Letter: Oakland County’s doors are open to refugees


Re: Richard Krugel’s Sept. 27 column “Reject refugees, lose American leadership”: Oakland County is not seeking to block all refugees.

We are insisting that the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement comply with the Refugee Act of 1980 which mandates that the ORR must consult with state and local governments on no less than a quarterly basis regarding refugee resettlement. To date, the ORR has failed to do so.

Why does it matter? The Islamic State has explicitly stated that it is seeding these waves of refugees with its own agents and terrorists. Plus, there have been a number of cases of refugees arriving with communicable diseases. County Executive L. Brooks Patterson bears the responsibility of protecting the safety, security and health of all residents. If he did not pursue the ORR to comply with federal law, that would be lost leadership.

Meanwhile, it is important to note that Oakland County is a global community. We are home to more than 1,050 foreign-owned companies from 39 countries. We welcome foreign-owned firms, embrace their workers, and are active in the local ethnic chambers of commerce.

We celebrate legal immigrants. We open our doors to refugees from anywhere in the world who have been properly vetted and screened.

Bill Mullan, media and

communications officer

Oakland County