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? Michael Patrick Leahy at Breitbart reports the story here: Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), one of the nine voluntary … Continue reading Lutherans hire “transition” expert to get LIRS back on track

Lutherans announce departure of CEO Hartke amid claims of financial irregularities, poor management

Linda Hartke is the second refugee contracting agency CEO in a matter of months to step down apparently involuntarily from the leadership of one of nine federal refugee contractors.***     She follows Lavinia Limon (USCRI) who was, we heard from sources, “pushed out” last October (see here).  No explanation was ever given about Limon’s … Continue reading Lutherans announce departure of CEO Hartke amid claims of financial irregularities, poor management

Hartke: Lutherans want DACA amnesty, shutdown unacceptable

Today I saw this Press Release (below) on the twitter page for Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, but can’t find it elsewhere. Apparently their site has been down for days (strange!). Since it is LIRS’s embattled CEO making the statement I guess she survived the internal turmoil and shake up that Breitbart reported here in … Continue reading Hartke: Lutherans want DACA amnesty, shutdown unacceptable

South Dakota legislator wants more information on refugee costs, opposed by Lutherans and Muslim activist

If you are a new reader, you might want to catch up by having a look at my South Dakota archive especially as it relates to meatpackers and manufacturers (and mayors!) there pushing for ever-greater numbers of refugee workers. South Dakota was on my 2016 road trip to see some of those situations first hand. … Continue reading South Dakota legislator wants more information on refugee costs, opposed by Lutherans and Muslim activist

Is Lutheran Linda Hartke talking about Stephen Miller? Sure sounds like it!

My recommendation to lawyers for Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) is to cool Linda Hartke’s presence in the media attacking the Trump administration. Hartke, CEO of LIRS, is embroiled in internal problems at one of the largest US resettlement contracting agencies where reportedly lawyers for the Board of Directors have been brought in to … Continue reading Is Lutheran Linda Hartke talking about Stephen Miller? Sure sounds like it!

The Tent Foundation hires Lutheran refugee contractor to write refugee hiring guide

Hamdi Ulukaya, the founder of Chobani Yogurt (we mentioned their expansion in Twin Falls, Idaho, here recently), created a personal foundation launched at Davos (Switzerland) in 2016 he called The Tent Foundation. To learn more about Ulukaya’s pitch to global corporations see his 2016 opinion piece published at CNN Money (watch the video!) where he … Continue reading The Tent Foundation hires Lutheran refugee contractor to write refugee hiring guide

Lutherans in MN say they are in compliance with all federal audits/requirements, but…

….they fail to mention that reports coming out of their primary contractor, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (in Baltimore) indicate that maybe there is a bit of a problem there with federal audits….. I meant to get to this news yesterday in advance of the St. Cloud City Council meeting last night where the majority … Continue reading Lutherans in MN say they are in compliance with all federal audits/requirements, but…

Nebraska Lutherans moan: it is as bad as it can get….

….as refugee arrival numbers drop! Well, I can envision something worse as we are hearing rumors that the major Lutheran contractor (the one responsible for moving cases to Nebraska and elsewhere) is having some internal strife. That would be Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (headquartered in Baltimore) the same one that contracted with major meatpacker, the … Continue reading Nebraska Lutherans moan: it is as bad as it can get….

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service trying to raise $5 million from private funding sources

It’s about time! And, if they raise $5 million privately this year it will be an all-time high for the CEO Linda Hartke who took the reins in 2010 of a refugee contractor that is on average 95% taxpayer funded. As the refugee numbers decline under Trump, LIRS, like all of the nine contractors*** are … Continue reading Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service trying to raise $5 million from private funding sources

Foreign-owned Big Meat hires Lutherans to help them find and retain refugee labor

That is the crux of this story and not in my wildest dreams did I think that money was directly changing hands between the meat industry and a federal refugee contractor, in this case Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service headquartered in Baltimore, MD. I always assumed it was an informal relationship where the largely federally-funded … Continue reading Foreign-owned Big Meat hires Lutherans to help them find and retain refugee labor