Boston Marathon Bombers were also “refugees”
For an example of what can happen when Islamic refugees are allowed into the United States we need look no further than the Boston Marathon bombers, Tamerlan & Dzhokar Tsarnaev. As you may recall, the Tsarnaev brothers, along with the rest of their family, were granted political asylum in the United States as refugees from war-torn Chechnya. (See here)
In addition to the grant of asylum, the Tsarnaev family collected $100,000 in various federal, state and local benefits in the form of Medicaid, SNAP (food stamps), cash assistance, SSDI (Disability), and Section 8 housing assistance. http://www.wcvb.com/news/local/metro/hearing-set-to-look-at-tsarnaev-family-welfare-benefits/19933058
Dzhokar Tsarnaev, the surviving brother who now sits in federal prison awaiting execution, received a $2,500 scholarship from the City of Cambridge, Massachusetts to pursue higher education. He was honored during a reception at City Hall in May of 2011. In addition to the scholarship, Dzhokar received approximately $20,000 in tuition deferrals from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth due to economic circumstances.
In the opinion of this writer, the United States and the American people (not to mention the citizens of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts) were more than accommodating to the Tsarnaevs. They were welcomed into this country with open arms. They were fed, clothed, housed and educated at the expense of hard-working, law abiding American citizens. Despite receiving hospitality at a level that they could only dream of in their native country, the Tsarnaev brothers possessed a burning desire to kill Americans.
On April 15, 2013, they murdered an eight year old boy and two young women and maimed another 260 innocent people who were out on a beautiful day to cheer on their loved ones and other athletes as they crossed the finish-line of the Boston Marathon. The brothers calmly and coldly placed bombs at the feet of their victims and simply walked away. The images of Dzhokar Tsarnaev planting the bombs are as chilling as they are heart-breaking. During their attempt to flee the brothers murdered a police officer. Another police officer was critically wounded during a shoot-out with the brothers and residents of numerous Boston suburbs huddled in their homes, afraid to go outdoors.
President Obama has described concerns over accepting refugees from Syria as “un-American” and “shameful”. What would truly be shameful and un-American would be for another innocent American to be harmed by a so-called refugee.
What more could we have done for the Tsarnaevs? Will we need to feed, clothe, house, and educate the thousands of individuals that the President wants to import? Do we need to give every one of them the keys to the city, yet continue to look over our shoulders to make sure the bombs have not been placed at our feet?