Fargo: Lutheran federal refugee contractor kept information on active TB from public

In yet another in a series of investigative reports on Tuberculosis, and diseases generally, in the refugee population coming to America, Michael Patrick Leahy now reports that in Fargo, North Dakota the lead contractor bringing refugees to that state was not forthcoming about information one assumes they would know—-how many of the refugees they resettle there have latent and active TB.

Lutheran Fargo building
Doing well by doing good! This time last year, LSSND was busy with its grand opening of its huge brand spanking new headquarters in Fargo. Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney was on hand for the ribbon cutting. http://www.kvrr.com/news/local-news/nd-lutheran-social-services-celebrates-grand-opening/33595274


Dr. John Baird, Health Officer for the Fargo Cass Public Health Department in North Dakota, confirms to Breitbart News that the agency, which serves all of Cass County, has diagnosed and treated four refugees with active tuberculosis (TB) between 2012 and 2015.

Baird’s confirmation of active TB among refugees in the Fargo community comes barely a month after a spokesperson for Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota (LSSND), the resettlement agency hired by the federal government to operate the program in North Dakota, denied that any refugees it has resettled in North Dakota have been diagnosed with active TB.

“We have a good working relationship with NDDoH [North Dakota Department of Health], and have not encountered any issues pertaining to active TB disease among refugees,” an LSSND spokesperson told Fargo’s local NBC television affiliate, KVLY, as reported by the station’s Valley News Live program on May 16.

“Based on Dr. Baird’s statement, the LSS statement to Valley News Live in May was factually inaccurate at best, and an intentional deception at worst,” Breitbart News said in an email to LSSND, asking for a comment to explain their statement that they “have not encountered any issues pertaining to active TB disease among refugees.”

Continue reading here for more important details in an article that once again shows the complete lack of transparency on the part of federal contractors and some officials that work closely with them.

I continue to wonder if community members who sign up with the contractor (LSS in this case) to help refugees get settled are given any instructions in how to avoid exposing themselves to any communicable diseases or parasites.  Does anyone know? Has anyone who volunteered for a resettlement agency been briefed on health issues?

See also our post last week about Fargo’s welcoming Democrat Mayor Tim Mahoney. Fargo has been selected by some millionaires and billionaires as a Gateway to Growth, here.

On the Bhutanese refugees

Leahy mentions that the large numbers of Bhutanese refugees (and some Somalis) come from countries with high levels of TB. For new readers, the Bhutanese (not! Muslims) are really ethnic Nepalis who had been expelled from Bhutan when that country sought to keep Bhutan for true Bhutanese people.  The refugees’ (we call Bhutanese) original country is Nepal.  Nepal wouldn’t take them back so they lived in UN camps on the border of Nepal for 20 years or so.

We had no national interest that would lead us to get involved in this refugee situation…but we did!

In 2007, the George W. Bush Administration said (heck yeh!) we would help the UN by cleaning out those camps and ‘welcoming’ (the original number was somewhere around 60,000) of them to live in your towns.  I bet we are now up to 80,000 who have been transported on your dime from UN camps to your cities.  And, the camps are still not cleaned out because more arrive at the camps looking for a plane ticket to the west!

We have a huge (and I mean huge!) archive on the Bhutanese here at RRW (find more than you ever wanted to know).  The big medical issue that brought them to the attention of the federal government and the CDC was not TB, but the extremely high suicide rate after resettlement to the US.  Why are they killing themselves asked the CDC and the ORR (Office of Refugee Resettlement)? Could it be culture shock?

Endnote:  Just now I had a look at LSSND’s website. So tell me why a Lutheran non-profit group is now in partnership to build low income housing in North Dakota.  See here.  Forget the humanitarian BS, this is all a money making racket! Lutherans get paid by the feds to bring in the refugees and then they make money building them housing!

This post is filed in our ‘health issues’ category with 304 previous posts. Leahy’s previous reports are posted there.  You will find the Bhutanese suicide posts filed there too.

10 thoughts on “Fargo: Lutheran federal refugee contractor kept information on active TB from public

  1. As a former pastor and member of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, based in St. Louis, Missouri, I can tell you for a fact that most members of this denomination are CLUELESS about the Lutheran-refugee racket and the dangers it poses.

    Church hierarchies of Lutheran church bodies supporting Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, the “mother ship” of most of these smaller, regional “Lutheran” refugee groups, DO NOT INFORM THEIR OWN PEOPLE about what’s going on. Both LIRS and these smaller groups are “Lutheran in name only”.

    God only knows why elected church leaders keep their own people in the dark. Maybe Brexit will light a fire under Lutheran laypeople so that they take control over their own denominations in order to save their country. Robert in St. Louis

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  2. A few years back, I did read an article that some workers at the meat packing plants in in Shelbyville Tennessee tested positive for the highly contagious strain of TB These were mostly Somalian “asylum” seekers the Clintons imported. Also in the Latino illegal alien community. (oops; aka undocumented workers).

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  3. RE: New housing

    I can’t recall if it was on RRW or another blog but there was a post saying Habitat for Humanity was busy building several houses for refugees in the writer’s area. I guess there are no needy American citizens who would benefit from a new Habitat built house. Also wonder if donors realize their donations are being used to build houses for non-citizens?

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  4. It appears that these contractors are exploiting both the refugee and the municipality for profit, while jeopardizing the health and well being of the citizens of Fargo.

    Might there be a criminal indictment worth pursuing?

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    1. I’m not a lawyer and don’t have access to a free one. I bet there are many legal angles if we had a stable of lawyers on our side. In the meantime, it is through political noise that we will make headway. It is slow and takes a long time, so don’t give up.

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