There has been a lot of squawking from the refugee industry of late demanding admission of the full 30,000 refugees that the Trump Administration set as its ceiling for FY19, and it looks like they will get pretty close.
But, first a little housekeeping. I am working on restoring Refugee Resettlement Watch but my helper has been very busy so it is taking longer than I had hoped.
In the meantime, I’ll bring you some refugee news here at Frauds and Crooks. I have already been reporting some of the news about the refugee contractors*** demand for 95,000 refugees for the new fiscal year (FY2020 begins on October 1 of this year).
Today I’m updating numbers and nationalities of this year’s refugee crop.
Also, several readers at Facebook and some readers here tell me that yesterday’s post about those creeps who taunted an old white ladyin a Chicago area nursing home, here, were unable to open the story or it was never sent out. I hope too many of you didn’t have the same problem.
So how are refugee admissions going this year?
Here (below) is a map from Wrapsnet showing how many refugees have been admitted since October 1, 2018 to August 1, 2019 (10 months). Texas continues to lead the nation as the number one most ‘welcoming’ state. (They will turn Texas blue!)
You can see that as of August 1, 24,906 refugees have been admitted. And, with two months and a little over 5,000 more to go, they might very well make it to the CAP (aka ceiling). Remember though that since that is a CEILING, there is nothing that says the State Department must hit the ceiling.
The Prez, when setting the 30,000 limit, might very well have finished the year with only a fraction of that number and been completely within the law.
I know the numbers are difficult to read, so here are the top ten welcoming states:
Texas, New York, Washington, California, Kentucky, Ohio, Georgia, Arizona, North Carolina, and Michigan.
The top three nationalities in this year’s flow are ‘refugees’ from the DR Congo by far with 11,047, followed by Burma with 4,175 (826 of those are Rohingya Muslims), and Ukraine 3,036.
The total number of Muslims admitted in the first ten months is just over 4,000, or about 16% of the total refugee arrivals of 24,906.
***For readers new to the whole Refugee Admissions Program, the UN liststhe nine contractors here and then has a cool interactive site to find which refugee agencies are operating near you.
Hereis one version of the news this week. Notice they work closely with Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service***which is almost completely federally funded.
It appears that these Lutherans have run out of poor and homeless AMERICANS in need of Christian charity.
Evangelical Lutheran Church Declares Itself a Sanctuary Denomination
MILWAUKEE, Aug. 8, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), today at the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly declared itself a Sanctuary Denomination, dedicated to serving and supporting the protection of migrants in communities nationwide. The ELCA is the first mainstream church body in America to declare itself a sanctuary denomination. The movement was spearheaded by the Metropolitan New York Synod (MNYS), one of the 65 synods of the ELCA.
“Christians have offered sanctuary for two thousand years, continuing an ancient biblical practice in which cities and houses of worship provided refuge and asylum for people fleeing injustice,” stated Christopher Vergara, who serves as chairperson of MNYS’s AMMPARO/Sanctuary Ministry. “Beginning in the 1980s, the Sanctuary Movement was a faith-based initiative to protect Central American refugees fleeing civil war and seeking safety in the United States. Today, the New Sanctuary Movement is a revived effort to protect undocumented migrants from needless jailing procedures and deportation, and to address the dire situation within the Department of Health and Human Services that has resulted in the stripping of services to refugees and unaccompanied children.”
By its vote, the ELCA Churchwide Assembly deemed that sanctuary means not only provision of shelter but also:
A response to raids, detentions, deportations, and the criminalization of immigrants and refugees;
A strategy to fight individual cases of deportation, to advocate for an end of mass detention, and to amplify immigrant voices;
A vision for what communities and the world can be; and
A moral imperative to take prophetic action of radical hospitality rooted in the ancient traditions of our faith communities.
Working locally with organizations like Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, Lutheran Social Services, The New Sanctuary Coalition, The New York Immigration Coalition, and the ELCA’s AMMPARO program, the MNYS has created a network of sanctuary congregations ready to help protect refugees and undocumented people from arrest and deportation.The pillars of the program lie in education, advocacy, and awareness.
*** You should be making it clear to elected officials that any ‘charity’ receiving federal funding should be disqualified from receiving federal grants and contracts if it participates in breaking federal law!
Large numbers of Iraqis are being deported back to Iraq because they have broken US laws somewhere along the line, but of course they don’t want to go, so some (the exact number is not being reported) have removed their “tethers.” (Tethers are described here. )
They have had their court hearing and have been ordered deported.
In a story clearly sympathetic to the Iraqi refugees, theDetroit News tells us what is happening to those awaiting deportation. The ACLU claims they are Christians who will be persecuted if returned to the Muslim country.
I think there is likely much more to their ‘stories’ than we are being told, and Christians or not, if they abused our welcome and broke our laws, we really don’t need them here.
Fearing deportation, Iraqi refugees cut tethers
Detroit — A growing number of Iraqi refugees are attempting to “save their own lives” by cutting off their tethers to evade immigration authorities’ deportation attempts before their court cases are heard, families and lawyers say.
At least seven Iraqi nationals have removed their tethers in Michigan in the last month, according to a lawyer representing 23 refugees.
One of them, Ali Al-Sadoon, ditched his tether in July in Detroit on the day he was supposed to be deported.
The 33-year-old refugee from Redford Township now faces criminal charges for removing the ankle GPS tracker in addition to removal orders for breaking and entering, for which he was sentenced in 2013.
But his case is expected to head to a trial he might not have otherwise received.
“The only reason Ali cut his tether was because he was scared …” said his wife, Belqis Florido. “They sentenced him to death.”
Last week, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials also arrested Wisam Hamana, 39, of Hazel Park and Baha Al-Said, 35, of Ann Arbor after both cut their tethers. Another Iraqi national, Oliver Awshana, 31, was deported from Calhoun County Correctional facility and made such a scene while transferring flights in Chicago that the pilot refused to fly him, his lawyers said.
The ACLU of Michigan has argued in federal court, where the detainees’ fates have played out for the past two years since immigration raids in June 2017, against repatriation to Iraq because, it says, if the men are sent back, they face torture or death because of their Christian faith, for having served in the U.S. military or for seeking U.S. asylum.
Be sure to note that those being deported have not become US citizens. If they came legally as refugees, then why didn’t they become citizens?
Shanta Driver, an attorney representing 23 Iraqi nationals, said the refugees cut their tethers because they “get to a point of desperation.”
The men are being deported for committing crimes that the government believes violate U.S. immigration laws. [What does she mean “believes.” These men had their day in court.—-ed]
They are more vulnerable to deportation after being released from detention because their immigration cases were denied and they are seeking emergency stays so they can appeal their cases. ICE, meanwhile, is expediting deportations before that can happen, Driver said.
ICE officials said cutting off the tethers has forced the agency to detain the men again and file federal charges for the act.
A bill introduced in Congressseeks to slow the process of deportation for Iraqi nationals who have committed crimes. The bill sponsors are here. No surprise that Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are among its co-sponsors. Worried about the Christians are they?
“The State Department has evacuated all non-essential American personnel from Iraq because it is so dangerous, yet the administration is simultaneously trying to deport longstanding members of our community to Iraq, even though they face persecution, torture and death,” ACLU attorney Miriam Aukerman said. “… A fair process takes time, which is why it is so critical that Congress pass the bipartisan bill to pause Iraqi deportations. Many Iraqis have won their immigration cases, but they need time to do so.”
A bipartisan group of lawmakers hopes to help their cases with a bill that would grant Iraqi nationals relief from detainment and deportation while they await individual hearings before immigration judges. The bill would exclude those who pose a threat to national security. Democratic U.S. Rep. Andy Levin of Bloomfield Township and Republican Rep. John Moolenaar of Midland are spearheading the bill backed by 30 lawmakers across the country.
Michigan’s 9th District, represented by Levin, has the largest Iraqi-born community of any congressional district in the country, according to census data. Levin said they sent letters to Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and are working with the executive branch requesting intervention.
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.
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.”
First, you might want to revisit my post of August 1st, here, where I reported about the ‘welcome’ the African migrants, the asylum seekers who came across the US southern border, are getting in Portland, Maine.
The city raised over $850,000 from charitable donations for the African migrants mostly from the DR Congo*** living in the Portland Expo, and is in the process of figuring out how to best use it for the care of this group who must be out of the Expo by mid-month.
I also took some screenshots of a Twitterpage (yes, it was there on August 1st) attributed to a “Prince Pombo.”
That man, who now says his name is Prince Pombo Mafumba denies that he ever had a Twitter account and reported the fake account to the police.
Below are some snips from the Portland Press Herald story that also appeared on August 1st, thanks to reader Lisa for sending it.
However, before I get to the article, I want to know why Mr. Pombo (aka Mafumba) was not using the name Mafumba in earlier news accounts, like this one in June when he told the Associated Presshis name is Prince Pombo, and why he did a TED talk as Prince Pombo—a TED talk he gave in Portuguese (the primary language of Brazil)—herein 2018.
Dismissing the idea that there are two people named Prince Pombo, we see that he says he is a professor in the TED talk and Mafumba told the Press Herald he is a professor, so there can’t be two Professor Prince Pombos, right?
He was a pretty well-connected ‘refugee’ to have access to TED.
And, then of course, my primary question is why, if he was settled in Brazil with a Brazilian wife and baby, he didn’t ask for asylum there, but instead ‘found his way’ to the US southern border with a group of other Africans who were then dispersed to several US cities including Portland?
Lots of questions and I sure hope the first one that an asylum judge asks is: What is your real name? And then, why didn’t you seek asylum in Brazil?
Migrant in Portland ‘shocked’ by fake Twitter account used to smear fellow asylum seekers
When Prince Pombo Mafumba arrived in Portland on June 12, it was the last leg of a yearslong journey that began with his escape from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and a long, dangerous journey through Central America to reach the United States.
Mafumba, a political science professor, is one of the more than 400 African migrants who crossed the southern U.S. border and came to Portland since June 9 to seek asylum from political persecution and violence in his homeland.
Unbeknownst to Mafumba, someone had created a fake Twitter account in his name shortly after he was mentioned in a newspaper article. The imposter used a photo from the newspaper as his avatar and began tweeting in broken English about his experience in Portland in an obvious attempt to smear his fellow asylum seekers and stoke xenophobia and anger among Mainers. The account posted repeatedly about Ebola, smears against gay men, boasts of being taken out to restaurants and false expectations that the government would provide him a house and a car.
“I was surprised and shocked and scared,” Mafumba said of his reaction when the account was brought to his attention by a leader in the local Congolese community.
He reported the fake account to police. “I never experienced stuff like this before.”[Really? So this is the worst you’ve experienced? I thought you were persecuted in Africa?—ed]
It’s unclear who is behind the fake account. Messages sent to it were not returned this week.
The South Portland Police Department confirmed Thursday that Mafumba had reported the incident and that a fraud investigation was underway.
Mafumba said the comments being attributed to him on the fake Twitter account are the exact opposite of what he truly feels and thinks. He wasn’t even staying in the Portland Expo when the vast majority of the tweets were posted.
Within three days of his arrival, Mafumba, who speaks English, had befriended a couple volunteering at the Portland Expo who offered to let Mafumba’s family – a wife and 1½-year-old daughter – live in their South Portland home.
The article then starts pointing fingers….
Within the last week, the account was picked up by the Maine First Project, a conservative political organization run by Republican state Rep. Larry Lockman, who has repeatedly pursued anti-immigrant legislation and echoed President Trump’s “fake news” talking points.
As of Thursday morning, the account was still active, even though several people, including local activist Hamdia Ahmed, have reported it to Twitter.
Sure hope we learn who created the ‘fake’ account!
And, by the way, the Press Herald tells us this:
Asylum seekers are prohibited from working under federal law until at least six months after their asylum application is filed. Gov. Janet Mills, a Democrat, last month made an emergency rule change to the state General Assistance law to make the newly arrived asylum seekers eligible for vouchers for food, shelter, medicine and other necessities for up to two years.
There is much more in the story, go here, to read it all.
I sure hope we hear how the investigation turns out because there is some fishy stuff going on in Maine involving the African migrants who ‘found their way’ to Portland.
One last thing I keep harping on:
***Just so you don’t forget, we have admitted 50,000 from the DR Congo through theUS Refugee Admissions Program and thousands more through the Diversity Visa Lottery which begs the question: couldn’t they wait their turn for legal admission to the US? This bunch jumped the line!
This morning I wanted to see whether the news of two days agoabout Somali refugees being arrested in Arizona as they tried to board a plane for Egypt in order to join ISIS had reached the mainstream media.
Apparently other than a mention on Fox News that got the President’s attention and mentions on some Washington DC publications, the story is not getting much national coverage.
Did the Washington Post mention the news? Nope. How about The New York Times? Nope again.
Trump tweets arrests of Somali ISIS sympathizers in Arizona: ‘Get smart people!’
President Trump on Tuesday used the megaphone that is his Twitter feed to draw attention to the arrest of two Somali refugees in Arizona who authorities say were planning to travel from Tucson to Egypt to join the Islamic State.
Ahmed Mahad Mohamed, 21, and Abdi Yemani Hussein, 20, were charged with providing support to a terror group. They were arrested Friday at Tucson International Airport.
According to federal authorities, Mohamed had told an undercover FBI agent during social media exchanges that he was “thirsty” for the blood of disbelievers and that “the best wake up call is [for the] Islamic State to get victory or another 911.”
The president also tagged “Fox & Friends,” typically an indication that the tweet was responding to a segment on his favorite cable news morning show. [Maybe the Prez watches Fox because it reports on news like this!—ed]
The indictment did not indicate that the two men had committed any acts of violence in the United States.
That last line is the Left’s go-to position on any refugee terrorist charge. Well they didn’t kill any Americans yet! Duh! Because law enforcement nabbed them before they could!
By the way, this pair of Islamic refugee terrorists most likely got into the US during the Obama era.
It’s a very good thing that Trump has his Twitter “megaphone.” Shame the mainstream media! Keep ’em coming!
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.
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?
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’ schemehere in 2012when 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 Timesstory 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 baseand 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):
Cent. African Republic (16)
DR Congo (253)
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 workabout how diversity in fact destroys community cohesiveness.