Obama Welcomes Refugees With Open Arms

The Obama Administration is planning to admit over 100,000 refugees in the new fiscal year, as reported by Secretary of State John Kerry. The admittance of refugees will increase by nearly 30% since the previous year, and over 50% from the 2015 fiscal year.

Following the statement made by Secretary Kerry, critics emerged claiming that Obama’s Administration is not listening to the opposition of the people.

Many believe that the increase in refugees allowed into the states is directly linked to the increase in terrorist activity. Furthermore, the unemployment rate in the United States is still at a whopping 5% and growing as more refugees are given work visas.

The plan’s main critic in Congress is Republican Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama, who considers the admittance of more refugees to be a detrimental mistake for the Democratic Party.

The Daily Caller reports:

“The common sense concerns of the American people are simply ignored as the Administration expands its reckless and extreme policies.” Sessions said in a statement.

Republicans with similar beliefs as Sessions are trying to bring awareness to the very real threat these refugees might bring. American safety should be the top priority, not foreign aid. Besides the potential introduction of foreign diseases, terrorism and the reach of ISIS are a very real threat to American national security today, and should not be taken lightly.

The Daily Caller reports:

“Regardless, President Obama and his Administration are now pushing their extreme policies even further by stubbornly placing the requests of the United Nations above the safety of the American people by surging refugee admissions to 110,000,” Sessions said.

Regardless of the dangers, Obama sees no problem in bringing in more refugees, along with a slew of potential problems, be it financial, medical, or social.

The intake of refugees brings with it tremendous cost considering they immediately qualify for public assistance health and welfare programs, as well as lead to an increase in job consumption.

Sessions didn’t just complain about the matter and issue his rebuttals; he provided facts to back his claims. As cited by Sessions, Heritage Foundation expert Robert Rector estimates a $6.5 billion dollar cost for every 10,000 refugees, bringing next year’s round of costs related to refugee intake to be upwards of $65 billion dollars. It’s a wonder our national debt is in the trillions currently.

Alternatives such as establishing  “safe- zones” for the refugees have been brought up in special sessions, as they are more cost-effective in the long run than providing government assistance to over 100,000 new people.

The Daily Caller reports:

“The simple fact is that it would be safer and more cost-effective to establish safe zones for refugees as close to their homes as possible—particularly for those from the Middle East,” Sessions said. “One estimate found that resettling one refugee in the United States was nearly 12 times more expensive than providing care for that refugee abroad. With the prospect for a cease-fire in the region, there is even more reason to focus on providing temporary support for displaced persons in the region.”

Overall, the safety of the American people should be the ultimate concern in any situation. Though the United States has every opportunity to lend aid to those who need it, it should not jeopardize its citizens’ safety through potential terrorist or health threats, nor should it put itself in a worse position than it already is in terms of financial expenditures.

What are your thoughts? Is the refugee increase something to worry about because of safety or monetary concerns? Or is it America simply trying to do the right thing? Leave us your thoughts in the comment section below.