Wyoming: Lutheran Family Services wanted refugee plan kept secret

We can’t stress to you enough that federal contractors, like Lutheran Family Services, cannot sell a refugee resettlement plan to a community by telling citizens the whole truth up front! 

In fact, the driving force behind this blog from day one has been our fury over this very point—if it’s a good program, then dammit tell the public the whole plan.  If you can’t sell it with the truth, then it shouldn’t be done with secrecy (or emotional appeals using refugees as poster boys and girls).  In fact, this is exactly why citizens everywhere are sick of government at all levels, government-funded non-profits like this Lutheran bunch, and our so-called leaders.

Sorry, let me get to what has me furious!

Below is all you need to know about Gov. Matt Mead’s naive plan!

This is a letter to the editor from a Mr. Cassidy to the Laramie Boomerang (hat tip: Joanne).  Emphasis is mine:

Dear Editor,

On Monday, I sent all of the members of the Legislature an email regarding Gov. Matt Mead’s planned creation of a refugee resettlement center in Wyoming.

I wondered why I hadn’t received a single response to my letter. Then I received a copy of the board meeting minutes for the Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountain Area.

Isn’t this a fascinating little paragraph that I found regarding the proposed Wyoming Refugee Resettlement plan? I guess we don’t want the boobs to find out about it until it is fait accompli.

Well, what the heck. I’m sure the government knows what’s best for us. In the future, I’ll try not to point out issues that are supposed to be secret.

“This has been further complicated by both the State and a private citizen advocate providing media availability to a local paper. Media coverage at this stage is potentially damaging to the success of the overall process, especially when it takes place in advance of comprehensive consultation with a broad spectrum of community stakeholders.”

Edward Cassidy


Thank you Mr. Cassidy!  This is one of the most important pieces of information we have ever posted.


You, the taxpaying citizens, who largely fund Lutheran Family Services, are definitely NOT a “stakeholder.”

For all of our previous coverage of the plan to open Wyoming to refugee resettlement, click here.

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