Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno says he's been forced to sound the alarm on what he's calling an influx of refugees being settled in Springfield.
In a letter to the U.S. Department of State, he urged them to reject any further applications to continue bringing refugees here.
"That's it, no mas, no more ... The city of Springfield cannot be everything to everyone, and it is not fair."
The mayor points to two local agencies in his letter, Lutheran Social Services and Jewish Family Services, as the two who often help refugees settle into the City of Homes.
In statistics provided to the mayor's office by JFS:
The mayor says he's been forced to take action after learning 156 more adult refugees are headed to Springfield in the coming weeks.
"We'll deal with what we have here and try to the best of our abilities to help these people get back on their feet."
He says the city building inspector has found deplorable conditions in some of the homes they're placed in, like bug infestations, tarps being used as roofs and missing smoke detectors.
"It's not fair to them or to the city of Springfield."
CBS 3 reached out to both LSS and JFS for a response.
Lutheran Social Services Director of Operations for Services for New Americans Jozefina Lantz said in a statement:
"We have identified a small percentage of refugees who have been settled through previous years that might be living through difficult situations. But by no means is LSS placing them in these situations. We never have, and we never will."
The mayor now wants other communities to step in.
"I'm sick of being a dumping ground and people taking shots at us."
The mayor says the problems don't stop at housing. The agencies help the refugees for 30 days after they get here, and then social services end.
The mayor says they're often left without jobs and many can't speak English.
He is awaiting word now from the Department of State.
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