Update: Website for Refugee Resettlement Relief is here.
Last week we told you about Amarillo, TX and the mayor’s plea to STOP THE FLOW OF REFUGEES! Now, here is an op-ed from Joe Newton of ‘Citizens for Refugee Resettlement Relief’ in Georgia. From the Marietta Daily Journal:
Thirty-four years ago, President Jimmy Carter — grandfather of Georgia Democrat gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter — signed into law the Refugee Resettlement Act. This well-intentioned and costly law, however, is outdated and must be drastically overhauled.
According to Newton, 66,000 refugees have been resettled in Georgia. Wyoming are you listening!
In 2010 the welfare cost to Georgians was $17 million, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. Counties chipped in $4 million of your money — most of which came from your property taxes. The federal government pays most of the cost for 90 days, and then Georgians absorb the welfare cost in perpetuity. Estimates show that the Georgia welfare cost is now approaching $40 million annually and rising exponentially.
Because of this program, DeKalb County schools must provide costly instruction in over 100 languages. Cobb schools also have to grapple with this growing language burden.
To his credit, Gov. Nathan Deal asked the State Department to stop sending more refugees to Georgia — and it has so far complied. But that is only a temporary solution.
The bottom line: Georgia does not have to participate. It doesn’t have to accept the federal money. Research shows that if a state legislature cuts off the money, these people move to another state. [Wyoming!–ed]
We have long suspected that the employment numbers the contractors supply for refugees are bogus. Because the contractor is expected to find employment for the refugees it resettles by a certain date, they find anything they can possibly find for the poor refugee even if he/she quits it a few months down the road. Here is what Newton says:
Also, according to HHS, of the Georgia refugees who do want to work only 40 percent are still working after 90 days. At the end of a year, only 18 percent still work and there is a rapid drop-off soon thereafter.
This is an entirely new welfare class we are creating to the detriment of our state and culture.
Jason Carter—it is granddaddy’s legacy:
It is noteworthy, by the way, that state Sen. Jason Carter has never made any effort to try to reduce or eliminate this program even though it is overburdening his DeKalb County constituency. In fact, he supports it as part of his grandfather’s “legacy.”
Democrats joined the Republican governor to temporarily stem this refugee tide into our state. But why doesn’t the General Assembly just simply end this refugee racket by cutting off the money flow?
I wonder if the Republican Governor of Georgia could have a chat with the Republican Governor of Wyoming who wrote to Washington to ask for refugees!
Just a reminder: If it were true that refugees brought economic prosperity to cities, as David Lubell and his “Welcoming America” PR campaign says, then DeKalb County and the state of Georgia would be begging for more, not less!
Folks, the US State Department is running out of “welcoming” places to drop-off the thousands of refugees and the new asylum seekers/asylees entering the US each month.