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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Immigrant homeowners key to revival

Bill Esmonde's commentary in the Buffalo News titled
Think of it as a cry from the past, meant to be heard here and now. Mohamed A. Mohamed came here from war-torn Somalia. He spent nearly two decades in Buffalo. He got a master’s degree from UB. He worked for the state. He knows our city, and he knows the hopes and dreams of the refugees who are resettling here in droves. In a bizarre twist of fate, Mohamed returned to Somalia last year to become its prime minister.
He is one of countless immigrants who came, put down roots and bettered himself—to the benefit of Buffalo. The Somalis, Iraqis, Burmese, Pakistanis, Nepalese and others who come by the hundreds each year are the silver lining for a city that is emptying out faster than you can say “Gone to Carolina.” Doing everything in our power to bring refugees in, and to keep them from leaving for greener (or warmer) pastures, should to my mind be on top of Byron Brown’s “To Do” list.
That is what Mohamed thought, as well.
Read the rest of his commentary here:

1 comment:

  1. I guess that's what happens on the first try of posting something!

    Well, if you go to the article, there's a good local policy suggestion by a Somali who spent two decades in Buffalo before becoming prime minister of Somalia: help immigrants become homeowners with local help. The development of a tax base can help areas like Buffalo that are losing population.