Ho hum! Here we go again. Why on earth are US taxpayers paying Lutheran Family Services to bring immigrant labor to meat packing towns in the heartland? And, if you missed our posts the other day, here and here, about Noel, Missouri, maybe you don’t know that the federal contractors, like the Lutherans, are working side by side with the meat packers to get “comprehensive immigration reform” (S.744) through Congress.
Here is the news from the Schuyler Sun:
A growing, distinct group of people has been immigrating to the United States, and Nebraska, in the past few years.
They are refugees, escaping their homeland because of war, oppression or famine.
Two representatives from Lutheran Family Services spoke about Nebraska’s growing refugee population during the quarterly community forum held Dec. 12 at St. John’s Lutheran Church.
Lacey Studnicka, development officer for the community services program, said Schuyler is a good example of how a small town can help refugees looking to start a new life. [This is a standard talking point—praise the community for being “welcoming” before they have a chance to complain, or if they are already complaining it’s a way to make them feel guilty!—ed]
These refugees come from all over the world, but recently, large populations coming to Nebraska have been from Burma and Bhutan, two countries located in southern Asia.
If you are wondering, the Bhutanese and most of the Burmese are not Muslims. A few years back it was all the rage to bring Somali laborers for the meat packers, but when Somalis began striking and demanding religious accommodation on the job, the US State Department shifted to bringing in more Bhutanese and Burmese, I believe because they are more docile workers.
The ‘do-gooders’ at Lutheran Family Services depend almost exclusively on taxpayer dollars for anything they do for refugees! These articles always make it sound like the Lutheran contractor is doing all of this out of private charity.
Lutheran Family Services gets two- to four-weeks notice before the refugees arrive in Nebraska. The organization provides the refugees with a foundation, including a furnished apartment and groceries.
Social security cards are obtained within the first 90 days, the adults receive job-placement services and schools are located for the children.
“Cargill has been a great partner!”
Studnicka gives credit to Cargill, which has helped immigrants and refugees make a life for themselves in the community. [Oh yeh! And, Cargill is doing all this out of the goodness of its corporate heart!—ed]
“We have seen a lot of growth,” Studnicka said. “Cargill has been a great partner.”
Lutheran Family Services is the largest refugee-resettlement agency in the state.
Last year was the organization’s busiest yet, with 478 refugees resettled in Omaha and 120 in Lincoln. Statewide, there were almost 1,000 refugees who came to Nebraska.
Read the whole article.
Lutheran Family Services gets paid by the US State Department to bring-’em in by the head. Cargill gets cheap reliable labor while the town and state get to support the immigrant families’ other needs (housing, education, food stamps, medical care). It’s a great business model, wouldn’t you agree!
Photo is from Cargill’s website, here.