Hat Tip: BB
By: Izzy Lyman
Victims of Illegal Immigration – A Collection of Essays
Hat Tip: Dick Manasseri
Shyima was a little girl when she began working for a wealthy Egyptian, Abdel-Nasser Youssef Ibrahim, who moved from Cairo, Egypt to Irvine, California with his family. At age ten she spent long days ironing, cooking, and laundering. In exchange, she received $30 a month and slept in the non-descript garage of the family’s fancy five bedroom home. Shyima was forbidden to use the household’s washing machine for her own clothes, which she cleaned in a bucket. During a trip to Disneyland Park she was the designated valet, who carted the luggage, and didn’t get to ride the rides.
For Shyima there was no opportunity to play, learn, or be nurtured. Just like Cinderella in the fairy tale, who labored as a scullery maid for mean taskmasters, it was all drudgery.
An anonymous tipster contacted the Orange County Child Protective Services about the child who lived in the garage, and Ibrahim was busted by local law enforcement. Shyima was placed in foster care and, eventually, found a real-life Prince Charming – in a caring American couple who adopted her. Today, she aspires to a career at Immigrations and Customs Enforcement and has no contact with her own family in northern Africa. Ibrahim and his wife, who pled guilty to charges of “forced labor and slavery,” were sentenced to a federal prison and deportation. The court also ordered the couple to pay back wages to Shyima.
John Miller of the State Department estimates that of the 700,000 or so individuals that are trafficked yearly across international borders, half of them are children. They are sold into sex slavery, factory work, farm labor, conscription, and domestic servitude. Back in Cairo, Shyima’s illiterate parents had signed a contract with a maid recruiter “leasing” out her services.
Shyima’s former ’employers’ had figured out how to game the system well enough to lie to embassy officials and sneak her into the United States, via a visitor’s visa. They asserted to the Irvine Police Department that she was a distant relative. Unlike countless other immigration imbroglios involving illegal entry and human trafficking, in this case, justice prevailed. Shyima’s sad memories, however, will likely never fade.
Izzy Lyman is the editor of the Victims of Illegal Immigration.
By: Andrea Shea King
The Radio Patriot
The Conservative Treehouse’s “Sundance” has done his homework on the international organization known as “Baptist Child and Family Services” that is in cahoots with our federal government, AKA the Obama Regime. Knowledge is power. Read this. Share it with your circle. Then send it to your Congressional reps.
A few days ago we posted some details, and a large dose of opinion, about the latest misguided efforts of Glenn Beck’s “Bold and Sanctimonious Tour” – and a strange thing happened…. few, if any, thought our critical outline was controversial.
It would appear the Patriotic U.S. Sleeping Giant is awake, at least on this issue.
What follows below is a little more depth on the issue of “Faith Based” organizations and those receiving federal grants to facilitate illegal immigration.
We have received numerous requests to turn the eye of research into exactly what these organizations are. Specifically, one group that is continually in the media stories when they describe “faith-based” organizations and subsequent assistance to illegal aliens, or unaccompanied alien children, Baptist Child and Family Services or BCFS.
“Faith Based Organizations“. Has a nice charitable ring to it, no? At least on the surface it’s a great sounding catch phrase. Such descriptivism gives the reader or listener the impression of “charity” in some form. At the very least, as Mr. Teddy Bears and Soccer Balls -Glenn Beck- has recently been espousing, they would seem quite, well, charitable.
Alas, not so fast.
He’s the paid President and CEO of Baptist Child and Family Services Emergency Management Division (BCFS-EMD). We found him by backtracking the name of the principal officer posted on their 2012 tax filings.
Paid at an annual salary of $477,799+ I might add.
Not a bad gig for himself and rest of the BCFS-EMD leadership and staff who pulled in, and paid $33,000,000 in wages for 2012.
Yes, that is THIRTY THREE MILLION. In payroll.
BCFS Health and Human Services’ Emergency Management Division (BCFS EMD) is a non-profit partner of federal, state and local government and private industry. Our organization specializes in emergency management, incident management, disaster response, public health and medical emergency response, mass care, medical sheltering and planning for vulnerable populations. (link)
Call me crazy but I thought that’s what FEMA was for….. oh well, I digress.
Now, at this point I’d usually link to a bunch of internal publicly available information about BCFS-EMD so you could cruise around and dig in for your own analytical curiosity. However, a strange thing happened while assembling this research; the site closed down many of the page functions during my assembly….. presto: “ACCESS DENIED” !
I’ll have to leave it up to you why they did this. But I can assure you the change in sunlight protocol occurred between the hours of noon on Wednesday 7/16/14 and 11:30pm that same day. How do I know? Because for the past two days I’ve been mining data on this organization – and the “Access Denied” only occurred after I had already been assembling the cast of characters and tracking down their tax filings.
(maybe, just maybe, they’re updating? /sarc)
Baptist Child and Family Services, along with Baptist Child and Family Services-Emergency Management Division, are actually the recipients of the Department of Homeland Security and Dept. of Health and Human Services grant money.
How much money you might ask?
Well, lets just say a single grant this month was for $190,707,505.00
THAT’s a single grant.
One grant for:
One Hundred Ninety Million, Seven Hundred Seven Thousand, Five Hundred Five Dollars. $190,707,505.00
And there’s more than a few MORE:
And yes as you scroll to the bottom you’ll note that we are only half-way through the year and this entity has received over a QUARTER BILLION dollars. OK, now you’re beginning to get the picture.
I’m thinking BCFS can afford a few soccer balls, no?
So what in the world can a “faith based charity group” be spending all of that taxpayer money on ?…. and how big is this “charity” if the federal government portion therein is funding it to the tune of THAT MUCH money ?
Well, apparently, other than “Federal Grant Work”, not much.
In 2012 they pulled in $67,325,953.00 and $63,321,669 of taxpayer funds through DHS and HHS grants/contracts. That’s around 94% of their entire operational “charity revenue” from taxpayers.
“Baptist Child and Family Services” eh?
“Faith Based”? Um, where’s the church ?
Now that CEO Mr. Kevin Dinnin has tripled his “charities” business with the federal government I’m pretty sure he’s making more than the $477,799.00 he was making in 2012.
Consider this Press Release:
BCFS, a global health and human services organization headquartered in Texas, today announced the expansion of its International Children’s Services program to serve unaccompanied foreign youth throughout the country. The new offices, located in New York, NY; Miami, FL; Houston, TX; Dallas, TX; Sacramento-area, CA; and Los Angeles-area, CA, will serve as regional hubs for BCFS’ new family support and evaluation programs.
BCFS will lead these programs as part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR)strategic plan to provide safe and stable homes for international youth who are granted permission to stay with family or sponsors already living in the country.
“We are excited to expand our successful International Children’s Services program nationwide. Under the care and leadership of our new national and regional directors, countless children and families will receive the support they need to start their new lives off right,” said Asennet Segura, BCFS Executive Director – Residential Services Division. “As BCFS works toward meeting this mission, we look forward to forging new friendships and partnerships throughout these new regions.”
With this expansion, BCFS has named four new directors: (continue reading)
The Press Release goes on to note the hiring of: ♦ Celeste Garcia, National Program Director (based in San Antonio), ♦ Alexandra Peralta, Regional Director – Eastern U.S. (based in Miami), ♦ Kelsey Lebrun Keswani, Regional Director – Western U.S. (based in Los Angeles-area), and♦ Michelle Fuentes, Regional Director – Central U.S. (based in Houston-area), along with a brief summary of their skill set.
Those rail cars might as well be loaded with gold.
- Link to BCFS HERE
- Link to BCFS Press Release HERE
- Link to BCFS-EMD HERE
- Link to BCFS 2012 Tax Form 990 HERE
- Link to Federal HHS Grant HERE
Final thoughts: It is important to remember this information is only for one of the “faith-based organizations” you have heard about recently. There are many others who are in the same operational business model as Baptist Child and Family Services. For the sake of this outline we stopped with what appears to be the newest and the one everyone was inquiring about.
However, given the scope of the expenditures, you might be interested to know that, again according to tax filing records, the United States Catholic Bishops also received $69.5 million in HHS grants for 2012 (LINK). Yes, that’s $69,500,000+ in grants. And yes, that’s about 98% of the total charity revenue for the organization. And yes, that’s for the exact same type of activity.
Federal Charity courtesy of the U.S. Taxpayer. Is it really “charity” when the federal government is using the IRS to collect the “offering”?
Hey Glenn, about those soccer balls…..
By: Roger Aronoff
Accuracy in Media
The situation at America’s southern border is a “manufactured crisis,” one perpetuated—if not started—by the Obama administration. After all, the administration put out an ad in January 2014 asking for contractors to handle an influx of 65,000 children. “The surge to 60,000 or so children seen this year was said to catch many off guard, especially since just 6,500 children entered the U.S. as early as 2011,” reported Pete Kasperowicz for The Blaze. “But [Republican Representative Jeff] Sessions [R-AL] said the advertisement showed that the administration knew the surge would happen.” And in reality, the 60,000 children represent only about 20 percent of the total illegal immigrants who have come into this country since April.
In addition, a series of new revelations this week further demolish the administration’s narrative about whether or not this is, indeed, a manufactured crisis, and if it is being handled responsibly. For example, thanks to a report by Breitbart News, we learned that the Obama administration is using organizations to find prospective foster homes for some of the unaccompanied children coming across the border, and offering to pay the foster parents more than $6,000 per month, tax free, to house them. What could possibly go wrong?
If that doesn’t work out, the federal government has plans for temporary housing in a Texas resort, with tennis courts, swimming pools, a steam room and sauna, all for the bargain rate of $50 million a year. At least they did until the public became aware of it, at which time they thought better of it. As Chris Plante, who has a radio show on WMAL in Washington, D.C. said, maybe they should have thought to offer that first to homeless or disabled vets. Did anyone consider that?
Breitbart also reported on a leaked report from the El Paso Intelligence Center, which combines information from Homeland Security and the Drug Enforcement Administration, among a number of other government agencies. The report states, “Of the 230 total migrants interviewed, 219 cited the primary reason for migrating to the United States was the perception of U.S. immigration laws granting free passes or permisos…” In other words, it isn’t, as the administration and its allies in the media argue, an uptick in violence back home in Central America that is driving this wave of illegal immigrants into this country.
President Barack Obama and then-Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano assured the American public as recently as 2013 that the border was secure. “The amount of manpower, technology, everything else that we have put on that border is simply amazing,” Secretary Napolitano told ABC News. “This is not the same border that was.”
“We’re putting mobile surveillance so that we can move around and watch, and we have increased boots on the ground,” she continued.
As for President Obama, he assured the public in 2011 that “Under Secretary Napolitano’s leadership, we have strengthened border security beyond what many believed was possible.”
Both Secretary Napolitano and President Obama attacked border control advocates as just looking to follow an impossible standard. “I suspect there will be those who will try to move the goal posts one more time,” President Obama said in 2011. “They’ll say we need to triple the border patrol. Or quadruple the border patrol.”
The problem is, however, even that wouldn’t help if the additional staff is only assigned to “processing duties,” not patrolling the border and sending illegal immigrants back. A National Border Patrol Council spokesman, Hector Garza, recently told CNN, “At this point about 70 percent of our border patrol agents in this area are being reassigned for processing duties.” He continued, “What that means is that we’re leaving approximately 30 percent of our Border Patrol agents to actually do field work, to actually patrol our border, and what that creates is a very porous border where dangerous criminals, dangerous drugs are entering our country undetected, and they’re making their way to our communities.”
He later told Fox News’ Sean Hannity that the federal government is “aiding and abetting” the illegal aliens, and that he’s been told not to speak out. He said he is speaking for the agents: “The federal government is actually completing the smuggling cycle by having a parent sending their child to the U.S. border, having them smuggled. That is only part of the smuggling cycle. Then the federal government steps in. We apprehend them. We process [inaudible] them and release them to their family members in the U.S. We just completed that smuggling cycle. Why would anybody want to hire a smuggler when the U.S. government is actually doing it for free?”
Garza is just the kind of public servant America badly needs more of these days. He won’t be intimidated into keeping quiet about a disastrous situation that he sees and deals with directly on a daily basis. He said that their agents are constantly under attack by the drug cartels, including having shots fired at them, and they’ve even had the Mexican military attack their agents.
Added Garza: “Our border patrol agents come to work every day with their head up high. They’re very good at what they do. We are trained very well. However, at this point our resources are running dry and morale is at a very low level. But our agents continue to do their job as best as they can.”
Also making their way to our communities are unaccompanied children and women with children who are being smuggled in by “coyotes.” Many of these children become victims of sex or criminal abuse during the journey. Facilities are becoming overrun with immigrants suffering from mental, emotional, and physical illnesses such lice, scabies, tuberculosis and chicken pox. In orde to keep this information from the public, the Department of Health and Human Services imposed a gag order so that the staff at one facility couldn’t tell the press anything. Even a Congressman was initially not allowed to enter a different facility, until he repeatedly pushed for it.
Continuing with their strong-arm tactics with the press, the administration issued a series of rules for the media visiting Fort Sill: don’t record anything, ask questions, or, in general, do the investigative work of good journalism. In addition, pictures were to be provided afterwards for the media’s use. One wonders how the media would have reacted had the Bush administration put such restrictions on them during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
If history foretells the future, the administration is offering thin promises again on immigration. “If those children do not have a legal basis for remaining in this country, as I mentioned, it’s unlikely those children will be found to qualify for humanitarian relief, they’ll be sent back,” said press secretary Josh Earnest. Really? As we reported earlier, “If you’re an unaccompanied minor, or in legalese an unaccompanied alien child (UAC), you can count on social services and pro-bono legal support to help you stay in the country and reunite with relatives who already live here.” More specifically, Safe Passage Project Director Lenni Benson told The New York Times in May that 90 percent of UACs “qualify for immigration relief, allowing them to remain in the United States legally.”
In addition, “The vast majority of 50,000 unaccompanied youths and children who have illegally crossed the Texas border during the last few months have been successfully delivered by federal agencies to their relatives living in the United States..,” reports The Daily Caller. “A second New York Times article report revealed that officials have caught an additional 240,000 Central American migrants since April, and are transporting many of them to their destinations throughout the United States.” Mothers and children are caught by the Border Patrol, safely picked up, and then bused throughout the United States with the thin requirement that they later appear at a deportation court proceeding.
President Obama would like Americans to believe that his latest initiative in requesting additional funding from Congress and the power to expedite the deportation of Central American illegal alien children means that he truly is getting tough on immigration, and that he’s not ignoring what’s happening south of the border. He has chosen to conveniently blame this on a 2008 law that was passed by a bipartisan vote under President Bush. This law forbids the government from sending back non-Mexican illegal alien children “rapidly,” according to The New York Times.
To this, we must ask “why the crisis now?” The influx of immigrants has been blamed on increasing violence in three countries—El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. Honduras has had the highest murder rate of any nation for years, with 85.5 of 100,000 people murdered in 2012, 79 of 100,000 in 2013, and 90.4 of 100,000 in 2014, according to Reuters and CNN. Permissive immigration policies by President Obama have allowed the influx of immigrants, wooed by rumors that they may get to stay in the United States, providing the impetus to begin their long journey. For example, the Daily Caller reports, “Top immigration officials choose to not check if the relatives or parents who pick up the children are in the country legally.”
Mexico, which has much stricter immigration enforcement on its southern border than we do, announced last week in a joint press conference with its president and the president of Guatemala that it would be facilitating a 72-hour safe passage permit to move through Mexico to the U.S. border, including providing “financial assistance” and emergency medical care for people crossing their border from Guatemala or Belize.
But amidst all of this we have another longstanding crisis: a journalistic crisis. The media establishment is simply unable to describe the manufactured crisis that is happening because journalists are muzzled by AP Stylebook standards. As National Review recounts:
In 2013, the Associated Press Stylebook, a guidebook used by newspapers nationwide, eliminated the term ‘illegal immigrant’ from its pages. ‘People who were brought into the country as children should not be described as having immigrated illegally,’ the stylebook for news reporters reads. ‘For people granted a temporary right to remain in the U.S. under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, use temporary resident status, with details on the program lower in the story.’ The guide also gives this direction: ‘Except in direct quotations, do not use the terms illegal alien, an illegal, illegals or undocumented’ (emphasis in original).
In other words, papers such as The New York Times freely refer to illegal immigrants as just “immigrants,” and other news outlets such as CNN allow their sources to equate anti-illegal immigrant sentiments with “anti-immigrant” hatred. The Times even argues that “The besieged border is a myth, and the arrival of a few thousand weary refugee children on buses does not make the myth true.” This type of confusion and distortion should not continue, for the good of the country.
By: as Dawn sees it
“The CDC is already aware of the problem, which means this administration is fully aware.
And rather than treating and quarantining patients, then sending back to their home
countries, they are preparing for a health care crisis.”
The crisis at our southern border has raised concern to Congressman Phil Gingrey of Georgia. The concerns of the congressman and medical doctor are so deep that he has composed a letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This should cause alarm to any reasonable and thinking American citizen.
There is all too valid cause for concern of a potential health care crisis, due to the massive numbers of illegal aliens crossing our borders. There are simply too many to adequately be checked for disease. Many of these migrants will be in our towns soon, if not already there, and in our schools. To not inform the public is irresponsible, at best.
This has created a “severe and dangerous” crisis, says the Georgia lawmaker, Phil Gingrey. Most of the Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) are coming from Central America and they’re importing infectious diseases considered to be largely eradicated in this country. Additionally, many of the migrants lack basic vaccinations such as those to prevent chicken pox or measles, leaving America’s young children and the elderly particularly susceptible, Gingrey reveals.
In a hard-hitting letter to the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Congressman Gingrey demands that the agency keep Americans informed about its plan to handle the growing public health crisis posed by the influx of minors. “As the unaccompanied children continue to be transported to shelters around the country on commercial airlines and other forms of transportation, I have serious concerns that the diseases carried by these children may begin to spread too rapidly to control,” the congressman writes. “In fact, as you undoubtedly know, some of these diseases have no known cure.”
Some of the diseases causing the congressman concern may be these, text from the Mayo Clinic:
Influenza viruses infect the cells lining your nose, throat and lungs. The virus enters your body when you inhale contaminated droplets or transfer live virus from a contaminated surface to your eyes, nose or mouth.
If you’ve traveled to an area where many people are affected by swine flu (H1N1 flu), you may have been exposed to the virus, particularly if you spent time in large crowds.
Dengue (DENG-gay) fever is a mosquito-borne disease that occurs in tropical and subtropical areas of the world. Mild dengue fever causes high fever, rash, and muscle and joint pain. A severe form of dengue fever, also called dengue hemorrhagic fever, can cause severe bleeding, a sudden drop in blood pressure (shock) and death.
Millions of cases of dengue infection occur worldwide each year. Dengue fever is most common in Southeast Asia and the western Pacific islands, but the disease has been increasing rapidly in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Ebola virus and Marburg virus are related viruses that cause hemorrhagic fevers — illnesses marked by severe bleeding (hemorrhage), organ failure and, in many cases, death. Both Ebola virus and Marburg virus are native to Africa, where sporadic outbreaks have occurred for decades.
Ebola virus and Marburg virus live in animal hosts, and humans can contract the viruses from infected animals. After the initial transmission, the viruses can spread from person to person through contact with body fluids or contaminated needles.
No drug has been approved to treat Ebola virus or Marburg virus. People diagnosed with Ebola or Marburg virus receive supportive care and treatment for complications. Scientists are coming closer to developing vaccines for these deadly diseases.
Tuberculosis (TB) is a potentially serious infectious disease that mainly affects your lungs. The bacteria that cause tuberculosis are spread from one person to another through tiny droplets released into the air via coughs and sneezes.
Once rare in developed countries, tuberculosis infections began increasing in 1985, partly because of the emergence of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. HIV weakens a person’s immune system so it can’t fight the TB germs. In the United States, because of stronger control programs, tuberculosis began to decrease again in 1993, but remains a concern.
Many strains of tuberculosis resist the drugs most used to treat the disease. People with active tuberculosis must take several types of medications for many months to eradicate the infection and prevent development of antibiotic resistance.
It is important to note that not all carriers exhibit symptoms. They could easily slip through and be transported to communities that would have no idea until it is to late. Children, elderly, and people with compromised immune systems are going to be more susceptible to getting these diseases.
The CDC is already aware of the problem, which means this administration is fully aware. And rather than treating and quarantining patients, then sending back to their home countries, they are preparing for a health care crisis.
To handle the escalating health crisis the CDC has activated an Emergency Operations Center (EOC), but Gingrey points out in his letter that Congress and the public are being kept in the dark about what it’s doing. “I firmly believe the public deserves to know the specific actions the EOC and other departments of the CDC are taking to combat and prevent the spread of communicable diseases,” the lawmaker writes. He goes on to demand that the CDC take immediate action to assess the public risk posed by the UACs and their subsequent transfer to different parts of the country. “I would also like information on what is being done to protect border patrol agents who come in contact with these diseases, what decontamination efforts are taking place, and what is included in medical screenings of the children.”
How times have changed, and not for the better. Going back in our history to Ellis Island, patients were screened and if necessary, placed in “contagious disease wards.” There, a patient would be housed until the disease ran its course and they were safe to be put into the general population.
There was a process that a person was more than willing to go through to become an American citizen. There was a time when we had an administration that cared enough to make sure the citizens were safe.
Yes, things have certainly changed.
The Ellis Island Hospital
Trevor Loudon will join Andrea Shea King on The Radio Patriot Blogcast tonight at 9:30 PM EST. Andrea’s show is simply one of the very best and most informative shows out there and she will be speaking with Trevor about his upcoming documentary. You won’t want to miss it!
Time: 9:30 PM EST (but her show starts at 9 PM EST and you’ll want to catch all of it)
There is a chat room which is loads of fun. Make sure you check in and stay for a spell. Trevor will be spilling the beans on some of his plans to expose the enemies from within and you are invited!