He says he just wants a civil discussion to get the facts. Indeed that is all we have ever asked for over the last 8 years—the facts! All of the facts!
All of the facts to be laid out in public—the good, the bad and the ugly.
And, that is exactly what the UN/US State Department and their resettlement contractors avoid wherever they begin a new resettlement program. Why? Because when the average American citizen learns all of the facts they reject this program! Secrecy has been its watchword for over three decades!
LOL! Mead, who suggested here, that RRW is racist now says he wants a factual, respectful debate!
I can’t wait to see who he invites to address the negative aspects of resettling third worlders in Wyoming, the only state with no official resettlement program.
Imagine a sitting governor taking time to call-out a blogger thousands of miles away! What is he afraid of?
For all of our many many posts on the controversy that saw the issue become a re-election concern for Mead, click here. I haven’t the time or patience to go back through it all. But, will address a couple of the “facts” in this news story.
I wish only one thing—I wish that Republican Gov. Matt Mead would be honest and tell everyone why it is so important for him to open Wyoming to impoverished refugees from Syria, Somalia, Iraq, Burma, Afghanistan and from myriad other conflict zones around the world. Why???
Now to the Star Tribune:
* On the phrase “refugee camps.” I don’t know where that came from and when I first saw it, I thought it was an unfortunate choice of words because refugees will not live in camps. They will live, at first, in a couple of US State Department/contractor chosen cities in Wyoming and in mostly taxpayer-subsidized housing.
* Regarding this statement by the reporter:
Opponents to resettlement have said refugees can spread HIV, Ebola, tuberculosis and advocate Sharia law.
Refugees are admitted to the US with HIV and tuberculosis. Come on lazy reporters—look it up! As for Ebola, the Liberian man who died in Texas with Ebola was visiting others who had come to the US as refugees, but no mention was ever made of his immigration status (that I know of). So, so far there hasn’t been a case of Ebola in a refugee.
And, yes, advocates of Sharia law are plentiful in the refugee flow, one only need to look to Minnesota, Ohio and California for cases of refugees being prosecuted for aiding Islamic terror groups around the world.
* Regarding the discussion about secondary migrants (refugees who have moved into Wyoming from elsewhere):
Refugees are currently living in Wyoming, Mead said.
“Most of them (are) I think the term is secondary refugees,” he said. “In other words, they’ve relocated into another state and now they are coming to Wyoming. But because we have no plan in place, we don’t know what their numbers are, what are the resources that they’re using.
First, secondary migrants are like any other legal immigrant in America who chooses to move—we do allow free movement in this country (thankfully)! However, those who choose to move from their primary place of resettlement, don’t need any special programs just for them. They can find work and/or access welfare without someone (a resettlement contractor) holding their hands just as any other class of legal immigrant must do.
Governor Mead does not need the Humanities Council or a special resettlement contractor to figure out what “resources they’re using.” He is the governor after all, he needs only to direct offices within the state government to figure out how much welfare the ‘secondary migrants’ are using, how many kids are in the schools, what health services they are using, etc. The federal government is not going to send Wyoming more money for them, but state taxpayers might like to know the answer!
And, one more thing on the ‘secondary migrants.’ We learned here that Somalis were moving in from Colorado so as to obtain housing vouchers that they could take back to Colorado. Maybe the Governor should find out how many of those refugees were ripping off poor and disabled Wyomingites who need that housing!
* Then this is downright BS!
The federal Office of Refugee Resettlement and the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees “pay 100 percent of the costs of refugee resettlement for many years. It’s not like we’re going to get stuck with an unfunded mandate,” he said, noting Albert Einstein was a refugee.
Please, please get your facts! I have written probably a hundred posts here at RRW explaining that local and state taxpayers are picking up a large chunk of the tab for all of this (not to mention the fact that even if some money comes from the feds, it still comes via Wyoming/US taxpayers or China! We don’t grow money on trees in Washington!). Who do you think is paying for: educating the refugee children, providing interpreter services, paying for the criminal justice system, the fire and rescue service, or a large portion of the medical screening at your local health department?
* And, now I am really steamed—what biased c***—“Albert Einstein was a refugee.”
I can play that game too. Utah child rapist and murderer “Esar Met was a refugee” (she died in excruciating pain). And, so was Jasim Ramadon an Iraqi gang rapist in Colorado. Oh, and did you know about the two Iraqi refugee terrorists convicted in Kentucky? How about Somali, Abdirahmaan Muhumed, a refugee to whom we gave a good life and who then went off and died for ISIS leaving 9 children and several wives for US taxpayers to support?
Who do you think paid for the criminal trials of these refugees—state and local taxpayers! Who is paying for their prison terms? You guessed it! You!
I’ll bet a million bucks (if I had it!) that Einstein will be mentioned at the Humanities forum, but not a word about Met, Ramadon or Muhumed will cross any lips.
My message to the good folks of Wyoming—get your facts! All of the facts!