“Advocacy” is code for Lobbying as Lutheran federal refugee contractor advertises for DC office
Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 29, 2016
We have told you about this on previous occasions over the years, but it bears repeating! The nine major federal resettlement contracting agencies, that like to call themselves VOLAGs (Voluntary agencies! Ha! Ha!), have lobbyists in Washington to not only protect their flow of federal dollars, but to promote their Open Borders agenda.
And, that means not just “advocating” for more refugees, but all of the contractors have worked on past initiatives by Congress for so-called ‘Comprehensive Immigration Reform.’
Wouldn’t you think that agencies like the Lutherans here would not want the country flooded with illegals-made-legal while they were charged with finding work for their tens of thousands of legal refugees?
I don’t want to wander back into the weeds of the Gang of Eight bill that passed the Senate, but the refugee contractors were in the thick of it (lobbying for its passage) because if it had become law, they would have gotten more paid “clients” that they would help get signed up for welfare, job training, medicaid, etc.
That is ‘fancy-schmancy’ language which simply means—-LOBBYIST.
O.K. fine, they can have a lobbyist too, but the big question is this—-are you paying for their lobbyist???
Their advertisement says this:
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) is a national faith-based organization with a 77-year history, a budget of approximately $58 million per year, and over 100 headquarters staff.
BTW, that headquarters is in a very nice building at the posh Inner Harbor in Baltimore.
And GoV wonders how much of the $58 million is your money. I can answer that because I just analyzed LIRS finances last month, here.
From the most recent available Form 990 (2014) we learned this:
Total revenue for that year was $59,862,898
Total federal grants were $55,341,275
And, they also received from your money $1,817,755 for a loan service fee.
95% of their income comes from you—-the taxpayer!
Without the money that CONGRESS appropriates to them they would dry up and blow away!
The only power you have right now to try to slow the juggernaut is if you can persuade your Representatives in Washington (your Congressman and US Senators) to DEFUND the UN/US Refugee Admissions Program on the FY2017 Budget that Congress must pass by December 9th.
We have no taxpayer-funded lobbyists working for us. In fact there is NO lobbyist working exclusively on our side—the side that wants to slow the flow—of the refugee issue.
Frankly, if you don’t even try to do this then you can keep complaining (in comments to me and on social media) about the program until America is gone!
Why do you think LIRS needs a Director of ADVOCACY in Washington DC? Because they get it—they know that Congress holds the purse strings! Your money is their lifeblood!
Endnote: for all of you having problems with a Lutheran resettlement contractor in your state, this Baltimore-headquartered Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service is their mothership!
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