Friends of Refugees

A U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program Watchdog Group

USCRI having failed refugees & taxpayers in many states, opens new offices in others

Posted by Christopher Coen on June 6, 2011

USCRI office in Dillon, SC

Watch out Dillon, South Carolina. The USCRI has come to town, and oh, what a checkered history they bring with them. Having neglected refugees in Akron, Boston, Bowling Green, Chicago, Connecticut, Erie, Houston, Kansas City, New Hampshire, and Raleigh, they have decided to open new affiliates in other states — apparently to compensate for those that were shut down. An article at WPDE NewsChannel 15 announces the grand opening.

DILLON — Thursday morning, the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) held a grand opening ceremony for its office on Lockemy Highway in the city of Dillon.

Since 2007, refugees from the African country of Burundi have been migrating to Dillon. There are about 300 refugees who now live there. According to its website, the USCRI “protect the rights and address the needs of persons in forced or voluntary migration
worldwide by advancing fair and humane public policy, facilitating and providing direct professional services, and promoting the full participation of migrants in community life.”

The refugees fled their home country due to civil war that started in 1993. Some reports estimate that has many as 300,000 people have been killed.

Samuel Ndikumana is a native of Burundi and has lived in the United States for many years now. He says he’s been a legal citizen in this country since 2008. He works at the USCRI office in Dillon as a caseworker and translator…

…Samuel Ndikumana is a native of Burundi and has lived in the United States for many years now. He says he’s been a legal citizen in this country since 2008. He works at the USCRI office in Dillon as a caseworker and translator…

…He says the refugees came to Dillon County because of jobs. Ndikumana says the county has several plants, including Perdue and Harbor Freight Tools that employ many of the refugees. They also work at fast food restaurants and other businesses in the area… Read more here

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