Religious ‘Charities’ Profit from Open Borders

Leo Hohmann, WND, July 16, 2014

Thousands of Central American children crossing the border illegally could soon turn into asylum seekers armed with immigration lawyers provided by church groups and paid for by federal tax dollars.

WND reported Friday that Catholic Charities USA and other religious groups were working behind the scenes with the federal government to temporarily house and resettle the children in dozens of communities across the United States.

Catholic Charities is running a fundraising campaign to help finance the resettlement of the illegal aliens, WND reported. But the religious charities get the bulk of their funding not from private donors or church members putting checks into a basket. They get it from the federal government.

Alexandria, Va.-based Catholic Charities USA reported receiving $1.7 million in government grants in 2012, according to its IRS Form 990.

But one of the largest recipients of government funds to resettle immigrant children is the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The USCCB helps resettle not only unaccompanied alien children, or UACs, who enter the country illegally but also refugees fleeing persecution overseas who enter through legal channels.

The USCCB is one of nine agencies that receive hundreds of millions in tax dollars to resettle refugees and asylum seekers in the U.S. under contract with the federal government. Six of the nine contractors are religious groups, WND has learned, including the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, Episcopal Migration Ministries, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, the Church World Service and World Relief Corp., which includes a plethora of evangelical groups.

The Catholic Bishops alone received $65.9 million in federal grants to care for unaccompanied alien children and refugees, according to its 2012 annual report.

By contrast, the group raised $1.4 million from its own church members while federal loans and private-sector grants made up the remainder of the $71 million spent on the resettlements that year. That means 93 percent of the USCCB’s spending on charity work with UACs and refugees was covered by the American taxpayer.


Similar funding ratios have been found to be the norm with the Lutheran effort.

The Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service reported total income of $41.7 million in 2012, and government grants accounted for $40.4 million, or 96.8 percent of that amount, according to the nonprofit’s most recently reported Form 990, a disclosure that nonprofits must file with the Internal Revenue Service. The group raised only $1.3 million from private donors.


The money for refugees and asylum seekers may not even include the federal money funneled to Catholic Charities USA and other religious groups to resettle illegal border crossers coming into Texas, Arizona or New Mexico who arrive by themselves. The charities often subcontract with other charities, making it difficult to track the money.

The numbers of UACs coming through the Southern border have increased dramatically since 2009, and so have the costs, according to the Office of Refugee Resettlement, which operates within the Department of Health and Human Services.

Eight years ago, the program averaged 6,775 referrals a year. In fiscal 2013 the number reached 24,668. Now, the agency is expecting 60,000 referrals in 2014 at a cost to the U.S. government of more than $750 million, up from less than $500 million in 2013 and less than $250 million in 2009.


Don Barnett, a fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies, said he would like to see the feds rein in the grants and loans to charities that resettle refugees and UACs seeking asylum.

The federal government gives out not only grants but loans, and the nonprofit charities are able to pocket 25 percent of whatever they collect on those loans, Barnett explained. He said many of the loans are made to refugees or UACs for travel purposes.

“They actually hire collection agents to get the money back from the refugees,” he said. “It’s very profitable for the nonprofits, really quite profitable, and it has introduced perverse incentives into the whole process, into decision making and policy,” he said. “It totally disincentivizes rational thinking.”

These same religious charities can also be found lobbying Congress and the Obama administration for amnesty legislation and other policies that immigration watchdogs see as encouraging more illegal immigrants to cross the border.

On July 2 the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a letter to Obama urging him not to send any of the unaccompanied children who had illegally crossed into the U.S. back to their home countries.

“Current law permits children from non-contiguous countries to remain in the country until their request for asylum or immigration relief is considered by an immigration judge,” said Eusebio Elizondo, auxiliary bishop of Seattle and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration. “This is a very vulnerable population which has been targeted by organized crime networks in Central America. To return them to these criminal elements without a proper adjudication of their cases is unconscionable.”

And in 2011, the Catholic Bishops advocated for passage of the DREAM Act, which would provide permanent legal status, some call it amnesty, to young people under 35 brought into the U.S. illegally by their parents if they had been here in the country since the age of 16 or younger, provided they had completed two years of college or military service.


Dan Cadman, with the Center for Immigration Studies, says it’s a conflict of interest for a group that benefits financially from immigration–both legal and illegal–to try to influence immigration policy.

“It bothers me that any private organization is using a government funding stream for that purpose, not only Catholic Charities but Lutheran World Service, the Episcopal Church, they’ve all got their hands in the pie,” Cadman said. “The thing is that everyone understands that, with a wink and a nod, this so-called emergency money (from Obama) is not going to result in any substantial number of individuals being deported. It’s just not. How ironic to see an emergency budget supplemental request and then when you look at the details you see it’s all going to be chewed up for things like brick and mortar buildings for resettlement and not used in any useful way to stop this tidal wave of human beings.”


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  • MekongDelta69

    Everybody “profits” from open borders…

    Except people like US…

  • I have a pretty high bar for determining what does and does not constitute an establishment of religion, pretending to be a Supreme Court justice. I don’t think a lot of the things that the professional church-state separationist fanatics think of as violations of the establishment clause actually do so.

    But I do think that these programs where government entities pay religious institutions to resettle invaders is unconstitutional establishment. I also think that most instances of governments paying religious institutions for some social ends is also unconstitutional establishment.

    Strange that the ACLU isn’t drawing a lawsuit over this.

    • TruthBeTold

      We should start screaming ‘separation of church and state’.

      They can’t have it both ways. They can’t tell us to keep the church out of politics and the have the government pay churches to do their dirty work.

  • Luca

    It always nice to know where my tax dollars are going. Makes me feel like a condemned man forced to pay for his firing squad.

  • journey

    “Don Barnett, a fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies, said he would like to see the feds rein in the grants and loans to charities that resettle refugees and UACs seeking asylum.” Shut it all down. It’s called human trafficking for God’s sake. Nice to see these charities and churches showing their true colors. Although, not surprised, it has ALWAYS been about money.

  • Although my grandmother was fundamentalist, my father was totally agnostic and cared not a whit about god or religion. When I was little, he told me that religion is a scam and preachers are con men. A number of them certainly conned my poverty-striken grandmother out of a hundred dollars here and there, back when that was real money and she had maybe $100 a month SS to live on.

    My father was right.

    • Einsatzgrenadier

      Good white men don’t need religion. They learn how to think for themselves.

    • propagandaoftruth

      God hates religion. Good for God. God is good.

      The Truth is good. The Truth is God.

      I thought (hoped) I’d like religion more as I got older, but…

      When “religion” has been co-opted by a crypto-Marxist White-genocidalist government…

      I hate religion and so does God.

      • Katherine McChesney

        So now you think you are equal to God if you know what He is thinking?

        I believe he’s pleased with the ministry of churches who aren’t promoting Ecumenism or who are NOT aligned with the World Council of Churches.

        • propagandaoftruth

          So now you think you are equal to God if you know what He is thinking?
          I have mixed feelings regarding the fellow. He’s OK with that, don’t worry.

          I was raised a Presbyterian and they’ve betrayed me, us. I became Catholic upon marriage. The Catholic church has long worked to betray us.

          Pardon the bitterness. Find me a church please that will not pick my pocket and break my leg by giving it too mine enemies and I’ll go there.

          Oh, and by the way…

          The day I concede that some treacherous hypocrite with a degree in theology knows more about God than I, and insists upon committing genocide against me and mine…

          Is the day I marry a negress. Don’t hold the breath on that one…

          Seriously, if you or anyone attends a church that works for our genocide, you are complicit.

          • Katherine McChesney

            My church is glaringly WHITE. Occasionally we’ll have a tire-kicking black visit to see what we are about. But, they disappear shortly after. I love my church more than anything in my life because they are TRUE Conservatives.

          • propagandaoftruth

            Have you looked at where the donations go? Just putting that out there.

            Don’t get me wrong, I’m not expecting perfection on earth just because we’re talking about a church. I just won’t give a cent to a church which is sending that money to my enemies.

            What denomination are we talking about specifically?

          • Katherine McChesney

            It is a reformed church under the Presbyterian Church in America denomination. It is Conservative. Do not confuse it with the PCUSA.

      • Alexandra1973

        Religion is basically a system of rites and rituals, the way I see it.

        True Christianity is a relationship with God, not rules and rituals. You do good because you love God, not to score brownie points. Just like you help your parents out because you love them, for example.

        • propagandaoftruth

          I’ll never get it, I admit, therefore I think I get it, you know?

          I hate this betrayal more than any other. Pharisees. These smiley heavens’ demons and their eloi evil sicken my to the pit of my soul.

          I mean…I don’t WANT to run down ANY institution that ONCE upheld my Folk and has brought great comfort, solace, even good works and charity to those suffering.

          One thing I admire about Mormonism, the way they look after their own.

          But if anyone is serious about our cause, and finds their church is funding our genocide…

          Tithe no more at the very least. If you are questioned about it, reply honestly as to why.

          There can be no hope without sacrifice.

  • “Is it ‘charity’ if the government pays?”

    No: it’s money-laundering.

  • journey

    This article should be given to those bleeding hearts out there screaming about blah, blah, blah, (we are coldhearted racists, etc). Open borders = big money business with everyone dipping into the pot except the taxpayers, the ones who are competing for the jobs, lost their jobs to open borders, etc.

  • Shadow

    For some (but not all) religious “charities”,it is easy to play the high and mighty when they are doing so with the taxpayer’s money.

    As for those impious,self-righteous,and hypocritical “Christians” who greedily dip their hands in the charity trough,they should keep the following Bible verses in mind the next time they disingenuously plead for any additional handouts:

    1 Timothy 6:10 — “For the love of money is the root of all evils;it is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced their hearts with many pangs”

    Mark 8:36 — “For what shall it profit a man,if he shall gain the whole world,and lose his own soul?”

    Matthew 19:24 — “Again I say to you,it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle,than for a rich man to enter the kingdim of God”

  • Standup Broad

    Those in power, and their lackeys, should read the short story; The Man Who Sold Rope to the Gnoles.

  • Spikeygrrl

    Religionism, of any stripe, is toxic to society collectively and toxic to clear thinking individually.

    This is my opinion; this is only my opinion. Please don’t try to proselytise me, I’ve heard it all, am still not buying what you’re selling, and will not respond to any replies which target me as an individual. All of us have the right to express our opinions; I’m pretty sure everyone here is capable of doing that without reverting to ad hominems.

    • Paleoconn

      Not proselytizing, just arguing. But would you deny that the USA in particular and western civilization in general were at their zenith when they were at their most religious? I say this with great respect for many of my White atheist Friends who I see as allies in our struggle.

      • Spikeygrrl

        A good, serious question deserves a good, serious answer. Since my smartphone chokes on large quantities of text, I’m going to defer this until tomorrow when I can do it on my PC.

      • Einsatzgrenadier

        Western civilization, the USA in particular, only reached its zenith when the Christian religion lost its grip on the European mind. For example, the scientific revolution, which began with the rejection of the Ptolemaic system in favor of Copernican heliocentrism, was really the triumph of science over the teachings of the Christian church. I’m pretty sure that the US between the years 1924-1965 was a far more prosperous and advanced civilization than the Bible commonwealths of 17th century Puritan New England.

        • Paleoconn

          The Christian religion never lost its grip on the European mind. Except maybe during the last century, and we’ve seen which direction our civilization has headed in that time. You need to not focus on prosperity. We may be wealthier than we ever were, but socially and culturally a decayed husk of what our ancestors enjoyed in their lifetimes.

  • Biff_Maliboo

    These precious border babies need to take a hard right and march to Vatican City.

  • DailyKenn

    Think of these Christian charities and non-Christian contractors.

  • kikz2

    yank that tax exempt status…’s a racket.

  • Mark Hillyard

    I’m one of those guys who believe that we are the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob/Israel. I also believe that Jesus was referring to us as The Lost Sheep of the House of Israel. Long story. Ephraim was/is the lead Tribe of All Israel, therefore any reference to Ephraim is a message to All Israel Nations. see Gen 49 for the latter day description of the tribes of Israel and how their nations would look. Joseph is described as the most prosperous and powerful, he was the father of Ephraim and Manasseh.
    Hosea 7:8 Ephraim mixes himself with the nations;
    Ephraim has become a cake not turned.

    9 Strangers devour his strength,
    Yet he does not know it;
    Gray hairs also are sprinkled on him,
    Yet he does not know it.

    • Alexandra1973

      British Israelism is nonsense. I used to believe that.

      Whites are descended from Japheth, Jews, Arabs, Orientals, and Amerinds from Shem, and Blacks from Ham.

      Jesus initially came for the Jews. That’s it. When the Jews rejected their Messiah, salvation was then offered to the Gentiles. See Romans 11. If you look at the Gospels in order, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, you’ll see a shift from Jew to Gentile, as Matthew was originally meant for a Jewish audience (not that we Gentiles can’t learn from it).

      Replacement theology says the church replaces Israel. It doesn’t. Israel has been temporarily set aside and will be dealt with again during the Tribulation (the time of Jacob’s trouble).

      • propagandaoftruth

        Whites are descended from Japheth, Jews, Arabs, Orientals, and Amerinds from Shem, and Blacks from Ham.
        I prefer the science version of that but the rest of your post pretty spot-on describes my understanding of it.

        The what about Jacob?

      • Mark Hillyard

        For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Mat 24:24

        “But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” Mat 15:24

        John 7:35 “Then said the Jews among themselves, Whither will he go, that we shall not find him? will he go unto the dispersed among the Gentiles, and teach the Gentiles?” The Jews knew that Northern Israel had been dispersed or driven from the land by the Assyrian conquest. Jesus told the disciples to not go to the Samaritans or any other people but to the Lost Sheep of the House if Israel. The Jews were not lost but Northern Israel had been divorced because of idolatry. They are the ones Jesus came to redeem plus the True Jews (Judah) then living in Jerusalem and elsewhere.

        Gen 48 ” 18And Joseph said unto his father, Not so, my father: for thisis the firstborn; put thy right hand upon his head. 19And his father refused, and said, I know it, my son, I know it: he also shall become a people, and he also shall be great: but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations.”
        Where on Earth are two brother nations who have become Great and have received Christ. The Christian Nations are the Israel Nations and this is written in the Prophets. Yes we have problems but that is also covered in the Prophets. Not writing a book but these things can be found on websites and the message is generally hated by mainstream and corrupt Christian Churches. Look at Truth in History. org for info on this if you want another opinion. Otherwise you just follow the mainstream and that’s what you will get, which isn’t much.

  • Katherine McChesney

    You’d make a good candidate for membership in the Presbyterian Church USA. They deny the truth of the Bible. They also play God.

  • Einsatzgrenadier

    No, you’re wrong. The west has become deeply religious once again, but this time around the west has succumbed to the religion of multiculturalism and neoliberal globalization.