Henderson County Commissioners Resolution To Oppose Refugee Relocation. Passed 7/20/2016

 

RESOLUTION DECLARING THE HENDERSON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS’ OPPOSITION TO THE RELOCATION OF REFUGEES FROM THE UNITED STATES REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT PROGRAM

1 Historic Courthouse Square, Suite #1 Hendersonville, NC 28792 Phone (828) 697-4808 ● Fax (828) 692-9855 www.hendersoncountync.org

THOMAS THOMPSON Chairman * CHARLIE MESSER Vice-Chairman

J. MICHAEL EDNEY *  GRADY HAWKINS * WILLIAM LAPSLEY

WHEREAS, the United States Refugee Resettlement Program is run through the US Department of State, which works with domestic resettlement agencies to resettle refugees; and

WHEREAS, there are serious security concerns with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) indicating that they are unable to fully vet incoming Syrian refugees because there are no systems in place on the ground to collect information, according to Michael Steinbach, Assistant Director for the FBI on February 12, 2015; and

WHEREAS, Secretary of State John Kerry has stated that “nowhere is there a greater hotbed or incubator for these terrorists than in Syria”; and

WHEREAS, the mission of the Henderson County Board of Commissioners includes the protection of life and property, as well as balancing the preservation and utilization of all of our resources; and

WHEREAS, although the US Department of State supplies resettlement agencies with federal funds for each refugee, those resources are limited to the first three months after arrival; and

WHEREAS, the resettlement program creates financial areas of concern related to unfunded burdens on schools, law enforcement, social services, housing and housing agencies, and health care providers; and

WHEREAS, the Henderson County Board of Commissioners opposes the relocation of refugees in Henderson County, as well as the expenditure of state funds to assist the United States Refugee Resettlement Program;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Henderson County Board of Commissioners does hereby request that the Governor of North Carolina withhold any state funds that would be expended to assist in the United States Refugee Resettlement Program. Be it further resolved that Henderson County shall inform both federal and state elected officials of the Board’s position on refugee resettlement, and expect full compliance with 8 USC 1522 Chapter 2 of Title 4 reporting.

Adopted this the 20th day of July, 2016. THOMAS THOMPSON, CHAIRMAN HENDERSON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Adopted this the 20th day of July, 2016. THOMAS THOMPSON, CHAIRMAN HENDERSON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

ATTEST: ___________________________________

_ TERESA L. WILSON, CLERK TO THE BOARD

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