A Syrian refugee relocated to Louisiana has already gone missing, but the group accommodating them isn’t taking responsibility.
WBRZ has learned Catholic Charities helped the refugee who settled in Baton Rouge, but said the immigrant left for another state after a couple of days, and they don’t know where the refugee went since they don’t track them.
“We’re at the receiving end,” Chad Aguillard, executive director of Catholic Charities, says. “We receive them, we welcome them into our community and help them resettle. There has been a lot of commotion and fear with Syrians. The fear is justified, but we have to check that against reality.”
State leaders are upset after the federal governor began relocating Syrian refugees in the state without notifying them.
“This is a federal program, and it was their responsibility, as the governor has stated, that they should have notified myself or governor directly,” according to the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management Director Kevin Davis.
Last week, a Texas refugee services group detailed what they give to those the Obama administration are bringing into America.
Liberty News recently published an audio recording it says is a phone call between a representative of Refugee Services of Texas and a man posing as a potential volunteer.
The services detailed in the call — being paid for by U.S. taxpayers — is staggering.
“Every refugee receives a sum of money from the government that’s welcome money. It’s $925 per person — a one-time sum,” the organization employee tells the caller.
That’s only the beginning. She also rattled off a laundry list of services offered to incoming refugees intended to make them “self-sufficient and independent,” including:
- Being picked up at the airport
- Finding and securing an apartment
- Setting up the apartment “so it’s livable”
- Providing bus orientation
- Transporting them to Social Security office to apply for card
- Helping find employment
- Eight weeks of English as Second Language (ESL) classes
The employee says volunteers help by setting up apartments. The organization gives the volunteer a Walmart gift card to buy “all the items needed for the refugee’s apartment.”
The RST worker said there are three apartment complexes in Fort Worth they’re currently using to place refugees in the community.
During the call, the employee says refugees are able to attend a job readiness class after they “graduate” from the ESL class. There, they’re taught how to compete against Americans for jobs by learning “how to be professional in the United States, how to fill out a job application.
“We also have employment case managers who sit down with that refugee and help them fill out some job applications and take them to interviews and know the employers in the area that are able to hire people with lower English skills. So we really help them find a job.”
In addition to the “welcome money,” refugees are also eligible to sign up for a few “cash assistance programs” but are supposedly only eligible to enroll in one.
Liberty News reports Refugee Services of Texas, “one of the largest networks set to receive Syrian refugees,” received $1,243,000 in tax dollars last year. That amount is expected to “increase significantly” this fiscal year, according to the news site.
Listen to the call here: