Skip to comments.Feds Ask Churches To House Migrant Families
Posted on 07/12/2014 4:10:53 AM PDT by markomalley
The Department of Homeland Security has asked Catholic churches in California to temporarily house and feed groups of Central American migrants until 2016, according to an official at the diocese of San Bernardino.
But any unpaid cooperation is legally questionable, because it may be intended to bypass Congress authority to fund or to not fund federal agencies new practice of distributing the flood of migrant families to homes across the country.
The department has reached out to the diocese and the bishop, and asked us to shelter families in transition, Maria Christina Mendez, at the Office of Hispanic Affairs, told The Daily Caller. The services would be needed for the next 18 months, or longer, she said.
In response, the diocese has offered to let family groups of migrants stay at its buildings for up to three days, while they are being relayed by federal immigration agencies to cities and towns where they want to live, she said.
Some of them are going to the East Coast, some of them are going all the way up north, she told The Daily Caller.
The illegal inflow includes at least 100,000 people since October. Many are in so-called family units of adults and children.
At least 50,000 migrants are unaccompanied youths and children, many of which are being sent by smugglers dubbed coyotes to their parents who are illegally living in the United States. Roughly half of the youths are males who say they are aged between 14 and 17. These youths and children are not being sent to the Catholic diocese.
So far, one convoy of family groups has been sent to the diocese, said Virginia Kice, western region communications director at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The transfer of migrants into California has been suspended following public protests in Murrieta, Calif., she said.
The diocese has offered to shelter and feed the migrants at some of its facilities, including a convent and a school, Mendez said.
None of them are going to stay more than 72 hours, weve been told, she said.
The diocese activities were exposed only after parishioners called into Rush Limbaughs radio show to protest the bishops agreement to provide shelter to the families for DHS.
They have made the decision that theyre going to absorb the immigrants that are coming through because the federal government called the bishops office on Monday, said one of the parishioners, named Ann. The church will reimburse us for any out-of-pocket expenses and we were told not to talk to anybody about it, especially the media.
They were told to be silent to prevent any local protests, Ann said. They dont want a lot of people there at the churches when they busload these mothers and children, said Ann.
Americans in several states including California, Michigan and Virginia have successfully protested and blocked the administrations effort to transport the illegals to new homes.
The churchs provision of free services to DHS and its reported offer to pay homeowners for services given to DHS however, are also potentially illegal.
Federal law, dubbed the Anti-Deficiency Act, prevents government agencies from taking free services from people or private organizations, because that would allow the agencies to bypass congressional power of the purse.
We reached out to a number of community and faith-based groups several weeks ago, Kice said. They could serve an an invaluable intermediary in the process. Our goal was simply to mitigate the impact on the migrants, to try to make their transition easier.
The adult migrants and their children are being dispatched to regional ICE offices, where local officers will decide whether their claims of persecution or claims for asylum are sufficiently justified to deserve a court case, she said.
But, she said, we didnt provide any assurance of reimbursement.
The agencies can accept services in emergencies where lives are threatened. But there is no evidence that any migrants are endangered once they are detained.
The legality of particular actions are fact specific, and it is really hard to make a determination without a careful analysis, said Ray Natter, a lawyer with the D.C. firm of Barnett Sivon & Natter, P.C.
But, the general rule is you cant provide voluntary services to the government, said Natter, who is the author of a report on the issue, and a former counsel to the Senates banking committee.
The Catholic Churchs charitable arm does receive funding for immigration-related services from the federal government.
The churchs charity is a Christian duty, not a political stance, Mendez said. We dont have anything to do with immigration were just providing food, clothing and shelter.
The Catholic diocese in El Paso, Texas, has already helped 1,500 of the migrants, Mendez said.
The San Bernardino diocese spokesman, John Andrews, did not return calls seeking information.
Roughly 50 percent of the migrant youths will get to stay in the United States, Kevin Appleby, the director of migration policy for the Conference of Catholic Bishops, said in July.
On July 8, the administration asked Congress for $3.7 billion, at least half of which is intended to help the illegals settle into new homes in American cities and towns.
So far, GOP legislators have rejected Obamas budget request, and have urged him to use existing laws and authorities to block and deter the mass migration from Central America.
Church and State?
“Church and State?”
It is overlooked when the church can be a useful idiot for the state. If the Catholic Church doesn’t stop accepting funds from the state, it will be relegated to the role of that goofy “Chinese Patriotic Church” or whatever the Red Chinese call their faux-Catholic collaborators.
Yes. Government is more than willing to overlook the supposed “separation of church and state” concept when it suits them.
the terms of the federal contracts to facilitate the invaders also specify that “family planning” services be provided
Did anyone see anything about DHS giving the Catholic Church and the Baptist Church millions of dollars......for unspecified reasons?
Now I know why.
You dont want prayers in school.
No crosses in national parks
But please house these illegal aliens?
Go find a mosque, you jackwagon.
So this church is perfectly willing to break the law despite Christ’s very plain admonition to it? This isn’t a church.
I’m waiting for the pope to insert his two cents on this “right thing to do”. It’ll come.
This is a direct assault on middle class America. Any church which aids or abets it is derelict.
“families in transition,
they are being relayed by federal immigration agencies to cities and towns where they want to live” (That’s not deportation..and why aren’t we telling them where we want them..theyre not invited guests...even guests are polite)
The Church should tell OBuma they’ll help him when He drops all His lawsuits and demands on the Catholic orders across this nation. Specifically the” Little Sisters of the Poor”.
This President is the sworn enemy of Religion.
Any church that helps the federal government is being a useful idiot. Furthermore, they are putting themselves at risk of being infected with a disease their local health care system is not experienced in handling. If they take any of these unvetted youths into their homes, they are inviting theft and rape.
It was not an act of charity to even hint that these people would be allowed to cross the border. It is not an act of charity to allow them to remain here. If these naive Christians want to help their fellow man, let them extend that help to these people where they are citizens.
“If a man does not take care of those of his own household, he is worse than an unbeliever.” — Apostle Paul. (1 Timothy 5:8, paraphrase)
I just read a new article on the Daily Caller ("Feds ask churches to house migrant families") that clearly puts the lie to any talk about "deportation." Read this and weep for your invaded, overrun nation:
"In response, the diocese has offered to let family groups of migrants stay at its buildings for up to three days, while they are being relayed by federal immigration agencies to cities and towns where they want to live, she said."
She let the cat out of the bag.
>>>they are being relayed by federal immigration agencies to cities and towns where they want to live.<<< Tell me again how they will be deported, Glen, after they disappear.
Anybody who supports this invasion is a Quisling TRAITOR. Church people or politicians. TRAITORS.
U.S. Constitution, Article IV, Section 4:
The United States shall guarantee to every state in this union a republican form of government, AND SHALL PROTECT EACH OF THEM AGAINST INVASION.
Just another reason why I have nothing to do with the Catholic Church.
Who paid for all these body tattoos these poor little children have? By age 4 they are running wild, killing by age 8 and drug running by age 10. And we are supposed to cry a river for these poor little babies. This is what they are going to put in our schools and towns.
Obama's well-armed civil soldiers.
My thoughts exactly. This looks like a setup. I don’t trust Obama. He is up to no good.