COMMENTARY: Deal of the Century -The “Refugee” Gravy Train

 

Milton Friedman, the brilliant economist and Nobel prize winner, said: “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.” Wrong, Milton, dead wrong. If you are a Muslim “refugee” and lucky enough to penetrate the borders of a bleeding-heart Western country, you can get a free lunch, dinner, and much, much more. When Muslims arrive in Europe, they are entitled to public housing or rent subsidies, food, “living allowance,” clothing, health insurance, school supplies, daycare, child benefits, language lessons, and on and on.

“The refugees,” says National Review, “or perhaps more accurate, economic migrants, choose Europe because of Europe’s social safety net.” Investor’s Business Daily referred to the European welfare system as “the multiculturalist socialist paradise that the entire European Union affords Muslim immigrants.” There is an element of irony here. “In Islamic law,” according to jihadwatch.org, “non-Muslims have the duty to provide for the upkeep of Muslims.” European nanny states are obliging.

“A staggering 80% of Muslims in Europe are on welfare,” says punchingbagpost.com. “It’s particularly bad in Belgium and the Netherlands, where each country’s meager (about 5%) Muslim population consumes roughly 50% of the generous welfare budget.” An estimated 40% of welfare outlays in Denmark go to the 5% of the population that is Muslim. Otto Schily, former German interior minister, admitted that, “seventy percent of the newcomers land on welfare the day of their arrival.” In Sweden, immigrants are estimated at 1.5 million out of 10 million people and immigration is estimated to cost almost $14 billion per year. Enormous welfare expenditures are accompanied by high levels of unemployment. In Germany, only 2 million of 7.5 million foreigners were in the labor force.

Outrageous examples of welfare misuse abound. Take the Syrian refugee who was granted asylum in Germany along with his four wives and 23 children. He is reported by breitbart.com to be receiving 360,000 euros ($390,000) a year in benefits, sparking outrage among German citizens. An al-Qaeda woman arrested for plotting a terrorist attack in Brussels was receiving $1,100 a month in government unemployment benefits. In Denmark, 28 ISIS supporters each received $134 per day for two years. In the UK, Muslim men with more than one wife will receive extra benefits, reports the Daily Mail. Extra wives will be treated as single, allowing them to claim single person’s benefits amounting to almost $400 a month for each wife in a polygamous household.

It has been suggested that the onslaught of Muslim immigrants is part of a terrorist plot. Consider this statement from The Horn News:

“It’s not just bombs and bullets that Islamic terrorists are using to wage jihad against the West. It’s the European welfare system. Radical Islamic leaders have revealed that part of their strategy of conquest is exploiting liberal immigration and welfare policies—leeching off the West’s generous benefits while plotting to establish Islam as the dominant force in countries like Belgium, Denmark, and others.”

Meanwhile, the nanny states are discovering that they cannot bear the burden forever. As reported by National Review, Margot Wallström, Sweden’s Social Democratic foreign minister, declared: “We cannot maintain a system where perhaps 190,000 people will arrive every year—in the long run, our system will collapse.” As budgets dry up and right-wing parties gain ascendency, the European welfare spigot will shut down. Where will all the Muslim freeloaders go then? The land of the free and home of the brave. And the politically correct. And the naïve. Yes, coming to a town near you.

One of President Obama’s primary goals, says dailywire.com, was to force the US to be more diverse and, particularly, less “Islamophobic.” “A perfect way to do all that is to ramp up immigration from majority-Muslim countries, which by the end of his presidency he will have done to the tune of over one million green cards issued to Muslim migrants.” In fiscal 2016, according to Pew Research Center, Muslims made up nearly half (46%) of refugee admissions to the US, a higher share than for Christians, who accounted for 44% of refugees admitted.

The gravy train, born in Europe, continues on this side of the Atlantic. In fiscal year 2013, Sen. Jeff Sessions found that 91.4 percent of Middle Eastern refugees received food stamps, 73.1 percent were on Medicaid or Refugee Medical Assistance and 68.3 percent were on cash welfare. But wait—President Trump has different plans for Muslim immigration. Memo to Milton Friedman: You may have been right after all—it could be the end of the free lunch.

Or is it? Where Muslim immigrants leave off, illegal immigrants from south of the border are filling in. The households of illegal immigrants receive an annual average of more than $1,000 in federal welfare benefits than do the households of non-immigrant recipients. According to the Center for Immigration Studies, the welfare payout to illegal immigrant households averages $5,692 yearly, compared with the average $4,431 welfare payout to non-immigrant households. Illegal immigrants are barred from directly receiving welfare, but may obtain it through their US-born children. Of course, this does not include healthcare, education, daycare, and other benefits.

Sorry, Milton, you missed the boat again. It looks like the free lunch has a life of its own.

 


Ed Brodow

Ed Brodow is a negotiation expert, political commentator, and author of In Lies We Trust: How Politicians and the Media Are Deceiving the American Public. www.brodow.com

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