Some thoughts on U.S. taking in 110,000 more refugees

by DAVID SAYERS September 21, 2016

The Obama administration wants the U.S. to increase the number of refugees it takes in next year to 110,000. I have some issues with this generous offer of "sanctuary "for these mostly Muslim refugees.

While the Obama White House assures us that they will all be carefully "vetted" I can't help but recall other promises from our current President.  Remember.  "if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor, thousands of shovel ready jobs, ISIS was a "junior varsity team, and who can forget The Office of Personnel Management ("OPM") data breach which involved the greatest theft of sensitive personnel data in history.

Vetting problems The much vaunted Federal agency 23 step "vetting" for Syrian refugees has serious problems. U.S. Officials Can't Ask Syrian Refugees Key Questions Unbelievably, DHS officers screening for Syrian refugees are likely prohibited from asking questions like, "Are you a member or supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood or Tablighi Jamaat?" or asking key questions about how an individual views jihadist ideologues. .NOTE: Our latest terrorist bombing t attack was done by a "vetted" immigrant.

Refugees not invited or wanted. Governors in several states have said explicitly that they do not want these refugees in their state, only to have them forced upon them by the administration over their objections.

Financial Cost  The financial impact of just these new refugees alone needs to be addressed. $64,370 Cost to Resettle One Middle Eastern Refugee in U.S.  Even if the gov. (read taxpayers) spent only $1,000 on each one for just the first year the cost would be $110 million dollars. Most of these "immigrants will be unskilled with little education which means they will be dependent on Taxpayer money to exist. Middle Eastern refugees in the U.S. have traditionally required a lot of public assistance, with 91 percent on food stamps, 68 percent on cash assistance, and 62 percent on Medicaid, according to the most recent government data."Very heavy use of welfare programs by Middle Eastern refugees, and the fact that they have only 10.5 years of education on average, makes it likely that it will be many years, if ever, before this population will cease to be a net fiscal drain on public coffers - using more in public services than they pay in taxes, "Info from: Center for Immigration Studies

Education The children will have to be absorbed by our school systems. On a national average, it cost a school system $10,000/year to educate a child. But this does not account for the additional cost of ESL (English as Second Language) training and other special needs. If only 25% of these new families are children that's still $250,000,000/yr @ 10K per year.

Crime If only 15% of these people take to committing crimes to support themselves, that's 16,500 additional criminals on our streets (and eventually prison) costing us additional tens of millions of dollars per year. Former Department of Justice Attorney J. Christian Adams, who has conducted exhaustive research on the subject says ""Illegal immigrant crime a "wave of staggering proportions.".

Other negative effects on society:  American taxpayers are already on the hook for costly government programs (some good, some bad). We have schools in poor areas that have trouble providing the basics for their students; we have roads and bridges that need repair. People on Social Security as well as veterans on pensions, did not receive their annual cost of living adjustment this year because "THERE WAS NOT ENOUGH MONEY! Our military has suffered cutbacks that threaten our national safety, and many military personnel must resort to food stamps to make ends meet. Last but not least, our veterans who have given so much are being badly shortchanged, especially at our VA centers.

Would not common sense dictate that we take care of matters at home before extending this "generosity" to the world, especially to  a part of the world where the United States is continually castigated as being "the Great Satan???

David Sayers is a Viet Nam Veteran that served in the U.S. Army for 13 years, is airborne qualified. He Served with 82nd Airborne and 101st.  David is a graduate of Southern Oregon University and is a  small business owner for the past 30 years specializing in marketing and telecommunications.     

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