Greeley, CO: Refugee advocate worries about backlash against Somalis
Posted by Ann Corcoran on November 30, 2016
Earlier I posted a news round-up of stories on the Somali refugee slasher, see it here. Then I mentioned there are three (at least) other news stories I wanted to spend more time on. I posted the first of those here.
And, this is the next one, from the Greeley Tribune. The story is not about how citizens of Greeley are worried about an Islam-inspired attack there, but whether the Ohio State attack might cause some Americans to say nasty things about Somalis in Greeley. Sheesh.
Before I tell you the news from Greeley, know that we have an extensive archive on Greeley here at RRW going back years.
Greeley has a Somali refugee population because one of the largest FOREIGN-OWNED meatpackers (JBS) has lured them there to fill the company’s need for cheap legal immigrant labor.
Think about it! A foreign company gets to tap into cheap refugee labor (subsidized by welfare) and change your town forever!
Greeley Tribune (emphasis is mine):
After hearing of the attack at Ohio State University on Monday, Global Refugee Center Executive Director Erich Strehl’s first thoughts were for the victims. [Sure!—ed] Eleven were injured when Somali-born student Abdul Razak Ali Artan drove his car into students and then stabbed many others.
But Strehl’s mind quickly turned [I bet it did!—ed] to Artan’s Somalian heritage and the impact that could have on the community he serves in Greeley, a community already on edge after a contentious election season.
“I thought it was an unfortunate event to have happened at any time, but particularly now with the way things are in the United States with refugees and the program that resettles them,” Strehl said.
For the past several years, 100-200 Somalian refugees have taken up residence in Greeley. After a period of time, refugees are no longer tracked, free to go anywhere just like any American, Strehl said. So pinpointing an exact number of Somalian refugees in Greeley or Evans at any one time is difficult. There’s no indication any Somalian-born residents in northern Colorado have violent intentions, as the Ohio State student did. Strehl said attacks like the one at Ohio State serve to terrorize those in the Somali-American community as much as any other American. [The Islamist terrorist at Ohio State had shown no violent intentions either before he went on the murderous rampage on Monday!—ed]
“If anyone gets reprisal outside of the localized incident it would be those who have similarities to the individual carrying it out,” Strehl said.
Although Strehl hasn’t heard specifically of verbal or physical attacks against local Somalian refugees, he knows there is uncertainty and concern in the community. It was that way when Donald Trump became president-elect, particularly among Muslim refugees.
“The concern has only been heightened, particularly in this last attack,” Strehl said.
“We did communicate with local police and even the FBI,” Strehl said. “There didn’t seem to be any known threat against refugees here.”
This last is about making sure that they firmly implant the idea that the victims here are Somali refugees!
For more at the Greeley Tribune story, click here.
When you visit our Greeley archive, don’t miss Greeley’s role in the formation of radical Islamic thinking! As they populate Greeley you can be sure the Islamic supremacist thinkers get a great chuckle out of that fact!
Also, we had written so much about Greeley and Swift a number of years ago, we had a separate category just for the on-going controversy there—-the epicenter of conflicts over Muslim demands for special accommodation in the workplace. Click here.