Troubled, Struggling City Now Being Forced to Take in Refugees

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Unless you have been living under a rock for the past year, you are probably very well aware of the crisis that broke out in Flint, Michigan earlier in 2016. Flint’s water supply became poisoned with lead, which has economically and financially hindered the city. Citizens of the tainted city have been struggling with the health impact, as some adults and children have been severely affected with illness.

Despite the crisis and transparent issues undertaking the 100,000 person metropolis, the Obama administration deems the city as a viable candidate for the relocation of a hundred Syrian and Iraqi refugees. The refugees are scheduled to arrive on October 1, and this breaking news has citizens concerned.

“At this point it appears city leaders have not been informed of the details regarding this matter,” said a spokesperson for Mayor Karen Weaver and the city of Flint.

“As of this time the Genesee County Board of Commissioners has not been notified of any settlement of 100 refugees from Middle East – South Asia,” said Jamie Curtis, Chairman of the Genesee County Board of Commissioners in Flint.

Clearly, there has been no forewarning or transparency towards Flint officials about the sudden move to bring these refugees in. The documentation regarding the refugee transfer was obtained in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

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