Our refugee program is broken. Already, 42 terrorists who were part of a Somali community resettled in the U.S. are fighting in the Middle East, one of whom became a suicide bomber. We know President Obama is working to bring even more refugees into the U.S. without proper background checks.
Rep. Brian Babin, R-TX, recently introduced a bill on July 30 that would suspend the current system of refugee resettlement until the Government Accountability Office “completes a thorough examination of its costs on federal, state, and local governments.”
The bill states:
SEC. 2. Suspension of admission of refugees.
Beginning on the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Homeland Security may not admit into the United States an alien under section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1157) until such time as Congress passes a joint resolution giving the Secretary authority to resume admitting aliens under such section.
SEC. 3. GAO study.
Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Comptroller General of the United States shall submit to Congress a report that includes, for the 10-year period preceding the date of the enactment of this Act, for aliens admitted into the United States under section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1157), the following information:
(1) The average duration for which such an alien received benefits under a program described in section 4.
2) The percentage of such aliens who received benefits under a program described in section 4.
(3) The cost, per year, to each program described in section 4 for such aliens.
(4) The number of such aliens who paid Federal income tax or Federal employment tax during the first year after being admitted to the United States.
5) The cost, per year, to the program described in paragraph (5) of section 4 for such aliens.
(6) The number and percentage of such aliens who received benefits under a program described in section 4—
(A) 2 years after being admitted to the United States;
(B) 5 years after being admitted to the United States; and
(C) 10 years after being admitted to the United States.
(7) The cost, per year, to the Federal Government, to State governments, and to units of local government of providing other benefits and services, directly or indirectly, to such aliens.
SEC. 4. Benefit programs described.
The programs described under this subsection are as follows:
(2) The Medicaid program under title XIX of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396 et seq.).
As you can see, the bill is relatively short and to the point. It would at least allow us to keep track of who is in the country and how we are supporting them. It is needed. Please call your Representative and ask him to support the bill. America has always been open to refugees, but in the past we have not agreed to support them indefinitely–refugees were encouraged to assimilate and be self-supporting as soon as possible. Somehow we have lost that concept. We need to be open to refugees who are willing to assimilate and become productive Americans.