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Virginia Refugee Resettlement Map, Click and Move on Map Below

The map below shows the Virginia locations where these refugees have resettled.  The shading for the counties and independent cities indicates the total number of refugees resettled in that locality, and the numbers on the map the number of different countries represented by those immigrants.  The origin countries and percentage of Islamic population within that country are also included.  It should be noted that this information does not include immigration data from any other source or program such as diversity immigration and student visas.

View a larger version of Virginia Refugee Resettlement created with eSpatial mapping software.

Virginia Islamic Organizations, Click and Move On Map Below

The map below shows the Islamic organizations in Virginia.  This information comes from public sources, and again there are several caveats.

As the information is from public sources, any errors in the source data are also contained within the results.

There are instances of multiple organizations at the same address and different spellings for the same organizations.  Where differences existed tax information was given preference, then real estate information, then Virginia business filings, and finally other sources.

Organizational Information in some instances was also not consistent the different data sources in terms of names, addresses, etc.

Some organizations have a web-site, but no other information is available.  It is likely that organizations exist that are not included in this data.

Prayer places are just noted as these are generally places of business.

Muslim Student Associations (MSAs) are affiliated with specific universities, and the universities general address has been used for each MSAs location.

States located in other areas (notably Washington DC and Maryland) but registered to do business in Virginia have also been included.

The county/city shading indicates the total number of organizations within that locality.  The numbers also indicate the total number of organizations and the pins indicate the type of organization.

View a larger version of Virginia Islamic Organizations created with eSpatial mapping software.


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It seems the entire country is up in arms over illegal immigration, sanctuary cities and the crimes committed by illegals against US citizens. Criminals who enter our country illegally represent only part of the problem. As Michael Cutler explains here, legal immigration in all its forms is equally as flawed and problematic.

For over a hundred years, the United States has served as a haven for oppressed and persecuted peoples from all over the world.  We have welcomed refugees in an honest attempt to help those in need of protection and with a desire to add them to our citizenry as enthusiastic newly-minted Americans.

It used to be that America decided which people to help and welcome into our midst and under what circumstances they were allowed to stay here.  “Used to” are the operative words here. Like so many other decisions that we and, by proxy, our legislators are charged with executing, refugee selection, screening and resettlement is now outsourced to others – others that do not have America’s best interests in mind.

By way of introduction to this important issue, below is a fact sheet – a top 10 list, if you will – detailing the key elements of current US refugee policy.

The current state of affairs will shock and anger you.  As taxpayers, you are certainly aware that you are the primary source of funding for the United Nations and the sole source of funding for a government that foists these flawed policies on the, until now, unsuspecting public.


We wish to acknowledge Ann Corcoran of Refugee Resettlement Watch for her contributions to the compilation of this list and for her ongoing efforts to inform the public on this important issue.

  1. The U.S. takes more than twice as many refugees as all countries from the rest of the industrialized world combined. Since 1975, the U.S. has resettled over 3 million refugees, with annual admissions figures ranging from a high of 207,000 in 1980 to a low of 27,110 in 2002 (in the aftermath of 911) .
  1. The U.N. is effectively dictating much of U.S. immigration policy. In recent years up to 95% of the refugees coming to the U.S. were referred by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) or were the relatives of UN-picked refugees.  The US State Department then supposedly screens these refugees. Until the late 90’s the U.S. picked the large majority of refugees for resettlement in the U.S.
  2. Upon entry, a network of private, agencies known as VOLAGs (VOLuntary AGencies) select the communities where refugees will be resettled and live. Refugee resettlement contractors (many with religious affiliation) are paid per refugee with our tax dollars to bring refugees to our towns.

Resettlement contractors are responsible for securing welfare services for refugees, including taxpayer-subsidized housing, health care, food stamps and other cash assistance; and for making sure the children are enrolled in our local schools.

  1. The federal government funds 90% or more of initial refugee resettlement activities through federal grants paid either directly to resettlement contractors or to state agencies for refugee resettlement through which the same grants pass to the same resettlement contractors.
  1. Congress, for the most part, has failed to supervise, question or reform the refugee selection, screening or resettlement process. No recommendations of past Congressional investigations have been implemented.
  1. Assimilation is no longer a goal for any agency involved in refugee resettlement – government or private contractor. The term “assimilation” is no longer a part of government lexicon and has been exclusively replaced with the concept of “integration” with a clear intent of maintaining the ethnic identity of the refugees.  An additional goal of the current program is teaching refugees how to “navigate” the system, i.e., how to make sure they get all the benefits for which they are qualified.
  1. Refugee “self-sufficiency” is an important measure of success and a basis for assigning refugees to agencies in future contracts. The definition of “self-sufficiency” has been steadily defined downward and today is virtually meaningless. Refugees and asylum seekers are eligible for ALL federal, state and local welfare programs 30 days after arrival. A refugee can be considered “self-sufficient” while using SNAP and Medicaid.
  1. Refugees are not tested for communicable diseases, such as tuberculosis and HIV.  Tuberculosis among the foreign-born now accounts for about half of the cases in America.
  1. Medium size towns, such as Bowling Green, KY, Nashville, TN, Ft. Wayne, IN, Boise, ID, Manchester, NH, Roanoke and Harrisonburg, VA are serving as main reception centers for the refugee program.
  1. Our elected representatives, local and state, have little to no idea how the refugee resettlement program works, that refugees are being resettled in their districts and counties or how much these refugees add to the fiscal burdens of local counties and cities.

In 2011 (the latest year for which Virginia population data is available), refugee households utilized SNAP at a rate of 6.4 times the rate of Virginia households. Medicaid at 5.4 times and TANF at 17.8 times that of Virginia households.

Virginia matches funds from these federal programs:

Medicaid – 50% paid by Virginians

TANF – 45% paid by Virginians

SNAP – 32% paid by Virginians

As Virginia taxpayers, the General Assembly and local governments and school boards are not consulted and are told they have no say in the decision to resettle refugees in their communities.  This program constitutes an unfunded mandate on the Commonwealth of Virginia and its local governments.  The US Refugee Program is unfair to American taxpayers and to the refugee groups it is supposed to serve.


Recommended Sources for Information, News and Commentary

  • Center for Immigration Studies | The Center for Immigration Studies is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit, research organization. Since our founding in 1985, we have pursued a single mission – providing immigration policymakers, the academic community, news media, and concerned citizens with reliable information about the social, economic, environmental, security, and fiscal consequences of legal and illegal immigration into the United States.
  • NumbersUSA | Moderates, conservatives & liberals working for immigration numbers that serve America’s finest goals
  • The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) is a national, nonprofit, public-interest, membership organization of concerned citizens who share a common belief that our nation’s immigration policies must be reformed to serve the national interest. FAIR seeks to improve border security, to stop illegal immigration, and to promote immigration levels consistent with the national interest—more traditional rates of about 300,000 a year.
  • Refugee Resettlement Watch | On-line resource for everything you should know about Refugee Resettlement Worldwide. Multiple updates daily


Recommended Reading

  • Refugee Resettlement and the Hijra to America | In her book, Ms. Corcoran recounts her personal trajectory from typical, uninformed citizen to a national authority on refugee resettlement policies and programs, the focus of her highly acclaimed blog, Refugee Resettlement Watch. It began in 2007, when large numbers of Muslim Meskhetian Turks were quietly resettled by the U.S. State Department in her hometown in Western Maryland, prompting her to research intensively what was afoot. VIDEO  and Complete Book PDF
    Click here for quick bullet points on this new volume
  • The Red-Green Axis | This report extensively details the networks of radical left non-profits, foundations, government agencies and the personalities behind them. Unbeknownst to most Americans they are using refugee resettlement as a pretext to import waves of immigrants from third-world nations as a key front in Obama’s strategy of “fundamentally transforming” America. These refugees have little interest in assimilating. VIDEO and Complete Book PDF


Virginia Free Citizen Watch Reports

Legal Immigration and Refugee Resettlement

Welfare Use by Legal and Illegal Immigrant Households by Steven A. Camarota | Center for Immigration Studies, September 10, 2015, An Analysis of Medicaid, cash, food, and housing programs This report is a companion to a recent report published by the Center for Immigration Studies looking at welfare use by all immigrant households, based on Census Bureau data. This report separates legal and illegal immigrant households and estimates welfare use using the same Census Bureau data as that study…Read More


Refugee Resettlement | A System Badly in Need of Review by Don Barnett | Center for Immigration Studies

Loss of U.S. Control. Policy about who is admitted as a refugee to the United States has been surrendered to the U.N. and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that stand to benefit from the program. In recent years, up to 95 percent of the refugees coming to the United States were referred by the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) or were putative relatives of U.N.-selected refugees… Read More

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