The United States government is now distributing thousands of “Syrian” “refugees” all over the country as part of the Refugee Resettlement Program. A lot of small communities are having culture-enrichers dumped on them without having any say-so in the process. The government puts the new arrivals in public housing and hands them their EBT cards, and the feds pay the tab for the first six months. After that the local authorities are on their own, and have to find the money themselves — for more police officers, medical care, interpreters, special needs teachers, whatever their new guests require.
When Washington proposed sending refugees to Lawrenceville, a small town in Southside Virginia, the local government held a public meeting to get its citizens’ opinions. The townspeople of Lawrenceville made their feelings felt, and the town decided to decline any refugees sent by the feds. So it can be done.
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.