For Officials: Arguments you will hear from Proponents Q and A
- This is a charitable program.
Answer: More than half of the initial expenses are paid by the Federal Government – money to the United Nations, money for bureaucrats, money for FBI and DHS officials – client stipends for 3 – 8 months – these costs run at least 1 billion per year. But the majority of immigrants bring in family members and up to 70% stay on food stamps and Medicaid forever.
- The Voluntary Agencies are evangelizing these people who have never heard of Christ.
Answer: Proselytizing is stricken forbidden by federal law.
- It’s just a few refugees.
Answer: Once a city is a seedling, it will grow and grow rapidly. See Detroit, Lewiston, Maine; Clarkston, Ga.
- The Bible says we must welcome the stranger.
Answer: The stranger you must welcome is already here and near at hand; and you are individually obligated to help your neighbors. The state, however, has no obligation or even right to go out and import strangers for you to take care of.
Since the ancient Greeks, educated man has known the difference between tyranny and and government for the benefit of the people. This program is for the benefit of the immigrants, the human trafficking Volags, the brainwashed churches, globalists, and the employers who want cheap labor. It is not run for the benefit of the majority of Americans and especially not for the benefit of our low-skilled, and minority populations. Citizens come first. We can find other ways to help the oppressed.
- Jesus was a refugee in Egypt.
Answer: His parents took him to Egypt, a part of the Roman Empire so Joseph entered Egypt legally and at his own expense. He supported himself and his family working as a carpenter and when it was safe, he returned home the goal of real refugees.
- Taking immigrants and refugees is an American tradition.
Answer: For almost all of our history, Congress closely watched Immigration and controlled it for the benefit of the United States, as the Founders intended. However, in 1965, the law changed to benefit low-skilled workers, unfortunately just as American blacks were beginning to make economic progress. Black jobs matter!
- It’s a Federal Program and there’s nothing states, counties and cities can do about it.
Answer: This is hogwash. The Refugee program is voluntary. We are not obligated to participate. Right now, our Governor has the power to decline to sign. Our Legislature, can change the way we give or decline to give consent. We cannot tell legal immigrants that they cannot move to South Carolina; nor can we tell World Relief that they cannot drop immigrants off in Spartanburg or Greenville, but our state can refuse to participate in the program. And the State Department says over and over that it will not settle refugees in places where the inhabitants feel this program is not right for them.
Athens, Ga. and Cayce, S.C., and Greenville, S.C. have had success in discouraging refugee resettlement in their communities. Greenville’s resolution passed 9 – 0, not long after Spartanburg refused to even consider a similar resolution. When the Greenville County Council was poised to vote against support for the Refugee Resettlement Program, World Relief packed up and left town, although World Relief had been quietly seeding Greenville for some years and there’s a Muslim Community Center in Greer. However, when the resolution was proposed, World Relief moved. I think officials are the key to keeping this unnecessary problem out of our communities.
- No one is talking about a refugee resettlement office in my town.
Once the State Department approves a settlement office, they can settle their clients anywhere within 100 miles. There are plans for over 300 offices in the nation. I think that will be enough to cover 80-90% of U.S. cities.