The following letter was presented to Congressman Patrick McHenry at his Town Hall Meeting on August 9th. 2016 at the Riceville Volunteer Fire Department, Asheville. We are awaiting a response as of this date.
Congressman Patrick McHenry, 2334 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515. (202) 225-2576 https://mchenry.house.gov/
August 9, 2016
Dear Congressman McHenry:
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is exploring the possibility of making Western North Carolina a resettlement site for refugees by relocating them to Asheville. Not only would Asheville be affected, but communities within a fifty mile radius of the resettlement organization, putting them in NC 10 and NC 11. There are nine refugee resettlement providers, two of them located in Asheville. http://ashevilleteaparty.org/?page_id=13780.
J.D. McCrary, Director for IRC met with Buncombe Commissioner Chair, David Gantt on June 29, 2016 with approximately fifty attending at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation to discuss the feasibility of relocating about 150 refugees. “ … If plans move forward, the first household could come as early as next spring. Other would arrive over the ensuing 12 months …” http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2016/06/30/aid-organization-eyes-asheville-refugee-resetlement/86538148/.
The constituents in your district and in Congressman Mark Meadows district are concerned because there has not been a proper notification of agencies such as schools, health and social services, including housing, and any others affected. These agencies by law (NC State Refugee Plan(http://ashevilleteaparty.org/?page_id=13774) and the U.S. State Department) need to be notified, consulted, and included in the planning. This is not the case.
The constituents in your district and in Congressman Mark Meadows district are equally alarmed because of serious security concerns with the FBI’s admitted inability to fully vet incoming refugees. They put our safety and security at risk, and put undue burdens on our resources.
Our communities must pay for their housing, health, public safety and education. Over five years, one refugee costs $64,370, and a household costs taxpayers $257,481. The lifetime costs are much higher for the uneducated. The program is expensive, secretive, risky, and places unfair burdens on all of us.
We are requesting that you to work with Congressman Mark Meadows on the transparency issue with the State Department and to co- sponsor HR 3314 – the Resettlement Accountability National Security Act of 2015. https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/3314/all-info#summary
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We are also asking you to lead on HR3314 as well as HR3573 – The Refugee Resettlement Oversite and Security Act of 2015 - by encouraging other House members to co-sponsor these bills. https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/3573/all-info
Both of these bills are stalled in the Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security since Sept 2015. They are good bills that will help us - your constituents - with the protection of life, property and preserving our limited resources.
We look forward to your response and your leadership on this vital issue of national security in your district. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Please see the drop down menu on Local and State Issues more information: http://ashevilleteaparty.org/?page_id=13633
Jane C. Bilello
Chair, Asheville Tea Party, Inc.
Asheville Tea PAC
828 692 3117