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Georgia "how to": Create a Permanent Welfare Class

It certainly looks like a model. Georgia projected totals for the year 2013 under the Federal  Refugee Resettlement grant programs include 5,740 refugees.  The 2013 plain was for DeKalb and Fulton Counties to take over 4200 refugees.  Bear in mind that when this program originated only Fulton and DeKalb would agree to take the refugees with DeKalb taking the majority. (Many quickly relocate from DeKalb to Gwinnett County) Georgia has taken more than its share of refugees for 33 years.  We have been the most welcoming, inclusive, and generous state in the nation while other states with substantially more resources and lower unemployment rates lag behind in the total number of refugees and in refugees per capita. (See: Refugees Settled by State) The cost in tax dollars has been astronomical.  The job losses have crippled our ability to prosper by taking Georgian’s jobs and driving down the wage rate with thousands of unskilled workers.  Bear in mind that even if these people do become employed they still receive food stamps, WIC (women, infant, and children) money, state paid Medicaid, and numerous other welfare benefits.  Our total welfare cost for refugees now exceeds $17 million per year and is increasing rapidly.  (See: Total Cost for Refugees by County, Published by Georgia Dept. of Human Services) 

An even larger factor causing our exceptionally high welfare cost for refugees is that a very low percentage of these people are actually employable. The “Fiscal Year 2011 Refugee Employment Caseload and Entered Employment Rate by State” shows that in Georgia 34% or 1,499 refugees were employed that year and in 2012 the employment rate rose only to 41% or 1560 refugees.  This employment rate is pitiful and cheats the refugee out of what he was promised when he came here, i.e., a place where they could make a decent living. 

These charts do not include cost to public schools. CLICK HERE
DeKalb, Fulton, and Gwinnett County schools have a combined graduation rate of approximately 60%. Gwinnett conducts education in over 20 languages. DeKalb and Fulton have similar language barriers to overcome. In Gwinnett county over 100 different languages and dialects are spoken. Bear in mind, these 3 metro counties have one of the highest real estate foreclosure rates in the entire country. The county schools are financed on the local level almost exclusively from real property taxes.  The DeKalb County unemployment rate is 8 ½% and the unemployment rate for the Atlanta MSA is 8.2%.  

In summary, the RR program in Georgia creates a permanent welfare class of people who are likely to be indigent for a long, long time.      

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