it is a hot bed for terrorist organizing and recruiting.

(The US State Department plucked Socialist Rep. Ilhan Omar from Dadaab.)

I’m posting this story to show that Western nations no longer have much interest in ‘welcoming’ Somali refugees to their countries—are they just too much trouble?

UN: Fewer refugees willing to leave Dadaab for Somalia

 

Insecurity in Somalia is diminishing the numbers of refugees willing to return home from the Dadaab camps in Kenya, the United Nations said recently.

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Over 200,000, mostly Somalis, live at Dadaab

A total of 84,230 Somalis have taken part in the UN’s voluntary return programme since its inception five years ago.

So far this year, fewer than 1400 have gone back to Somalia under UN auspices.

[….]

The Dadaab head count stood at 210,472 at the end of June. That represents a decline of only 84 persons over the past three months.

This is the part I wanted you to see!

Of course up until the Trump presidency we had admitted over 140,000 Somalis to America as refugees.  A vast number of those came to us from this UN camp.  That number doesn’t include all of the other ways Somalis ‘found their way’ here.

Canada and Sweden will take the most this year from Dadaab!

The quota for transfer of Dadaab residents to other countries stands at 975 individuals for all of 2019. Canada is set to receive the largest share of Somali refugees (350), followed by Sweden (300), Australia (200), United Kingdom (75) and the United States (50).

There is thus little chance that the Dadaab complex will soon be emptied of refugees — unless they are forced to leave. But the Kenyan government has pledged to respect the rights of refugees, including safeguards against involuntary repatriation.

More here.

See my previous posts on Dadaab here, and don’t miss the story on UN corruption there. New American Ilhan Omar posts are here.

Amazon Workers’ Strike is a Kind of Poetic Justice

Surely you’ve heard that, as Amazon launches its Prime Day sales, disgruntled warehouse workers in places like Minnesota, where large numbers of Somalis are employed, have organized a strike.

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Bezos’ Somali workforce is not happy….

 

Remember readers that it isn’t just the ‘humanitarians’ pushing for Open Borders and more migration but it is BIG businesses, like Amazon owned by uber-wealthy Leftists  like Jeff Bezos  (who also owns the Washington Post), who are hurting American workers by driving the more-immigration debate.

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Just so you know who is supporting those strikes, here is a bit from an opinion piece at NBC News:

“Their campaign has been boosted by politicians — including Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., a Somali American and the first Muslim woman in Congress, as well as Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. — who see Amazon’s empire as emblematic of the country’s abysmal inequality. But the Shakopee workers draw most of their support from the grassroots, organizing with the immigrant advocacy group Awood Center with support from theMinnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Service Employees International Union.”

If you haven’t gotten enthused about the 2020 Elections, its time you do because imagine if any of this bunch comes into control of the White House.

And, by the way, the more they squabble among themselves on the political Left the better!  So help them squabble whenever and wherever you can!

After Terror Bust, Pittsburgh Mayor Peduto Says he is Keeping the Welcome Mat Out for Syrian Refugees

All refugees actually.

But, of course, they are not resettled in the better (wealthier) neighborhoods!

 

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The ‘woke’ Mayor Peduto

 

Thanks to a reader for sending the mayor’s declaration reported here at Frontpage magazine, but there is more as the mayor who in 2015 asked then President Obama for 100,000 Syrians to be admitted to the US.

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The alleged target was not rich white Americans!

See my post yesterday on the terror bust.

A Syrian refugee resettled in 2016 was arrested for plotting to bomb a poor “multicultural” church that was the church home for African migrants from Nigeria according to several news accounts.  

I wouldn’t even be bothered telling you about Mayor Peduto’s defense of refugees that have swamped ‘welcoming’ Pittsburgh in recent years if it weren’t for the fact that Peduto was one of 18 mayors who penned a letter to President Obama in 2015 insisting that the US must take in 100,000 Syrians in 2016.  Obama was proposing 10,000. Text of the letter is here.

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