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Taking in refugees hurts our country

I applaud Gov. Larry Hogan for his stand on Syrian refugees ("Hogan seeks halt to Syrian refugee resettlement in Md.," Nov. 17).

These refugees will cost American citizens $640 million to resettle in the U.S. Our country is in debt that we keep passing from generation to generation. Social Security recipients, of which I am one, will not get an increase in 2016. Our grocery bill has doubled in the last two years, and we are paying more for health care. Gasoline prices may be down, but since my retirement I don't use much gasoline.

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Veterans have to wait months for health care, and it is often inadequate. Everywhere I drive there are people on the corner begging for money, saying they are jobless, homeless or both. We need to take care of our own citizens before bringing terrorist refugees to this country.

Maryland has one of the best governors in the country. He has the intelligence, lacking in Washington, to realize that these refugees are a threat to our country. We've already had the New York, Boston, Fort Hood, San Francisco and other terrorist bombings or shootings. I don't want to see another terrorist attack anywhere in the world, and especially not in Maryland.

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Mr. Hogan and other governors opposed to allowing refugees into our country — whether they're from Mexico, Honduras, Syria or any other nation — are to be applauded.

These countries should take care of their own refugees. Designate a refugee state in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Dubai or other wealthy areas of the Middle East and put these people there.

Admitting refugees is not in our political or economic interests. We need a new leader for this country. Maryland voted in a great new governor in our last election, and I hope and pray American voters do the same in 2016.

Ginny Phillips, Middle River

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