Mlive reported that Ottawa County will continue to resettle refugees.
After three hours of people raising concern about the merits of refugee resettlement, the Ottawa County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to support further refugee resettlement programs in the county on Tuesday, January 28, 2020.
This resolution came in response to an executive order that President Donald Trump issued last year that makes local and state governments give official consent before allowing refugee resettlement within their communities.
Bethany Christian Services, the only resettlement agency in the county, resettled 76 people in total within Ottawa County between 2015 and 2019, according to a report from Ottawa County Administrator Al Vanderberg.
More than 150 people were present at the meeting, and the conference space was standing room only.
The discussions were civil, despite differing viewpoints presented.
The majority of people speaking in opposition wanted the board to put the measure on hold until the economic impact of resettlement could be studied further.
Some of the opponents of resettlement argued that this migration coming into the country could place a burden on the government’s social programs and also create cultural assimilation problems.
“It’s not the immigration of yesterday,” Karl Nitz declared. “It is actually an invasion. These people want your space.”
The Trump administration capped refugee resettlement at 18,000 for this year.
Alene Miller said that when her ancestors immigrated they had “no social services at the time and had to struggle to stay alive and learn a new language, and they did.”
Those in opposition called attention to the growing federal deficit and the intent to re-allocate federal refugee funding to veterans and other citizens who are economically struggling.
In the order, Trump stated that he wants the federal government to be “respectful of those communities that may not be able to accommodate refugee resettlement.”
When governments possess the necessary resources and capabilities to carry out sustainable resettlement, it “maximizes the likelihood refugees placed in the area will become self-sufficient and free from long-term dependence on public assistance,” based on the executive order.
Another citizen, Deborah VanDyk, inquired about the county’s efforts to solve its own poverty problems before even entertaining the idea of resettling refugees.
According to VanDyk, many of the countries where refugees hail from are “war-torn for generations” and “often hate the United States.”
“So while the military fights overseas to protect us, you all are willing to gamble and allow people from these nations to infiltrate our communities,” VanDyk told commissioners.
The unanimous vote greenlighting the resolution was congratulated by the onlookers.
Other city commissioners in Ann Arbor, Kalamazoo, and Kentwood have passed similar resolutions confirming their support for bringing in refugees into their communities.
This kind of virtue signaling has consequences.
Although refugee numbers are at low-levels, it’s one of many planks to the mass migration agenda political elites have imposed on Americans for decades.
Trump at least recognizes the threat previous refugee resettlement policy has towards the survival of America as a cohesive, national unit.
For that reason, he issued an executive order to stem the flow of refugees.
Nevertheless, Trump must follow up with further reforms such as ending birthright citizenship and chain migration, a legal migration moratorium, and a full funding for the border wall to truly address the mass migration problem.
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Houston Police Allow Abortion Clinic to Operate Despite Texas Courts Ruling Them Non-Essential
On March 30th, a judge ruled that Texas abortion clinics could stay open. This ruling came a few days after the Texas governor, Greg Abbott, deemed abortion servies non-essential.
Since abortions are clearly elective surgeries, the ruling was overturned by a vote of 2-1 in the 5th circuit court of appeals on March 31st. Meaning, the governor’s order stands and abortion clinics must close until non-essential businesses are allowed to open back up.
This hasn’t stopped one abortion clinic in Houston from continuing to kill the unborn.
In a video released on April 1st, via the YouTube channel ‘ProofThatGodExists,’ an abortion clinic in Houston is shown to still be accepting clients.
A couple of pro-life activists are shown in the video standing outside the abortion clinic. Across the street is a police officer, with whom one of the activists eventually talks.
They tell the offiicer that the abortion offices are still seeing clients. The officer acknowledges their concerns and says, “we’ll take care of it.”
A few minutes later, the officer goes to talk to the pro-life activists. The officer informed the activists that he was just there to “keep the peace” and nothing else.
One of the activists again informed the officer of the situation, asking, “Do you know that it’s illegal for them to do abortions today?” The officer replied, “I’m not out here for that.”
The activist then reiterated that he was asking him not why he was there, but if he personally knew of the current order. He wanted to know if the officer was not enforcing because he didn’t know about the order or because his department was choosing to ignore it in this case.
The officer didn’t want to answer directly. So, he again said, “I’m not saying that what you’re saying is wrong…. But that’s not what I’m out here for. I’m out here to keep the peace….”
He then said, “Whoever you need to call to enforce what you’re asking me about…” He was interupted by the second activist, who challenged him, insisting, “When people are breaking the law, we call the police.”
The video continues on with many more women entering the clinic. Eventually the abortion doctor arrived to the clinic, as well.
It’s clear that the clinic is in direct violation of the order that declares abortion services non-essential. Why the Houston police aren’t enforcing the order as it pertains to this particular clinic is still unclear.
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