Written by DML
Amhert, Massachusetts has a homeless problem. The college town, like most towns in the US, finds itself with more homeless Americans than it should. In Amherst, the cost of rising rent prices for homes and apartments is a reality, and one of the reasons why the issue of homelessness is prevalent.
Do a Google Search: “Homelessness in Amherst,” and you see the results that come back are many. In fact, there was a documentary made recently about how bad the homeless situation is in Amherst.
Is it wrong for me to think that charitable organizations in Massachusetts, Amherst included, should focus all their resources and energy on helping improve the lives of the American citizens who live on the streets around them. Would that be too much to ask for?
Apparently, I am way off base. Here is the headline from the Daily Hampshire Gazette on Monday: “Congolese family of 10 coming to Amherst.”
For the first time in the Refugee Resettlement Program overseen by Springfield’s Catholic Charities, a Congolese family of 10 will be calling Amherst home.
The family, a father and his nine children ranging from school age to young adults, are scheduled to arrive by van at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, Tuesday evening, after earlier landing at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.
When they get to Amherst later that night, joined by a caseworker from Catholic Charities and members of a recently established “circle of care” based at Grace Episcopal Church, they will find that their temporary housing, near town center, is ready for them, with beds, clean towels and linens and plenty of food.
What the article fails to mention is how the family will also file for public assistance. A family of 10! Not a family of 2, or 3, or 5. A family of 10 will be paid for by the taxpayers.
If you are concerned about the children being taught English, don’t worry. Everything is in place, and taxpayers will foot the bill. According to the Gazette: “…one of the major challenges will be language, with most of the family familiar only with the Kinyarwanda language… Catholic Charities has already arranged for the children to be enrolled in the local public schools.”
I need help from my readers. Please explain to me how this gets filed under the Make America Great Again agenda? President Trump sets the number of refugees coming into America each year. Congress does not have any control over that number — it’s all Trump. Don’t overlook that fact.
“Americans first.” Well, at least it sounded good. For a while, anyway.
Amherst, Mass has apparently run out of poor Americans to care for so they will welcome a Congolese family of ten this week—a father with nine children.https://t.co/oJP7jDMmNG pic.twitter.com/6OzCGuX6Ch
— Ann Corcoran 🇺🇸 (@RefugeeWatcher) November 21, 2018