“And when half the community didn’t agree with this program, they were called racists, bigots and so on.”
(Poughkeepsie resident David Cole)
We reported about ten days ago that this was in the cards for Church World Service’s resettlement office where citizens complained “loudly” that they opposed the opening in the first place, but CWS went ahead anyway.
Church World Service was responsible for my entry into this whole issue over ten years ago when its subcontractor at the time, Virginia Council of Churches, began placing refugees quietly (that is the operative word!) in to Hagerstown, MD.
Citizens of the often struggling western Maryland city wanted to know—why here? We have so many needy people already!
(By the way, they are no longer operating here despite their best efforts to paint questioners as racists.)
You would think CWS would have learned from past mistakes…guess not!
Here is the news from Poughkeepsie (hat tip: Jim):
POUGHKEEPSIE–The refugee resettlement agency that operated briefly out of the Family Partnership Center in Poughkeepsie has closed its office, and it all points back to President Donald Trump’s executive order earlier this year reducing the number of refugees coming to the United States.
For new readers, reducing the numbers means they weren’t going to be paid by the feds (you, the taxpayer). They receive vast amounts of their budgets based on a per refugee head basis.
Hudson Valley News continues:
Last fall, the global humanitarian ministry held public forums to outline its intentions and answer questions about integrating refugees into the community.
At the November meeting at Christ Episcopal Church, some expressed opposition, decrying the “secrecy” of the plan and how it was “thrust upon” city residents without their approval.
David Cole, a Poughkeepsie resident who led a group opposing the refugee resettlement, said he was not surprised to learn that CWS had closed its Hudson Valley office.
“Poughkeepsie was not the right place for a refugee resettlement office,” he said.
“CWS…tried to push this onto the community, and the community wasn’t happy about it. They still went ahead and pushed an office into the area. I’m sorry to say this, but the whole thing backfired in their faces.”
Cole, who organized a petition against resettlement late last year, said that after Trump cut the number of refugees in half, the agency wastefully spent all its resources in a community where many already are struggling.
“And when half the community didn’t agree with this program, they were called racists, bigots and so on,” he said. “It’s a shame those people didn’t see the real reasons why, and that is, Poughkeepsie is not the right place for a refugee resettlement.”
My Poughkeepsie archive is here.
They had big plans!
Obama/Hillary and the refugee contractors, like CWS, had big plans going in to 2016. They fully expected Hillary to win and the flow of refugees to tick up even higher, so the US State Department was actively scouting new sites (old ones were getting overloaded and they needed fresh territory).
As the Obama Administration was winding down, new resettlement sites were planned in many small and medium-sized cities, but the State Department never revealed the whole list because of course they knew opposition would be inevitable.
At one point we heard that there were as many as 47 potential new sites being secretly developed. We reported on the ones we learned about, including Poughkeepsie.
Here is a list (incomplete) from a post I wrote at the time Trump was elected.
Below are new sites we have identified so far of the supposed 47 the Obama Administration is (or has been) trying to get established.
One of the first things the Trump Administration must do is to make all of this information public information. Here are some of the sites we have identified so far by just keeping an eye on local news reports:
[The status listed below is as it was at this time last year—ed]
Asheville, NC (not decided yet)
Rutland, VT (approved, waiting)
Reno, NV (open)
Missoula, MT (open)
Aberdeen, SD (not now)
Charleston, WV (approved, see Senator Capito as the Frau Merkel of WV!)
Bloomington, IN (dead for now)
Traverse City, MI
Hudson, WI (dead for now?)
Watertown, NY (maybe)
Youngstown, OH (maybe)
Storm Lake, Iowa
Sante Fe, NM (approved but on hold)
I would love to know how many we can cross off the list.
Let me know if you have definitive news on any of these locations. Of course Poughkeepsie is dead.
To learn more about the ‘New Site Development Guide‘ introduced by Lawrence Bartlett one of the career bureaucrats who is still in control at the Bureau of Population Refugees and Migration, click here.
Heritage missed the mark! and this is one reason why:
Bartlett was a headliner at a one-sided panel discussion on USRAP reform held at the Heritage Foundation here (Is Heritage selling us out?) in September; and, thus, surely had some influence on Heritage’s “Roadmap for reform.”
I’ll wager that Heritage’s inside-the-Washington-beltway experts had no clue that controversy was swirling in cities like Poughkeepsie and surely Bartlett and his crew didn’t tell them!