New Hampshire's Virtual Town Hall
Last fall Mayor Ted Gatsas petitioned the U.S. State Department for a moratorium on refugee resettlement. He says the city is not adequately meeting the needs of its current refugee population. Refugee advocates say the Manchester conditions are still a vast improvement for refugees coming from war-torn and/or impoverished nations.
Do you think the U.S. State Department should grant a moratorium?
CLICK HERE to hear the moratorium discussed on the NHPR program "The Exchange."
The LFDA asked our Facebook fans a similar question on 1/30/12:
Last year Manchester’s Mayor Gatsas requested a moratorium on an established refugee resettlement program. Gatsas argues that the newest refugees will suffer due to mismanagement of the resettlement program and the city’s inadequate public services. Refugee advocates argue that Manchester can still handle a yearly influx of refugees and that the refugees contribute to the city’s economy. Do you agree or disagree with Gatsas?
Julia said, "how is NH, the state with the highest quality of life and the highest median income, too poor to take in more people? It's ridiculous."
Don said, "Charity starts at home. In other words lets focus on the meeting the existing needs of our communities before importing new needs from outside of our community."
Rebecca said, "Until unemployment rates are at a rate where existing residents of NH are gainfully employed, we have no business bringing in refugees."
CLICK HERE to see all of the comments on Facebook.