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Mentally ill refugees should be turned away

Without meaning to sound like I have no compassion, I wondered, after reading the Oct. 20 News article about the work of Vive La Casa, why the United States would even consider granting permanent refugee status to someone who is so mentally ill he requires $900 for weekly psychiatric drugs, which adds up to a whopping $46,800 a year. Someone who behaves aggressively to the very people who try to help him. Someone who is so ill he cannot begin to hold a job, live on his own or interact with people.
Why would we be expected to take on that never-ending expense when we have so many others to help? Is there any reason we simply cannot say “no” to people who appear after having entered our country illegally? Uphold the laws – give us a break.
Barbara Lion
Williamsville