Posted by: Judy K. Warner | October 6, 2014

More on how Catalist has revolutionized elections for Dems

David Horowitz’s indispensable online encyclopedia on leftist groups, individuals, and funders, Discover the Networks, has a great piece on Catalist, the company that compiled the database used by Obama and other politicians to target fellow leftists to motivate them to vote.  It’s got a lot of the info Christian Adams described in the article linked in my previous post, and much more.  Here’s something on its origin:

Endowed with seed money from billionaire financier George Soros, Catalist was created by former deputy chief of staff to President Bill Clinton, Harold Ickes, who sought to furnish left-wing activists with accurate, up-to-date information about the American electorate. Lamenting that the Democratic National Committee’s out-of-date voter information was “worse than having no database at all,” Ickes said at the time, “It’s unclear what the DNC is doing.” He continues to serve as president of Catalist, and a number of the organization’s current staffers previously worked as data managers for the DNC.

Here are a couple of examples of how it’s used:

During the 2008 election cycle, Catalist helped Rock the Vote (RTV) tap into Facebook applications as a means of harnessing the popularity of online social networking among young voters. Nearly 1,000 RTV members used Catalist technology to reach a targeted list of more than 100,000 people during the campaign season. As election day approached, RTV volunteers used the Catalist-powered “Action Center” in their “get-out-the-vote” campaign encouraging young registrants to early-vote in key states.

That same year, the Sierra Club used Catalist data and services to make more than 100,000 voter contacts in 8 battleground states where Republican House and Senate candidates who had “consistently voted against a clean energy future” were in the environmentalist group’s crosshairs.Cata

I was really worried after I read Adams’s article.  Do the Democrats have a secret plan to get out millions of leftists across the county and win sneaky victories in the senatorial races?  Then reality hit me.  Most Americans are fed up with Obama.  Leftists are angry about one set of things, conservatives another, but he has a rapidly diminishing number of loyal followers who will make an effort to vote for his side.  And voters are identifying his failures and outrages with Democratic candidates.  Even if many Democrats can’t bring themselves to vote for a Republican, they can bring themselves to stay home.  Let’s hope that’s what happens.

But one of the few places I think Catalist might make a difference is here in Maryland.  Anthony Brown could possibly find a way to motivate Democrats, especially minorities, to get out and vote, enough to make a difference in an increasingly close race with Larry Hogan.  Losing Maryland would be a humiliating blow to the Democrats, both state and national, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s getting some help we’re not hearing about.

Posted by: Judy K. Warner | September 22, 2014

Will Obama’s database cost Republicans this election and the next?

J. Christian Adams has a stunning piece at PJ media called ‘CATALIST’: Obama’s Database for Fundamentally Transforming America and I urge you to read it all.  I’ve been meaning to post it since I read it last week — it’s the most important piece of information for this election (and future elections) that I’ve seen.

After the 2012 election we learned about Obama’s database that enabled him to turn out so many unlikely voters that he won the election even though Romney was favored by the moderates and independents. (We’ll comment on Romney’s failure farther down in this post.)

The conventional wisdom says that a candidate has to move to the center for the election.  CATALIST changes that strategy, and it also explains why Democrats and liberals in general have become even more rabidly extreme in the last few years.

Briefly, the database has unbelievable amounts of information on every voter.  Its users can dice and slice the data on the electorate to come up with very specialized issues that can be used to motivate voters to get to the polls.  Here’s an example from the article:

During the 2012 election, a producer for a conservative news network received a knock at his door in a key swing state. Two neighbors were standing on his stoop campaigning for Obama. They weren’t there to talk to him — they were there to talk to his wife. They knew that she was employed in a profession which the Obama campaign had decided to microtarget: folks who deliver services to special needs children. The two neighbors were already armed with this personalized information. The Obama campaign didn’t just send a direct mail piece to the target or make a telephone call. Instead, the campaign matched a microtargeted demographic (special needs service providers) with a highly motivated Obama volunteer in close neighborly proximity to the target. Then they armed the neighbor/volunteer with data to visit the target.

So the Democrats don’t have to move to the center.  They can motivate the leftists voters and microtarget enough other voters to win an election. That’s also why their issues seem so weird sometimes.  Contraception?  When did that become an issue?  When the Dems realized they could motivate a lot of women with it.  It’s not a real issue; it’s manufactured out of the way their strategy works.  That kind of strategy is disastrous for our country and our politics: It avoids the real issues that people should be informed on and that matter to our future in favor of petty and special-interest concerns.  Adams goes on:

The best the GOP has done to mimic this event is to give “walk and knock” lists to volunteers who are not from the neighborhood, and certainly not armed with particular messaging. Or, the GOP bothers the target with telephone calls or a direct mail campaign containing at best a whiff of microtargeting.

He points out that Democrats always share data and work together towards their goal, whereas Republicans are jealous of their lists, their data, and their knowledge.  It’s this sharing that has enabled CATALIST to be built and used to such stunning effect.

One more point from the article (though there are lots more important points):   Many, perhaps most Republican candidates have ignored their conservative base, figuring they have them in the bag and they just need to go after the middle.  Adams pointed out that Romney wouldn’t even go on conservative talk radio.

If this was ever a good strategy, it’s not good now, especially in the face of CATALIST.  Romney failed to motivate conservatives because he thought he didn’t need to.  I don’t know if he actually said “they have nowhere else to go,” but other Republicans have, and it’s so contemptuous it makes me cringe.  Also, it’s false.  They don’t have to vote Republican; they can stay home or, for a few, vote for a third party.  Many analysts think that if these conservatives had come out to vote, Romney would now be president.

Republicans at all levels of government simply have to realize that moderating their positions — or ignoring some issues completely — in search of an elusive middle is a recipe for failure.  They could start “microtargeting” right now, here in Maryland.  Go get all the unregistered hunters to register, for a start, and send gun owners a special mailing.  Then go speak at some local gun groups.  Or say something that would motive home schoolers.  Or find Democrats who are concerned about crime.  (Ha, that’s being done.)  In this case I don’t mean “they” could.  I mean Larry Hogan’s campaign should be looking at this kind of thing, but in every state and locality there are easy ways to find uninvolved potential voters, even if the national party never catches up to the Democrats in big data.  Just stop listening to the consultants who have run so many losing campaigns and talk to some local people instead.

I’m not clear whether the Democrats are using CATALIST in the upcoming elections.  In close races I don’t know why they wouldn’t.  So I’m now skeptical of the Republican leads in the polls for Senate candidates.  And I wouldn’t be surprised if Anthony Brown were benefiting from the CATALIST data — the national Dems are paying attention to our governor race now that Hogan is showing such strength.

NOTE: Here’s what the Republicans are doing to compete with CATALIST.  I have no idea if this will be effective or not.  At my low grassroots level I don’t think I’ve seen any indication of its existence.  Or I might have seen something, but it was pretty rudimentary.  But since the majority of Americans are conservatives or moderates, maybe Republicans need a different approach altogether.

Editors note:  This is cross-posted from Refugee Resettlement Watch where I do most of my writing these days.  A couple of other posts you might want to see include this one about how we are about to bring thousands of Syrian Muslims to America and this one which relates to the ‘Unaccompanied alien children’ issue—are the Central America children bringing various illnesses into US schools, including the “mystery virus?”  

 

I’m reporting on what an uninformed governor says only because this governor wants to follow Obama to the White House.  So, all readers across the US, keep track of Martin O’Malley’s positions—he is a leader in the Democrat Party for Open Borders (no borders!) and has facilitated the growth (with tax dollars) of the notorious CASA de Maryland.

O’Malley (left) hoping to be the next O-man in the White House. Rumors abound that Obama doesn’t like O’Malley, but his policies will be the same as Obama’s.

Here is what he said to a Hispanic advocacy group in Washington on Thursday about the Unaccompanied Alien Children.

Maryland has received the largest number per capita of any state we are told.

From Southern Maryland Online:

WASHINGTON (Sept. 11, 2014) — Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, in his keynote address to the Hispanic National Bar Association’s annual conference Thursday morning, called on the association’s members to help in his state’s efforts to provide pro bono representation for the large numbers of unaccompanied minors who’ve crossed the U.S. border this year to escape violence in Central America.

“When unaccompanied children fleeing violence in Central America arrive at our doorstep, it is not only for their good, but for our good and the good of the nation that our children will share with them that our nation should act hospitably and revere the human dignity and the courage that those children have possessed,” he told a crowded ballroom at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington.

O’Malley, who is considering a bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, came under fire earlier this year when he openly criticized President Barack Obama’s plan to deport many of the children back to the countries from which they fled.

“We are Americans, and we do not return refugee kids who find themselves on our doorstep back into war-torn or famine-racked places where they will face certain death,” O’Malley told reporters in mid-July. “I think we have to act like Americans.”

Since then, Maryland has accepted 2,804 children, according to the latest figures from the Office of Refugee Resettlement, the largest number of refugees per capita of any state in the country. Each is currently living with family or friends while awaiting deportation hearings.

Nebraska pro-immigration lawyer explains why the “children” are not refugees.

Coincidentally I came across this news item at the same time as the O’Malley disingenuous comment where a pro-immigration lawyer tells the public why the children are not “refugees.” Yet anyway!

Unaccompanied minors from Central Nebraska cannot be granted refugee status because people are classified as being refugees before ever arriving in the United States, Maynes said. That is why Sudanese and Somali immigrants – who actually lived in refugee camps – are legally considered refugees.

She said the question for unaccompanied minors is whether they can be classified as seeking asylum, a designation given to immigrants after they arrive in the U.S. Although in different categories, refugees and asylees must meet at least one of the same criteria to receive those legal designations under U.S. immigration law.

Both refugees and asylees must have a “well-founded fear of persecution” because of their political opinions, religion, nationality, race or for being a member of a protected social group, Maynes said. She said some immigration lawyers are arguing that unaccompanied minors should be part of a protected social group because as children, they are vulnerable to the predations of Central American gangs.

Of course the important point is that the Open Borders advocates and lawyers are working toward turning the “children” into legitimate asylum seekers by stretching the definition of “refugee” and thereby making anyone in the world, claiming to be escaping crime, eligible for entry into America.

Go here for all of our coverage of the ‘unaccompanied minors.’

Posted by: Judy K. Warner | August 18, 2014

All the background you need on Thomas Perez at Discover the Networks

Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, racial agitator

One of David Horowitz’s many valuable projects is Discover the Networks: A Guide to the Political Left.  It’s a big database on everything leftist: people, groups, issues, jihad, funders, politics, art and culture, and more.  Yesterday I posted on Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and his stirring up of racial strife, and today I got an email from Discover the Networks with a link to its page on Thomas Perez, probably because he’s in the news.   The page includes a long narrative of his history, including his many despicable radical actions.  Here’s a very brief summary at the top of the page:

  • Served in the Department of Justice (DOJ) during the Bill Clinton administration
  • Was appointed by President Barack Obama to be Assistant Attorney General for the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division
  • Greatly expanded DOJ’s prosecution of alleged hate crimes, which he depicts as a predominantly white-on-black phenomenon
  • Views “disparate impact”—i.e., instances where particular policies affect whites and nonwhites unequally—as prima facie evidence of discrimination
  • Depicts America as a nation rife with injustice against groups such as women, nonwhite minorities, and immigrants
  • According to the American Spectator, “Perez has overseen most of the unprecedentedly naked politicization of DOJ’s Civil Rights Division.”
  • Became U.S. Secretary of Labor in September 2013

There’s also a sidebar listing relevant articles and documents, such as Inspector General Report on Racialist Dysfunction Inside DOJ
By J. Christian Adams, March 12, 2013.

Any time you want to know about some leftist individual or group, or who is funding them, you’ll find a wealth of information at Discover the Networks.

Posted by: Judy K. Warner | August 17, 2014

Thomas Perez stirring up racial strife

It’s no surprise to see this piece in the New York Post today: Why the Obama administration sees racism everywhere.  From the article:

Less known, however, is the role of Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, who’s made incendiary — and shamefully disingenuous — statements about race relations in America.

Last month, for instance, Perez told hundreds of black students in Washington, DC, that school authorities in the South recently had black high-schoolers arrested for infractions as innocuous as fashion faux pas and farting.

He made the shocking allegation during a July 15 speech he delivered at Howard University.

Author Paul Sperry shows that’s a complete lie.  He goes on:

There’s only one explanation: To rile young African-Americans up about the specter of a still-racist America. (Requests to Perez’s office for comment went unanswered.)

School administrators aren’t the only people Perez has framed as racists. He’s also railroaded dozens of banks, including Bank of America and Wells Fargo, for alleged lending discrimination.

From 2009-2013, he used a discredited civil-rights theory known as “disparate impact,” which relies on statistics to prove racism, to extort huge settlements from bankers and mortgage lenders, whom he’s compared to Klansmen.

We have a big archive on Tom Perez, here.  He’s a leftist racist activist from Maryland, deeply involved with CASA of Maryland, the illegal immigrant promotion group.  In his previously position a crony of Eric Holder in the Justice Department, he engaged in some nasty activities. From a July 2013 post:

The whistleblowers claim that Perez and his senior staff “began a widespread campaign” of discriminatory treatment against disabled employees as well as other employees “based on race; gender; age; and/or parental status.” The employees who opposed this discrimination were “subjected to an exceptionally hostile work environment and unlawful retaliation.” The whistleblowers include African-American, Hispanic, and female employees.

What is most startling in the allegations is the reason given for the discrimination: “the Perez actions were directed at preserving the positions of political appointees who have ‘burrowed’ into [the] Civil Rights Division through Perez’s patronage.”

“Tom Perez is more than just some left-wing ideologue. He’s a left-wing ideologue who appears perfectly willing to bend the rules to achieve his ends,” Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said before voting against Perez.

Posted by: Ann Corcoran | July 30, 2014

A report that Republican candidates would do well to heed

Editor’s note:  This is cross-posted from Refugee Resettlement Watch, which has been keeping me busy for months!  And, where the ‘unaccompanied alien children’ border surge has made July 2014, RRW’s top month (in terms of readership) since its launch in 2007.

 

Back in February, the Eagle Forum produced a report that could serve as a blueprint for any Republican running for office about how campaigning on the issue of  reducing immigration numbers (yes, even LEGAL immigration) is a winner.

And, it isn’t just about winning the election, but saving the Republic.

The report went largely unnoticed by the establishment Republican Party (they probably actually panned it, but I haven’t the time to search).

In fact, the hard core establishment Republicans are largely influenced by the likes of Grover Norquist and his ilk (here and here) who are in the business of promoting the idea of needing laborers (cheap labor) for their big business clients.  It is about the almighty dollar for many of the so-called leaders of the Republican Party.  (The Democrats too, it’s just that they have that humanitarian white hat firmly planted on their heads and they have another interest as well—reliably leftwing voters***.)

Now to make it easier for all of us to get the salient points from the report, Paul Nachman at VDARE has a post today on the main messages in the report (even more timely now than when it was released in February) and has taken the time to select key bullet points for us.

Here is Nachman and a bit from the report—

To impress obdurately clueless Republican candidates and supporters of what’s at stake, here’s the concluding thought in both the full report and the two-page excerpt from it:

The GOP faces a choice: It can either change its position on legal immigration or it can change its position on almost every other issue.

And then this from the excerpts:

A comprehensive review of surveys in immigrant communities showing their support for big government

A large volume of survey data show that, in general, immigrants and their adult children are significantly more liberal than the average American voter on a host of policy issues, including the size of government, Obamacare, affirmative action, gun control, greater environmental regulation, and other issues championed by the Left …

Because immigrants and their adult children overwhelmingly favor big government, there is no issue more important for conservatives than reducing the future number of legal immigrants allowed into the country each year. Otherwise, legal immigration will continue to add millions of liberal voters every decade, making it extremely unlikely that conservatives will be successful on all the issues they care about.

Read it all!

Going to a political campaign event in August?

So the next time you hear someone, especially a Republican candidate for public office say, ‘I’m all for legal immigration, it’s illegal that I oppose,’  I want you to remember this report (new immigrants vote for Democrats who promise them stuff!) and remind them that most of those illegal aliens streaming across our border at this very moment will soon be LEGAL immigrants one way or another—quickly through an executive amnesty or more slowly in the legal asylum process. 

Ask:  are you for that too?

***  We have said it time and again—for Democrats, immigration (legal and illegal) is about turning red states blue.

 

 

Posted by: Judy K. Warner | July 29, 2014

Conservative posters

We don’t usually do advertising on this blog, but a reader sent me his website, Right Posters, and I thought you readers might like to see what he has to offer.  Here are a couple I especially like, but there are hundreds of good ones.

Posted by: Judy K. Warner | July 21, 2014

Another immigration resolution, from Texas

Here is another resolution from League City, Texas, sent by Cathy.

RESOLUTION NO. 2014-_______

 A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF LEAGUE CITY, TEXAS

TO PROTECT THE HEALTH, SAFETY, AND SECURITY OF OUR CITIZENS AND COMMUNITY; AND PROVIDING FOR OTHER MATTERS RELATED TO THE SUBJECT

 WHEREAS, the citizens of League City, Texas recognize their duty as law-abiding citizens to act in accordance with the U.S. Constitution and the Texas Constitution, and agree that their right to life, liberty, and property shall not be infringed; and

WHEREAS, the federal government has failed to protect the homeland in accordance with Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution, Texas has the right and obligation to protect its citizens in accordance with Article 1, Section 1 of the Texas Constitution:

 Freedom and Sovereignty of State.  Texas is a free and independent State, subject only to the Constitution of the United States, and the maintenance of our free institutions and the perpetuity of the Union depend upon the preservation of the right of local self-government, unimpaired to all the States.

And is supported by Article 1, Section 29 of the Texas Constitution:

 Provisions of Bill of Rights Excepted from Powers of Government; To Forever Remain Inviolate. To guard against transgressions of the high powers herein designated, we declare that everything in this (Texas) “Bill of Rights” is excepted out of the general powers of government, and shall forever remain inviolate, and all laws contrary thereto, or to the following provisions, shall be void.

WHEREAS, the citizens of League City Texas are greatly concerned regarding the ongoing massive influx of illegal aliens seeking unauthorized entry to the United States; and

WHEREAS, it is estimated that more than 90,000 minors will arrive in the United States during the 2014 fiscal year and an additional 145,000 illegal alien minors in 2015 fiscal year, with most expected to remain in Texas cities and communities; and

WHEREAS, the leaders of League City question the impact that the sudden influx of school-age illegal minors will have on our Independent School Districts’ (ISD) educational funding, school resources, campus security, and health safety for our children; and

WHEREAS, health advisories report that many illegal aliens suffering from diseases endemic in their countries of origin are being released into our communities; and

WHEREAS, the federal government is actively seeking more locations within Texas towns and counties to accommodate the unprecedented overflow of illegal aliens and unaccompanied minors; and

WHEREAS, the increasing volume of illegal aliens is already bankrupting some cities and counties in the State of Texas by overwhelming the local medical, educational, law enforcement, and judicial systems; and

WHEREAS, members of dangerous transnational criminal organizations and radical Islamic terror groups continue to exploit the situation to infiltrate the United States for the purpose of establishing criminal activity, terror cells, and training operations within our homeland; and

WHEREAS, without a secure border Texas cities and communities cannot protect the health and safety of their citizens;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LEAGUE CITY, TEXAS, as follows:

Section 1. That all agencies of the City of League City are instructed to refuse requests or directives by federal agencies to permit or establish any facility for the purposes of processing, housing, or detaining any illegal aliens, designated as “refugee” or otherwise.

Section 2. We hereby appeal to our state legislators and elected officials for action and accountability to urgently address the continuing influx of illegal aliens across our border.

  • Through State executive and legislative actions demand that the Federal government provide additional resources for new and/or existing Border Patrol checkpoints, and employ a contiguous physical barrier where strategically prudent.
  • Demand the Texas State Legislature to enhance state smuggling and human trafficking laws, and provide civil liability protections for Texan landowners against criminal trespassers.
  • Demand the Texas State Legislature abolish any and all state-controlled or sponsored magnets that exacerbate the problem of rampant illegal immigration, such as (but not limited to): in-state tuition subsidies, welfare benefits, and free non-emergency health care for illegal aliens.
  • Require the State to perform a cost/benefit analysis of the illegal alien presence and report that cost to Texas taxpayers and state agencies.
  • Pass legislation to prohibit “sanctuary cities” which restrict law enforcement from determining the immigration status of detainees after the commission of a crime within our communities.

Section 3. That civic responsibility demands that community and state leaders begin crisis planning immediately to address the unprecedented wave of foreign minor school age children that could be enrolled in Texas schools this summer; and

Section 4. That the City of League City, State of Texas, calls on other communities and jurisdictions to join with us in this action by passing similar Resolutions.

 Section 5. That copies of this Resolution be immediately transmitted to the Governor of the State of Texas; the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives of Texas’ legislature; each individual legislator that represents our City in the State of Texas; the Commissioner’s Court of Galveston County; and the Sheriff of Galveston County.

 PASSED AND APPROVED on the _______ day of July, 2014.

Posted by: Judy K. Warner | July 20, 2014

A resolution to protect Maryland citizens

I’m reposting here a comment made to my last post,   The idea of getting states, counties, or local governments to officially stand against the federal government’s imposing illegal immigrants on them is a good one and should become a movement across America.

Lee Havis of Free State Patriots wrote:

The issue of unrestrained (invasion) of illegal aliens into Maryland is a serious issue of arbitrary federal power in violation of the US constitution, which is also the supreme law in Maryland. Any government agency or official who collaborates with or facilitates this type of tyranny is NOT protecting Maryland citizens, and acting in a traitorous way against our basic laws and fundamental constitutional freedoms and rights to secure borders, which is vital to any sovereign country. Richard Rothschild, in his recent Fox News interview brilliantly laid down the basic points required of any Maryland patriot to stand against this federal lawless tyranny, which I have sought to articulate the main points in a “resolution”. This document could be presented for consideration to any city, county government, or other entity of public interest, such as central committees, citizen and patriot groups of one sort or another. Here it is: Resolution to Protect Maryland Citizens from the Arbitrary Power of the Federal Government to Allow Unrestrained Entry of Illegal Aliens into the United States.

Whereas,
The United States has well-established national borders, within which citizens and other persons must comply with the authority of the US constitution and laws of the federal and state governments, and

The US congress has established limits and regulations to control the entry into the United States from outside these borders through such means as travel visas, passports, and immigration laws, and

The US constitution provides that under Article IV, section 4, the federal government shall “protect states against invasion”, and under Art. II, Section 3, that the executive of the federal government will “take care that the laws be faithfully executed” and,

The Maryland Declaration of Rights, Article 2, upholds the US constitution as supreme law in the state, and

The federal government, through arbitrary power of executive order, contrary to its own immigration laws, has established a policy and practice of unrestrained entry and release of certain classes of illegal aliens, such as so-called “unaccompanied minors”, and

In furtherance of this policy of unrestrained entry and release of illegal aliens, in 2014, the federal government has begun to disperse large numbers of these aliens in the various states, seeking local and state collaboration with this unlawful and unconstitutional activity, and

There is no rational basis or emergency to justify such extraordinary violation of immigration laws at the present time, since there are ample, practical, and less extreme means to protect aliens who claim refugee status at a location within or next to the borders of their own country of residence,

THEREFORE, Be it now hereby resolved, that:

The state of Maryland shall protect its citizens from the financial burden and danger of complying with the arbitrary power of the federal government that pursues the entry and release of illegal aliens in the state by refusing to provide funds, services, or any other form of collaboration to maintain or support the unlawful presence of such illegal aliens in the state.

The state of Maryland also urges the federal government to enforce its immigration laws against the unlawful entry of persons into this country, such as by returning illegal aliens found in this country to their country of origin, or next contiguous country in case of undue physical peril on claim of refugee status.

Date:_______________
Approved by

Name of organization
Prepared by: Lee Havis, Free State Patriots,lee@patriotvoting.com

 

Posted by: Judy K. Warner | July 20, 2014

St. Vincent’s in Maryland is getting 50 immigrant children

A confidential informant sent me a memo from St. Vincent’s Villa at Dulaney Valley in Timonium, Maryland; it is copied below (the bold type is my emphasis).  St. Vincent’s is part of Catholic Charities.

To: All St. Vincent’s Villa Staff

From: Ezra Buchdahl

Re: Potential New Program Opportunity

Date: July 16, 2014

As a follow-up from Bill McCarthy’s letter regarding our interest in seeking a federal grant to operate a shelter care program for unaccompanied youth, I want to clarify a few things.  First, this is currently not public information and we are asking employees to please keep this among themselves for the time being.  If we are fortunate to receive this grant and expand our residential program to serve this new population, this program will reside in our Dulaney Valley building but will not change the plan to consolidate our RTC program into the Pot Spring building in approximately a year.  However, the implications for many of our staff who were at risk of not having a position as a result of the consolidation are great.  In fact, keeping the Dulaney Valley building open would require us to hire more staff (many of whom will need to be fluent in Spanish) and make some environmental changes/improvements to the units that have been vacant for some time as well as other spaces.  The impact for non-residential staff who are housed at Dulaney Valley is yet to be determined.

If we receive the grant, we will likely have about 50 youth at any given time housed in 5 units.  The average length of stay is about a month and there are many clinical, educational, recreational, medical and case-management components.  We plan to offer intensive Spanish instruction for current staff interested in working with this program.

While there is much political positioning and disagreement at the moment around how to address this national issue, the fact remains that there are thousands of children that have been through much trauma who need to be taken care of while they are here, and that is what we do best.  This is a very exciting opportunity for our program and agency that  fits well with our mission,  values and the expertise of our staff to care for traumatized youth in need.

If you have any questions/concerns or have a particular skill or interest in working with this population, please let us know.

Thank you.

Postscript: My informant tells me they did receive the grant.

Second postscript: Learning Spanish might not enable the staff to communicate with the immigrants.  See Ann’s post at Refugee Resettlement Watch here: 

http://refugeeresettlementwatch.wordpress.com/2014/07/20/legal-representation-for-central-american-minors-what-about-the-mayans/

 

 

 

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