The total cost for all refugee programs in the United States is
$ 760,859,268

This is in response to a report I read and shared Several months prior: The Yearly Congressional Report from the Office of Refugee Resettlement.

I was not aware at the time that the report is not honest. It gives a deceptively low number of spending for those who are given refugee benefits. The report can do this because technically it is the States that initially funds the costs associated with the refugee process. However, what they do not include in the report is that every state is paid back 100% by the Federal Government for any funds spent to resettle refugees.These payments are made from the Federal Government [complements of the US taxpayer]

  • Refugees arriving in the US are first under the jurisdiction of the State Dept. All services provided for the first 30-90 days are paid directly from funds from the DOS.
  • After this time the refugees  are then passed on to one of the private agencies that have a contract with the Office of Refugee Resettlement.
  • Important to note that these agencies are listed as “nonprofit” this means that while they are collecting a paycheck from taxpayer funds….they themselves are tax exempt.

[The information above can be verified on the Refugee Council of the United States website]

The following NGO agencies are paid by the Federal Government and are found in almost every state across the country:

1) Church World Services

2) Ethiopian Community Development Council

3) Episcopal Migration Ministries

4) Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society

5) International Rescue Committee

6) US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants

7) Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services

8) United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

9) World Relief Corporation

* these core group of resettlement agencies are paid by the number of refugees that they receive

Interesting [Often Unknown] Facts Regarding Refugees:

  • Regardless of income or eligibility factors all of those labeled “refugees” are given 5 years of CMA [cash and medical assistance]. Put another way, the qualifications that the US citizens must meet to receive TANF (temporary assistance for needy families) are more stringent than those that allow refugees to receive cash and healthcare.
  • Other services that refugees are entitled to are food, clothing, housing and employment services.
  • Refugees are eligible to (and almost always do) receive these benefits for the full five years. And many receive extensions on these programs because they have additional children or other “extenuating circumstances” that occur during the initial five years.

You Do Not Have to Be a Refugee….to Get the Benefits of Being a Refugee:

The following groups are classified as refugees and given the same services as a “traditional refugee”

  • Asylum seekers [they do not have to be approved, just applied in order to receive the benefits]
  • Cuban parolees
  • Cuban/ Haitian entrants
  • Special Immigration visa holders [ those who claim to be fleeing violence, those testifying against violent crimes, those that are classified as “exceptional”]
  • Unaccompanied Minors [this is one of the main motivators for parents sending their children here alone, they are entitled to these services and then they are joined by the parents later]
  • Survivors of torture
  • Victims of Human Trafficking

[can be verified on the Dep. Of State Website]

Summary of the Attached Graph and Data:

When I begin to research the various programs provided for refugees, I noticed the vast array of services available and the myriad of people that were included in the refugee category.

This struck me as odd because I am very familiar with the numbers that the State Dep and ORR turn out as far as funding is concerned, and there was simply no way that all these services and all these people could be covered for the amount they were claiming to pay.

With that in mind, I utilized the Refugee Council of the United States website and went through state by state to add up the funds that are being spent. Here is where this got really interesting, the Refugee Council of the United States will not give you the current numbers as to what each state is spending unless you contact each state’s director and fill out what basically amounts to a FOIA request.

So that is what I did. I sent requests to the directors in all 49 states that participate in refugee placement (Wyoming receives no funding for refugee placement). When I received the requested information, I put it into the attached table and added it up to see what each state’s total cost is….and what it costs our country as whole to fund our own replacement

* $ 760,859,268 [total refugee cost per year]

Additionally, the final page has the name and website of each “international voluntary agency that contributes to the refugee process. I did not supply this information to encourage harassment of any of these organizations. This list is included because it is your right as a tax payer to know where your money is being spent in your home state.

Bottom Line-

It is your right to know who is actively working to replace you, and how much of your money they are spending to do it, and the attached document sheds light on this information: