Michigan State Government Offers Arabic Instructions to Callers and Website Visitors-Truth!
Michigan State Government Offers Arabic Instructions to Callers and Website Visitors-Truth! Dearborn School Districts Only Hire Arabic Speakers for Front Office-Unproven!Summary of eRumor: Forwarded emails alleging that the camel is officially in the tent in the state of Michigan where state and local government offices are offering instructions in Arabic on automated telephone systems and websites. Some versions say this is occurring in Dearborn and the School District only hires bilinguals qualified in the Arabic language to work in the front offices in schools.
The Truth:The toll free number in the email reaches the Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) program for the state of Michigan, which offers language options for English, Spanish and Arabic.
The Michigan.gov website also offers assistance in English, Spanish and Arabic, as well as a variety of other foreign languages.Dearborn Public Schools district phone (313) 827-3000 offers instructions in an Arabic language (possibly Farsi) after the opening message in English. We have not determined if the school district only offers jobs in the front office of schools to only bilingual Arabic speakers. We have a call into the school district and will post further findings here when we get them. Dearborn City Hall may not be that accessible to non English speakers. We checked the website of the city hall of Dearborn, Michigan and all text appears in English. All contact information on the website is English only as well.
Michigan has a large number of residents from all over the world and immigrants from the Middle East make up a high percentage of their population. It is not uncommon for state and local governments all over the U.S. to offer help in languages other than English based on the demographics of their residents. This is simply a practice that reaches out to a diverse population which helps to get their information out to citizens.In comparison to the rest of the nation, Michigan takes third place in Arabic immigration, according to a December 4, 2003 article by the Michigan Daily. The article said, "Almost half of the Arabs in the United States live in five states - California (190,890), New York (120,370), Michigan (115,284), New Jersey (71,770) and Florida (77,461)." At the time of our investigation those numbers are ten years old but we found that the Census Bureau has more current information posted on data collected between 2007 and 2011 for the state of Michigan. Click here to access that information. EBT eligibility, according to the Michigan Department of Human Services website, "is based on the financial situation of all members in a household." It is limited to U.S. Citizens or what the department calls residents with "acceptable alien status." The federal definition of this term, according to Title 8 -Chapter 14 - Subchapter IV - § 1641 of the U.S. Code is an immigrant in the country legally. Immigrants may have applied for permanent visas, been granted asylum or refugee status. There are a number of other criteria defined by the U.S. Code for "acceptable alien status." The eRumor circulating the Internet no doubt originated from someone who has forgotten that the U.S. is a nation of immigrants and that many people from the Middle East came to the U.S. to escape religious persecution from the sort of extremist activity that is being combated in the war on terror. Posted 09/23/13 Updated 2/17/14
A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:
Bet you can’t guess what this is:
•إذا كان دخلك الشهري الإجمالي أقل من 150 دولار و 100 دولار أو أقل في الأصول
السائلة )نقود في اليد، الحسابات الجارية أو حسابات التوفير، شهادات التوفير(، أو
•إذا كان مجموع دخلك الإجمالي وأصولك السائلة أقل من مجموع إيجارك الشهري أو
قسط القرض العقاري زائد فاتورة التدفئة والمنافع العامة، أو
•إذا كنت معدوم* الدخل أو أجير موسمي متنقل أو عامل مزارع موسمي ولديك 100
دولار أو أقل في الأصول السائلة.
*المعدوم هو أن يكون دخلك قد توقف قبل تاريخ تقديم الطلب، أو أن دخلك قد بدأ
ولكنك تتوقع أن لا تقبض أكثر من 25 دولار في غضون ال 10 أيام القادمة.
إذا كان أهل بيتك مؤهلاً لمعالجة الطلب في غضون سبعة أيام، فيجب عليك:
•أن تشترك في مقابلة، و
•أن تقدّم إثباتاً بهويتك الشخصية، و
•استكمال عملية الطلب بكامله.
لمواصلة تلقي مخصصات الإعانة الغذائية، سيُطلب منك أن تقدم إثباتاً لمعلومات أخرى
)مثل الدخل، مكان الإقامة، …إلخ(. إذا قمت بإعطاء الإثبات عند التقديم، فيمكن أن تُعطى
فترة أطول من مخصصات الإعانة الغذائية.
المقابلات المعنية ببرنامج الإعانة الغذائية
)Food Assistance Program: FAP(
يجوز التنازل عن إجراء مقابلة وجهاً لوجه وإجراء مقابلة هاتفية في الحالات التي يشكل
ذلك على أهل بيتك مشقة. وتتضمن المشقات على سبيل المثال ولا تقتصر على التالي:
•صعوبات في النقل.
•دوام ساعات العمل الذي يمنع من الاشتراك في مقابلة مكتبية.
إذا كنت تعاني من مشقة وتحتاج إلى إجراء DHS أخبر الأخصائي المسؤول عنك ف
Well, it’s part of the instructions for how to apply for food stamps in the great state of Michigan. Read on:
Subject: Fw: THE CAMEL’S NOSE IS OFFICIALLY IN THE TENT IN MICHIGAN!!!
I actually called the Michigan Dept. of Human Services to check this out and it is true. Have we gone completely nuts!!
THE CAMEL’S NOSE IS OFFICIALLY IN THE TENT IN MICHIGAN!!!
Muslim men are allowed to have as many as 4 wives. Many Muslims have immigrated into the U.S. and brought their 2-3-or 4 wives with them, but the U.S. does not allow multi marriages, so the man lists one wife as his, and signs the other 2 or 3 up as extended family on welfare and other free Government programs!
Michigan has the highest population of Muslims in the United States. When President Obama took office the United States paid several millions of dollars to have a large number of Palestinians, (All Muslim), immigrated here from Palestine. Why? I have no idea, do you! We don’t pay for other persons to immigrate here, and I’m sure that some of those Muslims moved into Michigan with the large current number of Muslims already established there.
So now in Michigan when you call the Public Assistance office you are told to “Press 1 for English. Press 2 for Spanish, or Press 3 for Arabic”! CHECK IT OUT YOURSELF – Here is the number 1-888-678-8914 .
Every time you add a new language to an American program it requires an additional number of persons fluent in that language to process those persons who refuse to learn English in order to live here at an additional cost to the taxpayer! Why are we even allowing persons to immigrate here who cannot provide for themselves, and putting them in our welfare system?
Press 3 for Arabic.
This is quite alarming!!! This seems to have happened clandestinely, for, as far as I know, no public announcement, or opportunity to vote on this was offered to the American people. They’re just adopting an official stance, and very likely using tax-payer money for it, in various capacities, without public knowledge or approval.
The following link takes you into the State of Michigan Public Assistance page, (as in Food Stamps etc). You won’t have to scroll far before you see the assistance-letters options for … (get this) … English, Spanish, and ARABIC!!!
When did the ARABIC option sneak into our culture? Will we soon have to listen to our governmental offices, stores, and other venues offer us the option of “pressing 3 for ARABIC?”
Check it out for yourself. http://www.michigan.gov/dhs/0%2c1607%2c7-124-5453_5527—%2c00.html
Please inform every red-blooded American you know, that this is happening. It is outrageous! The camel’s nose is literally now OFFICIALLY under the tent! YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK!!