A town in Michigan has struck a massive blow against the president’s agenda on refugees by passing a resolution stating that it will not participate in the refugee resettlement program.
According to Breitbart, the Monday vote in Waterford Township, a town of about 72,000 in the suburban Detroit county of Oakland, was a unanimous 7-0 decision by the council.
“(T)he Charter Township of Waterford will not actively participate in the Refugee Resettlement Program until the Program has been significantly reformed, and until it has been demonstrated that the Townships of Oakland County have the capacity to absorb refugees without diverting funds from needy residents or exposing their residents to unwarranted security risks,” the resolution read.
The resolution gave a number of reasons why Waterford Township was making the decision to stand up against President Obama and his refugee resettlement program.
“State records show that federal vendors operating in Michigan have requested a total of at least 4060 refugees be settled into Michigan in FY 2016, and … President Barack Obama has called for the resettling of at least 10,000 Syrian refugees in the United States this fiscal year,” it read.
The text of the resolution also pointed out that it wasn’t just a small, hidebound community making a reactive decision that would have no impact. As it pointed out, due to the large Muslim community in the Detroit area, communities like Waterford have been a popular resettlement option for refugees from Syria, Iraq and other areas of the Middle East.
“Federal vendors have, thus far this fiscal year, resettled more Syrian refugees in Michigan than any other state; Oakland County is a focus area for resettlement; and the arrival numbers are expected to surge dramatically given the federal vendors’ preparations,” the resolution stated.
“The FBI and other homeland security agencies have testified before Congress that refugees from failed states such as Syria cannot be adequately vetted to ensure that they do not have terrorist ties because the necessary records do not exist … Intelligence officials have testified before Congress that terrorists are seeking to use the program to enter the United States, and … federal immigration law requires that local governments be consulted prior to placement of refugees in their communities and that they be involved in defining their local capacity for refugee placements,” the resolution stated.
Terrorism wasn’t the only problem with Obama’s resettlement program that Waterford’s resolution pointed out, either.
“The Refugee Resettlement process creates significant unfunded financial burdens for receiving states, counties and local communities to provide public assistance to meet refugee needs for schools, law enforcement, housing and health care, etc.,” it read.
The Obama administration is probably going to call this resolution reactionary, but it shouldn’t be surprised. It has pushed its refugee agenda on America without any sort of democratic input and against the wishes of a great number of the states, counties and communities when it has placed them.
We’ve seen real problems, too — both budgetary and crime-related. All the while, the administration has tried to ignore the problem while continuing to push the costs and fallout onto the communities affected.
We get the feeling Waterford is going to be one of many towns and cities across America that are going to take a massive stand against President Barack Obama’s agenda until someone fixes our broken refugee system.
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