Update July 21st: Judy points us to Clarice Feldman at the American Thinker picking up the story about “faith-based” contractors making out like bandits on the backs of taxpayers. What a relief to know that more and more Americans are getting the message.
Readers, please read this incredibly thorough post by ‘sundance’ at The Last Refuge about Obama’s meeting in Dallas with “faith-based” groups. Especially learn more about Kevin Dinnin (we told you about himhere and here), CEO of Baptist Children and Family Services. Hat tip: Judy. LOL! I think we are on the same track (see my post just a few minutes ago, here).
And, then be sure to see NumbersUSA’s fantastic interactive map on where “the children” are being sent. If you learn of a new grant and new destination for the ‘unaccompanied minors’ be sure to tell Numbers!
See all of our posts, extending back several years, on the ‘unaccompanied minors’ invasion of America and the resettlement contractors getting their piece of the pie. I admit that when I heard the Office of Refugee Resettlement representative talking about the coming “children’s” migration in June 2013 at a meeting in Pennsylvania, here, I had no idea it was going to be this big (but I think they knew!).
Also, I think the US Conference of Catholic Bishops may have fueled the fire (that was already smoldering) when they visited Central America in 2013, here. Other than on issues of marriage and abortion, the Bishops are as far Left as Obama!
Decades ago ‘great minds’ in the leadership of the hard Left (ensconced in private foundations) kicked off their “greening of the churches” propaganda campaign. It’s a long story, but I saw it up close and personal. The concept was that the way to reach Americans and change their minds, bringing them around to the Leftist view of the world on the environment (social issues too!), was to reach them in their churches. Of course, good people, church-going Americans, would be concerned about saving the Earth—right!
I expect at the same time they also began infiltrating the churches and synagogues with the concept of a borderless world to save the poor and downtrodden. What Christian or Jew wouldn’t be moved by the idea of helping the poor?
Unfortunately, they (Communists, Socialists, Leftwingers, whatever you want to call them) have now gone a step further, past the point of simple education and propaganda, and have figured out how to fund their Leftist political worldview with your tax dollars through your own churches and religious institutions—supposedly to save the CHILDREN!
Additionally, some naive and unprincipled Republicans don’t even see a problem with giving your money to their “cause.” In fact, George Bush lit the fire on the run on the US Treasury with his 2001 Faith-based neighborhood initiative.
Your money goes to “community organizers!” Remember ACORN! This is the same as funding ACORN whose job it was/is to get the “poor” signed up for every welfare program they can find and at the same time register them to vote! The only difference is that the “refugee” contractors work with immigrants but do the exact same thing!
The “Religious” federal contractors!
We have written non-stop at RRW for years about the “religious Left” represented by the major federal refugee resettlement contractors. We try to name them as often as we can! Here are all the contractors (3 are secular, so we will leave them out for now, but know that they too are getting big bucks for ‘the children.’)
And then there is the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, here, which wants money, money, money, and any critics of robbing the Treasury investigated by the Southern Poverty Law Center!
It is impossible for me to keep up with all the money the contractors are getting from the US Treasury and it is even more difficult to track all of the money going to subcontractors and individual churches, so I recommend that you look carefully at what your own church is up to in helping destroy American sovereignty and our way of life and spread the word in your own faith community!
Editors note: From time to time we post good comments from our readers. This is another excellent piece by reader ‘pungentpeppers’ with an entirely new and problematic angle on the ‘unaccompanied minors’ crisis that few are aware of! See our category “comments worth noting” for more reader commentary. Our extensive coverage of the ‘unaccompanied minors’ border surge is here.
Certain members of Congress want a law requiring taxpayer-funded legal representation for underage Central American migrants. I’ll ignore for now that there are not enough immigration attorneys, or room in our courts, to handle tens of thousands of long, drawn-out, and often dubious, cases. Instead, let’s focus on the big interpretation wall we’re going to hit because, as usual, nobody remembers the Mayans!
Not everybody in Central America speaks Spanish. This fact is slowly dawning on our politicians. San Francisco’s Mayor Ed Lee in an interview with the San Francisco Bay Guardian said: “I’m trying to wrap my arms around the fact that many of these kids don’t speak Spanish. They speak Mayan and different languages.”
Mayan is not one language but a native language family that includes many mutually unintelligible tongues. About 40 percent of Guatemalans are Mayan, and they speak around two dozen native languages, including M’am, Q’anjob’al, K’itche and Ixil.
Although young people who arrive here could learn basic English, if such a law were enacted, they would still need help to communicate with their lawyers and the courts. They would need legal interpreters. Here’s where it gets messy.For the Guatemalan Mayan language called “Ixil”, there is ONE legal interpreter in the whole country! Her name is Sheba Velasco and she’s been very busy of late. Hers is a mentally-stressful job. People expect her to help them stay in the U.S., but there’s nothing she can do legally for them except interpret the language. There’s so much work, she told NPR, “I can’t do all of it. It’s hard.”
Sheba Velasco has an important message about the unaccompanied minors currently flooding the country. She doesn’t agree with parents sending their children on the dangerous journeys, she told CBC Canada. For starters, their safety is at risk, but second, she’d prefer they stay in Guatemala where they can practice their cultural traditions and language. She knows many families are poor and struggle but Velasco said coming to America is not necessarily how to get a better life.
“What I would like to share with them is, you can make it where you are,” she said.
She feels badly that families fall for the lies they are told by smugglers. The coyotes, as they’re called, show photos of the U.S. around her village, and tell young people how easy it is to make money there. Parents essentially sign their houses over to the banks to get money to pay the smugglers. Their children get caught at the border, are sent home and everything is lost, Velasco explained. In the worst-case scenario, their children don’t even make it back.
“I would not send my children,” she said. “Their life is more important to me.”
The situation of these rural Mayan young people belies the current media gospel that everyone from Central America is fleeing from gangs. They don’t live in cities and they don’t speak Spanish – they can’t even communicate with gangs! As economic migrants, under our laws, there’s no chance they will obtain legal asylum in our country. We should not foolhardily rush into shackling ourselves into providing legal representation, when there are not enough interpreters and their chances of winning such cases are practically nil.