PALESTINE, TX–As The Dogwood Tale reported earlier today, the first wave of Syrian refugees have arrived in the City of Palestine delivered, literally, to the doorstep of city hall.
“We are working on settling these refugees in area homes,” Interim City Manager and police chief Mike Alexander said. “What we’re needing now is for local residents to allow one family to stay in their home. If we are unable to get willing volunteers, we’ll begin placing them in homes based on the most delinquent water accounts. What this means is, if your water bill is three months past due, and the next person is only two, the three month past due home would be required to accept the refugee family.”
Alexander said that accepting a family of refugees would be mandatory.
“There is no negotiations here,” Alexander explained. “Let me make it perfectly clear, because I know how people like to argue about things, if you do not allow us to place the family in your home you will be arrested and charged with interfering with government operations,” Alexander said.
The process to place the families has already begun. If city hall does not receive volunteer homes or lacks a sufficient number of volunteer homes by 5 PM today, the water bill process will begin.
It is expected to take hours, into the late night, to have all the families settled.