Sorry I can’t say it any other way!
Here is the latest puff-piece being circulated around the country about Wyoming (the only state with no refugee resettlement program) beginning to see the light, we are told, and REQUESTING refugees. We first reported the Republican governor’s outreach to the feds here.
As these refugee puff-pieces always do, this one starts out with the lovely success story of Congolese refugee Bertine Bahige (you can read his story yourself).
But, no matter how wonderful a person Bertine Bahige is, and how successful, Wyoming ‘leaders’ must remember at least two things—the cost of the refugees will after a few months be on the backs of the Wyoming taxpayer and no matter what promises you get now, Wyoming will not be choosing the refugees (choosing their nationalities or their religions), nor will it choose how many! The US State Department will be deciding that with its contractors.
So here is the article designed to tug on your heartstrings, but laced with lies. From the Casper Star Tribune (via SFGate) (hat tip: Joanne) Emphasis is mine:
Wyoming is the only state in the nation that doesn’t have a refugee resettlement program.
Bahige is hoping to change that.
He is Wyoming’s delegate for the United Nations Refugee Congress. Since 2010, he’s reached out to the Wyoming congressional delegation, state lawmakers and Gov. Matt Mead in hopes of creating a resettlement program in Wyoming.
Despite roadblocks, he’s pushed the ball in motion.
He’s working with the UW School of Law to draft a plan that Mead will consider for adoption.
They think they are going to get ALL federal money for this (note to Republican Governor Mead—that is taxpayer money too, and it comes with strings! You are handing over your state sovereignty and demographic future to the US State Department.)
No state dollars would fund a refugee resettlement program. The federal government would pump money into state agencies and a nongovernmental organization to oversee the initiative, said Suzan Pritchett, co-director at UW’s Center for International Human Rights Law Advocacy.
Wyoming’s Department of Family Services, Department of Workforce Services and Department of Health are among the agencies that would work with the federal government’s Health and Human Services and State Department to channel the money, said Merit Thomas, a policy adviser in the governor’s office.
Wyomingites, please take a few minutes and have a look at the costs to counties in Georgia for refugee resettlement. From Refugee Resettlement Relief. Here! And, longtime readers know that Tennesseans have for the last couple of years been attempting to get numbers like these out of their state agencies.
Wyoming will not pick the number or the nationalities/religions of refugees!
States like Colorado and Utah received more than 1,000 refugees in 2013. Wyoming would open its doors to a smaller number, Pritchett said. [Suzan Pritchett co-director at UW’s Center for International Human Rights Law Advocacy—ed]
The state’s low immigrant population may make it difficult for refugees who require certain places of worship and other cultural customs, she said.
This above, is of course, a reference to Muslim refugees. Don’t worry Ms. Pritchett, the US State Department will send you Muslims who will in turn build mosques, if you don’t have them already!
“Wyoming is not an immigrant-heavy state,” she said. “It may be inappropriate for some types of immigrant populations to move here. We are thinking about what’s the best fit for Wyoming and the capacity it can handle. It won’t be on the 1,000 per-year end of the scale.” [Again, Wyoming will not be making those decisions!—ed]
Refugees who arrive in the U.S. aren’t arbitrarily picked. After the UN chooses candidates, the Department of Homeland Security vets their backgrounds. Then the State Department chooses what cities will be best for the candidates.
They are not becoming self-sufficient! It may be a goal, but it is not happening! Look how they have chosen their words!
The goal of resettlement is not to enlist people on government welfare programs, Barclay said.
“It’s about self-sufficiency,” he said.
The refugees are enrolled in federal assistance programs like food stamps, but after eight months the federal government begins to wane support for most refugees. [Not true! refugees are on food stamps for years!—ed] Within the first four months, refugees are required to have jobs. One stipulation is that the immigrants have to repay their plane tickets. [And, the contractors get a cut of what they collect!—ed]
In Colorado, 72 percent of all refugees who found work became self-sufficient, said Paul Stein, state refugee coordinator. [72% who found work! What percent found work? And, how long did it take them?—ed]
All over America refugees are not working! Pockets of resistance to new resettlement have developed and the feds are desperate for new territory for thousands entering the US every month, so….
….to the residents of Casper and Gillette—you must ask questions! Lots and lots of questions!