Muslim refugees have already left Arizona on their own demand and many more will follow because of one thing the Arizona resident are doing. All of this came after hordes of Muslim refugees invaded US, and Arizona became top destination for the immigrants. At least 7,500 Somali refugees have moved out of the state because there are not enough welfare and government benefits for what they want. The state requires all of them to learn English and find jobs in order to get food stamps.
Immigrant in Arizona receives $925 from the US Department of Health and Human Service. With this payment, migrants are expected to foot the rest of their bills after the payment is spent. The state of Arizona doesn’t offer additional funding unless these welfares earn them. And it seems like too many steps for some of them.
If some of them skips to visit language courses or refuse to apply for job, their food stamps are cut off and they are denied all other state benefits.
“The one thing that Arizona does very well is making sure that at least these families will not go hungry,” Somali asylum seeker Mukhtar Sheikh says. “But sometimes these families don’t get enough help — they come in saying, “Oh, my food stamps have stopped,’ so we have to call DES and ask them why.” He admitted “If that money runs out and they don’t have a job, then there starts to be pressure for them to find a way to survive,”. “There’s not a lot of programs to help them with employment here.”