Obama’s America: How the community politics of refugee resettlement are being cooked

Local citizens are not always thrilled about the way their towns change with the influx of refugees. Many refugees are no doubt success stories, and I would say that people who argue in general against America taking in refugees are in the minority.

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But approving the idea of such compassion doesn’t mean that people in small or medium-size cities have agreed to see their communities transformed unrecognizably by an inflow of immigrants who form enclaves and decline to assimilate. Bringing in refugees is also frequently connected to business interests that want to hire the refugees – instead of hiring the American citizens in the same towns.

Americans in smaller cities have reason to be especially leery of plans to resettle hundreds or thousands of refugees in their areas. In the interest of keeping this post at a reader-friendly length, I recommend checking out resources like Ann Corcoran’s blog, and the series Breitbart has been doing on Twin Falls, if you want more background on this. My purpose here is to go beyond making that larger case, and illustrate specifically how leery communities are being sandbagged by Obama’s go-to henchmen – and by their own local officials.

(I do have the material for several related posts, on Chobani and Twin Falls, for example, as well as the plans of migration advocacy groups to subvert American expectations about immigrant assimilation. Those topics will have to wait.)

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