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house Bill H.R. 6510

Should the U.S. Admit 25,000 Syrian Children Until the War Ends?

Argument in favor

The U.S. can provide a safe home for 25,000 Syrian children relatively easily, and these visas would only be until the war in Syria has ended and a durable peace process is underway.

JakeS's Opinion
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12/27/2016
I cannot believe that this is even a question. Whatever happened to "give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to be free"?
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DelapierceD's Opinion
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12/28/2016
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, With conquering limbs astride from land to land; Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame. "Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
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Clara's Opinion
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12/28/2016
We have an obligation to protect those struggling and fleeing horrific conflict. History will revile us if we don't. Let us try to set a good example for our descendants, not embarrass them.
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Argument opposed

There are existing programs in place for child refugees to come to the country, and simply offering 25,000 visas to refugee children from Syria doesn’t mean it’ll be any easier for them to get here.

Glenn's Opinion
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12/28/2016
I think we should help these children but this is not how we do it. A. We don't know when the war will end. B. They won't speak the language or fit into our culture. C. We already have a large immigration problem, our solution should not add to the problem. Many immigrants who enter the US this way don't leave, and become undocumented workers (illegal aliens). D. They wouldn't get to stay with loved ones, parents, family or friends. E. Many of these children will have been taught combat and fed propaganda to hate Americans. F. It logistically makes more sense to help them in neighboring Arabic regions that will cost less and have more to offer them culturally. G. We need to fix our immigration issues before we bring more in. But we need to help them, just not this way.
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Loraki's Opinion
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12/27/2016
UPDATE: ANOTHER GOOD REASON TO NOT ALLOW THOSE CHILDREN TO COME TO THE UNITED STATES! ISIS IS MILITARIZING CHILDREN! VIDEO: https://youtu.be/PQwytzY63Yc I have a heart and I care about those children, BUT WHAT PART OF OUR $20 TRILLION DOLLAR NATIONAL DEBT DO YOU PEOPLE NOT UNDERSTAND??!! STOP AND THINK ABOUT WHAT THIS WILL COST!! The agencies bringing in the children will get TAXPAYERS' DOLLARS, and more than likely the families taking in those children will get all kinds of welfare = MORE TAXPAYERS' DOLLARS! We will pay for their medical care, too! And what assurance do we have that the federal government won't end up using those children as a reason for letting their whole extended family immigrate here later?! Senator Rand Paul said this: "Big government and debt doubled under a Republican administration. It is now trippling under President Obama's watch. President Obama is on course to add more debt than all of the previous presidents combined. We borrow a million dollars a minute. This vast accumulation of debt threatens not just our economy, but our security. We can wake up now, and do the right thing. Quit spending money we don't have." http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2015/04/07/rand_paul_big_govt_and_debt_doubled_under_bush_on_track_to_triple_under_obama.html#! PLEASE TAKE TIME TO READ THIS LETTER FROM SENATOR JEFF SESSIONS: Sessions: Obama's Syrian refugee plan to cost $55 billion, demands it be killed By PAUL BEDARD (@SECRETSBEDARD) • 11/16/15 1:05 PM Moving fast to prevent the type of terror murder Syrian-refugees bloodied Paris with, a key senator Monday moved to kill funds for President Obama's controversial and potentially dangerous plan to bring 85,000-100,000 refugees to the United States. Sen. Jeff Sessions, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, said in a letter to Senate appropriators that funding the program would amount to an invitation to foreign-born terrorists unleashing their venom on Americans. http://www.sessions.senate.gov/public/_cache/files/a8aabaf7-b9bb-431c-bd3c-e50b18680eb0/11.16.15-sessions-to-cochran-mikulski.pdf "The barbaric attacks in Paris — an assault on civilization itself — add immense new urgency," the Alabama Republican wrote. In demanding hearings on the president's plan, he also said that the cost to resettle the refugees could soar past $55 billion and they would be allowed to receive housing, welfare and food stamps. "The current proposal will amount to a blank check to President Obama to carry out his entire refugee resettlement plan," Sessions warned. The letter backs up calls from other lawmakers and even state governors to end the program in light of evidence that some involved in the Paris killings last week had Syrian passports. Below is Sessions' letter: "Dear Colleagues: In my capacity as Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, I write to respectfully request that any upcoming appropriations legislation – including any Omnibus legislation – require Congressional approval for the President's refugee resettlement plans and the funds to carry them out. In a formal notice to Congress, the Administration announced its plan to increase refugee admissions for Fiscal Year 2016 to at least a floor of 85,000, with at least 10,000 of those refugees coming from Syria (all on top of the current historic immigration flow). Absent a change in the way in which Congress provides funds for refugee admissions, processing, and related matters, this ramp-up will occur despite both public and Congressional opposition. In testimony before my Subcommittee, administration officials confirmed that our government has no access to Syrian government data to properly vet refugees and has no capacity to predict whether Syrian refugees are likely to join ISIS, as have many, for example, in Minnesota's Somali refugee community. On October 22, 2015, FBI Director James Comey confirmed this in testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, repeatedly stating that the government does not have the resources and lacks the necessary information to fully vet Syrian refugees, and could not offer any assurances that there is no risk associated with admitting these individuals to the country. Our track record on screening is very poor. My Subcommittee has identified at least 26 foreign-born individuals inside the United States charged with or convicted of terrorism over approximately the last year alone. The barbaric attacks in Paris - an assault on civilization itself - add immense new urgency. As the former head of the USCIS union warned in a public statement more than a year ago: "as we know from the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993, from the 9/11 terrorist attacks, from the Boston Bombing, from the recent plot to bomb a school and courthouse in Connecticut, and many other lesser-known terror incidents, we are letting terrorists into the United States right through our front door." Additionally, every cent of spending on refugee resettlement will have to be borrowed and added to the debt. The $1.2 billion resettlement cost put forth by the administration represents only a minute fraction of the total un-offset cost. The $1.2 billion figure is only the initial placement and start-up cost: it does not include the cost of federal welfare and entitlements, free healthcare, or state and local benefits – all of which will be paid out over the entire lifetime of the resettled individual. Indeed, a footnote in the administration's report to Congress casually observes that the line item for the Office of Refugee Resettlement 'does not include costs associated with the . . . Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Medicaid, [or the] Supplemental Security Income programs[.]' Nor does it include long-term benefits like food stamps, or any other welfare programs that refugees will be able to collect for life. HHS' own data shows that more than 90% of recent Middle Eastern refugees receive food stamps and approximately 70% receive cash welfare and government-funded healthcare. Robert Rector, Senior Research Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, estimates the net cost of resettling 10,000 refugees averages out to $6.5 billion over the lifespan of those refugees. With such a forecast, the President's proposal to resettle 85,000 refugees this fiscal year alone will result in a net cost of approximately $55.25 billion. For the same cost of providing benefits to one refugee in America, vastly more refugees could be helped by establishing safe-zones in Syria or surrounding countries until displaced persons can be safely returned home. This is the strategy likeliest to produce long-term political reform in the Middle East. It is not sound policy to encourage millions to permanently abandon their homes. We have resettled 1.5 million migrants from Muslim nations in the United States since 9/11, and it clearly has not contributed to the stabilization of unstable regions. Under current admissions policies, we can be expected to resettle another nearly 700,000 migrants from Muslim countries over the next five years. Regardless of one's view of the best policy, it cannot be disputed that Congress must reassert control over our immigration system. For the above reasons, I attached suggested language at the end of this letter that I request be included in any government funding bills that include funding for refugee resettlement operations. This language would accomplish four primary things: • It would require Congress to hold a separate vote on the President's refugee resettlement plan to unlock funding for the plan. • It would require the Congressional Budget Office to produce a full cost score of long-term federal spending on refugee resettlement, including all welfare and entitlement spending. • It would require the administration to propose offsets to fully pay for refugee resettlement. • It would require the administration to identify aliens admitted to the United States as refugees since 2001 who subsequently engaged in criminal or terrorist conduct. Absent such basic requirements, the following is certain: the administration will dramatically increase the number of refugees admitted into the United States on top of our current historic immigration flow; the United States will begin resettling tens of thousands of poorly-vetted Syrian refugees who will eventually be able to bring in their relatives; all of the exorbitant long-term costs for this resettlement will be borrowed and added to our now $18.4 trillion debt. The current proposal will amount to a blank check to President Obama to carry out his entire refugee resettlement plan. Immigration policy affects every aspect of society. Our constituents are entitled to have their Congress consider the issue carefully, since the President's plan will take money directly out of American's Social Security and Medicare retirement trust funds – while adding substantially to our nation's long-term deficits. Thank you for your consideration of this matter. Very truly yours, Jeff Sessions Chairman, Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com. http://m.washingtonexaminer.com/sessions-obamas-syrian-refugee-plan-to-cost-55-billion-demands-it-be-killed/article/2576450 The Obama administration has resettled 13,210 Syrian refugees into the United States since the beginning of 2016 – an increase of 675 percent over the same 10-month period in 2015. Of those, 13,100 (99.1 percent) are Muslims – 12,966 Sunnis, 24 Shi’a, and 110 other Muslims – and 77 (0.5 percent) are Christians. Another 24 (0.18 percent) are Yazidis. http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/patrick-goodenough/13210-syrian-refugees-admitted-year-through-october-675-99-are Putting this added burden on the backs of the American people is part of the "scorched earth" policy of Barack Obama that Allen West talks about in this article: http://www.allenbwest.com/allen/final-insult-2 EXCERPT: "Outgoing President Barack Hussein Obama is an angry man who is now on a scorched earth campaign. There are several anecdotal instances that lend to that assertion and conclusion. First of all, Obama did sign the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). He did so reluctantly and the White House did offer a statement of disagreement. The NDAA did block Obama from unilaterally shutting down GITMO — albeit he’s taken every action to transfer out detainees from the facility. I think we can all agree at this point that GITMO has nothing to do with Islamic jihadist incitement and recruitment. .... The second indication that Obama wants to scorch our nation before departing was the offshore oil drilling ban and more regulations against the coal industry. .... His angst is immense and he’s determined not to enable a smooth transition, but seek to salvage the far left progressive socialist agenda that was repudiated. .... Next, part of the post 9-11 actions was to implement a registry of individuals coming into the United States for tracking. Remember the 9-11 conspirators were issued student visas, but did not attend schools, and this has been a recurring issue. As a matter of fact, better tracking and due diligence would have precluded Tashfeen Malik from entering the United States on a fiancee visa. That mistake led to the deaths of 14 Americans, along with 21 other wounded at a Christmas party in San Bernardino. And now we have the leftists all up in arms over tracking and having a means to know who is entering our nation. .... But, it’s obviously the goal of the left, and their favored son Obama, to have those open borders and just allow anyone wanton entry into America. After all, we know there are several far leftist mayors more willing to protect criminal illegal aliens than American citizens. So, here we have another lesson: don’t blame Donald Trump about a registry; it was something enacted after the biggest Islamic terror attack on our soil. And now we have Barack Obama too busy scorching our nation and placing our citizens at risk, all because he didn’t get his way. Lastly, what a cowardly move by Obama, and his designated henchperson, Samantha Power, at the United Nations, to abstain from the vote on the anti-Israel resolution in the UN Security Council. This comes after the Trump transition team worked with Egypt to have the resolution withdrawn. That only stymied the efforts of Obama for a short while, as they found someone else, non-permanent members, to reintroduce the resolution…and then Obama sent word to abstain from the vote. .... Barack Obama had no intention of assisting the transition of Donald J. Trump into the White House. It will be far worse that when the Clintons left and they took out every single “W” from keyboards on computers in the White House, you know, George W. Bush was the new president. The Clintons also stole the White House china sets — they were dead broke ya know. Those childish antics of the Clintons pale in comparison to what Obama will do in his final days before departing 1600 Pennsylvania. Obama will instill damage to our nation in order to thwart the efforts of the incoming presidential administration." http://www.allenbwest.com/allen/final-insult-2 Lastly, to those of you who ask what would Jesus do? - First of all, Jesus came to seek and save spiritually lost people, specifically the lost "sheep" of Israel. And while He taught the principle of being a Good Samaritan and loving your neighbor, consider what He taught about being a good steward of your resources: He also said to His disciples: “There was a certain rich man who had a steward, and an accusation was brought to him that this man was wasting his goods. So he called him and said to him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your stewardship, for you can no longer be steward.’ .... He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much.” (Luke‬ ‭16:1-2, 10‬ ‭NKJV‬‬) Jesus also taught the following: “For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it — lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish'?” ‭‭(Luke‬ ‭14:28-30‬ ‭NKJV‬‬) THINK ABOUT IT!
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12/27/2016
Nope! No. The End. If post- POTUS wants to invite 25,000 children to his home, then go for it. We as taxpayers will just step back and observe Moochel farm that garden. My Mothers used to say an ass hole is born every minute…didn't know she was thinking about the Obummers. (25,000 children x (2,500/mo/child) x 12 mo) = $750,000,000 of taxpayers money. Almost pays for his extravagant vacations.
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    I cannot believe that this is even a question. Whatever happened to "give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to be free"?
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    I think we should help these children but this is not how we do it. A. We don't know when the war will end. B. They won't speak the language or fit into our culture. C. We already have a large immigration problem, our solution should not add to the problem. Many immigrants who enter the US this way don't leave, and become undocumented workers (illegal aliens). D. They wouldn't get to stay with loved ones, parents, family or friends. E. Many of these children will have been taught combat and fed propaganda to hate Americans. F. It logistically makes more sense to help them in neighboring Arabic regions that will cost less and have more to offer them culturally. G. We need to fix our immigration issues before we bring more in. But we need to help them, just not this way.
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    Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, With conquering limbs astride from land to land; Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame. "Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
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    We have an obligation to protect those struggling and fleeing horrific conflict. History will revile us if we don't. Let us try to set a good example for our descendants, not embarrass them.
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    Failure or refusal would make us monsters. The idiotic religious argument doesn't hold water.
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    Does the name Anne Frank ring a bell? Can we NOT repeat history for once?!
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    Yes. We can. We should. We must. There is no economic, legal, or moral reason we should not. We should do more, if it is proposed, but at least this. They are children.
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    It'll probably cost us less to offer safe haven for these 25,000 children than it will to secure and feed the remaining prisoners of Guantanamo Bay. The cost per citizen is negligible but the value of doing the right thing and demonstrating our nation's humanitarian leadership is priceless. This may also go a long way towards repairing bridges with the global Muslim community. Come on, people, they're kids! We have a lifeboat. We can pull let them aboard or watch them slowly drown. What would you do?
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    UPDATE: ANOTHER GOOD REASON TO NOT ALLOW THOSE CHILDREN TO COME TO THE UNITED STATES! ISIS IS MILITARIZING CHILDREN! VIDEO: https://youtu.be/PQwytzY63Yc I have a heart and I care about those children, BUT WHAT PART OF OUR $20 TRILLION DOLLAR NATIONAL DEBT DO YOU PEOPLE NOT UNDERSTAND??!! STOP AND THINK ABOUT WHAT THIS WILL COST!! The agencies bringing in the children will get TAXPAYERS' DOLLARS, and more than likely the families taking in those children will get all kinds of welfare = MORE TAXPAYERS' DOLLARS! We will pay for their medical care, too! And what assurance do we have that the federal government won't end up using those children as a reason for letting their whole extended family immigrate here later?! Senator Rand Paul said this: "Big government and debt doubled under a Republican administration. It is now trippling under President Obama's watch. President Obama is on course to add more debt than all of the previous presidents combined. We borrow a million dollars a minute. This vast accumulation of debt threatens not just our economy, but our security. We can wake up now, and do the right thing. Quit spending money we don't have." http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2015/04/07/rand_paul_big_govt_and_debt_doubled_under_bush_on_track_to_triple_under_obama.html#! PLEASE TAKE TIME TO READ THIS LETTER FROM SENATOR JEFF SESSIONS: Sessions: Obama's Syrian refugee plan to cost $55 billion, demands it be killed By PAUL BEDARD (@SECRETSBEDARD) • 11/16/15 1:05 PM Moving fast to prevent the type of terror murder Syrian-refugees bloodied Paris with, a key senator Monday moved to kill funds for President Obama's controversial and potentially dangerous plan to bring 85,000-100,000 refugees to the United States. Sen. Jeff Sessions, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, said in a letter to Senate appropriators that funding the program would amount to an invitation to foreign-born terrorists unleashing their venom on Americans. http://www.sessions.senate.gov/public/_cache/files/a8aabaf7-b9bb-431c-bd3c-e50b18680eb0/11.16.15-sessions-to-cochran-mikulski.pdf "The barbaric attacks in Paris — an assault on civilization itself — add immense new urgency," the Alabama Republican wrote. In demanding hearings on the president's plan, he also said that the cost to resettle the refugees could soar past $55 billion and they would be allowed to receive housing, welfare and food stamps. "The current proposal will amount to a blank check to President Obama to carry out his entire refugee resettlement plan," Sessions warned. The letter backs up calls from other lawmakers and even state governors to end the program in light of evidence that some involved in the Paris killings last week had Syrian passports. Below is Sessions' letter: "Dear Colleagues: In my capacity as Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, I write to respectfully request that any upcoming appropriations legislation – including any Omnibus legislation – require Congressional approval for the President's refugee resettlement plans and the funds to carry them out. In a formal notice to Congress, the Administration announced its plan to increase refugee admissions for Fiscal Year 2016 to at least a floor of 85,000, with at least 10,000 of those refugees coming from Syria (all on top of the current historic immigration flow). Absent a change in the way in which Congress provides funds for refugee admissions, processing, and related matters, this ramp-up will occur despite both public and Congressional opposition. In testimony before my Subcommittee, administration officials confirmed that our government has no access to Syrian government data to properly vet refugees and has no capacity to predict whether Syrian refugees are likely to join ISIS, as have many, for example, in Minnesota's Somali refugee community. On October 22, 2015, FBI Director James Comey confirmed this in testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, repeatedly stating that the government does not have the resources and lacks the necessary information to fully vet Syrian refugees, and could not offer any assurances that there is no risk associated with admitting these individuals to the country. Our track record on screening is very poor. My Subcommittee has identified at least 26 foreign-born individuals inside the United States charged with or convicted of terrorism over approximately the last year alone. The barbaric attacks in Paris - an assault on civilization itself - add immense new urgency. As the former head of the USCIS union warned in a public statement more than a year ago: "as we know from the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993, from the 9/11 terrorist attacks, from the Boston Bombing, from the recent plot to bomb a school and courthouse in Connecticut, and many other lesser-known terror incidents, we are letting terrorists into the United States right through our front door." Additionally, every cent of spending on refugee resettlement will have to be borrowed and added to the debt. The $1.2 billion resettlement cost put forth by the administration represents only a minute fraction of the total un-offset cost. The $1.2 billion figure is only the initial placement and start-up cost: it does not include the cost of federal welfare and entitlements, free healthcare, or state and local benefits – all of which will be paid out over the entire lifetime of the resettled individual. Indeed, a footnote in the administration's report to Congress casually observes that the line item for the Office of Refugee Resettlement 'does not include costs associated with the . . . Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Medicaid, [or the] Supplemental Security Income programs[.]' Nor does it include long-term benefits like food stamps, or any other welfare programs that refugees will be able to collect for life. HHS' own data shows that more than 90% of recent Middle Eastern refugees receive food stamps and approximately 70% receive cash welfare and government-funded healthcare. Robert Rector, Senior Research Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, estimates the net cost of resettling 10,000 refugees averages out to $6.5 billion over the lifespan of those refugees. With such a forecast, the President's proposal to resettle 85,000 refugees this fiscal year alone will result in a net cost of approximately $55.25 billion. For the same cost of providing benefits to one refugee in America, vastly more refugees could be helped by establishing safe-zones in Syria or surrounding countries until displaced persons can be safely returned home. This is the strategy likeliest to produce long-term political reform in the Middle East. It is not sound policy to encourage millions to permanently abandon their homes. We have resettled 1.5 million migrants from Muslim nations in the United States since 9/11, and it clearly has not contributed to the stabilization of unstable regions. Under current admissions policies, we can be expected to resettle another nearly 700,000 migrants from Muslim countries over the next five years. Regardless of one's view of the best policy, it cannot be disputed that Congress must reassert control over our immigration system. For the above reasons, I attached suggested language at the end of this letter that I request be included in any government funding bills that include funding for refugee resettlement operations. This language would accomplish four primary things: • It would require Congress to hold a separate vote on the President's refugee resettlement plan to unlock funding for the plan. • It would require the Congressional Budget Office to produce a full cost score of long-term federal spending on refugee resettlement, including all welfare and entitlement spending. • It would require the administration to propose offsets to fully pay for refugee resettlement. • It would require the administration to identify aliens admitted to the United States as refugees since 2001 who subsequently engaged in criminal or terrorist conduct. Absent such basic requirements, the following is certain: the administration will dramatically increase the number of refugees admitted into the United States on top of our current historic immigration flow; the United States will begin resettling tens of thousands of poorly-vetted Syrian refugees who will eventually be able to bring in their relatives; all of the exorbitant long-term costs for this resettlement will be borrowed and added to our now $18.4 trillion debt. The current proposal will amount to a blank check to President Obama to carry out his entire refugee resettlement plan. Immigration policy affects every aspect of society. Our constituents are entitled to have their Congress consider the issue carefully, since the President's plan will take money directly out of American's Social Security and Medicare retirement trust funds – while adding substantially to our nation's long-term deficits. Thank you for your consideration of this matter. Very truly yours, Jeff Sessions Chairman, Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com. http://m.washingtonexaminer.com/sessions-obamas-syrian-refugee-plan-to-cost-55-billion-demands-it-be-killed/article/2576450 The Obama administration has resettled 13,210 Syrian refugees into the United States since the beginning of 2016 – an increase of 675 percent over the same 10-month period in 2015. Of those, 13,100 (99.1 percent) are Muslims – 12,966 Sunnis, 24 Shi’a, and 110 other Muslims – and 77 (0.5 percent) are Christians. Another 24 (0.18 percent) are Yazidis. http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/patrick-goodenough/13210-syrian-refugees-admitted-year-through-october-675-99-are Putting this added burden on the backs of the American people is part of the "scorched earth" policy of Barack Obama that Allen West talks about in this article: http://www.allenbwest.com/allen/final-insult-2 EXCERPT: "Outgoing President Barack Hussein Obama is an angry man who is now on a scorched earth campaign. There are several anecdotal instances that lend to that assertion and conclusion. First of all, Obama did sign the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). He did so reluctantly and the White House did offer a statement of disagreement. The NDAA did block Obama from unilaterally shutting down GITMO — albeit he’s taken every action to transfer out detainees from the facility. I think we can all agree at this point that GITMO has nothing to do with Islamic jihadist incitement and recruitment. .... The second indication that Obama wants to scorch our nation before departing was the offshore oil drilling ban and more regulations against the coal industry. .... His angst is immense and he’s determined not to enable a smooth transition, but seek to salvage the far left progressive socialist agenda that was repudiated. .... Next, part of the post 9-11 actions was to implement a registry of individuals coming into the United States for tracking. Remember the 9-11 conspirators were issued student visas, but did not attend schools, and this has been a recurring issue. As a matter of fact, better tracking and due diligence would have precluded Tashfeen Malik from entering the United States on a fiancee visa. That mistake led to the deaths of 14 Americans, along with 21 other wounded at a Christmas party in San Bernardino. And now we have the leftists all up in arms over tracking and having a means to know who is entering our nation. .... But, it’s obviously the goal of the left, and their favored son Obama, to have those open borders and just allow anyone wanton entry into America. After all, we know there are several far leftist mayors more willing to protect criminal illegal aliens than American citizens. So, here we have another lesson: don’t blame Donald Trump about a registry; it was something enacted after the biggest Islamic terror attack on our soil. And now we have Barack Obama too busy scorching our nation and placing our citizens at risk, all because he didn’t get his way. Lastly, what a cowardly move by Obama, and his designated henchperson, Samantha Power, at the United Nations, to abstain from the vote on the anti-Israel resolution in the UN Security Council. This comes after the Trump transition team worked with Egypt to have the resolution withdrawn. That only stymied the efforts of Obama for a short while, as they found someone else, non-permanent members, to reintroduce the resolution…and then Obama sent word to abstain from the vote. .... Barack Obama had no intention of assisting the transition of Donald J. Trump into the White House. It will be far worse that when the Clintons left and they took out every single “W” from keyboards on computers in the White House, you know, George W. Bush was the new president. The Clintons also stole the White House china sets — they were dead broke ya know. Those childish antics of the Clintons pale in comparison to what Obama will do in his final days before departing 1600 Pennsylvania. Obama will instill damage to our nation in order to thwart the efforts of the incoming presidential administration." http://www.allenbwest.com/allen/final-insult-2 Lastly, to those of you who ask what would Jesus do? - First of all, Jesus came to seek and save spiritually lost people, specifically the lost "sheep" of Israel. And while He taught the principle of being a Good Samaritan and loving your neighbor, consider what He taught about being a good steward of your resources: He also said to His disciples: “There was a certain rich man who had a steward, and an accusation was brought to him that this man was wasting his goods. So he called him and said to him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your stewardship, for you can no longer be steward.’ .... He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much.” (Luke‬ ‭16:1-2, 10‬ ‭NKJV‬‬) Jesus also taught the following: “For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it — lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish'?” ‭‭(Luke‬ ‭14:28-30‬ ‭NKJV‬‬) THINK ABOUT IT!
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    It's the right thing to do.
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    What would Jesus do?
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    Doing nothing makes us part of the problem. And what does the plaque at the Statue of Liberty say?
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    These "against" comments are cynical and alarming. These are children- what are they going to do, walk freely among our streets while they acquire the resources and know-how to coordinate and carry out terror attacks among our people? Are we really afraid of children now? Perhaps providing refuge and education for 25000 children may mean there will be 25000 children less likely to turn to terrorism due to war and abandon. "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" I dislike having to appeal to emotion, but it is disturbing to see so many forgetting who we are and what this country stands for.
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    Plenty of Arab countries they can go to.
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    Nope! No. The End. If post- POTUS wants to invite 25,000 children to his home, then go for it. We as taxpayers will just step back and observe Moochel farm that garden. My Mothers used to say an ass hole is born every minute…didn't know she was thinking about the Obummers. (25,000 children x (2,500/mo/child) x 12 mo) = $750,000,000 of taxpayers money. Almost pays for his extravagant vacations.
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    I think the trauma this could cause a child is unbelievable. Leaving your family, moving to a foreign land, not speaking the language, being given all sorts of things and then having those ripped away from you and being thrown back into your old country where you no longer quite fit in? Talk about the recipe for creating someone who hates the US. I think we need to create a safe zone in their country and KEEP IT SAFE so that children can grow up in their own country and with their own culture.
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    Yes. Even more than that.
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    America first. Government funds shouldn't go towards foreign countries period. Especially while there are starving American children
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    Yes. Yes. These are children. Yes. Bring them all. Decency should not be politicized.
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    History will remember our inaction as a stain on our souls. We should stand with our hurting brothers and sisters in Syria.
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