Today the US Conference of Catholic Bishops has launched a political campaign against the federal E-verify program which seeks to identify illegal aliens working illegally and who are thus taking jobs from lower income Americans.
The USCCB says Congress must pass amnesty first then maybe they will consider E-verify!
And, guess what! You, the taxpayers, are funding the US Conference of Catholic Bishops!
If they want to lobby Congress on their own dime (or the dimes of hoodwinked parishioners) they have every right —although I gotta say the politics of the Bishops (website here) are driving Catholics away from the church. But, they have no right to take (steal) from everyone else to promote their hard left social justice mumbo jumbo!
From Catholic Culture:
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Justice for Immigrants campaign is urging Catholics to oppose the expansion of E-Verify in the absence of comprehensive immigration reform. E-Verify is the federal government’s Internet-based system that allows employers to determine whether workers are eligible to work in the United States.
“Unless Congress legalizes unauthorized immigrants, mandatory E-Verify will begin with a handicap of 8 million unauthorized workers who will be driven further into the underground economy, hurting both the US economy and workers by decreasing federal tax revenue by more than $17.3 billion over ten years, creating an unequal workplace, and lowering labor standards for all workers,” according to Justice for Immigrants. “Because of well-documented flaws in the Government databases upon which it relies, E-Verify does not detect over half of the undocumented workers entered in the system, yet results in false positives for hundreds of thousands of American workers.”
“We urge you to let your Senators and Members know that unless and until the E-Verify program is improved and undertaken in the context of comprehensive immigration reform, you oppose its expansion and mandatory implementation.” [sound like a bunch of bullies don’t they!—ed]
The Justice for Immigrants campaign, launched by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and 19 other organizations in 2005, is part of the US bishops’ Migration and Refugee Services office.
Out of total revenue for the year of $62,046,430, they get $58,025,605 (ostensibly for refugees) from the US government — from YOU!
In addition they got $2,204,488 that year from refugee travel fees. Do you know what that is? It’s your money too! When we fly refugees to the US the taxpayer foots the bill. However, the resettlement contractor (in this case USCCB) gets to split with the US State Department any of the funds they can collect from the poor jobless immigrant. So the taxpayer doesn’t get the full refund that they squeeze out of refugees—the strong arm collection agency (the USCCB) gets to keep half!
Bottomline is that taxpayers fund about 97% of the entire budget for the socialist agenda of the USCCB (including its lobbying office in Washington)!
The other 3% comes from parishioners and the their friends like infamous communist George Soros!
Visit Religious Left Exposed for more!
And, for Maryland readers, the Bishops support CASA de Maryland too, here!