Refugees

Rep. Collin Peterson: Asylum Issue “Out of Control”

Peterson says we need to find out who is financing the caravans

FARGO, ND — Congressman Collin Peterson says the asylum issue involving refugees on the U.S.-Mexico border is growing out of control. During an interview on KFGO’s “News & Views,” the Minnesota Democrat called for a closer examination of a growing number of refugees traveling in caravans heading to the southern border. Peterson says we need to find out who is financing…

YMCA Holds Climbing Wall Party As Part of National Welcoming Week

It's a chance for new Americans and people born in the U.S. to get to know each other

FARGO, N.D. — It’s National Welcoming Week, and cities all over the country are putting on activities to welcome immigrants and refugees. The Schlossman YMCA held a climbing wall party, where people got to rock climb on the 32 foot wall. It was a chance for new Americans and people born in the U.S. to get to know each other. Those…

Deputy Mayor Dave Piepkorn Launches Re-Election Campaign

Piepkorn says his campaign will address issues like business recruitment and wage increases

FARGO, N.D. — A familiar and at times controversial figure in local politics is seeking re–election to his seat on the Fargo City Commission. After contemplating a run for mayor, Dave Piepkorn decided to throw his name in the ring in the upcoming City Commission election. There are now seven candidates for two open seats in June. Piepkorn was defeated in…

Fargo Welcomes Refugees, Immigrants and New Americans

Twenty-three events feature everything from potlucks to happy hour

FARGO, ND — Fargo-Moorhead is the fifth most active welcoming community in America. To keep that status, Welcoming F-M has organized 23 events for Welcome Week 2017. Kevin Brooks made the decision to become a U.S. citizen in 2011. He can still remember words spoken by a man at his naturalization ceremony. “He acknowledged that what a sacrifice people are making…

Refugee Resettlement Advocates Forming a Response Team for Hate Crimes

The advocates are working on putting together a rapid response team to help refugees deal with confrontations

  NORTH DAKOTA — After a racist rant against three Somali-American women in a Fargo Walmart parking, refugee advocates are working on a solution to help people know what to do if it happens to them. The advocates are working on putting together a rapid response team to help refugees deal with confrontations. They say by having a program like…

St. Paul Woman Protesting in Washington D.C. on President Trump’s Deportation Policies

YINGYA VANG SAYS HER FAMILY HAS BEEN DIRECTLY AFFECTED BY DEPORTATION AND HOPES HER STORY CAN HELP ANOTHER FAMILY. OUR WASHINGTON D.C. CORRESPONDENT, ALEXIS WAINWRIGHT REPORTS

WASHINGTON D.C. — One St. Paul woman traveled all the way to Washington, D.C. to protest Trump administration policies on deportation. She hopes her story can make a difference. “My dad was actually affected by deportation,” said Yingya Vang, of St. Paul. “In 2012, he was detained.” Vang has seen deportation first hand. “At that time, my brother was five-years-old and…

Local Organization Helps Area New Americans Gain Transportation

Organizers say it's all about helping refugee families get started in a new community

WEST FARGO, ND — A local organization is helping New Americans in the area become more independent. Team Boaz for New Americans is a community partnership that gives used bikes in good condition to refugee families. The group takes in donations of used and abandoned bikes from the community, buys spare parts if needed and volunteers donate their time to…

Piepkorn Recall Effort Ends

Today was the deadline for filing the names with the city auditors office which would determine if there were enough valid signatures to call for a recall election later this summer.

FARGO (KFGO) – The citizens group who launched an effort to recall Fargo City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn says it will not file its petitions. Today was the deadline for filing the names with the city auditors office which would determine if there were enough valid signatures to call for a recall election later this summer. Andrew Lenzmeier, spokesman for The…

Recall Petitions for Fargo City Commissioner to be Turned In

Backers need 3,500 valid signatures to declare a special election.

  FARGO, ND — Petitions to recall Fargo City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn will be turned in next week after all. Andrew Lenzmeier, who heads up the recall effort, says a call for an immediate end to the process came “out of left field” last week. The Fargo-Moorhead Refugee Advisory Council called for an end to the effort citing threats and…

LSS Responds to Bill that Could Lead to Refugee Ban in North Dakota

A bill being proposed in the North Dakota House of Representatives if passed would increase data gathered on refugees and would allow for a future ban on resettlement in the state

A bill being proposed in the North Dakota House of Representatives could give the state power to temporarily ban refugees. Refugee resettlement is generally under the jurisdiction of the federal government and Lutheran Social Services (LSS). LSS said they have concerns. The organization resettled 558 refugees in North Dakota last year. The number is determined by LSS and the federal government…