Talking Points for Commissioners

See below for Talking Points.  Contact information for Buncombe County Board of Commissioners here including phone, email, and Twitter handles and hashtags.

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Talking Points

  • North Carolina Plan of Organization calls for all local agencies such as the county department of health and social service, schools as well as those who may be affected by the arrival of refugees, to be consulted about the arrival of refugees to. the community.  The program is supposed to be transparent and open to the public. We expect  transparency and public hearings should you be approached by any provider organizations.
  • mass immigration is negatively impacts our public schools in the USA.  Also my research over the years shows that it costs almost double for about four years to educate an immigrant public school student, due to special classes for English, tutorial, etc.  The children of citizens, especially our poor and low performing, are often not given the resources they need to succeed due to significant funds going to immigrant students.
  • The United Nations/State Department Refugee resettlement in North Carolina is expensive, secretive, risky and unfair.
  • Refugee Resettlement Program is billion dollar a year bloated government program.  Grant money goes to ‘religious” contractors are are paid by the head.
  • Refugees pose a serious security risk to all of us. Vetting is not possible. FBI admits is cannot fully vet refugees from war torn countries.  Records in those countries destroyed so there is no paper trail.
  • The Buncombe Commissioners have an obligation to protect life and property and preserving our resources of the citizens who elected you.  Relocation of refugees from the United States Refugee Resettlement Program is irresponsible and reckless.
  • Though US Dept of State supplies refugee providers with federal funds for the first three months, taxpayers are then burdened with financial concerns on schools, law enforcement, social services, health care, housing.
  • Refugees access welfare on the same basis as a U.S. citizen and deplete the already stressed resources provided by 15  Federal  programs.
  • Refugees bring communicable diseases such as tuberculosis.  It is your responsibility to make sure our community and the 50 mile surrounding area are not exposed as Tennessee, Wisconsin, Ohio, Louisiana, Vermont, Colorado, Florida, Kentucky, Idaho, Indiana, and North Dakota have been.
  • Although many church sponsors believe refugees are a good mission field, U.S. State Department regulation forbids the use of the program for that purpose.  The refugee providers – large sponsors – of these programs are paid on a per-capita basis, which is a built in conflict of interest.

 

  • Security Risks Too High To Accept Refugees from Terrorists Nations

The security risks are too high for the U.S. to any longer accept refugees from terrorist nations because they cannot provide critical biographical information. Homeland Security cannot complete a threat assessment. The safety of those of us living in the same community cannot be guaranteed as demonstrated in the terror attacks we now see regularly in San Bernadino, Orlando, Paris, Munich, and the list grows.  It’s reckless, irresponsible, and risky to accept refugees at this time. Accepting them not only puts Asheville and Buncombe County at risk, but a 50 mile radius around Asheville at risk.  If you care about our community and our state, please 1) do not consider any refugee resettlement at this time, and 2) make public any request from a resettlement provider. The public has a right to know.  

  • Our refugee program has become a world magnet because refugees access welfare on the same basis as a U.S. Citizen. 

We are depleting resources away from our own citizens who need assistance. Our communities must pay for refugee housing, health, public safety and education.  Over five years, one refugee costs $64,370 in the first give years, or $257,481 per household  – 12 times what the UN estimates it costs to care for one refugee in a neighboring Middle Eastern country.  This is our tax money!  In addition, the following programs they have access to are put under stress.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

Medicaid

Food Stamps

Public Housing

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Social Security Disability Insurance

Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD) (direct services only)

Child Care and  Development Fund

Independent Living Program

Job Opportunities for Low Income Individuals (JOLI)

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

Postsecondary Education Loans and Grants, Refugee Assistance Programs

Title IV Foster Care and Adoption Assistance Payments (if parents are qualified immigrants – refugees, asylees, etc.)

Title XX Social Services Block Grant Funds.

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  • Refugee Resettlement in Buncombe County Puts ALL of Us At Serious Risk 

While we should help these refugees, they would be better served remaining in places like Syria protected in “safe zones” by the US and allies.  Countries like Saudi Arabia refuse to accept refugees from Syria citing security issues.  So, why are we even entertaining the idea? Much to their credit, the Henderson County Board of Commissioners passed a Resolution opposing resettlement citing health and cost issues.  However if Buncombe county begins accepting refugees, all mountain counties within a 50 mile radius are also affected.

Why aren’t the Buncombe County Commissioners concerned for our safety and welfare? Will you support a resolution to oppose the relocation of refugees from the United States Refugee Resettlement Program?

If you want my vote, you need to commit to keeping us safe and our community solvent.