Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, June 26, 2015 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler
Recently, I asked the Office of Budget and Research, “How much money in the FY2015-16 budget is allotted to refugee resettlement in Georgia?” The answer, “$9,300,000, but it’s all federal money.” The state does not appropriate matching funds to get that amount, but after refugees arrive, state and local taxes provide welfare benefits, services and education.
Refugee resettlement is an international program powerfully influenced by the United Nations. Global entities determine which nationalities come, how many are selected, and where they settle. By 2012 Georgia’s refugee population had grown so much that Governor Deal asked for a 50-percent reduction in the number coming to Georgia every year. But, the governor’s wisdom was questioned by Mr. J.D. McCrary, executive director for the Atlanta office of International Rescue Committee, Inc. Note this interesting fact. Though Mr. McCrary is employed by an international business, his decision trumped the request of Georgia’s governor.
This is what he said, “Fifty-percent. That’s an enormous request and in fact it’s an unreasonable request. We’re really not sure what the Governor’s or the state’s reservations are over the arrival of new refugees.” So, he arbitrarily cut the governor’s request down to 20- to 25-percent and decided to send Georgia 2,500 refugees every year, instead of 4,000. Continue reading