Will your town/city get Syrian refugees? Have you gotten them already?
Posted by Ann Corcoran on September 22, 2015
Yesterday, someone sent me a link to a news story that reported that some small town in Michigan was going to ‘welcome’ 4,500 Syrians in the coming year. Sounded preposterous to me, but it did spur me on to do something I’ve wanted to do for the last week and that is find out exactly what towns and cities were already getting Syrian refugees.
Knowing that once they got the initial “seeds” planted (seed is the word being used by Welcoming America), I know that they often then continue to pour them in. So I went back to the State Department’s data base (the Refugee Processing Center) to see where the mostly Muslim Syrians have been distributed so far.
However, if your city is not on the list below it does not mean that you are off the hook.
Go to the US State Department’s list of subcontractors working in 190 towns and cities, here, to see if you have a US State Department contractor set up in your town.
I would also urge all of you to go to the contact information for an office near you (in that list ) and ask for the Fiscal Year 2016 Abstract.
Those abstracts will tell you how many refugees the agency plans to resettle, from where they will come, and what your town is offering them in the way of social services and other amenities.
The FY2016 Abstracts are now in the hands of the US State Department which has already made its decisions (or how else would Sec. of State Kerry be able to say that we can handle 85,000 refugees this coming year) and the contractor should not be withholding them on some flimsy grounds that they are somehow still in the decision-making process. Do not be surprised, however, if they refuse to give you the abstract because secrecy is a watchword of this program and has been for decades!
I can’t emphasize enough that if they can’t find enough ‘welcoming’ locations, they will be out scouting for more unsuspecting towns.
1,709 Syrian (mostly Muslim) refugees have been resettled in the US between 1/1/2012 and yesterday.
95% are Muslims
When I looked up the cities where they were distributed, I rechecked the numbers of Muslims vs. Christians we were resettling and the percentage is still about the same—95% since 2012 are (Sunni) Muslims and 97% in calendar year 2015 are Muslims. And, that is because we allow the United Nations to choose our refugees!
Here then are the towns/cities where those 1,709 Syrians have been resettled (some may only have received one Syrian so far, but that one should be considered a seed). Someone got these few: 43 Christians, 1 Catholic and 1 Yazidi resettled so far. Again, we are not saving the persecuted Christians in any significant way!
Top Syrian Muslim receiving states are in red.
Arizona (Glendale, Phoenix, Tucson)
California (Burbank, Chatsworth, El Cajon, Fair Oaks, Los Angeles, Modesto, Moorpark, Oakland, Pasadena, Plumas Lake, Sacramento, Salinas, San Diego, Santa Ana, Turlock, Van Nuys, Walnut Creek, West Covina)
Colorado (Colorado Springs, Denver)
Connecticut (Bristol, Hartford, New Haven, West Haven)
Florida (Clearwater, Jacksonville, Kissimmee, Miami, Orlando, Tampa, Zephyrhills)
Georgia (Atlanta, Stone Mountain)
Illinois (Alsip, Aurora, Chicago, Des Plaines, Moline, Prospect Heights, Rock Island, Rockford, Wheaton)
Kansas (Overland Park, Wichita)
Kentucky (Lexington, Louisville)
Louisiana (Baton Rouge, Kenner)
Maryland (Baltimore, Riverdale, Severna Park, Silver Spring)
Massachusetts (Beverly, Lowell, South Boston, Springfield, Tewksbury, West Springfield, Worcester)
Michigan (Ann Arbor, Clinton Twp., Dearborn, Eastpointe, Farmington Hills, Grand Rapids, Troy, West Bloomfield Twp.)
Minnesota (Richfield, Rochester)
Missouri (Fenton, St. Louis)
Nevada (Las Vegas)
New Hampshire (Concord)
New Jersey (Camden, Clifton, Elizabeth, Jersey City)
New Mexico (Albuquerque)
New York (Buffalo, New York City, Rochester, Syracuse)
North Carolina (Durham, Greensboro, High Point, New Bern, Raleigh)
Ohio (Cleveland, Columbus, Toledo, Westerville)
Pennsylvania (Allentown, Erie, Harrisburg, Kingston, Lancaster, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Scranton, Wilkes-Barre)
Tennessee (Memphis, Nashville)
Texas (Austin, Dallas, Ft. Worth, Houston)
Utah (Salt Lake City)
Virginia (Burke, Centreville, Charlottesville, Falls Church, Newport News, Roanoke)
Washington (Richland, Seattle, Spokane, Vancouver)
West Virginia (Charleston)
And again, please cross check with this list where the refugee contractors are working! They can actually place refugees within a hundred miles of their offices!
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