Do we see a trend developing here! It appears that the Open borders activists must have sent out talking points—tell the media that there is unfair treatment of refugees/asylum seekers and other migrants rampant in America!
Now comes the news from Nashville, a major resettlement site for Catholic Charities, that they are having problems with “fair housing” in that ‘welcoming’ city and surrounding counties.
Not mentioned, of course, are the problems that impoverished or disabled native Nashville area citizens are likely having getting housing when they have to compete with the immigrants!
From The Tennessean (Hat tip: Joanne). Emphasis is mine:
Immigrants and refugees in Nashville have more help than ever finding stable housing, but forces beyond their control have made life tougher in recent years.
Increasing apartment rental costs have been hard on international newcomers, said Hawa Abdullahi, social services coordinator with the Center for Refugees and Immigrants of Tennessee, at a conference on fair housing in Nashville.
“We have seen a lot of rent going up, which is hard for people to cover,” she said. “We see a lot of people getting pushed … moving to Antioch, Smyrna, and places like that. It’s really getting hard right now to find apartments.”
Abdullahi spoke about immigrant housing experiences as part of the Fair Housing Matters Conference. The fight against housing discrimination has taken on new urgency locally and across the nation because of increased federal funding and new directives meant to make housing available to all people.
Abdullahi described how the refugee families she works with struggle to get by on wages that rarely top $10 per hour.
The panelists said immigrants struggle to find housing because of language barriers, discrimination, poor credit histories, and limited options near public transit.
And refugees, in particular, arrive with debt. People approved by the U.S. government to move into America to escape persecution in their home countries, they receive financial assistance for eight months but must pay back the travel costs that move them to America in the first place. [This plane fare issue is bogus—many just walk away from the debt. What they never tell you is that the ‘church contractor’ (in this case Catholic Charities) gets to keep a portion of the loan if it is repaid! Only a small portion of your tax dollars are reimbursed to the US treasury.–ed]
About 1,300 refugees are resettled in and around Nashville each year — with more than two-thirds joining families that already live here. [Just a reminder readers, that when yours has become a “welcoming” city, the first refugees arriving apply to bring their family members. It is called chain migration—ed]
“The city of Nashville is getting better. Definitely (officials) are aware Nashville is a destination for immigrants,” Morales said. “For surrounding counties, that’s a different story.”
Nashville has been such a hot spot over the years that we have a whole category designated just for Nashville, here, with 65 previous posts. Nashville was recently chosen by the federal government as a “preferred community” for refugee resettlement, here.