Pittsburgh: Jewish agency and Islamic Center working together to bring more Syrians to the city
Posted by Ann Corcoran on February 12, 2016
We’ve told you previously that apparently the city of Pittsburgh has run out of American poor people and is looking to import more poverty from the Middle East, Africa and Asia so at least their poverty would be diverse.
The mayor, Bill Peduto, wrote to Obama in September looking especially for thousands of Syrians.
I’ll bet African American voters helped put this guy in office and they don’t get it that he is now bringing in competition for low income housing and jobs for low-skill workers. (The city is 26% African American, here)
This is the latest from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (housing and jobs are in short supply, no kidding?):
While the city of Pittsburgh might be welcoming more refugees from war-torn Syria, it is local agencies such as Jewish Family & Children’s Service and the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh that are working to make their lives here possible.
The challenges, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto said, are housing and jobs.
“It’s not the city government that does this work,” Mr. Peduto said at “A Syrian Summit” Thursday night at East Liberty Presbyterian Church. “It’s the agencies … they look at those two critical factors.”
Dozens of people attended the meeting, sponsored by the Southwest PA division of the National Association of Social Workers, to ask Mr. Peduto and other speakers what Pittsburgh is doing for Syrian refugees and to advocate for them to live here. Four families already do.
The city will be able to take 500 refugees — not just Syrians — this year, he said.
Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Pittsburgh is a sub-contractor of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, here. Don’t forget, HIAS is the organization that wrote a report in 2013 which urged the Southern Poverty Law Center to investigate (and label as racists, bigots and xenophobes) anyone who had problems with the social and economic upheaval from refugee resettlement in their communities.
Pennsylvania is in the top FIVE states ‘welcoming’ mostly Muslim Syrians, see here.
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