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What makes a town desirable for refugee resettlement explains Blacksburg, VA resident

Posted by Ann Corcoran on September 23, 2016

Blacksburg is one of the new refugee seeding sites being considered by the US State State Department.  Recently we learned that there are as many as 47 of them (according to the Reno Gazette-Journal).


Author Melody Warnick. My questions for Ms. Warnick: How about if you love where you live and want to keep it from becoming something different. Why does keeping it just the way it is, the way one loves it, not as valuable a concept as changing it by changing its people?

Here an expert on loving where you live(!) tells us what she thinks are the features that a town might have that makes that town MOST attractive to the resettlement industry decision makers.

From Quartz (hat tip: Joanne):

In late July, I was one of more than 100 residents of Blacksburg, Virginia, crammed into the local library for the first meeting of the Blacksburg Refugee Partnership. We were there to find out what it would take to bring Syrian refugees to our small town in Virginia.

At first, I’d assumed that our town was too small and isolated to make a good home for refugees. But as a representative from Commonwealth Catholic Charities explained, we had a few things going for us: A university with steady employment opportunities [janitors—ed]. A community of Arabic speakers. And perhaps most importantly, people who really, really wanted to bring Syrian refugees here—not a given in Virginia, considering that the mayor of nearby Roanoke had gone on record saying he didn’t want them. [Poor Roanoke has a long history as a resettlement site, increased crime, social tension, etc., so the mayor is speaking from experience when he said he didn’t want MORE!—ed]

My town’s excitement over the possibility made me curious about the places in the US where refugees are most likely to thrive. During the 2016 fiscal year, the 10,000 Syrian refugees who fled their war-torn homeland for the United States have ended up all over the place—ranging from major cities like Chicago and Houston to more unexpected locations like Clearwater, Florida, and Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

Here is Melody Warnick’s list of the features she thinks a refugee-welcoming town needs (go to the story, here, to see why):

Good public transportation

A culture of volunteerism

A mosque in town

A population that leans Democrat

A church-going tradition [these would be church-goers on the religious left—ed]

An entrepreneurial ecosystem

She quotes David Lubell of Welcoming America by way of explanation:
“If you take the example of Clarkston, Georgia, just outside of Atlanta, which has had a huge growth in its refugee population over the past 15 years, entrepreneurs come and create halal supermarkets.” [Oh yippee, where is PETA?—ed]

Chilly weather

A smaller population

You can read it all by clicking here.

She has forgotten two of the most important elements and those are whether the state  has a generous welfare system and has expanded Medicaid.

And, not to mention the most important element and that is whether there is a hardcore political activist group (or even just one or two people), or a Left-leaning Interfaith group, with a mission to change America by changing its people.

Update: How could I forget—if you have a meat packing plant nearby you go to the top of the list!

We know some of the newly targeted towns and they include:  Missoula, MT, Charleston, WV, Ithaca, NY, Rutland, VT, Northhampton, MA, Fayetteville, AR.  I know I’m missing dozens, so help me identify them all.

21 Responses to “What makes a town desirable for refugee resettlement explains Blacksburg, VA resident”

  1. The push for refugee resettlement has nothing to do with being humanitarian. It is all about creating a permanent Democrat ruling class, since it is known that about 2/3 of all immigrants vote Democrat. I could understand it if these refugees were families with young children or unaccompanied women and children, but the vast majority of them are military age males. Those are the people who should be staying in their home countries trying to make things better there, not coming over here for personal gain or to impose their agenda on us.

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  2. mjazzguitar said

    OK, why is chilly weather a requisite?


  3. dotsword said

    the once lovely Asheville, NC


  4. Chilly weather?! According to the story, social scientists have found that social connectedness is proportional to distance from the Canadian border. They said they think it’s because the cold weather forces people to help each other more.

    Give me a break! Looking at any demographic map, it’s glaringly obvious that the northernmost states also tend to be the most white! When these resettlement programs take place, that relative peacefulness is thrown out along with the homogeneity. Truly a shame.

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  5. Roy Hobs said

    I call horsecrap on the “chilly weather” category. Barbara Lerner Spectre et., al., know well enough that colder climates are majority White. Does them no good shipping refugees to places like Miami.

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  6. OK, so the good Catholics of Blackburn will receive a big surprise when the Syrian Muslims arrive in town. In time, the Muslims will grow in strength and suddenly your BarBQ pork restaurants will be offensive, the demand that all women wear hajib’s as the women who don’t are labelled as prostitutes, sex crimes increase, dogs are offensive, American Flag, Christian Crosses, Easter and Christmas displays are offensive to Muslim, Muslim don’t assimilate instead they want Blackburg, Va to assimilate and submit to Islam. Happening all over USA but remember who invited the scourge into Blackburn, Va. Inviting Satan into your world isn’t always the Christian thing to do.

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  7. tmasierrahills said

    Blacksburg, VA, clueless Melody Warnick – What makes a town refugee lucky! Missing: Cultural demographic death wish?

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  8. kerberos616 said

    Reblogged this on Kerberos616.


  9. Blacksburg, VA is the home of Virginia Tech, site of the 2007 massacre of 32 innocent lives. I guess that town’s previous experience with terrorism also makes it a “perfect” location in which to resettle dangerous and hostile refugees?

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  10. Steve said

    Bloomington Indiana.


  11. dont27.excite said

    ann, i live in albany ny area and am concerned about the possible influx of muslim refugees here. what are your suggestions to monitor tthe resettlement agencies in my area? thank you for your excellent work. have a great day.


    • Ann Corcoran said

      You already have a big resettlement site in Albany. Try typing ‘Albany’ in RRW’s search window and see what I’ve said already. New York is one of the top resettlement states (and NYC doesn’t get many of those). Check out my Frequently Asked Questions link under the banner and see how to begin researching what is happening where you live.

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  12. sidefxny said

    Ann- here’s a link to a story that appeared yesterday. It looks like the push is on to get as many new Dem voters as possible in the upcoming election.

    Of course it doesn’t matter to the immigration bosses what religion, nationality or political persuasion any of our new “citizens” are. It doesn’t even matter if they were known criminals or possible terrorists. All that matters is that the immigration Machine gets them on the voting rolls with a big “D” after their name.

    The Establishment is throwing EVERYTHING including the kitchen sink , at Donald Trump to keep him from getting elected. As Hillary collapses many fear there not only won’t be a debate but that there may not be an election. They know if Trump is elected, the party is over.

    TRUMP 2016- MAGA!

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  13. Paul Nach said

    Radford, VA – just up the road from Blacksburg…but we stopped them there for now.

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  14. EdwardTeach said

    If the UN or their government can’t make a safe zone in their own country then this option should be temporary, not permanent. They should be sent home to rebuild their country when the war is over.


    • sturandot13 said

      Never happen. Once these so-called “refugees” are imported into this country, not only don’t they leave, but they apply for any/all “family” members to be brought in as well.


  15. A WHITE, Christian, homogeneous population. THAT is what they are attacking. This is HATE on an unprecedented scale.
    Note the “catholic” group PROFITING off all this.
    Politicians and Priests that “Open the Gates of the City” to raping pillaging INVADERS, are PERSONALLY FINANCIALLY RESPONSIBLE for the damage they cause. Get it into the heads of People injured by the INVADERS, that the deep-pocket Politicians & Priests OWE THEM 100% REPARATIONS. Make these PUKES start PAYING for the damage they cause then see what happens. Get some hungry lawyers after the assets of those churches and politicians……. Quit letting the Politicians & Priests create chaos and bloodshed and walk away. Make THEM pay a price.

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