Update November 12th: Church World Service counts on fact that local communities don’t know much about refugee program/history of terrorism, here.
Update November 8th: Information meeting (Nov. 10th) moved to larger venue as criticism mounts. Federal contractor admits little information given to local elected body, here.
Update November 5th: Sitting Democrat Congressman should have known all this was coming to his district, here.
Update November 3rd: Mayor says he didn’t know anything about it, here.
Update October 30th: Issue becomes a campaign issue. Democrat Congressman supports Syrian refugees for the area, Republican candidate says, create safe zones in Middle East, here.
We have heard that the US Department of State has secretly identified 47 new resettlement office locations to add to their 200 or so sites listed here.
Readers are asking me how can they find out if their town is targeted. There are only two ways to know (there is NO list provided by the feds) either someone leaks the planning process, or you see an article like this one at WPDH Hudson Valley.
However, by the time they are at this stage of the planning, months of work as well as an R & P Abstract has been prepared and most likely the skids have been greased with local elected officials.
If you live in or near Poughkeepsie, and you care, you have work to do.
Here is the short news article which announces a public meeting (that will be structured in such a way to limit criticism).
By the way, it is ‘Christian’ charities like Church World Service, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service and Catholic Charities that have been changing the demographic make-up of New York State to the point that churches are being converted to mosques in the region.
They are trying to get these offices open before Inauguration Day in case Donald Trump is elected. It will be much harder for him to slow the flow if the offices are up and running! If Hillary wins they will be on the glide path to 135,000 or more!
A new resettlement office is opening up in Poughkeepsie to help Syrian refugees integrate into the Hudson Valley after arriving in the United States.
Church World Service announced in a press release that they will be opening up a new location in Poughkeepsie. The global humanitarian organization is one of nine U.S. resettlement agencies and has already been working to resettle refugees in Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse.
According to CWS, the Poughkeepsie office will offer newly-arrived refugees a case manager that will assist in finding employment and give support for basic needs like access to health services, cultural orientation and job prep.
A public information session is scheduled to educate the public on what the office will be doing and how the community can help. For those who are interested in learning more about the program, the information session will take place on November 10 at the Adriance Memorial Library from 4:30 to 7pm.
Go here for more on the meeting on November 10th, but be forewarned, this will be a very CONTROLLED meeting so if you are strongly opposed you must do homework in advance. Note that you must RSVP. Do it now!
Start your research here at RRW by going to ‘Ten things you need to know!’
And, see also Frequently Asked Questions, here.
*** Here are the new sites we have identified so far (Poughkeepsie has been added):
Aberdeen, SD (may have been thwarted!)
Traverse City, MI
Watertown, NY (maybe)
Youngstown, OH (maybe)
Endnote: I am hoping to have more posts today (there is so much happening). So if you are one of those readers who says you are getting too many e-mails from me (actually from wordpress automatically) then simply unsubscribe. This is a blog for serious students of the UN/US State Department Refugee Admissions Program willing to learn and take action!