A word from a refugee about today’s refugees

(My new American Thinker post)

Our family came to the U.S. in 1964 and we called ourselves “refugiados” or refugees.

The U.S. accepted us as refugees from a communist state.

Therefore, I’ve always been very sensitive about refugees from other lands or places. I look at them and see a lot of ourselves in their faces. I see the young boys and remember that I was once a young boy watching my parents fill out paper forms at The Freedom Tower in Miami.

The Syrian situation is very different from our experience in a couple of ways:

First, we came in a very orderly way. I understand that the Mariel experience of the summer of 1980 was chaotic but that was the exception rather than the rule.

Most Cubans came here in the Freedom Flights of 1965-75.  There were two planes that landed in Miami and brought generally families, mom, dad and kids.  They were greeted usually by family members who put them up at their homes until father had a job. There were lots of Cubans willing to hire Cubans in Miami so work came fast for our fathers and uncles. These Cubans integrated very quickly to the Miami scene and contributed greatly to the local economy and politics.  It didn’t take long before mothers were angry that their kids were forgetting their Spanish!

Second, most of us were willing to integrate. We grew up watching “The Lone Ranger” and “Rin tin tin” in Spanish. We were also huge baseball fans, another connection to U.S. culture. Most importantly, we were so grateful that the U.S. had given us a second chance. We embraced America in a very unique way.

Today’s Syrian refugees, or any other refugees from that region, will not be greeted by families or a culture that they understand. There are already reports that some are missing in Louisiana or that we are having a hard time identifying them:

A Syrian refugee relocated to Louisiana has already gone missing, but the group accommodating them isn’t taking responsibility.

WBRZ reports:

WBRZ has learned Catholic Charities helped the refugee who settled in Baton Rouge, but said the immigrant left for another state after a couple of days, and they don’t know where the refugee went since they don’t track them.

“We’re at the receiving end,” Chad Aguillard, executive director of Catholic Charities, says. “We receive them, we welcome them into our community and help them resettle. There has been a lot of commotion and fear with Syrians. The fear is justified, but we have to check that against reality.”

State leaders are upset after the federal governor began relocating Syrian refugees in the state without notifying them.

“This is a federal program, and it was their responsibility, as the governor has stated, that they should have notified myself or governor directly,” according to the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management Director Kevin Davis.

Last week, a Texas refugee services group detailed what they give to those the Obama administration are bringing into America.
Liberty News recently published an audio recording it says is a phone call between a representative of Refugee Services of Texas and a man posing as a potential volunteer.

The services detailed in the call — being paid for by U.S. taxpayers — is staggering.

I am not saying that we should shut the door or refuse to take any of them. At the same, the U.S. has every right to demand information, specially from young men travelling alone. In fact, I would deny entrance to young men for fear that they may be connected to terrorists.

We’ve seen in Europe how political correctness has created all kinds of problems with thousands of refugees.

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ISIS is contained so let’s release another 5 from GITMO


The Obama White House is a bit off on its timing these days. We’ve all heard about President Obama saying that ISIS was contained the morning of the Paris attacks.
Let’s add another one to the timing file with the announcement that 5 more are leaving GITMO:

“The Department of Defense announced on Sunday that it had transferred five lower-level Yemeni detainees from the Guantánamo Bay prison in Cuba to the United Arab Emirates. The United States had held each for nearly 14 years as wartime prisoners, and none had been charged with a crime.The transfers reduced the detainee population at the prison to 107. As many as 17 other proposed transfers of lower-level detainees are in the bureaucratic pipeline, an official familiar with internal deliberations said.The resettlement of the Yemeni detainees was the first of its kind to the United Arab Emirates, which had previously taken in just one former Guantánamo detainee, in 2008 — its own citizen.”

Let’s be fair and say that this release was already under way before the Paris attacks. Nevertheless, didn’t it occur to someone that maybe releasing GITMO terrorists may just be the wrong signal hours after Paris?
The Obama White House does not seem capable of dealing with ISIS. They talk tough but seem completely unsure of what to do. They look scared to take the war to the terrorists!
I don’t expect much from President Obama, unless we are attacked or ISIS captures US soldiers. Therefore, this mess will be left to # 45. I just hope that the millions planning to vote for Mrs Clinton understand that she will very likely send ground troops to the region.
Yes, Obama’s mess will have to be cleaned up by # 45!
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1960: Kennedy and Nixon debate Cuba

Here is a little trip down memory lane.    Let’s go back to the 1960 campaign:

“In the second of four televised debates, Democratic presidential nominee John F. Kennedy and Vice President Richard Nixon turn their attention to foreign policy issues.

Three Cold War episodes, in particular, engendered spirited confrontations between Kennedy and Nixon.

The first involved Cuba, which had recently come under the control of Fidel Castro. Nixon argued that the island was not “lost” to the United States, and that the course of action followed by the Eisenhower administration had been the best one to allow the Cuban people to “realize their aspirations of progress through freedom.”

Kennedy fired back that it was clear that Castro was a communist, and that the Republican administration failed to use U.S. resources effectively to prevent his rise to power.

He concluded that, “Today Cuba is lost for freedom.””

A few months later, The Bay of Pigs happened.



Pope Francis, Dorothy Day, and Che Guevara

Pope Francis

Bombarded by the 24-hour news cycle on the Popemania, I was moved to listen to Pope Francis’ address to a Joint Session of the U.S. Congress on September 24, 2015.

Having said this, I must admit that I was not favorably inclined to listen to this Pope for his failure to rise to the occasion during his Cuban visit. He refused to meet with the Ladies in White and with other human-rights activists who have been fighting the oppression of the Castro regimes and religious persecution. He invoked “reconciliation” to the Cuban people — ignoring the fact that what they need is FREEDOM. The Pope’s demeanor in Communist Cuba was not that of a man of courage. His continued criticism of capitalism and his silence on communism show his biases and his preferred ideology.

When asked why he had not met with human-rights dissidents during his stay in Cuba, Pope Francis responded that “”It was very clear I was not holding private audiences in the nunciature — not even with other heads of state.” And, yet, Pope Francis did meet with Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis at the Vatican Embassy in Washington, DC.  This provides more evidence where Pope Francis’ loyalties are – definitely not with democratic forces.

There are signs that Pope Francis offered us to let us know where his sympathies are.  By meeting with Fidel Castro, the Pope gave a pass to the former Cuban dictator who closed all Catholic schools and universities, as well as expelled 131 priests, brothers, and a bishop on a freighter bound for Spain in 1961.  According to the church’s statistics, the number of priests in Cuba decreased from 723 in 1960 to 220 in 1965. By reaching out to Fidel, Pope Francis betrayed the sacrifices of many Catholic youngsters who died at the hands of firing squads at La Cabaña prison to shouts of “Viva Cristo Rey.” Pope Francis sided with the key enemy of the Catholic Church in Cuba.

And here is yet another clue as to why I don’t trust Pope Francis. When he visited Bolivia, he accepted as a gift a Marxist crucifix from President Evo Morales — one shaped with the Communist hammer and sickle. It was Karl Marx who called religion the opium of the masses. Religion and communism are incompatible with each other, and, yet, Pope Francis said that he was not offended by Evo’s gesture. You see, Pope Francis remembers to talk about “politics” only when he is away from totalitarian-run countries. To him, the enemy of the people is capitalism, not communism!

Getting back to Pope Francis’ speech to Congress, I was glad when he mentioned leading civil-rights champions in our Nation’s history, like former President Abraham Lincoln and the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. Both of these were Americans whom I have always admired.

But then, the Pope threw me a curve ball when he mentioned Dorothy Day. At first, I thought that the Pope’s lack of proficiency with the English language had triggered a mispronunciation of a famous American. I was certain that the Pope meant to recognize the popular actress of the 1950s and 1960s Doris Day. She was a favorite of mine, too.

On second thought, I thought that Doris Days did not belong next to the names of Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr., unless, she had done some momentous acts in our history that I was unfamiliar with. So, I went back and checked Doris Day’ biography, and I could not find any. Her fame was mainly in the film industry.

My first clue that helped me to solve my dilemma came when I heard that U.S. Senator and self-proclaimed socialist Bernie Sanders had left the House chamber beaming because the Pope had cited an American Catholic whom Sanders had plenty of praise of. The Senator indicated that the name “Dorothy Day has not been used in the United States Congress terrible often.” Sanders went on to say that “She was a valiant fighter for workers, was very strong in her belief for social justice, and I think it was extraordinary that he cited her as one of the most important people in recent American history. This would be one of the very, very few times that somebody as radical as Dorothy Day was mentioned.”

Now that I had the correct name, I did a bit of research on Dorothy Day. And I came up with one of Day’s famous saying during the 1970s:

“The two words [anarchist-pacifist] should go together, especially at this time when more and more people, even priests, are turning to violence, and are finding their heroes in Camillo Torres among the priests, and Che Guevara among laymen. The attraction is strong, because both men literally laid down their lives for their brothers. “Greater love hath no man than this.””

And, now, I am more convinced than ever as to why I admired Pope John II. Regarding Pope Francis, I am not a fan. Anyone who mentioned an American who looked up to Che Guevara cannot be a friend of mine or of freedom-loving Cuban-Americans.

Obama: This is for you Mr Papa

Why is anyone surprised?   President Obama will welcome Pope Francis with a rather interesting receiving line:    an activist of the transgender movement, a gay Episcopal bishop, and a nun at odds with the church’s position on abortion and euthanasia.

Just curious:  how can that nun still be a nun?   Where is Mother Superior when we really need her?

As my mother said this morning of President Obama’s invitations:    Coño!

On one hand, this is utterly disrespectful and in your face.    It’s childish, too.

On the other hand, it really shows where Obama’s heart is.     My friend Ed Morrissey wrote this:

“When the Saudis visited the White House this month, did Obama invite women’s-rights activists to dinner with them? Did Obama invite Ayaan Hirsi Ali to discuss the need for reform in Islam? No? Which entity has more need for openness, inclusiveness, and tolerance?”

We know what side Obama is on.   He is certainly not on the side of respecting other religions or our Judeo Christian heritage.

Pope Francis and President Obama

Pope Francis Evo Morales

According to the Wall Street Journal — “Vatican disputes White House guest list for papal visit,” by Francis X. Rocca: “On the eve of Pope Francis’s arrival in the U.S., the Vatican has taken offense at the Obama administration’s decision to invite to the pope’s welcome ceremony transgender activists, the first openly gay Episcopal bishop and an activist nun who leads a group criticized by the Vatican for its silence on abortion and euthanasia…According to a senior Vatican official, the Holy See worries that any photos of the pope with these guests at the White House welcoming ceremony next Wednesday could be interpreted as an endorsement of their activities.”

Where was the Vatican rage when Bolivian President Evo Morales gave him an image of the crucified Christ featuring the Communist hammer and sickle?

Now that Pope Francis has become a buddy of President Obama, he’s finding out that worst thing anyone can do is become a friend of the President. Obama is kinder and gentler with his enemies than with his friends.