Refugees

The Chamber Continues Conversations about Refugees in North Dakota

The event looked at the current state of refugees in the state of North Dakota since Lutheran Social Services closed its doors

NORTH DAKOTA (KVRR) — The Chamber’s Eggs and Issues for April focused on the status of refugees in the state. “To be honest, who doesn’t have a funky name. We all have funky names and yes at the end of the day we do need to realize that we’re all working together to fulfill the greater goal,” Assistant Commissioner for…

Fargo South teacher selected as one of top 10 teachers in the world for Global Teacher Prize

Helps set up scholarship fund for local refugee and immigrant students through earnings

FARGO, ND– A Fargo high school teacher is one of the top 10 educators in the world. Leah Juelke was a top ten finalist for the Global Teacher Prize. The $55,000 she won will go to refugee and immigrant students. “So, my initiative is I really want them to have some type of individual scholarship that they can apply for…

Clay County Commission votes to accept refugees

Courtesy: KFGOMOORHEAD, Minn. – The Clay County Commission votes unanimously to continue accepting refugees. The resolution was made necessary by President Trump’s executive order requiring local consent before immigrants can be accepted. Commissioner Kevin Campbell says having refugees “comes with challenges,” but in our community, we work together.” He says, “I think it’s a proud day here in Clay County…

Cass County Commissioners Vote Yes to Refugee Resettlement

An executive order by President Trump puts the fate of refugee resettlement into the hands of each state and county

FARGO, N.D. — “I tell them I’m from Fargo, North Dakota, I say it with pride, because here we have compassion. We support each other. We’re different, but we welcome everybody,” said a refugee who spoke on her experiences coming to Fargo. Commissioners vote unanimously to continue a decade’s long program that helps resettle refugees fleeing unsafe countries into Cass…

North Dakota Gov. Burgum Embraces Trump Refugee Order

Burgum says North Dakota will continue to receive refugees as long as local jurisdictions agree to it.

BISMARCK, N.D.–Gov. Doug Burgum is embracing an executive order from President Donald Trump that gives states and cities the authority to refuse to accept refugees. Burgum says in a statement Tuesday that North Dakota will continue to receive refugees as long as local jurisdictions agree to it. Trump has already proposed cutting the number of refugees next year to the…

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…