Editor: This is another copy of testimony submitted in response to my offer to post testimony that readers have sent, or are sending, to the US State Department before May 19th. Your testimony can be long or short, more detailed or less so. Just send something! And, then be sure to copy it to your elected officials.
I have researched this program extensively for two years, as it is the number one area of concern here in Willmar, MN. The program places a tremendous, unsustainable financial drain on our school system, health care resources, housing, and community standards. The federal government’s financial exposure to this quagmire is minor, compared to ours.
Unemployment hovers close to 40%, families are too large, wages are too low, so virtually all refugees are on some form of public assistance. This will not strengthen Midwestern prairie towns. It will transform them for sure, but in the end, they will become remote, poor, unassimilated ghettos.
Your agency clearly underestimates the damage it is wreaking on our way of life. We cannot be the world’s welfare office.
This is the third testimony in our series leading up to the deadline for testimony on May 19th. Go here for where they are archived. We are posting as many as we can because we know the US State Department has refused in the past to make them public (so much for Obama transparency!).