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Syrians arriving in Nebraska, governor notified

Posted by Ann Corcoran on July 17, 2016

I’m dashing off this post as I run out the door to make it to the next city this morning on my RRW road trip…


Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts is being notified about refugees arriving in the state. This is new news….

This is your usual fluffy puffy piece about happy, grateful refugees.

However there is a little nugget in here that I didn’t know.  Apparently governors are being notified by the feds about who is coming and how many. It is not clear if they are being notified where they will be placed.

If they are being notified, this is new news and a demonstration that our complaints about the secrecy of this program are changing how the US State Department and its contractors have operated for decades.

From the Omaha World-Herald:

During June alone, 2,406 Syrian refugees arrived — more than the previous six months combined. Such numbers appear to have the Obama administration on track to meet its stated budget year goal of resettling 10,000 refugees in the United States by the end of September.

Nebraska’s Syrian refugees arrived without fanfare, which was by design.

Local agencies settling the families on behalf of the U.S. government said they didn’t treat these arrivals any differently from the hundreds of other refugees they help relocate each year.


The Ricketts administration — which despite its protestations last November has acknowledged being powerless to stop the federal government’s resettlements — was aware that Nebraska had received its first Syrians. The governor receives a monthly report from the federal government with general information on refugees settled in the state, including nationality, gender and age.

In a statement to The World-Herald last week, Ricketts called on President Barack Obama to answer his and other governors’ calls to tighten security checks on new refugees.

More here.

Gotta run.  We have lots of previous posts on Nebraska especially interesting is one where a town rejected a meat packing plant because they didn’t want the disruption of immigrant/refugee labor.  Type the word Nebraska in our search window to learn more.

7 Responses to “Syrians arriving in Nebraska, governor notified”

  1. domstudent11 said

    I learned something interesting today: apparently World Relief actually owns a few apartments in the complex where my family member lives (Evanston, Illinois). Some of the apartments have a changing stream of refugees who come for a few weeks, then leave. Other apartments have more permanent families. One refugee family in particular has caused many, many concerns for the paying residents (broken washing machines, noise, refugee kids spitting on other children, no hot water). There has been almost a complete turnover of paying residents in this building as people get disgusted and move out. The remaining paying residents are starting to unify and demand that the building owner start enforcing some rules regarding the refugees. World Relief should also be called on the carpet for ruining what once was a decent, fairly nice building for paying residents.


    • Ann Corcoran said

      That is good information about World Relief’s real estate holdings. I suspect that is happening elsewhere or as we have seen the contracting agency has family and friends in the landlord business and they are throwing them tenants.


      • domstudent11 said

        Ann, this information has only come about because the paying tenants are finally starting to talk to each other about the refugee problem in the building, now that it is impacting everyone.


  2. FatherJon said

    Looks like Obama’s stacking the country with undesirables before he quits. That’ll be his legacy of bad faith. I await him closing down GITMO and granting US citizenship to all the terrorists in there. Far fetched? I don’t think so.


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