Buncombe County Should Take Advice From Henderson and Oppose Refugee Resettlement Program

BUNCOMBE COUNTY SHOULD TAKE ADVICE FROM HENDERSON AND OPPOSE REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT RELOCATION by Jennifer Hargett 

The Board of Commissioners of Henderson County recently passed a resolution to oppose the resettlement of refugees from the US Refugee Resettlement Program.  I applaud their action and urge the same be done in Buncombe County.   The Commissioners noted that Michael Steinbach of the FBI Counterterrorism Division has admitted that they are unable to fully vet incoming Syrian refugees because there are no systems in place on the ground to collect information.  Furthermore, while the U.S. Department of State provides short term funding, eventually the host communities become responsible for the expenses of supporting the needs of the refugees.  These include housing, job training, education of children, health care, and food.  Assuming these refugees eventually become employable, they will compete with Americans for jobs and drive down wages.   Charity begins at home, and the resources of the citizens of Buncombe County should be directed to helping our own poor and unemployed citizens.   (150 words)