Saturday, June 11, 2016

Michigan Leads Nation In Number Of Syrian Refugees (Who Continue To Arrive Despite Gov. Snyder's Request)

By Brandon Hall
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More Syrian refugees live in Michigan than any other state, reports say. And despite Gov. Snyder's request for a temporary pause, they keep coming...

According to The Detroit News:

"More Syrian refugees have settled in Michigan than any other state since the Syrian civil war started five years ago, and more are expected to arrive this summer despite the state’s desire to restrict them.

According to the U.S. State Department, 505 Syrian refugees settled in Michigan between May 2011 and May 31, 2016. Most live in the Metro Detroit area and primarily in Oakland and Wayne counties.

“It’s not a surprise and, in my opinion, it’s not a very high number,” said Jeralda Hattar, director of immigration and refugee services for Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan. “Michigan has been home to a large number of refugees from all over the world for a long time.”

Gov. Rick Snyder, meanwhile, has said he wanted to stop Syrian refugees from coming until they could be properly vetted. But his wishes are largely symbolic, since state governments have no say in how many refugees are resettled in their communities...

The highest number of Syrian refugees have settled in Michigan. The second highest, 496, settled in California, followed by Arizona with 368, Pennsylvania with 364 and Texas rounded out the top 5 at 359. It also said no Syrian refugees relocated to 12 states, including Alabama, Delaware, Hawaii and Iowa, or in the District of Columbia...

Snyder’s pause is largely symbolic as Syrian refugees continue to resettle in Michigan because of efforts of several Michigan non-profit agencies working with the federal government."

Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.

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  1. Sick. The money train is full and no one cares two cents about the public's safety or the stacking up of future costs. Sick.

  2. Hot off the presses -- 100 Syrian refugees per day (and the vetting period shortened from 2 years to just 3 months).

  3. Nope, nothing to see here (besides Catholic and Lutheran "non-profits" heavily prostituting themselves for federal government money!).

    Will we need to be looking over our shoulders at the Gilmore Museum? Grand Rapids Public Museum? Air Zoo?

    The only thing constant about these screwballs is that they like to think outside of the box and attack their targets sideways.

    These "charities" ought to be ashamed of themselves for putting the safety of Americans over everything else!

  4. OABTW, for those who are ignorant and naive enough to believe that the "vetting process" actually works.

  5. With the influx from Muslim countries and the flood crossing our southern border, it will only be a few years and we won't recognize America. God help us.