So why are we bringing more Congolese refugees to America when we can’t take care of the ones here from earlier batches?
The Mushombe family didn’t just ‘find their way’ to Oregon from Africa, some US State Department resettlement contractor*** was given this family to resettle, why did they drop the ball?
(Just so you know the US State Department announced in 2013 that they are pushing to bring in 50,000 Congolese in the coming months and years.)
From KGW.com (hat tip: Joanne):
LAFAYETTE, Ore. – A refugee family of 13 people has a home to rent in a small town after being homeless this past summer.
Oswald Mushombe and his wife Nakinga Mahinga have 11 children, ranging in age from 5 months old to nearly 16 years old. Some of them were born in a refugee camp in Africa, where the family lived for five years to escape violence and persecution in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Housing problems after they arrived in the United States 16 months ago led to the family bouncing around and eventually ending up living in a Portland park this past summer.
Mushombe said he tried everything to get help from a variety of agencies.
A week ago, they ended up in front of the McMinnville home of Monica Radke. She took them in, and has been spearheading a help campaign ever since.
***It looks like the major federal contractors in Oregon are Catholic Charities, Lutheran Community Services Northwest, and SOAR (Sponsors organized to assist refugees). Which one screwed up? They will all say they were responsible for only up to 8 months after that the family is “supposed” to be self-sufficient.
So I guess they don’t feel they have any moral responsibility for these people once the contract is up? The family sure is lucky that there are kind Americans who are not being paid to take care of refugees.