Catholics close 20 refugee offices, layoff hundreds as federal funding plummets

Article author: 
Ann Corcoran
Article publisher: 
Refugee Resettlement Watch
Article date: 
22 April 2018
Article category: 
National News
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Here we go again, another whinny story about how that mean ol’ Donald Trump is hurting Catholic RELIGIOUS programs by cutting the number of refugees who come with federal funding attached to each one!

Before reading on check out the Capital Research Center tutorial on why it is bad policy all around for taxpayers to fund Catholic Charities.

This is what I think every time I see stories like this:

If the Catholic Church and its members want to help the poor throughout the world, they should use their own private charity!  And, better still, be brave and go to where the people are suffering and help them there. It is not the role of the US government to fund the church’s good works!

(Editor: as I said yesterday, in order to read the rest of this post, click on the link below!)

Here is a bit of the story from Crux:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – War, famine and gang violence have created the largest global refugee population since World War II, yet the U.S. has drastically cut the numbers of refugees it will accept, causing the reduction and closure of Catholic resettlement programs nationwide. [You need to know that escaping gang violence does not make one a legitimate REFUGEE—ed]

Nearly 20 U.S. Catholic refugee resettlement programs have closed in the past two years and dozens of others have scaled back their efforts because there are fewer refugees being admitted into the country, said Richard Hogan, director of resettlement services for Migration and Refugee Services, an arm of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Fewer refugees arriving! How about raising private money to better care for the ones you admitted in previous years many of whom are still living desperate lives!

... Catholic Charities agencies traditionally resettle roughly 25 percent of all refugees admitted into the U.S....

The number in parenthesis is the percentage of the nine VOLAGs’ income paid by you (the taxpayer) to place the refugees, line them up with (low paying) jobs in food production and cleaning hotel rooms, and get them signed up for their services (welfare)!  From most recent accounting, here.

    Church World Service (CWS) (71%)

    Ethiopian Community Development Council (ECDC) (secular)(93%)

    Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM) (99.5%)

    Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) (57%)

    International Rescue Committee (IRC) (secular) (66.5%)

    US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) (secular) (98%)

    Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (LIRS) (97%)

    United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) (97%)

    World Relief Corporation (WR) (72.8%)