Refugee Resettlement Watch

South Carolina Lutheran agency cutting staff; will bigwigs in Baltimore see pay cuts?

Posted by Ann Corcoran on February 28, 2017

Ho hum! One more story about a federal resettlement subcontractor having to fire staff because this entire UN/US Refugee Admissions Program was so ill-conceived in the first place and because these supposed ‘religious’ charities became fat and happy on taxpayer dollars rather than raising private money for their “good works.”

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The Lutheran Center (LIRS headquarters) is a six-story structure constructed in 1999 on property owned by Baltimore’s historic Christ Lutheran Church. The building is located near Baltimore’s Inner Harbor in the historic Federal Hill neighborhood, a charming area rich with history and an eclectic array of eateries and shopping venues. https://refugeeresettlementwatch.wordpress.com/2014/07/08/lutherans-may-be-operating-centers-for-unaccompanied-minors-in-your-state/

Here is the news from Charleston, South Carolina’s Post and Courier.

BTW, did you see the news about a town hall somewhere being opened with prayer and the Libs in the audience started shouting: “separation of church and state!”   Well, where are they with the resettlement contractors? Where is the ACLU and its lawsuits claiming there should be a separation of church and state?

I digress, here is the news from South Carolina:

Refugee resettlement agency Lutheran Services Carolinas expects to layoff and reassign staff in the wake of President Donald Trump’s controversial executive order dramatically reducing the number of refugees who can enter the United States.

Federal courts have halted Trump’s order suspending the U.S. refugee admissions program. But the courts did not touch a provision of the order that slashed the cap on refugees from 110,000 to 50,000 this fiscal year. As of January 31, just under 40,000 refugees have been admitted to the U.S., including 28 in Charleston. [For the umpteenth time, there was no slashing in half! That 110,000 (ceiling!) was Obama’s last wish, nothing more! Average has been around 65,000 since 9/11.—ed]

Agencies such as Lutheran Services Carolinas, which resettles refugees in Charleston, Columbia and Raleigh, rely on federal money tied to each refugee they help resettle.

Yes! As I have been saying, it’s a kind of ponzi scheme built on ever-increasing numbers of refugees (paying clients!) being admitted to the US.

Post and Courier continues…..

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LIRS CEO Hartke

Lutheran Services Carolinas is an affiliate of Baltimore-based Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, one of nine national organizations*** working on behalf of the federal government to help resettle refugees. Linda Hartke, president and CEO of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, estimates between 70 and 80 positions so far have been cut at partner agencies across the country.

“We and all of the resettlement networks are looking at reductions of staff,” Hartke said. “There’s not funding to pay for staff if refugees aren’t arriving. There’s some work that needs to be continued, but if the arrivals are dropping by more than 50 percent, it’s not good stewardship of resources to try to maintain staff infrastructure.”

***Update*** Hartke to receive Maryland business award, here.

Now, let’s have a little look at LIRS financial situation….

Why does no mainstream media ever bother doing this?

First, see one of their pages at USA Spending.  From 2008-2016 they received $358,862,898 of your money from the US Treasury.

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I’ve screenshot only 5 of 164 “transactions” here at USA Spending: https://www.usaspending.gov/Pages/AdvancedSearch.aspx?k=Lutheran%20Immigration%20and%20Refugee%20Service

This (below) is a page from the most recent Form 990 that I could find.  Do you see that the federally-funded portion of their total revenue that year ($59,862,898) included $55,341,275 in federal grants and that loan servicing fee ($1,817,755) is likely the travel loan collection fee they receive from collecting money from refugees for their airfare (that was all your money too).

Thus 95% of their income comes from you—the American taxpayer!

Look at that paltry little bit of money they raised privately!

Will any of the bigwigs in Baltimore see a pay cut or is Ms. Hartke preserving their resources at the top?

Is that good stewardship?  I find it uncomfortable to report people’s salaries, and if this was a real non-profit group or a private business instead of a quasi-government agency, it would be none of our business what they pay their staff.

However, it isn’t a real non-profit group and since we pay the vast majority of their salaries, you should know what you pay them.

For comparison, go here to see what members of Congress make ($174,000 on average).  Speaker of the House Paul Ryan makes less ($223,500) than Ms. Hartke!   (You are paying for both of them!)

So how many of you are crying for the contractors now?

For our complete archive on LIRS, click here.

***These are the nine federal refugee contractors:

9 Responses to “South Carolina Lutheran agency cutting staff; will bigwigs in Baltimore see pay cuts?”

  1. It’s too bad that more homeless and unemployed people aren’t made aware of the fact that competition for resources and jobs is literally being flow in with the tax money that most of them have presumably contributed to at some point in their lives. I see plenty of people living under the freeway, so it is they who should complain when some foreigner is flown in here, put up in an apartment, and either given welfare or handed an American job, at livable wages. Veterans, seniors, and the rest of out most vulnerable need to start complaining that the “safety net” has broken under the strain of too many foreigners, and it needs to stop.

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  2. tomasrose said

    yes, and what paltry sum they do raise from voluntary donations goes straight to lobbying for more government money. (you can’t use government money to lobby for government money.)

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  3. THE PARTY’$$$$$$ OVER !

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  4. Reblogged this on islamnewworldorder and commented:
    NINE major SCAM “REFUGEE” RESETTLING outfits and their HUNDREDS of underling local offices scattered throughout America represent the ultimate PONZI SCHEME!
    Time to put a major halt to these libtard outfits getting rich on taxpayer dollars and completely run by the islamic-run UN saying who goes where and how many.

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  5. Off Topic —- but in light of the PIOUS. HOLY attacks on the President ,,,,, everyone should sing this —

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    Play “Dirty Laundry”
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  6. thetinfoilhatsociety said

    $300 million dollars…..a year??? And I’m sitting over here nearly $100K in debt for my education because as a white woman I was eligible for nothing other than loans? (I did win two small scholarships). Wow. How many student loans could they forgive if they shut these things down? How many mortgages could be paid off? How many small businesses – like mine – could get small business grants that would enable us to hire staff and expand if they gave put all that money somewhere else? Now THAT would stimulate the economy!

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    • Ann Corcoran said

      It is a lot of money, but it wasn’t $300 mill in one year. It was $358 mill from 2008-2016.

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    • I couldn’t agree more. Our economy would get a boost of all of that student loan money were suddenly freed up. At least doing something like that would benefit American citizens instead of foreign nationals, and it would help strengthen the infrastructure giving a break to our own educated people, instead of always trying to import some third world slum dweller and raise them up to our standards of living.

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  7. murlimews said

    What sweet news!

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