ORR snubs Michigan elected official, says it is his duty to find out about quarterly meetings
Posted by Ann Corcoran on September 9, 2016
We have reported on the legally required quarterly ‘stakeholder’ meetings that are held (or should be held) in every community being seeded with refugees. Those meetings are largely secretive with few (if any) being announced in local newspaper public notices. (Here is what we said in May 2015, and in October 2015 about the quarterly consultations). LOL! they have only been holding the legally required consultations since 2013 as you will see in my October 2015 post.
We assume that the resettlement contractors only want to include ‘their’ people and the fewest number possible representing impacted agencies in the community, thus the secrecy.
From Michael Patrick Leahy at Breitbart:
Robert Carey, the Obama administration’s director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), recently told Oakland County, Michigan that the agency he directs has no intention of complying with the Refugee Act of 1980‘s requirement that it “consult regularly …with local governments concerning the sponsorship process and the intended distribution among the States and localities before their placement in those States and localities.”
Carey places the burden for finding out about these “consultation” meetings and attending them on Oakland County. The Refugee Act of 1980, however, requires both the director of ORR and “the federal agency administering the program,” which could mean an employee of ORR, to consult with the locality prior to the placement of refugees there. The statute does not include any provision to accomplish this consultation through the State Refugee Coordinator, who actually is an employee of the state government, not a representative of the federal bureaucracy.
Continue reading here to see the exchange between Carey and local elected government officials in Oakland County.
Now you should call Carey out on his assertion that the State Refugee Coordinators are the ones to call to get invited to the quarterly consultations.
Here is the list of State Refugee Coordinators. Get on the phone today and tell yours that you are a stakeholder (a taxpayer footing the bill) and you want to be notified of the next quarterly meeting near where you live. There will likely be one in September.
If you get snubbed, or get no response….
Then take the next step and call or write to your elected officials in Washington (your Member of Congress and US Senators) and complain and tell them you want the budget cut for refugee resettlement for FY2017 as well! Nothing short of cutting off the taxpayer spigot will stop the invasion and the Republicans in Congress control the flow of money!
Visit Secure Michigan! This is a model for what you should be doing where you live—publish a state blog on the refugee program. It does no good if you do all sorts of research and then not share the information you find with a growing number of concerned citizens in your state!
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