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Multi-million $$$ Lutheran group lobbies Congress/White House, demands more Syrian Muslim refugees be admitted to US

Posted by Ann Corcoran on November 8, 2015

It is Sunday morning and if you are a Lutheran you need to have a talk with your pastor—ask what is being done in the name of your faith in Washington.


LIRS lobbyist (right) Brittney Nystrom with unidentified man delivering demand for MORE SYRIAN REFUGEES at White House meeting. Recently Nystrom said LIRS wants 100,000 Syrians admitted in the next year here:

Here we learn that Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) helped put on a two day lobbying initiative in Washington. Did they do it on your dime?

Before you read on, have a look at the most recently available Form 990 for LIRS.  They took in $48,392,082 in gifts and grants and $46,414,735 (p.9) was from GOVERNMENT GRANTS (TAXPAYER DOLLARS!)—that is 96% funded by you.  They have at least six employees in the six-figure salary range!  See LIRS ritzy Inner Harbor of Baltimore headquarters, here.

Here is the news from Washington:


Syrian refugee champion advocate: Representative David Cicilline (D-RI) spoke to the Lutheran lobbying contingent.

On October 26–27, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) brought together over 30 Lutheran bishops, pastors, service partners, and leaders for the annual Lutheran Immigration Leadership Summit (LILS). This event draws leaders who commit themselves and their communities to the mission of welcoming migrants and refugees. This year, LILS focused on welcoming refugees in the midst of the global refugee crisis.

Advocacy Training Day

LILS kicked off with a day of in-depth advocacy training led by noteworthy experts and advocates. LIRS staff prepared participants to call on Congress and the Administration to champion positive refugee resettlement legislation, protect families by rejecting the practice of family detention, and invest in robust resources for refugees. The day drew to a close with a dinner reception that included remarks from Robert Carey, Director for the Office of Refugee Resettlement, who praised and inspired LILS participants for their dedicated work.  [By the way, Carey came to his government job from a VPs perch at another federal refugee contractor, International Rescue Committee.  They keep it (the flow of your money) all in the family!—ed]

Read all about their Hill visits and then this when they had an audience at the White House:

….and delivered petitions from thousands of Lutherans asking for the resettlement of more Syrian refugees.

More here if you can stand it!

No where is it reported that they make all those millions of dollars from resettling refugees where they are paid by the head (by the US State Department) to do it.

Nor is it mentioned that 97% of the Syrians resettled in the US so far are Sunni Muslims.

We are not saving the Syrian Christians because the UNHCR is picking our refugees and he told an audience in Washington recently (we were there) that Syrian Christians are not being persecuted and are not in need of protection (I kid you not!).

***Update*** If Christian Syrians aren’t being persecuted why are hundreds of them in Jordan being taken care of by one priest, here.

Therefore….LIRS is lobbying for Syrian Muslims to be resettled in your towns.  Go here to see where LIRS works.  Is your city one of their targets?

More on Nystrom and the “cash leeches” here by Rick Wells.

16 Responses to “Multi-million $$$ Lutheran group lobbies Congress/White House, demands more Syrian Muslim refugees be admitted to US”

  1. […] also receives taxpayer funds for “refugee resettlement” services and has been at the center of ongoing lobbying efforts to bring in more refugees from […]


  2. […] btw, Rep. David Cicilline is the Congressman who was promoting more Syrian refugee resettlement, here, for the Lutheran lobbyists late last […]


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  5. domstudent11 said

    I’m trying to connect some of the dots regarding what is happening in the Chicago area. LIRS is somehow connected to Refugee One, which is the main resettlement agency here. Refugee One will be hosting a refugee informational meeting at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Park Ridge on November 14th. (Park Ridge is northwest.) The Chicago Tribune reported that Housing Opportunity Development Corporation (HODC) wants to build an “affordable rent” apartment building in Wilmette (a northern suburb) which will consist of 20 studio and one-bedroom apartments. (Curious, since these apartments aren’t big enough for families.) Then there was this article from 2 years ago that spells out where refugees are going in Chicago … to the north side ( And finally there is the major of Highland Park (north again) who signed that letter to Obama demanding more refugees.


    • domstudent11 said

      I forgot to mention the WBEZ article noted that the city of Chicago no longer plays a role in the resettlement process.

      “There was a period in the early ‘80s when the city was at the table, represented by the Chicago Commission on Human Relations,” Silverman explained. “The CCHR had, up until the Emanuel administration, an advisory council on immigrant and refugee affairs.” The city eliminated that advisory council in last year’s budget cuts.


  6. Even if these groups are money-hungry private contractors, it is hard to see how their mainstream churches are not somehow implicated, since these churches never seem to denounce or distance themselves from such brazen scam artists, which I’m sure they would if there were some group named, say, ‘Lutherans to Save White South African Refugees from Dispossession and Machetes.’

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  9. sodiumpen said

    Guess who will soon be on their way to Europe and the USA? Note the reason there is a “humanitarian disaster” in Yemen.

    “. . .The Sunni president, who is supported by Saudi Arabia, the Muslim Brotherhood, Jordan, Egypt and the United States, has fled to the southern part of the country.

    . . .US assists Saudi Arabia in the war against Yemen, writes the American news magazine The Week. Among other things, the Americans have carried out attacks with drones and provided the Saudis with logistics and intelligence.

    Since the two countries became engaged in the conflict, over one million people have been internally displaced. According to the UN, the conflict in Yemen is turning into one of the world’s greatest humanitarian disasters.

    But it is not only the military conflict that has created the humanitarian crisis. As part of the war, Saudi Arabia has succeeded in blocking nearly all food exports to Yemen. And because the country, which lacks fertile soil, imports almost all its food, it is now estimated that over 80 per cent of the 27 million strong population are on the verge of starvation.

    The risk is great that a mass influx of refugees from Yemen to Europe, may soon begin.


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  12. domstudent11 said

    Every time I send a FAX through NumbersUSA or e-mail my congressional representatives, I always specifically mention LIRS and the amount of tax money they receive. This also explains why they removed two of my comments on their blog. As a Lutheran, I believe that I have a right to question what they are doing in the name of my denomination.

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