Great care goes into finding just
poster child for a
story supporting one or another of the immigration
lobby`s causes. I have sat in on Forum conference
sessions where a new immigrant personality was vetted by
the conferees only to be dropped before going to the
media with the story. Apparently, something in the
"bio" turned out to be off-message.
Selection of images for use in a
war fought with images is very serious business.
What happens when a poster child
"Adelaide Abankwah," was
cause célèbre in the late nineties for
female genital mutilation [FGM] asylum.
Initially denied asylum in immigration court, her
story was fed to the media and Hollywood.
Hillary Clinton, Gloria Steinem, Julia Roberts,
Vanessa Redgrave and others jumped on board the
Charles Schumer visited "Adelaide" in
detention and promptly demanded that asylum be given
to the illegal alien.
As reported in The Washington
Rodham Clinton `was very helpful in ensuring that INS
was aware of the case at the highest level` said Jessica
Neuwirth, President of
Equality Now. A spokeswoman for Clinton said
recently that `the first lady followed the case very
closely` at the time and passed information on it to the
National Security Council…. The INS district office in
New York was told that `the White House wants you to
release her, so they released her`, one agency insider
Seeker Is Impostor | INS Says Woman`s Plea
Had Powerful Support, By William Branigin and
Douglas Farah Washington Post, December 20, 2000]
After "Adelaide" received
asylum in the U.S. Court of appeals for the Second
Circuit, the INS completed its exhaustive investigation
of "Adelaide`s" case.
It found that she was an imposter
who stole the identity of another illegal alien.
Her claim to be fleeing FGM at home
in Ghana was
conclusively shown to be fraudulent—like the
majority of "asylum" seekers` claims.
Regina Danson ("Adelaide") is in America for
good. Her story was dropped by the MSM and the
story`s actual ending has had no ill effects on her
former supporters or their cause for
expanded asylum opportunities.
Another much-publicized poster
child, effectively used to end the enforcement of
immigration law regarding "unaccompanied minors":
He eventually received asylum and
was called to
testify before Congress about mistreatment while in
federal custody. He called the youth detention center
where he stayed "the worst place I have ever been in
Partly as a result of his
testimony, certain "unaccompanied minors"—a new
immigrant classification that brings
extraordinary immigration privileges—are no longer
the responsibility of immigration authorities. Instead
they are handed over to a federal welfare agency, the
Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR).
Munoz` testimony riveted the MSM
for a while. His
appeared in the LA Times, Boston Globe and
San Diego Union-Tribune, and even made the cover
Unfortunately, no one testified
before Congress about his apparent lying and violent and
aggressive behavior, which had caused the INS to oppose
an asylum grant and which had caused the government to
transfer the youth to a secure detention facility until
the matter could be settled.
Munoz was granted asylum and went
into the U.S. foster care system at taxpayer expense in
Grand Rapids, Michigan.
The story barely got beyond the
Nevertheless, and incredibly, four
days before Christmas 2005 the Senate
approved legislation sponsored by Senators Feinstein
(D-Cal) and Brownback (R-Kan) to further liberalize the
Senator Feinstein, who was
responsible for stripping immigration authority from DHS
for unaccompanied minors,
concedes "It was a very hard battle to get this
approved by the Senate and we still have a tough battle
in the House."
Would the Senate have even
considered the bill if Edwin Munoz had been on the front
page of Parade magazine after
the latest turn of events?
The Senate bill revamps the rarely
used Special Immigrant Juvenile Visa program "to
make it a useful and flexible means of providing
permanent protection for deserving unaccompanied alien
children who are deemed a dependant of the State by the
courts due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment."
The average beneficiary of the
Central American minor joining family members
already illegally in the U.S..
But the Treason Lobby has grander
visions for this bill.
The Feinstein/Brownback bill is an
expression of the assumption that the American nanny
state can redress the wrongs endured by anyone from
anywhere in the world who manages by any means to cross
In addition to expanded asylum opportunities for
youth who manage to get across the border—lured, aided
and abetted by the
welfare state and
human traffickers—the U.S. offers a separate,
parallel program for Unaccompanied Refugee Minors.
These are minors selected by the UNHCR and U.S. refugee
contractors for resettlement to the U.S. from around the
At a recent government conference
how ORR can "provide a safe haven for
unaccompanied refugee children in the United States,"
Dr. Julianne Duncan of the
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops,
Migration and Refugee Services spoke of
"immigration courts granting asylum to `street children`
who having lived alone, homeless in their country … flee
to the U.S. in an attempt to escape gangs, chemical
dependency, governmental mistreatment and starvation…
the `street kids` have very little education and often
suffer from mental illness… and the challenge is to
place these minors in good secure homes where they can
receive mental health and substance abuse treatment."
According to a
2004 ORR report, the U.S. is considering resettling
"orphans" from "Liberia who are currently
residing in Guinea" and "a number of Sudanese
girls from Kenya that the UNHCR deems vulnerable and in
need of resettlement. And in Thailand, there are Burmese
refugee children that will primarily be resettled
[in the U.S.] with the surrogate families in which
they currently reside." (Emphasis added.)
Instead, the MSM continues its stream of cheery
formulaic human interest stories.
And If a story goes bad there is a simple remedy—now
you see them, now you don`t.
him) is a recovering refugee worker.