Your tax dollars:
Nice sounding name, right, sounds like they are doing good things for struggling immigrants and refugees in Illinois. Right? Wrong! If only taxpayers and Tea Partiers had a clue about how tax money is funneled into lobbying, it would make them sick. As a matter of fact, without taxpayer funding there wouldn’t have been much of a March on America two weeks ago.
Just now browsing around I learned that the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) was a key organizer for the lobbyists and demonstrators who attended the Marxist March on America here. So, I wanted to see exactly what they do. Their website says:
ICIRR is dedicated to promoting the rights of immigrants and refugees to full and equal participation in the civic, cultural, social, and political life of our diverse society.
In partnership with our member organizations, the Coalition educates and organizes immigrant and refugee communities to assert their rights; promotes citizenship and civic participation; monitors, analyzes, and advocates on immigrant-related issues; and, informs the general public about the contributions of immigrants and refugees.
Not much here about helping those poor refugees who have been suffering in Chicago, living in slums and having no work—you know the ones supposedly taken care of by the Heartland Alliance. Maybe some of the ICIRR’s millions could be used to actually help suffering people, or is the word “refugee” in their name only to give them political cover?
But, what is most maddening about the fact that the ICIRR is really a lobbying outfit and money launderer for Left wing political advocacy is that 78% of their money comes from unsuspecting taxpayers! Check out their 2008 Form 990 here. Note that their income that year was $6,153,133 and that $4,770,755 came from governments (you! the federal taxpayer and the Illinois taxpayer).
And, adding more insult to injury they gave $3,685,364 to all sorts of ethnic advocacy groups that likely could not have gotten government funding on their own because of what they do, some of them are not even in Illinois. I was shocked to see they gave $50,000 of your tax dollars to Casa de Maryland a notorious lobbying outfit for illegal immigrants in Maryland, not to mention the funding they gave to other pro-amnesty advocacy groups in other states.
Do the people of Illinois know their tax money is leaving the state of Illinois via a money laundering scheme?
I’m not really suprised by all this, it wasn’t completely new information to me, I told you about ICIRR, money laundering and Obama here two years ago.
And, by the way, remember how open borders advocates sat-in at RNC headquarters and demanded a meeting with Michael Steele, well ICIRR’s Executive director was among them, here. Here the ICIRR is linked with the Council on American Islamic Relations in Chicago. Need I say more.
Level the playing field! CUT OUT ALL TAXPAYER FUNDING FOR ADVOCACY GROUPS OF ALL STRIPES!