UPDATE: Alderman pulls resolution to suspend resettlement

UPDATED Wednesday, January 22, 2014 --- 11:43 a.m.

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) -- An Appleton alderman has withdrawn a resolution to suspend the resettlement of some refugees from Congo, Iraq and Myanmar until the impact of their arrival is assessed.

Alderman Jeff Jirschele wrote a resolution questioning the ability of the community to handle the 75 refugees arriving in waves through October. Jirschele tells Post-Crescent Media the resolution's intent was to gauge the city's readiness, but the discussion spiraled into a critique about the entire resettlement process.

Assistance groups in Appleton say they are well prepared to handle the refugees.

Local officials say job training and placement will be handled, in part, through the state Wisconsin Work's, or W-2, program. In addition to the temporary federal assistance through W-2, the refugees can receive temporary cash assistance and settlement services backed by the federal government.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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Posted Wednesday, January 22, 2014 --- 9:36 a.m.

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) -- Assistance groups in Appleton say they are well prepared to handle an influx of refugees from Congo, Iraq and Myanmar, despite an alderman's concerns about adequate resources.

Alderman Jeff Jirschele has authored a resolution questioning the ability of the community to handle 75 refugees arriving in waves through October. Local officials say job training and placement will be handled, in part, through the state Wisconsin Work's, or W-2, program.

In addition to W-2, cash assistance is available from the federal government. Post-Crescent Media reports Appleton's only obligation for the resettlement effort is an initial health screening done by city public health nurses. Mayor Tim Hanna says that will be funded by a state contract.

Jirschele's resolution calls for the suspension of all resettlement efforts until the impact of their arrival has been assessed.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


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