America’s Catholic Bishops Get Rich Off Our Broken Borders

As the immense human tragedy at the nation’s southern border unfolds, an organization claiming to fight for the vulnerable remains stone cold silent.

That organization, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, went ballistic when President Donald Trump tried to build a wall to curtail the trafficking in human lives — especially children — and drugs that accompany the kind of open borders Pope Francis advocates. But since Joe Biden entered the White House, and especially since Title 42 expired, the bishops’ public stance resembles the stillness of Death Valley at midnight.

Why the blatant reversal?

The USCCB and various Catholic agencies exploit Latin American migrants entering illegally to enrich themselves with federal money, and to promote a political agenda that would increase their power and influence at the nation’s expense.

The amount of federal immigration funding Catholic agencies received during the past 15 years grew exponentially. For Fiscal Year 2008, those organizations received $85 million. In Fiscal Year 2022, the total exploded to $618 million. During those 15 years, Catholic groups received $3.053 billion, among the highest totals for all charitable agencies.

Catholic Charities USA led the way with $1.86 billion during that period, with grant totals from individual years ranging from $25 million in 2008 to $383 million last year. The USCCB placed second with $422 million accrued over 15 years. Individual yearly totals increased from $25 million in 2008 to $140 million in 2022.

All those totals can be divided into two categories: prime awards and subawards. Prime awards describe direct federal funding. Subawards describe any money a group receives from an agency getting a prime award.

From 2008-2022, the USCCB received $1.113 billion from Washington in prime awards for immigration, the fifth largest total among all agencies. The USCCB then distributed $743 million in subawards, the most by any single group, with $422 million going to Catholic Charities.

“The USCCB essentially acts as a general contractor having the largest pipeline amongst all the players,” reported Complicit Clergy, which compiled the statistics.

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