Thanks to one of our discerning readers, who sent us this yesterday: about six months ago, and without authorization from the City Commission, Great Falls Mayor Bob Kelly signed a letter addressed to Donald Trump, asking the President to send refugees to the City of Great Falls.
According to the website Welcome Refugees 2020, Kelly has teamed up with local officials from 46 states urging Trump to send up to 95,000 refugees to the communities of its signatories:
“As leaders in our community elected at all levels of state and local government, we write today to express our strong support for resettling refugees in our states and communities and to urge your Administration to resettle at least 95,000 refugees in Fiscal Year 2020.”
And according to the letter that Kelly signed on our behalf, we, the voting public, want these refugees to move here:
“The American people – our constituents – express their support for resettling refugees in our communities every single day.”
Is that so? Do you want Great Falls to absorb a bunch of refugees?
I would also like to know where Kelly thinks these folks would live. We are warned ad nauseam by municipal figureheads like Kelly about the dearth of affordable housing in Great Falls. Now the mayor wants to import refugees here? OK, where to?
Regardless of one’s position on immigration, it would be one thing for Bob Kelly to encourage this sort of liberal advocacy as a private citizen. It is quite another, however, for Kelly to invoke his title as the Mayor of Great Falls, and to put words into his constituents’ mouths without first checking to see if they are actually true.
Instead of pushing his progressivism on our behalf and without our knowledge or consent, Kelly should have put a resolution onto the City Commission agenda and held a public hearing on the matter.
Maybe next time?