Manchester, NH police chief: 500 refugees coming to NH, 90,000 Syrians to America

That is what the Manchester Union Leader is reporting.  I’m thinking 90,000 Syrians is way high especially in the age of Trump.  Nevertheless, here is the story.  It is not clear to me (maybe it is to you!) what the motion before the mayor and council would actually do, so I’ll just stick to reporting on the stunning numbers that supposedly came from the FBI.

Alderman Keith Hirschmann originally proposed the motion, saying the board would empower Mayor Ted Gatsas in any efforts to stop a potential influx of 500 refugees from Syria.

Manchester Police Chief Nick Willard said he got the numbers from the FBI. BTW, Republican Senator Ayotte, to Willard’s right in this photo, lost her Senate seat. For our purposes it didn’t matter, because I have not seen her lift a finger to slow the Refugee Admissions Program (too close to Senators McCain and Graham?)

That figure came from Manchester Police Chief Nick Willard, who said he was told by members of the FBI that 500 Syrian refugees could be headed to New Hampshire.

“I was told during discussions with the FBI that 90,000 Syrian refugees are headed to the U.S., and 500 of them will be headed to New Hampshire,” said Willard.

Willard said he had no further information about the expected influx, including when or where in the state the refugees would be headed.

The motion was defeated.
Here is what one of our long time readers told the Union Leader, a sentiment shared by many in cities and states across America!

Jeannine Richardson said Friday, November 18, 2016 at 8:21 pm

Those who voted to host more refugees better find a way to house our homeless first and look into the burden on our schools, Medicaid, subsidized housing and job marker [market] for people with no skills before thinking this is a good idea for Manchester. Last family we hosted (like that PC term) are receiving $1200 in food stamps per month while we have soup kichens [kitchens] and religious groups having to feed American citizens in Manchester.

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We have a huge archive on Manchester where the mayor worked for years to try to slow the flow to the refugee overloaded city.
And, if you hadn’t noticed, New Hampshire is turning (politically) blue and I maintain much of  that has to do with the influx of refugees and immigrants to the state.

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