Catholics close 20 refugee offices, layoff hundreds as federal funding plummets

“There is not a Catholic Charities program that has not been impacted in some way…picture is not a pretty one.”

Jim Kuh, Director of immigration and refugee services for Catholic Charities USA


CATHOLIC CHARITIES USA(R) LOGOHere we go again, another whinny story about how that mean ol’ Donald Trump is hurting Catholic RELIGIOUS programs by cutting the number of refugees who come with federal funding attached to each one!

Before reading on check out the Capital Research Center tutorial on why it is bad policy all around for taxpayers to fund Catholic Charities.

This is what I think every time I see stories like this:

If the Catholic Church and its members want to help the poor throughout the world, they should use their own private charity!  And, better still, be brave and go to where the people are suffering and help them there. It is not the role of the US government to fund the church’s good works!

(Editor: as I said yesterday, in order to read the rest of this post, click on the link below!)


Here is a bit of the story from Crux:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – War, famine and gang violence have created the largest global refugee population since World War II, yet the U.S. has drastically cut the numbers of refugees it will accept, causing the reduction and closure of Catholic resettlement programs nationwide. [You need to know that escaping gang violence does not make one a legitimate REFUGEE—ed]

Catholic Charity’s Jim Kuh: CC resettles a quarter of the refugees admitted to the US each year!  Photo and bio:

Nearly 20 U.S. Catholic refugee resettlement programs have closed in the past two years and dozens of others have scaled back their efforts because there are fewer refugees being admitted into the country, said Richard Hogan, director of resettlement services for Migration and Refugee Services, an arm of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Fewer refugees arriving! How about raising private money to better care for the ones you admitted in previous years many of whom are still living desperate lives!

Crux continues….

The number of refugees authorized for admission to the U.S. in fiscal year 2018, which began Oct. 1, 2017, was cut to 45,000, but the State Department has admitted only 10,548 in the first six months.

Catholic Charities agencies traditionally resettle roughly 25 percent of all refugees admitted into the U.S. each year and the decreases in numbers have been felt, said Jim Kuh, senior director of immigration and refugee services for Catholic Charities USA. [There are nine federal refugee contractors***, and the Catholics place 25% of them, wow! they must be hurting financially—ed].

“There is not a Catholic Charities program that has not been impacted in some way,” Kuh told Catholic News Service, adding that the “picture is not a pretty one.”

Catholic organizations charged with resettling refugees have laid off or transferred as many as 300 employees as a direct result of the reduced numbers, Hogan said, adding that his department hasn’t received updated data since November, meaning that figure may be higher.

It is all Trump’s fault! What? The Catholic Church can’t work for “human dignity” without an infusion from taxpayers?

Trump administration policies involving refugees is a rejection “of a hierarchy of issues of concern to the Church,” Kerwin said. “These issues involve life, they involve human dignity, they involve flourishing. People are being killed by gangs, they’re being persecuted.”

What? Catholics can’t help refugees to sign up for ‘their services’ without being paid for their charitable good works?

Shalaina Harlan-Yuya
Shalaina Harlan-Yuya

In addition to providing economic relief to refugees, Catholic Charities programs assist them with navigating health and school systems, receiving temporary cash assistance, tutoring for the youth, English as a second language for adults, orientations to help with cultural adjustment and even clinical counseling, said Shalaina Harlan-Yuya, director of refugee services for Catholic Charities Fort Worth.


“Because these individuals have been persecuted or fear persecution due to their race, nationality, religion, social group membership or political affiliation, they deserve our welcoming spirit, hospitality, and support,” she said.

Yes, maybe, but not with federal money!  I truly doubt that Jesus would approve of this arrangement!

Read the whole whine-fest Crux article here. The article goes on to mention that the refugees that CC places will do work Americans won’t do.  And, they say that some offices are trying to stay afloat until “when arrivals return to prior levels.”


***  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!).

It gets a little tricky trying to figure out how much of your money actually goes to the Catholic Church because the Bishops get nearly $100 million and then individual Catholic Charities get millions more.  I recommend that you search USA Spending and research grants and contracts for your local Catholic diocese to see the infusion from the feds into your community.

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.

18 thoughts on “Catholics close 20 refugee offices, layoff hundreds as federal funding plummets

  1. Aiding Invading Muslims on a hijrah conquest jihad is now a Catholic religious activity?

    I suppose with the Marxist Muslim pope we now have, that may just be true by the current pope’s faith.

    Aiding Muslim military colonists is not a valid Catholic action.


    1. And I am a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and along with a parish priest ran our parish’s Catholic Youth Organization for about 8 years.

      Islam is Islam and they are invading to conquer as Sharia commands them to do.


      1. \truthzzzz , ” islam is Islam and they are invading to conquer as Sharia commands them to do ” Its NOT the Sharia but their evil Quran Sura 2:193 ” Fight against them[ Infidels/Kafirs ] until idolatry is no more and Allah’s religion reigns supreme ” Quran is full of hate towards Jews,Christians and non believers . Now see If we the Infidels are to survive then we have to unite and fight back or else we are doomed for good. So wake up .

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  2. The Catholic Church has more money than God…they have no business crying for more! If they truly were humanitarian, real changes would happen in countries they work in. I’ve worked overseas in many countries…I’ve seen what these people say they do, but for the most part, don’t do. It’s such a load of bs!


    1. No I sure don’t. This was the first time I was seeing anything about numbers with the Catholic Volags.


  3. It doesn’t seem like they have aggressively pursued private donations. Maybe they know that their program is so unpopular that people will not donate. However, I’m sure if they concentrated on helping refugees overseas, they would be able to raise lots of money.


    1. If they tried to raise private money in a serious way and were truthful about how the money was to be used, I doubt they would get huge private donations, that is why the government money is so important to them.


      1. Here’s the rub for me, Ann. If a plea were to come from the bishops to aid fellow Christians now being persecuted throughout the Muslim world and driven out of places like Syria where their communities have existed since just after the time of Jesus, wild horses couldn’t prevent me from contributing; these innocent people merit our help and prayers. But since I know the “refugee” proposals advanced by Pope Francis are nothing short of insane, and since I also know that many of the head honchos at USCCB follow the lead of the pontiff on this purely political matter, I understand just where the actual programs of USCCB (and Catholic Charities) are headed, viz. the dissolution of our nation and the desolation of our societal landscape. No Catholic is obliged to contribute in any way to such outrages, tout au contraire!

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  4. OH ! But what about compassion ? Those poor refugees ! I guess that Federal Funding matters more than helping “one of the least of these, my brothers…..”

    The point being, that they were only running these refugee offices to make money off the government in the first place ! Everyone is making money off of the “refugees” and that is the only reason that ANYONE wants them here.

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  5. Catholic Charities is not Catholic by definition.

    Mother Theresa took not a dime from the government.

    Dorothy Day was the same.

    Catholic charities is a soulless bureacracy.

    Bravo for President Trump encouraging genuine charity.

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  6. Looks like a very pretty picture to me. As for going where the people are suffering, if you are a white Westerner and go to help Africans these days you are called names because the Left is not interested in helping there unless there is a white man to blame. So let them go there and see how they like it.

    Linda Blood




  7. The folks riding herd on this Catholic Charities program don’t realize it’s hurting them in other ways too. When I learned my diocese’s CC program was settling Muslims in the US, I immediately cut my monthly contribution to zero. (CC didn’t tell me about Muslim importation directly but, in one of their newsletters to contributors, they offered a photo of a “refugee” wearing a hijab. That was all I wanted or needed to know about the matter.) Now my former CC contribution goes to Food for the Poor. Beyond this effect, federal tax dollars have totally corrupted the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (parent to CC). USCCB has become basically a substation to the Democrat Party with bishops often elevating liberal policies like “gun control” and “refugee settlement” to near dogmatic status, implying that these merely political considerations somehow obligate Catholics to adopt leftists’ positions. They don’t and, what is more, the bishops KNOW they do not, but they know who is paying for the “show.”

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    1. Jack Gordon, you have summarized the situation brilliantly. The bishops have been going down the wrong path for years. The situation is diesgraceful and made even more so by their smugness and condescension to faithful Catholics.

      Alleluia to this great news.

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