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Lutheran refugee contractor beating the drum in Washington for more $$$

Posted by Ann Corcoran on August 5, 2016

This is no surprise, since resettlement contractors like Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service are given millions of your dollars every year (more than 90% of their funding comes from you!) to bring refugees to your towns, they spend a lot of time pressuring Washington for more moola!

Editor’s update/clarification!  Read carefully! This is a post about the the funding we object to, it is not a post in support of their desire for more of your tax dollars!

Below is what their head-honcho (Linda Hartke) is saying on their website.  Thanks to a reader ‘domstudent11’ for sending it.

Linda Hartke

Linda Hartke: Waaahhhh! We need money for the 100,000 (mostly Muslim) refugees Obama promised for next year.

A blog by Linda Hartke, LIRS President & CEO

Editor: Our reader suggests you change the words in the appeal to Congress in #3 above and ask your Member of Congress to “decrease” funding instead!

See LIRS most recent available Form 990 here.   In 2014, LIRS had a total revenue of $59 million and $55 million came from government grants (from you!).  Hartke pulled down a comfortable $235,000 salary and five other employees were in 6 digits.

If you want to know if LIRS is resettling refugees where you live, click here, find your state and see the abbreviations in the left hand corner of the entry.  Look for LIRS.

One more thing, although Hartke is whining about being short on funds to resettle 100,000 refugees, remember that the Refugee Council USA (the lobbying consortium for the contractors) is calling for 200,000 next year (which begins Oct. 1, 2016).

And remember that September is crunch month as Obama does his UN gig and sends his final determination (for how many refugees we will take) to Congress.

12 Responses to “Lutheran refugee contractor beating the drum in Washington for more $$$”

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  3. tmasierrahills said

    Basically charities that are not charities want tons more tax dollars to not pay the costs of refugees who are not refugees.


  4. Ann,

    How does your suggested tweet make sense? It sounds to me like a request for more funds to settle refugees. Are you sure it is stated the way you meant it?


    From: Refugee Resettlement Watch Reply-To: Refugee Resettlement Watch Date: Friday, August 5, 2016 at 9:43 AM To: John Moe Subject: [New post] Lutheran refugee contractor beating the drum in Washington for more $$$ Ann Corcoran posted: “This is no surprise, since resettlement contractors like Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service are given millions of your dollars every year (more than 90% of their funding comes from you!) to bring refugees to your towns, they spend a lot of time pres”


    • Ann Corcoran said

      You aren’t the only one who thought I was saying I agreed with them getting more $$$. So I went back and made the post clearer.


  5. kerberos616 said

    Reblogged this on Kerberos616.


  6. Reblogged this on Rifleman III Journal and commented:
    Maybe it’s time to abandon organized religion.


    • domstudent11 said

      Indeed! And they are indoctrinating young people as well. LIRS has a new blog article written by a LC-MS (Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod) teen who attended the recent LC-MS national youth gathering. Katie Gowen is just GLOWING about how wonderful LIRS is and how they are helping refugees. Looks like I am going to have to once again write to the Synod and urge them to be cautious about affiliating with LIRS. Unlike the Evangelical Lutheran Church, LC-MS does not really work with LIRS…yet.


      • Dear Domstudent11: I’m afraid you are sorely mistaken. The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS) DOES INDEED work with and support LIRS. Several clergy and lay members of the LCMS sit on LIRS’s national board. The LCMS makes quarterly payments (last I heard around $800,000 annually) to LIRS. And, at the LCMS synodical convention held in July, the LCMS affirmed and praised the work of LIRS. No, the LCMS is IN BED with LIRS.

        Robert C. Baker
        St. Louis


      • The LCMS does indeed work with and fully support LIRS. In fact, at their convention in July, the LCMS offered its public support for LIRS. The LCMS has lay and clergy members that sit on LIRS’s board. The LCMS also contributes (last I heard) over $800,000 a year to LIRS. The LCMS is in bed with LIRS. The young woman in the LIRS blog article has been misled. She claims to have been overwhelmed by the Holy Spirit, etc., etc., which is something a well-catechized, orthodox Lutheran would never say. Perhaps a Pentecostal, but not a confirmed Lutheran.


        • domstudent11 said

          I am so sad to hear this, because I sent a letter to The Reporter last year asking for the official LC-MS position on LIRS, and I was directed to their LCMS Refugee FAQ document that states:

          “We are not connected to the refugee work of Lutheran World Relief at this time, and our relationship with,
          and support for, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services is limited. LIRS is not a Synod organization, not a
          Recognized Service Organization and is not officially tied to any church body”

          Pedrosity3, have you tried to comment on the LIRS blog (since you read the article)? They almost never post negative comments, and if they do, they rebut it with false information like this rebuttal on July 22:

          “The attack in Nice was horrendous, and we mourn with the victims’ families. Fortunately, the United States has a much different process for accepting refugees, a rigorous security system that involves several U.S. intelligence agencies. All refugees applying to come to the U.S. are interviewed and screened multiple times in a lengthy process before ever receiving permission to fly to the U.S. Only a few of those who apply are ever resettled in the U.S. and we can be sure that they have passed each step of the vetting process.”

          LIRS knows perfectly well that the screening process has been shortened to 3 months since April of this year and refugee intake process has accelerated sharply in the past few months. I don’t consider thousands of refugees “only a few.”


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