Catholic NGOs Continue to Cash In

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by Nicholas Wylie  •  •  August 28, 2023   

$15.5M in the Latest Government Handout to Fund Illegal Immigration

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DETROIT ( - Catholic Charities continues to profit from the destabilization of America after receiving millions more dollars from the government.

Four branches of Catholic Charities received a combined sum of over $15.5 million last week from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Shelter and Services Program.

The funds were disbursed through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), with Catholic Charities in the diocese of San Diego receiving $12,793,700. Catholic Charities in the diocese of Laredo received $1,322,015, while Catholic Charities in the archdiocese of Galveston-Houston obtained $882,388. Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley received $512,196, and the diocese of El Paso, Texas, was granted $346,639.

In total, $77 million was allocated to nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in this second round of funding distribution. The initial allocation in June was significantly larger, with $291 million disbursed. Catholic NGOs received nearly $40 million from the first distribution.

According to the Department of Homeland Security, "For Fiscal Year 2023, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will provide $363.8 million of available funds to enable non-federal entities to offset allowable costs incurred for services associated with noncitizen migrant arrivals in their communities."

The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) reported, "In total, DHS has used SSP and the Emergency Food and Shelter Program-Humanitarian Awards (EFSP-H) to grant more than $770 million of taxpayer funding to NGOs this fiscal year."

FAIR elaborated:

The funding may be used for shelter (including housekeeping), food (including cookware and containers), transportation (including to communities away from the border), acute medical care (such as health screenings and over-the-counter medicines), administrative expenses (such as IT and language services), and renovations or repairs to existing facilities. DHS noted revisions to SSP that would "expand the cap for both hotels/motels and airfare to 10 percent of the total funding requested by the applicant. In addition, DHS will also allow for recipients to apply for a waiver for those caps based on operational need."

"Congress specifically stated that the funding could not be used for border security," noted FAIR. In an August letter to Republican Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy, the Biden administration requested an additional $600 million for the FEMA program in fiscal year 2024.

Writing about the U.S. Church and illegal immigration, The Stream recently reported, "Those [Catholic] agencies received a total of $3.053 billion between 2008 and 2022. During that period, Catholic Charities collected $1.86 billion, while the [United States Conference of Catholic Bishops] got $1.113 billion in direct federal grants, the fifth-largest total among all agencies. From that $1.113 billion, the USCCB gave $586 million to Catholic Charities."

The Vortex: Secure Borders, Illegal Aliens and the Bishops' Wealth

The U.S. bishops are known for their support of mass migration. The USCCB's 2021 annual financial statement reveals that the bishops received over $67 million from "government contracts and grants" for "migration and refugee services."

An article by the Center for Immigration Studies analyzed July's border crossings, noting, "Last month, border patrol agents at the Southwest border apprehended more than 132,652 illegal entrants at the Southwest border. That was a 33.3% increase over June (when agents apprehended 99,539 illegal entrants at the U.S.-Mexico line)."

The U.S. bishops are known for their support of mass migration.

The USCCB's involvement in President Biden's border crisis was one of four issues discussed at the Deposit of Faith coalition's July 20 press conference in Washington, D.C.

Church Militant and the other members of the coalition are advocating for the defunding of the U.S. bishops.

A coalition press release proposes three ways to defund the USCCB and complicit organizations:

1. Stop congressional appropriations committees from granting them contracts
2. Force the churches to publish their tax filings (990s) by amending the IRS code
3. Cancel the tax-exempt status outright for blatant partisan politicking

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