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by Kristine Christlieb  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  May 19, 2020   

Maryland offers free money to 'illegally present aliens'

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ROCKVILLE, Md. (ChurchMilitant.com) - Citizens of Montgomery County, Maryland are suing the county's chief executive and director of the Department of Health and Human Services for illegally using taxpayer funds to support "unlawfully present aliens." 

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Montgomery Council Chief Executive Marc Elrich

On April 30, the all-Democrat Montgomery County Council unanimously approved "a special appropriation of $5 million to provide additional direct financial assistance to low-income County residents in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency."

According to the lawsuit, filed with assistance from the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch, the narrowly-cast eligibility criteria almost guarantee that "unlawfully present aliens will be the primary — if not exclusive — recipients" of these taxpayer-funded cash grants. Since under federal law, "unlawfully present aliens" are ineligible for state or local public benefits, the plaintiffs are suing on behalf of Maryland County taxpayers for pecuniary losses.

Political commentators like Fox News' Tucker Carlson regularly feature stories from Montgomery County, presenting the suburban D.C. community as yet another East Coast example of life under a Democrat-controlled regime.

With 'Unlawfully Present Aliens' Like These ...

In July, Montgomery Council Chief Executive Marc Elrich signed "Promoting Community Trust," an executive order in which he refused to use county resources to enforce federal immigration laws so that all county residents would feel welcome. 

Five weeks after signing the order, Elrich found himself in front of a bank of television cameras explaining why seven undocumented immigrants living in the county had been arrested on sex assault charges. According to the Washington Post, two male "unlawfully present aliens" were accused of raping the same 11-year-old girl. In another case, an unlawfully present alien was accused of trying to choke a woman to death in a hallway of her apartment building.

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The problems in Montgomery County first came to light in 2017 when a 14-year-old, ninth-grade girl accused her 17-year-old and 18-year-old classmates of raping her in a school bathroom. All charges were dropped against the two "unlawfully present aliens" whom Rockville High School officials enrolled as ninth graders.

It came out the 14-year-old had sent pornographic photos to one of the males, then video footage failed to corroborate her claim the ménage à trois had been non-consensual. In a state where Catholics are the largest religious group and that is home to the likes of Catholic elites like Brett Kavanaugh, concerns began to grow about the direction the county was heading.

Catholic Bishops Complicit

As Church Militant has documented, "cash — not Christ — is the key motivator" behind the U.S. bishops' immigration obsession, and Montgomery County's Catholic Charities is in the thick of it.

The bishops back the settlement of 'unlawfully present aliens' because the federal government pays them a bounty for each person they help.

One local Catholic resident, who spoke directly with local "unlawfully present aliens," reported on his conversation:

They said that Catholic Charities was very helpful, in fact, essential, for getting started here in America. They provided Mass, food, sacraments and legal help. The ladies downstairs provided counseling and a safe play area for the kids while their parents dealt with getting into the State of Maryland Department of Human Resources system for SNAP [Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program] and housing assistance. 

The bishops back the settlement of "unlawfully present aliens" because the federal government pays them a bounty for each person they help. Federal grants snowballed in the latter years of the Obama administration, totaling nearly 40% of U.S. Catholic bishops' annual operating budget by 2016. Given the bishops' financial dependence on immigration as a source of revenue, few observers are surprised the prelates issue statement after statement promoting open borders.

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