“Welcoming” liberals care more about illegal aliens and refugees than Black Americans (part 2)

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

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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.

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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.”

Other industries

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, Joseph Daleidan 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?

Leaders of the “New South” plan – profile #1 – Stephanie Teatro

 

Stephanie Teatro
Stephanie Teatro

Stephanie Teatro

  • -co-executive director, TN Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC)

  • -Canadian by birth

    -former union organizer with the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees

    -joined TIRRC in 2012 as director of Advocacy

    -steering committee member of Nashville for All of Us

    -member Nashville Mayor New Americans Advisory Council

    -executive committee member National Partnership for New Americans

    -2015 work group leader for National Immigrant Integration Conference

The Syndicate Behind Tennessee’s Immigrant and Refugee Propaganda Part 3

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”).

Stephanie Teatro
Stephanie Teatro

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?

signIn 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 and creator ofWelcoming 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.

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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.” 

Nashville has already been announced as one of the first 20 cities to receive this money.

 

The Syndicate Behind Tennessee’s Immigrant and Refugee Propaganda Part 2

TIRRC and its allied organizations

TIRRCs “Countering the Backlash” report alleges that outside organizations have exerted a negative influence in Tennessee pushing and/or inflaming xenophobic, racist, anti-refugee and anti-Muslim rhetoric.

But who supports TIRRC? Answer: George Soros and his front group NEO Philanthropy that gave TIRRC close to $800,000. But even before TIRRC became a Soros agent, they were already advocating the most progressively left, open borders, lawless pro-illegal immigration positions, calling it “family reunification.”

Since the Republicans became the majority party in Tennessees legislature, TIRRC has focused on typical lefty political retribution. They have aggressively opposed the voter ID law, trained community organizers and agitators.

TIRRC’s former lobbyists and community agitators have started their own anti-U.S. organizations growing TIRRCs coalition to now include three that are Muslim-centric in mission and defending against the myth of Islamophobia:

American Center for Outreach (ACO) – started by former TIRRC lobbyist, Remziya Suleyman who brought CAIR to Tennessee to lobby against a 2011 anti-terrorism bill claiming it was an “anti-sharia.” Later she admitted that she, “never knew the concept of sharia.” ACO joined with CAIR demanding that the FBI purge its training materials of all references to the Muslim Brotherhood, jihad, sharia law, and Muslims. In 2014, Paul Galloway, took over ACO.

CAIR has targeted Middle Tennessee, as “arguably one of the most Islamophobic areas in America.”

CAIR remains a named un-indicted co-conspirator in the successful Holy Land Foundation prosecution for raising millions of dollars for HAMAS, a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood. In 1994, CAIRs national director Nihad Awad, a regular visitor to the Murfreesboro mosque, publicly declared his support for HAMAS.

American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) – with TIRRC’s help organized a secret meeting with TN Department of Homeland Security regional advisor, James Cotter.

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AMAC developed a partnership with TNDHS Commissioner Bill Gibbons and was invited to help train homeland security personnel. In 2014 AMAC featured U.S. Attorney Bill Killian who, on behalf of Tennessee Islamists, threatened to suppress First Amendment rights using federal civil rights laws to promote politically correct speech about Muslims. That meeting was advertised to the public and an outraged 800+ people showed up to protest. TIRRC claims that Pam Geller and Robert Spencer organized the protest but that was not true nor needed. People showed up on their own to show the federal government that they would not remain voiceless.

AMAC has taken up other political causes such as Medicaid Expansion and refugee resettlement.

Faith and Culture Center (FCC) – started by Daoud Abudiab, a founding member and former chair of AMAC now serving as chair of TIRRC.

FCC’s sole agenda is the promotion of “Our Muslim Neighbor,” a campaign intended to convince communities that Muslims make good neighbors.

The FCC had planned an Islamophobia conference for the fall 2015, but renamed it after the jihadi murder of U.S. soldiers in Chattanooga. Insisting that the Chattanooga jihad had nothing to do with Muslims or Islam, FCC renamed their event “Our Muslim Neighbor: Creating a Community of Inclusion in Middle Tennessee.”

TIRRC, AMAC and ACO are housed together in Casa Azafran, the building owned by Conexion Americas, a comprehensive and influential Tennessee Latino advocacy organization headquartered in Nashville. The founder of Conexion Americas is also the chair of the radically anti-U.S. National Council of La Raza whose name means “The Race.” TIRRC and Conexion Americas are both local affiliates of La Raza.

La Raza lobbies for Hispanic racial preferences, bilingual education, mass immigration and amnesty for illegal aliens. La Raza’s commentary and position statements characterize the U.S. as a nation with widespread white racism and discrimination. The organization has opposed most of the post 9/11 U.S. counterterrorism efforts.

In Tennessee, lobbyists and members of TIRRC, AMAC and ACO are indistinguishable in their political endeavors and the positions they advocate.

For example, TIRRCs 2012 community organizer, Drost Kokoye, was a founding board member of AMAC, a board member of ACO, and former civic engagement coordinator for ACO. During ACO’s last voter registration drive, Kokoye, a vocal anti-Semite who organized a Nashville pro-HAMAS rally, advised voter registrants that they could misrepresent registration information to better fit a political agenda.

Drost Kokoye’s take on our Constitution:

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Is this TIRRC’s stand too?

Next: TIRRC planning to be your city’s social engineer

The Syndicate Behind Tennessee’s Immigrant & Refugee Propaganda, part 1

TIRRC (TN Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition), was founded in 2001 by Philadelphia transplant David Lubell. Four years later he started the “Welcoming Tennessee” campaign followed by a smear-the-South propaganda film called “Welcome to Shelbyville.” 

Also in 2001, the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) which was looking for new places to deliver refugees by “Building the New American Community” (BNAC). Nashville was chosen because of its economic growth and the rapid growth of foreign-born immigrants and refugees. ORR needed a willing partner and the Nashville Chamber of Commerce stepped up to take the ORR money. One of the core principles of the BNAC project was for the new Americans to become (Democrat) voters who could work to change their receiving communities.

Lubell left TIRRC in 2009 to start “Welcoming America” seeded with money from George Soros’ Open Society foundation’s Four Freedoms Fund. “Welcoming America” is now helping refugee resettlement agencies “tamp down pockets of resistance” to the globalist open borders agenda for the U.S.

Countering the Backlash, Strategies for Responding to Anti-Refugee and Xenophobic Activity from the New South” is TIRRC’s latest propaganda and contribution to tamping down resistance in Tennessee. It was produced by TIRRC’s current co-director Stephanie Teatro and former director Stephen Fotopulos. The piece was paid for by the J.M. Kaplan Fund that gave TIRRC $50,000 in 2009 funneled through the far left Migration Policy Institute, which J.M. Kaplan was also heavily funding. More on this report in later parts.

The J.M. Kaplan Fund (the Fund), has a long history of using its resources to support progressive social policies and extreme leftist organizations such as the ACLU, the Southern Poverty Law Center and Casa de Maryland. The Fund employs a “Migration” Program Director and funds organizations like Welcoming America, HIAS (a refugee resettlement contractor), other state organizations like TIRRC and the Migration Policy Institute. They also fund the program “Global Detroit” – to repopulate Detroit using immigrants and refugees that have little choice about where they relocate.

Trying to misrepresent and disinform, TIRRC uses innuendo and accusations of prejudice, bigotry, racism and xenophobia. They claim that Tennessee is a national leader in opposing illegal and legal immigration. TIRRC wants to counter the Southern-rooted “backlash” being waged against persecuted “new Americans.”

TIRRC’s campaign has always been to cast illegal or legal immigrants (like refugees), as victims. These “victims” are vilified for speaking a different language or following a certain religion, and all suffer “backlash” from the ignoble immigrant-hating citizens.

TIRRC’s goal: create leftist voters and take down the South

TIRRC’s 2012 “Become a Citizen Now” campaign featured “new American” voters like Kurdish refugee and TIRRC community agitator Drost Kokoye who also helped start Tennessee’s American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) and the Muslim-centric American Center for Outreach (ACO).

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Two years later, after TIRRC and its allied organizations co-opted the Haslam administration and several Republican state legislators, Kokoye’s message was:

drost new american

Next: TIRRC’s allied Tennessee organizations