The Rutland, Vermont Mayor who wanted to bring in 100 Syrian refugees has been defeated in his reelection bid…The people have spoken loud and clear! This was not only about refusing the refugees but also about defeating leaders who don’t listen to the wishes of the people they represent. Americans are waking up and holding the people they elected accountable. Bravo!
Rutland, Vermont Mayor Christopher Louras lost a four-way race to City Councilor David Allaire…It all came down to refugee resettlement. Louras was a 6-term mayor!
Last spring, Louras announced a plan to bring up to 100 refugees annually from Syria and Iraq to the city of about 16,500 residents. The plan split the community, with many residents eager to greet the newcomers but with others citing concerns the refugees could be security threats or economic burdens.
REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT IS OFTEN SHROUDED IN SECRECY FROM THE PEOPLE WHO ARE PAYING FOR IT…THE AMERICAN TAXPAYERS:
Allaire had criticized the way Louras rolled out the program, announcing it last April without getting input from the public and city officials. When he announced his candidacy, Allaire said the issue was not with the city taking in refugees but with the secrecy of the program.
BACKGROUND: RUTLAND CHOSEN TO RESETTLE REFUGEES:
The city of Rutland was chosen as the site to place refugees by the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), one of the nine major federally-funded refugee resettlement contractors or voluntary agencies (volags), and its local affiliated field office or subcontractor, the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program (VRRP). According to Ann Corcoran of Refugee Resettlement Watch, once a site is chosen for resettlement, the agency submits an annual resettlement plan to the State Department in order to receive federal funding of nearly $2,000 per refugee sponsored in addition to federal grants of up to $2,200 per refugee sponsored. Refugee resettlement has become a billion dollar industry according to investigative journalist James Simpson, a former economist and budget examiner for the White House Office of Management and Budget.
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