Editor’s note: This is cross-posted from RRW today, because I thought readers here might find it of some interest because back in June, Marylanders angered by Ryan’s position on immigration sent him a message when he spoke at a shindig put on by the MDGOP.
That’s what an AP story published in the Boston Globe tells us. And, a good part of the reason Ryan is pushing the “comprehensive reform” bill that includes a “slush fund” for the US Conference of Catholic Bishops is because the Bishops depend on taxpayer slush to survive. And they are counting on Ryan to provide their slush. Of, course the AP doesn’t tell us that, but I am.
Here is what AP says (emphasis mine):
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats doggedly pursuing a far-reaching immigration bill are counting on help from Republican Rep. Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney’s running mate last year and an unlikely candidate for delivering the centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s second-term agenda.
Ryan, the House Budget Committee chairman who is frequently mentioned in the GOP lineup of possible 2016 presidential candidates, stands apart from many fellow House Republicans in favoring a way out of the shadows for the 11 million immigrants living in the U.S. in violation of the law. [Note to Ryan, no hope for 2016 if you continue down this path—ed]
He casts sweeping overhaul as a necessity to ensure both economic and national security — a fitting argument for an acolyte of Jack Kemp, the late Republican congressman and 1996 vice presidential candidate who backed an ill-fated effort in 2006 to overhaul the immigration system.
‘‘Paul Ryan says we cannot have a permanent underclass of Americans, that there needs to be a pathway to citizenship,’’ says Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., who has been working relentlessly on immigration legislation. ‘‘He is my guiding light. I know I get him in trouble every time I say it.’’ [LOL! Gutierrez is killing Ryan. First get him to support amnesty, then pin it on him so that he can’t win the Republican primary, slick, huh? They killed Rubio too!—ed]
Senior White House aides often mention the Wisconsin Republican as crucial to the prospects for legislation this year, hoping the Republican with impeccable conservative credentials will sway recalcitrant House members. Ryan also is a reminder of two other powerful forces backing an overhaul of immigration laws — the Catholic Church and business.
Ryan is a practicing Catholic who made a point of attending Mass every Sunday during the jam-packed 2012 campaign; the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops strongly favors the first major changes to immigration in 27 years.
There it is in print—the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, lobbying for amnesty too.
What makes me steam over this is that there is never a next paragraph that explains that the USCCB is the largest of the federal refugee contractors. They receive the majority of their funding (their DC lobbying office is even paid for by the US State Department) from you—the taxpayer—to bring refugees and asylees to your cities and towns, get them hooked up with services (food stamps, health care, education), find them subsidized housing and maybe a job (although the unemployment rate for refugees is through the roof and lack of work is blamed for high suicide rates in Bhutanese refugees).
If S.744 becomes law the USCCB will receive even more of your money to help the newly legalized aliens get their services too! The Gang’s bill also expands the refugee program making it easier for more refugees and asylum seekers to enter the US. So, why can’t AP and others in the mainstream media ever point this out—-it’s about MONEY (and future “progressive” voters), but mostly it’s about money?
So, how much is the USCCB getting in federal refugee and migration funding—-just about their entire budget!
Their revenue for the year was $72,102,484
Of that, $66,723,452 came directly from federal grants and contracts
Additionally, $3,751,295 came from travel loans.
Do you know what the travel loans are? Another government agency (your money) pays for refugees to fly to the US. Then the USCCB (and the other contractors) dun those refugees for the air fare money, and for their services (as a collection agency) they get to keep a portion of the money they wring out of refugees. That is your money too!
Add the travel loan money to the federal grants and you have 98% of the US Bishops MIGRATION services are paid for by the US taxpayer!
So how about a little honesty from Rep. Paul Ryan, Senator Marco Rubio and the mainstream media! This is not about humanitarianism, it’s about Caesar’s money!