Lucky New Hampshire! Lutheran Refugee Agency Wants Single Afghan Men Sent to the State

In an article, one of MANY I am seeing, refugee contractors are complaining that they can’t find enough housing for the Afghan evacuees most states, including New Hampshire, are welcoming.

Ten days ago, I reported on the lack of affordable housing for Biden’s newest wave of ‘new Americans,’ see here:

Oh Joy! Just What America Needs—More Homeless People! Afghans this Time?

I found this particular story at the Concord Monitor interesting, and useful for readers, because it demonstrates the web of resettlement agencies and sub-agencies that may have you confused.

Agency struggles to find housing for Afghan evacuees coming to New Hampshire

The agency responsible for coordinating the arrival of Afghan evacuees to New Hampshire is struggling to find places for them to live just as they are set to arrive in the Concord area.

Memory lane! Ascentria (formerly Lutheran Social Services of New England) made news here at RRW when its then new President and CEO, Angela Bovill stated publicly that refugee resettlement was a “business”—a business that needed federal cash to survive. We knew that, but it was a big deal when Bovill admitted it. Just checked their recent IRS Form 990*** and wow! Bovill pulls down an annual salary package of $300,000!  Doing well by doing good!  https://refugeeresettlementwatch.org/2017/07/19/refugee-contractors-increasingly-admitting-they-cant-survive-without-your-money/

Crissie Ferrara, the program manager for services for New Americans at Ascentria Care Alliance, said a mother with five daughters will be moving soon, and likely staying with another family. Two individual men will also likely be arriving in Concord soon. Ferrara’s organization is responsible for finding housing for refugees and humanitarian evacuees, like the ones coming from Afghanistan.

Ferrara said that Ascentria has received an outpouring of support from people willing to share rooms in their homes with those coming from Afghanistan. Ideally, new families and individuals would be able to have the autonomy and independence of renting their own private housing, located near services in Concord.

The organization’s online form for landlords or property owners who want to provide housing to Afghan arrivals in New Hampshire and Massachusetts explains that independent affordable apartment housing options will be prioritized over people offering to host people in their homes.  [What the heck!  Let people take them to their homes!  After all, what could go wrong!—ed]

Ferrara said Ascentria has suggested that single men without family in the United States be sent to [white rural!–ed] New Hampshire first, including men who may have made friends with another individual during the eviction [evacuation?] process.  

There is more here.

See that there are additional ‘non-profits’ in on the action.

Use my search window for over two dozen post on New Hampshire—the ‘Live Free or Die’ state.

*** Most recent IRS Form 990 is here. Take a look at those salaries beginning on page 7!  As I have said before, tell your kids to grow up to be executives at non-profit do-gooder religious charities!

Biden Sets a Record for Lowest Number of Refugees Admitted in One Year, Contractors Cry

As the 2021 fiscal year wrapped up, resettlement contractors*** are directing their anger at Joe Biden, as that meany Trump can no longer be blamed for his “nativist” and “racist” slowdown of refugee admissions under the Refugee Act of 1980.

But, LOL! They aren’t going so far as to call their team—Biden or Harris— names and disparage their characters for the lowest number of refugee admissions on record.

Editor:  Readers remember that the border invaders and most of the unvetted Afghan deluge are not considered legitimate refugees (yet).

They are “hanging by a thread!” says Lutheran CEO Krish O’Mara Vignarajah who is barely making it on a quarter of a million annual salary supplied by US taxpayers!

Here is what The Hill is saying, and I have to laugh because once again we have Lutheran CEO Vignarajah crying about how little funding is flowing to the contractors for their ‘charitable’ good works.

“Increasing the figure earlier on would have meant an infusion of resources [aka money, your money–ed] that were especially needed by local resettlement agencies that were hanging on by a thread.”

I’m not picking on Vignarajah, some contractor do-gooder CEOs make gobs more than she does, it is just that she can’t seem to stay out of the limelight.

Glenn Beck Praises Lutheran Refugee ‘Non-Profit’ for Their Supposed Christian Charity Toward Afghan Evacuees

The Hill:

Biden on track to beat Trump’s record for fewest resettled refugees

I was interested to see that although Joe told Congress that the ceiling for the 2022 fiscal year will be 125,000 refugees from Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East—a flow that was supposed to begin 4 days ago—he has yet to sign the order.

After a litany of complaints about Biden’s back and forth on the ceiling in his first months in office, The Hill reporter comments:

The reversal was whiplash for the resettlement agencies that contract with the government and who had set about rehiring staff in order to rebuild a system that atrophied under the Trump administration.

Uh-oh! Biden is making the contractors jittery with this:

Biden notified Congress of his recommendation to set the refugee cap at 125,000 for the coming fiscal year, though he has yet to sign the presidential determination that makes it official. 

But the report seems to express some internal doubt about the government’s ability to meet that goal, writing to Congress that the State Department would issue funding for 65,000 refugees.

“Those funding levels will be re-evaluated and increased as appropriate as the year progresses and as it becomes clearer how much progress can be made against the target,” the White House wrote.

Read the whole article, there are some interesting bits of information for serious students of the refugee resettlement industry.

Lutherans Hanging by a Thread?  Hardly!

So, once again I made a trip to USA Spending!  See what I found!  Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service is presently at about 87% federally funded (you can calculate that by examining a recent IRS Form 990).

Check out their taxpayer-funded boodle here (Screenshot below)

It is very clear that Trump’s presence in the White House didn’t deplete their funds and in fact they did better under some Trump years than under Obama!

It is my fervent hope that one day a real reporter will call them out for their poor-mouthing lies….

From USA Spending:

 

*** These are the nine federal refugee resettlement contractors. Not only do they place refugees in cities large and small but are in the driver’s seat when determining which cities will get which refugees.

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‘Religious Charities’ Praise Biden’s 125,000 Refugee Admission Plan

This new batch of poor people from all over the world could begin arriving a week from tomorrow!

See my post on Tuesday where I pointed out that the new wave is over and above the millions of impoverished people arriving through various means since Biden took office.

Indeed, the now-arriving Afghan evacuees are not included in the 125,000—they are over and above that number!

Biden Sets FY22 Refugee Ceiling at 125,000

However, some say it isn’t enough.  They wanted 200,000 for Fiscal Year 2022!

By the way,  they really aren’t “faith-based” religious charities as Episcopal News trumpets, but handsomely funded federal contractors hiding under a veneer of Jewish and Christian humanitarian zeal.***

From Episcopal News Service:

Faith-based agencies celebrate ‘return to moral leadership’ as Biden raises refugee ceiling to 125,000

[Religion News Service] Faith-based refugee resettlement groups are celebrating the Biden administration’s proposal to admit as many as 125,000 refugees to the United States in the coming year, calling the decision a “return to moral leadership.”

The news came Sept. 20 as the Biden administration submitted its report to Congress setting the refugee ceiling for the new fiscal year, which begins in October.

The proposal fulfills a campaign pledge from President Joe Biden and reverses years of cuts to the U.S. refugee resettlement program by former President Donald Trump.

LOL!  Church World Service celebrating a return to moral leadership!

I get to use one of my all-time favorite photos of Church World Service Leftist political activists!

“Today we celebrate a return to moral leadership and our nation’s commitment to welcome and generosity,” Church World Service Senior Vice President Erol Kekic said Monday in a written statement.

We need money, money, money to do our religious work!

Still, amid a pandemic and the work of rebuilding the U.S. refugee resettlement system after four years of devastating cuts, the U.S. had admitted only 7,637 refugees in 2021 through the end of August.

Faith-based refugee resettlement groups — which make up the backbone of the U.S. refugee resettlement system — agreed Monday there is more work to be done.

Even as they praised the higher refugee ceiling, the groups also asked Congress to commit to rebuilding and fully funding the U.S. refugee resettlement program so it could reach that number.

Vignarajah formerly worked for Obama.

“Raising this cap without dedicating significant resources, personnel, and measures to streamline the process would be largely symbolic,” said Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service President and CEO Krish O’Mara Vignarajah.

Six of the nine refugee agencies the U.S. government contracts to resettle refugees in the country are faith-based: Church World Service, Episcopal Migration Ministries, HIAS (founded as the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society), Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, World Relief and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

They wanted 200,000 more poor people for American taxpayers to support!

Church World Service and HIAS both noted they had called on the Biden administration to raise the number of refugees allowed into the U.S. this coming year even higher — to 200,000.

Keep reading….

This will all make America stronger says Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service President and CEO Krish O’Mara Vignarajah (as she pulls down a quarter of a million dollar salary, more than Senators and Members of Congress or Supreme Court Justices, at an organization that is almost completely funded by US taxpayers)!

 

Glenn Beck Praises Lutheran Refugee ‘Non-Profit’ for Their Supposed Christian Charity Toward Afghan Evacuees

 

*** For new readers here are the nine federal resettlement contractors, six of which are (ha! ha!) “faith-based” ‘religious charities’!

For long time readers (who get sick of me writing about the contractors) know that the only way to reach past and around the mainstream media is to repeat, and repeat, and repeat some more, and maybe that is the best contribution I can make!

I have the patience to report on them day after day, and year after year!

Hope springs eternal that some day corporate media will tell the truth that these are not charities, but are indeed extended arms of the federal government which have been doing their ‘good works’ for 40 years.

 

 

Biden Sets FY22 Refugee Ceiling at 125,000

Every September the President sets a ceiling (a cap!) for how many refugees could be admitted to the US in the coming fiscal year which begins on October 1st.

As he threatened, Biden is setting that cap at 125,000.***

What you need to know about this number is that the 125,000 is in addition to:

~Afghan evacuees estimated in the tens of thousands.

~Special immigrant visa holders estimated in the tens of thousands.

~Illegal aliens flooding our borders estimated to be over a million so far.

~An unknown number of visa overstays.

~Temporary Protected Status migrants who never go home.

~50,000 a year Visa lottery winners.

~And, upwards of a million or so legal immigrants coming to take American jobs….

 

Don’t fall for the mentally feeble grandpa Joe image. This guy is truly evil. And, that is something I don’t say lightly.

No need to worry about election fraud going forward.

All will ultimately be voting Democrats by the time this bunch gets a term or two in the White House.

As I said the other day, follow John Binder at Breitbart for refugee news on almost a daily basis.

 

Joe Biden Plans Bringing 10 Times as Many Refugees to U.S. Next Year

President Joe Biden is planning to bring to the United States in Fiscal Year 2022 about 10 times as many refugees as he will have brought this year, the State Department confirmed on Monday.

In May, Biden announced he would raise the refugee resettlement cap to 62,500 refugees for Fiscal Year 2021 — more than four times the cap that former President Trump imposed for the year at about 15,000 refugees.

For Fiscal Year 2022, which begins October 1, Biden will set the cap at 125,000 refugees who can be resettled across the U.S. over the subsequent 12 months, a State Department notice to Congress confirmed. The data projects that the Biden administration will have brought about 12,500 refugees to the U.S. by the end of Fiscal Year 2021.

The cap is merely a numerical limit and not a goal for the State Department to reach.

Continue reading here.

***There is no way our country can sustain this number of desperate people in need of food, housing, medical care and education for the children.

Glenn Beck Praises Lutheran Refugee ‘Non-Profit’ for Their Supposed Christian Charity Toward Afghan Evacuees

Yesterday as I was happily putting up my vegetable harvest, I heard Glenn Beck in the background announcing that he soon would be talking to the leader of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) about their efforts to care for arriving Afghan evacuees (most are NOT refugees).

Beck can be a doofus at times.  He was just that as he effusively thanked KRISH O’MARA VIGNARAJAH CEO of LIRS for helping the poor souls (mostly Muslims of course) that Biden loaded on planes in Afghanistan last week to make it look like he was the king of humanitarians.

I’m too lazy to search for a transcript of the interview, but Beck seemed most interested in whether they were helping Afghans assimilate to American life and to learn English.

Oh, yes, they do help them learn English Vignarajah assured him.

She said they needed donations and volunteers to help them with that and their other good deeds.

But, neither she or Beck SAID A WORD ABOUT THE FACT THAT LIRS IS ALMOST COMPLETELY FUNDED BY TAXPAYERS—INVOLUTARILY BY YOU!

Now is Beck so ill prepared that he didn’t know that or did he not want to inform his listeners of that little fact?  To the uninformed the message was that wow! look at this Christian organization doing their Christian good works!

Let’s get our facts straight!

I have done this many time over the years, but just so you know.

I repeat….

The Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service is funded by the federal government!

Heck, I won’t be able to retire unless the media (and even people like Beck who fancies himself a great investigator) make that fact known!

Here is the data from the most recent LIRS Form 990 (2019).

On page 9 we see that $52 million of their $60 million or so income came from the US government.  They are a federal contractor!

 

And here, have a look at the salaries of Mrs. O’Mara and a few of her other co-workers.  Although she does not make the salary her predecessor Linda Hartke made before leaving under questionable circumstances, a quarter of a million a year isn’t chump change.

Note that she makes more than a US Senator or Member of Congress.  If LIRS was truly a private organization funded out of the charity of individuals, their salaries would be none of our business, but they are not!

 

And, now looking forward from 2019 here is some data from USA Spending.  Looks like they are sucking up even more federal tax dollars!

I hate to think that a lot of uniformed Americans are sending their hard earned bucks to LIRS because of Beck’s plug yesterday when they are already contributing via the US Treasury.