September 25, 2010 at 7:00 pm in INFORUM
Bhutanese bent on getting ‘American’ right
Before his refugee cash assistance dried up this spring, Hari Lamitarey popped “job interview” into Google. Continue Reading
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Are comments moderated for this story? Why have them then?
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Well I suppose not, I guess no one wants to touch this for fear of unfounded accusations.
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Is there a new rule that I can’t vote thumbs up/down until I enter a comment. Three for three now that I can’t vote on until I comment. This website is a mess.
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The refugees from Bhutan sound wonderful, though the article stops short of naming the organization which hauls folks in and then pretty much leaves them without any support. From everything I’ve heard over the years, that group is Lutheran Social Services. A couple of years ago I did a ride-along with a local policeman, who took me through some areas mainly inhabited by refugees. His opinion was that they didn’t receive enough help, and the right kinds of help (not all that’s needed is monetary — many need psychological treatment) so some became all too familiar to the cops.
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Oops, sorry, the article does name LSS. As well it should.
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I think this was a great story showing that immigration is still an important aspect of the United States. With all the talk lately about cracking down on immigration, it’s important to remember there are still many immigrants who come to the US and make the US a better place. The “dream” of starting at the bottom and working hard at whatever you do (school, job, etc) and making a life for yourself instead of just expecting it to happen because you deserve it is what America was founded on. Read up on the history of many other cultures like the Irish and you’ll realize many come to the US, are ostracized and, because of determination and strong work ethic, eventually end up very successful and prove all of the doubters wrong! A couple hundred years ago Irish immigrants were considered to be worse than dirt. Keep that in mind the next time you see someone who is a “new American”. Most of our families were “new Americans” not more than a couple generations ago!
Why didn’t they go to India?
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I do feel sorry for these people, who are struggling so hard to fit in and find jobs. They really do need more than 8 months of financial support. They need to learn English, adjust at least a little to the culture, and be helped to find jobs. I can’t imagine going to a foreign country and expecting to be independent in 8 months. I wish them well.
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That lecture on drugs, complacency and “excessive Facebook” is one a lot of American-born teens aren’t hearing enough of, IMO. I’m ashamed of how much my own take for granted.
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This article summarizes it all very well. LSS brings over the masses from every corner of the world. They help them learn how to apply for welfare programs. The refugees then need to learn how to survive here. Like the man in the article hopefully in time they learn the culture change and work on their own. LSS surely won’t be there. If their benefits run dry they will survive by whatever means necessary. They, LSS, boast a success but the story is just started. As stated in the article the man Hari and others were educated and teachers, now they are lost. LSS sets them on the path to collect welfare then leaves them to us. They are lost and confused, but LSS is too busy working on the next boat load to worry about helping them. I propose we do an exchange. Let’s bring in another boat load of refugees and fill it for the return trip with a boatload of irresponsible managers from LSS and do a one for one swap! That would help with this aspect of the trade deficit. The goal in the life of LSS is to create welfare case studies while redistributing the wealth of America. Wow, sounds like they should have a cabinet post as well.
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LSS has a contract from the U.S. Dept. of HHS that allows them help refugees with employment assistance for up to five years. But the catch is that LSS tells refugees that they are no longer their clients after a few months and that they must come back in to “register” for employment services In the process most refugees fall out. But LSS keeps collecting the government money.
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When you donate to the United Way, you are donating to LSS. You can vote with your donations. Why when there are so many people hurting in this country due to unemployment and underemployment is LSS spending money on bringing people here from half way around the world? Can’t they find anyone here to help? If they helped more people here, there would be more people to donate to their cause. Seems like they are creating more downtrodden people than they are helping.
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