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BUDGET: Cuts impact refugees, immigrants

Letter by Dorothy A.W. McCabe, Tacoma on Dec. 5, 2011 at 11:58 am with 8 Comments »
December 5, 2011 2:27 pm

The state’s current economic forecast is forcing policy-makers to make difficult decisions about cuts to critical services. With a projected deficit of more than $2 billion, service reduction is inevitable. However, it is imperative for legislators to remember the Priorities of Government during the special session and preserve essential services that improve the health and security of Washington’s vulnerable children and adults, including refugees and immigrants in our community.

Refugees and immigrants have fled oppression, severe hardship, torture and abuse and have sought refuge only to find that all the needed services that help them transition to self-sufficiency are being targeted for drastic cuts and elimination. Many of these cuts will have a disproportionate impact on refugees and immigrants who do not have access to other resources.

This population has been through enough. Let’s not take away their hope to build better lives for themselves and their families.

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  1. taxedenoughintacoma says:

    You have got to be kidding me!!!

    At least they came to a free country. If it’s too hard for them they are free to return to where they came from.

    If they were not able to provide for themselves they should not have been allowed into this country. We have 46 million people now on food stamps. We don’t need to add to that number with immigrants that can’t pay their way. Anyway we need tax dollars to pay for this:


  2. muckibr says:

    Even without the special programs, refugees who have come to this country after escaping their own have found something much better than what they left. So, if the state has to cut programs that would have helped with refugee transition, then that’s a shame, but it’s also the refugees opportunity to be part of the rest of us and struggle with cutbacks that everyone has to deal with. Not complaining about such cutbacks could be one way they, the refugees, could show they really do appreciate freedom in America.

  3. itwasntmethistime says:

    Fortunately, the hardship and torture refugees have escaped from has made them very resilient so they should be fine if the road gets a little rocky. I’m sure they’ll still find a way to fund their God-given right to a cell phone, with or without programs to help them learn how to navigate America’s welfare system.

  4. itwasntmethistime says:

    If it’s too hard on them they can always return from whence they came.

  5. concernedtacoma7 says:

    Well said muckibr.

  6. muckibr says:

    Thanks concerned…!

  7. Vox_clamantis_in_deserto says:

    +1 mucibr – you see, we can find common ground!

  8. Cry me a river! I’m more concerned for members of my family who are struggling to make it than I am some illegal alien who shouldn’t be here in the first place. Maybe they should channel all of that energy they used to sneak into this country into organizing and over-throwing the crooks that control their own country, like our fore fathers did.

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