Whether we want them or not, the Syrian refugees are coming. While the size of the United States may help mitigate some of the social insanity we’re seeing from Europe, it’s still not filling many Americans with warm, fuzzy feelings.
“But they only want a better life,” some might argue. They have a point, many of them do. Unfortunately, they arrive and allow us to pay for it.
So, statistically, where are these freedom seekers from, and how are they faring in the land of milk and honey?
From Sen. Jeff Sessions:
Immigration Subcommittee Background:
The ORR figures defined refugees from the “Middle East” as being from Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, and Yemen.
During the time period referenced in the chart (FY2008 to FY2013), the United States admitted 115,617 refugees from the Middle East and granted asylum to another 10,026.
Those with green cards are Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) of the United States who may apply for citizenship after 5 years and bring their foreign relatives into the U.S. on green cards as well.
More broadly, concerning all immigration, the Migration Policy Institute notes that the U.S. has taken in “about 20 percent of the world’s international migrants, even as it represents less than 5 percent of the global population,” and that 1 in 4 U.S. residents is now either an immigrant or born to immigrant parents.
The Census projects that another 14 million immigrants will arrive in the United States between now and 2025, easily eclipsing the highest previous historical watermark for foreign-born population share.
Meanwhile, at least 91.4 percent of the refugees Sessions identifies are on some form of public assistance. The numbers might be higher since theoretically, someone may be counted in the other categories without being on food stamps. Not likely, but possible.
The only way you can create a demographic group with a greater drain on the American taxpayer is to chart all of the people on public assistance.
Not that any of the powers that be care. They’re racking up the requisite Compassion Points. It would be nice if they’d be as “compassionate” without screwing the rest of us over somehow.