Most people are very surprised to learn that Church World Service (one of nine federal resettlement contractors) has been busy for years flooding Lancaster, PA with third worlders. Here we learn that the next big batch will be Syrians—Syrians who don’t speak English and who will need mental health counseling!
And, big surprise (not!) they will work in factories and warehouses (jobs Americans won’t do for slave wages?). Please explain to me why a ‘church’ group is acting as head hunter for businesses looking for cheap labor?
About 60 Syrian refugees already live in Lancaster County, and another 60 are expected to re-settle there in the next year.
Church groups secure and furnish apartments for the families, who also get help in finding work and staying healthy.
English classes will be available, and kids will go to schools in the county.
Speaking on WITF’s Smart Talk, Sheila Mastropietro with Church World Service in Lancaster also says counseling is an area of concern because many refugees have seen death and destruction in Syria.
“So it’s difficult but we do what we can and we certainly have interpretation services. And we expect that some people are going to need at least some counseling in the beginning at least,” she says.
Mastropietro says she expects the Syrians to find work quickly in a warehouse or factory.
Go here to listen to the Smart Talk interview.
And, if you didn’t know Church World Service is part of the National Council of Churches which has historical roots in the Communist movement of the 1950s. They are hard Leftists in their political view.
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It was in Lancaster, in 2013, that I first heard about “pockets of resistance” (towns trying to stop the flow of refugees their way) and the Office of Refugee Resettlement’s new hire—‘Welcoming America.’
An afterthought: I should have added this—over 90% of the Syrians we are taking are Muslims.