Uncommon Sense with Glenn Mollette
Most Americans are willing to help anybody for a couple of years but the time comes for change.
We all know of cases of long-term debilitation. We should help folks who are blind, imprisoned in wheelchairs or suffering other handicaps that prevent them from living a normal life.
But we cannot continue receiving 100,000 to 150,000 illegal immigrants pouring into our country. Regardless of how sorry we feel for them, how many can we absorb into our schools?
How many can we absorb into our welfare system? How many of us can afford to lose our job to someone willing to come and work for slave wages? How many refugees can we bring into our country? Since the 1980 refugee act, we have averaged 98,000 per year.
A group of nine nonprofit organizations known together as VOLAGs, an acronym for voluntary agencies, are making millions of dollars every year by bringing anybody they can into this country. The VOLAGs are Church World Service, Episcopal Migration Ministries, Ethiopian Community Development Council, Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, International Rescue Committee, Lutheran Immigration And Refugee Service, US Committee For Refugees And Immigrants, US Conference Of Catholic Bishops and World Relief Corporation. The money comes from the federal government – otherwise known as our pockets.
Some sources of income for the VOLAGs are:
• $1,850 per refugee from the federal state department;
• Up to $2,200 for each refugee by participating in a matching grant DHHS program – the VOLAG need only show it has spent $200 and given away $800 worth of donated clothes, furniture or cars;
• A quarter of every transportation loan the VOLAG collects from its “sponsored” refugees; and
• Money from all federal grant programs – Marriage Initiative, Ownership Society and faith-based programs, etc – as well as from various state and local grants.
All expenses and overhead in the VOLAGs’ Washington, DC, HQ are paid by the US government. The program is so lucrative that in some towns the Roman Catholic church has reduced support for traditional charity works to put more effort into resettlement.
When you start multiplying 70,000 or more refugees by even just $1,000, you come up with some nice profit. The VOLAGs receive millions of dollars of other support from foundations, other nonprofits and community volunteers who help them with assimilating refugees into their community.
The nonprofit agencies have to spend only four months with a refugee until that person is free to go anywhere in the United States doing whatever they want to do.
The refugee program is a multi-million-dollar moneymaker to the VOLAGs. The Catholic Charities group is the largest and, surprisingly, has been bringing in thousands of Muslims who in turn have been buying its old churches and turning them into mosques.
So, our federal tax dollars are funneled into Catholic, Episcopal, Jewish, Lutheran and three other charities to bring up to 100,000 refugees to America from all parts of the world.
Refugee access to welfare on the same basis as a US citizen has made the program a global magnet. The federal programs available to refugees include Medicaid, food stamps, public housing and a host of other financial and practical assistance.
Some states have been bombarded with refugees. How many thousands can any one city or state take? We are talking about thousands of people being transplanted into our towns and subdivisions year after year.
Since the 1980 act, we have taken in more than three million refugees. The additional cost to our welfare system is between $10 billion and $20 billion. There must be major curtailing of this program until we can put our nation on its feet.
Will jobs really come back to our nation? Will congress really cut the corporate tax rate and make it more affordable for businesses to operate in this country? We need jobs. Our children want to move on and have a life. We need to help them.
Our armed-forces veterans struggle with employment, housing and medical care while we treat refugees better than them.
Our troops are surviving in beaten-up old barracks, often without air conditioning in summer and decrepit furnaces in winter. They are driving old equipment that mechanics work on every day just to keep it running.
For years, our government has reduced the number of our armed services, making it more difficult for soldiers to advance and forcing them to leave the military because they cannot earn promotion. It’s time our government brought them out of the doldrums of despair and made our military once again the world’s shining star.
Our students should have access to community colleges and as cheaply as possible. Every kid should be able to go to college. We might not be able to offer free community-college education but it needs to be as close to free as we can make it. Professors must be paid and classrooms built but let’s keep both within reason so we can make college accessible for all.
There is a lot of fear these days. Will congress cut older people’s social-security checks? Are we safe in times of more and more random acts of violence as congress and president Donald Trump wrestle verbally, tweeting and debating our future?
We can call and write to our leaders in Washington. We can protest and organize in our own communities to work for change. Otherwise, we can only hope our elected leaders will work to help preserve an America our grandchildren might enjoy.
Thanks to refugeeresettlementwatch.wordpress.com for statistics and information.
Glenn Mollette is an American author whose
syndicated column is read
in all 50 states.