Secure Wisconsin Project
Wisconsin’s security is in question. The Federal government, working through volunteer groups, is trying to circumvent local governments.
World Relief has contracted with the State department to bring Refugees into Wisconsin for resettlement. Eau Claire’s city manager invited World relief to the City of Eau Claire. They made plans in secret and did not follow the law in working with the local governments and not completing the appropriate impact studies. The program is funded by the Federal Government for a short period and then the City and County is charged with their cost. Budgets for the county are completed for the next year and unexpected cost will have a large impact.
This is NOT the immigration program. The immigration program vets and integrates it’s people into Wisconsin culture and they become “American.” The Refugee program can NOT vet its people because they come from areas without a structured government. World Relief is also forbidden by the Federal Government to assimilate their people into our culture. They are a separate subculture and most become trapped in a poverty cycle. The businesses may like the cheap labor, but this is not a good situation for the refugees or the community. On top of that, the local governments were not informed, so they are not ready to support them as needed is a recipe for trouble.
When the Federal Government is over reaching and their Refugee Volunteer Groups are not following the law we need more tools.
Chippewa and other surrounding counties are taking steps to protect themselves. To the right, you can download and adapt the resolution to your county. Even if you are not having issues with these organizations yet, let get the laws set to protect your county in the future. These resolutions with help Rep. Karen Hurd who is working to help pass laws to help protect counties in the future. There is urgency, the resolution needs to be passed by the end of January 2024 to help push the bill this next legislative cycle. Because this was done in secret, the counties were blindside and our time is short and we must work quickly. Please do all you can to meet this goal.
Note from Rep. Karen Hurd (WI State Assembly):
To prevent future situations of unelected governmental officials inviting refugees/coordinating resettlement of refugees without involving the elected local governmental bodies, I am introducing legislation to require local governmental bodies to:
The proposed legislation also provides that a taxpayer may bring an action (a lawsuit) to require compliance with the bulleted requirements noted above.
Note: If this legislation is passed and signed into law, it won’t happen in time to change the trajectory of the current situation regarding the refugees whom the city manager of Eau Claire invited to come via the World Relief organization. These are refugees who can settle in a 100 mile radius of Eau Claire. County boards will have to make known to World Relief that they are or are not prepared to take the refugees until further evaluation is accomplished.
Representative Karen Hurd
Wisconsin Assembly District 68
Click the text of the first page of the resolution, above, to download a PDF of the full four-page resolution and fact sheet.
4 hour version of the Refugee Resettlement Summit
This conference shows impact of these Refugee Resettlement Projects in detail and lays out the money trail and social effects.
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