South Dakota Possible Direct Refugee Resettlement Site

by JENIFER JONES  |  published on April 18, 2016

Aberdeen,_South_Dakota
South Dakota could eventually have another direct resettlement site for refugees. A refugee is someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war, or violence. Currently any refugees who migrate to South Dakota arrive in Sioux Falls or Huron. A number of them choose to secondarily migrate to Aberdeen, and officials are considering making that city a direct resettlement site.

Tim Jurgens is the State Refugee Coordinator. He directs the Center for New Americans with Lutheran Social Services. Jurgens says he and others are trying to figure out the number of refugee eligible individuals that currently live in Aberdeen, to see if there’s a need to make it a direct resettlement site.

“Currently if they secondarily migrate into Aberdeen, so they arrive somewhere else, and they secondarily choose to move, it creates a bit of an issue,” Jurgens says. “Because when folks secondarily migrate, you don’t necessarily have all of the information you want or need for effective integration. Secondly, the funding is not necessarily going to be there immediately to assist the community. And then third, it’s just that you don’t know what services they’ve already achieved or already had, so you have to really restart that process for appropriate integration from a delayed time frame. So those would be the advantages to being a direct resettlement site.”

Jurgens says a staff member from Huron is traveling to Aberdeen at least twice a month to begin initial services. He says he’s working with state government and local stakeholders. A new site requires letters of support stating they’re on board with numbers or programming. He says no decision has been made yet. Aberdeen Mayor Mike Levsen says he’s in favor of more refugees coming to his city.

  • J.B. Young

    These muslims obama is bringing in are not refugees! They are muslim terrorists!

  • Howie Subnick

    HOW COME NONE OF THESE PEOPLE BEING DROPPED IN SOUTH DAKOTA AREN’T CAMPING OUT ON THE FRONT LAWN OF THE WHITE HOUSE?! DOESN’T THE BLACK PRESIDENT FEEL COMFORTABLE WITH WHITE, UNKNOWN, POSSIBLE TERRORISTS CAMPING OUT ON HIS FRONT LAWN? HE WANTS TO FUCK UP THE UNITED STATES JUST BEFORE HE LEAVES OFFICE! HE IS THE ASS HOLE OF THE WORLD!

  • onefour

    I hope the residents of South Dakota wake up to the impeding disaster this mayor is trying to do to their state. Those coming into country have not been vetted because there is no way they can be but it is well known that most are muslim not the Christians that Obama and his administration claim. Look to what is happening in Europe. It will be the same here. It already has begun. Look to the advocating of Sharia law in the very near future. The Constitution and Sharia do not mix

  • carpkiller

    Obama pours them in,pays the churches our tax money and they plant them everywhere. They are not all refugees. They are terrorist to rise up against us and the churches are getting there money so they do not go any farther that that.

    • pamela

      The resettlement organizations aren’t really churches. There are nine primary orgs, with numerous smaller ones attached. It’s a money making scam paid for with tax dollars. If you want to know what is happening day by day, go to Refugee Resettlement Watch, which is run by Ann Corcoran. She has been doing this for 10 years and has a treasure trove of information.

      • carpkiller

        Thankyou. I am in Indiana and know of the churches being paid. That was all the info I could get. —– Original Message —–
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        The resettlement organizations aren’t really churches. There are nine primary orgs, with numerous smaller ones attached. It’s a money making scam paid for with tax dollars. If you want to know what is happening day by day, go to Refugee Resettlement Watch, which is run by Ann Corcoran. She has been doing this for 10 years and has a treasure trove of information.
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