This is something you rarely hear about because those in the refugee industry don’t want you to know that refugees sometimes just want to go home to their homeland, to their own culture, when they find out that America can be a tough place in which to live.
Apparently that was the case for Deng Manyuon shot last Saturday when he attempted to assault a police officer in Louisville, KY. We reported the story here yesterday.
Munyoun’s is not the first case I’ve heard of. I had a back-and-forth discussion a few years ago with Iraqis who found that America’s streets were not paved with gold and they wanted to return to Iraq. But they were unable to get the money together needed for a move back to the Middle East. Even airfare was too much for out-of-work refugees. Honestly it’s almost like slavery, they’ve been brought here largely to supply big business with cheap labor or as voters for the Democrats and can’t go home!
Is it time for a Repatriation Fund?
In fact, reader CW suggested in January that a new contractor (call it “Repatriation Services”) could be incorporated and it would apply for federal grants for airfare and start-up money for immigrants and refugees who want to go home, to their own culture.
Israel is doing something like that now and offering start-up funding for Africans to voluntarily repatriate.
From WDRB.com (hat tip: Robin):
LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) — Thousands of people have watched the video.
It shows LMPD Ofc. Nathan Blanford and 35-year-old Deng Manyuon at the corner of 4th and Oak in Old Louisville on Saturday.
When Manyuon walks away, he grabs a flag pole and charges back at Blanford, wildly swinging the flag pole.
Blanford shoots Manyuon twice, killing him.
For those who knew Manyuon, the video is tough to watch.
“It’s really painful,” says Matur Reclow, chairman of the South Sudanese Community of Kentucky.
Since his death, we’ve learned Manyuon was one of the “Lost Boys of Sudan”.
He came to the U.S. in 2001 amid his country’s civil war. Reclow says Manyuon had hopes of getting an education and having a life here.
“He didn’t have mental problems but was depressed and give up the life,” he said.
They made a deal in the hospital that day that if Manyuon would try to get back on track, Reclow would arrange a one-way ticket for him back to Sudan for a fresh start in his home country. He says Manyuon wanted to escape his life of homelessness and alcoholism in Louisville.
The idea of a “Repatriation Fund” is a serious one and it would save taxpayers a bundle. Surely a few thousand dollars of airfare and a little cash to get started back home would be small in comparison to years of welfare payments and medical care.
In fact, if such a fund had existed right along with the resettlement program all these years, Deng Manyoun might be alive today.