Trump ends churches’ refugee-resettlement gravy train

In Luke 20 is an account of yet another attempt by Jewish rabbis and teachers to trip Jesus. Trying to entrap our Lord by catching Him saying something untoward so that they could then hand Him over to the Roman authorities, they sent “spies” to ask Jesus “Is it right for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”.

To which, Jesus calmly replied that we are to abide by the government’s laws: “Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God.” (Luke 20:25)

In the matter of immigration, St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274), whom the Catholic Church honors as a Doctor of the Church and regards as its greatest theologian and philosopher, respected a country’s laws governing immigration and would gravely disapprove of illegal “immigrants,” much less their brazen demands for special treatment in the U.S. today. So prudent and concerned was St. Thomas for the wellbeing of the host country that he recommended that even legal immigrants be granted citizenship only after 2 or 3 generations.

See “St. Thomas Aquinas disapproved of illegal immigration and expected all immigrants to assimilate

But Christian churches in the United States have become lawless and law-defying institutions.

In the name of “charity,” some churches are defying and violating U.S. federal government laws on immigration by providing “sanctuary” to those who are in the U.S. illegally and face deportation. See DCG’s Dec. 13, 2016 post, “Churches vow to offer sanctuary to illegal aliens“.

More than defying immigration laws, under the Obama administration, churches and other “faith-based” institutions had formed a lucrative alliance with the U.S. government in aiding and abetting illegal immigration and “refugee” re-settlement, contrary to the Left’s mantra of “separation of church and state”.

As an example, the Baptist Child and Family Services (BCFS) had very lucrative contracts with the Obama administration’s HHS, DHS, and other agencies. One such contract was for BCFS to acquire and operate the luxury Palm Aire Resort & Hotel to house illegal “children” at a cost of $50 million. Another contract was for the BCFS to provide “basic shelter care” to 2,400 “unaccompanied alien children” for just four months in 2014, at a cost to taxpayers of more than $182 million. BCFS’s lucrative contracts with the federal government would explain its president and CEO Kevin Dinnin’s bloated annual salary of more than $477,799.

See “Collusion of Church & State in Invasion of Illegals: $182M to house ‘unaccompanied children’ for just 4 months

But under President Trump, that gravy train is drying up.

Michele Jurich reports for Catholic Voice, May 13, 2019, that “With the U.S. government continuing to severely limit the number of refugees who enter the country under its auspices, Catholic Charities of the East Bay (CCEB) [in the San Francisco Bay Area] has ended its resettlement program.”

Nationally, according to Refugee Council USA, the Trump administration has admitted only 12,151 refugees, which is less than 40% of the historically low 30,000 refugee admissions goal.

CCEB’s 90-day service contract with the federal government ended on May 8, 2019. As a consequence, although CCEB was scheduled to receive 100 refugees in fiscal year 2019, which began Oct. 1, 2018, the agency received “just eight”. But the numbers of refugees in CCEB’s resettlement program already had decreased over the last two years. In fiscal year 2018, CCEB was projected to receive 145 refugees; 100 were received.

This effectively ends the involvement of about 40 East Bay parishes in setting up apartments, driving newcomers to appointments and helping them feel at home in their new land. Over the past three years, these parishes have been actively involved in co-sponsoring refugee families. Reportedly, “many” of those refugees had worked for the U.S. government in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Christopher Martinez, CCEB’s chief program officer, said that those who have received assistance from Catholic Charities in the past can still request assistance in legal and housing matters: “Any family, if they need support, can always reach Catholic Charities. We want to build on that legacy.”

Jewish Family and Community Services East Bay in Berkeley and the International Rescue Committee in Oakland will continue to resettle refugees in the East Bay.

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We should always use brackets and a small c when referring to these “christian” churches and organizations. They are Bolsheviks with a capital B and their purpose is to facilitate the demographic displacement of white European Christians and slowly and inexorably erase our culture, history, and heritage. If I asked them for assistance they would laugh and say get a job

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

Dr Eowyn . . . Bless your heart, you have really made my day. Here in Portland, OR we had church after church who sponsored Romanians to come to the US–just as soon as they landed here, although they were sponsored by these churches, they were dumped on the taxpayers of Oregon. There was an organization of Romanians that was formed, and is called the Romanian Mafia–they were big time into auto thief, parting out stolen autos, etc. In fact a guy I worked with at the Dairy had his car stolen. The police told him that when the car… Read more »

Lophatt
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Lophatt

St. Augustine had much to say about this and similar topics. Basically, even if a country has laws that allow for sin a Christian’s duty is to God first. It is the obligation of the country to adjust its laws accordingly. He was especially troubled by sodomites. He made it VERY clear that there were NO circumstances where that behavior was acceptable. Regarding “immigrants’, there is clearly a difference between LEGAL immigrants and ILLEGAL ones. The very reason that we have countries at all is to protect their residents. Realizing that that is their goal, to eliminate borders, helps understand… Read more »

Lana
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Lana

Well I am really happy to hear this. It’s about time, but seriously it is just a drop in the bucket compared with the masses coming over the border and being released. They will all end up on welfare too or live lives of crime to get by. I just heard that out of all those arrested only 13 % show up foe their hearings. Now why are the Jewish Community services of the Eat Bay still continuing with their program? Are they not having their resources from the gov cut off too? Or is it they are so hellbent… Read more »

FreemenRtrue
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FreemenRtrue

Go Trump. Stop Globalist Socialism in the Catholic Church. Wonder why the pews are empty Fathers? Try tending your flock. Feed my sheep. How much does it cost for a Catholic kid to go to Catholic school? Shame on you.

Chemtrailssuck
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Chemtrailssuck

These fake churches are also organizing LGBTQ “meetings” with the public, there is some “bretheren” church by the border that is doing some “community outreach” (indoctrination) for the BLT crowd, of course it’s attached to the university.

CalGirl
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CalGirl

I descend fr first Quakers to Delaware and Pennsylvania, as well as the Pennsylvania Mennonites/early Amish, mix in some German Reformed. I grew up there. My family experience with this has been “normal” to me and handed down through up to 10 or more generations into my upbringing. My husband and I have lived and worshiped with other sects, b/c of our geography through the years, the unavailability of our churches where we lived, and so, raised our kids in a church that was not mine, nor my husband’s….just to give them faith foundation. HOWEVER, upon moving to California 30… Read more »

Grace
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Grace

All of these refugee/illegal immigration supporting activities, within churches and through parishioners, are still going on in full force right now. It’s just that the funding is coming from other [Soros] than the US government.

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“To which, Jesus calmly replied that we are to abide by the government’s laws: “Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God.” (Luke 20:25)” – NO- Get yourself educated.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYf7wt5Gn5Y

Simon Jester
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Simon Jester

So….now that the gravy-train is dried up….

We have children without baths…without toothpaste…going hungry.

Great job Christians!