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George Stadel Malloy’s delusions over refugees

January 29, 2019

One small item caught my eye in Gov. Dannel Malloy’s farewell letter, because it is a good example of his rhetoric diverging from reality. He wrote, “We’ve led the nation on efforts ... to welcome those seeking refuge from war and poverty around the globe.”

Does Mr. Malloy really believe that? From 2010 through 2015, 0.74 percent of all refugees admitted to the United States settled in Connecticut, (2,932 out of 394,501) although Connecticut had 1.14 percent of the U.S. population and a higher percentage of the U.S. wealth. To be only average among the states by population, Connecticut would have had to settle 53 percent more refugees than it had. We didn’t lead the nation on this any more than we did on anything else. Who did lead the nation? In order it was Nebraska, North Dakota, Idaho, Vermont, Arizona , Kentucky and South Dakota. Contrary to Democratic Party mythology, all seven of these states have a Republican governor.

Malloy’s air of moral superiority on this subject began in 2015, when he seized a propaganda coup after Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana requested that a Syrian refugee family be sent to any other state than Indiana. Malloy blasted Pence and said the Syrian refugee family would be welcomed here with clarions, he himself being so unlike that hater Pence and all those other Republicans.

What was left out of the news reports was that from 2010 to 2015 Indiana had resettled 40 Syrian refugees while Connecticut had resettled none. In 2015, the same year as Malloy’s sanctimonious bluster, Indiana resettled 1,885 refugees, 31 percent higher than the national average on a per capita basis, while Connecticut resettled 519, well less than its share. In 2016 and 2017 we were among the bottom 16 states in per capita resettlement of refugees and Indiana was among the top 23.

Maybe refugees just don’t want to come to Connecticut, having researched living expenses, taxes, unemployment rates, education disparities, the unpopular governor and so on. At least we’re not Hawaii. That bastion of progressive pretention hasn’t resettled a single refugee in several years, Sen. Mazie Hirono’s Malloy-like preaching about walls and such notwithstanding.

So farewell Gov. Malloy. Perhaps our new government will be an improvement.

George Stadel is a Stamford resident.

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