When a country is gracious enough to welcome you, conventional wisdom would say you treat its citizens and property with respect.
Perhaps that’s demanding too much from a group of Romanian gypsies relocated to a small Pennsylvania town by the U.S. government. The Romanian gypsies are reportedly defecating in the streets and beheading chickens, leaving residents fuming.
According to the Post Gazette:
Most of the 40 or so Romanians who have moved to this community in the past two months do not speak English well, if at all. They do not know American customs and are unfamiliar with codes of conduct.
And they had no idea that their sudden arrival would upset so many of the residents of this small town 35 miles south of Pittsburgh.
More than 150 residents packed California borough council’s municipal meeting room Thursday evening to voice concerns about the influx of the Romanian refugees.
The Romanians, who said they came to America to escape persecution in their Bucharest-area homes, have been processed through U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and have been released as part of the government’s Alternative to Detention program, which monitors flight from other nations. They are members of the group known as Roma, or gypsies, and are distinct from ethnic Romanians. Roma are minorities in many European states and often face prejudice and discrimination.’
The federal program allows the immigrants find temporary homes, a cheaper and more humane alternative to keeping them in detention.
But the Romanians, nearly all of whom are renting apartments from local real estate agent Vito Dentino, have had challenges in the community of fewer than 7,000 people.
Angry residents at Thursday’s meeting said the newcomers throw trash around, park their cars in yards, disobey traffic rules, and are disruptive in markets. Others said that they’ve seen Romanians killing chickens and children defecating in public.
Romanian gypsies in the United States have been in the news lately, as a Utah couple belonging to the community allegedly murdered their 3-year-old daughter.
From Desert News:
A mother and father were charged with aggravated murder Tuesday after prosecutors say the parents severely abused their 3-year-old daughter until she died and attempted to hide some of her injuries with makeup “so they didn’t look as bad.”
Miller Costello, 25, and Brenda Emile, 22, both were charged in 2nd District Court with the first-degree felony.
Disturbing charging documents describe a pattern of ongoing abuse by the parents of Angelina Costello, particularly by Emile. Neither parent sought needed medical attention for the girl because they didn’t want police to take their children away, charges state.
The investigation started July 6 when Ogden police officers were called to a residence in the 2800 block of Grant Avenue on a report that a child was not conscious or breathing, according to police.
The couple has “self-proclaimed ties to a transient Romanian gypsy community,” according to the charges.