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Refugees would tax resources

| Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, 9:00 p.m.

The recent article “Peduto, Wolf stand by open door for Syrians” announces that Pittsburgh will accept 500 Syrian refugees. Peduto quotes a “long-held American principle” for accepting these refugees, but to what principle is he referring?

Self-preservation is also an American principle. Public fear of terrorism, though a valid concern, is not as frightening as the lack of feasibility and sustainability of this decision.

These politicians need to take a realistic look at resources and the financial burden that an influx of people with “needs” but no “means” will bring with them. In our rapidly growing city, there are already countless campaigns asking Pittsburghers to financially support everything from Thanksgiving Turkey funds to the Pittsburgh Food Bank, the United Way and the Dollar Energy fund, not to mention extensive wait lists for housing aid and rental assistance. How do 500 refugees who require jobs, homes and health care, fit into our resource “pool”? They simply don't.

Our politicians have been out of the water so long, they need to be reminded that the public pool is crowded and murky with the demands of an already overburdened social assistance network.

Kristy Houck

Whitehall

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