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Guest opinion: I made my calls!

Posted by Ann Corcoran on September 21, 2016

Editor:  From time to time we post guest columns and other comments which we think are important to highlight. And, as you know if you’ve been following RRW for the last few weeks, we have been nagging you to call your members of Congress, Senators too, and tell them to defund the Refugee Admissions Program in the on-going budget battle.

This is from one of our readers, Merrill McCarthy, who did call and has reported here (below) what she learned in the process.

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., listens as Treasury Secretary Jack Lew defends President Barack Obama's new budget proposals, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. Rep. Ryan, who agrees with Obama on extending the earned income tax credit to more workers without children, says he hopes that lawmakers and the administration could agree on ways to finance expanding the EITC. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Speaker Ryan holds the future of your towns in his hands! He is the decider. He will decide if the Babin initiative is placed into the Continuing Budget Resolution or not. He will be responsible for the demographic make-up of your towns for generations to come. Tell him politely, but firmly, what you think by going here:

It is not too late, both ACT for America and NumbersUSA are urging calls to cut the funding for refugees from terror-producing parts of the world. 

One of our readers reminds us to NOT miss letting Speaker Ryan’s office know what you think as well.

Here is what one caller learned (and suggests):

I made my calls today to Speaker Ryan and others in the House to encourage them to follow the lead of Babin and Brat.

I have been making calls on various issues since the early days of the Tea Party and today was different. With the exception of Speaker Ryan there was most often a staffer on the other end of the line instead of voicemail or the dreaded message the mailbox was full.

The staffers seemed to be receptive and they listened. Nobody tried to hurry me off the phone. At first I felt sad that having such an easy time getting through meant there were not a lot of other people calling, but then the thought occurred to me that they were actively taking the pulse of the callers. Most everyone would agree that the attacks on our soil in the last couple of days are an ominous sign of how quickly we are moving toward the new normal of European style chaos.

I told the staffers that we must halt refugees from areas that are hotbeds of terrorism or from areas that are so disrupted that there is no way to vet their people. It is irresponsible to open the door that allows even one terrorist to slip through the cracks.

We also need leadership to develop sound public policy on the refugee question. For too long vested interests of the UN and the VOLAGs have been running the show. The time has long since arrived to put our citizens first. That does not mean we abandon the refugees. There is a solution that helps both US citizens and refugees by working to establish safe zones so people are able to stay in their home countries to ride out the storm.

This helps the US by eliminating the burgeoning costs of a program spending money by the billions to bring refugees here and provide them with all types of ancillary services and accommodations, including ongoing welfare and entitlement programs. And for what? Many seem to resist assimilation and more and more we are seeing homegrown jihadis. Let’s stop importing and growing terrorists.

At the cost for every refugee we help here, we could help 12 in the home country. Isn’t that a far more compassionate approach? Is it not better policy to help people stay and rebuild their own country, rather than leaving things so unstable that an ongoing vacuum is created? It seems rather cruel to pull people out of their culture, traditions, climate, and kinship and allow the UN to disperse them to the four corners of the wind.

And we have a responsibility to take care of our own first. We have veterans, the elderly, the poor and the disabled. We hear of children in this country going to bed hungry. These are the people we should be helping first. Instead we have refugees squeezing our own people out of jobs and affordable housing and draining taxpayer dollars with ongoing entitlements.

This is the time for leadership and a new paradigm in refugee policy. More and more people are waking up to the detrimental nature of what has been going on in the dark for decades. Once examined, the only thing that makes sense is helping the refugees in their own regions. It is better for them and it is better for the US citizen.

Now is the time to call Congress and stress there is an alternative to business as usual on the refugee question. Let’s reframe the argument. Help 1 or help 12? It seems like an easy argument to make.

Keep calling! They are listening!

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7 Responses to “Guest opinion: I made my calls!”

  1. […] Guest opinion: I made my calls! […]


  2. One way to get around the blocks that Congressman Ryan has set up is to send a snail mail. Don’t bother with his D.C. office. SInce anthrax it takes a long time to get through in D.C. Here is his contact information with local addresses.

    You’ll notice that for emails he (as all other reps do) only accepts emails from zipcodes in his district.

    I keep envelopes stamped and ready to go or I end up postpoing…


    • Ann Corcoran said

      I sent a comment to his speaker’s address that I posted and got the most ridiculous canned response that said not one word about refugees!


  3. Jack Venrick said

    Ann – I just form emailed the following letter to Speaker of the House PYR. _____

    Dear Speaker of the House Paul Ryan: Thank you for considering my thoughts. I am 73 years old and just returned to my home state of Montana after some 40 years in Puget Sound Washington where I careered at The Boeing Company as an electrical engineer. I have had the great fortune to be raised in Montana where my father was a U.S. Dept. of Ag Forest Ranger on a number of national forests. My web site is Montana is being overwhelmed by forced immigration of unvetted Muslims into our cities and small communities which have no housing or jobs. Many people in Montana who are of working age have to leave the state to find employment, e.g. my excavator is in Tennessee working with his son and equipment because there is not enough construction here in the Flathead Lake valley, NW Montana. The Muslims do not assimilate in the communities, they have a history of violence and the contract companies pushing these people into our small towns are known “pump and dump” operations where they take federal handouts with little or no follow up. Look at Europe and especially Sweden for what happens to countries with bleeding hearts taking in more immigrants than the country and the locals can tolerate. Please read Brigitte Gabriel books “They Must Be Stopped”. She is from Lebanon and converted to Christianity and was persecuted and speaks from experience. As a result of this experience, she started which has some 300,000 members. We are having the same problem with the native American tribes in all the states especially Montana. 80% have left the reservation and the other 20% hang on to the old ways and refuse to assimilate. Meanwhile they are given government handouts and special treatment for generation after generation. No one is willing to change when you enable them for so long. Then they turn around and use the federal handouts and gambling money to terrorize adjoining private property owners threatening their livelihoods and use of water and property rights. All of us are immigrants but we learned the English language language and assimilated and got jobs and were proud of America. Illegal and unvetted immigration is a huge problem in America, it is breaking down our culture and traditions and way of life. This is an agenda operation in that the local people do not get a voice and these decisions are made by very few on city and county municipal councils who just do not have a clue. Better said, they have an extreme bias that they can spend more tax money supporting more codependent people than the local community citizens can provide. If you want to help aliens, help them in their own countries, do not bring them here to America, we are maxed out! Please unfund all resettlement and immigration from hotbed countries and protect our borders from further illegal unvetted immigration. Furthermore, American companies are increasingly outsourcing their manufacturing abroad making jobs more difficult to find for the natural born Americans. Jack Venrick Rollins, Montana


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  5. Bob Enos said

    Terrific letter, Ann. Very nice job, Merrill McCarthy!


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