The August 2014 Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) analysis can tell you who isn’t working in Tennessee. Their conclusion based on the same data the federal government uses to determine labor market participation shows that the jobs in Tennessee are going to legal and illegal immigrants:
“Tennessee’s working-age immigrant population grew 176 percent from 2000 to 2014, one of the highest of any state in the nation. Yet the number of natives working in 2014 was actually lower in 2000.”
With Chamber of Commerce support for both amnesty and refugee resettlement, this should come as no surprise.
Bridge Refugee Services is a refugee resettlement agency in Knoxville. It partners with Church World Services (CWS), one of the nine national resettlement organizations. A volunteer refugee advocacy group has posted the complaints they received about Bridge’s treatment of refugees. One post addresses four reported worksite injuries in over eight months that the refugees claimed Bridge did not help them address. The volunteer that works with the refugees opined that the “agency even sided with the temporary employment agency that placed the refugees, and is more concerned about keeping up their employment placements than they are with the refugees’ welfare.”
In the federal resettlement contracting business, employment numbers are very important, however illusory they may be, as exposed by a former Bridge Refugee Service caseworker. Despite any reported problems, Bridge continues to receive federal grant money. The last publicly available report in 2010 shows $902,445 in taxpayer funds.
“We come for the jobs”
So says Mohamed-Shukri Hassan, a Somali refugee who was resettled in Tennessee. After working for the TN Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC) and CAIR-Hamas promoting American Center for Outreach (ACO), Hassan now works as the Program Director for the TN American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC). All three organizations stress non-assimilation in favor of multicultural accommodations.
Shukri also served on the board of NICE (Nashville International Center for Empowerment), an organization that started out just assisting refugees with government money but which grew into a full-fledged refugee resettlement agency. NICE’s new status brought much more public money into its accounts. In 2013 it received over $800,000 in taxpayer money to fund its operations. Representatives from Dell and Toshiba also serve on NICE’s board.
And not to be left out, Will Alexander, Sen. Lamar Alexander’s son who is now the chief of staff of Gov. Haslam’s Department of Economic and Community Development, has also served on NICE’s board. Crony is as crony does.
One stream of NICE’s public money comes under the heading of the “Match Grant” program. This program allows public money to flow into resettlement agencies by matching public dollars with cash and in-kind donations for which the agency sets the dollar value of the donated goods. This particular program is supposed to offer an alternative to cash welfare.
The U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement places such a high premium on shifting refugee healthcare costs to states, that its FY2013 Match Grant written guidelines advises resettlement agencies to use vouchers if necessary to avoid having weekly cash payments that make refugee clients income ineligible for food stamps and Medicaid.
Flower Foods: has Bridge Refugee Services knocked on their door?
In March, 2014, Governor Haslam and ECD Commissioner Bill Hagerty announced the opening of Flower Foods bakery operation in Knox County. (see detailed announcement here.)
Food processing and manufacturing plants seem to be a popular source of jobs for refugees. Tysons Foods is known to be a big supporter of refugee labor. In fact, Tyson’s HR Manager was a board member of CRIT (Center for Refugees and Immigrants of TN, an organization with an “interesting” history.)
Knoxville’s Flower Foods can look closer to home to find refugee employees. In fact, they can look in-house to John Swale, Director of Outsourced Services. Swale serves on the Board of Directors of the International Association for Refugees (IAFR) based in Minnesota. He also served for 10 years as a Field Director for Refugee and Ethnic Minority Ministries.
Companies more like Flower Foods such as Creative Snack also looks to Church World Service to “find its employees.” CWS is the same resettlement organization that partners with Bridge in Knoxville and Chattanooga.
Diane’s Desserts in Minnesota offers an instructive object lesson for Flower Foods. In 2012 resettled refugee Somali workers at Diane’s Desserts in Le Center, Minnesota, walked off the job to protest a new company policy about skirt length which was issued after a worker’s long skirt got caught in machinery. Even though the female workers could still cover their legs with pants, it was unacceptable to the Somali workers.
Predictably, CAIR-Hamas stepped in to help the workers that quit their jobs file complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Accommodating religious demands like dress and prayer time are just some of the trade-offs crony capitalists have to make for cheap labor.
So, are you wondering who’s working in Tennessee?
An August 2014 Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) analysis of Tennessee’s employment growth since 2000 shows that the jobs have gone to legal and illegal immigrants.
“Tennessee’s working-age immigrant population grew 176 percent from 2000 to 2014, one of the highest of any state in the nation. Yet the number of natives working in 2014 was actually lower in 2000.”
CIS used the same data the government uses to determine labor market participation.
Who are legal immigrants in Tennessee?
Refugees are legal immigrants that are brought to Tennessee by federal contractors like Catholic Charities. They come with work authorization and access to all forms of public assistance including TennCare, SSI and cash welfare, if they meet the eligibility requirements. Federal contractors like Catholic Charities always say that the federal government pays the full cost of the resettlement program. That is not true. The federal government has admitted many times that they have shifted the bulk of the program’s cost to the States.
The FY2015 “Key Indicators for Refugee Placement” is a report providing information to help the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement and its federal contractors decide where to send refugees in the coming year. In the report is information about whether a state has decided to expand its Medicaid program because this is a program with high refugee enrollment.
Federal contractor, Tennessee Office for Refugees (TOR), a department of Catholic Charities of TN, has run the refugee resettlement program in Tennessee since late 2008. During the first 3 years TOR ran the program, they brought approximately 4,500 refugees to the state so TennCare enrollment within this group more than doubled.
In November 2013, Haslam admitted that increased TennCare costs “threaten to gobble up to 60% of all new revenue in the state’s upcoming 2015 budget.”
Another “key indicator” included in the report is refugee employment data by state. Federal
contractors uniformly report that a high percentage of their refugee clients are employed within the first 3 – 6 months of having arrived and become economically self-sufficient shortly thereafter. The following Tennessee employment data was reported:
- out of 1809 refugees brought to Tennessee by contractors, only 52% were eligible for employment
- of the 952 eligible for employment, only 2/3, or about 618 entered employment
- 90 days after entering employment, about 506 were still employed
Federal contractors are supposed to report 90 and 180 day employment retention outcomes to the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement ORR). This report did not include the 180 day employment retention information. “Friends of Refugees,” is a non-partisan volunteer watchdog group that includes former refugee resettlement agency volunteers. A recent story about Tennessee federal contractor Bridge that resettles refugees in Knoxville and Chattanooga, says the employment data is not accurate:
“A former case manager also sent us information about the agency and pointed out that the refugee employment figures are dishonest as most of the refuges have only temporary employment that does not help them to pay rent and be self-sufficient. The nature of the temp jobs also means that the refugees will be unemployed just a short time after the agency reports them employed to the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) at 90 days and 180 days.”
Economic self-sufficiency is supposed to be a guiding principle of the U.S. refugee resettlement program. But federal law says that refugees can use every public assistance program such as Medicaid, food stamps, SSI, and public housing, and still be considered “economically self-sufficient” as long as they don’t receive cash welfare.
“Welfare use is staggering among refugees. Welfare usage is never counted by officials as part of the cost of the program. Yet, when it is included, the total cost of the refugee program soars to at least 10-20 billion a year”. (see Fact Sheet)
Of 58,238 refugees resettled in the U.S.,the 2012 ORR report to Congress shows that the unemployment rate is the highest it has been since 2007, 73% receive food stamps, 24% use public housing, 19% are on SSI, 46.5% receive cash welfare and 60% are enrolled in Medicaid or have received 8 months of medical assistance if non-Medicaid eligible.
The Chamber of Commerce Inside and Outside the Governor’s office
In 2001 the Nashville Chamber of Commerce took money from the ORR for the “Building the New American Community” pilot program of ‘gateway’ refugee resettlement. The US Chamber of Commerce and its member chambers like the Nashville and Tennessee Chambers, support refugee resettlement. So while crony capitalists exploit ‘serf’ labor from other countries, U.S. and Tennessee citizens can line up for work.
The TN Chamber of Commerce also supports Medicaid expansion and can work the inside track to the Governor’s office. Leslie Hafner, Haslam’s director for legislation is also the business partner of the Chamber’s chief lobbyist, David McMahan.
So whose economic interests does Governor Haslam really represent? Unemployed Tennessee citizens or the imported refugee “serf” labor? Who eneded up with the 170,000 new jobs?
Part 2 to come.
Who decides what information and training the state’s law enforcement personnel need so they can do their jobs? What happens when the officers aren’t trained to recognize contemporary threats like Americans returning from training and fighting jihad in places like Yemen, Somalia and Syria?
In a state like Tennessee that has a significant Muslim Brotherhood presence, active CAIR affiliations, and at least one high profile Memphis jihadi killer, has the state’s top law enforcement administration been provided with the right type of training? Probably not.
Back in December 2011, when asked, Commissioner of Safety and Homeland Security, Bill Gibbons denied a relationship with or even knowledge about the newly formed TN American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) even though his Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) Regional Advisor James Cotter had been helping the Council form since June 2011.
Gibbons probably just “forgot” that he had written a letter dated November 7, 2011, thanking the AMAC for their partnership with the state and the DHS and his support for “long-term trusted relationships.” He also “forgot” that the DHS included AMAC in a December 2011 law enforcement training.
AMAC has stated very clearly that their “mission is to build bridges between the Muslim community and federal, state and local law enforcement…” AMAC is a political influence operation.
Is this sheriff in the picture, aware that AMAC Board member Drost Kokoye helped organize and lead pro-Hamas rallies in Nashville?
Is this sheriff aware that AMAC Board member Sabina Mohyuddin relies on two Muslim Brotherhood organizations, the Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) and the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), to “help American Muslims stay true to their religious values [sharia law?] while being uniquely American.”
Will AMAC tell the sheriff about the Muslim Brotherhood’s Explanatory 1991 Memorandum which details the many ways Islamists are waging civilization jihad on the West?
“Anything that they do over there can happen here, and will”
That is what then DHS Regional Advisor James Cotter said in 2009 regarding “foreign threats” and the implied Islamist issue. Mr. Cotter stated: Shortly after helping to form the AMAC Cotter was promoted to State Training Advisor and now is a Supervising Intelligence Office with the Tennessee Fusion Center.
AMAC and its sister organization the American Center for Outreach (ACO), have solidified their relationships with various levels of law enforcement from the state and local level to the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI. ACO Director Remziya Suleyman’s brother is on the Metro Nashville police force. Will he be a conduit for information and influence by the AMAC and ACO over the police force trainings?
FBI agent Ken Moore who spoke at last year’s AMAC forum in Manchester, is the same FBI agent who helped purge FBI training materials about the Muslim Brotherhood and sharia. Terms like “sharia” “jihad” along with other materials deemed offensive to Muslims were removed even though they are the same terms and doctrine used by terrorists like al-Qaeda and Hamas.
Is agent Moore aware that Tennessee’s Islamists have been working with CAIR-Hamas? Surely he knows that the FBI won’t work with CAIR because of CAIR’s ties to Hamas.
Suleyman is an active participant and promoter of CAIR. Last summer she brought Dawud Walid, CAIR director from Michigan, to train Muslim students in political activism. Walid regularly warns students not to cooperate with the FBI because he says they are “agent provocateurs” that target Muslims. He also casually downplays the Somali al-Qaeda affiliate, al-Shabaab.
The FBI has prosecuted some, but not all Somalis who have left Minnesota to fight jihad, in Somalia and more recently, Syria. “Since 2007, at least 22 young men have left Minnesota to join al-Shabaab in Somalia. Some have died there, and some were even praised as ‘Minnesota Martyrs in an elaborate video released last year.”
Recently, Douglas McArthur McCain from California died in Syria fighting with ISIS (Islamic State) and Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha from Florida died in a suicide bombing attack on Syrian government troops. Counterterrorism and intelligence agencies are not sure how many of the estimated 12,000 foreign fighters in Syria might bring their jihad to the U.S.
Memphis native and Muslim convert Carlos Bledsoe was radicalized in Nashville, trained in Yemen, and returned to the U.S. where he committed his jihad at the Army recruiting center in Little Rock, Arkansas. His story is told in the “Losing Our Sons” video.
Should We Feel Protected in Tennessee?
AMAC and ACO say they should help train Tennessee law enforcement and they object to any training that runs counter to their scripted presentations.
In addition to the December 2011 training, AMAC was included in a 2012 terrorism conference sponsored by the Middle Tennessee U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Nashville Joint Terrorism Task Force. It was held at the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Attendees included the FBI’s Continuing Education and Professional Development Unit, the Tennessee Office of Homeland Security, and the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point.
No information about this conference or its contents was ever made available to the public or uninvited officials.
More recently, ACO Suleyman’s signed onto another letter to the President’s Assistant for Homeland Security demanding extensive and rigorous materials purging and retraining of personnel across government agencies. Unindicted co-conspirator CAIR-Hamas also signed the letter.
Haslam, AMAC and ACO – denying TN law enforcement the information needed to make our state safer in the face of Islamic jihad.
Remziya Suleyman, director of the American Center for Outreach (ACO) blames being self-concious about wearing her hijab in Tennessee on the attitudes of Tennesseans:
“I know, every day, as a Muslim, as a woman, and as an immigrant, people will look at me differently. When I go out wearing my hijab I know there will be stares and comments.”
Actually, very few people care about Suleyman’s hijab, which she says she began wearing in 2008, right before she began lobbying Tennessee legislators. A 2007 op-ed written by leaders of the Muslim Canadian Congress asserts that the “hijab has nothing to do with morality” but has become a tool for both political and religious operatives.
Suleyman’s co-Islamist, rabid Jew-hater, friend and colleague, CAIR lawyer Zahra Billoo confirms that she also loves the hijab for this reason:
Tweeting from Switzerland several days ago, Suleyman said:
Sharia-adherent Islamic State jihadis (IS), agree with Suleyman that they want to see more women in hijabs and are willing to take steps to ensure that it happens. IS even takes it a step further, issuing a warning to Iraqi women that they are “to wear full-face veils or risk severe punishment” like in Saudi Arabia or Afghanistan.
Suleyman sent out a picture of her new more European hijab look which includes exposing her hairline:
Does her new hijab look pass the sharia smell test?
How would she know anyway? She said, “she never knew the concept of sharia” until she asked the imams in Tennessee.
Fellow sharia pusher, Tennessee American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) board member Sabina Mohyuddin said that: “A hijab is worn to please God and to maintain modesty. I wouldn’t take mine off in public,…I would be the kind of person to put up a fight about that. … I would compare asking a Muslim woman to remove her hijab to asking a woman to take off her blouse. That’s really how Muslim women feel about it.”
Maybe Suleyman is simply confused about her identity and who can blame her? She is chained to the Islamic sharia camp that makes wife beating a sacred duty and relegates women to chattel breeder status. But she keeps trying to pass herself off as some kind of modern twenty-first century Muslim woman living in the freedom in the U.S. Except that a woman’s sharia-ruled life will never match Suleyman’s propaganda that sharia supports feminism.
Suleyman has exposed more than just her hairline. Whatever version of headgear the self-declared “voice of Tennessee Muslims” decides to wear when she returns to Tennessee, it will no longer be credible cover for her pro-sharia advocacy.
Opponents play games. Enemies, like Hamas, want to kill Jews.
Nashville’s Reform Rabbis Mark Schiftan, Shana Mackler, Phillip “Flip” Rice, Laurie Rice, Rami Shapiro and Imam Bahloul (Islamic Center of Murfreesboro), have issued the following statement:
Hiding in their cushy offices, these rabbis use lofty words to trivialize Hamas’ vow to wipe Israel and Jews off the map. Do they want us to believe that Jews being attacked “over there” is a “Middle East conflict” unrelated to Jews who live here? These rabbis pontificate from the safety of their temples unlike Jews in kibbutz Nahal Oz where Hamas jihadists emerged from a tunnel and killed the Israeli soldiers that had been guarding them.
The rabbis say this conflict shouldn’t alienate Jews from their Muslim friends that support Hamas and their Christian friends that advocate for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel.
They say Jews should not cast a negative eye toward groups like Jewish Voice for Peace, ranked by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) among the top 10 “worst of the worst anti-Israel groups. After all, fellow Jews that demonize Israel’s self-defense, advocate BDS and freely lend their Jewish cover to legitimate Israel’s aggressors shouldn’t be “dehumanized” just because they have a different opinion about the future of Israel.
If the end goal is to destroy the Jewish homeland and kill all the Jews, what difference does it make whether you are an enemy or an opponent? For these rabbis it’s all about moral equivalence anyway because we are all the same, aren’t we?
The Rabbis’ Friends Who Support Hamas
None of the Tennessee imams or so-called “moderate” Muslims whose attentions the rabbis crave, have ever spoken publicly against the terrorist Hamas organization, not even when Hamas broke their word and violated agreed upon cease-fires with Israel. But, co-signer, Imam Bahloul has welcomed the Muslim Brotherhood and CAIR-Hamas into his mosque.
CAIR Director, Nihad Awad and senior Muslim Brotherhood leader Jamal Badawi have been featured visitors at Imam Bahloul’s Islamic Center of Murfreesboro. CAIR and Badawi were named unindicted co-conspirators in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism financing prosecution, “ample evidence” tying CAIR to Hamas.
Hamas runs CAIR.
On July 31, 2014, at a rally for Palestinian terror bomber Rasmea Odeh, CAIR- Michigan director Dawud Walid declared CAIR’s role as being “defenders of the Palestinian struggle.” Walid’s declaration was more proof that CAIR is a Hamas affiliate.
Last summer, Muslim activist Remziya Suleyman, director of the American Center for Outreach (ACO) brought Dawud Walid to Nashville to teach Muslim high school students about U.S. politics. It seems that Suleyman, an active collaborator and promoter of CAIR-Hamas, agrees with their Jew-hating stance. She also surrounds herself with other ant-Israel Jew haters.
Drost Kokoye, Suleyman’s childhood friend and employee at ACO, is a robust anti-Semitic Jew hater. Drost used her reporter friend Skye Arnold to complain about a pro-Israel educational pamphlet, and more recently, to help organize and lead pro-Hamas rallies in Nashville.
These are the facts, the truth. Why do these rabbis deny it? How do you compromise or reason with people who want to kill you?
If, as the rabbis say, these Jew-haters are only opponents, what more would they have to do to be considered an enemy?
Stand for Israel or stand with her enemy?
On August 6, 2014, Nashville Rabbi Phillip “Flip” Rice spoke (starting at minute 55), at a public pro-Israel solidarity gathering in Nashville.
This past March, however, Rice was part of an interfaith panel sponsored by the Tennessee chapter of the Atlantic Institute (the Institute). A CAIR-Hamas representative was also part of the panel.
The Atlantic Institute is a “spinoff” organization of the Society for Universal Dialogue (SUD).
The SUD used to be known as the Knoxville Turkish Cultural Center. Back in 2013, the SUD and the Iris Foundation shared the same address. The Iris Foundation submitted the failed Knoxville Academy Gulen charter school application. The Iris Foundation Board’s secretary (and proposed President of the failed Knoxville charter school), Suzan Mertyurek, is a board member of Gulen schools in other states.
Growing public awareness about the Gulen charter school network along with reports of the federal investigation of problems associated with these schools may have contributed to the denial of the Knoxville charter school proposal.
The Atlantic Institute works with its partner organizations, the Istanbul Center and the Southeast Turkish American Chamber of Commerce to organize “multiple trips to Turkey.” These trips are designed to influence “figureheads from universities, law enforcement agencies, and faith based community leaders in the Southeastern US.” The Turkish American Chamber of Commerce takes Tennessee legislators on these trips routinely.
Turkey: “moderate” Muslims who just happen to support the killing of Jews and Israel
Turkey is moving away from secularism and toward Islamic rule. For example, it was reported that Sunni Islam religious classes are compulsory in the public schools. Women are increasingly being chastised in accordance with sharia standards. Last week a female journalist who writes for The Economist and a Turkish newspaper, was called a “shameless woman” by Erdogan and told to “know your place” because her question allegedly insulted Islam and Muslims.
In July, Erdogan’s Prime Minister said it was immodest for women to laugh in public.
Erdogan embraces the Muslim Brotherhood whose ideology is being actively promoted by Tennessee jihadis. Tennessee’s Islamists share Erdogan’s vision for a dominant world Islamic power under sharia law. In 1998 he declared: “the mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets, and the faithful our soldiers.”
There are reports that Turkey’s military is prepared to support another flotilla of aid to Gaza. It is being organized by the same relief organization that tried to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza in 2010. Footage of Israeli Navy commandos being attacked when they boarded the ship disproved the mainstream media’s efforts to characterize the Israelis as the aggressors rather than having to resort to defensive measures.
Rabbi Flip’s temple calendar at Congregation Micah lists a program called “Moderate Muslims.” On August 15, 2014, Rabbi Flip will talk about “his trip to Turkey with an interfaith delegation.”
Is he going to talk about the Jew haters who voted Erdogan into office or the ones here who want him to believe that they are “moderate Muslims?” Which face will he show at his program? The friend of Israel or her enemy Hamas supported by Turkey?
Memphis jihadist should have read “Carlos Bledsoe”, aka Abdulhakim Mohammed.
Sincere apologies for the error.