Refugee Resettlement Watch

Poughkeepsie: Church World Service has signed lease, refugees coming

Posted by Ann Corcoran on January 18, 2017

The opposition that had begun to grow seems to have waned according to Poughkeepsie mayor Rob Rolison and Church World Service is expecting refugees shortly apparently confident that Donald Trump will not stop the flow anytime soon.

Although, opening the office and then having to close it, if Trump does pause the UN/US Refugee Admissions Program, will serve them well as a public relations hammer to use on the Trump administration meanies. So, it isn’t a crazy gamble on their part.

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Refugees to be placed within 50 mile radius of Poughkeepsie.

Remember, refugee resettlement is a business dependent on your tax dollars and the federal contractors are skilled political fighters and will use those abilities to keep their federal money flowing. (See CWS could not exist without your money!)

Here is the latest from Poughkeepsie.  (See our previous posts here)

A refugee resettlement program in the Hudson Valley is on schedule to welcome its first families this month. Church World Service has found office space in Poughkeepsie and volunteers in the region are ready to lend a hand.

Church World Service has signed a lease for office space in the Family Partnership Center in Poughkeepsie and the welcome mat is out, with staff and volunteers at the ready. Church World Service is one of nine resettlement agencies that contracts with the federal government to resettle refugees across the country. Church World Service, as announced in November, expects 80 individuals to relocate within a 50-mile radius of Poughkeepsie through September.

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Rev. Chris Antal

Reverend Chris Antal is president of the Greater Newburgh Interfaith Council, which represents about a dozen faith communities in Orange County. The Council is a partner of the Mid-Hudson Refugee Solidarity Alliance and has established a welcome team. And Antal says the Council recently received an anonymous donation. [Someone gave them $10,000 for the effort to bring mostly Muslim third worlders to Poughkeepsie.—ed]

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At a Church World Service meeting in Poughkeepsie in November, senior director for the organization’s Immigration and Refugee Program Sarah Krause said a priority is being placed on Congolese and Syrian refugees as well as Iraqis with special immigrant visas for the Poughkeepsie region.

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Meanwhile, Democratic Assemblyman Frank Skartados says he hopes to work with the community to help refugees.

As is usual, the plan to resettle refugees was sprung on the community. Secrecy is its watchword (unless of course you are an insider in the interfaith community network!).

His district includes both the cities of Poughkeepsie and Newburgh. Some area residents at the November meeting expressed concern about the resettlement effort. And some say resources should be spent on Hudson Valley residents. Others are concerned the initial number of refugees could skyrocket, plus took issue with being informed of the program late in the process without many answers to their questions.

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City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison says any talk of formal opposition seems to have waned.

More details here.

2 Responses to “Poughkeepsie: Church World Service has signed lease, refugees coming”

  1. I’m glad formal opposition to poor policies is happening. However, most of us don’t find the time. So much government, ever more government employees, and of course more taxes, so we have to work more. We must shrink government.

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  2. sidefxny said

    Ann- this is right in my neighborhood so to speak as Poughkeepsie is about 35 miles north of me. If you look at the voting map of NY state to see who voted for Trump you will note that geographical we are still in Clinton country. In fact, the Lib/ Commie/Pro Immigration Dems are still very powerful. Our congressman, Sean Patrick Maloney is a radical gay Dem who had Hillary at his wedding. Unfortunately he won the last election and so we are stuck with him.

    The local press which is largely cable TV, HuffPo Patch, local newspapers and Gannett News, is pretty much 100% liberal Dem main stream media. They do not cover this issue at all; in fact, I often try to comment on Facebook or wherever I can but they have blocked me and/or they delete the comments. In the People’s Republic of Westchester/ Putnam/ Southern Dutchess no opposition to their world view is tolerated.

    Don’t get me wrong, there are still a lot of good people who are Trump supporters and in some towns and villages they might actually be the majority. But we are fighting the good fight using the information that you give us. Knowledge is indeed power and the pen is mightier than the sword.

    Thanks as always for your wisdom, your vigilance and your persistence. #MAGA2017

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