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Terror-Linked American Developing a Sanctuary For Syrian Refugees--Despite His State Saying No To Refugees

Sun, Nov. 22, 2015 Posted: 07:14 PM


In Oakland County, Michigan, which borders Detroit and in which Pontiac is the county seat, Syrian-Americans are purchasing land to create a sanctuary area for Syrian refugees. The Oakland Press reports:

"Eight area residents formed two companies and purchased 120 lots on 10 Pontiac city blocks west of Woodward near Franklin to build the new homes.

The group — who formed Live In Pontiac LLC and Pontiac Community Investment — started by buying the vacant, boarded-up Franklin Elementary School on Franklin Road.

The school will be revamped as a community center for the newcomers.”

Malaz Alatassi, one of the investors has said: “We heard 10,000 have already been approved.”

In other related news, The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) announced back in October that, “leaders of the nation’s leading Syrian-American and Muslim advocacy organizations” met with White House officials to discuss Russian airstrikes in Syria. According to the CAIR announcement, there were eight other groups represented at the press conference including seven that are known to be tied to the US Muslim Brotherhood.

At least one of the individuals involved in building this refugee enclave is related to the terror-linked Muslim group that urged the White House to allow more Muslim refugees into the U.S. Former President of the American Muslim Council, Yahya Basha, now heads United for Free Syria and has a history of unscrupulous and terror-linked activity:

  • Basha is one of the eight Syrian-American investors who are developing the refugee sanctuary.
  • He is a doctor who has proudly supported Islamic terror groups. Many of those terror organizations have been shut down due to their involvement in terrorism.
  • The Michigan Republican Party, particularly in suburban Oakland County, has been accused of pandering to extremists like Basha.
  • Basha has donated money to both Republican and Democratic parties.
  • The FDA has cited Basha for performing shoddy mammograms.
  • In 2006, the State Department sent Basha, former leader of the American Muslim Council and associate of Abdurahman Alamoudi, on a tour of Europe as a "civilian ambassador" in the Civic Outreach program.
  • The American Muslim Council has a history of supporting terrorism.
  • Abdurahman Alamoudi founded the American Muslim Council, was the Islamic affairs advisor for the Clinton administration, is a supporter of Hamas and Hezbollah and was sentenced to 23 years in prison for terrorist fundraising.

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson is vehemently opposed to the development underway for Syrian refugees. In a letter to Pontiac Mayor Deidre Waterman, Patterson said he is "dismayed" by the plan. He also requested that Oakland County Treasurer Andy Meisner to "cease and desist his involvement" in the "ill-conceived program." Patterson wrote that, "given what occurred in Paris, France this past week, that function of homeland security now becomes paramount in my mind, as I'm sure it does yours,"

Patterson also argued that, "any program such as the acceptance of refugees from Syria under current conditions constitutes an immediate threat of imminent danger. I am not overreacting to the tragedy that befell Paris ... "

Though Waterman has also come out against the project, she pointed out that the city of Pontiac didn’t sell any properties directly to these organizations and developers. Basha and Alatassi have been working with the community in order to "enlist community support." So, the city of Pontiac’s hands are apparently tied.

Patterson said he has received a massive amount of phone calls--the most he’s ever gotten on a particular issue. Most of the calls were in support of quashing the project. Following that spate of phone calls, the governors of several states, including Michigan, made the decision to stop accepting Syrian refugees. But, now a workaround is in place.

Candice Lanier