Burmese refugees to be settled in Hagerstown
“I'm struggling with putting county tax dollars to that initiative”
A refugee resettlement program that has brought more than 200 Russian and African immigrants to Hagerstown since 2005 will add about 200 people from Burma to the area over the next 18 months, the program's ... via Washington Times
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#1 May 9, 2007
PLAN AHEAD VIRGINIA COUNCIL OF CHUCHES!
Hagerstown Md welcomes legal immigrants, and has demonstrated compassion, volunteer and financial support. Citizens resent not being kept in the loop by the Va. Council of Churches. Also the Va Council has implied that since we do not want tax dollars allocated to the Va Council arbitraily that we do not care about immigrants. the Va Council implied that since Hagerstown wanted some control over Hagerstown funds vs. the Va Council, that we are not sensitive to immigrants. Hagerstown taxpayers are entitled to imput.
Hagerstown is in Maryland and citizens want to hold outside groups like the Va Council accountable if they are utilizing Maryland towns for their services. All Hagerstown wanted was to be kept informed so that the public and nonprofit sectors could be planning ahead and working together, not caught off guard and taken by surprise. Past efforts by the Va Council in Hagerstown have created increased obstacles for immigrants. The Va Council needs to follow federal guidelines and also work with public and private enities ahead of time in each town.The Va Council of Churches needs to strengthen their quality assurance and service delivery model.
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