Legislative Executive Board Picks Summer Studies Tuesday—Let’s Research Refugees!

The Legislature’s Executive Board meets Tuesday in Pierre to pick its interim study topics. LRC hasn’t done us the favor of posting the topics the committee will discuss tomorrow (meeting starts at 10 a.m. in Room 413 of the Capitol; topic selection is scheduled for 11:35, for a half-hour), but James Nord reports that one of the proposed topics is refugees:

Several proposed studies would focus on refugees. One would study the financial impact of resettlement on the South Dakota economy. A different one would look at the challenges and issues confronting refugees, examine why they have come to South Dakota and look at the impact of government policies on refugees. A Democratic lawmaker also proposed studying how to improve cross-cultural understanding to more effectively integrate immigrants, refugees and religious minorities into the state’s workforce [James Nord, “Refugees, Water Among Topics SD Lawmakers Could Study,” AP via Sioux City Journal].

I say do it. Do ’em all. Write down everything legislators say they want to know about refugees, and then let’s spend the summer gathering that data. Count up the folks who’ve fled persecution and war to find safe and stable homes here in South Dakota. Count up the jobs they do, the money they make, and the impact they have on the state and local economies. And go ahead: count up the crimes committed by people who’ve moved here from lands in political and economic turmoil, and then compare those crime rates with the trouble caused by newcomers in general and the local folks, White and Indian.

And while you’re at it, be sure to count up every South Dakota town where refugees have established Sharia law and no-go zones.

Get that data. Gather, publish, and discuss that data at public meetings throughout the state. And then demand that every bill in the 2018 Legislature daring to address refugees is based on that real, solid, vetted data, not baloney peddled by Neal Tapio, Clare Lopez, and other fabricating fearmongers.

Interim study on refugees—bring it on!

Related Reading: Rep. Tim Goodwin wants to investigate the breakaway Mormon/FLDS compound at Pringle. You know, those Warren Jeffs disciples may be up to more mischief than all the refugees in South Dakota combined. Give Tim some binoculars and a parabolic mic and tell him to have at it.


4 Responses to Legislative Executive Board Picks Summer Studies Tuesday—Let’s Research Refugees!

  1. Joe Nelson

    This is for the legislative session that starts January 9th, 2018? Eight full months? I hope they pick more than just a couple.

    As far as integrating immigrant minorities, maybe we could advertise SD as the place where they can setup their own compounds, with the extent of oversight being a sole representative with a pair binoculars and a parabolic microphone (just make sure the child abuse, sex trafficking, polygamy, and educational neglect is all happening behind closed doors and sound proof walls).

    Just kidding. The SD legislature would likely have already acted if the Pringle compound was Muslim, Sikh, or Buddhist.

  2. Joe, they can pick multiple topics and usually do. Last year they picked three (Medicaid formula, nursing homes, meth), in addition to the other committees that met in the interim.

    The Jeffs cult built its Pringle compound in 2003. Hutterites have maintained their insular communities here since the 1870s. Their lack of assimilation is more marked than that of any current refugee community in South Dakota.

  3. Dusty Johnson was South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds as the senior policy advisor for economic development, energy,….Johnson has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of South Dakota, a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Kansas

    http://puc.sd.gov/energyconf/speakers/johnson.aspx

    Krebs, attended, Business Administration, Dakota State University she can get her degree just like Kristie did, while in office. part time governor, just like mike rounds getting his twin instrument ratings.