The cost of every refugee to you and me:
Bottom Line: When is it that we're going to be compassionate to Americans?! How about we start taking care of Americans before trying to permanently care for the rest of the world?
- We (taxpayers) pay to bring refugees into the United States
- According to the Center for Immigration studies the typical immigrant relies on government assistance for five years
- The average five year cost per refugee is $64,370
- Cost to relocate a refugee into a "safe-zone" in the middle-east: $1,057
- 91% of refugees brought into the US end up on food stamps
- 68% of refugees brought into the US also end up receiving ongoing welfare (cash considerations) Based on that information alone there is a pretty meaningful argument for "safe-zone" relocation but that isn't all.
At best they immediately end up with government assistance, placing further strain on welfare and related assistance programs and at best are successfully employed within a short period of time. Part of the issue with regard to costs and government reliance. Aside from cultural, and often language barriers, education is a huge issue. The average adult refugee is educated, in their own culture, at the equivalent of about a 10th grade level. How's the employment market for a 10th grade education these days? What types of jobs are refugees most commonly occupying? Entry level work right?
Where is the unemployment rate highest? It's with the youngest workers attempting to access the job market. So now we have refugees competing for employment with young Americans trying to break into the job market - and that's the best case outcome.
So yes, this gets back to a country that's $20 trillion in debt, paying more than $64,000 per person to bring in people that then compete for resources with those that are struggling most in our society and that doesn't even account for any of the potential risk factors that might result from not being able to properly vet many of these refugees. It shouldn't be controversial to suggest that we should halt refugee programs until we're able to pay our own debt obligations and rehabilitate the inner cities in places like Detroit and Chicago. We can be compassionate and help refugees to safe locations near their points of origin - it doesn't and shouldn't mandate permanent relocation to the US.