I see people that I know, like, and respect, posting comments on Facebook that strongly recommend that the United States accept President Obama’s suggestion that we import 10,000 Syrian Refugees, although these people now live in Mexico; a country that has done little more than import a few Syrian students, and whose residents flee across the border 24/7 to the United States. I have tried, and fail to understand their reasoning. When “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” was inscribed on the Statue of Liberty in 1888, the United States consisted of 38 states and 9 territories, with a total population (according to the 1888 American Almanac) of 50,155,393 people (86.7% native born; 13.3% foreign born – with slightly more men than women). Our last U.S. Census took place in 2010, 122 years later. Although our total population had dramatically increased (in 2010) to an estimated 308,700,000 at first glance it would appear that although increased, the breakdown of our population was about the same. Then (in 2010) 49.2% of our population was listed as male, and 50.8% as female; a few more women than men were living in the U.S. in 2010 – and surprisingly, 87.1% were listed as Native Born (VS. 86.7% in 1888) and 12.9% were listed as Foreign Born (VS.13.3% in 1888). The Foreign Born total does include 22,480 people listed as “Noncitizens” (legal aliens living in the United States). HOWEVER (and this is what has changed) . . .We now have an estimated 12,000,000 illegal immigrants that are not counted in the Census. While I have not been able to discover an Federal Program that specifically provides any form of assistance to illegal aliens, they (the illegal aliens) sap billions of dollars annually out of the U.S. economy, often by stealing American identities, obtaining and using fraudulent Social Security Cards, claiming false Tax Refunds, taking jobs away from legal, qualified, American citizens and sending millions of dollars annually to their home countries. The list goes on and on (http://cis.org/IdentityTheft).
While no one should believe that any Syrian Refugees allowed to immigrate into the United States would take advantage of their acceptance and treat us as the illegal and undocumented aliens already living in this country do, I sincerely believe that we need to resolve our problems with the accommodations of 12,000,000 illegal immigrants before we accept more immigrants into our country. President Obama’s plan to import 10,000 Syrian refugees would cost U.S. tax payers $130 million per year, according to projections from Heritage Foundation scholar Robert Rector (http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/09/11/report-obamas-plan-to-import-10000-refugees-would-cost-taxpayers-6-5-billion/).
Finally, I strongly believe that we need to know how and where we are going to feed and house and care for 10,000 refugees before we import them into our midst (and, how we can be certain that we are not inviting terrorists – possibly terrorists that are not even Syrians – to move in with them)!