The costs are numerous

Editor of the Reformer:

Residents of Rutland have all the right in the world to be worried about the influx of the 100 refugees being placed in their community. If they oppose them they are called racists or bigots. No, they are concerned citizens worried about what will happen to their community when a group of individuals who have no skills, language differences, a different religion that forbids the assimilation into other cultures, and will be dependent on the taxpayer to support them. All over the US these refugees are being "seeded" (the agency's own name — sounds ominous to me). What will they grow into? In Hamtramck, MIich., the Muslims have taken over a formerly Polish community, complete with call to prayer blaring all over the town five times a day. Other Muslim groups have called for the removal of crosses from churches and Catholic schools, and want changes to the food stamp policy to include halal food.

Critics of the "pockets of resistance," another derogatory name given to citizens resisting the influx of refugees, don't realize (or don't care) the burden these refugees place on an already stressed out community. Lack of jobs (even for the citizens), educational (over 20 different languages in some communities) and welfare costs are not figured in the placement of these people. The main goal of these refugee resettlement groups in to place them wherever the head of the community is willing (most often the without notification of the individual citizens). Did you know that the committees make huge amounts of money from the resettlement of refugees? It has nothing with humanitarianism. It boils down to money. It is really a form of human trafficking.


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I wish to take issue with number quoted in the State House regarding that the number of 77 percent of refugees are women and children is just not true. According to the UNHCR, 52 percent are men and 48 percent women and children. In Europe, 75 percent are men and only 25 percent women and children. Over 90 percent of the refugees are on some sort of federal or state aid, 73 percent on Medicaid, 63 percent on cash welfare, and 91 percent on food stamps. What will be the lifelong cost to our towns in state aid to the refugees? Can we afford it?

Andrew DePino, Westminster West, June 14