Extra $600,000 sought to combat infectious diseases among refugees

Most Somali refugees start out here, at the United Nations Daadab refugee camp on the Kenya-Somalia border. Between 5.000 and 11,000 per year are sent to the United States.

Most Somali refugees start out here, at the United Nations Daadab refugee camp on the Kenya-Somalia border. Between 5.000 and 11,000 per year are sent to the United States, and Minnesota has absorbed more than any other state.

Minnesota pays out millions every year on welfare for refugees but there are secondary costs that never get tabulated.

In fiscal 2017, which ended last last week, the state spent $1.5 million to combat three infectious disease outbreaks — including the largest measles outbreak in three decades that was concentrated in the Somali refugee community.  And health officials notified legislative leaders this week that they want to tap a special public-health fund to offset additional costs.

Dr. Ed Ehlinger, Minnesota Health commissioner, told the Star-Tribune his department will need another $600,000 for fiscal 2018, to help control the spread of measles, drug-resistant tuberculosis and syphilis.

The state has had 78 confirmed cases of measles this year, in an outbreak that began in March. Of those 78 cases, 64 have been in the Somali refugee community. The outbreak is now showing signs of being under control, with no new cases reported this month, but the costs continue to pile up.

Health Department officials want $100,445 to continue prevention work. About half the money would go toward hiring a “temporary employee” to conduct outreach to the Somali community, including efforts to increase measles vaccination rates, the Star-Tribune reported.

Meanwhile, the state is also grappling with an outbreak of drug-resistant tuberculosis, primarily among Hmong immigrants, which has already cost the taxpayers $626,000 over the past year. Now state health officials are asking for another $224,635 for the coming year to fight TB.

The balance of the $600,000 request will go to treat a 30-percent increase in syphilis cases in the American Indian community in north-central Minnesota.

Ann Corcoran, an expert on the resettlement industry who blogs at Refugee Resettlement Watch, said the industry is fond of churning out “bogus economic studies” that falsely inflate the value of refugees to U.S. communities.

“The cost of treating these illnesses is never factored into these studies, where they always conclude that the refugee influx is helping the communities,” she said.

“I am sick and tired of hearing reports on the economic benefits of the refugees that they pay and start businesses and create jobs, and in those studies they never discuss the true cost of healthcare, or the true cost to the criminal justice system from the numerous criminal trials, incarcerations, etc.,” Corcoran told WND. “Imagine what it costs to put refugees like Fazliddin Kurbanov away for life.”

Kurbanov, a refugee living in Boise, Idaho, was convicted at trial last year of conspiring to recruit Muslim migrants to make bombs and blow up U.S. military installations. Dozens of Somali refugees have been charged and/or convicted of providing material support to overseas terrorist organizations.

“Have you ever seen a study on the cost of even short term incarceration? It’s never in those bogus economic studies,” Corcoran said. “And the other thing that is never in there is the remittances that are gone from our economy. And you can bet your bottom dollar it’s not just wage earnings they’re sending back home. They’re sending welfare money back home, too. So you never see a net inflow or outflow of money from our economy in these phony economic studies touting how much these refugees boost our economy.”

If refugees really were bringing economic boom times to nations, Corcoran said she wonders why relatively poor Eastern European nations like Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovenia all trying to keep refugees out of their borders?

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