Tuesday, September 20, 2016

To Goldman Sachs: You have it backwards. The thugs should be the refugees, not millions of citizens. You make life easy for the corrupt-they should be the 'refugees' forced to leave their countries. Their millions of victims should get to stay. After that, if Goldman has money left over, why not help millions of homeless, jobless, and poverty stricken Americans?-Bloomberg, June 2016 (All the glory goes to those who put America last)

June 30, 2016, "Obama Recruits Goldman, Google to Resettle Refugees," Bloomberg, Justin Sink

"At least 15 U.S. companies led by Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Alphabet Inc. (Google) have pledged money to help the Obama administration resettle refugees fleeing the Syrian civil war and other international conflicts.

The White House is leaning on companies to commit money and other assistance to resettlement programs ahead of a Sept. 20 summit President Barack Obama will host at the United Nations. Other companies participating in the effort include 

MasterCard Inc., United Parcel Service Inc., HP Inc., and IBM, according to a document obtained by Bloomberg News.

Obama has said the U.S. will admit 10,000 Syrian refugees by the end of September, a pledge that’s become a flashpoint in the 2016 presidential campaign. Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump has said the refugees present a threat to U.S. security and should not be allowed entry. Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has said she would admit even more, if she is elected.

The government says it only considers resettling the most vulnerable refugees, such as widows, orphaned children, and people whose lives have been threatened by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. Refugees go through an extensive screening process that has significantly slowed their entry to the U.S., with only 5,000 approved for resettlement so far, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told Congress on Thursday."...

[Ed. note: Obviously false. No such "extensive screening process" exists because no data exists on these people, per FBI Director and others in gov. Further, the US taxpayer funded "extensive screening process" just "accidentally" gave citizenship to 858 people the US had ordered deported:" 9/19/16, "The U.S. government has mistakenly granted citizenship to at least 858 immigrants from countries of concern to national security or with high rates of immigration fraud who had pending deportation orders, according to an internal Homeland Security audit released Monday." CBS News] 

(continuing): "Obama has denounced Trump’s position, without using the candidate’s name.

“When refugees escape barrel bombs and torture, and migrants cross deserts and seas seeking a better life, we cannot simply look the other way,” the president said Wednesday in a speech to the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa. “We certainly can’t label as possible terrorists vulnerable people who are fleeing terrorists.”"

[Ed. note: "Normally, bad government is unstable government. When a government makes a substantial part of its population destitute or unhappy, it can expect them to work against that government, first as individuals and over time as political parties, gangs — or even armies. But with America close-by to absorb the most unhappy, [ie, "refugees"] bad governments have found a release for those segments of their populations they most fear: the poor, the ambitious, the disgruntled."]

(continuing): "Concern about the flood of Middle Eastern and African refugees entering Europe is also thought to have played a significant role in last week’s vote by British citizens to exit the European Union. Leaders across the continent have struggled to respond to the worst refugee crisis since World War II, facing stretched budgets and tough politics."...

[Ed. note: "Tough politics?" You mean like terror attacks with shrapnel in the bombs to pierce innocents' internal organs to cause the most damage?]

(continuing): "Obama is hoping that in the U.S., the private sector can help shoulder at least some of that burden.

The companies working with the administration have pledged to fund programs that assist refugees and aid workers directly. Airbnb Inc., for example, will donate credits for relief workers to book housing through its site.

Goldman Sachs, which has already contributed $4.5 million in response to the crisis, says it will underwrite programs to help refugees learn English and gain employment skills. Alphabet’s Google will provide consulting and technology to nonprofits the company says will help more than 1 million refugees worldwide access information and education this year.

“We are thrilled to be part of this partnership, and to see the White House’s continued leadership in this area,” Roya Soleimani, a spokeswoman for Google, said in an e-mail.

The corporate commitments may give Obama some leverage as he pushes other countries to increase their refugee commitments by this fall. Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the UN, said on a conference call Thursday that the UN received just $11 billion of $20 billion it requested for refugee assistance in 2015, forcing the organization to cut rations of food and medicine. Out of 1.2 million refugees that need to be resettled, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees has only found homes for 110,000, Power said.

“That’s just not enough,” she said.

Obama is expected to begin lobbying for increased refugee aid in person next week at a NATO summit in Warsaw. According to the White House, he wants to increase global financing for refugees by 30 percent, double the amount spent to resettle refugees, and increase the number of refugees in school and in work by 1 million."

[Ed. note: "He wants"? Who cares what "he wants?" Is this Christmas? He's a multi-millionaire set for life. If anything, it's about what American citizens "want." A US president is supposed to deliver what we want--not what he wants.]

"(Corrects to remove reference to Chobani yogurt hiring additional refugees in ninth paragraph, which the company has not announced.)" http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2016-06-30/obama-recruits-goldman-google-to-help-refugees-fleeing-wars)

Added: FBI Director says there's no data in place to vet Syrians:

10/21/2015, "FBI Director Admits US Can’t Vet All Syrian Refugees For Terror Ties," Daily Caller, Chick Ross 

"FBI director James Comey said during a House Committee on Homeland Security hearing on Wednesday that the federal government does not have the ability to conduct thorough background checks on all of the 10,000 Syrian refugees that the Obama administration says will be allowed to come to the U.S. 

“We can only query against that which we have collected,” Comey said in response to a line of questioning from Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson.

“And so if someone has never made a ripple in the pond in Syria in a way that would get their identity or their interest reflected in our database, we can query our database until the cows come home, but there will be nothing show up because we have no record of them.”

More than 4 million Syrians have fled their homeland amid a brutal civil war. But many Middle Eastern countries have refused to accept refugees, putting the burden on Europe and the West. Under pressure to assist, President Obama approved a proposal to allow at least 10,000 refugees to settle. According to The New York Times, just over 1,800 have come to the U.S. so far.

But many have expressed concerns over allowing refugees from ISIS’ breeding ground to enter the country.

As Thompson, a Democrat, said, “a lot of us are concerned about whether you have enough information available to you to do an accurate vetting.”

Comey acknowledged that knowledge gap.

“You can only query what you’ve collected,” he reiterated.

He also acknowledged differences in the U.S.’s ability to screen Syrian refugees compared to how Iraqi refugees were vetted in the aftermath of the Iraq War.

“And with respect with Iraqi databases, we had far more because of our country’s work there for a decade,” he said.

“This is a different situation.”"


Sign at Buffalo, NY, Trump rally: 'Not one refugee until there are zero homeless vets.' Buffalo, NY is 4th poorest city in US, poor school graduation rates, and US gov. floods Buffalo with foreign refugees making it worse:

"Not one refugee until there are zero homeless vets," Trump supporter sign

Source, 4/18/16, "I spotted one pro-Trump protester outside the rally in Buffalo...," Jenna Johnson twitter, Washington Post reporter


Buffalo is the 4th most impoverished city in the country. Yet, "Buffalo has become one of the top locations for refugee resettlement in the nation." (July 2015) Burma and Somalia are top countries of origin of refugees placed in Erie County, 2002-2014. Since 2003, US has placed 3600 homeless Somali refugees in  New York State, many in Buffalo. 705 came in 2014. Why? Why send refugees to Buffalo schools which are already dramatically sub-par? Buffalo's poor high school graduation rate is even used to blame low on-time graduation rate of foreign language speakers. (p.2). As to local children, why should they be faced with Somali children who've, for example, been raised to believe in female genital mutilation, sometimes referred to as "female circumcision"? (p. 5) Refugee aid groups function largely on tax dollars. Such aid groups refer to refugees as their "clients." The US government pays aid groups at least $1850 per refugee, as of 2013, item 22. If the US wants to help, it should help create a large safe area in Africa for displaced persons. Africa is a large continent with abundant natural resources. Why move people to a different continent, away from their culture, language, and heritage? Answer: Because it's an easy way to rob defenseless Americans of their own country. "The money the U.S. spends bringing one refugee to the U.S. could have helped 500 individuals overseas in countries where they currently reside."


7/14/15, "Immigrants, Refugees, and Languages Spoken in Buffalo," archives.ppgbuffalo.org, and "Somali Refugees in Buffalo," partnership for the public good, Buffalo, NY. ppgbuffalo.org 

"Catholic Charities of Tennessee," Refugee Resettlement


"The money the U.S. spends bringing one refugee to the U.S. could have helped 500 individuals overseas in countries where they currently reside." Item 20, 2013 data, Refugee Resettlement Fact Sheet


Among comments to Jenna Johnson twitter above:

Reference: Buffalo 4th poorest city in US:

4/16/16, "In NY, voters adjust to something new: attention," Poughkeepsie Journal, Joseph Spector, Albany Bureau Chief

subhead, "Tale of two cities"  

"Rochester and Buffalo rank third and fourth, respectively, in the U.S. for poverty, a report in 2014 found.

Only Detroit and Cleveland were worse."...

Above, 4/18/16, Thousands rally for Trump in Buffalo, NY, ABC News 


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