Big Changes Could Be Coming to Refugee Resettlement in North Dakota
Valley News Live
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Chris Berg: Brand-new bill introduced in North Dakota regarding refugee resettlement that would increase transparency and also empower local communities to really hold Lutheran Social Services more accountable for your tax dollars. Good evening and welcome to "Point of View." I'm Chris Berg. Thank you so much for joining us here tonight. Whenever people come up to me and talk to me, a lot of people do about refugee resettlement here in our community, what they ultimately say is just give me the data. Just tell me the truth. If refugee resettlement is great for our community, all right. Let's do more. If it's not great for our community, I just want to have the data to better understand what exactly is taking place in our communities with this program. So North Dakota Representative Chris Olson out of West Fargo has crafted a bill to really make big changes to refugee resettlement right here in North Dakota. Representative Olson, great to see you. Thank you so much for joining us, sir. This bill was just introduced. What I want to know from you is, when you look at this, what's the single most important thing you would like to see this bill accomplish?
Rep. Chris Olson: Chris, is that we need to have a deeper community discussion so that the people of North Dakota and the local communities can feel that they're being represented in the question of what the refugee resettlement program is. And we need to have that conversation so that individuals can have a trust in government and feel like they're part of the process.