This is one more in a stream of news stories about how the federally-funded refugee resettlement contractors are fighting for their lives as their budgets shrink under this President.
It is no surprise that the US Conference of Catholic Bishops—the largest resettlement agency of the nine NGOs hired by the US State Department *** to place refugees in your towns and cities, is launching this campaign directed at Donald Trump.
For years, I have searched in vain to discover the numbers of refugees each of the nine resettles, but this article at least (thanks to reader Joanne for sending it) tells us that the Bishops must be number one!
“The USCCB, along with a national network of Catholic partners, has resettled nearly one-third of all refugees to the U.S. since 1980.”
As usual, no where in this appeal to parishioners do they mention that they are PAID BY THE HEAD FOR EACH REFUGEE THEY PLACE!
U.S. Catholic Bishops Urge to Welcome More Refugees in 2019
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is advocating for an increase in the number of refugees to be resettled in the country during the fiscal year 2019.
The bishops are inviting Catholics who are U.S. citizens to sign a petition to the President asking that “at least 75,000 refugees” be resettled during the next fiscal year. They also suggest organizing meetings with their local elected officials to move the issue forward.
The advocacy campaign precedes the Presidential Determination expected by 30 September, which will set the target number of refugees allowed into the country between October 2018 and September 2019. During the last fiscal year, this number was a record low of 45,000, with the actual number of resettled refugees falling short of the target by about half, the lowest figure since the implementation of the Refugee Act in 1980.
“Standing up for refugees is more crucial than ever,” says Tony Cube, national manager of Justice for Immigrants, a coalition of Catholic organizations convened by the USCCB’s Migration and Refugee Services (USCCB/MRS) to mobilize institutions and individuals in support of immigrants and refugees.
In addition to the petition, Justice for Immigrants has developed an advocacy toolkit with suggestions for a letter [See the letter below—-ed] to the U.S. President and instructions on how to set up a meeting with local lawmakers. The advocacy toolkit also suggests requesting robust funding of overseas assistance to displaced populations.
The USCCB, along with a national network of Catholic partners, has resettled nearly one-third of all refugees to the U.S. since 1980.
Here is the letter to the President that the Bishops are asking Catholics to sign:
What can you do?
As I have been saying for weeks, you must contact the White House (link in upper right hand column here at RRW) and tell the President what you think. I am not supplying a script (as they do) because you are smart enough to write (in polite words!) what you think should be done about refugees in FY19.
If you are a Catholic you should consider telling your church leaders what you think as well!
*** These (below) are the nine federal resettlement contractors/advocates which are largely paid for their ‘humanitarian’ work by you, the US taxpayer.
As the numbers of incoming refugees decline so too does their income (as I said, they are paid by the refugee head!). A continued reduction in the number of incoming refugees could cause one or more of these supposed non-profits to go under due to poor budgetary management—they never planned for a rainy day when federal bucks might dry up!
Another low year, perhaps lower than this year’s 20,000 plus year, could completely blow to smithereens the budget of one or more of these federal contractors which are demanding a cap of 75,000. (LOL! The nine have colluded so they all are asking for 75,000!)
The number in parenthesis is the percentage of their income paid by you (the taxpayer) to place the refugees into your towns and cities and get them signed up for their services (aka welfare)!
- 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%)