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Refugee Resettlement Relief

A note to the general assembly:

We recently sent a message to each member of the general assembly alerting them of money that was being diverted from programs for refugee resettlement.  We were met with a great amount of support and many had further inquiries which we were sure to answer. Below is one correspondence with senator Hill that details our points made.  Please contact your member of congress also and ask them to GREATLY REDUCE REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT IN THE BUDGET!

From: Refugee Resettlement Relief
To: Senator Judson Hill
Subject: Money is being diverted from programs

Dear Mr. Hill,
Governor Deal and I met in his office on July 30 and he wants me to tell you what I told him about refugee resettlement in Georgia, which is being financed directly and indirectly by the Georgia General Assembly. This old federal Jimmy Carter program has been around for 33 years and has deteriorated into a scam by the United Nations. It has provided a way for “bogus” refugees to jump to the front of the immigration line by claiming that they have a “good faith belief” that they are or will be persecuted for their political, religious, sexual, or otherwise unpopular beliefs in their native country, if they are not admitted to the U.S.  The sob story goes on about their miserable conditions in refugee camps and all their misfortune in life. 
The truth is that refugee resettlement money is diverted from programs which finance the re-incorporation of these people back in their native country and instead brings them to the U.S. at 500 times the cost of caring for them in refugee camps. These bogus refugees are being screened by U.N. officials who are being bribed to defraud you into accepting them as refugees. Many move from one country to another to gain entry to a refugee camp and lie about their origin to gain entry and live happily ever after on the American welfare system.  The money you appropriate goes to hire contractors who mentor these people and “care for them” upon their arrival at the airport. The “care” they are given is a cursory language and job training program. They are set up with jobs in poultry and vegetable processing plants, carefully monitored for 3 months---so the contractor can inflate their job retention totals--- and then the contractor picks up another group and the cycle starts all over. 
In actuality, less than 40% of the refugees keep their jobs for 90 days and only 18% for one year. They become life time beneficiaries of our welfare system.  Meanwhile, the contractors are doing well---just like any other government contractor. This nonsense is costing over $17 million/yr in our Georgia welfare system.  Secondary migration---refugees moving here from other states because of our generous welfare benefits---is costing over 2 ½ times that amount or $40 million/yr. These life time recipients are destroying Medicaid and costing our public schools an astronomical amount of money. You can stop this by TAKING REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT OUT OF THE BUDGET. Governor Deal and I both want you to cut this budget item. (See budget note below.)

Thank you,

HB 742  FY 2013 Appropriations Bill (Georgia Budget Section 27.23) Refugee Assistance
Purpose:  To provide employment, health screening, medical, cash, and social services assistance to refugees.
Line 2629 Total funds $8,7490,006
Line 2630 Federal Funds and grants $8,749,006
Line 2631 Federal Funds not specifically identified  $8,749,006

From: Senator Judson Hill []
To: Refugee Resettlement Relief
Subject: RE: Money is being diverted from programs

Fully agree thx

Sen. Judson Hill

From: Refugee Resettlement Relief
To: Senator Judson Hill
Subject: Money is being diverted from programs

Thanks for your support.  We have got to get this under control. Refugee Resettlement has ruined the Clarkston, part of Avondale Estates, the entire east and south side of Tucker, northern DeKalb, all of southwest Gwinnett and creeping north, Chamblee, Doraville and a substantial part of the new city of Brookhaven (whether they know it or not), Peachtree Industrial Blvd. north of I-285, Roswell Rd. almost out to Alpharetta, southern Cobb, and other areas we don't know about.  Be aware, RR has a financing program---at below market rates---to enable these people to buy into any housing group they choose, i.e., your neighborhood. Don't think that this problem is limited to just low income areas. Obama intends for you to assimilate and integrate with these people regardless of your economic status.

We have averaged bringing in over 2000 refugees/yr since 1980 and the number is accelerating under Obama. Secondary migration (refugees moving to Georgia from other states) has been about 2 1/2 times the immigration rate. It is likely that we have over 165,000 refugees here in Georgia. Chain migration makes the problem even worse and guarantees an increase of the refugee population for years to come. If you want to continue to have a Republican Party, then you must take action to reduce the budget.  Cutting the budget will make it unprofitable for the charities to operate these "rescue and assimilation" programs----which are being financed via the annual Georgia appropriation act---and cause a reduction in immigration.  Cutting the budget---and cutting the welfare doled out through Medicaid, PeachCare and other Georgia government programs---will cause the refugees to migrate to other states where the benefits are more generous. It has been proven over and over that a reduction in the budget coupled with reduced welfare benefits moves the people to other states. We must take action. The consequences for failure act as a loss of your life style, chaotic political control of local communities, and eventually the state and nation. This will not go away by itself. 

4 Comments to A note to the general assembly::

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Kevin Abel on Friday, September 27, 2013 4:04 PM
I find issue with your premise and unpatriotic zeal. Refugees are and have always been a net positive contributor to our communities, our state and our country. While the resettlement period has a net cost to our federal and state budgets, the long term net gain speaks for itself. It is unfortunate that xenophobia drives people and organizations like the one that will almost certainly delete this post to focus their frustrations on those who do not otherwise have a voice. There is plenty we can do to fix the problems in America, in our state and in our communities. Focusing on refugee resettlement misses the point entirely.
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Joe Newton on Monday, September 30, 2013 6:10 PM
You obviously do not know the cost to Georgia citizens and the criteria for refugee admittance at this point. We are not bringing people into Georgia who can help us any any respect except to escalate our welfare cost. The economic prosperity that you obviously are referring to is not prevalent in the people coming in. These people are picked by bribing U.N. officials. They move from one country to another to gain entry to a refugee camp which is being preferred for admittance to the U.S. in order to get access to our welfare system. Georgia has an unemployment rate of 8% with no relief in sight. Our welfare cost is over $40 million/yr and climbing rapidly. You have offered no data to support your position--just another rhetoric.

Kevin Abel on Tuesday, October 01, 2013 8:11 AM
you ask for data. here's some data: From July 2012 - June 2013, the Coalition of Refugee Service Agencies collectively assisted 2,247 refugees to obtain jobs in Georgia. • These refugees make an average hourly wage of $8.65, well above minimum wage. • The CRSA estimates that the average size of refugee households is approximately 2.2 individuals per household. • The average number of employable individuals per household is approximately 1.39. • Based on these averages, the average refugee family lives above the poverty line. • Based on the assumption that individuals spend 40% of their income on housing and 60% on other household expenses:  These employees paid $1,696,970 in sales taxes, and $337,713 in property taxes.  They contributed $752,520 to unemployment and $6,181,822 to FICA. • 80% of new arrivals find a job within the first six months after arriving in Georgia. btw, i didn't refer to "economic prosperity". i said "long term net gain". your language is highly generalized "these people are picked by bribing UN officials". How hateful you are in your language and anger. and under the guise of patriotism. Our country is better than this.
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