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Iowa's Leadership in Resettling Southeast Asian Refugees
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I remember that there were groups of people from other states that would come to Iowa to see how we were handling the refugee situation. And there were groups from other countries. And I recall the one from Germany who came and examined what we were doing and we hosted them and tried to help them understand what we did and why we did it.
And when they left, in my office, they were very complimentary, very nice
people, very complimentary but they said, “We couldn't do it that way.”
“Well, we have to put them in camps first and teach them our language.”
And I thought, well, do what you have to do but just think about it. Wouldn't it be better for them to go to work and learn English while they are working and earning and providing for their families?
Reporter: And not living in another camp.
Not living in a camp.
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