It’s clear from Councilman Jeff Goerger’s statements in putting forth his resolution that he isn’t willing to see the truth. There’s no other conclusion to draw from Goerger’s comments. For instance, this article includes a quote that’s frighteningly blind. Specifically, Goerger said “This is a response to (Johnson’s resolution), directly dealing with parts of his resolution. The main thing is to dispel the impression that St. Cloud isn’t welcoming and that St. Cloud is being hurt by the changing demographics.”
It’s irresponsible for a sitting councilmember to dispute the fact that downtown St. Cloud isn’t getting hurt by Somali refugees. Bars and restaurants are hurting financially. That’s partially because the middle class is fleeing St. Cloud, partially because Somali don’t drink alcoholic beverages, at least at the same rate that Germans and Irish do, and partially because St. Cloud State’s ‘diversity enrollment’ is limiting economic activity.
Further, it’s insulting to talk about St. Cloud as not being welcoming to those who want to live the American dream. Those that want to live according to another nation’s principles aren’t hated but they aren’t welcomed the same way as those chasing the American dream.
For that, instigators like CAIR insist that we’re bigots, Islamophobes and worse. That’s foolishness. Long-time residents of St. Cloud haven’t stopped living according to the Great Commandment, which says “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind” and that “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Additionally, Councilman Goerger isn’t entirely honest when he said that his resolution dealt directly with parts of Councilman Johnson’s resolution. Goerger’s resolution stated “Whereas the Refugee Act of 1980 does not create a mandate for local, city and county government.” I quoted from Councilman Johnson’s resolution in this post. Specifically, Councilman Johnson’s resolution quoted from specific parts of the Refugee Act of 1980:
“WHEREAS, the Refugee Act of 1980 states in 8 U.S.C. 1522(2)(A): “The Director and the Federal agency administering subsection (b)(1), shall consult regularly (not less often than quarterly) with State and local governments and private nonprofit voluntary agencies concerning the sponsorship process and the intended distribution of refugees among the States and localities before their placement in those States and localities.”
Goerger’s resolution didn’t deal directly with the bill’s language. Instead, it relied exclusively on Goerger’s opinion. Meanwhile, Johnson’s resolution relied exclusively on the bill’s legislative language.
Given the option between trusting people’s summarization of a bill or the bill’s language, I’ll pick the legislative language 100% of the time. FYI- here’s a copy of Goerger’s resolution:
Goerger isn’t in touch with St. Cloud. That’s why he isn’t likely to win re-election in 2018.