RENACCI: DeWine Makes The Wrong Move Bringing More Refugees To Ohio
During the holiday season, most Americans were focused on faith, family and last-minute gifts. Few were paying attention to what was going on in Washington or Columbus, Ohio. While voters were taking a break from politics, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine pushed forward a misguided and controversial decision to bring refugees into the state.
President Trump issued an executive order allowing states and municipalities the opportunity to opt out of the refugee resettlement program. The executive order empowered states and localities across the country to finally make their own decisions on the controversial subject, rather than having refugees imposed on their communities by Washington. Yet without consulting voters with so much as a town hall meeting, DeWine decided to go forward with the refugee process.
On Dec. 24 DeWine wrote to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that Ohio would continue to take in refugees and stated that religious organizations in Ohio are successful at welcoming and assimilating refugees. What he failed to disclose was that religious organizations like Catholic Charities and Catholic Social Services, who resettle refugees in Ohio, are paid handsomely for their work at taxpayer expense.
Contractors like Catholic Charities have a budget to resettle refugees that is financed by taxpayer money. On average, it costs $15,000 to help resettle a single refugee. Once they are in the country, they are automatically eligible for government programs like food stamps, welfare, and Medicaid. During their first 20 years in the U.S., taxpayers will spend over $92,000 per refugee, and that does include if they have children who have to be educated, hospitalized, and sometimes incarcerated at taxpayer expense.
The entire refugee resettlement organization is a for-profit enterprise that brings thousands of people into working-class communities at taxpayer expense. Governor DeWine didn’t even feel it necessary to speak to voters about his decision beforehand. He automatically assumed that Ohioans wanted to import more people to their communities like far-left Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, who came to the U.S. under our refugee program and was resettled by Catholic Charities.
Critics, especially religious organizations, have been condemning anyone who says the refugee system is problematic as being un-Christian or closed-minded. This couldn’t be further from the truth.