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What the Idaho refugee resettlement agencies know that you don’t

The Refugee Resettlement industry is a mystery to most people. And this “mystery” is like a two-sided coin. Some believe that all is well, and that every refugee is stringently vetted before they step foot on American soil. Others, in the intelligence field, say that there are no written records on the majority of refugees, so there is no possible way to know anything definitive about them. Well, the Refugee Resettlement Agencies seem to have no problem processing an ever-increasing number of refugees from all imaginable countries. So, what do they know that you don’t?

What’s the Origin?
The Refugee Resettlement industry/program/system, whichever you choose to call it, is 35 years old. Before 1980 refugees had to have a sponsor to come to the US. The sponsor was responsible for the well-being of the refugee, for their medical care, and responsible to see that they got a job, so that they could be a contributing member of society. Not so of today’s refugees. They are largely chosen by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, who is influenced by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), a United Nations voting block of 57 Muslim countries. The United States State Department then distributes the refugees, received via the UN pipeline, to nine major federal contractors, six of which are religious charities. These contractors send the refugees to over 190 cities and towns to 350 subcontractors that are largely funded from the United States Treasury.

What’s the Impact?
There are many communities across the United States, which are being overwhelmed by the flood of refugees. The hospitals are unfamiliar with the diseases they carry. The schools are not prepared to handle the great quantity of students who do not speak English. There is not enough subsidized housing. They take the entry-level and low-skilled jobs that could go to the local residents. The drug trafficking and crime rate increases. And they do not assimilate into society, but rather create ghettos.

Who’s Looking Out for Them?
The subcontractors, or local Voluntary Agencies, receive money “by the head” for each refugee that is sent to them. The money varies from $1850-$2200 per refugee, depending on whether they are in a “matching grant” program. The refugee receives some cash, but the agency pockets 25% of the money for themselves. There are many “freebies” that the refugee receives, such as food, housing, cars, medical care, child care, education, legal services, Welfare and much more. But unlike the refugee sponsor of days-gone-by, the “Volags” do not even have to know where the refugees are after four months. They are busy signing papers to bring over the extended family of the first group of refugees, and another group of new refugees. More heads, more money.

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Who’s Looking Out for Us?
But surely this does not apply to Idaho. Oh, yes it does. Boise has three Voluntary Agencies with some of the CEO’s making 6-figure salaries. And where do they get this money? Well, it’s the long route, out of our back pocket in taxes to the federal government, and then from the federal government to the Volag. What do you mean? Is there no legislative oversight in this transaction? No transparent accountability? No money going to Idaho’s needy first? NO TAXPAYER INPUT? No, no, no and no! So in order to do a better job of looking out for Idahoans, the voters and the elected officials need to become better educated on this whole refugee resettlement issue, which has been operated in secret and without supervision for so many years. Then we need to take the appropriate action to see that it gets legislative oversight, has transparent accountability, the funds are directed correctly and there is voter input.

And the Solution Is?
For the past year a group of local citizens, Treasure Valley Refugee Watch, has researched the refugee resettlement program as it operates in Idaho. This video is a summary of their research and the action they took to inform the public and elected officials regarding the problem refugee resettlement imposes upon our security, public safety, the financial burden and the negative impact on the community. At the conclusion of the video there are actions for the Treasure Valley residents to take, and legislation to be purposed in the 2017 Idaho Legislative Session. Your legislators will only take action if YOU put enough pressure on them. So if you want to preserve the Idaho we know and love, WATCH THIS VIDEO and TAKE ACTION!!!

Rosann Wiltse
Treasure Valley Refugee Watch
(On Facebook-request to join group)

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