Lutherans hire “transition” expert to get LIRS back on track

Earlier this month Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service announced a transition CEO (you could call him a fixer) in the wake of the sudden departure of former CEO Linda Hartke.

Can he save the organization?

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Linda Hartke resigned amid internal turmoil.

Michael Patrick Leahy at Breitbart reports the story here:

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), one of the nine voluntary agencies (VOLAGs)*** who, until the current fiscal year, have collectively been paid more than $1 billion annually by the federal government to resettle refugees, has named an interim CEO after the previous CEO, Linda Hartke, resigned abruptly in February.

Hartke’s resignation came after the completion of an internal investigation first reported by Breitbart News.

VOLAGs receive almost all of their funding from the federal government, with revenues tied directly to the number of refugees resettled. Refugee admissions have plummeted under the Trump administration, driving VOLAG revenues down dramatically – placing the ability of several to continue operating in question.



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Pat Nichols is interim CEO hired to straighten out LIRS.

“(LIRS) is excited to announce the appointment of Pat Nichols as Interim President and Chief Executive Officer, effective Thursday, April 5, 2018.”


According to his website, Nichols founded Transition Leadership International, LLC “[i]n 1996, after leading two civic sector organizations through major transitions.”


Neither Rinehart (LIRS board chairman) nor Nichols made any mention of the investigation that prompted his predecessor’s departure.

Critics say that money flowed so freely to the VOLAGs under the Obama administration that many lacked sufficient financial controls.

With the reduction of revenue associated with the decline of refugee admissions under the Trump administration, operational weaknesses that were previously unnoticed, have now come to the forefront in many VOLAGs.

Read it all for more details and to follow links.

Nichols has his work cut out for him because LIRS business model depended almost completely on federal funding—97% of what they operate on is taxpayer-supplied money last time we checked.

For my ever-expanding archive on Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, click here.


***  I post the contractor list almost every day because I want new readers to know exactly who is responsible for driving the US Refugee Admissions Program (in addition to the UN!).  We are hearing reports that all nine might not survive the year. Is LIRS one that could fail?

The number in parenthesis is the percentage of the nine VOLAGs’ income paid by you (the taxpayer) to place the refugees, line them up with (low paying) jobs in food production and cleaning hotel rooms, and get them signed up for their services (welfare)!  From most recent accounting, here.



3 thoughts on “Lutherans hire “transition” expert to get LIRS back on track

  1. It looks like Pres Trump is slowly cutting way back on the crooked refugee organizations tax dollars it looks like he is going to completely get rid of this bunch of money grabbing crooks. I hope they have to close up every one of their offices at least that will put a stop to the small towns an cities that have had hundreds of these refugees dumped on them for years. If they want to stay in business they will have to try to collect the money from donations which they may not bother doing because the donations would not be enough for them to skim off thousands of dollars to put in their private bank accounts.

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    1. What President Trump is doing is all well and good; but until the “refugee” re-settlement scam is actually looked at and over-hauled by Congress (hopefully a Republican Congress that voters will provide him in November) – AND until they say “NO” to the UN determining which so-called “refugees” are to be re-settled to the United States – this ongoing scam against U.S. citizens will NOT stop.

      If we get another globalist scum in the WH, or if Congress flips to the DemonRats in November, we will still be putting up with this constant demographic and economic war against the citizens of the United States. It’s up to US to give President Trump the Congressional backing he needs to get this nonsense stopped!

      Get out and vote in your primaries and in November. Get all of your friends and family out to vote as well. Please make SURE that they understand the importance of this. Your votes DO count.


  2. Thanks the lord! Trump is cleaning this up. God good! all that money could have gone to Americans and Veterans! I want accountability of all that money lost. OR ppl should go to jail. Sounds like they were laundering a lot of money. Whenever a lot of money is lost or exchanged ? Laundering n trafficking


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