Religious Organizations Profit from Refugees While Appealing to Faith


– 28 November 2015 –


Patulcius-sqPerhaps these religious organizations really believe that they are doing the right thing, but I would be very surprised if their leaders would support bringing in these refugees so strongly if their budgets weren’t so lavishly funded by the federal government.

So they hold candlelight vigils to make the public feel sorry for the poor, downtrodden refugees and guilty for disliking their large numbers and their permanent presence once they have arrived.  The following story lays it on pretty thick:

Sief Mahagoub, a former Sudanese refugee who served in the U.S. Army during the Iraq War, urged Ricketts, who was not in attendance, to have coffee with refugees.

“We’re not here to suck blood. We’re not here for money,” Mahagoub said. “But your fight is our fight, your pain is our pain.”

The Rev. Steve Mason of First Christian Church of Lincoln, who once worked at a Village Inn restaurant managed by Syrian immigrant Younes Tumeh, bemoaned what he called a “lack of hospitality” shown by some public officials.

He noted similarities between the struggles of Syrian refugees today to those of Jesus Christ in the Bible, whose parents “became displaced persons in efforts to comply with political upheaval in Syria.

“Is this starting to sound a little too familiar?” Mason asked. “Jesus was one who would become a political refugee, one who began his life in a stable because no one would grant him asylum.

“Hearing it tonight, his birth story is sounding less like a sweet carol to me and more like an urgent news clip from today.”

The vigil followed an afternoon call with regional journalists in which former Secretary of State Madeline Albright urged Americans not to “punish an extremely vulnerable population of people who’ve been victimized by extremists and terrorists.”

“I can’t imagine fleeing from terrorism and violence only to be told that I’m too much of a security threat to be admitted into the United States,” she said.


Many liberal religious groups seem to lose their common sense when it comes to large-scale immigration of non-Christian, non-Western groups. They wouldn’t flood their own houses with refugees, but they will flood our cities. Either way, the immigrants will cause unrest, either sooner or later.

These organizers mostly represent local liberal do-gooders, including Nebraskans for Peace; the Center for People in Need; the Asian Community and Cultural Center of Lincoln, NE; and the Faith Coalition of Lancaster County. But it was also co-sponsored by the Refugee Empowerment Center, which is an affiliate of the Ethiopian Community Development Council, one of the nine major organizations that work closely with the federal government to bring in and accommodate these refugees.  From

In rare agreement across faith and ideological lines, leaders of major American religious groups have condemned proposed bans on Syrian refugees, contending a legitimate debate over security has been overtaken by irrational fear and prejudice.

Top organizations representing evangelicals, Roman Catholics, Jews and liberal Protestants say close vetting of asylum seekers is a critical part of forming policy on refugees. But these religious leaders say such concerns, heightened after the Paris attacks two weeks ago, do not warrant blocking those fleeing violence in the Middle East.

“The problem is not the Syrian refugees,” said Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami, Fla., who noted how his state has welcomed a large number of Cuban refugees over the years. “This is falling into the trap of what the terrorists wanted us to become. We shouldn’t allow them to change who we are as a people.”

About 70 percent of all refugees admitted to the U.S. are resettled by faith groups, according to the U.S. State Department office for refugees. The bulk of the work is done by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services. World Relief, the humanitarian arm of the National Association of Evangelicals, and Church World Service, representing Protestant and Orthodox groups, are each responsible for about 10 percent. The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society and Episcopal Migrant Ministries also handle several thousand cases.

These faith groups receive enormous sums of money for their efforts:

These are the nine major contractors the US State Department and the Office of Refugee Resettlement (HHS) fund.  They call them Voluntary Agencies (VOLAGs) which is such a joke considering the large amount of federal funding that flows to each one!  There are approximately 350 subcontractors in 180 cities working under the nine biggies.

(An attempt was made to choose a recent year for which all of the nine had submitted financial documents. Although some VOLAGs have slightly different reporting periods and reporting methods, for our purposes the 2012 ‘year’ is adequate. Also, keep in mind that some of the agencies reported their IOM travel loan income, some did not. The IOM is the International Organization for Migration, another huge federal contractor that makes the arrangements for the refugees to prepare to leave for America and it purchases their airline tickets. Refugees must reimburse that taxpayer-funded travel loan, but the VOLAG that collects the loan, pockets a percentage of it—justified as a collection fee.)

We did not include the two new contractors primarily responsible for the ‘unaccompanied minors.’

Church World Service
(From 2012 Form 990)

Total revenue: $76,185,774
Govt. grants and contracts: $45,431,781
Percent taxpayer funded: 60%
Top salary: $286,000 (Top salaries throughout include benefits and income from related activities)

Ethiopian Community Development Council (secular)
(From 2012 Form 990)

Total revenue: $15,244,802
Govt. grants: $14,609,687
Percent taxpayer funded: 96%
Top salary: $233,228

Episcopal Migration Ministries

This gets tricky. Apparently EMM (or now known as Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society of the Protestant Episcopal Church of America), does not produce a Form 990 (no response from them to a recent inquiry was received) nor do they publish their federal income in their annual report.

The only accounting we could find is an independent auditor’s report that reveals they received $17,365,325 from the federal government for their refugee program in 2012.

Further examination by a qualified accountant would be needed to find out how they spent the $17 million.

Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society
(From 2012 Form 990 for HIAS, Inc. Can’t be found at Guidestar under its full name only as HIAS,Inc, just one of those things that makes tracking these VOLAGs very difficult.  LOL! we have learned that they have dropped the “Hebrew” from their name.)

Total revenue: $25,418,714
Govt. grants and contracts (including travel loan income): $15,426,116
Percent taxpayer funded: 61%
Top salary: $323,162

International Rescue Committee (secular)
(From 2012 Form 990)

Total revenue: $456,122,865
Govt. grants and contracts (including travel loan income): $332,271,151
Percent taxpayer funded: 73%
Top salary: $485,321

US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (secular)
(From 2012 Form 990)

Total revenue: $39,205,548
Govt. grants and contracts: $38,817,939
Percent taxpayer funded: 99%
Top salary: $289,192

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
(From 2012 Form 990)

Total revenue: $43,563,804
Govt. grants and contracts: $42,047,935
Percent taxpayer funded: 97%
Top salary: $214,237

World Relief (National Association of Evangelicals)
(From 2012 Form 990)

Total revenue: $56,842,649
Govt. grants and contracts: $38,837,294
Percent taxpayer funded: 68%
Top salary: $211,651 (again the ‘salaries’ include other related compensation)

US Conference of Catholic Bishops

Last, but by far not least, is the US Catholic Bishops whose finances now require further explanation. The USCCB, by the way, resettles the largest number of refugees in the US with the help of Catholic Charities located throughout America. They make no effort to single out Christians for resettlement and in fact, in 2013 they were requesting that the US State Department bring more Rohingya Muslims from Burma (Myanmar) to America.

Up until recently we could access their annual reports to determine their direct income from the federal taxpayer (for their migration program), however, it appears that since RRW and others began publishing the information, we are no longer able to access those reports.

To our knowledge, no Form 990 is filed. Churches are not required to file 990s, so perhaps the Bishops consider themselves a church.
Also, since federal funds go directly to myriad Catholic Charities around the country especially to states such as Tennessee where Catholic Charities and the federal government have complete control of who comes and where they are placed with virtually no state input (called the Wilson-Fish program), it would require very knowledgeable forensic accountants to follow the money.

Here is the information we previously obtained from the USCCB’s 2012 Annual Report (it is a good thing we captured it at the time!).

Total revenue: $70,975,237
Govt. grants and contracts (includes over $3 million in travel loan income): $69,534,230
Percent taxpayer funded: 98%
We have no idea what salaries are paid in the USCCB Washington office.

A billion dollars a year!

To top it off, many of the leaders of these organizations rotate into government posts and then back into the NGO’s.

Before I get to ORR chief Bob Carey’s letter to governors, a little background on the revolving door for new readers (also go here to our recent fact sheet for general overview of program):

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees chooses most of our refugees.  The US State Department admits them and Homeland Security screens them (as best they can).  The State Department PRM (Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration) contracts with nine supposedly non-profit group contractors*** to resettle them through about 312 subcontractors (at one point the State Department was throwing the number 350 around) to most US states.

PRM is overseen by Anne Richard who was a former vice President of contractor—International Rescue Committee.

The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) is in the Dept. of Health and Human Services and is the major dispenser of your money to the contractors through myriad federal grants.

The present director of ORR is Robert Carey who came over from one of the nine contractors (wait for it!)—International Rescue Committee (IRC)—where he served as a vice President.  His predecessor at ORR was Eskinder Negash who had come over from another contractor the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants.

Negash has since returned to a perch at his former employer—US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI).

Are you still following me?

Negash’s boss at USCRI, Lavinia Limon, was Bill Clinton’s director of ORR before she left to become President of USCRI.  LOL! did you get that!

Both Carey and Anne Richard came from the International Rescue Committee headed by BRITISH former foreign secretary David Miliband, bff Clinton, Soros and Samantha Power.  (We have an extensive archive on Miliband, brother of Britain’s “Red Ed.”)

Contractors enter government and become the dispenser of your tax dollars and then they leave government when administrations change and become the recipients of your tax dollars—and around and around they go!

It is difficult to believe that these faith organizations are acting entirely out of religious devotion when they stand to make so much money in the process. Some of them no doubt are actively working to advance the globalist agenda rather than advance their own profits. And yes, certainly many of the workers in these organizations really believe they are doing God’s work.

But regardless of their motivations, the results are the same: the demographic displacement of the historic White and Black populations of the United States and the likely breakdown of American society as a result of that displacement.

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  1. ‘“This is falling into the trap of what the terrorists wanted us to become.’

    his was addressed by a commenter some where else with a cheesy graphic:
    ‘I’ve never understood the idea of ”closing the borders helps ISIS”. It literally makes zero logical sense. I don’t even know what the reasoning behind it is, it’s so f*cking retarded.’


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