I have written previously about the Obama Administration's solicitation last January for "escorts" in anticipation of 50,000 Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) expected to arrive across the Rio Grande around the first of June. Also noted was an "order" from the Catholic bishop and Archdiocese of San Bernardino, CA that as a result of contact by the federal government, the Church had made the decision to "absorb the immigrants that are coming through," and instructed parish members to "open our homes and house the arriving immigrants." All this sounded rather benevolent until it was revealed that perhaps some other motivation was in play here --- like, maybe, federal grant monies.

During the years of 2010 through 2013, the Catholic Charities Diocese of Galveston, Texas received $15,549,078 in federal grants from Health & Human Services for their "Unaccompanied Alien Children Project." The Catholic Charities of Fort Worth received $350,000 and the Catholic Charities of Dallas received another $823,658 from the Department of Homeland Security for "citizenship and education training" and for "refugee and entrant assistance." An extensive study by the University of Texas - El Paso, can be found here:

Always wanting to be "fair and balanced," during this same period the Administration awarded the Baptist Child & Family Services $62,111,126 (that's MILLIONS folks) in Health & Human Services grants for their "Unaccompanied Alien Children Program." These actions are an activity of the "Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships," a project of the Executive Office of the President of the United States. More evidence, of course, that the current flood of "Unaccompanied Alien Children" is a planned activity that has been in the works for several years. President Obama knew he needed the "faith and compassion" angle to sell his amnesty agenda, so winning over religious groups has been a key part of his program. Now we have clear evidence that Obama has been manipulating religious groups by greasing their palms with tens, if not hundreds, of millions in taxpayer dollars. This doesn't say much for the integrity of either the Administration, or its faith-based partners.

In happier times here in my home state of Tennessee, the Catholic Charities were delegated the sole authority for the establishment and implementation of the State's immigration practices. Since taking over the program, they have increased the number of immigrants being brought to Tennessee by 66%. They are paid by the federal government for each person they bring to Tennessee, then enroll their clients into TennCare, Tessessee's taxpayer-funded equivalent to Medicaid.

So currently, the legislative bodies of the state of Tennessee have absolutely no say about whether or how many people the federally funded human traffickers bring into the state. Catholic Charities of TN, Inc. do say they plan to expand the Federal Refugee Resettlement program. and is currently holding "Know Your Rights" informational sessions at churches and community centers around Nashville and elsewhere. Just one more example of the devious methods the federal government uses to force the states to fix problems created by federal policies.

Legislation is being prepared, and a special session of the General Assembly is being requested, to address problems associated with the current deluge of border crossers, and to return authority over immigration policies back to the Tennessee General Assembly, where it rightly belongs.

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