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Hukun Abdullahi, executive director of the Afro American Students Association speaks during a meeting where the Somali Council of Elders was introduced to local Moorhead leaders and the Somali community on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015. Rick Abbott / The Forum

Head of Fargo-Moorhead Refugee Group Owes the Community an Apology

Head of Fargo-Moorhead Refugee Group Owes the Community an Apology

In my Sunday print column I wrote that an ugly incident in the parking lot of a Fargo Walmart between a white woman and three Somali women has “served as a sort of bat signal for political opportunists eager to swoop in and use this anecdote as leverage.” Consider these comments, as quoted by my

Fargo City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn asks for an accounting of what the refugee resettlement in the Fargo area is costing during the Commission meeting Monday, Oct. 10, 2016. Dave Wallis / The Forum

The Recall of Fargo City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn Isn’t Really About Dave Piepkorn

According to reports the committee organized to recall Fargo City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn says they have the requisite signatures and will be turning them in some time this week. Which means the recall will happen, assuming all the petitions and signatures are in proper order. This may seem like a local issue which only matters

Fargo City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn Dave Wallis / The Forum

Something Fishy Is Going on With the Effort to Recall Commissioner Dave Piepkorn

Over the weekend there was a claim that petitioners working to recall Fargo City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn were being threatened and harassed to the point where some were calling for the petition drive to be stopped for the sake of safety. Now that claim is being walked back by the petitioners themselves (the recall committee

Fargo City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn

Wrong Time for a Vacation Mr. Piepkorn

I don’t think the people trying to recall Fargo City Commissioner David Piepkorn will ultimately be successful (more on that here) but if they do manage a victory I think the turning point for voters will be Piepkorn’s behavior in office rather than his questions about refugee resettlement. The latter issue was the casus belli for

Jessica Thomasson, director of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, speaks to the Fargo City Commission Monday, Oct. 10, 2016, explaining some of the expenses and procedures of refugee resettlement in the Fargo area. Dave Wallis / The Forum

Refugee Report From Fargo’s Human Relations Commission Reveals Very Little

The problem with the debate of refugee resettlement here in North Dakota is that we really don’t have a lot of data on its impacts. But even the push to address that information vacuum has proved politically harrowing. Those who want to explore the issue are accused of bigotry by strident left wing ideologues. Fargo

Rep. Mary Schneider, a Democrat from Fargo, reads prepared insults aimed at Rep. Chris Olson, the sponsor of legislation aimed at studying refugee resettlement.

Governor Doug Burgum Says Yes to Studying Refugee Resettlement

Despite a lot of overheated rhetoric from the left about it the Legislature has passed, and now Governor Doug Burgum has signed, a bill to study refugee resettlement in North Dakota. “It requests a legislative study of various aspects of refugee resettlement in North Dakota, ranging from any effect refugees have on wages or working

Fargo City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn asks for an accounting of what the refugee resettlement in the Fargo area is costing during the Commission meeting Monday, Oct. 10, 2016. Dave Wallis / The Forum

Maybe Wanting to Understand the Social Impacts of Refugee Resettlement Isn’t Bigotry

My colleague Mike McFeely is urging his fellow liberals to call off an effort to recall right-of-center Fargo city commissioner David Piepkorn over his push for information about refugee resettlement in that community. The endeavor will not be successful, McFeely warns: Piepkorn is no dummy, and he probably has a campaign organization already in place

Rate of Refugee Resettlement Plummets Nationally And, Last Month, in North Dakota Too

According to this report from CNS News, “The number of refugees admitted to the United States dropped in March to its lowest monthly tally of the current fiscal year, even as the implementation of President Trump’s latest immigration executive order continues to be held up by federal courts.” “In a continuing declining trend, 2,070 refugees

Jessica Thomasson, director of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, speaks to the Fargo City Commission Monday, Oct. 10, 2016, explaining some of the expenses and procedures of refugee resettlement in the Fargo area. Dave Wallis / The Forum

We Desperately Need More Information on Refugee Resettlement in North Dakota

My colleague Mike McFeely had a column over the weekend which had to be catnip for a left wind audience suggesting as it does that oil workers are more dangerous than the refugees being resettled in our state (mostly in the Fargo area). He points to a recent crime report which suggests that a surge

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