Catholics and House GOP Question Bishops’ Cash Bonanza From Immigrant Smuggling

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by Joseph D'Hippolito  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  August 21, 2023   

Catholic Charities fueling illegal immigration

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With no projected end to the chaos of illegal immigration at the Mexican border, some congressional Republicans have decided to confront the religious agencies aggravating the problem — including Catholic Charities, which plays a pivotal role in human smuggling, as The Stream reported.

Even conservative Catholics are organizing to oppose their bishops' support of open borders. The Deposit of Faith Coalition held a press conference July 20 in Washington, D.C., to demand that Congress stop funding the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The website Church Militant, one of the members, calls the coalition "a group of about a dozen Catholic or Catholic-led outfits."

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The USCCB not only funnels the grants it receives to such agencies as Catholic Charities. It encourages human trafficking to promote Pope Francis' globalist agenda, as The Stream also reported.

The coalition's press conference represents the latest in a growing backlash against the Biden administration's apathy and religious agencies' social irresponsibility.

Enough Is Enough

In December, Texas Republican Rep. Lance Gooden, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, asked Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, in a letter, for "immediate access to all records and communication relating to your department's border practices and regulations."

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Rep. Lance Gooden, Rep. Jake Ellzey and Rep. Tom Tiffany

The letter accused DHS of "allowing non-governmental organizations the freedom to aid and abet illegal aliens." Two other Republicans, Texas Rep. Jake Ellzey and Wisconsin Rep. Tom Tiffany, signed the letter.

Gooden also sent letters to Catholic CharitiesJewish Family Services and the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service. Gooden accused those agencies of "violating federal law and regulation, placing migrants and American communities at risk, and subjecting local communities to unreasonable burdens."

As a result, Gooden wrote Congress would investigate those agencies, which must preserve records of federal reimbursement for food, shelter, transportation, medical care and "various supportive services."

"Taxpayers should not be subsidizing any organization facilitating the movement of illegal immigrants across our border," Gooden wrote. "When NGOs transport unauthorized aliens into the nation's interior, it becomes increasingly difficult for federal immigration enforcement agencies to monitor their whereabouts and protect our communities."

Read the rest at The Stream.

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