August 21, 2014
From Georgia Insight, August newsletter
(This article is about Georgia and near-by area counties. Our state income taxes pay for government benefits for illegal aliens, including schooling and welfare benefits. Each county will also be responsible for any local costs through increased property taxes.)
As 2014 began, 66,000 refugees had been resettled in Georgia, costing Georgians $17 million in welfare benefits in 2010, including $4 million from county property taxes. The federal government pays most of the cost for 90 days. Then, Georgians absorb the welfare costs.
Georgia’s High Cost of Supporting Refugees, with More to Come
FY 2010: Total Local Costs $3,886,416.43
FY 2011: Total State Costs $2,930,131.89
FY 2011: Total Federal Costs in Georgia $10,241,728.93
FY 2011: Total State, Local & Federal Costs $17,038,275.25
New Resettlement in Athens to Get 150 Refugees, Additional 60 Families each Year
“Our community doesn’t reject refugees…. But in a community that already has one of the highest poverty rates in the state, to add another level of stress to all the agencies and organizations that are trying to help people in difficult situations it’s very concerning. What I feel is the most distressing is that the local people who are going to be taking care of the needs are not brought into the loop until the very end.”
– Athens Mayor Nancy Denson
From 2004 through 2011, only one refugee was sent to Oconee County. But that lone refugee in Athens will soon be joined by 150 of the current crop of refugees from Iraq, Afghanistan, Myanmar and the Democratic Republic of Congo. A third of them will be school age.
On August 4th, The Red and Black story “International refugees to find home in Athens,” might have shocked life-long residents, but J.D. McCrary, International Rescue Committee (IRC) executive director, is looking for office space in Athens, while advertising for a site manager and caseworker. IRC works in 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities. Athens is city number 23.
McCrary said, “These people have been invited by the United States to settle here. Our organization, IRC, simply helps them with that process.” Unaccompanied alien children don’t meet the refugee definition, but if classified as such, they get furnished apartments and at least six months funding. They’re enrolled in English classes, the kids are enrolled in school, the adults look for jobs and receive Social Security cards, plus all necessary documents.
Foundations for the current flood of illegal aliens were laid by Congress and signed into law by President Jimmy Carter on March 17, 1980, St. Patrick’s Day.
The Department of Human Services (DHS) Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) takes into custody unaccompanied alien children (UAC) at the border and those apprehended within the U.S. Another agency, the Department of Unaccompanied Children Services, was created within ORR to handle the massive paperwork required for the thousands under age 18.
Adults accompanying illegal alien children may be deported, but the illegal alien children are released to “family” members. Absent a “family” member, UACs are placed in foster care.
The Georgia Office of Family Independence (OFI), which is a Division DFACS, which is a Division of DHR, employs a Refugee State Coordinator and six Project Administrators to serve refugees, asylees, Vietnamese Amerasians, Haitian entrants, and victims of trafficking.
Individuals classified in any of those five categories receive certain welfare benefits, including food stamps, energy assistance, foster care, Medicaid, education, subsidized child care and TANF, i.e. monthly cash to needy families. TANF cash is limited to 60 months per lifetime.
Georgia Insight – August 2014- Georgia Insight is a conservative publication financed entirely by its recipients.