Saturday, October 8, 2016

Officials Conspired to Conceal Refugee Resettlement in Vermont

At LifeZette by  Brendan Kirby,

A federally funded refugee resettlement organization conspired with the mayor of a small Vermont town to keep the public in the dark about a plan to relocate 100 people from war-torn Syria, according to documents released Friday.

The conservative legal organization Judicial Watch obtained 128 pages under Vermont’s open records law. The documents include an email from Amila Merdzanovic, executive director of the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program, asking Rutland Mayor Christopher Louras not to hold a public meeting on the resettlement plan.

“I want to share with you the concern my HQ has about holding a public forum,” she wrote on April 14. “If we open it up to anybody and everybody, all sorts of people will come out of woodwork. Anti-immigrant, anti-anything.  [..]

The State Department has not yet decided if it will follow through on the refugee plan in Rutland, but federal officials have been working to secure homes for more than 10,000 Syrians who have arrived in the past 12 months on President Obama’s plan to offer a safe haven to Syrians caught in the middle of a 5½-year civil war.

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