1997 his mother resettled as a Somali refugee to Clarkston, GA and employed at a warehouse in Atlanta; she petitioned for the seven children incluidng Mohamed, to follow
family relocated to Tennessee in 2006 to find jobs; upon arrival adult family members are employed by Dell computer packing boxes
after high school Mohamed worked a night security job for building in which TIRRC located
July 2010 – February 2013 – worked as Outreach Coordinator for Metro public Health Department
caseworker at Center for Refugees & Immigrants of Tennessee (CRIT)*
2012 – given a “fellowship” for the Muslim American Center for Outreach (ACO)**
2013 – works for TIRRC as a “Welcoming TN Coordinator” speaking to Chambers of Commerce, Rotary clubs, in Memphis, Nashville,
2014 – Program Director – American Muslim Advisory Council
2014 – appointee – Nashville Mayor’s New Americans Advisory Council
President, Muslim Students Association, TN State University
Board member, refugee resettlement agency, Nashville International Center for Empowerment (NICE)
working on a graduate degree at Lipscomb University and wants to start a “consulting business” to help refugees (another refugee resettlement agency supported with taxpayer dollars?)
*CRIT was originally named the Somali Community Center but changed its name after its Executive Director, Abdirizak Hassan, pled guilty to federal grant fraud. The federal charge relates back to his indictment in 2001 for felony illegal banking.Prior to serving as ED of the Somali Community Center/CRIT, Hassan ran a hawala money changing business out of a convenience store.As reported by WSMV in Nashville:
“Hassan’s Nashville bank was shut down by counter-terrorism investigators because they said the bank was linked to Al-Barakat…….Al-Barakat is a bank and wiring transfer service that is linked to al-Qaida, according to investigators.Hassan was arrested and charged with felony illegal banking.
**this organization was started by a Kurdish refugee who was a former lobbyist for TIRRC. ACO is now led by former CAIR director, Paul “Iesa” Galloway. CAIR is a named unindicted co-conspirator in the successful Holy Land Foundation terrorism financing prosecution. CAIR was raising money and funneling it to HAMAS, a U.S. designated terrorist organization. CAIR’s national director has stated publicly that he supports HAMAS.
The Meatpacking industry – first illegal immigration then refugee resettlement displace American workers
Historically, most meatpacking plants were located in urban areas, and in the early 1900’s, blacks migrating north were hired as “cheap labor”and aggressively recruited to break strikes. As demand for meat increased, so did black employment; between 1915-1918, over 6,500 blacks worked in the Chicago meat plants. Between 1909-1928, blacks working in the Chicago meatpacking industry increased from 3 to 29%, gaining “a foothold in the industry.” The percentage of black workers in meatpacking increased again between 1940-1950.
Meatpacking workers outside southern states were represented mostly by two major and competing unions. One of them, the Packinghouse Workers of America successfully unified the black and white workers as bargaining units and by 1940 also had collective bargaining agreements with the four largest meatpackers in the country. By 1960, the meatpacking industry offered wages approximately 15 percent higher than the average manufacturing wage.
In the 1980s the industry underwent significant changes; meat production shifted from urban to rural areas, new technologies were introduced and demand for meat fell, causing many of the unionized urban plants to close. By 2002, wages in meatpacking had dropped to 24 percent less than the average manufacturing wage.
The Smithfield Plant Raid and black worker displacement
Between 1990 and 2000, North Carolina had the largest growth of any state (a 394% increase) in the size of its Hispanic population growing from 76,726 to 378,963. By 2000, Hispanic workers became the majority demographic at the Smithfield pork processing plant in Tar Heel, N.C., the largest hog processing facility in the world.
In the early 1990’s, however, most workers at Smithfield were Black Americans. It was during this time as well, that the United Food and Commercial Workers Union lost two organizing elections. During a subsequent lawsuit over the election results, evidence emerged that the company gradually replaced its workforce with illegal immigrants because “…they were more likely to accept low wages and poor conditions and they were vulnerable to…the company’s ‘intense and widespread coercion’[efforts to defeat union organizing.]”
In January 2007, ICE agents raided the Smithfield plant, resulting in dozens of illegal Hispanic workers being arrested and a few hundred leaving voluntarily to avoid arrest. Vacancies were filled by black workers.
Meatpacking and refugee resettlement
Reports about the meatpacking industry routinely note that it is one of the most dangerous manufacturing jobs in the U.S. But for workers who have little to no education, low job skills and little to no ability to speak English, it offers a decent wage.
Moving the meatpacking industry to rural areas reduced competition for workers and enabled companies to lower wages. In order to avoid the problem of using illegal immigrant workers, meatpacking plants could instead, use refugee workers who unlike American workers, are less likely to challenge wages and working conditions at this time.
The Tyson’s company not only actively recruits refugee workers but will bring them in from other states to work at their plants. They go to great lengths to assist with housing and other adjustment needs.
“At a recent conference at the University of Iowa, Rick Rustad, a workplace chaplain at the Tyson plant in Waterloo, about 100 miles away, recalled serving as the plant’s “mobile recruit” for Burmese refugees. He drove a passenger bus to meet with Burmese who had settled in different parts of Illinois, where he offered jobs and brought 30 back to Iowa at a time.”
The Tyson’s plant in Shelbyville, Tennessee saw hiring refugees as the way to avoid hiring illegal immigrant labor. This plant also moved Somali refugee workers from Kansas to Tennessee rather than hire unemployed Tennesseans. The Nashville International Center for Empowerment, a federal refugee resettlement contractor created an employment pipeline between their agency and Tyson’s by having the Tyson’s Human Relations manager serve on its board.
In 2009, the Wall Street Journal reported that the recession was creating greater competition for jobs between native-born locals and refugees at the Shelbyville Tyson’s plant. “Well before the [Shelbyville employment] agency opened that morning, officials from churches and refugee resettlement agencies had transported several vanloads of Asian and African applicants from Nashville.”
Just like the Refugee Resettlement Act of 1980 has facilitated the flow of cheap legal, work-authorized labor for meatpacking plants, so did the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act which provided a blanket amnesty for approximately 2.7 million illegal immigrants.
A 2011 paper “US Construction and Meatpacking”presented at a UC Berkley sponsored conference “Migration and Competitiveness: Japan and the United States”confirmed the impact of both the refugee act and amnesty on the meatpacking industry. It was noted that poultry plant managers in the late 1980’s said Asians and Hispanics had a “‘better work ethic’”than local Blacks and Whites and network hiring among Asians or Hispanics displaced local workers.
The opening lines in a in the Wall Street Journal about the Swift & Co. meatpacking plant in Greeley, Colorado confirms the changes in the industry – “Here on the outskirts of town sits a sprawling meatpacking plant…where English is hardly the only language spoken inside. Indeed, the union handbook is printed in English, Spanish, Burmese and Somali.”
A 2010 Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) compilation titled “Immigration and Job Displacement” notes that Hispanic migrant workers displaced black workers in the Georgia peach industry, and, in 1977, 2,500 unionized black janitors in Los Angeles earning $12/hour with benefits, were displaced by a group of nonunion contractors using Hispanic labor at $4/hour; eight years later only 600 black workers remained.
In his book The American Dream: Can It Survive the 21st Century, JosephDaleidan notes other industries using unskilled or low-skill workers including garment workers, hotel maids, nursing assistants, and orderlies that have further displaced low and unskilled black American workers.
Daleidan also points out that immigrant-owned businesses are less likely to employ black Americans and that these businesses discriminate against blacks with impunity because state and federal civil rights agencies “turn a blind eye to discrimination by minorities.”
Based on these facts, can there be any question that the globalists, the political elitists, the big business interests, the open border and amnesty advocates like TIRRC and NCLR are acting in their own political and economic interests? Based on facts, can there be any question about who in the U.S. will bear the brunt of policies that bypass our laws that were intended to protect American workers first?
The professional left and the establishment right push open borders, amnesty for illegal aliens and increased refugee resettlement. Each one of these programs and the policies they spin off, disproportionately and negatively impact Black American workers.
Immigration laws (addressing both legal and illegal immigration), are supposed to protect American workers. Instead, the benefits are inuring to big business, globalist politicians, and elitist of all stripes.
Low-skilled American workers are penalized
The prosperity and economic security of American workers, especially low-skilled minority workers, is damaged the most by illegal immigration and refugee resettlement. Economists, civil rights advocates and black leadership have repeatedly presented the data – black American workers, especially low-skilled workers, are disproportionately and negatively impacted by legal and illegal immigration.
In 2011 and 2015 Congressional hearings, Dr. Frank Morris, former Director of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation nailed the problem. He said that the government had a double standard regarding lawbreakers; tough enforcement of drug laws and jail time for crack cocaine, but lax enforcement of sanctions against employers using illegal alien workers, compounded by executive orders for deferred deportation policies:
“The greatest evidence of illegal immigrant worker privilege is the fact that these workers [those granted deferred deportation] who have violated immigration and labor laws (and possibly document fraud laws) are able to keep jobs they were never eligible to get in the first place.”
According to Dr. Morris, organizations like the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) have bullied law-abiding Americans into silence. NCLR supports open borders and speaks against enforcing U.S. immigration laws. In Tennessee, Alinsky tactics of name-calling and bullying are the bread and butter of NCLR’s affiliate the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC).
TIRRC and La Raza, whose new president Renata Soto also leads Nashville’s Conexion Americas, try to camouflage their support for open borders, amnesty and opposition to illegal immigration enforcement by promoting “family reunification” and comprehensive immigration reform, aka, amnesty. December 2016, these groups and their coalition partners like Catholic Charities of Tennessee (CCTN) and the Partnership for a New American Economy (PNAE), will host the National Immigrant Integration Conference in Nashville. They will talk about expanding the privileges of legal citizenship to law-breaking illegal aliens.
They are pushing non-citizen voting as a “new frontier for civic integration.” Of course they will need super-progressive mayors like Megan Barry to push through her promised municipal ID for illegal aliens so the law-breakers can pretend to pass for legal residents. TIRRC thinks this idea is “forward thinking” – even if it does discriminate against Black Americans in the job market.
Dr. Morris believes that in the end, failure to enforce our laws diminishes the privileges of legal citizenship (like voting), and are particularly unjust as applied to African Americans. He says that “open borders anarchy makes Americans second class citizens in their own country.”
Democrat Barbara Jordan, respected educator, first African-American woman elected to the Texas Senate, first African-American woman Texas representative in Congress, and first African-American woman to deliver the keynote address at the 1976 Democratic National Convention, was a forceful opponent of illegal immigration.
In 1993, Bill Clinton appointed her to head the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform. Jordan’s position on illegal immigration was:
“…for immigration to continue to serve our national interest, it must be lawful. There are people who argue that some illegal aliens contribute to our community because they may work, pay taxes, send their children to our schools, and in all respects except one, obey the law. Let me be clear: that is not enough.”
“..in order to make sense about the national interest in immigration it is necessary to make distinctions between whose who obey the law and those who violate it…[u]nlawful immigration is unacceptable.”
“Credibility in immigration policy can be summed up in one sentence: those who should get in get in; those who should be kept out, are kept out, and those who should not be here will be required to leave.”
“…this obligation to immigrants by no means excuses us from our obligations to our own disadvantaged population.”
More recently, a National Academy of Sciences study exposed the “$500 billion Immigration Tax.” The report shows “how legal and illegal immigration transfers $500 billion a year from the wages paid to working-Americans towards companies, firms, Wall Street investors and to new immigrants.” It also shows that the “flood” of low-skill and low-wage immigrants cuts marketplace wages for American workers.
Data released in 2014 by Project 21, a national network of Black conservative leaders, showed that illegal alien migration trending toward urban and rural areas in southeastern states created direct competition with Black Americans for jobs.
Black American workers were also shown to suffer added discrimination in employment because “employers perceive stronger work ethic among the immigrants and a greater willingness to tolerate low wages.”
The same employment effect for Black American workers results from increased legal immigration through refugee resettlement. Many groups of refugees who have extremely low levels of formal education, are predominantly non-English speakers and often are also illiterate in their native language. This results in refugees competing with illegal immigrants and Black American workers for the same types of low-skilled jobs.
For example, in FY2016, refugee contractors were paid to bring 9,020 Somalis to U.S. cities and towns. Available data for approximately half of Somali arrivals shows that 3.68% have no formal schooling, only 34% completed primary school, only 8.4% completed secondary school, less than 1% have any technical training and only 1.26% ever attended college.
But the resettled refugee worker has an advantage when it comes to finding a job in the U.S. Each resettled refugee has a taxpayer-paid-for employment specialist whose job is to get the refugee a job. In cities like Nashville, where a large number of refugees are resettled annually, refugee contractors have aggressively formed relationships with large employers whose jobs require little English or specific job skills. Refugee contractors have established network-hiring with these employers, effectively limiting equal access to these jobs by native-born workers.
Nashville, believing it can skirt state law, doesn’t have written policies that would formally classify it as a sanctuary city – it just acts like one.
The city has an out-of-control progressive mayor. Megan Barry says “it doesn’t matter where you started life or how you got here” and, promises municipal IDs for the “undocumented.”
Pro-illegal immigration organizations like TIRRC (TN Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition), funded with Soros money are actively connected to and involved with the mayor. TIRRC also gets cash infusions from elitist open border, pro-amnesty organizations including the Partnership for a New American Economy (PNAE).
Like one big happy anti-Christian, anti-Zionist, anti-white family, “social justice” groups like Black Lives Matter and the Islamist led groups like American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC), and American Center for Outreach (ACO), collaborate with TIRRC. Islamists lead TIRRC and leftist Jews fight against Islamophobia and fight for more Muslim refugee resettlement and illegal immigration.
All the while, federal contractors work to load up the city with illegal aliens (the legal term according to U.S. law), and third-world Muslim refugees, to confirm the city is “welcoming” and to make sure that the lines between legal and illegal immigration are sufficiently blurred. The warm bodies are also useful to fill protest rallies.
The Nashville Chamber of Commerce promotes PNAE’s agenda and propaganda about how third-worlders and illegal immigrants are the reason Nashville’s economy has prospered. This reinforces the status of Nashville as a sanctuary city. And the biased Tennessean newspaper publishes this tripe.
Religious groups are doing their part also by reviving radical Alinsky-style groups like NOAH (Nashville Organized for Action and Hope). Alinsky’s Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) understood the value of penetrating the traditionally conservative political South, especially liberal religious organizations in the Bible Belt’s buckle of Middle Tennessee.
These liberals in a full left turn, demand that the government perform the charitable work otherwise demanded by their own religious doctrines and their religious organizations. No sanctuary city would be complete without satisfying the leftist standard of ethnic and religious diversity working in unison for “social justice.”
Organizations like TIRRC thrive in sanctuary cities. They use deceitful terms like “family reunification” and “undocumented” to camouflage the fact that they are referring to people who intentionally broke U.S. law and are in Nashville as illegal aliens. TIRRC knowingly omits accuracy in these details when talking to state legislators about issues like in-state college tuition discounts for illegal alien students.
TIRRC claims that one of their legislative victories was compelling the state to increase spending for teaching English Language Learners (ELL) by $30 million dollars. In only four years, the State of Tennessee has increased its ELL spending by another $25 million dollars for a total of $74.1 million dollars in 2016. That doesn’t include the millions of dollars local governments also have to contribute.
TIRRC is hosting this year’s “National Immigrant Integration Conference.” But TIRRC and its ilk define integration strictly in terms of political power, which is why they will talk about municipal IDs for the “undocumented” and voting rights for “non-immigrants.” They promote amnesty for illegal aliens so the illegals can eventually become legal Democrat voters. These are carrots that help build the illegal population of sanctuary cities.
Megan Barry and TIRRC say that the state of Tennessee, i.e., state taxpayers, must spend more money to help the lawbreakers. That’s why Metro Nashville is suing the state for more ELL money.
“Nashville has the highest number of students who come from a non-English language background in the state, according to the lawsuit. They make up about a quarter of total Metro Nashville Public School students and include more than 16,000 Spanish speakers, more than 3,000 Arabic speakers and more than 1,000 Kurdish speakers.”
As of May 2015, Metro schools reported that about 13,000 (15.3%) of its students need ELL services, a need that has grown by about 50% since 2009. This is about the same time that Catholic Charities of Tennessee was appointed by the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement to operate refugee resettlement for the state. Coincidence? Maybe.
Couple the increase of ELL numbers with the Unaccompanied Alien Children, (those under age 18 who cross the border illegally without an adult), being delivered to Tennessee with the help of the refugee contractors – over 3,000 between 2013 and 2016. Up to 40% are 15 – 17 years old and are mostly males.
What percentage of the non-English speaking students, legal and illegal, requiring ELL services have been born in the U.S.? A 2010 study says that 57% were born in the U.S. while only 43% were foreign born. And, 27% were second generation Americans and 30% were third generation!
This is all a progressive-left-Democrat policy. And, now Nashville’s Mayor Megan Barry, wants all Tennesseans to share in it’s cost for her costly sanctuary city.
Radical leftist mayors of both declining and growing cities have claimed that legal and illegal immigrants can fix both the population gaps and increase economic growth. Just how Angela Merkel fixed Germany?
Refugee resettlement in Baltimore and Nashville
In 2012, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said that to revive her city, she needed 10,000 families within a decade to settle there. She saw a movie created by the social engineering organization Next City that promoted immigrants in Baltimore as “key actors in societal change.” The movie was shown at an event sponsored by Islamic Relief USA, an affiliate of Islamic Relief Worldwide that “has been linked to terrorism finance, [and] is now playing a role in helping to settle refugees from terror torn Syria.”
The mayor was convinced that the refugee resettlement program could help her reach the goal.
And sure enough, so far in 2016, over 1,025 refugees were brought to Maryland, including 154 Syrians most of whom are in Baltimore.
Nashville Mayor Megan Barry partners with federal contractor Catholic Charities to ensure that refugees continue to flow into her city. She says Nashville should remain open and welcoming to refugees, some of whom she says have become “incredible community leaders.” No doubt she means people like the Kurdishrefugee activist who rejects the U.S. Constitution and says don’t call her an American.
And another Kurdish refugee brought the Muslim Brotherhood’s anti-Semitic CAIR director to train high school students in community activism.
Shortly after the November 2015 jihad attack in Paris, Governor Haslam called for a halt to resettling Syrian refugees in Tennessee based on reports about would-be terrorists mixing in with refugee flows. Mayor Barry’s response was, “‘[R]eality, not fear’ should dictate the reaction to the terrorist attacks in Paris, France.”
Despite today’s “reality” in France, Belgium, and Germany of multiple deadly jihad attacks, so far in 2016 over 1,170 refugees have been resettled in Tennessee, including 112 Syrians and 132 Somalis.
Illegal immigration in Baltimore and Nashville
In 2012, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake signed an executive order formalizing Baltimore as a sanctuary city as part of her plan to revive the city’s decline. The mayor “told Latinos, in particular, that she is counting on them to help Baltimore gain 10,000 families within a decade.”
Solidifying the city as a destination for illegal immigrants, Baltimore’s City Council will be voting shortly to establish a municipal ID program. This program is like New York’s $13.5 million dollar program which gives illegal alien lawbreakers a “document” so they can take advantage of city services.
During her campaign Megan Barry promised Nashville’s illegals a municipal ID program. Leaders from TIRRC (TN Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition) who ended up serving on Barry’s transition team, said municipal IDs for illegal immigrants is a “forward thinking” progressive policy that would help illegal immigrants pass for legal residents.
In December 2016, Nashville groups will be hosting the “National Immigrant Integration Conference.” The conference was held in NYC last year and included break-out sessions like illegal aliens voting in municipal elections and economic justice. This year, organizers are adding a new propaganda track on refugee resettlement and a plenary session devoted to strategies designed to change the South’s demographics. That is, turn it’s political color blue.
Baltimore and Nashville mayors also share…
Black Lives Matter protestors and their allied progressive and Islamist groups
in Baltimore Rawlings-Blake told police to stand down while rioters looted stores and destroyed property following the death of Freddie Gray
in Nashville, the mayor supports screening new police recruits for bias and says she is ready to sit down and dialogue with BLM
Very high rates of “disconnected youth” – Measure of America’s 2015 report defines “disconnected youth” as 16 – 24 year olds who are neither working nor in school. Among the most populous U.S. Metro areas:
Baltimore is estimated to have 39,864 in this category; 18.4% are black and 7.8% are white
Nashville is estimated to have 29,283 in this category; 17.6% are black and 10.4% are white
And of course, both mayors are heavily invested in the Democratic party; Rawlings-Blake has been the secretary of the DNC since 2013 and just gaveled in the convention after Wasserman-Schultz was booed off the stage. Predictably, Megan Barry is a Hillary delegate.
These mayors see political progressives, refugee Islamic jihadists and illegal immigrants as tools to create urban leftist strongholds. Will Nashville follow Baltimore’s path? In Nashville, these groups are entrenched in the mayor’s inner circle which makes this undesirable outcome a real possibility.
especially one that is politically hostile to the idea that illegal immigrants are lawbreakers who should not be rewarded with amnesty?
So why then is the Nashville headquarters for the National Council of La Raza allowed to operate a voting site?
Conexion Americas’ building Casa Asafran is a Metro Nashville voting site. Conexion Americas is an official affiliate of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR). Renata Soto, the founder and director of Conexion Americas is the president of the board of the NCLR.
The Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC) is based in the Conexion Americas building. TIRRC, a Soros funded far left radical organization is also an official affiliate of the NCLR.
The Muslim American Center for Outreach (ACO) and the American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) are based in the Conexion Americas building. A founding member and former chairman of AMAC is president of the board of TIRRC.
TIRRC, ACO and AMAC are organizing collaborators with Black Lives Matter (BLM) operating in Nashville.
Paul Galloway, the director of ACO and AMAC is a former director of CAIR Houston. CAIR is a Muslim Brotherhood unindicted co-conspirator in the successful Holy Land Foundation terrorism financing prosecution. CAIR raised money for HAMAS, a U.S. designated terrorist organization.
CAIR’s executive director has publicly declared support for HAMAS and for Black Lives Matter.
All these political organizations, hostile to our Constitution, are housed in the same facility where people go to vote. It makes you wonder what kind of “help” voters receive there.
The National Council of La Raza (NCLR)
La Raza means “The Race.” Leftist propagandists and “scholars” have disputed the interpretation, but regardless, looking at La Raza’s agenda makes it clear they are Hispanic-centric, invested in identity politics and willingly resort to the violence used by leftist radicals.
The NCLR lobbies for Hispanic racial preferences, bilingual education, mass immigration and amnesty for illegal aliens.
securing the southern border
cooperation on immigration law enforcement by local, state and federal authorities
driver licenses for illegal immigrants
in-state tuition for illegal immigrant students.
The NCLR position statements characterize the U.S. as a nation with widespread white racism and discrimination and the organization has opposed most of the post 9/11 U.S. counterterrorism efforts.
Part of La Raza’s “Excelencia in Education” initiative was a 2001 goal of creating 50 publicly funded charter schools that teach an ethnically separatist curriculum. Former La Raza president Raul Yzaguirre, Hillary Clinton’s Hispanic outreach advisor, said “US English is to Hispanics as the Ku Klux Klan is to blacks.”
Voting at the Nashville headquarters for La Raza
According to the Tennessee ACLU, a non-English speaking voter has “the right to bring anyone you choose with you to the polls to help translate.. you also have the right to have a poll worker or anyone you choose assist you in the voting booth, except for your employer, an agent of your employer, or an officer or agent of your labor union.”
La Raza is offering voters a free cup of “cafe rumba roast.” Is any voting advice going along with that free cup of coffee?
to the thousands of migrants and refugees that federal refugee contractor World Relief and the Nashville Chamber of Commerce say are entitled to realize their American Dream.
The problem they say (here and here), is that the refugees and economic migrants (who Obama has allowed to pass for refugees), who have degrees that could qualify for white collar jobs, aren’t “connected” and therefore, can’t find the jobs that are being passed around in the good ole’ boys networks.
Well guess what? The average college educated Tennessean can’t get those jobs either.
Insiders like Dr. Subhi Ali and Sen. Lamar Alexander secured jobs for their children Samar Ali and Will Alexander with Tennessee’s Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD). These insiders know that ECD is really Haslam’s publicly funded, political payback employment firm!
Samar Ali’s father called up the ECD Commissioner and asked that “he look at Samar’s resume” and lo and behold, she became an Assistant Commissioner at ECD! At the same time ECD hired Lamar Alexander’s campaign director Alice Rolli. To avoid any appearance of nepotism though, Leslee Alexander had to wait until her brother Will left ECD before she could get the job as ECD’s International Director.
If the Haslam elitists can have special rules, so can the special clients that federal refugee contractor World Relief calls “citizens-in-waiting.” No driving taxis or working at the Tysons chicken plant for the highbrow refugees. First we were told that importing the uneducated Somalis to do the jobs that Americans won’t do fulfilled the humanitarian goal of providing corporate globalists with cheap labor.
Now the Nashville Chamber of Commerce says that Tennessee businesses are better off, even morally enviable, if they discriminate against white Americans, particularly Tennessee homegrown workers, if it helps the newly arrived refugee who has a degree.
Companies like Chipotle have committed to preferential hiring of refugees. They are in a partnership with one of the largest federal refugee resettlement contractors, the International Rescue Committee (IRC). Chipotle is a designated “preferred employment partner” just like Nashville is a “preferred resettlement site.”
So when politicians like state Rep. Tim Wirgau says “we got more people who don’t look for jobs because we keep handing them money,” or the political challengers who parrot “more jobs for Tennessee” are they okay with filling those jobs with refugees?
Make no mistake about it, Obama’s refugee contractors and the Nashville Chamber of Commerce want your children’s jobs, the ones your children need so they can start paying off their college loans. Were your children aware that the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) was hiring?
Recently arrived Kurdish refugee Shenwar Hussein took only five months to land his job with TDOT.
And while Haslam is pumping out “Tennessee Promise” and “Tennessee Reconnect” graduates, he and his cronies are enthusiastically importing competition for the jobs that he says is the way the citizens of Tennessee will prosper and prop up the state economically.
Why doesn’t TIRRC cough up some jobs?
TIRRC (TN Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition) wants more refugees to come to Tennessee and join the illegal immigrants for whom they want amnesty or what they euphemistically call “family reunification.”
TIRRC is in a great position to hand over staff jobs to newly arrived refugees and immigrants with higher education degrees. They have lots of Soros money and a new infusion of cash from the JM Kaplan Fund (the family of Welch’s grape juice).
With over one million dollars in annual revenue several years in a row, TIRRC has enough money to pay two directors and fourteen full-time staff. They have lobbyists and a Policy Coordinator. Imagine if they add a refugee with an elitist Ivy League degree – now that would make policymakers and apologists swoon.
The Metro Human Relations Commission is using “Inclucivics” to socially engineer the composition of the city’s workforce from the police department to the schools and every department and agency in between. It’s like affirmative action on steroids.
Nashville mayor Megan Barry says “it doesn’t matter how you got here” so a little detail like being in the country illegally shouldn’t stand in her way of ensuring that all Hispanics are proportionally represented in Metro jobs. Once Mayor Barry implements the municipal ID program for illegal immigrants that she endorsed during her campaign, it will be a short step to changing Metro’s hiring practices. After all, to be fully effective, “Inclucivics” shouldn’t discriminate against illegal immigrant lawbreakers.
The mayor is also an enthusiastic supporter of refugee resettlement and representation from Islamist communities. After all, it helps facilitate Metro’s mandate that race and ethnicity are the most important characteristics for any job applicant.
It’s ironic that the phony progressives in Metro, who could have elected Howard Gentry as the first black mayor, opted instead for electing a white woman.
The professional left and the corporate globalist right are ideologically aligned against the economic interests of Tennessee’s citizens. It’s certainly one way to usher in “the New South.”
TIRRC says the Refugee Absorptive Capacity Act (RACA) is anti-refugee. Legislators codified the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement regulations into state law because of lax enforcement and oversight by the responsible federal agency. These are the same regulations being defended by federal contractors like Catholic Charities of Tennessee. TIRRCshould start complaining to the federal government about these federal regulations.
TIRRC and other opponents were outraged that the bill allowed a community to request a moratorium on initial resettlement based on the ability to absorb and provide for new refugees. The progressive pro-refugee Migration Policy Institute says that if a state opposes a refugee resettlement agency’s proposed plan, the State Department “will not approve it.” A U.S. Senate Committee said that when local community stakeholders disagree about a proposed resettlement plan, “state refugee coordinator should be able to request a moratorium for the community.”
But you don’t hear TIRRC complaining about either of these positions. The “coordinated campaign” they complain about is coming from their own advocates and the federal government.
After the RACA bill was passed, David Robinson, U.S. State Department acting Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, traveled all the way to Nashville to meet with state legislators and the lobbyist for Catholic Charities. Regarding the bill, Robinson said, ‘[t]o us, the way that that has actually been written into law here in Tennessee makes perfect sense.”
In 2000 David Robinson exposed the conflict-of-interest relationship between the federal government and the private refugee resettlement contractors:
“…ten agencies [the refugee resettlement NGOs], including the IRC [an NGO called the International Rescue Committee], form a single body called the Committee on Migration and Refugee Affairs (CMRA). The CMRA wields enormous influence over the Administration’s refugee admissions policy. It lobbies the Hill effectively to increase the number of refugees admitted for permanent resettlement each year and at the same time provides overseas processing for admissions under contract to the State Department. In fact, the federal government provides about ninety percent of its collective budget. If there is a conflict of interest, it is never mentioned.”
Refugee advocate Chris Coen’scomments about Tennessee’s bill:
“[a]lso interesting is why other government refugee program-related regulations and contract requirements are also regularly ignored. World Relief [which operates in Tennessee], feels free to worship on the public’s nickel, even though its prohibited by a federal regulation, and their ORR partner has ignored our complaint about that practice. Also, the quite minimal ‘minimum requirements’ that the resettlement agencies agree to meet in the refugee program are regularly flouted, and the State Department refugee office does not enforce those requirements or penalize the resettlement contractors. In practice this does not seem to have been working well for decades — the resettlement contractors just continue to violate regulations and contract requirements year after year.”
During discussion of this bill, federal contractor and refugee state coordinator, Holly Johnson was adamant that refugees were never resettled by the contractors in Bedford County, home of Senate bill sponsor Jim Tracy. Like many other contradictions to be found in comments made by these groups, the TIRRC report directly contradicts her and says that 13 refugees were resettled in Bedford Co during the time period in question.
When asked, representatives of refugee agencies denied driving their clients to the Tysons plant to compete with the local citizens for the jobs. A 2009 Wall Street Journal article however, verified that refugee resettlement agencies were driving vanloads of refugees from Nashville to the Tysons plant.
The point is, that like the TIRRC report, accuracy for the agencies, is simply an inconvenience. As religious run organizations, isn’t lying prohibited?
TIRRC and its allied groups also object to state legislators properly executing their fiduciary duties in stewarding state revenue. The Enchanced Fiscal Data Gathering Bill was filed in 2013, after legislators learned that the federal government was still taking state revenue to pay for the federal refugee program even after the state withdrew.
The bill’s goal was to determine how much state money was being spent for this federal program. The bill also tried to have federal funds passed through to reimburse the state costs as authorized by the federal Refugee Act of 1980.
A shameless and deliberate disinformation campaign by paid refugee industry representatives and lobbyists prevented the bill from passing.
SB1039/HB670 requiring the reporting related to nonimmigrant students using F-1 and M-1 visas was initiated by the Haslam administration. M-1 visas are for foreign students wanting to attend U.S. vocational and technical schools while F-1 visas are for foreign students wanting to attend any type and/or level of U.S. school.
It has been widely documented that visa overstayers constitute a significant portion of the illegal immigrant population. Additionally, the increase in threats and actual terror attacks, supports this bill as a sound and rational reason to pay attention to students who might be violating the terms of their visas. A top recommendation by the 9/11 commission was to clean up the student visa system since many of the 9/11 attackers were able to enter the U.S. legally using a student visa. Student visas were also used for entry by several involved in the 2006 plot to blow up the New York JFK airport.
But it is no surprise that TIRRC and its allies see a boogeyman in this bill as well. These groups that support illegal immigration have little use for enforcing rules that apply to legal immigration.Stephanie Teatro, TIRRC’s co-director came to the U.S. from Canada on a student visa and then became a community agitator, leading an organization that shows time and again little to no respect for our country’s constitution.
Last year, data-packed testimony in Congress by the RAND Corporation, explained the connection between visa programs and terrorism. This is a very real issue for the U.S. but one that does not serve TIRRC’s anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant narrative.
The 2015 “Andy’s Law” also objected to by TIRRC and their allied groups, passed with an almost unanimous bipartisan vote in both the House and the Senate. The bill was named for Pvt. Andrew Long, murdered in uniform by Memphis jihadist Abdulhakim Mohammed (Carlos Bledsoe). Democrats and Republicans agreed that groups helping terrorists carry out their acts should also be held accountable. It’s hard to figure out why TIRRC opposes punishing terrorists.
TIRRC and Immigration – legal and illegal
TIRRC’s “Countering the Backlash” focuses on the rapid infusion of immigrants, legal and illegal into Tennessee, a location described as “one of America’s unlikely new destinations for immigrants and refugees.” Refugee resettlement has contributed to this growth, but illegal immigration and the depositing of illegal Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) by federal refugee contractors, is completely ignored.
Amnesty for illegal immigrants, is characterized by TIRRC as “family reunification.” Anyone who questions that they have broken the law being here is labeled racist, bigoted, xenophobic and mean-spirited. That is the same tired, Alinsky tactic that law-abiding Americans will no longer tolerate.
TIRRC’s report about refugee resettlement also ignores the legitimacy of rational questions, including constitutional issues. These questions are being raised by Tennessee state legislators about implementation of this federal program in Tennessee. And there are the state costs associated with the program.
TIRRC completely ignores the available data on the high TennCare enrollment and of course wouldn’t dare to mention the national five year data on its high refugee welfare usage. Instead, they follow the lead of the well-paid federal refugee contractors whose businesses would fold if public money was stopped. Instead, TIRRC uses an inconclusive 2013 fiscal review report as a diversion. Federal/state refugee coordinator Holly Johnson, claims the report shows refugees contribute “nearly twice as much” in state taxes as they take out in state-funded public services.
The fiscal report so heavily relied upon by TIRRC and the refugee contractors specifically stated that, “[t]he information necessary to complete a comprehensive study on the possible cost shifting from the federal government to the state for the resettlement of refugees is not available.” The report never answered the what the costs to the state would eventually be.
The federal contractor’s limited data showed that TennCare enrollment of resettled clients between 2009 -2011 actually doubled. In this same time period approximately one-third of Tennessee refugees were found to be non-employable.
The greatest weakness in the report is its assumption that refugees use social services and public assistance programs at the same rate as other Tennessee residents.And, that refugees pay taxes as the same rate as other Tennessee residents. Unfortunately, refugees use social services at higher rates than native-born and earn lower wages. Even the chairman of the House Finance Committee has admitted the report was bogus.
Refguee advocates – protective of the industry
Refugee resettlement is a multi-million dollar industry. The US Conference of Catholic Bishops, one of the nine national voluntary agencies (VOLAG), received over $80 million public dollars for their 2014 Refugee and Migration program. Catholic Charities of Tennessee (CCTN) is their local affiliate and has its own refugee resettlement program and operates the Tennessee Office for Refugees where the federally contracted state refugee coordinator works.
These are the two largest dollar programs reported by CCTN.
TIRRC and its allied groups cross-pollinate the boards of each other’s organizations. Foundations and organizations that fund TIRRC and its allied groups have the same end goal – to break the Southern conservative culture standing in the way of open borders, amnesty for illegals and votes for progressives.
These Tennessee groups have expanded their paid staffs and activities that deliberately target the younger members of their communities, since they are easiest to radicalize to the anti-America-as-it-is-now agenda.
You can be sure that with TIRRC’s direct connection to Welcoming America, more of the Partnership for the New American Economy grant money will be flowing into Nashville. The groups are hubbed in Nashville and became entrenched in the mayor’s office during Karl Dean’s administration. New Mayor Megan Barry has ensured that only progressives, socialists, leftists and “new Americans” will direct the policies of her administration and help her complete Nashville’s transformation into an “it” sanctuary city.
They say they must help the oppressed minorities, but the real quest of these groups is political power. Political power will transform the state, city by city and county by county, creating as many blue voters as possible with each election cycle.
TIRRC and its allied groups rally against the Constitution
On February 16, 2016, TIRRC called for opposition to SJR467, a resolution that will enable the state of Tennessee to sue the federal government, challenging the refugee resettlement program in the state. The lawsuit addressed by SJR467 is overdue in light of the Obama administration’s aggressive federal overreach. A Constitutional lawyer described the potential lawsuit as a “landmark case” because of the Tenth Amendment and federalism issues it addresses.
Immigrants-turned-advocates talk about “Nashville for all of us” but instead choose to live in enclaves. They complain about being treated as “the other,” but through self-segregation, guard against assimilating into and adapting to American culture.
When they self-segregate its called preserving their culture. When native-born Tennesseans self-segregate, TIRRC and its allied organizations call it racism, bigotry and xenophobia.
Lacking facts, but banking big money, TIRRC’s venomous and hate-filled propaganda relies on innuendo, and unfounded accusations of bigotry. TIRRC claims it can look into the hearts and minds of Tennessee citizens and know that they are motivated by an “underlying intention to persecute newcomers.”
TIRRC self-righteously claims that any advocacy or legislative action consistent with the Constitution or intended to uphold laws passed by Congress, is xenophobic, racist, or targeting Muslims and/or refugees.
TIRRC’s moral blinders also ignore the indelible effect of 9-11, the Carlos Bledsoe, Chattanooga, San Bernadino, Garland Texas, and Boston jihad attacks, the Obama administration’s unconstitutional unilateral amnesties, Metro Nashville’s support for illegal immigration, and the recent confirmation by U.S. intelligence agencies about security gaps in the federal refugee resettlement program.
TIRRC’s campaign has always been to cast immigrants as victims. Whether they are illegal immigrants from our Southern border trying to “reunite their families,” or legally admitted as refugees, that suffer “backlash” from contemptible white nativists.
TIRRC and their allied groups shamelessly tried to co-opt the Chattanooga murders away from the actual victims and their families claiming that “immigrant communities of all faiths and backgrounds” share the same American values.
Speaking through CAIR, TIRRC’s allied groups ACO and AMAC said they were fearful of a backlash, and claimed that the Chattanooga murders put their safety at risk. These claims were never substantiated by either national or state hate crime reports. Predictably, there was no backlash. Instead, interfaith groups stepped up and formed a firewall around Tennessee’s Muslims.
Business as usual.
Truth and accuracy are relative concepts for TIRRC
Our state legislation addressed in TIRRC’s report may be its most ironic section. By TIRRC’s own account, legislators have actively engaged with the very communities TIRRC alleges were or are being “persecuted.” Isn’t this the civic engagement TIRRC claims that makes newcomers feel welcomed?
TIRRC’s self-congratulatory claims are way overblown. Legislators responding to constituency groups is what regularly occurs during the process when bills are shaped and amended. All manner of constituency concerns are accounted for – even when that constituency distorts the truth and accuracy of information provided.
Testimony by national intelligence and security experts and Constitutional scholars repeatedly confirm that Tennessee’s legislators have led appropriately on the issues about which TIRRC and its allied organizations complain.
For example, after the devastating jihad attack of 9-11, almost every state passed anti-terrorism legislation because the federal government would not always prosecute, and because a state can often legislate more severe punishments than the federal government.
Because state governments have a broad fiduciary duty to protect its citizens, the case of Memphis jihadi Carlos Bledsoe, aka, Abdulhakim Mohammed, the first African-American born citizen to commit a successful terrorist act on U.S. soil, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in 2010, (upholding the constitutionality of the federal material support statute), the expansion of Tennessee’s criminal code provisions on terrorism, was both sound and rational legislative leadership.
The Material Support to Designated Entities Act of 2011
In 2009, Memphis native Carlos Bledsoe, who was radicalized both in and outside of Nashville, shot and killed a solider at the Little Rock Army recruiting center. The federal government declined to prosecute him. Arkansas started his trial in 2011, the same year the Tennessee legislature passed, by an overwhelming majority of votes, the anti-terrorism Material Support to Designated Entities Act.
The Tennessean wrote a sensationalistic and factually inaccurate article about the bill, taking snippets of bill language out of context. The Tennessean reported that the anti-terrorism Material Support bill made following sharia law, a felony. The paper never accurately reported the actual language or intent of the bill in context. This article is cited by TIRRC in a footnote to support their narrative of anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant persecution.
What did the Material Support to Designated Entities Act of 2011 actually say?
Predictably, opponents of the bill deliberately avoided the bill’s original and very specific language which only applied to individuals deliberately supporting the commission of a terrorist act. The bill specifically stated that it did not apply to:
“the peaceful practice of any religion. Rather, this part only prohibits the knowing provision of material support or resources … to designated terrorist entities, with the intent of furthering prohibited behavior.”
The defined the term “sharia,” precisely the way jihadist terrorists defined it because this was a bill to prevent terrorist acts by cutting off sources of support. The bill, now a state law, prohibits using religious justification as a defense. This is the very same argument made by peaceful followers of Islam, to wit, that terrorist acts committed by ISIS jihadists or others in the name of their religion, does not represent Islam and that these terrorists are not true followers of the religion.
And yet, in keeping with standard leftist hypocrisy, TIRRC and their allied organizations continue to try and smear legislators who tried to insulate peaceful religious observers from being lumped in with violent religious extremists.
TIRRC and its allied organizations were heavily involved in establishing Metro Nashville Mayor’s Office of New Americans during Karl Dean’s administration. With Dean’s support, these same organizations helped develop “Nashville Next” the long-range plan to fully “transform” the city by 2040. The plan report was authored by Vanderbilt sociologist Dan Cornfield, whose wife is the Alinskyite ACLU Director Hedy Weinberg, also a TIRRC advisory board member.
These same organizations were in the newly elected Mayor Megan Barry’s transition team along with former Haslam appointee, Samar Ali. They remain active in her administration, working to socially engineer Nashville into the capitol of “The New South.”
TIRRC’s co-director, a former union organizer, Stephanie Teatro, says that just like in other sanctuary cities, the Nashville mayor’s endorsement of municipal IDs for illegal immigrants is a “forward thinking” (Democrat party) policy that would help illegal immigrants pass for legal residents. (illegal immigrants are often characterized as “residents”).
This is the same Stephanie Teatro, who last year testified in the state legislature in support of in-state tuition for the Obama DACA students. The DACA program was just one of Obama’s administrative immigration end-runs around Congress.
Committee members were told that Teatro had “extensive knowledge about the DACA program.” But, she didn’t tell them that these students are illegal immigrants granted a temporary two year deferred deportation. She told them that DACA recipients have a “clean criminal background check.” Did Teatro, the “expert” know that months prior to her testimony, DACA status was given to a known gang member who then committed multiple homicides and that an earlier ICE raid caught twenty-four DACA recipients who had criminal convictions? Did the “expert” just conveniently forget to inform legislators about this gap in federal vetting?
In 2014, speaking from Casa Azafran where TIRRC and its allied organizations are headquartered, Obama talked about his New American Task Force and his end-run-around-the-Congress DACA program.He specifically recognized, David Lubell, TIRRC’s first director andcreator of “Welcoming Tennessee/ Welcoming America” who also won an award from the National Council of La Raza awarded.
Welcoming America will judge how progressive your community is
Nashville is among the “Welcoming Cities” in Welcoming America’s (WA) network. Last year, Welcoming America paid the Nashville Chamber of Commerce for an economic report to support their story that legal and illegal immigrants are the hub of Nashville’s economic success. The Chamber’s report looks strangely just like the WA website, suggesting a WA templated product that will be replicated by Chambers in other “welcoming cities.”
The real agenda of groups like TIRRC and WA is to mutate our communities until they satisfy a leftist open-borders, one-world, globalist vision of an ideal society.
Notice which new Americans are not required to pledge allegiance to the U.S. flag.
A WA project underway allows a locale to become a WA officially designated, “certified welcoming community.” Will the certification criteria include telling new Americans that respect for our U.S. laws comes first before their beliefs?
TIRRC’s Teatro serves as a “content expert” on the certification project and a bureaucrat from the Nashville Mayor’s Office for New Americans serves on the project’s advisory board.
Cities like Nashville that willingly abandon their Music City heritage in favor of being called “Little Kurdistan,” will be rewarded well with money by the federal government’s plan called “Strengthening Communities by Welcoming All Residents* and from public-private enterprises like “Gateways for Growth.”
In 2015, WA’s David Lubell was given the Young Global Leader award by the World Economic Forum. He also works with the “Partnership for a New American Economy” (PNAE), a coalition of business leaders and mayors launched by Michael Bloomberg and Rupert Murdoch to influence public opinion and policymakers toward amnesty for illegal immigrants.
PNAE will steer “Gateways for Growth” money to local governments, chambers of commerce and non-profit organizations for plans that favor legal and illegal immigrants over the U.S. native born work force. Technical assistance from WA’s “Welcoming Institute” will help create progressive, non-White, anti-Zionist and non-Christian, Southern communities. “The New South.”