Shame on St. Cloud City Council

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Tonight, the St. Cloud City Council, with 1 exception, voted to ignore federal statutes by approving Jeff Goerger’s resolution. Significant portions of Goerger’s ‘Welcoming Resolution’ were incorrect and possibly intentionally dishonest. For instance, a paragraph in Goerger’s Welcoming Resolution said “Whereas the Refugee Act of 1980 does not create a mandate for local, city and county government.”

That’s entirely incorrect. Councilman Jeff Johnson’s resolution, which wasn’t officially introduced tonight, highlighted that “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.”

Clearly, the Refugee Act of 1980 required the federal government to consult with state and local governments no less than once every 3 months before dumping refugees into a city’s laps. If Mr. Goerger doesn’t think that that’s a mandate, then he needs a dictionary because the definition of mandate is “a command or authorization to act in a particular way on a public issue given by the electorate to its representative” or “an authoritative order or command.”

Earlier in the Refugee Act of 1980, it said “the Refugee Act of 1980 states in 8 U.S.C. 1522(1)(A)(iii) “local voluntary agency activities should be conducted in close cooperation and advance consultation with State and local governments.”

UPDATE: A loyal reader of LFR called me after tonight’s meeting and told me that the resolution didn’t pass. Dave Masters called the question, meaning that the vote that was taken right before adjourning tonight’s meeting was a vote on whether to end discussion on the properly seconded motion. Carol Lewis asked for the yeas and nays, with 5 people voting for and Jeff Johnson voting against. Less than 5 seconds after the vote to call the question happened, Ms. Lewis, as the City Council President, adjourned the meeting.

What’s more is that Ms. Lewis reopened the meeting that she adjourned after she’d been told that they hadn’t voted on approving the resolution. Proper parliamentary procedure requires that a meeting that’s been adjourned can’t be re-opened.

UPDATE II: Another loyal reader of LFR called and told me that between 5 and 7 Somali men surrounded Councilman Johnson immediately following the meeting. According to this eyewitness, Councilman Johnson didn’t have a exit path. I don’t know if this is a picture of these Somalis surrounding Councilman Johnson but it’s certainly likely:

The caption reads “St. Cloud City Council member Jeff Johnson talks with community leaders following a council meeting Monday, October 23, at city hall.”

I’ll have more to say about tonight’s meeting later today. Hint: The City Council ambushed Jeff Johnson.