Hagerstown Refugee Resettlement Public meeting scheduled

On September 19th from 7-9 p.m. citizens of Hagerstown and Washington County (MD)will have a rare opportunity to learn about Refugee Resettlement from some of the major players in the program. 

It’s my opinion that this sort of initiative should have occured long ago and should serve now as a model for other areas of the country.   Immigration is an issue of concern to everyone and the more citizens know about how it works the better off we will be as a country.  As a matter of fact, just today the Center for Immigration Studies released a new report which says that by the year 2060 we will be adding 100,000,000 people to America’s  population as a result of the present level of immigration.   The report suggests that we must decide if we want to diminish our environmental quality of life for our children and grandchildren.   Crowded living conditions, shortages of water and other resources, and less natural open space would likely result from that large an increase in population.

As for the public meeting, come out to the Kepler Theatre at Hagerstown Community College on September 19th, 7-9 p.m. and listen, ask questions and learn.  Yesterday, Opinion page editor, Bob Maginnis, reported on the meeting and listed those who will answer questions from the public:

Jordan (Dir. of Community Action Council) will be the moderator of the Sept. 19 event and said it will include the following presenters:

· Terry Rusch and Barbara Day, of the State Department’s Office of Population, Refugees and Migration.

· Edward Lin, director of the Maryland Office of New Americans and his deputy, Martin Ford.

· Francis Tinsley and Erica Iverson of Church World Services.

· Cline, of the Virginia Council of Churches.

Maginnis continues to urge the public to support bringing more refugees to Hagerstown.  Presumably this is also the position of the Herald-Mail because it has up till now avoided doing any indepth reporting that might have helped the public better understand the Federal Refugee Resettlement Program. 

Iraqi refugees—only a small number worked for US

This article in Today.com (from yesterday) is meant to be another one of those drumbeating articles about the poor Iraqi refugees we need to save by bringing them here BEFORE THE WAR IS OVER!    Articles like these are generated by consulting firms in advance of legislation that is moving through Congress.   I suspect the firms are working for various Islamic countries who wish to increase the Muslim population of the US and are working for our defeat in Iraq.

Although this piece was meant to sound the alarm, this little section caught my eye:  

The United Nations has submitted more than 9,000 Iraqis to the United States for consideration as refugees since the State Department announced a new resettlement program in February, but only about 5 percent of the applicants are former employees connected with the U.S. war effort, according to figures provided by the United Nations and the International Organization for Migration, the agencies processing the cases.

Only 5%?   By my calculation that would make 450 Iraqis who have already run away from Iraq who were once helping us.  So, who are the 8,550 others in this group?  Hopefully Christians, but I bet not.

The article does go on to say that there are 69,000 other Iraqis working as menial laborers for various contractors (including Iraqi companies) that get money from the Pentagon and so therefore according to those promoting our defeat in Iraq they will all need to be brought to America to live on American welfare.   Will our brave men and women have died to give them the US welfare trough?

If you are seeing our Iraqi refugee posts for the first time, go to the Iraqi refugees category for a complete list of our coverage.