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Fargo City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn

Wrong Time for a Vacation Mr. 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

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

Video: House Democrat Insults Sponsor of Refugee Study “Born in Prejudice and Suspicion”

Earlier this month a bill which would have required more data collection on the social and fiscal impacts of refugee resettlement in our state, and allowed for the state and its political subdivisions to pause resettlement if deemed necessary, was turned into a study after hours of emotional testimony in committee. But even though the

Cass County Commission Chairman Chad M. Peterson leads discussion Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, in the Cass County Courthouse, Fargo

Audio: Cass County Leader Says People Are Turning Refugee Legislation “Into Something More Than It Is”

UPDATE: After the committee hearing today this legislation was amended and turned into a study. In Bismarck lawmakers are debating HB1427 which would require a quantification of the local costs of refugee resettlement and allow officials in the state to pause resettlement if they feel the costs are too high. The legislation got a committee hearing today,

Grand Forks Herald: Stop Calling Refugee Resettlement Skeptics Racists

The Grand Forks Herald today has a really, really good editorial about the refugee resettlement debate. It’s both a national and local issue. Here in North Dakota lawmakers are debating HB1427 which would require a quantification of the local costs of refugee resettlement and allow officials in the state to pause resettlement if they feel

Sally Yates, during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee to be Deputy Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice. March 24, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Kim Davis Was No Hero and Neither Is Sally Yates

Tim Carney makes a really, really good point in the Washington Examiner today. “Sally Yates is correct about President Trump’s immigration order,” he begins, but then goes on to point out that Yates refusing to do her job as acting U.S. Attorney General is not at all unlike a certain court clerk in Kentucky who didn’t want

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