Letter: Look after our own before taking in refugees

They should be situated in a safe place near their own country and should be the responsibility of the United Nations.

To the editor:

I am concerned where Canada is getting the money from to bring such a large number of refugees here, apparently the money for EI had been used to pay our deficit.

A lot of Canada’s elderly and people with disabilities are having trouble living on their pensions, no one seems concerned about them. I hear these people are treated pretty good and are allowed a lot of benefits that we are not.

I think it is entirely wrong not looking after our own first. These refugees should be expected to act like Canadians and within a year if they can’t learn and speak our language they should be returned.

They should not be given the signing authority to sign other people over. How is the security clearance going to be handled with this many people—for all we know there could be terrorists disguised as refugees.

They should be situated in a safe place near their own country and should be the responsibility of the United Nations. I haven’t heard of any of them being trained to defend their own country, why is that? If it had looked like they had been defending their own country right from the beginning and now they are fleeing for their life because they were unable to.

Don’t get me wrong. I am not an unfeeling person. I do feel concerned for these people and wouldn’t want to walk in their shoes but I don’t think being put in another country is the answer. How come other European countries haven’t opened their doors?

Marlene Metlowsky, Kelowna