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Opposition Rises to Relocating Potentially Hundreds of Somalis to Wisconsin City Without Approval

Eau Claire residents are speaking out against a plan to relocate potentially hundreds of

Somali refugees to the northwest Wisconsin community without the consent of elected city officials. The resettlement, which raises questions about taxpayer resources and security, was brokered by unelected City Manager Stephanie Hirsch in May. The Eau Claire City Council did not sign off on the plan. According to State Rep Karen Hurd, some council members didn’t even know about it. “They did an end-run around the people,” Hurd said.

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