When National Public Radio covers the thousands of illegal alien kids now expensively cluttering up the nation’s classrooms, it likes to emphasize the sob story hook of gang violence in Central America. So when the diverse kiddies end up in New Orleans, there is some irony, since the Crescent City is known for violent crime. Last spring, Mayor Mitch Landrieu admitted, “In 2010, New Orleans was America’s murder capital,” although it has improved somewhat.
But a recent NPR report at least had some dollar amounts included for the cost of educating the uninvited foreigners, and that is always welcome since the feds have been remarkably secretive about where the little aliens have been relocated and what the cost of their upkeep is.
Below, illegal alien students adjust to New Orleans’ Carter Prep.
The costs of the illegal kid dump are important to state and local governments which are forced to pay them. To that point, Louisiana Senator David Vitter recently posted a press release about the state’s schools:
Updated numbers show more than 1,600 unaccompanied alien children (UAC) in Louisiana school system will cost at least $7 million
(Metairie, La.) – U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) recently reached out to John White, Louisiana Superintendent of Education, regarding the state’s ability to handle the influx of the 1,275 unaccompanied alien children (UACs) relocated to Louisiana. Since White’s initial response, the number of UACs relocated to the state has increased to 1,652, and he estimated it will cost Louisiana nearly $7 million, if not more, to educate them in the 2014-2015 school year.
“This rapid influx puts an additional burden on teachers who will be expected to accommodate non-English speaking students. That’s not fair to the teachers and not fair to the students in the classroom,” Vitter said. “President Obama’s failure to enforce basic immigration laws is now causing a huge financial burden for Louisiana.”
The recent NPR story noted that each illegal alien student at Carver Prep, a publicly funded charter school, costs an additional $2400. Since the federal government has ponied up only $200, that means the American students get less.
For 14-year-old Yashua Cantillano, life in New Orleans is an improvement.
But that’s not saying much.
Just three months ago, Yashua was in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, dodging gang members. He says they would drive by his school, guns visible, threatening to kill him, his younger brother — Yashua’s whole family.
“We’d hide all day,” Yashua says, “and that kept us from going to school.”
After crossing the U.S. border illegally, he came to New Orleans and ultimately enrolled at Carver Prep, a small charter school on the city’s east side.
In just the past year, the number of so-called “unaccompanied minors” from Central America — like Yashua — has nearly doubled in the U.S. Many are now being held in detention centers. But some 55,000 have been released to relatives already living in the country, and many have since made their way into the public schools.
Carver Prep In the past, Carver Prep in New Orleans saw just a handful of English-language learners (ELL) in a given year. But this fall, Principal Ben Davis says, the school has enrolled 59 — a fifth of its population. And the vast majority of those kids are unaccompanied minors.
This surge, Davis says, has stretched his resources. “A kid coming from Honduras and from a school that’s been ravaged by gang violence, or, in some cases, kids who haven’t been in school since sixth grade, they have very, very unique challenges.”
Of those challenges, one was not new to Carver: the trauma caused by violence. Its students traditionally come from some of the city’s most impoverished, crime-ridden neighborhoods.
“I was speaking with one of our [students] whose friend was shot right around the corner from his home,” Davis says. “So the rates of trauma across the board in our student population are really, really high.”
But that life of violence is just the beginning of Davis’ challenges.
The Carver Prep Safety Net Every student at Carver is paired with an adviser. The title doesn’t do justice to the skill set required. Each adviser is like a second parent, giving students a place to turn for help and support while giving the school an early warning system for kids on the edge.
Carver Prep’s tiny ELL program is responsible for coordinating students’ instruction along with myriad services, including extra tutoring, medical care and emotional supports to help them make the transition.
Regardless of skill level, all of the school’s ELL students are kept together for most of the day.
Yashua, for one, seems to be adapting.
“They’re teaching me really well,” he says, “and I’m going to get a computer to learn English.”
The added cost of educating one unaccompanied minor, Carver Principal Ben Davis estimates, is close to $2,400.
Breitbart has reported that Thomas Duncan (pictured), the Liberian ebola guy, came here knowingly in order to get top-notch healthcare in the US, apparently unbothered by potentially infecting many innocents along the way. Today’s Typhoid Mary is Ebola Tom.
There are numerous examples. One hint of the extent of medical mooching was a 2006 Denver Post article which observed, “Hundreds of Mexican illegal immigrants are in Colorado not just for work but also for free medical care they say they can`t get back home.” (Ill Mexican nationals go home, Denver Post, Nov 20, 2006)
This government-forced do-goodery is very expensive for taxpayers. Mexican Gabriela Perez was brought illegally to America by her parents to get treatment for her spina bifida. Medical care for that defect runs from $532,000 to above $1 million.
Illegal aliens also demand organ transplants, which are among the most expensive procedures, and 18 persons die daily waiting for the organ that never comes. One lucky recipient of organ transplants has to be Mexican Ana Puente who has received at least three liver transplants after her aunt brought her to the US illegally as an infant with a liver disorder. California taxpayers were dinged for around $490,000 for the operation and first-year follow-up, plus $30,000 annually for anti-rejection drugs.
A danger in the present case is that Africans who fear they are infected will flee the ebola zone to this country to get American medical care that may save their lives. Not every African has the money to buy a one-way plane ticket to the US, but those who do would be encouraged by the fact that Obama scrapped medical quarantine regulations in 2010. As usual, the safety of American citizens is not a priority for this administration.
A Liberian man who traveled to the United States four days before having contact with a symptomatic Ebola victim in Monrovia “knew he had Ebola,” according to his former boss as a FedEx contractor who said he abruptly left his job before the incident.
In interviews with the Liberian Observer, one of the nation’s largest newspapers, both Thomas Eric Duncan’s former boss, Henry Brunson, and an unnamed coworker agree that they believe Duncan knew he had Ebola when he boarded a plane out of Monrovia with a final destination in Texas. Brunson noted that, having come into contact with a pregnant woman who died hours after her interaction with Duncan, he knew of his disease. “If he were in Liberia, he was going to surely die,” Brunson told the paper, saying he was “glad” that Duncan was in a country with adequate medical resources.
Duncan worked as a driver for Brunson at the FedEx contractor SafeWay Cargo until mid-September. According to the Observer, Duncan was involved in a car accident at the end of the tenure at the company, and, according to workers, “having acquired an American visa, he did not care and never returned to work afterwards.”
Another unnamed source, described as a FedEx worker in Monrovia, told the Observer that Duncan knew he had Ebola, as well. “A source at FedEx in Monrovia said Mr. Duncan apparently knew he was suffering from the disease and that his best chance of survival was reaching to the United States,” writes author Omari Jackson, “a position that a family source denied, when we sought confirmation.” The Observer notes that the departure to America, for the source and others consulted, appeared a “desperate attempt to survive.” Continue reading this article
In a recent survey from the Rasmussen pollsters, Americans show they are not interested in treating illegal aliens the same as citizens — not in financial benefits and not in terms of legal standing. Even a majority of Democrats don’t want illegals to get free stuff on the taxpayer’s dime.
Of course, illegal aliens are deeply grateful for any free stuff they get and hope to become loyal American citizens as soon as Obama gives them the executive amnesty. (Not really; all they care about is money).
Perhaps the total chaos of the administration’s immigration policies shown by months of foreign kids surging across the open border provided a clear picture to the public of the Democrat agenda. Plus, it’s incredibly reckless to broadcast America’s open border when the top jihadist of ISIS has pledged to return to New York City.
Anyway the voters are tired of the anarchy, as the polls shows.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 68% of Likely U.S. Voters say the new illegal immigrants should not have the same legal rights and protections that U.S. citizens have. Just 19% disagree. Thirteen percent (13%) are not sure. (To see question wording, click here.)
Seventy-one percent (71%) say these illegal newcomers should not be eligible for government services and benefits. Sixteen percent (16%) believe they are entitled to government aid. Again, 13% are undecided.
Sixty-three percent (63%) of voters think the availability of government money and services draws illegal immigrants to the United States. Twenty-one percent (21%) believe this government assistance is not a magnet for illegal immigration, but 15% are not sure. These views are little changed from early March 2010 when we first asked this question.
Thirty-eight percent (38%) now say some of this year’s wave of illegal immigrants have been moved by the federal government to their state. Fifteen percent (15%) say their state hasn’t received any of these illegals, but nearly half (46%) of voters don’t know. The administration refuses to make public where these illegal immigrants are being moved and, in most cases, is not telling local and state officials beforehand.
The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on August September 29-30, 2014 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.
Just 30% of voters give the Obama administration good or excellent marks for its handling of the thousands of illegal immigrant children who have entered the country this year. Forty-seven percent (47%) rate the administration’s handling of the problem as poor. This is unchanged from mid-August. Continue reading this article
It has numerous charts and tables like the map below, showing the location of national groups in the US. We now know about the 10,000 Liberians in north Texas because of the ebola flap, but there are many more of that nationality in Philadelphia.
The education level of Africans residing in America shows a wide range of achievement. For example, 39.5 percent of Somalis have less than a high school education, which isn’t surprising given that many come through the State Department’s refugee program which values incompetence. On the other side, Egyptian and Nigerian immigrants have high numbers of college graduates, over 60 percent.
The bad news is zero information about the Africans’ religion, and it makes a difference whether they are Christians who would more likely share American religious values or Muslims who might become loyal to jihad.
Anyway, America needs Zero additional immigrants to do the work because of the accumulated effects of outsourcing and mass immigration plus the rapidly expanding use of robots and automation to make human workers less necessary (see Three Stakes in the Heart of the American Dream).
Here’s the Census’ press release about its new report:
The foreign-born population from Africa has grown rapidly in the United States during the last 40 years, increasing from about 80,000 in 1970 to about 1.6 million in the period from 2008 to 2012, according to a U.S. Census Bureau brief released today. The population has roughly doubled each decade since 1970, with the largest increase happening from 2000 to 2008-2012.
The Foreign-Born Population from Africa: 2008-2012, a brief based on American Community Survey statistics, shows that the African foreign-born population accounts for 4 percent of the total U.S. foreign-born population. No African country makes up the majority of these immigrants, but four countries — Nigeria, Ethiopia, Egypt and Ghana — make up 41 percent of the African-born total.
“The brief — the Census Bureau’s first focusing on the African foreign-born population — highlights the size, growth, geographic distribution and educational attainment of this group,” said Christine Gambino of the Census Bureau’s Foreign-Born Population Branch, who is one of the brief’s authors. “We have found that the African-born population tends to be more educated and accounts for a relatively large proportion of the foreign-born population in some nontraditional immigrant gateway states such as Minnesota and the Dakotas.”
The foreign-born population from Africa had a higher level of educational attainment than the overall foreign-born population: 41 percent of African-born had a bachelor’s degree or higher compared with 28 percent overall. Within the foreign-born population from Africa, educational attainment varied by place of birth. For example, 40 percent of the Somali-born population had less than a high school education, while 64 percent of Egyptian-born individuals had a bachelor’s degree or higher.
The four states with African-born populations over 100,000 were New York (164,000), California (155,000), Texas (134,000) and Maryland (120,000).
Of the 10 states with the largest African-born populations, Minnesota (19 percent), Maryland (15 percent), Virginia (9 percent), Georgia (8 percent) and Massachusetts (8 percent) had percentages of African-born in their foreign-born populations that were at least twice the national percentage of 4 percent.
Metropolitan areas with the largest African-born populations were New York (212,000), Washington (161,000), Atlanta (68,000), Los Angeles (68,000), Minneapolis-St. Paul (64,000), Dallas-Fort Worth (61,000) and Boston (60,000).
Among the 10 metro areas with the largest African-born populations, Nigerians were the most populous group and constituted a high proportion (20 percent or more) of the African-born in the Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston metros. Similarly, Ethiopians were a high proportion and the largest group in the Washington D.C. metro, Cabo Verdeans in Boston, Somalis in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Egyptians in Los Angeles and Liberians in Philadelphia.
In 2010, Oregon-residing Mohamed Mohamud (a naturalized citizen born in Somalia) planned to mass murder Americans at a Portland Christmas tree-lighting ceremony where typically hundreds of families show up for the festivities. He rang his cell-phone twice, thinking a huge bomb would go off, but it was a fake set up by the FBI to take out the would-be killer.
Mohamud was sentenced on Wednesday to 30 years prison time, despite the fact that the prosecutor recommended 40 years.
Interestingly, the case began when his father contacted the FBI, as noted in the video below, about his concerns that his son was becoming drawn to jihad.
Mohamud (pictured) is quite a piece of work, having decided in high school that he didn’t like Americans and wanted to pursue jihad so he could kill lots of infidels. When a supposed confederate remarked that the Christmas event would include many children, Mohamud responded, “Yeah, I mean, that’s what I’m looking for.”
But now he’s all sorry, apologizing to the Muslim community for making them look bad.
Over in the medieval Vatican, the busybody Pope Francis has called upon Europe to accept more diverse refugees from the third world.
The Pope could have shown leadership by admitting a few dozen suffering souls to his diminutive city-state (a real country with ambassadors and a flag), but he has not. He is scheduled to meet with survivor refugees from a 2013 Mediterranean shipwreck which would be a perfect opportunity to ask some to live in the Vatican, but no mention has been made of a forthcoming invitation. Opportunity lost.
Meanwhile, Europe is not exactly bursting with opportunity for job seekers, particularly unskilled Africans and Middle Easterners.
• Unemployment among the 18 nations that make up the troubled euro zone held at 11.5 per cent in August, according to the statistics agency Eurostat. In the wider European Union, the jobless rate dipped to 10.1 per cent from 10.2 per cent.
• Almost 25 million people can’t find work in the EU, more than 18 million of them in the euro zone.
• Greece and Spain continue to have the highest unemployment in the region, at 27 per cent and 24.4 per cent, respectively.
• Austria and Germany, at 4.7 per cent and 4.9 per cent, enjoy the lowest.
• Among young people, unemployment now stands just slightly below that of July’s level, at 21.6 per cent in the EU and 23.3 per cent in the euro zone.
• More than half the youth work force in Greece and Spain is jobless. And in Italy, youth unemployment is now running at more than 44 per cent.
Pope Francis urged Europe to open its doors to refugees Wednesday as he marked the anniversary of a deadly migrant shipwreck off Sicily by meeting with survivors and relatives of the victims.
Some 368 people — most of them Eritrean and Syrian asylum-seekers — drowned Oct. 3, 2013 when their smugglers’ boat capsized off the island of Lampedusa. The tragedy jolted the EU and prompted Italy to beef up its Mediterranean sea patrols, which have rescued some 160,000 people this year alone.
On Wednesday, nearly 40 survivors and relatives of the Lampedusa victims met with Francis in the Vatican auditorium before heading to Lampedusa for ceremonies to commemorate the anniversary.
Francis, who has frequently lamented the plight of refugees, said he was speechless, unable to find the words to comfort people who had faced such tragedy.
“I ask all the men and women of Europe to open the doors of their hearts,” Francis said. “I want to let you know I’m near you, I pray for you, and I pray that doors that are closed are opened.” Continue reading this article
Obama must be getting in the mood for his post-election mega-amnesty for millions. He recently used his royal pen to broaden the refugee program to include poor people from Central America. Naturally, the people who live there will assume that they are welcome to come to the US any which way they can.
This refugee change is an indication that the administration may be moving toward a European model of immigration where third-world poor people are all victims of poverty and therefore deserve to share the wealth of the first world in globalized socialism.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is initiating a program to give refugee status to some young people from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador in response to the influx of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Under the program, immigrants from those countries who are lawfully in the United States will be able to request that child relatives still in those three countries be resettled in the United States as refugees. The program would establish in-country processing to screen the young people to determine if they qualify to join relatives in the U.S.
In a memorandum to the State Department Tuesday, President Barack Obama allocated 4,000 slots for refugees from Latin America and the Caribbean for next year. The number is a fraction of the number of children who have already crossed the border into the United States and are awaiting deportation proceedings. Continue reading this article
Editor Note: Historian Diana West delivered these remarks at National Security Action Summit II on Monday, September 29. The event was hosted by EMPact America, in partnership with Breitbart News Network and the Center for Security Policy.
For anyone still puzzled as how it could be that our leaders and pundits keep hammering home the big lie that Islam has nothing to do with jihad, that the religion of conquest is a “religion of peace,” it’s important to know that such widespread brainwashing is nothing new.
Just as today’s opinion-makers seek to divorce Islam from its impact — brutal conquest, forced conversion, religiously sanctioned sex slavery, beheadings — past opinion-makers worked equally hard to divorce Communism from its impact — brutal conquest, forced collectivization, concentration camps (Gulags), mass murder.
It worked. Unlike Nazism, Communism has never been judged guilty or even held responsible for the carnage and suffering it has caused. On the contrary, it remains a source of “liberal” statist ideas such as Obamacare. My recent book American Betrayal delves deeply into this dangerous double standard. In short, this double standard not only enables collectivist policies to strangle our remnant republic, but also explains why American students can find a drink called Leninade, emblazoned with a hammer and sickle, for sale up the road at University of Maryland. It’s also why silkscreens of Warhol’s Chairman Mao, history’s top mass murderer, are sought-after items for the homes of the wealthy.
There are no such trendy portraits of Hitler, and who would want them? Who would want to swig a bottle of Hitlerpop, decorated with a swastika? So, why Leninade? Not only does the stench of death not follow the Communist murder-cult, the brand lives.
Barring a tsunami of common sense, I predict that Islam, the brand, will remain separate in the public mind from the violence and repression it causes and has caused for more than a millennium. That’s certainly the direction leaders from both political parties have been relentlessly herding us in for over a decade, insisting against all reason — against all sacred Islamic texts — that “Islam is peace.” Continue reading this article
The boilerplate Associated Press story about schools struggling to cope with illegal alien children dumped on them had little to recommend it, except for a fascinating new category of language instruction: Accelerating Preliterate English Language Learners (A.P.E.L.L) which appeared in a caption only.
AP caption: “In this photo taken Sept. 11, 2014, teacher Lori Ott, center, of Millsboro, Del., addresses students in the Accelerating Preliterate English Language Learners (A.P.E.L.L) class at the G.W. Career Educational Center in Frankford, Del. U.S. schools are now dealing with the fallout from the dramatic spike in the number of children and teenagers who crossed into the United States unaccompanied by family; the Supreme Court has ruled that they have an obligation to educate all students regardless of their immigration status. (AP Photo/Emily Varisco)”
FRANKFORD, Del. (AP) — American schools are scrambling to provide services to the large number of children and teenagers who crossed the border alone in recent months.
Unaccompanied minors who made up the summer spike at the border have moved to communities of all sizes, in nearly every state, Federal data indicates, to live with a relative and await immigration decisions. The Supreme Court has ruled that schools have an obligation to educate all students regardless of their immigration status, so schools have become a safe haven for many of the tens of thousands of these young people mostly from central America living in limbo.
Delaware’s rural Sussex County has long attracted immigrants, partly because of work in chicken factories, and soybean and corn fields. The district’s population is more than one-quarter Hispanic, and for years has offered an early learning program for non-English speakers.
Still, officials were caught off guard by about 70 new students mostly from Guatemala — part of the wave crossing the border — enrolling last year, mostly at Sussex Central High School. The Indian River School District over the summer break quickly put together special classes for those needing extra English help.
On a recent school day, a group of these mostly Spanish-speaking teenage boys with styled spiky hair and high-top sneakers enthusiastically pecked away on hand-held tablets at the G.W. Carver Education Center, pausing to alert the teacher when stumped.
“If you don’t know what you’re supposed to write on the line, look at my examples, OK?” Lori Ott, their English language teacher, told one.
The students are eager but face barriers. Some can barely read or write in their native language.
The district’s goal is to get them assimilated — and eventually into a regular high school. There, they can earn a diploma, even if that means participating in adult education programs and going to school until they are 21.
“They just crave it, and they will come and ask questions,” Ott said. “How do you say this? And, how do you say that? They just participate and you can’t say enough about them.”
Donald Hattier, a school board member, said advance warning would have helped with planning. The federal government, he said, “just dropped this on us.” He wonders what’s next.
“The kids are still coming across the border. This problem has not been solved,” Hattier said.
Educators in Delaware and elsewhere say many of these students, who fled poverty and violence, have years-long gaps in schooling. For teenagers, learning in English can prove more difficult than for younger students. They also may be living with relatives or others they didn’t know, and the workings of an American school can be confusing.
This item from Stanislaus County has some fascinating frontline farm information about the changing job market in agriculture because of machinery. Almond trees are easy to manage, compared with pickier crops like peaches, so the nuts are growing in popularity among farmers.
Part of almond attractiveness is the application of mechanical technology. Farm robots and simpler machines have been improving rapidly in recent years, from hand-like pickers to milk robots to take care of the cows.
Actually, the mechanical almond picker shown in the video below doesn’t look that high-tech compared with some of the new gizmos.
The remarkable expansion of almond orchards in Stanislaus County has been an economic boom for growers, but it’s come at a price: fewer farm jobs and less crop diversity.
Literally millions of almond trees have been planted in the county during the past decade. Stanislaus agriculture officials calculate 160,200 acres of almonds were harvested last year, which is about double the acreage harvested 15 years ago.
Thousands of additional acres of almonds are being harvested for the first time this fall.
While many of those are new trees now growing on what had been non-irrigated pastures on the county’s east side, others have replaced once-coveted fruit trees, tomato fields, vegetable farms and dairies.
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‘Less stress’ with almonds “There was a time when you made more money growing a cling peach than an almond. That’s not the case anymore,” said Paul Van Konynenburg. His Stanislaus farming operation, Britton Konynenburg Partners, grows 1,100 acres of apples, cherries, apricots and peaches.
But Van Konynenburg said he’ll soon start planting some almond trees. Besides providing a higher return on investment per acre, he said, there’s “absolutely less stress … less headaches and less heartaches” growing almonds than growing fruit.
That’s particularly true because there are fewer labor issues to deal with in almond orchards. For one thing, Van Konynenburg said, farmworkers are “hard to come by” during the fruit harvest season.
“All our fruits are very labor-intensive,” he explained. At the peak of harvest, between his farm’s hired hands and contract laborers, “over 400 people are working” on his 1,100 acres west of Modesto.
Compare that with Trinitas Partners, which has more than 7,000 acres of almonds outside Oakdale. This season, Trinitas employed about 70 full-time and 100 seasonal workers. The Oakdale almond grower managed six times as much acreage with fewer than half as many farmworkers as the Modesto fruit grower.
“It’s not like back in the old days” when farm laborers did all the almond pruning, knocking and raking by hand, said Guadalupe Sandoval, who grew up in Riverbank. “My parents did that work back in the 1950s and 1960s.”
Almonds these days are mechanically harvested. The old joke about why farmers pronounce the word “almond” like they do – “because they have to knock the ‘l’ out of them during harvest” – has been modified, with the word “shake” replacing “knock.”
Machines shake trees, sweep up nuts, prune branches and spray chemicals in modern almond orchards.
“What used to take hundreds of workers is being done by machines now,” said Sandoval, who is managing director for the California Farm Labor Contractor Association. “I wish I could say (those machine operators) are making significantly more money (than hand laborers), but I don’t think they are.” Continue reading this article
When Christians flee majority-Muslim countries (like Lebanon — 60%), they don’t always escape hostile Muslims. Middle Eastern Christians in Denmark now report being forced to move away from Muslim neighborhoods because of the danger.
It’s unfortunate the Danes allowed Islamic immigration in the first place. They must have thought they were getting some swell diversity, but things haven’t worked out positively. The Danish critic of Islam, Lars Hedegard, narrowly escaped an assassination attempt, as did Kurt Westergaard, the edgy cartoonist who angered Muslims with his bomb-turban Mohammad drawing. Free speech is not a Muslim value.
The Lebanese woman in the video (pictured) — JoJo, an alias — was brave enough to show her face and speak out about the threat.
Muslim immigration is always a bad idea. They don’t get along with anyone. But that behavior is not surprising, since the Koran (5:51) commands: “O you who believe! do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends.”
“Christians with Middle Eastern backgrounds in Denmark experience harassment, verbal attacks and in some cases direct violence from Muslims. TV2 News has been in contact with a number of Christians here in Denmark that tells of violent experiences.
Jojo was born in Denmark of Lebanese parents. She lived in Gellerupparken (major Muslim ghetto) until she was eight.
One day she sat in her car in Norrebro (Muslim dominated area in Copenhagen). Seven young people with Arab background surrounded the car. One of them put his foot up on the hood and stared at her.
“Do you think I’m looking at you, you fucking ugly whore. Try to see what clothes you wear, bitch,’ he said to Jojo, who dress as Danish women – shorts and T-shirt in the summer.
Then he noticed the cross around her neck.
“Well, you have a cross on – then you are also a Christian fucking whore. Do you know what we do to people like you? Do you know what we do to people like you? You get stoned,’ he screamed. … Continue reading this article
The Associated Press has a happy-talk story about African refugees being given plots of land — from “federal grants,” aka tax money — to grow vegetables, as if nobody else was responding to the increasing demand for fresh veggies.
Is farming a job Americans don’t want to do? Must we import illiterate foreigners to grow vegetables?
On the contrary, where I live in northern California at least, farmers’ markets have stalls of growers who are English-speaking Americans.
Below, Judith Redmond, a farmer at Full Belly Farm, selling her wheat berries and vegetables at the farmers market in Berkeley, California.
In recent years, as the local food movement has grown and farmers’ markets have proliferated, a new breed of back-to-the-landers has emerged. Some, like their predecessors in the 1960s and ’70s, are earnest, college-educated young people, turning their backs on professional career paths in favor of a life of hardscrabble idealism. But many others, homesteaders in their 40s and 50s, have already enjoyed the perks of professional life, and may even have made a fortune, or at least a comfortable nest egg.
To a large degree, the AP story is simply promoting Washington’s refugee program, which imports tribal people unlikely to assimilate, at the direction of the United Nations. The Rwandan woman described is typical of many refugees who have an “agrarian background” which presumably means little if any education. And why are agrarian people brought to America to grow food when they could as easily do it in their homelands, or nearby?
Below, a refugee from Burundi checks his vegetables at the Global Greens Farm in West Des Moines Iowa.
America as the world’s flophouse! Let’s celebrate diversity!
The rapidly rising demand for locally grown fruits and vegetables has created a robust new market for refugees who fled violence in their home countries and found peace in farming small plots of land in several U.S. cities.
With help from a federal grant program and local charities, refugees like Angelique Hakuzimana of Des Moines are now harvesting crops — some of which are native to their home countries — to meet local demand. They’re also finding their place in new communities through an activity many are accustomed to, the federal program director said.
Hakuzimana, 39, was displaced by war in Rwanda in 2009 and settled in Iowa through a program sponsored by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. On a recent September morning, she picked vegetables as farm manager Zach Couture read off an order sheet from a food cooperative.
She excitedly showed off rows of tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, kale, lettuce and eggplant planted as part of the Global Greens program through the Lutheran Services of Iowa. The hotel housekeeper also grows cassava, a carbohydrate-rich root that’s a dietary staple in Africa.
“I really like my garden. I like to work myself. Here you can do anything you like to do,” Hakuzimana said, at times struggling to find the English words to express her thoughts. “I’ve got a lot a food.”
The organization received $85,000 for its program, which offers farm plots on land owned by a West Des Moines church to 26 refugee families from several nations, including Bhutan, Burma, Burundi and Rwanda.
It’s one of 11 organizations to receive grants this year through the federal Refugee Agricultural Partnership Program, which started in 2003, provides about $1 million a year, said Ron Munia, director of the Division of Community Development in the Office of Refugee Services. The program also has funded plots in New York City; Buffalo, New York; Cleveland, Ohio; Honolulu, Hawaii; Nashville, Tennessee; Providence, Rhode Island; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and Tampa, Florida. Continue reading this article
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