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United Tea Party of Georgia meets in Forsyth County, talks about refugees

FORSYTH COUNTY — The United Tea Party of Georgia gathered Monday night in Forsyth County to hear a presentation on refugee resettlement in Georgia.

Members also discussed how they could urge lawmakers to halt immigration from primarily African and Middle Eastern countries.

Guest speaker Joe Newton mainly addressed immigrants from Somalia who are being settled in the DeKalb County city of Clarkston and receiving federal funding for housing and schooling.

Newton, a graduate of John Marshall Law School, is against bringing more refugees into Georgia. He would like the state to pull out of a voluntary federal program by not asking for grants that fund resettlement programs.

“Our vetting process is actually actively recruiting bad people,” he told the meeting of about 20 at Central Park.

According to Newton, chicken and meat packing plants profit off these refugees by not having to pay an American worker minimum wage.

He gave his support for Paul Maner, a Republican candidate who is running for state senate in District 40, which covers DeKalb and Fulton counties. Maner also attended the meeting.

Newton said refugees coming into the country are dangerous and do not want to accept American culture.

“We have to be right 100 percent of the time,” he said. “They have to be right one time.”

The United Tea Party of Georgia meets three times each month: at 7:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday in Lawrenceville; at 7 p.m. on the second Monday in Cumming; and on last Tuesday in Suwanee.

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