I fill in some of the background to the Tsarnaev family—the family of the Boston bombers—being in the U.S. It comes down to the “refugee resettlement” rackets.
There are of course some genuine refugees, but they are atypical. To attain refugee status, you need a story, and your story needs to be believed by the people processing refugees at the front end. It's in the nature of things, though, that these stories are impossible to check. So refugees are mostly Third Worlders who've figured this out, have enough chutzpa to keep telling the same lies over to the processing officers, and want to live in the West.
Your poster child here is Nafissatou Diallo, the hotel maid who accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn, head of the International Monetary Fund, of raping her two years ago. That turned out to be a pack of lies; so did Ms. Diallo's story about being gang-raped in her native country of Guinea, West Africa, a story that got her a refugee visa to live in the U.S.A.
Then there is reunification of families. Once a refugee is in the U.S.A. they can petition for relatives to come in. This aspect of immigration policy was so addled with fraud it was actually suspended for several African countries in 2008, when DNA testing showed that most of the relatives tested were not in fact related. (It's still partially suspended.)
Lobbying to keep these scams going in the U.S.A. are the so-called “volags,” or voluntary agencies. These have impressive and heart-warming names like Episcopal Migration Ministries, Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services, and U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Pretty holy, eh? Don't be fooled. These volags get a cash grant from the State Department for each refugee they settle. This is big business. The Lutherans, for example, got eight and a half million dollars of your money and mine in 2011. And no, they don't spend much on actual resettlement. Once refugees are here, the volags hand them off to the welfare agencies as fast as they can. This seems to be what happened to the Tsarnaevs, who were on welfare most of the time.
This is the background to the Tsarnaev family being in the U.S.A.
In regard to which, a Radio Derb listener has the following to say:
I'm surprised during your edition of your Radio Derb this week, you didn't once mention the Boston bombers Uncle, Ruslan Tsarni.
In case you somehow missed it, he was the first member of the family to speak publicly, and avoided the typical hemming and hawing of the racial apologists and conspiracy of terrorists. He flat out stated, when asked what he thought their motives were, “They were losers! They couldn't assimilate, and they took it out on those that could!” and also said “They're a shame to our family, a shame to our people” and begged the forgiveness of the victims.
It’s so rare we see an immigrant and outsider give anything but a half hearted apology, but this man (also an immigrant) came out and showed what it is to be an immigrant to the United States. He spat on the culture he escaped from and damned his own kin for succumbing to the pitfalls of their savage extremist heritage.
I’m sorry, but when such a perfect example of an assimilated immigrant leaps into the American consciousness, it seems surreal that you’d fail to mention this great man. I encourage you to PLEASE look up the two interviews he did. They are magnificent and a great example of assimilation and honesty that modern immigrants should strive to.
Thank you, Sir; and yes, I should have put in a word for Uncle Ruslan. Here is the April 19 “losers” presser. Bracketed minutes and seconds in what follows refer to that video clip. Here he is on NBC the following day. Included here is a later interview with CNN.
However, I don’t believe that Uncle Ruslan, who admitted he hasn’t seen the boys “for years” (4m50s; at 3m21s he says “since 2009,” so it seems to be four years), has got the whole truth of the matter.
That the Tsarnaev brothers didn’t assimilate is plain; that they couldn’t is more questionable. The elder brother who, according to Uncle Ruslan (and on this he is surely right) was driving the operation, was some kind of alpha male. He married a pretty young WASP gal and bent her to his will. I don’t deny that a guy who lets off bombs in public places has issues, but “loser”? “Couldn’t assimilate”? Hmm.
You could make a case for the younger brother as being more definitely loserly, but even there:
Though he may have been quiet, Dzhokhar was hardly a loner — he was quite sociable.
Sonja Bergeron, 19, said she would often see him at parties at dorms where he would be drinking and smoking marijuana. (She advised reporters to “look for the potheads” to find people who would have known him better.)
“He was a kind of a party animal,” she said.
I like Uncle Ruslan’s attitude just as much as my reader does, but with all respect to him, there’s more going on here than “hatred to those who were able to settle themselves” (0m26s). Still less can I swallow: “Anything else to do with religion, with Islam, it’s a fraud, it’s a fake.” (0m37s).
As for “Chechens are peaceful people” (4m35s), well, my 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica covers them under the heading “Chechenzes”:
A wild, fierce people, they fought desperately against Russian aggression in the 18th century under Daûd Bag and Oman Khan and Shamyl, and in the 19th under Khazi-Mollah, and even now some are independent in the mountain districts . . . They are of a generous temperament, very hospitable, but quick to revenge . . . Before their subjection to Russia they were remarkable for their independence of spirit and love of freedom . . . the law of vendetta was fully carried out . . .
They sound like pretty good people to have on your side, and correspondingly a formidable enemy.
I’m glad Uncle Ruslan is on our side. In the present international configuration, however, the religion of the Chechens will dispose a lot of them to consider themselves our enemies. That seems to be what happened with Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who then pulled in his brother to the same mentality.
It would be nice if we had some way to distinguish the Uncle Ruslans from the Brother Tamerlans at the visa-application stage, but we don’t. As a rough and ready way to save ourselves from lots of hurt, we should just stop issuing visas to Muslims or people from Muslim regions, as Laura Ingraham and others have proposed.
That gets us back to this week’s Radio Derb.