Update June 6th: A more detailed discussion of USCRI in response to a readers comment, here.
I received an action alert this week from one of the Top Ten (volag) government contractors paid to resettle refugees in American towns and cities. For the life of me I cannot figure out how it benefits LEGAL refugees if we give amnesty to an estimated 12 million ILLEGAL aliens. Would someone in the refugee community please tell me how so-called Comprehensive Immigration Reform helps refugees!
This is from an action alert sent out by USCRI (US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants) head honcho Lavinia Limon*. (Sorry I couldn’t find a link for the action alert on their website here). I also wonder how groups like this, whose mission is a non-profit one to resettle refugees, can justify lobbying Congress. I thought 501(c)3s were barred from lobbying.
This week, hundreds of allied organizations launched the campaign to Reform Immigration FOR America in cities all across the country — from Los Angeles to Maine, Miami to Seattle Yesterday, a broad coalition of allies from labor, business, and community groups officially kicked off the national campaign in Washington, DC. USCRI is a part of this exciting grassroots movement to reform immigration and I invite you to join us.
Tomorrow June 4, over 700 advocates are descending on Capitol Hill to tell Congress: “We cannot wait any longer. America needs to reform immigration now.”
Here’s our thinking: President Obama has said reforming the immigration system is a priority for him. But it’s going to take more than just having the President on our side to win. We need 279 votes to pass comprehensive immigration reform: 218 US Representatives + 60 Senators + the President’s signature. So over the coming months, we’re going to be asking you to help us flood Congress and the White House with faxes, calls, emails, and visits to say (each in our own way):
Our economy and thousands of families are suffering under the burden of a broken system. The time has come for just and humane immigration reform. We cannot wait any longer.
Go here and check out Reform Immigration for America. I still don’t see how this SOROS-setup umbrella organization will help refugees except as cheap labor and a voter pool for their exploiters.
As for the so-called local grassroots organizations (“allied organizations”) we are learning in places like Tennessee that they are comprised of a handful of community organizers (ala Obama/Alinsky) who set up myriad faux grassroots groups to make the general public think there is a groundswell of support for their liberal-fascist-corporatist agenda as Judy described here a couple of days ago.
Ms. Limon even admits above that they are working hand in glove with big business and big labor, making my point again that this is all about supplying dues-paying members for the unions and cheap labor for big business. Meanwhile they rope in all the humanitarian-minded do-gooders as their foils (fools?).
…..a broad coalition of allies from labor, business, and community groups
* We have written on many occasions about Ms. Limon who headed up the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement during the Clinton Administration. Several of USCRI’s subcontractors have been either closed (see Waterbury, CT here) or reprimanded in recent years by the US State Department for not taking good care of the refugees in their charge. Learn more about USCRI here and note they have changed their name a couple of times. I wonder why.