Popular Uprising Against The Iranian Regime And Its Policy –2017

The current popular unrest in Iran against the regime began in Tehran on December 27, 2017 in the form of economic protests against the high cost of living, but rapidly spread throughout the country while acquiring a political dimension of protest against the Islamic Revolution r…

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Final Hours To Support MEMRI In 2017

We at MEMRI would like to wish you a happy and healthy 2018.

Today, the final day of 2017, is also your last opportunity to make a tax-deductible donation to MEMRI for 2017.

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Refugee lobbying group, RCUSA, is a mystery, promotes secrecy

Yesterday I told you more about the Refugee Council USA and how they are pumping out information to an uninformed media/public all of it aimed at making the President look as mean-spirited as possible.


Any legal eagles out there interested in finding out more about its corporate structure and the finances behind RCUSA? Sure hope none of your taxpayer dollars are ‘finding their way’ to RCUSA!

Knowledge is power!

This may get into the weeds for some readers, but it’s important to understand how the refugee industry works and so I encourage you all to dig deeper (wherever you live) if you ever want to see the UN/US Refugee Admissions Program either abolished or reformed.

You’ve seen me write often that the Refugee Council USA (RCUSA) is a consortium including all nine of the federal refugee contractors*** that monopolize all resettlement in the US, but it also includes many groups (see here) that “advocate” for more immigration of all sorts for America.

Advocacy is the polite word for lobbying in Washington. 

RCUSA operates as a central clearing house in Washington for member groups and sends out marching orders in addition to planning media strategy and influencing Congress (remember they hired the Podesta Group to lobby certain Senators), but secrecy is its watchword!


Legal structure is puzzling…

Yesterday I noticed that RCUSA is not a 501(c)3 organization, the IRS designation for charitable groups.  In fact there is no where on its website that describes its legal status (that I could find!).  It clearly doesn’t want to be a 501(c)3 that is restricted from lobbying. There is no mention of it being a 501(c)4 either (a designation that allows lobbying, but where donations are not tax deductible).

Church World Service is its bank!

In fact, because they are not a 501(c)3, if you want to donate to their work (and have it be a charitable deduction on your tax return), you must send your money to Church World Service, a member of the big nine. By donating here you will get your charitable donation:

To Donate To Refugee Council USA.

*When you click to donate, you will be taken to the webpage of Church World Service, Inc. (CWS), a non-profit corporation incorporated in the State of New York in 1946. CWS is tax exempt under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. CWS serves as the fiscal sponsor for Refugee Council USA (RCUSA). As such, CWS accepts contributions, gifts and grants for RCUSA intended to support our programs.

It’s funny but when I went searching (using google) for more on RCUSA’s structure and activities I found mostly posts by me!

I can’t even find a wikipedia page for them, can you?

In this post by me in 2015 I reported this below from their website (at the time!). That page is now missing!

Here is what they do (important to understand that ‘advocacy’=lobbying):

RCUSA is a member-driven coalition and its funding comes solely from member dues. There are a number of standing committees that serve to structure the on-going work of the coalition. In addition to these committees, members are informed daily through RCUSA communications about meetings, events, and other relevant information pertaining to refugee and displacement issues.

General Council: The executives and/or officers from each member agency meet regularly to discuss the council’s work and reach consensus on key advocacy positions and other relevant issues.

Advocacy Committee: Individuals from each member agency meet bi-weekly in Washington, D.C. to coordinate legislative and administrative advocacy efforts at the national and local level.

The committee works together to advance refugee protection, strengthen the United States Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP), educate policymakers about the value of refugee protection and a strong resettlement program, and promote adequate funding for refugees. Katie Conway, Immigration and Refugee Policy Analyst, Episcopal Migration Ministries, currently chairs this Committee.

Go here for more!  [Oopsy! The information is now gone from their site. Why the secrecy?—ed]

Rotating chair isn’t even discussed on their site today:

Hans van de weerd

Photo is from Hans Van de Weerd’s facebook page. (DACA ‘children’ are not refugees.)  Van de Weerd works for the International Rescue Committee with David Miliband while serving as rotating chairman of RCUSA. At the IRC, he is not one of the top dogs, see salaries here:  //refugeeresettlementwatch.wordpress.com/2017/12/23/al-qaeda-and-isis-wont-love-us-if-we-close-more-refugee-offices-waaahhhh/

I had also learned in 2015 that they had a rotating chairman.

Right now HANS VAN DE WEERD is the chairman, and, since I’ve been paying attention, previous chairs included Melanie Nezer of HIAS and Anastasia Brown of the USCCB. (Brown went on to work for Obama’s ORR, not sure if she is now part of the deep state!).

And, adding to the evidence about secrecy promoted by RCUSA, don’t miss the post where I reported that RCUSA was sending out information so that orders were given to not give out any information about refugees coming to your town. See letter at end of this post from World Relief headquarters to its subcontractors.

By the way, do you see how they view you. If you want to know what is happening with the refugee program in your town, you are automatically “Anti-Refugee.”

This is how it begins:

From: Casey Leyva 
Sent: Thursday, May 14, 2015 5:07 PM
Subject: Potential Anti-Refugee Contacts

Dear Office Directors,

We’ve heard recently from other members of RCUSA (Refugee Council USA) that local affiliates have been contacted by individuals questioning the U.S. refugee program. This is a result of an interview Ann Corcoran, a blogger who runs Refugee Resettlement Watch, with a local news station in Minnesota. She has told her followers to to ask you for your R&P abstract – please do not send it. And please let us know if you are contacted.

See my RCUSA archive here.

***These are the nine federal refugee contractors that monopolize all resettlement in America. They are all members of RCUSA:


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Pro-ISIS Telegram Channel Posts Photo Of Alleged ISIS Supporter In NYC

On December 30, 2017, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) channel on Telegram posted a photo showing a man whose face is covered and blurred, with an ISIS flag logo on his scarf, standing outside the Metropolitan museum in New York City. The authenticity of the photo could not be verified…

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Pro-ISIS Media Group: Target Christians, The War Is Not Political, It Is Between “Crusaders” And Muslims

On December 30, 2017, the pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Ashhad Media Foundation published a document penned by a writer who goes by the nickname Abu Moaaz Al-Shammari titled: “O Muslim: You Have the Opportunity to Revenge, So Take It.”[1]

The short text calls for Muslims across the…

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Russian Academician Inozemtsev: Why The Kremlin Talks About A War Economy

In his article, titled “Sham Mobilization: Why the Kremlin Talks about a War Economy,” Russian academician Vladislav Inozemtsev stressed that Russia has no real plans to place the industry on a war footing. The authorities are employing a politically convenient militarist rhetori…

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Protests throughout Iran: Death to Khamenei! Death to IRGC! Not Gaza, Not Lebanon, We Will Give Our Lives to Iran

In anti-regime demonstrations that have erupted all over Iran, protestors called on the Iranian regime to leave the armed conflict in Syria and to focus on internal issues. They shouted slogans such as: “Leave Syria, think of us” and “Not Gaza, not Lebanon – we will give our live…

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Mass Migration: Uninvited Guests

Refugees and immigrants bring their own cultures, their own assumptions, beliefs, values, fears and hopes from their homelands. One cannot just assume that they wish to integrate or assimilate into the Western culture. Willingness to assimilate might

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Turkish Twitter Explodes with Genocidal Jew-Hatred

The statements of Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan — and those of Turks who share his worldview – are further evidence that fundamentalist Muslims oppose Israel’s very existence as a sovereign Jewish state. Their ire over Trump’s Jerusalem

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The Year of The Rohingya

Medieval historians in the Middle East often used the memory of particularly great disasters as a label for a year or even a whole epoch under study. The original model came from pre-Islamic Arabia with such well known examples as “The Year of the

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Houston Imam Who Cited Antisemitic Hadith in Sermon Apologizes to Anyone “Offended” or “Uncomfortable” by His Speech

On Friday, December 28, 2017, Sheikh Raed Saleh Al-Rousan, founder of the Tajweed Institute, posted a “statement and apology” on YouTube. Sheikh Al-Rousan was referring to his sermon from December 8, 2017, in which he cited an antisemitic hadith (see //www.memri.org/tv/hou…

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Refugee Council USA reports that refugee numbers are way down, yes, we know

In just a couple of days I will be reporting on the number of refugees admitted to the US in the first three months of the fiscal year which began on October 1, 2017.

The refugee arrival numbers as news hook!

But, the lobbying arm of the refugee industry—RCUSA—is tracking the numbers every two weeks in order to have regular fresh news with which to whack the Trump Administration.  The last time I saw this concerted effort to supply refugee admission numbers to the media on a regular basis was way back in 2007/2008 when they smacked down President Bush every month for his slow-walking Iraqi refugees in to the US.

Long time readers might remember the fun I had making fun of AP reporter Matthew Lee who could be counted on to report Bush LOW numbers at the close of each month presumably at the behest of his friends in the refugee industry.

Daniele Grigsby

Chief Trump basher at RCUSA: Danielle Grigsby, associate director of Refugee Council USA.

By the way, RCUSA is the same lobbying consortium (members listed below) that recently joined with CAIR in organizing an anti-Trump rally in DC and hired the Podesta Group to lobby certain Senate Republicans. (Podesta went under, wonder if they got their money’s worth before it did!)

Reader Robin sent me this report a few minutes ago from WFPL in Louisville, Kentucky.

So they are at it again, creating a regular news hook about numbers and local media is biting.

Besides the opportunity to whack Trump, what they are deceptively doing is trying to get the media and the uneducated public to believe that the CEILING, set by the President for each fiscal year, is a goal that must be attained.  It is not!

When Trump set the level at 45,000 for FY18 that only means he cannot go over that, there is nothing in refugee law that says he cannot be significantly under the CAP/CEILING.

And, I find it so tiresome that they continue to compare Trump’s admission numbers to the highest three-month period that Obama ever reached—the three months as he was walking out the door at the White House.


According to Grigsby’s group, about 11,000 refugees should have arrived so far this fiscal year, though she said it’s not unprecedented to see fewer arrivals in the first quarter of the fiscal year.

From October 1, 2016 to January 1, 2017, roughly the first quarter of fiscal year 2017, more than 25,000 individuals were resettled in the United States..

Here (below) are their numbers (that served as a news hook for the Kentucky station) for the most recent 2 week period.

In order to reach 45,000 (if it were a goal to be attained) they would have to see refugee arrivals at 3,750 per month.  So, in FY18, so far, the Trump Administration is significantly lower that that.



They have a Report Card!

Now see how low the mean-spirited Trump numbers were for the first two months of the fiscal year.


Trump report card at RCUSA


Here are the members of the Refugee Council USA (note that all nine of the federal resettlement contractors are here):





See my ever-growing archive on the refugee industry’s lobby arm, RCUSA, by clicking here.

And, I will be back right after the first of January to tell you what I think about Trump’s numbers for the first quarter of the fiscal year.

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Trump Justice Dept. counters rogue judge in latest refugee ruling

Judge Robart

The Judge who is deciding national security issues for the benefit of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society which is paid by the head for every refugee it places in American towns and cities.

Since so many of you have sent me links about U.S. District Judge James Robart in Seattle who temporarily halted the refugee travel ‘ban,’ I thought I better mention the latest.

Although, I must say I hate writing about this subject (maddening that these unelected judges are deciding national security issues!), I have to mention that the Justice Department is saying once again that resettlement contractors have no “bona fide relationship” with refugees before they are admitted to the US.

And, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (of course) disagrees.

LOL! I guess this is going to be pick-on-HIAS week after all, see my post yesterday where we learned HIAS was placing refugees in dangerous housing in Pittsburgh. And, don’t miss the latest on their funding here.

You know who could settle this issue once and for all, if they had any guts—-Congress!

There was never any “bona fide relationship” mentioned, let alone defined, in the original Refugee Act of 1980.  The term, and now the wrangling over the definition, was created out of whole cloth by the US Supreme Court foolishly attempting to write refugee law. (See my Supreme Court category, here.)

So where is Congress?

Here is the latest on the latest lawsuit (within days it will all change again!) from the Washington Post:

SEATTLE — Lawyers with the Department of Justice have asked a federal judge to change his order that partially lifted a Trump administration refugee ban.

Just before Christmas, U.S. District Judge James Robart in Seattle imposed a nationwide injunction that blocks restrictions on reuniting refugee families and partially lifted a ban on refugees from 11 mostly Muslim countries. Robart limited that part of the injunction to refugees who have a bona fide relationship with people or entities in the United States. He also said that refugees who have formal agreements with refugee resettlement agencies were covered under his order.

The government does not want to include resettlement agencies.

hetfield at NY anti-Trump rally

Mark Hetfield speaking at HIAS anti-Trump rally in New York last February.  Rep. Keith Ellison was also a featured speaker.  More than half of HIAS’s funding comes from US taxpayer dollars. Not only do they sue President Trump, but they organize anti-Trump rallies like this one.  //lilith.org/blog/2017/02/upstanders/

Government lawyers filed a motion Wednesday saying that although the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has interpreted the “bona fide relationship” to include connections to resettlement agencies, the U.S. Supreme Court has stayed that ruling. That means the highest court indicates it disagrees with the appeals court on that point, the lawyers say.

Attorneys for refugee support organization HIAS and Jewish Family Service say the government’s claims are wrong.


In the motion filed Wednesday, government lawyers cited the Supreme Court’s three stay orders on previous Trump travel bans as evidence the high court disagrees with letting the bona fide relationship include refugee resettlement agencies or humanitarian organizations.

“For individuals, a close familial relationship is required,” the lawyers wrote. “’As for entities, the relationship must be formal, documented and formed in the ordinary course,’ such as a relationship between a foreign student and an American university or between a foreign worker and an American employer.

“Unlike these types of relationships, refugees do not have a freestanding connection to resettlement agencies, apart from the refugee admissions process itself, by virtue of the agency’s assurance agreement with the federal government.”

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Bottomline for me is that this all points to one more reason to get rid of the nine federal contractors that monopolize all resettlement in America.  They are litigious. They are Leftist community organizers. And, we pay them with our tax dollars to work against the interests of America First!

I repeat: Where is Congress?

Here are the nine (go here to see how much you involuntarily pay them!). HIAS seems to have become their litigation arm!

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How Palestinians Silence Palestinians

Mohammed Al-Dayeh has been under interrogation on suspicion of establishing and managing two Facebook pages — “Sons of the Martyrs” and “No to Corruption.” The Palestinian Authority claims that both accounts were used to wage a smear campaign against

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Expect America’s Tensions with China and Russia to Rise in 2018

Yesterday’s 2017 review and forecast for 2018 focused on the most urgent challenges the Trump administration faces: the volatile Middle East, international terrorism and the proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. Today, we examine the

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In ISIS Video, Repeated Calls For Muslims In West To ‎Carry Out Holiday Attacks – Against Churches, Parties, And ‎Stadiums, Using Pressure Cooker Bombs, Ramming Attacks, ‎And Poison

On December 29, 2017, the Islamic State (ISIS) Al-Khayr (Deir Al-Zur) province released a video that called upon the group’s supporters in the West to come to its defense by carrying out attacks locally. It suggests various methods for these attacks, including the use of bomb-lad…

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ISIS Claims St. Petersburg Supermarket Bombing

On December 29, 2017, the Islamic State (ISIS) released a statement claiming responsibility for the December 27 bombing attack at a supermarket in St. Petersburg, Russia. About a dozen people were wounded in the attack.

The statement said that a “security detachment from the c…

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ISIS Claims Church Attack In Cairo ‎ ‎

On December 29, 2017, the Islamic State (ISIS) published a statement claiming responsibility for the church attack the same day in Cairo, Egypt. At least eight people were killed in the attack when gunmen opened fire on the Mar Mina Coptic Church in Cairo’s southern neighborhood …

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Kuwaiti Cleric Saalim At-Taweel: Jihad For The Sake Of Allah Means Fighting The Infidels To Make Them Convert To Islam; Enslaving Infidels Is One Of The Virtues Of Islam

On November 7, Kuwaiti cleric Sheikh Saalim Bin Sa’d At-Taweel published a lecture on his official YouTube channel explaining the concept of jihad. Sheikh At-Taweel said that while jihad has different meanings, “jihad for the sake of Allah” means fighting infidels in order to spr…

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