Refugee Resettlement Watch

Hudson,Wisconsin Catholic Church asked to resettle five Syrian families in departure from normal resettlement process

Posted by Ann Corcoran on November 17, 2016

First, this proposal to a specific Catholic Church to effectively become a resettlement agency in a town with no resettlement office tells me that the refugee industry is getting desperate.

Frankly, as Congress has not appropriated enough money for Obama’s large refugee numbers for FY17 (already underway) because it has not acted on the budget for the upcoming year, contractors like the US Conference of Catholic Bishops are looking for ways to pawn off some of their responsibilities on, in this case, an individual church.

Members of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church are apparently in the process of deciding if they will take responsibility for five (most likely Muslim since 99% of the Syrians entering the US now are Muslims) families.  (I saw this story almost a week ago, so maybe they have already decided.)

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US Conference of Catholic Bishops attempting to get the most bang for their federal bucks by not opening an office while turning over responsibility for Syrian families to a specific church.

This is a huge undertaking. I watched as a church near where I live in 2007 took on the responsibility for one family and it was an enormous chore that didn’t end well.  My local story is a long story, but members of St. Patricks must be prepared for many duties not the least of which is shuttling refugees in their own cars to myriad appointments (doctors, schools, social service departments) and often to jobs for months (one of the first things volunteers ultimately become weary of!).

And, one of the other things that volunteers tire of is the lack of appreciation some ethnic groups of refugees show for volunteers.  I can’t say that will happen here, but the fun and excitement of taking care of Africans and Middle Easterners wears thin when the refugees act entitled.

One more thing before I get to the story:  Hudson, Wisconsin is on the border of Minnesota. Normally a federal contractor has an office within a hundred miles of where it places the refugees, but the three offices maintained by the Bishops in Wisconsin (Greenbay, Sheboygan, and Milwaukee) are all hundreds of miles away.  However, the USCCB office in St. Paul, Minnesota is only 18 miles from Hudson so I assume that out-of-state office will be sending the federal money to St. Patrick’s.  My first thought is that the USCCB is now making decisions from over the border in Minnesota for what happens in another state.

Here is the news from the Hudson Star-Observer:

Rev. John Gerritts and St. Patrick’s Church received a call from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for the parish to assist with the resettlement of five Syrian refugee families from a camp in Turkey to Hudson. The church has not yet made a decision.

The conference is one of several organizations that helps with the federal government’s refugee resettlement program. Through the program, the U.S. will admit 85,000 refugees this year [reporter has it wrong, that was FY16, the number for FY17 is 110,000—ed] , according to the U.S. State Department.

These five refugee families have been vetted by the government and approved for resettlement in the United States, a process that can take between 18 and 24 months, Gerritts explained.

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Hudson is right across the state line from a huge resettlement area (mostly Somali refugee resettlement) in Minnesota.

“It’s quite thorough and lengthy,” Gerritts said. “They are fully approved to move here. This is working through the government.”

Hudson was selected as the families’ new home because they indicated they had a relative in Hudson during the vetting process. [One relative and five families are coming? Sounds fishy—ed]

Whether or not these five refugee families come to Hudson is not up to the church, as they have already been approved by the federal government. Instead St. Patrick’s is being asked to be a resource to spearhead the resettlement.

[….]

Usually, after a location for resettlement is determined, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will reach out to an agency in the area that specializes in resettlement. The Hudson community does not have an agency like this, so instead St. Patrick’s has been asked to assist. St. Patrick’s is one of the first parishes in the country who have been asked to take on this role.

[….]

St. Patrick’s would not bear any of the financial cost for these services. The church would be responsible for disbursing the government funding provided for refugee resettlement.

For the full story, go here.

LOL! Parishioners at St. Patrick’s better get that in writing and the town of Hudson’s elected officials are presumably being briefed because there will be many costs to local taxpayers!

For new readers in Wisconsin, see our ‘Ten things your town needs to know’ by clicking here. It is not just one Catholic parish that will be impacted by the decision, but the whole town!  If you don’t like what is happening be sure to let Speaker Paul Ryan hear from you!

9 Responses to “Hudson,Wisconsin Catholic Church asked to resettle five Syrian families in departure from normal resettlement process”

  1. […] This is the second story we have seen lately about Catholic resettlement agencies spreading out their responsibilities to smaller organizations (or churches) presumably to make resettlement cheaper for themselves.  We told you about Hudson, Wisconsin here last week. […]

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  2. Reblogged this on Kerberos616.

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  3. tomasrose said

    I can pretty much guarantee that the church was told on the down low that this will be a net profit for them. They have a lot of latitude with the program money they get from the feds. The USCCB and the local church will make money on this.

    Having said that, there will be true volunteers who throw themselves into helping the refugees- and there will be some heart-warming stories that come out of it, lives touched, etc.
    My wife has been volunteering for almost a year teaching English to Middle Eastern refugees and S.I.V.’s. They go back home frequently, sometimes for 2 months at a time! Yesterday was a Thanksgiving Day party and they were asked to talk about what they were thankful for. Not one mentioned thanks for being in America. Not one mentioned thanks for being extricated from a perilous situation at home.

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  4. If the Secret Service, DHS, the Government, do not immediately start ARRESTING & CHARGING those making death threats against Trump, they are setting the PRECEDENT that we can make death threats against democrats and anyone else we don’t like. There are all sorts of threats being made and not a DAMN THING being done.

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  5. I’ve never been to Hudson but I have visited nearby LaCrosse. It’s a beautiful area, and a safe place to raise a family. Everything is well maintained and you can tell the people there take pride in their town. Everything that the left hates & wants to destroy.

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  6. The liberal elite can’t stand the idea of a nice, quiet small town with a majority, white, Christian, American population. They have to force people from completely incompatible cultures on these Americans in the hopes that they can turn those towns into multicultural, atheistic 3rd world hell holes. Their guilt over past history and our prosperity compels them to give away everything in this country as a mea culpa for being, white and living in a free society. They hate our way of life so much they are willing to destroy themselves in the process.

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    • sturandot13 said

      It isn’t about “guilt” Maureen.

      The so-called “refugee” invasion and the continued toleration of the INVASION of illegal aliens – particularly from Third World countries – constitute the “shock troops” of the globalist, oligarch “New World Ordure” cabal. The plan: destroy whatever hegemony the nations of the West still retain. Destroy their sovereignty. Cause as much strife, economic hardship, crime, mayhem and murder as possible.

      When the situation gets bad enough the sheeple of the once-free nations of the West will beg their so-called “leaders” to “do something”. Then the NWO cabal will come out with their “solution”: WORLD GOVERNMENT. (Translated: enslavement of all who are not part of their cabal or the government drones that do their dirty work.)

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  7. Reblogged this on Booksbyjameswnelson and commented:
    Truly, these “refugee” scam contractors are getting desperate, but they aren’t stopping. The end of tax money would put them out of business. We can all hope our republican Congress will end their money.

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  8. Will this crap ever end? Please Jan 20 get here now!

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