While the basic premise of Archbishop Thomas Wenski’s Dec. 14 Opinion article should be applauded, the fact remains that, in addition to opening our hearts to these refugees, he also would like us to open our pocketbooks. However, this country cannot even meet the basic needs of millions of Americans —including veterans, the homeless and the elderly — and of immigrants already here, both legally and illegally.
Millions on Social Security did not receive a cost-of-living increase this year, and many more saw their checks decrease because of Medicare increases. They paid their dues to this country by their service and through payroll deductions, yet their needs have been forgotten.
Yes, we should help the refugees, but in their own cultural and political environment and spheres of influence.
Charles Miller, Davie