Police in Louisville are banning items including backpacks and duffel bags from this year's Kentucky Derby. Security for the May 4th horse race is being addressed, following the Boston bombing. (April 24)
Buzz: In news that affects all Of us...."Federal taxpayers are on the hook for nearly $20,000 just to settle each refugee and asylum seeker, who are then immediately eligible for cash welfare, food stamps, housing and medical aid, according to a new report on the "refugee industry." The report from the Negative Population Growth Inc. said that the U.S. is currently accepting about 95,000 refugees and asylees. That is in addition to the over 500,000 legal and illegal immigrants coming to the U.S. The State Department spends about $1.28 billion, and Health and Human Services another $609 million. The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), enrolls refugees in a broad range of welfare programs – for which refugees automatically qualify after 30 days. ORR spent about $609 million in FY2015. Once settled, the refugees are eligible for further federal support and most take it, said the report. — 47 percent of refugee households received cash assistance. — 74 percent of refugees were on food stamps. — 56 percent are on Medicaid. — 22 percent receiving housing assistance.