Why are we giving millions and millions of tax dollars to rich churches and their political activities?

From the National Catholic Reporter:

“A toxic political atmosphere” is preventing much-needed humane reform of the “broken immigration system” in the United States, Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick said Nov. 3 at a forum on immigration and human dignity at Georgetown University.

Calling for “comprehensive immigration reform,’ the retired Washington archbishop said, “We have to change what is broken, lest more people will suffer. We have to be courageous and persistent and change the system.”

McCarrick was lead speaker of a three-member panel at the forum, put on by Georgetown’s Woodstock Theological Center and co-sponsored by CLINIC (Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.), the Migration Policy Institute and the Jesuit Conference, USA. More than 300 people attended.

In one way or another all the speakers urged new attention to immigration reform — which McCarrick bluntly said is now on a political back burner to the more currently dominant issues of the economic crisis, U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the health care reform debate.

The golden opportunity for immigration reform two years ago is gone, and those seeking comprehensive, humane reform need to watch closely for the next open window and seize it, he said.

“Our receptivity to immigrants defines who we are” as Americans, said Donald M Kerwin Jr., a Woodstock Center associate fellow and vice president for programs of the Migration Policy Institute. “What immigrants want today is what your parents and grandparents wanted” as immigrants in previous generations.

Kerwin, who for 15 years was director of CLINIC, a national program established by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to provide legal assistance to refugees, asylum seekers and other immigrants seeking visas and legal residency in the United States, sharply disputed the use of “illegal aliens” or “illegal immigrants” as terms defining or identifying those who enter the country without legal status.

“The rejection of ‘illegal alien’ is not a quibble. … It’s a line drawn in the sand” to say that these are human beings with rights and legitimate aspirations, whose illegal entry does not define who they are, he said. [I think it says an awful lot about them!]

A little research into CLINIC

I don’t have time today to look too deeply into CLINIC (some interesting stuff on their website) because I am going away for a few days and have to get out of here, but I was curious who was funding this legal office. Turns out you are—not entirely, though! On average CLINIC gets about a half a million dollars a year from the US taxpayer to legally defend immigrants including refugees, and apparently to lobby. The money passes through a Washington, DC office run by Kerwin for 15 years.

If you are interested check out their latest Form 990 here. And, also go to that wonderful new source of information USA Spending.gov for information on their federal grants.

By the way, as regular readers know the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, one of the top ten federal refugee contractors, is one of the largest recipients of federal grant dollars. I wonder do they ever consider that if millions of illegal aliens are legalized overnight that they will compound even further the poor job prospects for legal refugees.

And, why are we giving millions and millions of tax dollars to rich churches and their political activities?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    And folks can't understand why there needs to be division/separation of church and government.

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  • Misty
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    1 decade ago

    << CLINIC gets about a half a million dollars a year from the US taxpayer >>

    Then you say: "why are we giving millions and millions of tax dollars to rich churches and their political activities?"

    Is it $500,000 or millions and millions? Big difference there.

    Anyway, it's not so cut and dry as people like to make out. So many people complain when any religious organization promotes a moral cause that has political implications. This is not politics this has to do with the value of human beings and that should not be political.

    However, no one (of the secular view) seems to mind at all the Planned Parenthood supports candidates, pushes their political agenda without question, and receives about 300 million a year from taxpayers! They are a not-for profit, tax exempt organization!! Where is the outrage?

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  • 1 decade ago

    It looks like you need a class in the U.S. Constitution which states that all people charged with crimes are entitled to legal representation even it they cannot afford it.

    So this organization which exists "to legally defend immigrants including refugees" is a completely legitimate.

    Whereas it would seem that you would deny our fellow human beings their Constitutional rights.

    With love in Christ.

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  • 1 decade ago

    If you actually read your article, you'll know why!

    "Calling for "comprehensive immigration reform,' the retired Washington archbishop said, "We have to change what is broken, lest more people will suffer. We have to be courageous and persistent and change the system."

    They just want to help fix what is broken, so why is that wrong?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    So it can help them fix the broken immigration system. Where do I send my check?

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  • 1 decade ago

    The same reason we give money to ACORN, SEIU, PBS, National Endowment of the Arts, and thousand of other community organizations ....

    TO promote and propaganda the Liberal/Progressive/Democrats....Agenda

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