Some Churches “Paid” for Refugee Resettlement

This Memorandum briefly reports on the financial stake certain religious agencies have in U.S. refugee resettlement. It shows that refugee resettlement has become dependent on U.S. taxpayers and is a disruption to American communities, with nongovernmental agencies profiting from it…

It is to the United States’ credit that our nation has, from her founding, provided a safe haven for the unjustly persecuted. However, even well-meaning efforts require accountability and should be balanced against other important, competing priorities. Without appropriate balance and oversight, helping refugees shifts from being a worthy humanitarian gesture in truly exceptional cases to an avenue for government largesse, enriching private bureaucracies while feeding public cynicism.(1)

In a strongly worded analysis, called the “Religious Agencies and Refugee Resettlement,”  James R. Edwards, Jr., Ph.D., a Fellow with the Center for Immigration Studies and coauthor of The Congressional Politics of Immigration Reform, writes that many church organizations are profiting from each refugee they take in to their communities.  Often to the detriment of those towns, that are ill-equipped to meet the financial needs of relocation.

Since 1980, the new Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) in the U.S. State Department has referred individuals’ files to one of 10 “voluntary agencies”, or “volags”, which in turn assign cases to local affiliate agencies. The majority of volags are religiously affiliated (see Table 1). Volags receive a Reception and Placement Grant from the PRM for each refugee they are assigned. Volags also collaborate with “mutual assistance associations”, which focus mainly on ensuring that their charges retain strong ethnic and homeland ties.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) works further with volags and local affiliates, enrolling refugees in a broad range of welfare programs for which refugees automatically qualify after 30 days. They are not subject to the seven-year federal bar on welfare participation for immigrants, and those who naturalize remain eligible for welfare dependency beyond their first seven years here.

According to Dr. William Mount (video link below), churches or church organizations are paid $4500 per month, per refugee they take in.  These communities are not even aware that they will be receiving new residents.

There is also plenty of pro-refugee propaganda circulating, often with “good Christian” overtones.  Victimized has surely become currency.

While most countries provide refugees with a limited amount of basic assistance when they first arrive, almost all refugees are eager to work and be self-sufficient.  A growing national economy depends upon a growing population—who play crucial roles in an economy as workers, consumers, taxpayers and entrepreneurs. (2)

As we have seen all over Europe, many refugees remain on welfare, and retreat to their own neighborhoods.  In the case of many Muslim immigrants, they have created no-go zones, under Sharia law, into which police will not enter.  For America, the Constitution is our rule of law and completely incompatible with any other law; in fact, Sharia goes against much if not all provisions in our Constitution (see Robert Spencer‘s many discussions and books to this effect).





3.  “Accepting that the freedom of speech should be curtailed in any way to suit Muslim sensibilities opens the West to a slow, but deliberate subjugation to Sharia.”


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