It looks like Texas is giving America a good dose of what is sorely lacking Washington these days: common sense.
Representative Brian Babin, (R-TX), introduced legislation to halt the United Nations/State Department Refugee Admissions Program back in July. Since the virtual flood of refugees pouring into Europe is on the world stage, his bill is suddenly gaining support in the House.
Why the bill?
Seventy-two House democrats just asked President Obama for 100,000 more Syrian refugees to be sent to America. When executing a comparison of pros verses cons for this request, finding the pros is like looking for needles in a haystack. Listing the cons would be akin to counting dishonest people in Washington… too easy.
Not only are there blatant national security risks involved in bringing refugees from warring Islamic countries, in which over 70% are military-age men, but also the fact that our own House Homeland Security chairman, Michael McCaul, (R-TX), stated there isn’t a way to properly vet these people, and introduced the bill to give Congress oversight of the Syrian Refugee resettlement Program.
Of late, there have been numerous reports of ISIS infiltrating refugee groups in order to embed themselves in Western countries for future jihad attacks in the respective countries. Some are wondering if this is Obama’s next strategy, since wasting $41.8 million to train 54 Syrian opposition fighters didn’t work. Is Obama employing the tactic to bring the fight to us? An American taxpayer-funded ticket for ISIS to the United States. This makes about as much sense as giving 150 billion dollars to Iran while they chant, “Death to America!”
National security aside, we are left with the enormous financial crisis that bringing thousands more refugees to this country would produce.
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Federal money goes directly to the nine agencies or Voluntary Resettlement Agencies (VOLAGS), who arrange for these refugees to be settled all across our country. Food, shelter, healthcare, and schooling are just the major facets of care provided to the immigrants through the generous gift of our tax dollars.
Consider the cost of the 500,000 refugees Obama has brought to America since taking office, and the overwhelming majority use welfare to survive. Seventy-five percent are on food stamps alone, and that isn’t counting all the other forms of government assistance. Once the refugee has spent six months in a town, if they have no job and aren’t able to care for themselves, the local tax-payer, picks up the tab.
Take a look at Sweden who has had an open borders policy in regards to immigration. They are quite the different country than they were even twenty years ago since they started seeing an influx of immigrants from places like Iraq, Bosnia, Somalia, and Syria.
Sweden has been taking in at least 500 Syrian refugees a week for several years now. The rate of unemployed foreign-born individuals is twice that of the Swedish born. Taking in immigrants when an economy is booming is one thing, what happens in the equation where more are added to the welfare rolls and there is less available tax money.
An article in Foreign Affairs asks a poignant question,
“Sweden is becoming the clearest case study of a question being asked across Western Europe: Can a modern welfare state be reconciled with rapidly increasing diversity at a time of rapidly dwindling job prospects?”
I don’t know who in the world of brilliant economists is touting America’s great wealth and booming job sector right now. With 18 trillion dollars of debt, how could we be in solid financial shape? All the more reason to put a halt on this program that seems to have been given a shot of testosterone since more facts have come out about it.
Those with pensions should be specifically concerned about the possible ramifications of such an influx of welfare-dependent people. If our country is spending less, which produces less tax money in which to support these dependent refugees, where will the money come from?
And why the secrecy? Mr. Transparency, Barack Obama appears to be expediting the incursion of these immigrants before we know all the facts. Thankfully we have a few representatives left in our government who are willing to expose dangerous programs as well as display some logic.