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Podcast: ABQ Can’t Support Houston Refugees

Podcast: ABQ Can’t Support Houston Refugees

Charities won't be doing low-income Houston refugees any favors by bringing them to Albuquerque.

In this podcast, Dan Klein and Dennis Domrzalski discuss the problems that could occur if charities relocate low-income people from Houston to Albuquerque.

The bottom line: Charities won’t be doing people any favors by bringing them to Albuquerque because our economy and our education system stinks. In other words, there isn’t much opportunity for them here.

We have history to rely on.

Many Cuban refugees were brought here during the mid-1990s and crime spiked because many were poor and didn’t have much education.

And after Hurricane Katrina, low-income people from New Orleans were brought here, and that didn’t work out to the best.

So where should charities send low-income people from Houston?

To places with booming economies that offer opportunities to really improves their lives, like Denver, Phoenix, Seattle, Portland, Fort Collins, Colorado, and Madison, Wisconsin.

The big takeaway: Albuquerque and New Mexico can’t support more low-income refugees.

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Dennis Domrzalski is managing editor of ABQ Free Press. Reach him at dennis@freeabq.com.

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