I have a pile of stories I want to post, just the run of the mill news about refugee problems around the world—you know the boring stuff. I look on those stories now as a refreshing vacation of sorts from the daily diet of refugee/immigrant terrorist stories of late. Here is one in my stack.
Children of the ever-growing tide of boat people arriving in Australia will cost the taxpayers $55 million over four years, here at the Herald Sun.
But before I give you some of the story, something just occurred to me—at least in Australia they are having discussions on this topic. That’s just how it is in Canada too where it seems there is a daily dose of political back and forth IN THE MEDIA on the details of the problems and costs those country’s face with their ever-expanding refugee and asylum systems.
In the US we aren’t even having a public discussion on the topic!
When is the last time you saw an article in a major national publication outlining the cost of educating asylum-seeking children?
How many of you even have a rough idea of how many asylum seekers are granted asylum (like the Tsarnaevs) in the US each year?
I follow the press from Canada and Australia and can assure you these discussions are happening at least weekly if not more frequently. Here in the US the media must have decided such topics are verboten! Verboten! Verboten!
Back to the news from Australia:
EDUCATING asylum seeker children will cost more than $55 million over four years amid a record number of minors arriving on boats.
The Opposition has accused the government of cutting university funding while spending millions on meeting the educational needs of asylum seeker children with more than 3000 arriving so far this financial year.
How refreshing is this—they even have an opposition immigration leader!
Opposition Immigration spokesman Scott Morrison said the the costs of educating children had to be met but he blamed the bill on a blow out in boat arrivals.
“While Julia Gillard is actually cutting funding to schools and universities, she is providing an education revolution for asylum seekers arriving on illegal boats,” he said.
“Labor’s budget blowout on asylum seekers of more than $10 billion, includes the federal government paying for the full education costs of students who have arrived by boat.
“Given the record number of children coming on boats, it is not surprising that these costs are so high.”
Meanwhile, the government revealed the arrival of two new asylum boats carrying 150 people yesterday.
More than 2300 people have arrived so far this month.
Here are some statistics for US asylum seekers granted asylum in 2011.
Of all the individuals granted asylum in 2011, 54 percent (13,484) were granted asylum affirmatively, while 46 percent (11,504) were granted asylum defensively.
An additional 9,550 individuals outside of the United States were approved for asylum status as immediate family members of principal applicants. [The Tsarnaev boys would have been in that number, whatever it was back in about 2002—ed]
So that amounts to close to 35,000 in one year. Gee, wonder what that costs us to educate the kids? And, those are just the ones granted asylum, what about those who are still in the pipeline waiting for approval or who have never identified themselves or been caught yet.
By the way ‘granted asylum affirmatively’ means they got here and asked for asylum, and ‘defensively’ means they got here illegally, got caught and are in removal proceedings and asking for asylum.
Update for comparison: News from burning Stockholm reports that Sweden approved 44,000 asylum seekers in 2012! Most are from Muslim countries. Yikes, no wonder they are suffering! Imagine what those kids are costing the welfare nation.
In 2012 alone, Sweden accepted 44,000 asylum seekers, up by nearly 50 percent from a year earlier.