The High Cost of Refugees – Today and Forever

2018 February 10
by bc3b

Following World War II, the Hungarian Revolution and Castro’s takeover of Cuba, large numbers of refugees cane to the US. They came from compatable cultures. Many were well-educated and professionals who couldcontribute to their newly adopted country. They wanted to assimilate.

Today’s refugees are vastly different. Most come from third world countries, have limited education and aren’t anxious anxious to assimilate. Many have very different beliefs regarding women.

Another difference is that refugees of the past were ususlly sponsored by churches and other charitable organizations. Today’s refugees are entitled to the same welfare benefits as US citizens from the day they enter the US until the day they die. And, few have the potential to earn decent incomes. That means many will be on welfare and subsidized by US citizens their entire lives,

We are talking a major burden for US taxpayers- today and forever.

Taxpayers in the United States are shelling out a reported $867 million each year to support refugees who’ve been resettled in this country and make sure they have adequate food and clothing and the like.

In the overall federal budgeting scheme, that’s maybe small potatoes. But at the same time, if we’re talking welfare — and we are — then it would seem the more American thing to pay for those already in-country, already legal citizens, before paying for those who are simply visitors.

After all, tax dollars aren’t born from government labors. They come from the taxpayers — they come from the legal citizens. First dibs rightly belong to the citizens.



But for $867 million each year, that’s not what’s happening.

Instead, what’s happening is the taxpayers are simply shelling out money to these unfortunates without receiving much of anything in terms of national benefit in return. Politicians may get to pat themselves on the back for a job well done — meaning, they spent money they don’t own and didn’t earn on social programs they can point to as evidence of their kind hearts. But at least economically speaking, these refugees don’t seem to be paying their fair shares — a phrase the liberals like to throw about when they whine for higher taxes.

“A new study by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) reveals that annually, foreign refugees are being given about $867 million in welfare benefits that U.S. taxpayers pay for,” Breitbart wrote. “Every year, taxpayers are billed about $1.8 billion for the full cost of resettling foreign refugees, and after five years, American taxpayers will have spent about $8.8 billion on resettling foreign refugees.”

More than half of the refugees resettled in America — 54 percent — will spend their first five years here working jobs that pay less than $11 per hour. And that means they can’t pay their housing costs, so once again, the taxpayer picks it up. Roughly 15.7 percent of all refugees need housing assistance, the report found.

By the numbers, by 2014 cost-of-living figures, that means all households in America pay out $7,600 to help shelter these refugees.

It’s one thing to be compassionate. It’s another to be frivolous with taxpayer dollars.

Not saying these refugees may not need the assistance — or even be worthy of the aid. But at the expense of citizens already in the United States? Never.

That’s not fair; that’s not just.

And one need only walk down the streets of any inner-city housing area to see there are plenty of citizens here already who could’ve used $867 million.

Hat tip: Washington Times

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29 Responses leave one →
  1. 2018 February 10 7:56 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    I would suggest that the $867m figure is looooooow. The cost is really —

    * Resettlement $867m
    * Cost of our involvement in Syria $$$$.
    * Our CIA ‘investing’ in Syrian ‘rebels’ $$$$.
    * Our contribution to UN Syrian relief $$$$$.

    Its insane. We get involved in a country, spend tons of money, suck in thousands of refugees WE created, decimate our neighborhoods, etc, etc. For what?

    Its why I am tired of being the hegemon.

  2. 2018 February 10 8:11 pm
    bc3b permalink

    drdog09 –

    We could actually help far more refugees by setting up safe zones in their native countries. But, that wouldn’t produce more Democratic voters.

  3. 2018 February 10 8:58 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    It’s illuminating to note how many of these refugees are taken in by wealthy Arab countries who arguably share culture, language and religion far more closely than the US does.
    My understanding is that the number is close to zero.

  4. 2018 February 10 11:12 pm
    justrand permalink

    Need some links to the WORST and NASTIEST Nancy Pelosi quotes for a “debate” I’m having on Facebook.

    I’ve found a few “good” ones, but looking for any others y’all might have tucked away.

  5. 2018 February 11 1:02 am
    bc3b permalink

  6. 2018 February 11 8:32 am
    JBoz permalink

    Off topic, but a good meme, especially for you Marines.

  7. 2018 February 11 10:18 am
    drdog09 permalink

    I highly recommend this Steyn video —

  8. 2018 February 11 10:24 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    JBoz, love em both but esp the salve. “Apply liberally for 8 years” LOL

  9. 2018 February 11 12:15 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Ever wonder HOW the Dark Ages came about? — — wonder no longer…

  10. 2018 February 11 12:19 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Kalifornia Dems Preparing to ban tackle football for kids under 14 (basically all pre-high school football):

  11. 2018 February 11 1:38 pm
    drdog09 permalink


    That’s the seed corn. UCLA will be featuring soccer in a decade.

  12. 2018 February 11 2:59 pm

  13. 2018 February 11 3:01 pm

    semper fi

    Fuk col. nicholson army

  14. 2018 February 11 3:23 pm
    drdog09 permalink


    I would also add, where’s the 1 bump in rank and 2 bumps in grade — just because. 7 years is a damn long time to in the dock career wise.

  15. 2018 February 11 4:05 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Vindicated — — Limbaugh nailed HRC in 1993.

  16. 2018 February 11 4:18 pm
    drdog09 permalink

  17. 2018 February 11 6:10 pm

    re: #1 – Amen All that spending on destabilizing Syria is helping to cause the money\costs of dealing with refugees, and make no mistake the Trump administration is still completely on the destabilize via proxies train. It’s not going to end unless voters make it clear to the WH to stop, and even then it’s not likely to end.

    btw on that topic and gone mostly unnoticed this week:

    Sure you can find 100 other sources for mattis’s remarks this is just one that highlights it while making multiple points.
    Mattis admits – no evidence of assad gov and sarin use in the two main cases the US previously hyped to all hell.

    Keep in mind one reason he was asked about this is cause some AQ rebels in East Gouta were trying to gin up this bs again last week from one of their own chlorine attacks, which was a joke among those closely following it. But you never know when the US will latch on to bad intel or rumors and just roll with it if it serves their momentary propaganda purpose.

    related: Syria shooting IL f-16, more than justified, and overdue, IL more than had it coming, especially this time, been nothing but a constant agitator in this conflict, the victim propaganda has worn thin.

  18. 2018 February 11 6:38 pm

    Oh and Pic #1 please. 😉

  19. 2018 February 11 6:54 pm

    ““At some point we’re going to have to say, [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell, enough is enough, 51 votes on anything that is of national security interest.”

    Meadows said the spending deal, in which Republicans agreed to more domestic spending in exchange for a massive bump in military funds, shows influence-peddling in Washington has grown worse, not better.”

  20. 2018 February 11 8:19 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    Epic rant by Kate Millett’s sister.
    Wow. Just wow.
    “How bizarre it is to have to argue the obvious; to have to prove over and over again what is self-evident so let me be as offensive as I possibly can: Men are men and women are women. They are essentially different and designed for a natural division of labor. Period.
    I get a kick out of the feminists’ love affair with the word “empowerment.” They have clever formulas for ensnaring hapless souls into their deceits. One of their slicker moves is to create a vocabulary designed to get around long-held beliefs, mores, taboos or fears. “Pro-choice” is their Newspeak euphemism for the casual murder of an human being; “Dreamers” means illegal immigrants; “Progressives” denotes a group dragging us back to the cave; “Sanctuary City” means a place where no actual US citizen is safe. This “empowerment” thing makes me especially crazy.”

    There is more. Lots more.
    Here’s one more snip:
    ” they infiltrated every system and department in education, media, entertainment, government, justice, Wall Street, you name it and they’re there. For decades since they started their stealth invasion the father in every sitcom has been debased and, most of all, clueless. I am dumbfounded at the efficiency with which these women recruited others and wheedled their way into everything in fifty short years. Oh, yes, woman is one hell of a powerful force. Now, we have a nightmare army of militant feminists: Lois Lerner, Susan Rice, Loretta Lynch, Sally Yates, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Huma Abedin, Nancy Pelosi, Oprah Winfrey, Samantha Power, Elizabeth Warren, Cheryl Mills, Maxine Waters, Donna Brazile, plus the main outlaw, Hillary Clinton, lying and obfuscating us into chaos. That’s what outlaws create: chaos!

    Today, 60% of babies who escape abortion are born outside of marriage. On top of that they are miserably reared, thrown into child-care shortly after birth, with not only a lousy education but a miseducation in classrooms infiltrated by Mao, Che Guevara, Fidel Castro, Howard Zinn, Naom Chomsky, Marx, and Saul Alinsky rather than readin’, writin’, and ‘rithmatic, American History, and Civics. Our children now score poorly compared with other countries, whereas before the feminist “experiment” we led in almost all categories. In 1964 we had 90% literacy and 5% illegitimate births. We now score shockingly low on literacy (38% of American men read at the lowest levels; only 11% of men and 12% of women are proficient readers) and of course, those out-of-wedlock births at 60%.”

  21. 2018 February 12 7:17 am
    justrand permalink

  22. 2018 February 12 7:20 am
    justrand permalink

    Jim, that rant in #26 is indeed epic…but will be utterly lost on the Left.


    The Left is relentless, and ascribes their failures to “outside forces” or a “lack of will”. But I’ll pass it along! 🙂

  23. 2018 February 12 8:46 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    Yeah, that lady is eloquent and totally willing to upset the PC apple cart. Wow!

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