A growing collection of facts, thoughts and events from a 79-year-old man and his family, friends, and the characters that he has met along the way . . .

Before YOU agree that we should accept more immigrants into the United States – from Syria, or from any other country – there are facts that you MUST take into consideration.

FACT ONE:  • In 2014, the official poverty rate (in the U.S.)  was 14.8 percent. There were 46.7 million people in poverty. Neither the poverty rate nor the number of people in poverty were statistically different from the 2013 estimates (Figure 4 and Table 3). • For the fourth consecutive year, the number of people in poverty at the national level was not statistically different from the previous year’s estimates.   The poverty rate in 2014 for children under age 18 was 21.1 percent.  (http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/poverty/data/incpovhlth/2014/highlights.html)

NO CHILD SHOULD EVER GO HUNGRY . . .

Hungry-2

Destitute Sisters begging for food

Pantry

. . .BUT I THINK WE SHOULD FEED OUR OWN CHILDREN FIRST

FACT TWO:  • In January 2014, 578,424 people were homeless on a given night. Most (69 percent) were staying in residential programs for homeless people, and the rest (31 percent) were found in unsheltered locations. • Nearly one-quarter of all homeless people were children under the age of 18 (23 percent or 135,701). Ten percent (or 58,601) were between the ages of 18 and 24, and 66 percent (or 384,122) were 25 years or older. • Homelessness declined by 2 percent (or 13,344 people) between 2013 and 2014 and by 11 percent (or 72,718) since 2007.  (https://www.hudexchange.info/resources/documents/2014-AHAR-Part1.pdf)

http://www.liberalamerica.org/tag/homeless/

Before we attempt to house 10,000 refugees from Syria, or more refugees from any other country, I sincerely believe that we should take care of our own homeless people first.

FACT THREE:

More than 4.4 million people are on the legal immigrant visa waiting list according to the State Department’s annual tally. That is 100,085 more people waiting for legal immigrant visas than at the same time last year. Ninety-eight percent of those waiting have been sponsored by a family member in the United States.

The people on this waiting list have shown that they have a qualifying family relationship or that they have been sponsored by a qualifying employer. The list does not include those who are already in the United States waiting to adjust from a legal temporary status to a green card. The waiting lists are needed because of annual limits on the number of immigrants that can be admitted in certain family and employment categories, and because of caps on the number who can come from each country. Table 1 shows the number of applicants waiting by country, as of November 2014  (http://cis.org/vaughan/waiting-list-legal-immigrant-visas-keeps-growing)

HOW CAN THIS COUNTRY POSSIBLY ACCOMMODATE 10,000 MORE IMMIGRANTS WHEN WE ALREADY HAVE 4.4 MILLION LEGAL IMMIGRANTS WAITING FOR A VISA???

FACT FOUR:  (According to President François Hollande of France, and Governor Abbott of Texas, “A Syrian ‘refugee’ appears to have been part of the Paris terror attack,” likely referring to the Syrian passport that was found near the body of one of the suicide bombers near the Stade de France, the national sports stadium.)”  (http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/paris-terror-attacks/texas-gov-greg-abbott-we-wont-accept-syrian-refugees-after-n464221)

IS IT SAFE to haphazardly accept more immigrants – from any nation – without first performing thorough background checks on each and everyone, and without first knowing where and how we are going to house them, and how we are we going to feed them and care for their medical problems WHEN WE CANNOT EVEN DO THIS WITH THE IMMIGRANTS THAT WE NOW HAVE ON OUR HANDS???

Don’t misunderstand me here.  I am not a bigot,and I am damned proud of my Italian-Jewish heritage.  I just do not believe in creating bigger problems than the ones we already face in this great country of ours on a day-to-day basis!!!

 

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