December 10, 2017

Florida: Syrian community leader says the state will get 1,000-2,000 Syrians this year; need mental health care

Syrian-refugees-Dr. Doured Daghistani is guessing on the numbers and basing it on the fact that Florida is one of the top states receiving mostly Muslim Syrians so far. We listed the Top Ten states here. And, we listed all the cities receiving Syrians (so far) here.

This is from WLRN (Miami) (I sure hope there are a lot of mental health dollars available in Florida!):

For Florida (Clearwater, Jacksonville, Kissimmee, Miami, Orlando, Tampa, Zephyrhills)

According to the State Department, the six states that have housed the most Syrian refugees so far are Texas, California, Michigan, Illinois, Arizona and Florida.

The federal fiscal year ended on September 30th.  We are now beginning FY 2016 (Obama says we will admit 10,000 Syrians who cannot be thoroughly screened according to the FBI).

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Because the UNHCR is choosing our Syrian refugees from its camps dominated by Sunni Muslims, you can expect the numbers (the percentage) of Muslim refugees to continue just about as they have been this past fiscal year.

I’m sorry if this news is repetitive for our regular readers, but I want the mainstream media to stop being so lazy (or duplicitous) when reporting on the Syrians who have come so far.

I repeat, these numbers will not change going forward unless we get the UN out of the business of picking refugees for us!

This data is directly from the US State Department’s Refugee Processing Center.  I thought if I did the research maybe reporters wouldn’t be so lazy in reporting it!

In fiscal year 2015 we admitted 1,682 Syrians through the Refugee Admissions Program.  Religious affiliation is as follows:

Atheist (2)

Bahai (2)

Christian (29)

Moslem (53)

Moslem Shiite (10)

Moslem Suni (1,537)

No Religion (1)

Orthodox (1)

Other Religion (5)

Zorastrian (6)

That makes it 97% Muslim!

When you see politicians like Senators Mikulski, Cardin, Graham, Blumenthal and others we have mentioned this past week advocating for more Syrians, remember they are advocating for more MUSLIM Syrians to be admitted and placed in your towns, not truly persecuted Christians!

Dr. Doured Daghistani, a pediatric oncologist and board member of the Syrian American Council of South Florida, says the culture shock endured by Syrian refugees arriving here is unlike any other immigrant experience.

“They’re coming with a big psycho-social burden on them,” said Daghistani.[….]

Last month, President Obama said his administration is preparing to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees in the coming budget year. Daghistani said he expects 10-20% of the refugees to relocate to Florida and at least 10% to South Florida.

Recent polls show a majority of Americans are opposed to Obama’s plan, with most believing it poses a threat to national security.[….]

“I think bringing the Syrian refugees here will help the humanitarian issues and will beef up the diversity of South Florida,” Daghistani said.

Syrian American Council of South Florida facebook page is here.

What you can do!

I urge all of you in Florida to visit my post yesterday and contact your state’s resettlement agencies. You will be asking for a schedule of upcoming “quarterly consultations” and the “FY2016 Abstract” for your city. Report to me what you find out!

Meeting tomorrow in Orlando

Although not Southern Florida, a reader yesterday told me about a meeting TOMORROW in Orlando. If you are in the area please attend!

Orlando Area Refugee Task Force Meeting

Event Type:

Public Meeting

Date/Time:

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 – 10:00 to 12:00

Location:

Florida Department of Transportation
133 S. Semoran Blvd
Orlando Florida 32807
United States

The purpose of this meeting is to increase awareness of the refugee populations, share best practices, spot trends in refugee populations, build collaborations between agencies, help create good communication among service providers, get informed about upcoming community events, and discuss refugee program service needs and possible solutions to meeting those needs.

I’ve been told that the Florida Dept of Children and Families has other PUBLIC meetings on refugees as well, so Floridians need to find out how to be notified of upcoming opportunities around the state.

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