Do you trust our government to do a thorough job of screening these refugees to make sure they’re not ISIS terrorists?
The first Syrian refugees admitted into the country under President Barack Obama’s contested resettlement program arrived in Missouri Wednesday from Jordan, where they had lived for three years after fleeing the Syrian civil war.
“I am ready to integrate in the U.S. and start a new life,” Ahmad al-Abboud, 45, told the Associated Press, as he and his wife and five kids boarded a plane for Kansas City — their new home.
The Obama administration plans to accept an extra 45,000 refugees in the next two years, including a minimum of 10,000 Syrian refugees by September, 2016, which will increase the annual total to at least 200,000 refugees. Most of the Syrian refugees will be resettled from Jordan, according to the regional refugee coordinator at the U.S. Embassy in its capital of Amman, where the family had been living.
“The 10,000 [figure] is a floor and not a ceiling,” the coordinator, Gina Kassem, told the Associated Press. “And it is possible to increase the number.”
Resettling the additional refugees will cost billions of dollars in welfare, education and entitlement costs. A recent analysis of government data found more than 90 percent of Middle Eastern refugees are on food stamps and more than 70 percent receive free healthcare.