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Refugee policy needs revising

Published 5:24am Sunday, February 3, 2013

Did you know that the United Nations and various Non-Governmental Organizations determine the policy regarding which persons to admit to the U.S. as refugees and they stand to gain from these programs? For example, up to 95 percent of refugees to the United States came here as referrals by the U.N. high commissioner for refugees. So where does the average American have a say? Frankly, I don’t think we have a say. (NGOs are private social/political organizations that are not openly political.) Then church groups or other agencies involved in this arrangement bring them in, usually in large groups, and get paid by the U.S. government for each individual they bring in. Then, after a relatively short time, they’re dumped on U.S. public assistance, most of them after four months, and unlike regular legal immigrants they have immediate access to welfare. In other words, this “industry” has little concern for us regular tax-paying U.S. citizens. It’s basically a profit-making scheme, and it’s put on our backs. Plus, a lot of the participating NGOs two or three tiers down are run by refugees and they perpetuate the flow. In 2011, 80,000 refugees were resettled in the U.S. That’s three times all refugees settled that year by all developed countries in the world. Let’s get out of this racket.


Paul Westrum

Albert Lea