Yesterday, Mayor Paul Harpole voiced his concerns about refugee numbers in Amarillo to the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services. He wants the state to be more considerate of the strain that the number of refugees puts on the town and have more oversight for the placement of refugees across Texas.
We get more refugees per 100,000 people than any city in the world,” Harpole said. “They want to do good things, there’s just too many… it’s harming our students, it’s harming our people at the hospitals.”
–Paul Harpole, Mayor of Amarillo
“Harpole caused a stir last year when he told Watchdog.org, a conservative outlet, that “small ghettos” were being built in Amarillo for refugees and “that rival tribes — slaves and masters — were being settled together.”
In fact, while Amarillo has the most refugees per capita of any Texas city, it ranks 41st in the nation, according to data from the Refugee Processing Center.” –Lorenzo Holt, The Texas Observer