Letter To The Editor – Thompson 1.28.2016


A BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR.  That’s how much we Americans are spending (that we know of) for refu­gee resettlement in the United States. That amount does not include subsidized housing, most healthcare, food stamps, other cash assistance, educating the kids or the costs to the criminal justice system.

Here in Missouri, the International Institute of Metropolitan St. Louis, Mo. is in business to aid refugees. There is a branch office in Spring­field, Mo., at 3046 S. Delaware, Su. J, Spfd., Mo. 658804, telephone number 417-720-1552.  It was opened after receiving a federally funded refugee Social Services Pro­gram grant administered by the state of Missouri.  The competitive-bid contract, worth about $100,000 a year, is renewable annually for four years, pending available funding.

The contract calls for the non­profit International Institute to help new-arrival refugees in southwest Missouri (those who have been in the U.S. for less than five years) get jobs within a year of entering the program, according to Seth Bundy, spokesman for the Missouri Depart-ment of Social Services.  Interna­tional Institute has had a similar contract in the St. Louis re­gion “for many years,” President and CEO Anna Crosslin said.

I spoke to a person in the Spring­field office, and he said they not only help refugees find jobs, but help refugees find housing, health care, food stamps and other cash assistance.

You and I are paying taxes to our federal government and they give some of this money to these non-profit companies in the form of “grants,” so they can hire people to dole out the money to refugees coming into our country.

If you are having trouble finding a job, having trouble finding a place to live, or need some “cash assis­tance” that you have not been able to obtain as an American citizen, maybe you could pass yourself off as a refugee.  The federal govern­ment seems to love giving our tax money away as “grants” so people from other countries can come here and live.

Rep. Brian Babin, R-Texas, has entered legislation H.R. 3314 The Resettlement Accountability Nation-al Security Act of 2015 that “would suspend the admission into the U.S. of refugees in order to ex­amine the costs of providing bene­fits to such individuals and for other purposes.”  Our U.S. Rep. Jason Smith has not signed on yet.  You can call him at (202) 225-4404.

Donald Trump has said we should stop bringing in refugees until we can “vet” them, which many experts are saying is not possible and the terrorists are posing as refugees.  We already have examples in Balti­more and San Bernadino.

You can Google “International Institute of Metropolitan St. Louis, Mo.,” and “USCRl-01” for more information.

Norma Thompson