The city is set to become a resettlement community in January, when the group Exodus Refugee Immigration sets up an office, with plans to start bringing in refugees as early as March. Those refugees could come from Syria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but that’s not set in stone.
“Bloomington has an amazing amount of support for the refugees,” Diane Legomsky, who has organized the Bloomington Refugee Support Network, said.
However, Wednesday’s forum was put on by the group Grassroots Conservatives, who have questioned and even opposed the resettlement.
“We’re really concerned about the safety of our community,” leader Robert Hall said.
Hall said that there are those in Bloomington who have profound concerns, including safety, cost to taxpayers, and impact on the community.
Donald Trump’s election led everyone to question the future, too. In Hall’s case, he said it shows that those who are concerned are not alone.
“He said he will make sure that there are extreme vetting of refugees and stop the flow until they have a better process,” Hall said.
Still, with Trump taking office in January and the plan already in place, even Hall was unsure if it would make a difference.
“Depending on what President Trump does, he may be able to stop it, I don’t know,” Hall said,
Legomsky and Elizabeth Dunn, an IU Professor who has consulted and helped organize the resettlement effort, said they expect it to move forward as planned and want to see Bloomington aid its neighbors around the world.
“Whoever governs, and now it will be the Trump administration, is going to have to make plans to deal with the humanitarian crisis that’s happening around the world,” Dunn said.
“The best thing (opponents) can do is work with all of us together,” Legomsky said.
Bullshit. The best thing residents of Bloomington can do is expose the so-called refugee agencies secrecy, funding and not allow them to operate in the state. So-called “refugees” in no way benefit the people of Bloomington or any other American city.
At last count in September, Indiana taxpayer’s were already supporting 150 Syrian refugees imported this year. The number is likely higher by now.
Be sure Legomsky and Dunn won’t be taking in any Muslim refugee families into their homes now or ever.
Important PS: Indiana is home-base for the Muslim Brotherhood group ISNA:
Indianapolis is home to the largest and single most influential Muslim organization in the United States. For 36 years, the Islamic Society for North America has been hiding in plain sight on a spacious, well-tended campus on South County Road, just west of the Indianapolis International Airport in Plainfield, IN.
According to its own telling, ISNA was created by the Muslim Brotherhood in 1980 “to be a nucleus for the Islamic Movement in North America” and has been run by a succession of senior Muslim Brotherhood leaders who have turned it into the largest and most powerful Muslim Brotherhood organization in the country.