Senator Fran Millar has continuously sought and obtained Target Assistance Grants for Refugee Resettlement (RR) in GA.
According to the terms of the grant, Dekalb gets 85% of all refugees coming to Georgia.
Millar consistently contends that he has no choice but to participate in the RR program.
Provided below are answers from the GA Department of Human Services to questions about the RR Program and Georgia’s participation that say otherwise.
When we send out our newsletters that include information about Sen. Millar's participation in the RR Program and his seeking Target Assistance Grants for RR in DeKalb Millar responds to us via email. He says, “If you want to stop the program talk to the Washington reps and senators.” and says “People know this is a federal program. The AG confirmed and you obviously can't handle the truth. I continue to get the same ?? -sent from my iphone.”
Millar"s response is completely contradictory to the GDHS replies below and (as expected) inarticulate.
The federal funds/grants only support the refugees for the first 90 days. The longer we participate in the RR program, the more the Georgia taxpayers (especially DeKalb) have to spend on the refugees after the federal funds are gone. We CAN get out of the Refugee Resettlement BUSINESS.
Thanks a lot FRAN!
GA Department of Human Services Response to Open Records Questions on RR:
From: "Ravae Graham" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT DETAILS.
Open Records Question “Disclose whether participation in the above listed programs is mandated by the federal government or is voluntary. In short, is the State Georgia required to participate or is it voluntary.
Response : The participation in the administration of the above referenced programs by the State of Georgia is voluntary.
Open Records Question: “The requirements of the Targeted Assistance Grant. Name all counties which are covered by the grant.
Response: The eligible refugee must reside in the designated county for the service to be paid with Targeted Assistance funds. Counties that qualify for Targeted Grant funds in Georgia are DeKalb and Fulton.