Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The Cost is Great - Refugees bringing infectious diseases as well as crime

While there are plenty of refugees who conspire to recruit Muslim migrants to make bombs and blow up U.S. military installations, there are also dozens of Somali refugees who have been charged and/or convicted of providing material support to overseas terrorist organizations.

Minnesota pays out millions every year in welfare for refugees, but there are secondary costs that never get tabulated.

In fiscal 2017, which ended last last week, the state spent $1.5 million to combat three infectious disease outbreaks — including the largest measles outbreak in three decades, which was concentrated in the Somali refugee community. And health officials notified legislative leaders this week that they want to tap a special public-health fund to offset additional costs.


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