In December 2016, the TN Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coaltion (TIRRC) hosted the “We the People” National Immigrant Integration Conference in Nashville. A promotional flyer for the conference (below), featured Linda Sarsour.
Who is Linda Sarsour?
Sarsour, is the head of the Arab American Association of NY (AAANY). She was born in New York after her parents, both Palestinians from the West Bank, immigrated to the U.S. still Identifying herself as a Palestinian-American, Sarsour’s platform of victimhood is two-fold: alleged abuses of Palestinians by Israel and American discrimination and Islamophobia directed at Muslims in the U.S.
In 2012 Sarsour was Obama’s “Champion of Change,” and a year later, CAIR’s American Muslim of the Year. While she was receiving these accolades she was tweeting out anti-Semitic messages like “nothing is creepier than Zionism,”(the belief in a Jewish homeland).
Sarsour seeks out any and all opportunities to spread her Jew hatred. She founded “Muslims for Ferguson” once the riots started. Collaborating with Black Lives Matter (BLM), Dream Defenders, American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), CAIR and others, she helped turn the Ferguson protests into an anti-Israel rally.
BLM, Dream Defenders and TIRRC – Jew hating fellow travelers
In 2016, BLM issued its platform including a section called “Invest/Divest” devoted in part to condemning the State of Israel. Parroting the propaganda and lies of the BDS movement BLM labels Israel an apartheid state engaged in genocide.
Sarsour has publicly asserted that she is “deeply involved in the BLM movement.”
She also sits on the advisory board of Dream Defenders (DD). One of DD’s founding members is Ahmad Abuznaid, another Palestinian. Unlike Sarsour who was born in New York, Abuznaid was born in East Jerusalem. He serves as DD’s legal and policy director.
Not surprisingly, DD asserts solidarity with Palestinians. Members of BLM and DD traveled to the “occupied” territories to spend time with a convicted terrorist who had served 17 years in an Israeli prison for planting bombs. Since that trip, DD has aligned more closely with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, an organization that that advocates armed resistance whose members in the past have hijacked airplanes.
And what do the Jew-hating-Israel-to-be-destroyed organizations have in common?
Funding from George Soros. He has given $650,000 to BLM, funneled money to Dream Defenders through the Tides Foundation (which has received over $3 million from Soros), and contributed an undisclosed amount to Sarsour’s Arab organization AAANY.
Soros has an established presence in Nashville, the TN Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC). TIRRC got its first Soros money in 2007 and then received almost $800,000 more between 2012 -2013. Soros’ Four Freedoms Fund was a top sponsor of TIRRC’s December conference.
TIRRC is being led by Palestinian Daoud Abudiab who is a fellow traveler with the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations, an organization founded in part by the Jew-hating organization AMP. Under Abudiab’s leadership, TIRRC openly collaborates with BLM.
In April 2016, TIRRC, BLM and DD met together again at the Black Immigration Network’s (BIN) Kinship Assembly. They demanded racial justice and equal rights for victimized black migrants but also take time out to demonize countries like Israel.
BIN operates under the Soros fundedumbrella of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI). BAJI was a presenter at TIRRC’s December 2016 conference in Nashville.
George Soros LOVES the enemy of the state and any group that wants to tear down America. He believes in and uses his money to create chaos, divisiveness and destruction. Soros hates Israel and the Jews that live there. The groups that take his money willingly go along with his agenda.
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?
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.
The Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC) says amnesty is “family reunification” and illegal immigrants are only “undocumented.” TIRRC, like most leftist groups trying to turn Tennessee a color other than red, is forced to work by deceit because law-abiding Tennesseans are very hard to fool.
Regardless of TIRRC’s euphemistic labels, the people they endorse, are lawbreakers. They are dishonest, having knowingly and intentionally broken the law to enter our country. There is no commitment to follow U.S. law like honest, hard-working, Tennessee taxpayers who are invested in their communities.
Three years ago in May 2013, Edwin Mejia, a 16-year old “unaccompanied alien child (UAC)” from Honduras, walked across the U.S. border. Federal refugee resettlement contractors take custody of minors like Edwin who enter the U.S. illegally. The contractor then releases the UAC to a U.S. based “sponsor” with little if any vetting of the sponsors. The US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has the largest contract for these services, receiving $65.9 million in federal tax money to service the UACs in 2012.
Edwin was released to his brother Santos Jesus Romero-Mejia, also an illegal alien who was living in Madison, Tennessee. Actually, “80 percent of the the unaccompanied minors in its care to other illegal immigrants.”
By January 2016, Edwin was in Nebraska, where driving on a suspended license and very drunk and drag-racing, he killed a 21-year old woman who that same night had just graduated from college. The police requested that ICE issue a detainer that would have kept Edwin in jail. But ICE didn’t issue a detainer because Edwin’s “offense did ‘not constitute a crime of violence.’” So Edwin posted bond and was released.
“He’s now on ICE’s most-wanted list for motor vehicle homicide, but authorities believe he has fled to his native Honduras.” Good job ICE, not.
In December 2016, TIRRC will will host the “We the People National Immigrant Integration Conference.” It will be held at the very expensive Omni Hotel in Nashville because they say that Nashville is “the fastest growing immigrant city in the United States, a leading ‘new gateway city’ and model for welcoming immigrants and refugees” (as engineered by social progressives and the establishment globalist right).
They will hold sessions promoting rights for illegal aliens like voting in municipal elections, “fighting criminalization,” and “comprehensive immigration reform,” the amnesty program being pushed by both the progressives and the establishment.
Their overarching goal? Turn a red state blue, but for now they’ll settle for purple, while their favored minority, the illegals, commit crimes against our citizens and escape punishment.
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.”
A Palestinian who in 2008, sued the U.S. government to compel approval of his application for naturalization in the U.S. (case No. 1:08-0018). (He publicly lamented several years later that “he was one of the ones that left.”)
President, Islamic Center of Columbia and named owner of the property.
President, TIRRC board (current). Acknowledged that they are working with Black Lives Matter to “strategize…and build our movement for 2016”
Partnered in dawa (proselytizing Islam) with Awad Binhazim (former director of CAIR Austin, TX), the Vanderbilt MSA chaplain who confirmed Islam’s capital punishment for homosexuality, here and here
Past Co-chair and founding member of Tennessee American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) whose board members have praised Muslim Brotherhood organizations, work with the pro-HAMAS group Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and illegal immigration advocates and who have opposed every single anti-terrorism measure despite claiming they oppose all acts of terrorism.
Member, Family of Abraham (FoA), the red-green alliance connected to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel.
President and founder, Faith & Culture Center (FCC), the sole focus of which is to market the myth of Islamophobia through a program called “Our Muslim Neighbor,” a project of Religions for Peace USA (RFPUSA), an organization which is tied to Islamist Muslim Brotherhood organizations in the U.S.
member, Nashville United Nations Association, Cordell Hull Chapter, board of directors
Participant at first U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO) conference in DC.
The USCMO (U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations) is the self-styled “first national Muslim (Brotherhood) political party.” Founding members of the Council (many with ties to HAMAS), include unindicted Holy Land Foundation co-conspirator named Muslim Brotherhood organizations, fellow traveler Muslim Brotherhood organizations, and AMP (American Muslims for Palestine), one of the most vocal Muslim Jew-hating organizations in the U.S.
There’s a good reason that the Partnership for a New American Economy (PNAE) sits at the very top of “The MAP.”
The PNAE was founded in 2010 to push the idea that comprehensive immigration reform would “help grow the economy and create new American jobs.” The PNAE, is a powerful and well-funded coalition of business leaders and mayors launched by Michael Bloomberg and Rupert Murdoch to influence public opinion and policymakers into accepting comprehensive immigration reform.
Other co-chairs of the “Partnership” include Bill Marriott (Marriott), Bob Iger (Disney), Jim McNerny (Boeing), Julian Castro (former mayor San Antonio, Secretary HUD), Michael Nutter (former mayor Philadelphia), Steve Balmer (former CEO Microsoft).
The PNAE poured big resources into lobbying for the “Gang of 8” (Go8, S.744) immigration reform bill which was introduced in Congress on April 17, 2013. Republican and conservative-of-convenience Sen. Marco Rubio was one of the prime co-sponsors of this bill. Establishment Republicans, the PNAE and its affiliates also supported Rubio’s bill.
On March 6, 2013, a month before the Go8 bill was introduced in Congress, Gov. Haslam spoke to the Tennessee Latin American Chamber of Commerce at an event held at progressive Lipscomb University. Haslam’s talk about immigration was:
“…as part of Tennessee’s Partnership for a New American Economy. That partnership is designed to bring together leaders from all political and economic sectors nationwide to raise awareness of what it sees as the economic benefits of sensible immigration reform.”
This language is lifted right from the PNAE’s immigration propaganda materials, not that Haslam needed any coaching on the topic. In prior interviews Haslam said “he would like to see a comprehensive immigration reform bill enacted.”
What Haslam says is that he, and his crony corporate and elitist establishment Republicans considered the Go8 immigration reform as an acceptable way to get cheap labor. The establishment GOP also foolishly believed that supporting this legislation would curry favor with illegals, making them want to vote Republican. The globalist open borders leftists are smarter than that and understood that the Go8 bill would be our path for illegal immigrants to become amnestied Democrat voters.
Regardless, both the corporate right and the professional left lied about whether this bill offered amnesty to the illegals. In a 2014 Wall Street Journal oped, PNAE organizer Murdoch said that illegal immigrants who are already here should be provided a path to citizenship – better known as amnesty.
Haslam’s, alliance with the PNAE exposes his elitist disdain for hard-workindg every day Tennesseans. His endorsement of Marco Rubio as the presidential primary candidate echoed this stance.
Haslam stands with the group that ships the jobs overseas, hire cheap foreign labor, advocates for importing more foreign labor and helps chip away at the quality of life for hard-working American citizens?
In Tennessee, that group’s allies are better known as Establishment Republicans.
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.