Americans, even on the Left, are rejecting the resettlement of Muslim economic migrants, most of whom are not real refugees, especially in towns with struggling economies. FIVE-TERM Rutland, Vermont Mayor Christopher Louras lost his reelection back in March after a year-long scandal related to the importation of Muslim refugees.
BT.com (h/t kafir) Starting in late 2015, Louras schemed for six months with his state’s private refugee contractor (the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program, or VRRP for short) to initiate a refugee resettlement program in his city. He did this without alerting either the city’s board of aldermen or the citizens themselves. Only when the deal was sealed did he announce that Rutland would be taking in 100 unvettable Syrian Musim refugees in the fall of 2016.
Apart from their specific concerns about Middle Eastern migrants who may sympathize with jihadists — or even be jihadists themselves — people were taken aback by the mayor’s secret maneuvering and flagrant disrespect for the board of aldermen, which by law must be included in any such proposal, along, of course, with the citizenry.