Friday, June 23, 2017

Guest commentary: What You Can Say, when they say _____ Refugees Coming to Your Town--Talking Points




RefugeeResettlementWatch| by Ann Corcoran

I’m asked all the time: What can I do?  What can I do?

This is an excellent example of the kind of thing you can do.  This is a list of talking points thoughtfully prepared by Brenda Arthur of the Charleston, WV Act for America chapter.  As a citizen activist, she put some serious time into preparing this point/counterpoint and made it available for all of you!

PROPONENTS OF REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT

WILL SAY :

1. Your town is losing population. Bringing refugees will revitalize your city.
+ Truth: Saying that Importing third world poverty into our city or state revitalizes it just defies logic and commonsense.
+The educational level of many refugees is low. They will only qualify for minimum or low wage jobs. Therefore, they will continue to qualify for some form of government assistance such as Medicaid and/or Food Stamps aka SNAP.
+ Big Business uses refugees for cheap labor thereby depressing wages for Americans with low education levels.
+ The cost of educating a refugee child is apprx $10,000+ per year not to mention the additional cost of English language assistance/interpreters and additional tutoring due to a lack of previous education.




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