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First African refugees arrive in Montana; Helena advocates say they will wait until after November for theirs

Posted by Ann Corcoran on August 23, 2016

Update: Be sure to see the mayor of Missoula’s op-ed of a few days ago.  Not so much for what he says, but for the large numbers of comments on both sides of the issue.  Makes you realize that there is a huge divide in Montana about whether it is wise to bring in the third world.

A family of 6 “Congolese” refugees have arrived in Missoula, MT as the first “east African” refugees we are told. (The Congo and the DR Congo are not in east Africa.  The countries producing refugees in east Africa are Somalia, Ethiopia and Sudan. Just saying!)

Stephen Maly

Stephen Maly of World Montana has been advocating for refugees to be placed in Helena, but says he is backing off until after the November elections. https://refugeeresettlementwatch.wordpress.com/2015/06/26/montana-alert-group-wants-to-bring-in-syrian-refugees-to-replace-your-aging-population/

Here is the story (Montana Public Radio) on the family that will be very costly for Montana and US taxpayers to support:

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — An exhausted Congelese family of six experiencing culture shock has arrived in Missoula, the first of an anticipated 100 east African refugees expected to be resettled in Montana over the next year, a resettlement agency official said.

The family arrived last Thursday and International Rescue Committee Missoula director Molly Short Carr declined to identify them because of privacy concerns, but said three of the family’s four children spent their entire lives in a Tanzanian refugee camp.

Temporary housing?  The US State Department normally requires that they be placed in permanent housing upon arrival, and heck this contractor in Missoula has had months to get housing organized.

The family has been placed in temporary housing. The IRC will help them apply for social services, Social Security cards, register the children for school and help the parents enroll in English classes. The parents speak Swahili and French.

A total of 25 refugees are expected to arrive in Missoula by the end of September. Missoula County commissioners previously invited 100 refugees a year to resettle in the county, and the IRC re-opened its Missoula office earlier this year.

Meanwhile advocates for diversifying Montana in Helena say they will wait until after the November election to renew their call for Africans/Middle Easterners for their city.

Great Falls Tribune (hat tip: Joanne):

HELENA – The head of an effort to relocate Syrian refugees to Helena said Monday the group is delaying efforts until after the Nov. 8 election, saying the current political climate has stifled progress.

Stephen Maly, vice president of World Montana, said a grass-roots effort to bring Syrian refugees has been in “arrested development because of political turmoil surrounding the issue.”

“We’re trying to make progress without getting involved in politics,” he said.

Maly said there is draft legislation for the 2017 session to change refugee policy. But that is a federal issue and “not in the state bailiwick.”

He said the timing is horrible for his group of volunteers “to push something forward in political climate. People are misinformed and angry.”

“It’s not in the cards until the election is settled,” he said.

Continue reading and see how the subject of refugees has become a big issue in the gubernatorial contest there.  This is the sort of effort you should make where you live—inject the refugee controversy in to any race you can in your state!

But, it also confirms what we have been saying—November is it! If Hillary is elected the flood gates to the third world will be flung wide open!

See our extensive archive on Montana, here. And, why are we getting so many refugees from the DR Congo? Because in 2013 the Obama Administration said we would take 50,000 because the UN told us to!

9 Responses to “First African refugees arrive in Montana; Helena advocates say they will wait until after November for theirs”

  1. Diane Dina said

    These people are being brought in against The People’s wishes. Give them 48 hours to leave Montana. Then put a bounty on them!

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  5. tvfmontana said

    Check out this Missoulian OpEd comments. Seems to me the majority of Missoulians are NOT supportive, Missoula ready to welcome refugees | Columnists | missoulian.com
    http://missoulian.com/news/opinion/columnists/missoula-ready-to-welcome-refugees/article_5b0dd84a-95fc-550f-99fa-7ac7adc68eaf.html#comments

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  6. gwsjr425 said

    Diversity = Anti Western/Christian/White

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  7. sidefxny said

    Yeah, right. Of course they’re gonna wait till after the election to see if Crooked Hillary wins. They know that if Trump gets in the party’s over for these criminals. By “criminals” I mean the thugs masquerading as good public servants who inflict the murdering, raping savages on their own towns and cities. They should be publicly horse whipped in my estimation, or else ridden out of town on a rail. Just like in the good ole days.

    It’s not enough that they bleed us to death with taxes and regulations; they have to punish us as well by destroying our neighborhoods and making life impossible for the ordinary, non-aligned citizens.

    At some point, people are going to say enough is enough. Trump represents those people.

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