Update: I’m reading one story after another tonight about the controversy in Rutland, VT about resettling Syrians there. Why don’t Rutland’s elected officials pick up the phone and call the Mayor of Manchester and ask him what his experience has been with refugee overload and the fact that once in the program there is no getting out. Heck, the two cities are about 120 miles apart, not the other side of the country from each other!
We have a zillion posts here at RRW about refugee overloaded Manchester, NH over the years. Many of the posts chronicle the efforts of its longtime mayor Ted Gatsas who tried to slow the flow to the city when the immigrant pressure on ‘services’ was getting too great. (No slowdown any time soon as we learned here the other day.)
It was a battle, but the lobbyists for the refugee industry went to work not wanting to set any precedent that would allow a mayor to call the shots on how many are resettled by the FEDERAL government in one of their targeted cities.
Now we see the mayor is running for governor and he isn’t silent about the refugee problems the country is facing.
MANCHESTER, N.H. —Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas said Tuesday that if he is elected New Hampshire’s next governor, he will use every means possible to halt Syrian refugees from resettling in New Hampshire until he is satisfied that the security of the state is guaranteed.
Gatsas, who has long fought for what he calls “transparency and accountability” in the refugee resettlement process, said he was concerned that Gov. Maggie Hassan, when questioned by reporters on Monday, did not say specifically whether she still believes there should be a pause in refugees from Syria entering the state.
Last November, following the terrorist attacks in Paris, Hassan became the only Democratic governor in the nation to call for a temporary ban on refugees until the federal vetting process “is as strong as possible to ensure the safety of the American people.”
She said on Monday that communication has improved between federal agencies and the states on refugees, and she said she will continue to issue calls to “make sure that we continue to get as much information as possible from the feds about people coming into our state.”
But, asked several times by reporters, Hassan did not say if her position has changed since November or is the same.
Gatsas said, “As governor, I will formally ask the State Department to suspend Syrian refugee resettlement in New Hampshire and explore every option available to stop it until all security concerns are addressed.”
Mayor Gatsas tried to get a moratorium on the resettlement of large numbers of new refugees.
By the way, one of the tricks you need to understand about the promoters of colonizing cities with immigrants is that once they get the family seed units started, they then clamor for the immigrants’ family members to be permitted to follow them to that location. If you raise an objection (due to the economy, or crime, or cultural upheaval going on) you are painted as a heartless xenophobe for not wanting families to be reunited. Don’t back down!
Here is what Gatsas tried to do:
While the federal government has authority over resettlements regardless of the objections of states, governors can try to block funding for nongovernmental agencies involved in the resettlement process in an attempt to make the process difficult.
That is what Gatsas tried to do as Manchester’s mayor in 2011.
He said Tuesday that as mayor, he “repeatedly asked for more transparency when it comes to the refugee resettlement process and asked for a temporary moratorium so Manchester could sufficiently meet the needs of our current refugee population.”
In 2011, Gatsas asked the state’s Executive Council to vote against contracts to provide funding to nonprofit groups who work with refugees in the state. That request came after the federal government refused his request for a two-year moratorium on new refugee settlements in Manchester.
Don’t expect anyone in the Bush family orbit—like Sununu—to question any federal immigration program!
But the council refused Gatsas’ request and unanimously voted to approve the contracts. Gatsas noted on Tuesday that one of his current competitors for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, Chris Sununu, was among those who voted in favor of the contracts.
2016 is it readers!
If there is going to be any reform of (or a complete halt to) the UN/US State Department Refugee Admissions Program the groundwork must be laid now! The November election will determine the future of America!
If you live in NH, and are concerned about how mass migration is changing your towns and cities, you should be doing all you can to back Ted Gatsas. And, you should be out at every campaign event you can find and hammer all of the candidates on this issue. The time has never been better. They are getting nervous like I have never seen in my nearly 9 years of following this program!