Refugee Resettlement Watch

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.

Del Rae Williams

Moorhead, MN mayor Del Rae Williams supports more refugee resettlement for North Dakota and Minnesota.

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]

Fargo Deputy Mayor Mike Williams addresses the crowd of protestors outside of the Valley News Live offices in Fargo, North Dakota, on Sunday, May 22, 2016. Nick Wagner / The Forum

Fargo Deputy Mayor Mike Williams (wants more refugees too) addresses the crowd of protestors outside of the Valley News Live offices in Fargo, North Dakota, on Sunday, May 22, 2016.
Nick Wagner / The Forum

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 mail@valleynewslive.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!

7 Responses to “TB controversy continues as refugees and their advocates protest TV station in Fargo, ND”

  1. […] TB controversy continues as refugees and their advocates protest TV station in Fargo, ND […]

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  2. Now we are supposed to let in leeches with highly contagious diseases, and we can’t say anything about it or they get upset? I guess diversity extends to embracing those with diseases our kids can get. Do the gifts of multiculturalism and diversity ever cease?

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  3. And of course what better says ‘North Dakota’ than tubercular Somalis?

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  4. futuret said

    INSANITY IS OFFICIALLY NOT A TEMPORARY CONDITION, BUT A TERMINAL DISEASE:

    http://www.fairus.org/legislative-updates/legislative-update-5-24-2016#1

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  5. Reblogged this on Rifleman III Journal.

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  6. mikekiljom said

    How sad. Fargo will soon not be a tourist location any more… posted to my public fb with my comment:

    WAKE UP AMERICA!!!
    Well, there goes Fargo, ND… wonder how long till they disappear under this mess? I wanted to go her the music someday; guess I lost my chance! Now the filthy diseased animals are PROTESTING! WOW! We sure need Trump in office!!! THESE SCUM THINGS NEED TO BE DEPORTED NOW!

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  7. Reblogged this on Kerberos616.

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