TB controversy continues as refugees and their advocates protest TV station in Fargo, ND
Posted by Ann Corcoran on May 24, 2016
Questions surrounding the admission to the US of refugees with Tuberculosis are growing.
See last night’s latest report from Michael Patrick Leahy at Breitbart.
We knew that refugees with latent TB were being admitted to the US, but we didn’t know that a significant percentage of those with latent TB become active TB cases. Of course you are paying for their treatment (if they even get it!).
In a typical attempt to silence anyone in the media who dares to question our US refugee policy, a demonstration was mounted on Sunday against Valley News Live.
Here is a report of what happened! Local elected officials joined the protesters who were removed by the police from private property. (Emphasis is mine)
FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) A small protest that was advertised as a “peaceful demonstration” by a local Somali activist group turned into a confrontation outside the Valley News Live studios on Sunday.
Protestors confronted a Valley News Live photographer as she attempted to shoot video of the event.
Fargo Police removed the protestors from the KVLY property.
Moorhead Mayor Del Rae Williams and Fargo’s Deputy Mayor Mike Williams also showed up for the event. Both support refugee resettlement in the area.
The group demonstrated because they said they were upset over reporter Bradford Arick’s story on the risk of latent tuberculosis in local refugee communities.
Our story presented data and facts from the CDC, State of Minnesota and State of North Dakota on the numbers of latent TB cases in the refugee population.
The State of Minnesota says 22% of refugees in that state carry latent TB while only active TB cases bars someone from entering the country.
The Fargo Forum newspaper criticized Valley News Live’s reporting as blatantly false. Forum Communications owns our competitors WDAY and WDAZ. [These competitors should just do their own investigation and report on the issue rather than encourage the silencing of any other media—ed]
The newspaper also interviewed Cass County Health Department’s Dr. John Baird.
Baird told the forum that TB is quote “not a major problem” in the area but later admitted that Cass County Health is treating active TB cases in the community.
Valley News Live stands by the story and we plan to continue looking into the issues surrounding refugee resettlement in North Dakota and Minnesota.
Good for Valley News Live!
Don’t let them intimidate people and silence speech!
Here is Valley News Live’s contact information! Maybe some of you should write to them and tell them to hang in there, that they are doing a great service for America!
Fargo Office 1350 21st Avenue South Fargo, ND 58103 email@example.com
We have written a whole lot about North Dakota over the years, it is one of the top states for refugee resettlement on a per capita basis, go here for our previous posts. By the way, it is a Lutheran federal contractor running the resettlement program there.
About the photos: Are these elected officials related or are there just a lot of people with the ‘Williams’ last name out there? Just wondering!
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