Refugee Overload: Creating ‘Ghettos’ in Rural Texas

When ‘pockets of resistance’ arise in these rural towns, the federal government dispatches yet more contractors who produce propaganda films and entire assimilation public relations programs to force compliance, if not silence in communities that resist. Meanwhile, states like Texas, governed by conservatives, are left with few options to fight an out of control federal bureaucracy imposing a massive wave of immigrants, many from Middle Eastern countries with ties to terrorism.

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By Terri Hall | August 10, 2016

Refugee Overload

As the Texas refugee crisis reaches a boiling point that prompted Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to file a lawsuit to stop the Obama Administration from forcibly resettling Syrian refugees into Texas, the federal courts continue to rule against the state.

U.S. District Judge David Godbey dismissed the case on June 15, and reiterated his previous ruling stating Texas did not have a ‘viable cause of action’ to legally stop the federal government’s United Nations refugee resettlement program.

In a wake-up call to many Americans who believe the tenth amendment to the U.S. Constitution secures states rights, the federal courts are providing political cover for the Obama Administration to trample on the sovereignty of states and to deny states the ability to protect their own residents.

Paxton made two previous requests: one to deny the settlement of two Syrian families that arrived in Houston and Dallas in December 2015, and one to block nine other Syrians who would arrive later. Paxton withdrew the first, then Godbey denied the second, but the state pursued the lawsuit arguing the federal government needed to consult with the state before settling refugees. Godbey slapped down such a claim stating Texas ‘lacks a cause of action’ to force a consultation requirement.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott initially directed the so-called state contractors tasked with resettling refugees on behalf of the federal government to halt resettlement of Syrian refugees in November 2015. The state eventually sued both the federal government as well as the non-profit, International Rescue Committee, that defied Abbott’s directive and said it would continue to aid refugees.

Brewing since 2008

While the current crisis revolves around insufficiently vetted Syrian refugees who may pose a security threat to Texans, a refugee influx, particularly in Amarillo, Texas, has been brewing since 2008. Largely at the behest of the meat packing industry, Catholic Charities, among other contractors, have been systematically transforming rural America through refugee resettlement in earnest since Obama took office. No state receives more refugees than Texas, and no Texas city more than Amarillo. Many believe it’s an attempt by Obama to turn one of the reddest states blue. If Texas turns blue, no Republican can ever be elected president again. The current electoral map makes it impossible without Texas.

But it’s an uphill battle with organizations like the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) encouraging mosques to become voter registration centers to organize opposition against the Republican Party nominee, Donald Trump – perhaps not that unusual though, since in Islam there is no daylight between mosque and state.

While only 229 Syrian refugees have been placed in Texas, thousands from Somalia, Burma, and the Middle East have been settled in Amarillo, literally overloading its schools and transforming its small town culture. Small ghettos with competing ethnic groups have popped up and local residents have seen the refugee resettlement lead to rising crime, cultural and language barriers adversely effecting the ability of both refugees and native students to learn and pass standardized tests, and the destabilization of their communities through a massive demographic shift.

Amarillo made headlines just weeks ago when a Somali refugee took hostages at a local Walmart. Mayor Paul Harpole has begged the Obama Administration’s Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) to stop the flow of refugees into Amarillo to allow the city time to adjust and get these students’ language and reading scores up to federal requirements. But his pleas have been met with more refugees. Even U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry has voiced concern and asked for a stay of refugees into Amarillo, which the ORR simply ignored.

Eleven meat packing plants exist near Amarillo and this is yet another case where the federal government teams up with big corporations to wreak havoc on the American worker. Refugees have displaced American workers, especially in the meat packing industry, where workers used to garner a peak hourly wage of $20 an hour (inflation adjusted) in the 1980s, but have been replaced with foreign workers who make a peak average of just $14. The Wall Street Journal reports wages for meat packers in Kentucky are just $10 an hour.

Trump to the rescue?

Perhaps it explains why both the Texas Republican and Democratic platforms adopted in recent weeks oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership, with the GOP going a step further calling for a complete withdrawal from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and similar so-called free trade agreements. American workers are fed-up across the board, and elected officials intent on further suppressing wages to please their corporate donors had better take note. Both parties gripe about Donald Trump’s candidacy, but they’re the ones who are reaping what they’ve sowed by systematically declaring war on American workers, ignoring the immigration crisis, and rubber stamping every shiny new trade agreement — all Trump’s primary campaign issues, and all responsible for the disappearing middle class.

In this age of globalization, ‘Big Meat,’ and multinationals like JBS Swift (Brazilian-owned parent company to Pilgrim’s) and Cargill, have displaced American workers in Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Kentucky, but both also have a significant presence in Texas where Pilgrim’s has five locations and Cargill three. ORR operates through nine different refugee resettlement contractors that hook-up with ‘Big Meat’ and other industries looking to exploit cheap, foreign labor to offer them employment services courtesy of the American taxpayer. Indeed, towns like Amarillo have been transformed by refugee resettlements largely due to contractors who double as head hunters for the meat industry.

As if that’s not bad enough, programs like the federal Microenterprise Development Program give refugees access to federal loans of up to $15,000 to start businesses in America. Such taxpayer-funded federal loans are doled out by contractors like the International Rescue Committee, the non-profit sued by the state of Texas. Over $10 million in such loans have been given to over 24,000 refugees to start over 10,000 businesses at the expense of the American taxpayer.

There are 18 granting entities (both public and private) that design programs for refugees using $4 million in public funds. Some of these programs include gaining access to welfare benefits, subsidized housing, Medicaid, and food stamps, and recipients do not have to be citizens to receive such benefits. The refugee resettlement program isn’t about humanitarian compassion, but keeping wages low and using the social welfare programs paid for by the American taxpayer to do it.

Sharia law compliant

Cargill grants prayer breaks to its Muslim Somali refugee workers at its Ft. Morgan, Colorado plant. The Somalis left Swift in 2008, when it refused to accommodate the prayer breaks. In January, some workers didn’t get their prayer breaks, which spawned a strike by hundreds of workers.

One of the tenets of Islam requires prayer five times a day. The Somalis were eventually fired for job abandonment. However, at the behest of CAIR, Cargill changed its rehire policy to allow the workers to be rehired within 30 days.

It now relies on foreign immigrant labor with one-third of its Ft. Morgan workforce comprised of immigrants. In March, the Somali refugees demanded a mosque be erected. But residents feel like the refugees have taken over their town and a mosque would represent conquered Islamic territory, which would drive this little community further into the thorny world of Sharia compliance that they’re already facing in the workplace.

When ‘pockets of resistance’ arise in these rural American towns, the heavy hand of the federal government dispatches yet more contractors who produce propaganda films and entire public relations programs to force compliance, if not silence in communities that resist.

One such program, dubbed ‘Welcoming America,’ was started by none other than George Soros. Soros’ goal is to flood America with immigrants from third world countries, like the refugee resettlement program, in order to force a dramatic demographic shift to replace American values and its free enterprise system with a Keynesian economic model that’s responsible for global poverty.

Meanwhile, states like Texas, governed by conservatives, are left with few options to fight an out of control federal bureaucracy imposing a massive wave of immigrants, many from Middle Eastern countries with ties to terrorism.

With no relief coming from the courts, Empower the States, a project of the Selous Foundation for Public Policy Research, offers states a viable solution that can preserve America from this deliberate onslaught from the left. If Congress were to pass a law limiting the courts’ jurisdiction over key issues — one of them being immigration — states could reassert their authority and protect their sovereignty from an overbearing federal government intent on destroying America.


Terri Hall is the founder of Texans Uniting for Reform and Freedom (TURF), which defends against eminent domain abuse and promotes non-toll transportation solutions. She’s a home school mother of nine turned citizen activist. Ms. Hall is also a contributor to SFPPR News & Analysis.