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DOJ Forced to Take Action on Sanctuary Cities by Rep. John Culberson

Texas Rep. John Culberson (R-TX)
scored a major victory this week in the battle against sanctuary cities. This victory follows on the heels of his victory in stopping the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) attempted ban on .223 caliber ammo. Both events were accomplished by using the House’s power of the purse.

The surprise announcement on sanctuary cities came this week during a hearing of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies chaired by Culberson. During that hearing U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch addressed two key issues regarding sanctuary cities after Culberson had expressed concerns in a letter (attached below). The Houston-based congressman was concerned about grant requests from these cities that choose to ignore federal law.

Attorney General Lynch announced a new policy regarding immigration detainers and federal grant funding to local law enforcement authorities, according to a statement from the congressman’s office obtained by Breitbart Texas.

First, the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) is implementing a new policy regarding immigration detainers. The BOP will now release prisoners with immigration detainers directly to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers instead of sanctuary cities.

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Texas Rep. John Culberson (R-TX)60%
scored a major victory this week in the battle against sanctuary cities. This victory follows on the heels of his victory in stopping the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) attempted ban on .223 caliber ammo. Both events were accomplished by using the House’s power of the purse.

The surprise announcement on sanctuary cities came this week during a hearing of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies chaired by Culberson. During that hearing U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch addressed two key issues regarding sanctuary cities after Culberson had expressed concerns in a letter (attached below). The Houston-based congressman was concerned about grant requests from these cities that choose to ignore federal law.

Attorney General Lynch announced a new policy regarding immigration detainers and federal grant funding to local law enforcement authorities, according to a statement from the congressman’s office obtained by Breitbart Texas.

First, the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) is implementing a new policy regarding immigration detainers. The BOP will now release prisoners with immigration detainers directly to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers instead of sanctuary cities.

“This is welcome news,” Culberson said in his statement. “If this had been BOP’s policy last summer, Kate Steinle would be alive today.” Steinle was the woman killed by a criminal illegal alien who had been previously deported. The BOP released Steinle’s killer to the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department instead of ICE. The killer, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, was released from prison after completing a prison sentence for illegally re-entering the U.S. after his fifth deportation, Breitbart’s AWR Hawkins reported.

The sheriff’s office released Lopez-Sanchez after the district attorney declined prosecution on a decade-old marijuana case. The sheriff released him from the jail instead of honoring the ICE detainer because of San Francisco’s sanctuary policies.

Culberson told Breitbart Texas in an interview on Friday that he will be following up with the Department of Justice to insure the policy is being implemented.

The attorney general also announced she would be taking direct action against sanctuary cities. Attorney General Lynch stated the “DOJ can take action against jurisdictions receiving grants when they are not in compliance with federal law,” Culberson explained in his statement. “If jurisdictions choose to implement sanctuary policies that prevent them from cooperating with federal immigration authorities, they are putting their federal grant money at risk unless they change their policy to comply with federal law.”

The AG told Culberson she will be submitting quarterly reports to explain how the DOJ is progressing on this matter. She also informed the committee that her agency can take action against jurisdictions that falsely certify that they are in compliance with applicable law. 8 USC 1373 requires local and state jurisdictions to share a criminal defendant’s immigration status with federal authorities, Culberson wrote. The Texas congressman told Breitbart Texas it was very significant that the AG acknowledged this specific section of the law.

Culberson told Breitbart Texas the AG can audit local law enforcement agencies if they receive a complaint that the agency is not following the law. He then provided a list of cities that have been declared as being not in compliance by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS). The list was provided to Culberson by Jessica Vaughn from the CIS. The list is attached below.

“The new policies the Department of Justice announced today will keep our streets safer by ensuring that criminal aliens do not roam freely in our communities, and prevent federal tax dollars from being sent to jurisdictions that refuse to comply with federal immigration laws,” the Houston-based congressman concluded.

In February 2015, AWR Hawkins reported on Breitbart News that the ATF had announced plans to ban certain types of .223 rifle ammunition. Culberson told Breitbart Texas he met with the head of the ATF and discussed using the House’s power of the purse to cut funding for his agency. On March 10, 2015, the ATF announced it was pulling back its proposed ban. ATF director B. Todd Jones announced he would be retiring from the agency, Hawkins reported in March.

Culberson told Breitbart Texas he has been working on methods of using the congressional power to reign in the over-reaching agencies of the federal government. These two cases showed that this technique has the power to cause change, even in the Obama Administration, he said.


| Eight Syrian nationals attempted to illegally enter the United States from Mexico on Monday, raising new concerns about security inside the United States in the wake of the Paris terror attacks.

Breitbart cited two unnamed federal agents who said the Syrians were intercepted at the Juarez Lincoln Bridge in Laredo, Texas. While Border Patrol has yet to confirm this report, National Border Patrol Council Local 2455 President Hector Garza did confirm that he was also receiving similar reports from multiple agents.

“Border Patrol agents who we represent have been contacting our organization to voice concerns about reports from other agents that Syrians crossed the U.S. border from Mexico in the Laredo Sector,” he said. “Our agents have heard about Syrians being apprehended in the area from other federal agents. At this time, I cannot confirm or deny that Syrians have crossed, for security reasons.”

This Governor Made a MAJOR Move Against Obama’s ‘Refugee Resettlement’ Program…This Is HUGE

This could be a major game changer when it comes to Obama’s Syrian refugee program.

The state of Tennessee is one step closer to suing the federal government over the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program. Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey filed Senate Joint Resolution 467 (SJR 467) in the State Senate on Thursday.
The resolution states “that the Tennessee General Assembly directs the Attorney General and Reporter of the State of Tennessee to initiate or intervene in one or more civil actions on behalf of the State of Tennessee or, in the alternative, seek appropriate relief in a federal court of competent jurisdiction regarding the failure of the federal government to comply with the Refugee Act of 1980.”
If the Attorney General of Tennessee fails to act, the General Assembly (the official name for the two houses of the Tennessee State Legislature, the State Senate and the House of Representatives) is authorized to initiate the lawsuit on its own.
“[U]pon receipt of notice from the Attorney General and Reporter declining the initiation of or intervention into a civil action described in this resolution, the Speaker of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives are authorized to employ outside counsel to commence a civil action effectuating the purposes of this resolution,” it states.
Ramsey, who also serves as head of the State Senate, was joined by five powerful co-sponsors in the resolution, including: Senator Mark Norris (R-Collierville, the Senate Majority Leader), Senator Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro, the GOP Caucus Chair), Senator Mae Beavers (R-Lebanon), Senator Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge, the Senate Finance Committee Chair), and Senator Kerry Roberts (R-Springfield).

It is unclear, however, if the Attorney General would choose to file the lawsuit against the federal government. Though appointed by the Supreme Court of the State, the Attorney General traditionally follows the directives of the Governor, and current Governor Bill Haslam, a Republican, has failed to act one way or the other on the proposed lawsuit, which has been a matter of public discussion for at least two months.

Obama’s Secret Migration Plan

Obama will do anything to get his new dependents in the country.

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President Barack Obama’s deputies have drafted a new quasi-amnesty memo that would allow employers to quickly and cheaply get work-permits to hire millions of lower-wage foreign graduates.

If approved by Obama, roughly 3 million guest-workers, students and migrants — including perhaps 1.5 million college-grads — would be immediately eligible for the work-permits, at an up-front cost to employers of only $580 per foreign hire.

But the work-permit handout would have a huge economic impact on Americans, especially college graduates.

Each year, roughly 800,000 Americans graduate from college with skilled degrees in medicine, business, science, engineering and computers. Many cannot find jobs in their fields, and the new plan would force them to also compete for jobs against a huge number of foreign graduates who would take lower-wage jobs in the hope of winning U.S. citizenship and its myriad taxpayer benefits.

Obama has repeatedly tried to boost the inflow of migrants into the United States. In 2013, he unsuccessfully pushed for a congressional amnesty for 11 million migrants, while quietly allowing roughly 2 million extra foreign workers into the U.S. economy. The flood of foreign labor hit as the 2013 class of 4.4. million, 18-year-old Americans began looking for jobs. The labor-glut froze salaries, reduced Americans’ employment and helped spike the stock market by $5 trillion.

The new plan described in the memo would replace Obama’s November 2014 amnesty for roughly 5 million illegals, which has been blocked by a federal court.

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White House 'Lied' About Vetting Syrian Refugees

The former chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence says President Obama has no coherent strategy to defeat ISIS, and he alleges one of Obama’s top advisers “lied to the American people” to perpetuate a misguided program allowing tens of thousands of refugees into the U.S.

Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes appeared on multiples Sunday morning news shows. When asked whether the news that one and possibly two of the Paris terrorists came to Europe as refugees would alter the Obama administration’s plan to accept tens of thousands of refugees, Rhodes said there would be no re-evaluation.

“No, Chuck,” Rhodes told “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd. “We have very extensive screening procedures for all Syrian refugees who would come to the United States. There’s a very careful vetting process that includes our intelligence community, our National Counterterrorism Center, the Department of Homeland Security. So we can make sure we’re carefully screening anybody who comes to the United States.”

Peter Hoekstra spent 18 years in Congress and spent much of his time focused on intelligence matters. He is now with the Investigative Project on Terrorism and is the author of “Architects of Disaster,” which outlines the failure of the Obama administration’s policy in Libya.

“I think (Rhodes) basically lied to the American people,” Hoekstra told WND and Radio America. “He said we’ve got a good vetting process in place where we can vet those that are coming from Syria into the United States.”

He continued, “No we do not. The records don’t exist in Syria, especially after you’ve had five years of civil war. We don’t have a relationship with the regime. It’s an ungoverned area. We don’t know who these people are. Ben, shame on you for even implying that we’ve got a good vetting system. We’re lucky if can get the names right.”

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In fact, even before the terrorist attacks in Paris, Hoekstra said the idea of bringing in tens of thousands of refugees was a fool’s errand. As such, he said the announcements from a growing number of governors that they won’t accept refugees is a good sign.

“I think it’s a good decision,” he said. “I wasn’t quite sure why we were ever welcoming these folks in. We are a welcoming nation to refugees and to these kinds of individuals, but only after they’ve been vetted.”

Hoekstra said spreading all these refugees around the Western world does nothing to solve the real problem.

“This problem is not solved by accepting refugees into Europe and the United States,” he said. “This problem is solved by eliminating ISIS and bringing some stability back into the Middle East. You’ve got to wipe ISIS out.”

Listen to the WND/Radio America interview with Pete Hoekstra:

The issue is taking on additional scrutiny after the European Union revealed only one-fifth of the refugees it has accepted (or about 44,000 of some 213,000 total) are actually from Syria.

But the refugee issue is just one element of the Obama administration’s approach to ISIS that baffles Hoekstra. On Monday, Obama told reporters at the G-20 Summit in Turkey that the Paris attacks would not alter the U.S. strategy toward ISIS. Hoekstra said the existing strategy is a proven disaster, as evidenced by Yemen and Libya turning into lawless wastelands and both Syria and Iraq getting increasingly unstable and deadly to Christians, Yazidis and others.

“I’m not sure what strategy this president is looking at that he believes it working,” Hoekstra said. “When you’ve got at least four countries that are no longer governed and are failed nation-states and are home for the planning and training and preparation for attacks against the West, that is not my view of success.”

Another statement from Obama in Turkey is getting even more attention. After announcing he was sticking with his existing strategy toward ISIS, Obama slammed those who want to America taking a more decisive role.

“What I’m not interested in doing is posing, or pursuing some notion of American leadership or America winning or whatever other slogans they come up with that has no relationship to what is actually going to work,” Obama said.

Hoekstra was stunned.

“This message is clear: When the president says, ‘I have no intention of following or implementing a strategy about America leading’ or whatever slogan they may come up with, it is clear that this president does not have a strategy in place for America leading in Northern Africa, the Middle East or, for that matter, any other place in the world,” Hoekstra said.

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And he said America’s credibility is taking a beating as a result.

“I hate to be that critical of this president, but America is at risk,” Hoekstra said. “We are in danger, and we’re in danger of losing our influence in the world. We’ve been a voice of stability, security, democracy and human rights. We are just losing all credibility throughout significant portions of the world.”

In addition to his frustrations with the Obama administration, Hoekstra is alarmed at how unprepared the intelligence communities were for the Paris attacks.

“What I’m hearing is that there was some general awareness that there were some attacks or an attack was imminent in Europe,” Hoekstra said. “That was out there, but again no tactical insight into exactly where the attack would take place or when it would take place.”

He said the truth is, it’s really hard to find these small plots before they happen.

“It just tells you that ISIS and these radical jihadist groups in a country of 80 million people or in a country of 300-plus million people like the United States, it’s not that hard to hide and organize and prepare to carry out an attack like this,” Hoekstra said.

So what can be done to improve America’s odds of stopping future attacks?

“We need closer intelligence sharing between our agencies,” Hoekstra said. “We need to push the technology envelope as quickly as we can, and we need to improve our human intelligence.”

Intelligence experts say efforts to infiltrate ISIS have essentially “gone dark,” partly due to former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden exposing tactics for tracking terrorist suspects.

Hoekstra said this confirms what everyone should have known about Snowden from the outset.

“As I said at the time, this was not an American hero protecting American liberties,” he said. “This was an American traitor that was giving away some of America’s secrets that would make us more vulnerable to these kinds of groups and these kinds of individuals and these kinds of attacks.”


Obama’s Syrian Refugee Entrance Form Found!

Obama doesn’t have a clue what he is doing.

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Governors don’t have any real control over the federal government’s decision to accept and place Syrian refugees — but they could frustrate the efforts of federal officials to do so, administration officials acknowledged on Tuesday.

Over the past 48 hours, more than half of the nation’s governors have called for a halt to allowing Syrian refugees into the country for now, a response to this past weekend’s terrorist attacks in Paris that left more than 120 people dead.

Those calls to halt the program have varied in key ways — some governors have tacitly or explicitly acknowledged that they lack the authority to prevent the federal government from taking action, something the federal government affirmed on Tuesday.

“This is a federal program carried out under the authority of federal law, and refugees arriving in the U.S. are protected by the Constitution and federal law,” a senior administration official told reporters on a conference call.

“While state and local governments have an important consultative role to play in the resettlement of refugees, the resettlement program is, as you’re hearing, administered by the federal government,” the official said.


Obama presses mass school enrollment of illegals


The White House administration, via a U.S. Department of Education policy document, has sounded an enrollment call to schools across the nation, pressing them to get as many illegals declared official students as possible and reminding them, in no uncertain terms, it’s the law.

In its “Resource Guide: Supporting Undocumented Youth,” the feds call on “educators, school and campuses [to] … draw upon the tips and examples in this guide to better support undocumented youth and, ultimately, move us closer to the promise of college and career readiness for all,” EAG News reported.

The guide also makes clear federal law requires the education of all students, no matter their immigration status. And it provides this tip to educators: Illegals actually worry about their immigration status so much it affects their academic performance. The not-so-subtle message?

Help them succeed, EAG News reported.

As the news site wrote, in a summary statement about the guide’s intent: “All immigrant students, and their family members, are constantly concerned with being deported, and do not have access to federal financial aid, making college unaffordable.”

The guide then explicitly states its goal is to help “educators, counselors and others support student academic and social success, and to work collaboratively with youth and their families to find creative ways to finance college costs,” the news site found.

The students to which the guide refers are part of Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Amnesty program, which grants the rights for certain illegals to stay in America and pursue education goals.

In the guide, schools are advised to help recruit such students.

“Besides providing high-quality instruction and supports, another important way that schools, colleges, and education professionals can help undocumented youth is by sharing information about DACA with youth and their families,” the document reads, EAG News reported. “Providing this information at the early childhood and elementary school levels may be helpful because, though the children would not meet DACA’s threshold age guideline, their parents or family members might meet the guidelines. Educators, counselors, school social workers, and others may, as appropriate, draw upon the tips and examples in this Guide to provide information about the DACA policy in order to help support undocumented youth.”

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The federal guide then gives specific examples of how schools can help illegals, and examples on how illegals might obtain financial aid and grants for higher education.

As the Daily Caller reported, the DACA program, enacted by Obama’s executive order, has granted amnesty to 680,000 illegals brought to the country by their parents. Another 1.5 million are reportedly eligible for amnesty.

This isn’t the first time school districts are being forced to meet federal demands for unaccompanied minors, as WND reported in 2014.

Thousands of unaccompanied alien children from Central America showed up for classes, and some needed expensive interpreters for obscure dialects.

“There are 21 dialects of Spanish, all so different,” said Eloise Barron, assistant superintendent for teachers and learning at Hall County Schools near Atlanta, Georgia.

And some of the Central American children arrive from remote villages that speak only in Mayan, which is not one language but a family of more than 20 ancient tribal tongues.

“Some speak Mayan, and so the problem we’re having is we have about a third of our student population is Hispanic to begin with and some of the individuals we have we’re unable to converse with because they don’t know Spanish, and of course not English, so we’re having difficulty communicating,” Barron said.



Residents packed the county council chambers for a meeting Monday night, Oct. 19, that included a vote on the refugee resettlement program, denying any state or local funds to flow into the community for such resettlements
It was standing-room only at a council meeting in semi-rural Pickens County, South Carolina, Monday night, as residents flooded the chambers, many of them interested in one topic – the potential of Syrian Muslim refugees being resettled in their county.

On Sunday in Twin Falls, Idaho, more than 100 people marched through town with signs and U.S. flags, protesting refugee resettlement in their town and demanding that a local community college shut down its resettlement office.

On Oct. 6 in Redlands, California, a woman affiliated with a local tea-party group stood up at a city council meeting and voiced her concerns about possible Muslim refugees being injected into the community from Syria.

In St. Cloud, Minnesota, a group of concerned citizens became visibly upset at a townhall last Tuesday when Gov. Mark Dayton announced that anyone who is not comfortable with that state’s growing diversity, including its expanding Somali refugee population, “should find another state” because Minnesota’s economy “cannot expand based on white, B+, native-born citizens. We don’t have enough.”

Dayton said he was aware of the racial tensions in St. Cloud with regard to Somali refugees.

“If you are that intolerant, if you are that much of a racist or a bigot, then find another state,” he said, as reported by the Daily Globe. “Find a state where the minority population is 1 percent or whatever. It’s not that in Minnesota. It’s not going to be again.”

All of these developments have pro-immigrant groups worried about the growing “backlash” against America’s fast-growing population of recent immigrants and refugees from Muslim lands in the Middle East and Africa.

From Syria alone, there will be 10,000 coming over the next year, and at least that many more in 2017. The Obama administration wants to bring nearly 200,000 refugees from all nations to the U.S. over the next 24 months.

And the organizations that rake in millions of dollars in government cash working on these resettlements are getting nervous that their plans are coming under growing scrutiny at the local level.

That much is evident by examining the presentations lined up for a major pro-immigration conference set in New York City in December. The conference includes break-out sessions on how to counter the growing “backlash” against refugees, “particularly Muslim refugees,” according to organizers of the National Immigrant Integration Conference.

Countering the backlash

The theme of this year’s conference is “New American Dreams,” picking up the theme of the White House Taskforce on New Americans, which aims to convert 5 million refugees and recent immigrants into “New Americans” armed with full citizenship and voting rights.

But every day more Americans are finding out how the refugee resettlement program works, and most of them don’t like what they see, says refugee watchdog Ann Corcoran, author of the Refugee Resettlement Watch blog.

People are holding protest rallies in Idaho and petition drives in North Dakota. They’re approaching their city and county leaders with questions in California, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Minnesota. And in South Carolina, grassroots activists are educating their local leaders and asking them to block the arrival of refugees. It happened Monday night in Pickens County, where the county council voted unanimously to block funding for any federal refugee resettlements, citing costs and security concerns.

“Technically, they don’t have any legal way to stop them, but the federal government is unlikely to send refugees where they know they won’t be welcomed,” Corcoran told WND. “This is what people need to understand. At the national level, there is no legal recourse. People will talk about the 10th Amendment and states’ rights, but it’s never been tested.”

But Corcoran said there is plenty that citizen activists can do at the grassroots level to cause problems for pushers of refugee resettlement. An informed citizenry is their “worst nightmare,” she said.

This is an industry that, until recently, had operated below the radar in nearly 200 cities across 48 states. A network of church groups, nonprofits and foundations has worked quietly with the federal government and the United Nations to bring more than 3 million foreign refugees into the United States since 1990, about half of them from Muslim-dominated countries with heavy jihadist populations like Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq and now Syria.

It is also a system that is inherently biased against the most persecuted group of refugees in the world – Christians, Corcoran said.

More than 97 percent of the nearly 2,000 Syrians resettled in the United States so far have been Muslim, for instance.

In an effort to counter the pushback, the issue will be taken up at the nation’s largest pro-immigrant conference Dec. 13-15 in New York City. An entire breakout session will address the growing challenges to Muslim resettlement in the United States.

The planners of the session, titled “Understanding and Addressing Today’s Organized Backlash Against Muslim Immigrants and Refugees,” accuse anyone who opposes the “transformation” of their community through Muslim immigration of being “Islamophobic.”

Those “fueling” the pushback against refugee resettlement will be “identified,” and a plan of attack will be put forth. The following are the exact words from the conference program guide:

“This session will explore the resurgence of anti-immigrant and Islamophobic rhetoric and activism and the recent use of Islamophobia to undermine refugee resettlement. This new development has implications for receiving communities and for refugee resettlement, particularly of Muslim refugees. How does this backlash against resettlement fit within the broader attacks on Muslims in the U.S. and what are the best ways to respond? Who are the key actors fueling this campaign and how is their message spreading? Hear from experts from the Muslim community and from refugee resettlement leaders about this new challenge and potential responses.”

The “experts” from the Muslim community are likely to be affiliated with the Council for Islamic-American Relations or CAIR, a Muslim civil liberties organization with ties to the international Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas. These ties are documented in the court records of the 2007 Holy Land Foundation trial, the largest terror-financing trial ever conducted on U.S. soil.

See WND’s Rogue’s Gallery of terror-connected CAIR officials.

As for the “key actors” who are fueling the pushback against refugees, critics say law-abiding Americans concerned about the safety and security of their communities have every right to speak out and ask questions.

Dr. Mark Christian, a former child imam born into a prominent Muslim family in Egypt who later broke away from the Islamic faith and became a Christian, said the “key actors” driving the backlash against Muslim immigration are the Muslims themselves.

“They are using their Twitter accounts on a daily basis to communicate their agenda of hatred against Jews and Christians, and by their actions in Europe, in Israel and throughout the Middle East where they are killing non-Muslims,” Christian said. “People are afraid when they see what Muslims are doing on a regular basis in their own countries – in Iraq, Egypt, Syria and Pakistan against the Christians and in Israel against the Jews. The main reason for their fear is they see what’s happening in the Middle East, and they don’t want that to be transferred to their state, their city, their neighborhood.”

Christian called it “an atrocity” to “blame the messenger” instead of looking at the main message of violence that is going out from Muslims worldwide.

“Should we be hiding the truth? Should we be putting our heads in the sand?” Christian asked. “So go talk about global warming and the whales not having enough salt in the sea and you will be invited to their next event, because John Kerry says climate change helped cause the Syrian civil war and the rise of ISIS.”

Secrecy preferred

The local democratic process – where local residents attend local meetings and ask pointed questions of their local elected representatives – is deemed offensive to the refugee resettlers, Corcoran said. They would rather meet behind closed doors with pre-invited “stakeholders,” but citizen activists are demanding more transparency in the refugee resettlement process.

“I have a bird’s-eye view of it because I hear from so many different places around the country. So I am very encouraged at what I am seeing,” Corcoran told WND. “They clearly are scared or they wouldn’t be dedicating an entire session to this at their biggest conference of the year. In the one little description, they used the word ‘Islamophobe’ repeatedly, so we see what their strategy is. They will attempt to denigrate and demonize anyone who questions why their local community is being transformed demographically without so much as a public hearing, let alone a vote of the public.”

Demonizing the opposition

This strategy of demonization is playing out with limited success around the country.

On Oct. 6, a tea-party group approached the city council in Redlands, California, and asked representatives on the council to put out a plan for keeping the city safe from any potential Syrian refugee resettlements.

The Redlands Daily Facts reported that Victoria Hargrave, a local resident affiliated with the tea party, stood up at her local council meeting and said, “Our nation is based on Judeo-Christian beliefs, and we value freedom of speech, freedom of religion and property rights as protected by the Constitution.” She said Muslims reject these values and are coming to America to impose Shariah law.

The local newspaper followed up by calling the regional CAIR leader, who berated Hargrave and those she represented as ignorant bigots.

“This paranoia and phobia is rooted in a combination of ignorance and bigotry,” Hussam Ayloush, executive director of the Los Angeles CAIR chapter and chairman of the Syrian American Council, told the newspaper about the Redlands tea-party concerns.

The Islamic Community Center of Redlands invited the public to an “Open Mosque Day” in the wake of Hargrave’s comments at the council meeting.

Mohammad Hossain, founder of the Islamic Center of Redlands, said the refugees are “homeless and have nothing, so everybody has a duty to help them – that they would be grateful and not commit violence.”

“I wonder,” mused Corcoran, “would the mosque and CAIR be involved at all if we were saving mostly Christian Syrians and not resettling mostly Muslims, as we are now?”

Changing America by changing its people

The conference in New York will offer another breakout session on “How new waves of Asian and African migration are transforming receiving communities.” The term “Asians” includes those from the Middle East including Iraq, Iran, Burma, Afghanistan and Pakistan – all of which are sending Muslims to the U.S.

In this session, the presenters brag about how they are “transforming” communities and creating “shifts in influence” that lead to “changing the narrative on immigration” by sending “new waves” of Muslims from the Middle East and Africa into communities nationwide.

While the backlash against Muslim refugees has started to resonate with some local officials in conservative areas of the nation, others remain dead-set on bringing in more refugees from some of the worst jihadist hotbeds of the world, such as Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia.

And they’re not all Democrats like Dayton in Minnesota.

GOP Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina told her state’s concerned citizens she “trusts” the federal government’s vetting system and is not concerned that terrorists could infiltrate the ranks of refugees. This despite the fact that a top FBI counter-terrorism agent testified before the House Homeland Security committee on Feb. 11 and said vetting refugees from a “failed state” like Syria was virtually impossible.

Michigan’s Republican Gov. Rick Snyder wants Obama to send Syrian refugees to his state.
Republican Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan has asked the federal government to send more Syrian refugees to his state.

In the comments section of the Detroit News article that reported Synder’s efforts to convince the Obama administration to send his state more Syrians, the vast majority of readers were not in agreement with their governor’s plans:

“… the boy blunder, will do anything to help the democrat voter base … yet as a Service Connected veteran I cannot get an anti-biotic for a impacted tooth,” wrote one reader, Elmo Hickey.

“We have people going hungry and homeless vets … and look at our seniors … sad … quit worrying about all these people. We need help here … we pay taxes … they don’t … wake up,” wrote Linda Taylor.

“What is Snyder’s plan for keeping political Islam out of Detroit and addressing it elsewhere in Michigan? He better have a plan because he is opening the door to many who will not respect our Constitution or our political system. I suggest you call his office and see what kind of response you get. As usual, he has not thought this trough assessing the probable consequences,” wrote Clifton Dawley.

Vincent Jo said, “We don’t have the money to care for our own citizens. Why are we bringing in more? Saudi, Iran, UAE, etc., need to step up and shelter their own. They are filthy rich. Michigan has no money. The feds have no money. Just say NO!”

Another reader, Johnson Landis, chimed in with, “How about fixing the roads instead?”

Mayors beg for more refugees

Besides the many governors like Dayton, Haley and Snyder, 18 mayors across the nation are also begging the federal government to send them more Syrian refugees.

One such mayor is Ed Pawlowski of Allentown, Pennsylvania.

As NPR reported Monday, Pawlowski said he received more than 2,000 email messages within 24 hours when he announced his intent to “welcome” Syrian refugees to his town. He said most of the messages came from outside his city.

At a recent informational meeting put on by a Lutheran-affiliated resettlement agency in Allentown, the agency “got more than they bargained for” when a group of tea-party activists showed up, reported the Morning Call.

People started asking questions about costs to local school and health systems, and security concerns about potential terrorists.

“So half the meeting turned out to be about whether there would be terrorists coming or not,” Corcoran said. “It was beautiful. Democracy in action.”

A check of the IRS tax return for the Lutheran Family and Children Services of Eastern Pennsylvania shows that its CEO, Luanne Fisher, makes $400,000 a year and three other staffers bring home six-figure salaries. Almost $9 million of the nonprofit’s $14 million in revenue went to salaries, pensions, benefits and management, not to the refugees. Of its $14 million in revenue, $13.5 million comes from government grants.

Read letter signed by 18 mayors explaining whey they want more refugees sent to their cities.

Spreading the burden

Corcoran points out that because so many cities and towns have balked at receiving refugees, the resettlement industry is increasingly looking to spread refugees out beyond the major cities.

“They’re running out of places to put them,” she said, and that’s why even small towns are being asked to share the burden.

Small cities like Twin Falls, Idaho; Fargo, North Dakota; and Spartanburg, South Carolina, have seen a war of words break out in recent months between those who want to “welcome the stranger” and those who suggest a more cautious approach.

Johnnelle Raines, a local activist in Pickens County, South Carolina, said she has immersed herself in the refugee issue over the past two months, learning all she can about it and relaying the facts to her local council members. She said they were reluctant at first but the more they read and educated themselves, they decided the program would import the problems of the Third World into an area that already has enough of its own problems.

“I know it’s a national problem, but the only thing I can do anything about is local. Trying to make sure the people in Pickens County are aware and trying to counter what I consider to be propaganda, that they’ve all been vetted and they’re all wonderful people,” Raines told WND. “Most people don’t want to delve in and learn the truth, but I am grateful that our council did.”

Raines said she believes many refugees from Muslim-dominated countries will not assimilate well into American culture.

“Muslims are using Christians as a way to infiltrate, using our good nature, our Christian values, using that against us,” she said. “And in my opinion, it’s all about money, too. Judas betrayed Jesus for money, and there is so much money involved in this program. Everyone is getting their share, and they’re betraying the people of the United States. In my opinion, it’s borderline treason. So I got involved in this pretty hot and heavy. The one place I felt I could make a difference is in my local community.”


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