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Who Asks the Right Questions About Refugees?

We do. Sunday's Pioneer Press had a long article about refugees in Minnesota that featured an admirable family: the Sivasundarams, who have come to Minnesota from Sri Lanka, by way of Malaysia. They hold multiple jobs, and they love Minnesota. Their children grew up speaking English and appear to be assimilating well. If you focus on a single successful family, you can create the impression that our refugee programs are terrific and it would be good to take in lots more refugees. Conversely, if you focus exclusively on the story of a refugee who turns out to be a murderer...

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Refugee Admissions Are Down: Trump the Executive in Action

Our reigning elite, including so-called feminists, have shouted down the concerns of Americans who dare to wonder out loud how to deal with incoming cultures that openly reject religious tolerance, profess an allegiance to Sharia law, practice polygamy and mutilate their daughters. These are not the loser racists who show up in ridiculous man-boy outfits to rant and rave at alt-right gatherings. These are good, decent Americans who wonder, “What about my culture? Does that get any respect?” ...

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President Trump Updates Executive Order on Refugees: Could Help MN Track Costs

The Center has been trying for several years to answer a simple question: how much does the refugee resettlement program costing taxpayers. Why? Minnesota is the number one destination for refugees in the United States on a per capita basis. We get a large number of refugees placed here by the federal government—and we get a big surge from what is called “secondary migration.” ...

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Flow of Refugees Slows, But Costs Are Still Unknown

The Star Tribune reports that the flow of refugees into Minnesota has slowed drastically since President Trump's orders limiting travel from several countries. This chart shows the numbers: The reasons for the decline are unclear, since the president's travel orders are being held up by Democratic Party loyalists posing as judges. [T]here is speculation that federal vetting of new refugees is grinding to a halt. A recent Washington Post article cited Homeland Security officials who said their department has stopped interviewing refugees overseas — a key prerequisite for resettlement. *** Eric Schwartz, outgoing dean of the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School and a...

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Is “Affordable Housing Crisis” Driving Somalis Out of Eden Prairie?

This morning the Star Tribune featured an article titled "Affordable housing crisis hits Eden Prairie families." While the title referred to families generally, the entire article was about Somalis who live, or formerly lived, in Eden Prairie: [A]s demand for apartments soars metrowide, Somali families say they’re being forced out of Eden Prairie in waves by a shortage of affordable housing and the rejection by landlords of Section 8 vouchers. Does an inability to live in a community at government expense via Section 8 vouchers really constitute being "forced out"? Residents’ increasing frustration culminated last week at a community forum, following similar events...

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Refugee data: That’s not Minnesota Nice

We cannot tell you with any certainty what the refugee resettlement program costs but what we can tell you is that the benefit side of that cost-benefit analysis is in doubt. And we can say with certainty with regard to work, and how welfare dependency affects long-term prospects for integration and work, culture matters. Culture is everything. ...

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Business Calls for More Immigrants: At What Cost to Taxpayers?

We are hearing the call for more immigration every day in Minnesota as employers struggle to find good employees around the state. And it’s more like an alarm since the President called a “time out” on refugees and immigrants, and signaled a desire to re-work trade agreements. What is the business community doing to insure that this immigration is a long term success for the state, not a just a short term fix? ...

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