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    Syrian Sob Stories Help Explain Fraudulent Use of Refugee Status

    Syrian Sob Stories Help Explain Fraudulent Use of Refugee Status

    March 13, 2019 ~ Ann Corcoran

    I’ve only said this about a million times (exaggerating of course!): To be a legitimate refugee one must claim that he or she would be persecuted for one of several reasons if the refugee claimant should return (or be forced to return) to his or her home country.

    The wannabe refugee makes that claim and is then processed by the UN which arranges resettlement to a third country!

    The border between Jordan and Syria is open and ‘refugees’ are popping back and forth!

    Imagine my surprise to see this news that gives me the rare opportunity to praise the United Nations!

    The story at Syria Direct is headlined:

    UN-registered Syrian refugees in Jordan return home for visits, unexpectedly lose refugee status: ‘If we had known, we wouldn’t have visited’

    The report begins by featuring refugee applicant Abdel Rahman (not his real name) who, along with his family, had been living in Jordan and was being processed by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees for resettlement to some western country.

    But, alas, his wife missed home and family….

    “When the border opened, I said [to my wife]: ‘Go visit Syria and see your family, maybe your state of mind will improve.’ So that’s what happened.”

    Abdel Rahman’s wife stayed in Syria for 20 days before returning to Jordan, he says. But soon after her return, the couple were left blindsided: they went in to the office of UN refugee agency UNHCR to check on their family resettlement process, only to find that their file had been closed altogether.

    Their resettlement case would be halted, and food vouchers and other UNHCR services to the family cut off.

    The key to this entire story is reported in the 13th paragraph after the reporter has you emotionally distraught (well, maybe not you, savvy readers, but uninformed readers)!

    It is a cornerstone of refugee law that a refugee relinquishes their status when they return to their home country.

    And yet Abdel Rahman is one of several Syrian refugees in Jordan who tell Syria Direct they were not informed of or counseled on longstanding UNHCR policies that would effectively strip them of refugee status if they were to travel home to Syria—even on short visits without the intention of moving back permanently—before returning to Jordan.
    Much more here if you want to read more sob stories about the loss of refugee status (and benefits!) for those popping back and forth to Syria.

    It isn’t just Syrians going home!

    Recently I told you about Rep. Ilhan Omar going back ‘home’ to Somalia and asked if she was a poster child for refugee fraud.

    The answer is yes!

    If Somalia is safe enough for visits, then why are we admitting any more fake refugees from Somalia?

    Which brings me to this news from Breitbart, thanks to reader Joanne for bringing it to my attention.

    Somali Parents Fly Sons to Africa to Escape Deadly Knife Violence in Khan’s London

    Spiraling knife, drugs, and gang crime in London has been leading many concerned Somali parents to send their teenage offspring, who grew up in Britain, away to Africa for their own safety.
    Read the whole story here.

    Unfortunately, the Trump Administration missed a great opportunity during its early months to send a package of reform measures to the Republican Congress.

    One key measure would be to disallow anyone who has been designated a refugee (and given all the privileges of refugee status) to visit the country of their supposed persecution. The minute such a ‘refugee’ leaves for ‘home’ their US passport should be yanked.
    Keep telling the President what you think he should do about issues like these involving the fraudulent use of refugee status.
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    Refugee programs need to be defunded and shut down.

    No more people, sent the ones back home that are already here!

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    Ilhan Omar Endorsed Somalia’s New President. Four Days Later, Omar’s Brother-in-Law Had a Powerful Job in His Administration


    Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) became the first Somali-American legislator in United States’ history when Minnesota’s House District 60B elected her on November 8, 2016. The distinction won Omar immediate fame and influence in Somalia, which was entering the final stretch of a critical presidential election of its own.

    According to prominent federal security clearance defense attorney Sean Bigley (read below), Omar's documented actions in the weeks that followed would almost certainly prevent any applicant with such a background from obtaining or keeping a U.S. security clearance.

    Ilhan Omar is now a U.S. congresswoman, however. Elected federal officials are exempted from the arduous security clearance process; they hold de facto clearances once sworn in to office. Further, Omar will likely be privy to a significant amount of classified national security information this term. Speaker Nancy Pelosi has granted Omar's request for a seat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
    Corruption … affects virtually every aspect of the Somali society: from public officials’ misuse of public goods for private gain and the solicitation of bribes in exchange for basic services to the clan-based patronage networks used to obtain employment and political appointments.” -- Transparency International, 2018

    The common hyperbole for describing government corruption -- “rampant,” or “endemic” -- does not help adequately illustrate Somalia’s recent administrations. “As bad as it gets” does the job, literally: Transparency International, the massive NGO dedicated to exposing public-sector corruption, has placed Somalia dead-last among all nations on Earth in its annual “Corruption Perceptions Index” -- for 11 consecutive years. Somalia has occasionally managed to tie, though never outrank, North Korea.

    Any significant involvement by a U.S. citizen in Somalia's election process would likely raise eyebrows at America's intelligence agencies.

    On December 20, 2016, just a few weeks after her election to Minnesota's state legislature, Ilhan Omar was in Mogadishu with then-President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, a favorite for re-election. He reportedly invited her to appear with him prior to the election taking place.

    Omar likely met at least one other Somali presidential candidate on her trip. According to a speech by her soon-to-be husband Ahmed Hirsi, Ilhan had just flown from Nairobi to Mogadishu on a plane with former Somali Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, known as “Farmaajo” (“Cheese”).

    Farmaajo -- a U.S. citizen who, inconceivably, had boarded that plane as a Buffalo, NY, cubicle employee of the New York Department of Transportation -- was the eventual surprise winner of Somalia’s presidency on February 8, 2017.

    The New York Times deemed Farmaajo’s bribe-fueled win “one of the most fraudulent political events in Somalia’s history.” In the run-up, “some Parliament seats had gone for more than $1 million each”:
    The entire process has been so bad, several analysts said, that the Shabab militant group, one of the deadliest Islamist organizations in the world, isn’t even trying to derail the vote because the corruption free-for-all almost makes the militants look upstanding by comparison.

    Perhaps coincidentally, President Trump issued Executive Order 13769, which included the 90-day provisional “Travel Ban” on Somalia and six other countries, on January 27.
    Farmaajo was sworn in as president on February 16.

    On February 20, Farmaajo nominated Hassan Ali Khayre to be Somalia’s prime minister by submitting his name for Parliament approval.

    A Troubling Background, A Family Connection

    Hassan Ali Khayre's resume is what one might expect from a potential Somali prime minister. From 2002 until 2014, Khayre worked for the Norwegian Refugee Council, eventually directing the NGO’s work in the Horn of Africa. But in 2014, Khayre abruptly strayed from this career path -- or, perhaps, assiduously followed it -- when Russian oil oligarch Alexander Djaparidze named Khayre the executive director of Soma Oil & Gas.

    Djaparidze had formed Soma Oil & Gas in 2013 for the purpose of securing a contract to drill Somalia. Predictably, Soma was soon under investigation by the UK’s Serious Fraud Office for bribery payments to Somalia’s Oil Ministry. The U.S. Treasury Department would soon list Djaparidze as one of 210 Vladimir Putin associates for Congress to consider sanctioning. And Hassan Ali Khayre was also soon under investigation by the UN Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea -- reportedly for far more disturbing behavior.

    In 2016, a leak revealed that Khayre was suspected of utilizing his Al-Shabaab ties to the company’s benefit.

    Within five months, however, Khayre was “cleared” by the UN monitoring group. He remained the executive director of Soma Oil & Gas until February 20, 2017, the day Farmaajo nominated him to be prime minister.

    So ... Time to Celebrate?

    Back in Minneapolis from Mogadishu, Ilhan Omar and Ahmed Hirsi were keynote speakers at a February 27 community celebration of Farmaajo's election. “One of the most fraudulent political events in Somalia’s history” was grounds for a party.

    Standing behind a podium bearing Farmaajo’s image, and wearing a lapel button of the same, Ilhan exuberantly praised him and the newly formed Somali government in a brief speech marked by religious anecdotes and imagery. Hirsi similarly praised Farmaajo, adding a specific mention of Hassan Ali Khayre.

    On March 1 -- two days later -- the Somali Parliament unanimously approved Hassan Ali Khayre as prime minister.
    On March 3, Ilhan Omar’s brother-in-law, U.S. citizen Mohamed Keynan, started working as permanent secretary to Prime Minister Khayre.

    Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre (L), shaking hands with Permanent Secretary to the Prime Minister Mohamed Keynan. Keynan,who held the powerful job for 14 months, is the brother-in-law of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN). (Picture: Mohamed Keynan Facebook account)

    Ilhan Omar appears to have a long, close familial relationship with Mohamed Keynan.

    A long-time resident of Minneapolis, MN, and Columbus, OH, Mohamed Keynan is married to Ilhan Omar's sister, Sahra Noor. Sahra, who arrived in the United States with Ilhan in 1995, bears the distinction of being the only one of Ilhan Omar's seven siblings whom Ilhan has ever identified or openly appeared with in public.

    Sahra and Ilhan have been frequently photographed together over the years, and have often appeared together with their father, Nur Said Elmi Mohamed.

    Address records show that Ilhan and Sahra have lived together at multiple residences. One St. Paul, MN, address is recorded as a residence for Ilhan, Sahra, Nur Said, and also Mohamed Keynan.
    “High-level familial connections in the Somali government would be an almost guaranteed ticket to the unemployment line for any government employee who required security clearance as a condition of employment.

    “Members of Congress don't need a security clearance to view classified information, but that perhaps makes this all the more alarming and a potentially serious national security risk. There are a lot of unanswered questions here. I think Americans ought to rightfully be concerned.”

    The preceding quote is from Attorney Sean M. Bigley, partner at Bigley Ranish LLP, a firm specializing in federal security clearance defense. Bigley represents clients who require a security clearance as a condition of employment, and may believe they have been unfairly denied or stripped of one.

    (Note: Over the prior two years, Bigley has been at the center of perhaps the most prominent security clearance case in the country. His client Adam Lovinger, an official at the Pentagon's Office of Net Assessment, was stripped of his security clearance in 2017 after raising concerns about contractors being overpaid to perform work of questionable value to taxpayers and conducting potentially improper foreign relations work. Incidentally, one of those contracts had been granted to Stefan Halper.)

    Bigley, despite being an attorney in opposition to the U.S. government's denial or revocation of security clearances, is clear about the seriousness with which Ilhan Omar's situation would be treated.
    Minnesota voters granted her a clearance. But most everyone else who seeks or holds an active clearance is subject to the adjudicative guidelines contained in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s Security Executive Agent Directive 4. The Directive includes Guideline B: “Foreign Influence,” which offers this salient passage:

    Conditions that could raise a security concern and may be disqualifying include: (a) contact, regardless of method, with a foreign family member, business or professional associate, friend, or other person who is a citizen of or resident in a foreign country if that contact creates a heightened risk of foreign exploitation, inducement, manipulation, pressure, or coercion.

    Of course, not all Congressional committees are privy to the same volume and sensitivity of classified information. For example, Rep. Omar’s show-stopping past, even when considered along with Guideline B, would be of little concern should she be assigned to the Small Business Committee.

    But Nancy Pelosi placed Omar on Foreign Affairs, so she will soon be in the middle of vital national security legislation regarding the Middle East.

    Part Two of this article will be published in the coming days.
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    First Somali Muslim on Minneapolis Force Convicted of Murder

    May 1, 2019 9:00 am By Daniel Greenfield 13 Comments

    When Justine Damond tried to report a rape, Mohamed Noor, the first Somali Muslim officer on the Minneapolis police force, killed her.

    Noor claimed that he was acting in self-defense even though the woman he killed was unarmed and was, in no way, shape or form, about to attack him.
    Here’s what Robert Spencer originally wrote about the case.
    Mohamed Noor is a Somali Muslim. He was the first Somali Muslim on the Minneapolis police force. In 2016, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges expressed her excitement about that fact: “I want to take a moment to recognize Officer Mohamed Noor, the newest Somali officer in the Minneapolis Police Department. Officer Noor has been assigned to the 5th Precinct, where his arrival has been highly celebrated, particularly by the Somali community in and around Karmel Mall.”
    Hodges wasn’t excited because Mohamed Noor had the skills necessary to become a fine police officer. She was only excited because he represented a religious and ethnic group that she was anxious to court. And it became increasingly clear — as we learned about Mohamed Noor’s nervousness and jumpiness and lack of respect for women, and from his own account of events that he relayed to friends (that he was “startled” and reacted by opening fire) — that Mohamed Noor was not cut out to be a policeman. He did not have the temperament for it, and if he hadn’t killed Justine Ruszczyk, he would likely have done something similar at some point.
    Now Noor was convicted of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter by a jury.
    After the shooting, Robert noted that the first resort of politicians was to treat Somali Muslims as the victim in a case involving the murder of a woman by a Somali.
    Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges immediately recognized — as authorities do everywhere after jihad attacks — that the real victim was not the woman who was killed, but the Muslim community.
    And she wrote, “To the Somali community: I want you to know that you are a valued and appreciated part of Minneapolis. I stand with you and support you. The strength and beauty of the Somali and East African communities are a vital part of what makes Minneapolis so strong and beautiful. I am grateful to be your neighbor.
    This week a Somali police officer, Officer Mohamed Noor, shot and killed a woman under circumstances we don’t yet comprehend. Justine Damond’s death was tragic and awful for everyone… We cannot compound that tragedy by turning to racism, xenophobia, and Islamophobia.”
    Now, after Noor’s conviction, there’s more of the same.
    Palmisano also reached out to “our Somali-American neighbors who have been deeply impacted by this tragedy and trial. The best way to honor Justine is to simultaneously remember the pain our Somali community has endured during this tragedy.”
    They are the real victims.
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