I wanted to let you know that I spoke at the House Human Services Appropriations Committee hearing yesterday evening.
I was followed by 3 different speakers to refute my assertions. They came up with a survey they created showing 80% of their clients (refugees) were "economically self-sufficient" at 120 and 180 days. The survey they created is not recognized by the Federal Office of Refugee Resettlement. They must be talking about 80% of the 43% who were working at the 90 day period which is another attempt to mislead the legislators. They still could not refute the statutory definition of economic self-sufficiency which allows the refugee to accept benefits from virtually all the welfare programs (SSI, food stamps, W.I.C. money, PeachCare, etc.) and still meet the "self-sufficiency" standard.
These RR contractors (who are making tons of money on the program) tell Georgia legislators that refugees work, pay taxes, are economically self-sufficient, and are an economic asset to the State. As usual, I provide the citation for my authority and they provide no authority for their claims.
Here is what the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement says about Georgia Refugees:
Revised for FY2012 - U.S. Department of Health and Human Service
An office of the Administration for Children & Families
ANNUAL OUTCOME GOAL PLAN Performance Narrative SUMMARY OF WAGES AND EMPLOYMENT RECORD:
“Post-employment follow-ups yielded that 44% of clients remained employed at their 90 day follow-up placement, 18% remained employed 1 year after placement.”
FY2012 Average Hourly Wage of Refugees Entering Full Time Employment is $8.27
Cost per Entered Employment $1,378.04
Economic Self-Sufficiency As Defined in Refugee Resettlement Act:
When determining the number of refugees who are “economically self-sufficient” contractors (charities) allow refugees to include any source of income including SSI or family assistance [TANF] or any other type of assistance as long as income exceeds expenses.
This explains why the Georgia RR office claims 80% of these people are self-sufficient within 6 months.
(U.S. Code of Federal Register CFR 45 400.2)
Total Cost for Refugees including State and County $'s (and not counting schools) is $17,038,276.25 as calculated by Georgia Department of Human Svs. FY2011
Unfortunately this data is just a snap shot. The agency will not or cannot furnish anything more than this. We have to assume that the program is escalating so fast that the state cannot or will not keep up with the welfare, school, and population totals.
Citizens for Refugee Resettlement Relief in Georgia
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Here is what you can do:
www.refugeeresettlementrelief.com to learn more.