Friday, September 30, 2016

Obama buries U.S. city in refugees, now it’s fighting back

Obama buries U.S. city in refugees, now it’s fighting back

  
 
 
The latest flashpoint in the growing backlash against refugee resettlement is Fargo, North Dakota, where the city commission is demanding a full accounting of the program’s costs.
“Surprisingly, that’s never been done before,” said a Fargo city commissioner, Dave Piepkorn, who spoke with WND this week and can be seen discussing his plan in the video above.
Fargo, like many other small cities that have received large numbers of refugees, has been divided by the issue. There have been protests against refugees and counter protests in favor of them, followed by biting blogs and news reports on both sides.
Fargo was thrust into the spotlight on Sept. 18 when it was revealed that the Somali refugee who attacked mall shoppers in St. Cloud, Minnesota, was originally resettled here.
“When we have one Muslim terrorist who tries to kill innocent people in St. Cloud, which is two hours from here, that raised my alarm,” said Piepkorn, who is leading the fight to expose the costs of refugee resettlement on his community.
Dahir Adan, who stabbed 10 shoppers while yelling references to Allah, came to St. Cloud via Fargo, where he was resettled by Lutheran Social Services after arriving with his family from a United Nations refugee camp in Kenya at the age of 2. His older brother, 27-year-old Abdullah Adan, still resides in Fargo, his current home being the Cass County Jail where he is being held on felony drug charges.
ISIS released a statement calling Dahir Adan a “soldier” of the Islamic State.
Piepkorn told WND that Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, the agency the government hires to resettle refugees in Fargo, has been less than forthcoming with information about Adan and his family.
“We had a gentleman who was a refugee, who was the terrorist in Minnesota,” he said. “And once the story came out and the identity of the terrorist was made known, the media asked them to track back and they would not release any information on him, and that to me was shocking.”
Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota moved last year into a new, larger building, a symbol of its success in transforming Fargo into a model of diversity and multiculturalism.
Dave Piepkorn is a Fargo city commissioner and former captain of the North Dakota State Football team that won the national championship in 1983.
Dave Piepkorn is a Fargo city commissioner and former captain of the North Dakota State Football team that won the national championship in 1983.
Piepkorn, a former standout offensive lineman for the North Dakota State football team who was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 1984, hopes to shine a light on the secretive process by which Fargo has been seeded with Third World refugees over the last two decades.
His proposal to direct the city staff to total up the costs of refugee resettlement in Fargo and Cass County was approved 5-0 by the city commission Monday night.
And there’s been a lot of resettlement going on in Fargo.
North Dakota leads nation in refugees per capita
“On a per capita basis, North Dakota leads the nation in refugees, and 80 percent or more get sent to the Fargo area,” said Piepkorn.
A check of the U.S. State Department’s Refugee Processing Center database shows that refugees have been sent to Fargo from at least 26 different countries.
Rural states like the Dakotas, Montana, Alaska, Iowa, Kentucky, Tennessee and the Carolinas have not been immune to the growing refugee influx under the last two presidents, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
North Dakota has received 5,299 refugees since January 2002, an average of 378 per year over that period. Of those 5,299 refugees, 4,103 have been sent to Fargo, a city of just over 118,000 people.
The top sending countries are Bhutan, Somalia, Iraq, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia and Sudan.
Below is a breakdown of the numbers of refugees sent to Fargo since 2002 by country:
  • Bhutan – 1,553 refugees
  • Somalia – 811 refugees
  • Iraq – 672 refugees
  • DRC – 228 refugees
  • Liberia – 209 refugees
  • Sudan – 204 refugees
“We have 40 different types of language interpreters in our schools,” Piepkorn told WND.
The language and cultural barriers of integrating such large numbers of refugees also impact the emergency 9-1-1 center, local police and jails, hospitals and clinics, housing and transportation.
“I know the city and county are involved in housing, and also transportation and health care,” Piepkorn said. “It’s a huge amount of money.”
He predicts it could run into the millions per year.
TV station criticized for blowing whistle on TB cases
Earlier this year, it was reported by Michael Patrick Leahy of Breitbart News that four active cases of tuberculosis were found among refugees in Fargo, a report that Lutheran Social Services denied, but it was confirmed in June by a health officer for the Fargo Cass Public Health Department.
Backlash against the refugee program has been building in Fargo since April when a local TV reporter aired an investigative story on resettlement and its corporate backers.
Watch the report that shocked Fargo and 19 other U.S. cities, exposing key corporate execs behind the push for mass immigration:
The station ran another story in May tying the refugees to the first increase in tuberculosis cases in Fargo in 20 years. The second report angered refugee advocates, who organized a protest rally against the local NBC affiliate calling for “administrative action” against the reporter, news director and station manager. The deputy mayor of Fargo was among those protesting the TV station’s reporting, calling it “fear mongering” at the expense of refugees and demanding the station apologize for reporting on the TB cases. The station stands by its story.
But in the wake of the stabbing spree in St. Cloud, residents now have a new concern that may trump the possibility of any TB outbreak. The attack, coupled with another involving pipe bombs on the same weekend in New York and New Jersey carried out by an Afghan refugee, put a spotlight on the security risks of refugees from certain countries with a history of terrorism.
But he is attacking the resettlement program from the financial side. He believes that if the influx of refugees from the Third World into Fargo is driven by the federal government then the federal government ought to pay for the costs. He’s calling it an “unfunded mandate,” and he told a local radio host Tuesday that if the feds don’t ante up to help offset the costs, then the city will consider filing a lawsuit.
Following lead of Michigan county?
Fargo would not be the first local government to consider doing that.
Brooks Patterson, county executive for Oakland County, Michigan, recently announced he is preparing to sue the feds for flooding his county with refugees without local consultation or consent. The Refugee Act of 1980 requires the federal government to consult with states and localities where it sends the refugees, and this has been a bone of contention in Tennessee, Texas and Alabama as well as Michigan and North Dakota.
Fargo’s costs of integrating the refugees have been estimated at $250,000 for last year alone, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg, Piepkorn told WND.
Piepkorn said the U.S. State Department, which oversees the program, gives the city no say over how many refugees get sent to the community and from where. Those decisions are made by the State Department and Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, which gets paid a fee by the government for each refugee it resettles in Fargo.
“The proponents of refugee resettlement don’t want these numbers to come out because when they do it’s going to be huge,” he said. “We have a group, Lutheran Social Services, that’s the organization that’s going to be called on the carpet.”
Containing the backlash
LSSND and other pro-refugee groups are pushing for an economic-impact study that they say would show the positive impact of refugees on Fargo. Since Fargo has a thriving economy, they say the refugees have a high employment rate, filling jobs in the hospitality industry and other low-skilled positions that most North Dakotans aren’t eager to take.
But studies by the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement show that refugees, particularly those from the Middle East and Africa, are high welfare users. Even if they do hold a job, that job is likely to fall short of covering the costs of a large refugee family. The income gaps are often filled by food stamps, Medicaid, subsidized housing and other programs.
“LSSSD wanted to provide an economic impact, they were saying we’ll provide you with the positive economic impact of refugees, but I thought that was laughable,” Piepkorn said. “I said, ‘Well, even if you had one, I wouldn’t use it,’ because they have a dog in the fight.”
Piepkorn brought several refugee issues before the city commission Monday night.
“Who approves the refugees who are coming here?” he said. “Right now, we have no input as a city or county or anything, and so it’s an unfunded mandate.”
In fact, the refugees sent to Fargo and more than 300 other U.S. cities and towns are initially selected by the United Nations, then screened by the U.S. government. The effectiveness of screening refugees from Muslim countries with active jihadist movements has been a topic of hot debate for well over a year in Congress and the media.
Piepkorn encountered some resistance to his quest for more information from fellow commissioner John Strand, who maintained that the costs were “not that quantifiably significant relative to what the people might think.”
Yet, KVLY’s Valley Live News reported in November that the cost to educate English language learners enrolled in the city’s public schools totaled $2.8 million, citing information provided by Superintendent Dr. Jeff Schatz.
One of 20 cities targeted by powerful group
In April, KVLY aired a report by reporter Chris Berg that tied support for the refugee program in Fargo and 19 other cities to a powerful group called the Partnership for a New American Economy, which includes business tycoons such as Rupert Murdoch of Fox News and Bob Iger of Disney, hotel baron Bill Marriott and Michael Bloomberg of Bloomberg News. WND had first published an investigative report on the 20 “welcoming” cities just days before.
FBI Director James Comey has stated in congressional hearings that his agency has nearly 1,000 open ISIS investigations in all 50 states, stretching the bureau to its limits trying to keep up with all of the leads. And a recently leaked FBI document revealed the bureau has had 7,700 encounters with known terrorists over the last year.
‘Refugees are our guests’
“Refugees are our guests. They’re not Americans. They’re not citizens. They are our guests,” said Piepkorn, as reported by KVLY.
He said he hopes the countywide investigation into costs will be thorough and time consuming.
“That’s the beauty of it,” he told WND. “We’ll get all the facts and be able to say here’s what we’re looking at, hard numbers.”
“It’s been a gradual education for me,” he added. “I just had one vote on the commission, and now we have a majority so that kind of changes your ability to get things done.
“We’re going to get a new leader in the White House, and this is going to be a huge issue. I think it is the issue of the upcoming election; most people don’t know it yet.
“I would just say we’re starting to fight the good fight.”

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Ted Cruz Gets Obama DHS to Admit Refugees Allowed in U.S. On Word Alone

Ted Cruz Gets Obama DHS to Admit Refugees Allowed in U.S. On Word Alone

Ted Cruz Gets Obama DHS to Admit Refugees Allowed in U.S. On Word Alone

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During a Senate Judiciary Immigration Subcommittee hearing on Wednesday, Texas Senator Ted Cruz 
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 grilled an Obama Regime DHS official until he admitted that refugees allowed into America from terror-laden countries are sometimes allowed into the United States by simply trusting the word of the refugee without any other documentation when “vetted.”

Quoting from an internal Obama Regime memo out loud for the world to hear, Cruz reveals (emphasis added) that the DHS knows the vetting process is full of Swiss cheese:
“ISIS refugee programs particularly vulnerable to fraud due to loose evidentiary requirements where at times the testimony of an applicant alone is sufficient for approval. As a result, a range of bad actors who use manufactured histories, biographies, and other false statements, as well as produce and submit facetious supporting documentation, have exploited this program.”
Cruz continued reading from the memo, reading a portion that says refugees even receive a government-issued document that contains the biographic that the refugee supplied, which can then be used to obtain a driver’s license (motor-voter anybody?).
Ted Cruz called the process described in the memo a “recipe for fraud,” and asked León Rodríguez, the Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, how we can be sure refugees aren’t terrorists:
“This strikes me as a recipe for fraud — that if we are allowing refugees to come in without supporting information, tell us who they claim to be and we’re letting them in, despite the fact that the director of the FBI [James Comey] has told us they cannot vet these refugees to make sure they’re not terrorists — how can we possibly be confident that the refugees coming in are not, in fact, terrorists seeking to murder innocent Americans?”
Amazingly, León Rodríguez answered by attacking the credibility of the person who wrote the memo Cruz read from, saying the author “did not do the homework to learn about our process.”
“That document was written by somebody who did not take the time to familiarize themselves with our program,” Rodríguez fired back, saying that he disagreed with the words written in the memo when pressed by Cruz.
But Ted Cruz was going to have nothing of this attempt to deflect.
“So is it true or false that the testimony of the applicant alone can be sufficient for approval?” Cruz further pressed.
Stuttering and stammering, Rodríguez answered that “it depends on the case,” but that there is usually some kind of documentation, giving Cruz as evidence the “piles of documents” you can see at a refugee settlement center.
Cruz wasn’t going to let that stand either.
“Mr. Rodríguez, it’s a simple question…I would just like to get an answer to this question: Is it true or false that the testimony of the applicant alone can be sufficient for approval?” Cruz asked.
Needless to say, Cruz finally gets León Rodríguez to admit that the verbal testimony alone can get a refugee into America.
In the video below, you’ll see Ted Cruz grilling León Rodríguez for three minutes, followed by Senator Jeff Sessions scolding Rodríguez for wasting so much time to answer Cruz’s very simple question.
Senator Sessions also said he agreed with Senator Cruz that the administration has a “willful blindness” about radical Islamic terrorism.

RELATED: Ted Cruz Stings Obama for Anti-American, ‘Globalist’ UN Speech

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Feds Steal 100 Million Acres of Alaska During Summer of 2016 | MRCTV

Feds Steal 100 Million Acres of Alaska During Summer of 2016 | MRCTV

Feds Steal 100 Million Acres of Alaska During Summer of 2016

Every US state has a motto. Some are interesting, like “Live Free of Die,” in New Hampshire, and some are sadly truthful, like, “Our Government is Vampiric” in Massachusetts. Just kidding. It’s more along the lines of “We’ll Tax You to Death,” or something like that. Anyway, some, like the motto for the 49th state, Alaska, are very upbeat and offer a sense of adventure. In Alaska, politicians tell us to look, “North, to The Future.”
But, a shocking move by the federal government might inspire Alaskans to change their motto to, “Our Land Is Being Stolen By The Feds!”
The excellent writers at the Tenth Amendment Center have recently reported a huge story that is getting very little pop media coverage: the federal government has just seized 100 million acres of Alaskan land, a tract equal in size to the state of New Mexico.
And, supposedly-conservative Alaskan Governor Bill Walker isn’t doing a thing about it.
The federal takeover has come in three phases, the most recent being a robbery by US Fish and Wildlife Service Bureaucrats on August 3 of 77 million acres of Alaskan land from Alaskan government control.
As Suzanne Downing wrote for Must Read Alaska:
“The State remained silent as it yielded the sovereignty it was guaranteed at Statehood to federal control… By taking management of fish and wildlife away from the State, the federal government broke another of its Statehood Act promises, and rural Alaskans lost even more access to subsistence.”
Prior to the US Fish and Wildlife seizure, the Bureau of Land Management seized over a million acres in July, and about a month prior to that, the US Parks Service stole 20 million.
But, like a mesmerized victim of a succubus or incubus, Governor Walker did not stand up for his citizens, did not stand up for the concept of federalism, did not stand up for the US Constitution, and did not stand up for federal and state agreements already extant.
The most superficial of those is the statutory level, which, of course, is always trumped by the constitutional rules, but let’s just play Devil’s Advocate for the moment and only look at the surface.
Even on this surface level, the Alaska National Interest Land Conservation Act(ANILCA) of 1980 set up specific areas of wildlife refuge that would be handled by the feds and specific areas that would be managed by Alaska. These lands were to be managed by Alaska.
Then, there is The Antiquities Act of 1906 which supposedly created a “power” for the President to establish national parks/monuments - it did not give bureaus within the executive branch this magic power.
But, of course, the ANLICA of 1980 and the absurd Antiquities Act of 1906 are both patently unconstitutional. No branch of the federal government is granted the superhuman ability to seize state land to create federal parks, monuments, or “protected lands” or anything of the kind, and as the astute Ms. Downing noted, territories are supposed to be free of federal land control when they become states.
The pertinent section, Clause Three, in Article Four, of the Constitution reads:
“New States may be admitted by the Congress into this Union; but no new State shall be formed or erected within the Jurisdiction of any other State; nor any State be formed by the Junction of two or more States, or Parts of States, without the Consent of the Legislatures of the States concerned as well as of the Congress.
“The Congress shall have Power to dispose of and make all needful Rules and Regulations respecting the Territory or other Property belonging to the United States; and nothing in this Constitution shall be so construed as to Prejudice any Claims of the United States, or of any particular State.”
Note that the Congress can control and make rules for Territories and property belonging to the United States, but once a state enters the Union, it does so with the full privileges of other states, and ceding land to the federal government is not something any state is compelled to do. In fact, even if state politicians wanted to cede land to the feds, the only way this could happen is to disconnect that parcel from the state and create a new territory out of it.
So the entire superficial set of rules that the feds just broke aren’t even pertinent, only the US Constitution is, and that doesn’t give the federal government this power at all.
So why is Governor Walker quieter than a church mouse on this?
Ms. Downing believes that he is silent because he wants to keep the feds happy in order to facilitate the gas pipeline he is trying to build, a pipeline that would traverse large areas of federal land that has already been stolen from Alaska.
Does this sound odd? Why is it that the Governor of a State I have never visited and which most people voting for their representatives in the US have not visited, must answer to people who don’t even live in his state? Why can’t the people of Alaska decide what they want to do within their state, and busybodies from outside stay away? When did this kind of nosy neighbor federal behavior become acceptable?
Better yet, why not let individuals in Alaska determine the fate of the land? Let all federal and state-run lands be sold to private interests? If the government is supposed to represent the “will of the people,” then we need not worry. The peoples’ will can only be expressed when they are free to do so.
Instead, we get political maneuvering and more loss of sovereignty, while the real interests that people could show themselves are crushed.
Perhaps Governor Walker would like to change the motto of Alaska to one of his choosing. Perhaps he would like to simply use: “Alaska: The Stockholm Syndrome State.”

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Fellowship with God: Our Greatest Priority | Grace Communion International

Fellowship with God: Our Greatest Priority | Grace Communion International

Fellowship with God: Our Greatest Priority

You may have heard the story about two Christians who were talking about their churches, and in the course of the conversation they compared notes about the greatest thing their respective congregations had accomplished that past year. One of the men volunteered, “Well, that’s easy. We doubled the size of our parking lot and put up new lights.” We Christians can often become so wrapped up in doing what we think is God’s work that we have little time left for God.

Our priorities

We can become distracted from our mission, and consider the physical activities of ministry (even though they are necessary) so important that we have little if any time for fellowship with God. When we are busily engaged in hectic activity on God’s behalf (at least at the time it seems that we are engaged in God’s business) we can forget what Jesus said inMatthew 23:23: “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You give a tenth of your spices – mint, dill and cummin. But you have neglected the important matters of the law – justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.”

The teachers and Pharisees lived under the specific and rigorous physical standards of the old covenant. Sometimes we read this and scoff at the nit-picking exactness of those people, but Jesus was not scoffing. He told them that they should have done what the covenant demanded of them.
Jesus’ point was that the physical details were not enough, not even for those who lived under the old covenant – he corrected them for ignoring the deeper spiritual issues. As Christians we should be busy with our Father’s business. We should be generous with our giving. But in all of our activity – even activity that is directly related to following Jesus Christ – we should not neglect the fundamental reasons why God has called us.

God has called us so we can come to know him (John 17:3). It is possible to be so busy with God’s work that we neglect to come to know him. Luke tells us that when Jesus visited the home of Martha and Mary that “Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made” (Luke 10:40). There was nothing wrong with what Martha was doing, but Mary chose to do the most important thing – to spend time with Jesus, to get to know him and to listen to him.

Fellowship with God

Fellowship is the most important thing God wants from us. He wants us to come to know him – to be with him – to spend time with him. Jesus set an example for us when he slowed the pace of his life to spend time with the Father. He knew the importance of quiet moments. He often went into the mountains to pray. The more mature we become in our relationship with God, the more important this quiet time with God becomes. We look forward to being alone with him. We realize we need to listen to him for comfort and direction in our lives.

Some time ago I was talking with a Christian about prayer-walking. The individual explained that this activity combined fellowship, prayer and exercise – and that this kind of prayer-walking had revolutionized his prayer life. When he talked about prayer-walking he did not mean parading his righteousness in front of others or making his views known to others by some kind of political demonstration. He was simply spending time with God by taking walks – either in his immediate neighborhood or in the beauty of natural outdoor surroundings – and praying as he walked.

When we make fellowship with God a priority, all of the urgent issues in our lives seem to fall into place. When we focus on God he helps us understand the priorities of everything else. Jesus told us to seek the kingdom first, and that all of the other things in life would be taken care of (Matthew 6:33). We can all become so busy with activities that we neglect 1) to spend time with God alone, in prayer, and 2) to meet with others in fellowship with God. If you are stressed out, burning the proverbial candle at both ends, and you don’t know how to accomplish all of the things you have to do in life, perhaps you should consider your spiritual diet.

Our spiritual diet

We may be stressed out and spiritually empty because we are not eating the right kind of bread. The kind of bread I’m talking about is absolutely necessary for our spiritual health and survival. This bread is miraculous bread – in fact, it is the real wonder-bread! It’s the same bread Jesus offered to the first-century Jews. Jesus had just miraculously provided food for the 5,000 (John 6:1-15). He had just walked on the water, and still the crowds asked him for a sign as a reason to believe in him. They explained that their forefathers, the ancient Israelites, received a sign from God, manna, and called it bread from heaven (John 6:31).

breadJesus responded, “I tell you the truth, it is not Moses who has given you bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world” (John 6:33). After they asked Jesus to give them that bread, he declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty” (John 6:35). 
Who is putting spiritual bread on your table? Who is the Source of all your energy and vitality? Who gives meaning and significance to your life? Are you taking time to get to know the Bread of life?