Faith-based groups earn millions on refugee loan commissions

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Girl welcomes refugee family arriving at the airport. Courtesy USCCB/Sarah Williamson.

Girl welcomes refugee family arriving at the airport. Courtesy USCCB/Sarah Williamson.

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(RNS) Debt collection from refugees brings upward of $5 million a year to faith-based groups that are playing an increasingly central role in the refugees' resettlement while arguing that America has a moral obligation to accept thousands of Syrian refugees. Some observers say the call to moral action rings hollow when these groups stand to benefit financially.

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  • Larry

    Religious groups profiting financially off of charity, government loans, and emotional coercion?!”

    Is this surprising to anyone?

    They have always operated like this.

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  • Kristin

    These religious groups are “religious” in NAME only- unless their religion is Marxism. They are funded by the US taxpayer- Catholic Charities 97%- bet you didn’t know that did you? Lutheran Social Svs I think is the same- these are BIG MONEY MAKERS – they really know their way around State Dept grants and gifts. Who pays? YOU pay. Who voted for this? Not you. The UN extorts money from Americans to bring in 3rd world people that have to be taught how to wash their hands, turn on and off a stove, and read. They are housed, clothed, fed, and worse: HUB grants for small businesses. Those cutesy, feelgood news articles about how a refugee is “giving back” by starting his own business? Taxpayers, via HUB grants. You can’t get one of those grants. I wonder what makes people think these people deserve to have a free life handed to them in a 1st world country, just because they EXIST? Could be the UN’s communist “income equalization” plan, could it?

  • Jim

    That’s the opposite of what the article said: “Agencies say they use none of the coercive or intimidating tactics that give debt collection a bad reputation.”

  • Betty Clermont

    97% of revenue to the Catholic bishops’ Migration and Refugee Services comes from the gov’t (2014 financial statement) as does the lions share of all Catholic charities like the one Pope Francis visited in Washington DC. The rest is from donations. The problem is that it is the Church leaders who are lauded for their charity – and never refuted by any official – when it is the taxpayers and donors footing the bill.

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  • Larry

    Your xenophobic ranting excepted, the issue would be much better if it were footed 100% by the government, instead of giving religious groups a piece of the action. The idea of churches being funded on government largess creates an entanglement situation which is damaging to 1st Amendment separation of church and state.