In 1986, a compact was created between the United States and the Republic of the Marshall Islands.
The compact also allows citizens of the Marshall Islands to live and work in the United States without being subject to U.S. immigration laws,
...the large Marshallese immigrant population in Northwest Arkansas....An estimated 6,000-8,000 Marshallese immigrants live in Springdale and the surrounding areas.
Diseases such as tuberculosis and leprosy are alarmingly common among Marshallese immigrants,
Deputy State Health Officer Dr. Joe Bates testified that between 2000 and 2005, Northwest Arkansas had nine cases of congenital syphilis, six of which involved Marshallese; 38 people with infectious syphilis, 21 of whom were Marshallese; and eight cases of leprosy, all Marshallese.
Bates said the rate of leprosy in the Marshall Islands is the highest in the world, yet no survey has been done to determine the extent of the disease in among Marshallese immigrants in Arkansas.
"We think there are two to three times more cases of leprosy than we know about," he said.
Lawmakers also heard testimony from a leader in the Marshallese immigrant community who cried as she asked the legislators to do something to help. Sen. Bill Pritchard, R-Elkins, said the risk of an outbreak of serious disease is high and described the situation as a "time bomb."
EMPORIA — When hundreds of Somali refugees began showing up to work at the meatpacking plant, nurses Lori Torres and Renee Hively were among the first to get to know the exotic, new arrivals.
"We got notified a day in advance that 70 Somalis were being transferred from a (Tyson Foods) plant in Nebraska," Hively recalled. "That 70 soon grew into 400, seemingly overnight."
Torres is the case manager for about 160 Somalis in Emporia who have been diagnosed with latent tuberculosis.
State health officials say the influx of refugees to Emporia could have produced a calamity.
Kansas usually has about 3,000 cases of latent tuberculosis a year.
It has been largely eradicated in the United States, western Europe and other developed regions. But it remains widespread in Africa and elsewhere around the globe, killing 1.5 million people in 2005, according to the World Health Organization.
Before the Somalis began arriving in Emporia, the local health department tracked about 30 latent cases a year. Now Torres manages about 200 cases.
In February 2006, Tyson closed two of its plants in Nebraska. Among the nearly 1,700 affected workers were the Somali refugees who were offered replacement jobs at the Emporia plant.
The total Somali population in Emporia is thought to be between 750 and 1,000, and the expectation is that the number will continue to grow as word of jobs spreads to Somali enclaves in Utah, Minnesota, Maine and Ohio.
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — About 100 people who came from Nepal to work at a north Alabama factory seemingly vanished from a pair of apartment buildings, along with a lot of furniture and appliances, and can't be located, officials said Tuesday.
Immigration agents are trying to determine what happened to the Nepalese workers, among hundreds brought to the United States to work at a DVD factory operated by Cinram Inc., said Lauren Bethune, a spokeswoman for the Alabama Department of Homeland Security.
Reports last fall said Cinram had hired about 1,350 foreign workers to package DVDs at its plant in Huntsville.
Besides Nepal, Cinram has used foreign workers from Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Ukraine.
The above stories are a dime a dozen.
America is being flooded not just with illegal immigrants, but millions of LEGAL immigrants as well.
Not to mention refugees brought here by the thousands every year by government agencies, charities and Church organizations....
America is lost.
It's time to think in post-American terms and of the eventual rebuilding of a society from what will be left.
There are dark days ahead till then....