More Misinformation from the Media:
There is much talk about immigration these days, especially concerning the plight of multitudes of Syrians fleeing their country due to war and terror. . . .
First off, can we afford to take in refugees? If not then we should not. But of course we can, we have so much money, and so many resources we can do anything we want to do. Do refugees cost us anything in the long run? [T]hey actually add to our GDP. . . .
Our European allies are taking in many displaced persons. We owe them more relief from the burden of this flood of refugees. We can easily handle the cost and inconvenience. It seems we have to handle the irrational fear that certain politicians have attempted to instill in us. – Immigrants Strengthen and Enrich Our Country, CalCoastNews.com, Pete Evans, 12/18/15
Fact Check: The idea we that “we can do anything we want to do” is the height of arrogant pride, and as the Bible warns it precedes destruction. Unfortunately, this kind of hubris is quite common among immigration enthusiasts. In their self-intoxication of idealism and egotism, they imagine that our country can be the savior of the planet.
The reality is that our country has real limits—and too many problems to pose as savior. Today our middle class is shrinking, wages are stagnant. The economic American Dream is becoming difficult for Americans to achieve—let alone for the huge numbers of immigrants we keep letting in. Currently we have a national debt of 19 trillion dollars. Can we “easily handle” more large-scale expenditures?
On top of our economic problems we have growing national conflict and division, brought in large part by the “diversity” resulting from mass immigration. We can scarcely save the world if we can’t even hold ourselves together.
Certainly, though, we can take in some genuine refugees, people who have a well-founded personal fear of persecution. But increasingly refugees are being redefined as people who, for various reasons, don’t like where they are living. Potentially they could number in the hundreds of millions. No, we simply can’t save them all.
It is interesting how the writer speaks about how “we” have so much money to provide for supposed refugees. Will he provide his own money for that purpose? Most probably not. The generosity he proposes is a forced generosity for the mass of overtaxed American taxpayers to practice. Migrants designated as refugees immediately have full access to U.S welfare programs, and they are long-term users of those programs. It’s hard to see how this adds to our national prosperity. Furthermore, by their use of public assistance, they diminish funds available for disadvantaged Americans.
Taxpayers also get hit by the so-called charities in the U.S. that administer refugee resettlement. They get federal money for each refugee they resettle. Soon after resettlement takes place, they are under no obligation to provide for them—which means that the refugees must turn to public assistance. Some charity.
No, America can’t be the savior of the world. We can help others, but within out limits. That is not irrational fear certain politicians are trying to instill, but simple common sense which anyone should be able to grasp.