Well, he didn’t say Africans, but that is pretty much what Minnesota gets these days!
He also, ever so cutely, said “The Inn is Not Full in Minnesota.”
I’ve been meaning to mention Minnesota ever since I saw a Star Tribune article that describes how the taxpayer funded resettlement contractors divvied up the state’s counties in order to put lobbying pressure on elected officials there.
Because Minnesota is such a hot resettlement site, the state has ‘enjoyed’ the presence of a majority of the nine federal contractors.*** At one point only HIAS didn’t have an office there. The others were busy as one critic joked—“bidding for bodies” as the contractors are paid by you and me on a per head basis.
According to the Minnesota Department of Human Services website at the present time, five subcontractors are placing refugees in the state:
- Arrive Ministries (World Relief subcontractor)
- Catholic Charities of Southern Minnesota (US Conference of Catholic Bishops subcontractor)
- International Institute of Minnesota(US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants subcontractor)
- Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service subcontractor)
- Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, St. Cloud
- Minnesota Council of Churches (Episcopal Migration Ministries subcontractor)
Here is the Star Tribune about how the five have divided the counties in the state to lobby for permission to place refugees. They claim they are aiming to convince 24 counties (of 87) to grant permission to be resettlement sites this next year, but I’m sure they are out scouting for any easy pickin’s among the remainder of counties.
Local approval for refugee resettlement sparks heated debate in Minnesota counties
Ben Walen, director of refugee services at the Minnesota Council of Churches, said it seemed like county governments were “being put in a political bind.” The council is one of the state’s five refugee resettlement organizations. Those agencies [funded with taxpayer dollars.—ed] are splitting up the work of soliciting letters of consent from about two dozen of Minnesota’s 87 counties that have a recent record of resettling refugees.
I’m thinking putting county governments in a political bind is a good thing. Don’t want political binds, don’t run for political office!
BTW, as of today, December 13th, the governor has apparently not sent in his formal letter to the US State Department. See those consents that have come in already, here.
Post filed in ‘Where to find information.’
***For new readers these (below) are the nine federally-funded refugee contractors that monopolize all refugee placement in America. For decades they have decided in secrecy where to place refugees and they don’t want to lose that power because even as they pontificate about their religious convictions and humanitarian zeal, they are the ‘religious Left’ political groups working to change America by changing the people and using your money to do it!
- Church World Service (CWS)
- Ethiopian Community Development Council (ECDC) (secular)
- Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM)
- Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS)
- International Rescue Committee (IRC) (secular)
- US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) (secular)
- Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (LIRS)
- United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)
- World Relief Corporation (WR)