“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?

Baltimore and Nashville Mayors – two peas in a leftist pod

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 Kurdish refugee 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.

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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.

Tennessee “UNWELCOMING” Because It Won’t Hand Over Its Jobs….

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.

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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 Alexanders 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.”

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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.

Metro “Inclucivics” – white men out, racial quotas in!

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 doesnt 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.”

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 & 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