Syrian Refugee Families Sue Feds For Their ‘Right’ To Better Taxpayer Funded Housing In New Jersey:
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The American taxpayer is paying for refugee housing and for anyone with Temporary Protected Status too? This is outrageous and it’s even more outrageous that these people are suing the feds! Aren’t they lucky they’re even in America and not sitting in a squalid tent in some field? The refugee program in America has become a joke! Syrian temporary ‘refugees’ say their government funded housing is dirty and bug-infested and so they hired a lawyer to fight for their ‘rights’ to better government funded housing in Paterson, NJ. These Syrians were apparently granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Those would be people who got in to the US on their own somehow and miraculously were able to sign up for TPS. These are apparently not refugees selected and screened through the UN/US Refugee Admissions Program. For more on Temporary Protected Status for Syrians see RRW posts here. How did all those Syrians, who now have TPS, get in to the US in the first place? Does Homeland Security ask? EIGHT SYRIAN ‘REFUGEE’ FAMILIES FILE FEDERAL LAWSUIT: Lina Alhomsi and her family, all Syrian refugees, recently awoke in the middle of the night to the sight and sounds of a drunken man breaking through the roof of their New Jersey apartment. Fed up with the living conditions, she and seven other refugee families this week filed a federal lawsuit against their landlord and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, claiming neglect, uninhabitable living conditions, breach of contract and emotional distress. More than 6 million people have been uprooted from their homes in war-ravaged Syria, many living in dire conditions in temporary camps and settlements in the Middle East. Many of those who made it to the United States like the Alhomsi family, among the roughly 7,000 Syrians with temporary protected status, hoped for better. Alhomsi, her husband and four children have lived in the Paterson, New Jersey apartment, some 50 miles northwest of New York City, since they arrived in the United States nearly two years ago. The other refugee families suing also live in buildings owned by the same landlord in the run-down neighborhood, complaining of leaking ceilings, cockroaches, mice and bedbugs. According to the families, the landlord’s office accused them of being “dirty.” But others like Waheed Safour, who lives with his two children, say they are hopeful the case will bring some change. In his apartment, the heating broke down for 10 days last winter and no one came to fix it, he said. Safour said he spent more than $200 of his own money to solve the problem.
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