Hundreds of Citizens Show Up to Stop Refugee Resettlement in Their Town
While communities in France, Germany, Sweden and Britain are grappling with the expense, disruption and violence created by the forced “settlement” of Syrian refugees at the hands of their governments without regard to the culture shock that ensues or the infiltration of the migrant groups by radical Muslims looking to commit jihad by stealth immigration, some Americans are fighting back
Tiny Hamilton, Montana, population 4,800, has been targeted for the placement of an undisclosed number of Syrian refugees by the U.S. State Department, but when 500 residents people gathered in the Hamilton Junior High School gymnasium, the community spoke loud and clear about its concerns.
Ravalli County Commission Chair Ray Hawk was forced to relocate the meeting twice to accommodate the overflow crowds who wanted to be heard about the State Department’s plans to force Hamilton to accept the Syrian migrants without input from the residents.
The Commissioners had already published a letter they intended to send to the Secretary of State outlining concerns about the inability of the federal government to adequately “vet” the refugees prior to what the Department calls “resettlement.”
The Hamilton residents cited testimony by James Comey, the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and statements by the head of the House Homeland Security Committee Michael McCaul, that claim that there are simply insufficient resources to ensure that the refugees are not members of a terrorist organization.
An additional concern is that radical Islamist jihadists will embed themselves within the migrant population and gain a foothold in the community as a base from which to conduct jihad, or “holy war” against Americans, as has been seen in Europe.
Hamilton residents had written to the Commission in advance of the public meeting with a margin of 50 to 1 opposing the placement of Syrian refugees in the community with some expressing their fear of jihad and others saying taking care of veterans should take top priority.
The Commission approved a letter to send to the State Department, Montana’s congressional delegation officials, and Governor Steve Bullock, but Rep. Nancy Ballance (R-Hamilton) said that the “big business” of resettlement has influenced the Governor’s decision as he tries to obtain federal funding for the state.
“He was saying Montana is open for business,” Ballance said. “Make no mistake about it, refugee resettlement is big business.”