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Lack of transparency got citizens steamed in Rutland, VT in the first place

Posted by Ann Corcoran on June 26, 2016

Vermont citizens, who are not happy that they were blindsided by their mayor who quietly invited 100 Syrians to resettle in the small city, have succeeded in getting enough signatures on a petition to bring the issue before voters…but get this!

The mayor says he isn’t sure he will put it on the ballot!  I don’t know enough about Vermont election laws, but I do know a bit about the secrecy surrounding refugee resettlement in almost any city in America where refugees are resettled or where the feds are targeting next, and I know that time and time again arrogant politicians thumb their noses at voters (at their peril!) and that the paid federal contractors sneak refugees into towns with only refugee advocates in on the plan.

Vermont meeting

Stacie Blake (right) representing the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (the major federal refugee contractor working in VT) attempts to place blame on citizens with concerns—that they are sending an ‘unwelcoming’ message to immigrants. This is however, your fault Ms. Blake because your organization chose to proceed with this plan and willfully kept information from citizens for months! It is about secrecy coming from Washington, not about the refugees themselves!

For background for new readers, visit our previous posts on the escalating controversy in Rutland, VT by clicking here.

From WAMC Public Radio:

Some residents in the city of Rutland were blindsided when the mayor and the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program announced in April that 100 Syrian and Iraqi refugees would be coming to the city in October. Now, a petition seeking to put the issue before voters has been validated.

Concerned citizens have appeared repeatedly before the Board of Aldermen seeking information on the resettlement plan. But little information has been made public. A group called Rutland First circulated a petition and collected more than 1,200 signatures asking the mayor and Board of Aldermen to put a proposition before the voters.


Despite the demand that the refugee resettlement plan be placed before city voters, Mayor Christopher Louras has been quoted that he’s “not inclined at this time to put it on the ballot.” Calls to the mayor were not returned.

Continue reading here.

Have you been noticing a trend?  Small town newspapers (owned by big media corporations) are skewing stories to put concerned citizens in the worst light, while there appears to be some efforts still going on at TV and radio stations to give a more balanced report on the latest news about immigration/refugees.

For new readers, find out if your town is already getting refugees by clicking here.

The following cities are ones that are newly targeted.  There could be many more, but these are the ones we have reported on so far (in addition to Rutland): Reno, NV, Ithaca, NY, Missoula, MT, Charleston, WV, and Fayetteville, AR.  Again, I believe there are dozens more. Let me know if you suspect something is up where you live!

17 Responses to “Lack of transparency got citizens steamed in Rutland, VT in the first place”

  1. […] with the federal government to ‘welcome’ Syrians to town, and when the residents found out all hell broke loose directed mostly at the mayor for acting […]


  2. […] the federal government to ‘welcome’ Syrians to town, and when the residents found out all hell broke loose directed mostly at the mayor for acting […]


  3. Mary Ann said

    Mayor Louras basically told anyone who was against letting in refuges was “inhumane” the first red flag was he knew there would be a fight on his hands.. so he just went over everyone’s head.. I am FAR from racist.. but these refuges will be from Syria and Jordan.. the same camp that poured into Europe..look at their issues.. so he must only watch local news.. I spoke to the organizer of the petition, the refuge center in Colchester receives millions in grant money.. that is the icing on this cake.. My heart feels for these people in ramshackle tenements.. but our infrastructure is already crumbling.. we have become the mini drug trafficking center.. and he feels we can take on more.. but here they throw a temper tantrum and all get their way.. Can Louras assure us that these will all be family’s..and not single males.. because Germans are being told they need to cover up to avoid being fondled.. no way would they go for that here..


  4. said

    Residents are being overrided. C

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  5. sturandot13 said

    Take a good look at the smug, self-righteous, “we know better than you” looks on both of the women in the photograph. Kinda makes one want to wipe that smug look off of their faces.


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  7. Mrs Stitch said

    I think public radio may not feel quite so obliged to kiss up to local businesses the way newspapers do – the latter are so utterly dependent on advertising and everyone is bleeding revenue. You won’t get much objective reporting on local real estate markets for the same reason.

    Also I noticed a seemingly concerted effort in Missoula to post “help wanted” signs all over the place, then run a local story about how we needz more workers! The whole thing seemed fishy to me.


  8. […] Lack of transparency got citizens steamed in Rutland, VT in the first place […]


  9. paleodrone said

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    Refugee Assistance Program Contact: Sarah Peterson, State Refugee Coordinator and Office Chief Department of Social and Health Services Office of Refugee and Immigrant Assistance 1700 E Cherry Street Seattle, WA 98122-4633 Telephone: (206) 568-5568 E-mail:

    Federal Website: Local Link: Participation: More than 5,000 refugees and immigrants are served annually by ORIA’s programs statewide. Who is Served: ORIA provides services to all Individuals who are allowed to immigrate to the U.S. as refugees, certain Amerasians, Cuban/Haitian entrants, victims of severe forms of trafficking, persons granted asylum, and Iraqi/Afghani Special Immigrants are eligible for services. Immigrants receiving public assistance are also eligible for ORIA’s services. Section 101 (a)(42) of the Immigration and Nationality Act defines the term “refugee” to mean any person who is persecuted or has a well-founded fear of persecution in his or her home country because of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. Program Description: The Office of Refugee and Immigrant Assistance (ORIA) in DSHS administers refugee programs in partnership with the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement. The Washington State Refugee Coordinator is the Office Chief for ORIA and is responsible for ensuring the coordination of public and private resources for refugee resettlement statewide. ORIA’s mission is to transform the lives of refugees and immigrants in Washington State by administering resources that support a broad range of services that promote economic self-sufficiency and integration. Services include:

    Cash, Food, and Medical Assistance Employment and Training Programs (LEP Pathway Employment Services, Skills Training, ORIA BFET, RESN) English Language Programs Health Screenings, Mental Health Services and Preventative Health Naturalization Assistance Refugee Social Services Support services for children, youth, and elders

    Other Program Characteristics: The program emphasizes: Services are to be provided in a manner that is linguistically and culturally compatible with the refugee’s background. English language instruction is to be provided in a concurrent, rather than in a sequential manner with other program services. Equal opportunities are offered for training and instruction to refugee women as men.

    Program History: The program began in 1975 to help refugees successfully resettle in Washington. Since its inception, Washington State has welcomed more than 130,000 refugees representing 70 diverse nationalities. Over the last five years, 12,573 refugees have resettled in Washington State. ORIA’s services are delivered through contracts with community-based organizations, voluntary refugee resettlement organizations (VOLAG’s), state and local government agencies, and private agencies. Planning Cycle: Annual Outcome Measures: ORIA tracks and measures the following performance outcomes:

    Number of refugees who are placed in jobs, their wages, and ability to access health care; Employment retention for clients at 30 and 90 days after placement; Number of clients who achieve economic self-sufficiency and exit the public assistance programs; Number of full level gains for students of English as a Second Language; Funding and Regional Division: ORIA administers refugee programs by using the DSHS regional structure for planning and service delivery. Federal funding is allocated by the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) based on the number of refugee admissions to the state. ORR also makes funding available to states through a competitive procurement process. State Funding: $2,366,000 (July 1, 2014- June 30, 2015) State General Funds for employment and English as a Second Language training and $1,657,000 State General Funds for citizenship services for refugees and immigrants. Federal & State: $5,600,000 (July 1, 2014– June 30, 2015) from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. Federal Funding: $12,344,877 (Oct. 1, 2013- Sept. 30, 2014) U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Refugee Resettlement. Statutory Authority: Federal – Refugee Act of 1980, (P.L. 106-104); the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act; Title 45 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 400; State – RCW Chapter 74.

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  10. seabrznsun said

    Self governance is a beautiful thing.


  11. kerberos616 said

    Reblogged this on Kerberos616.


  12. TwoLaine said

    Judge Jeanine on Immigration, Refugees and more.

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  13. Mary Steen said

    Rutland Vermont – RISE up and bounce these ILLEGALS – THE MAYOR AND THE WITCHES placing these bastards in your community!!!!! SHAME ON THESE TRAITORS ALLOWING TERRORISTS INTO AMERICA!!!


  14. Senatssekretär Freistaat Danzig said

    Reblogged this on behindertvertriebentessarzblog.


  15. TwoLaine said

    Could they look any more haughty? 😉

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