Monday, November 22, 2004

Importing a murderer?

It's been a while since I've done anything really dangerous. To make up for it, here's my foolhardy hypothesis.

By now you've heard about the murderous escapade of Chai Soua Vang:
BIRCHWOOD, WIS. -- At least five people were killed and three wounded in a multiple shooting in northwestern Wisconsin Sunday afternoon. After a confrontation over the use of a deer stand, a 36-year-old St. Paul man apparently chased some of the victims through a heavily wooded area, authorities said.

Chai Soua Vang, 36, was arrested early Sunday evening in Sawyer County, Wis., said Sawyer County Sheriff's Deputy Jake Hodgkinson. Vang lives on St. Paul's East Side, police spokesman Paul Schnell said.

St. Paul's East Side (namely Como, Lake Phalen and Hayden Heights) was the landing areas of 5,000 Hmong refugees. A June 1st article in the Strib:
"It's unprecedented in recent times," said Carl Wilson, of the World Relief office in Richfield. "Certainly it's going to stretch our systems."

A revised estimate from the U.S. State Department has local relief workers preparing for the arrival of about 5,000 refugees from Wat Tham Krabok, or about a third of the temple's 15,500 residents.

That's more than three times an earlier estimate of just 1,600.

The speed of the migration has surprised veteran immigration officials such as John Borden of the International Institute, a St. Paul relief agency that expects to work with thousands of the arriving Hmong.

"We'll see if the State Department can live up to their timeline," he said.

The resettlement agencies help the refugees find food, clothing, shelter, basic medical screenings, enrollment in public schools, Social Security cards and job referral services. Some of the agencies provide longer-term help with English lessons, programs for the elderly, and mental health assessment and treatment.

"The bottom line is [that] because this system is messed up we don't know how many we're going to be dealing with," Borden said.

"It's a challenge," said Tom Kosel, resettlement director for Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis. "It's an opportunity for them and an opportunity for us as well."

"The question will be the pace at which they will come," he said. "The services are here, the community has done this for years, now it's just a matter of dealing with a matter of volume in a short amount of time."
Here's my guess, as precarious as it may be: Vang is one the St. Paul's recent Hmong immigrants. The liberalism choking St. Paul overlooked the reality of transplanting 5,000 people - 3,400 more than originally thought - into a system with finite resources. Salivating over millions in federal funding to assimilate Hmong refugees, St. Paul rushed to prove their multi-cultural stripes by taking on more than they could possibly handle. Liberals only see the short-term.

It's reasonable that these new and expanded 'programs' designed for background checks and mental health assessments were overwhelmed by an extraordinary influx of people not designed to fit into the system. Instead of making sure we were importing healthy and stable refugees, people are flowing through the cracks created by the system's own liberal weight.

If these assumptions are true. We can expect the excuses, with the Strib as their mouthpiece, to read in the future:

Hmong Refugees Let Down by the System. December 13th, 2004

ST. PAUL - Hmong refugee, Chai Vang, recently charged in the murder of 5 Wisconsin hunters, was let down by the system that was supposed to help him. Vang, his wife and 6 kids, moved to MN with hopes high of a new life and pursuing the American Dream. As partial of a small struggling business in St. Paul, Vang worked 14 hour days and while his wife attended to their children, two of which is desperately ill with a yet-to-be-diagnosed ailment.

The promise of a new life has fallen short. The state of MN was obliged to provide housing for Vang and his family, along with medical assistance and any required vaccines and medication. Vang and his family are currently staying with 5 other relatives in a two-room apartment. St. Paul officials say that the limited resources at their disposal make it very hard to find housing for the Vang family and medical attention for the steadily declining health of his children.

Under the pressure of a new life in the United States, not speaking much English and having to tend to the needs of his family, it seems Vang reached a breaking point on November 21st. Whether to provide for his family or for recreation, Vang found himself in a private tree stand when approached by the land's owner. Gripped by tension over his family's situation and weakened by the frustration of getting acclimated to a foreign place, Vang shot 8 people.

Had the city of St. Paul been more prepared in the welcoming of Vang, this tragedy may have been averted. A St. Paul official, asking to not be named said, "We're doing the best we can with what we have. We're trying very hard to provide what these families need."

Excuses can't bring back the dead, or the father of a family never more in need than they are now.
Maybe it's just my twisted imagination. We'll know more of the story soon. Feel free to ridicule me if I'm wrong and don't read into my prescience if I'm right.

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