Cardinal Seán Patrick O'Malley: "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free."
Cash — not Christ — is the key motivator behind the U.S. bishops' immigration obsession.
Since Trump won the White House, the USCCB has issued statement after statement on immigration, each one excoriating the administration's policies on the southern border wall, deportation and sanctuary cities.
The bishops are fighting Trump's policies because immigration is their cash cow.
Every year since 1975, the government has funneled tens of millions of taxpayer dollars to the USCCB for migrant and refugee services.
Yearly totals exploded under Obama and are now a huge share of the USCCB's annual budget.
In 2013, the bishops received $73,715,703 from the government — nearly 32 percent of their total budget.
In 2014, the figure leapt to $79,590,512 — almost 33 percent of their budget.
In 2015, the total climbed to $80,733,062 — nearly 38 percent of the USCCB budget.
And in 2016, American prelates pocketed $95,256,272 — nearly 39 percent of their total budget.
The conclusion is clear: The bishops' outcry is driven by finance, not faith.
They profit from immigration, and Trump is threatening their cash flow.
Analysts note that money also explains their near-universal silence on abortion. Pro-life advocacy, it seems, doesn't pay.