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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

The Economic Impact of Refugees

Thousands of so-called refugees are pouring into the United States every year, and Americans are starting to see the long-lasting, negative effects that are in store if this open-door policy continues. While the term “refugee” implies that these people are fleeing persecution in their home countries, we have no way to verify if that is truly the case. Many of them just want to get into America to cash in on economic opportunities and social services.

Florida is the best example of this, because Florida takes in more refugees every year than any other stat. Since 2013, Florida has accepted 43,000 refugees. To put this in perspective, California has accepted the second highest number of refugees, 16,000. Many of Florida’s refugees are from dangerous Muslim countries in the Middle East that are known to harbor terrorists. Because of this immigration invasion, Florida is forced to provide assistance for all of these people at the expense of American taxpayers. The state had to form an office called Florida Refugee Services to look after these people, complete with free education, legal assistance, and youth services. One community in Florida has an annual budget of 2 million dollars only for healthcare for refugees because of the numbers of refugees who come seeking healthcare without the ability to pay. And these expenses are not exclusive to Florida. A recent study by the Office of Refugee Resettlement showed that 90 percent of recent refugees from the Middle East are now on U.S. welfare.

The United States has taken care of plenty of refugees already. We are the most generous nation in the world when it comes to letting people come to our country. There is no reason to take in thousands of Muslim immigrants who want to benefit from our government services. The American people should be aware of the extreme economic burden that these people are placing on us as taxpayers.

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