Permanent Evacuees

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I acknowledge that some refugees from flooded New Orleans were sick or elderly, and they didn’t want to flee their homes; however, nearly a year after Hurricane Katrina, isn’t it time for the special entitlements to end? The Houston Chronicle (Aug. 4) reported that in early August “leaders of nonprofit housing organizations discussed strategies to obtain more than $1 billion in new federal aid for evacuees who still will need help when their emergency rent payments end in a few months.”

Meanwhile, millions of non-citizens who don’t speak English sneak across the Mexican border each year. No one gives them housing assistance. They find jobs and pay rent. And they are hiding from the federal government, not petitioning it for continuing handouts.

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