EXCLUSIVE UPDATE July 20, 2019 below!
CAN YOU HELP US ID? #SaferAurora These individuals are persons of interest regarding the #LightsForLiberty incident on July 12. These people were involved with removing & vandalizing a US Flag. Contact @CrimeStoppersCO or [email protected] for reward up to $4k. pic.twitter.com/jRyU2blTo6
— Aurora Police Dept (@AuroraPD) July 17, 2019
— CBSDenver (@CBSDenver) July 13, 2019
— Denver7 News (@DenverChannel) July 16, 2019
Defund Lutherans for Open Borders Now!
by Michelle Malkin
If you were shocked by the images of the Mexican flag flying over an Aurora, Colorado, immigration detention center this weekend, you’ll be appalled at an even more disgusting spectacle:
One of the top promoters of the so-called Lights for Liberty nationwide protests by Trump-hating, ICE-bashing radicals was a nonprofit religious organization known as the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service. As a designated “host,” LIRS played a key role in publicizing, organizing and participating in demonstrations against President Donald Trump’s deportation enforcement actions targeting some 2,000 illegal immigrants and their families who have ignored removal orders or skipped out on court hearings.
Brazen hatred of cops, Border Patrol and ICE agents were on full display at the open borders protests fronted by LIRS and other left-wing groups, including Code Pink, CASA and CAIR. Marchers echoed the “Close the Concentration Camps” rhetoric of Congressional Brat Pack Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.). They carried signs declaring “ICE=Gestapo” and “Free the People, Burn the Camps.” It’s not just idle rhetoric. Antifa thug Willem Van Spronsen, armed with a rifle and incendiary devices, attempted to set a Tacoma ICE facility on fire on Saturday before being shot dead. He has been hailed as a “hero” and a “martyr” by fellow “progressive” travelers, while sympathetic mainstream reporters and activists look the other way.
The president and CEO of LIRS, Krishanti Vignarajah, is a Sri Lankan refugee and former Michelle Obama policy director who led the Lights for Liberty event in Washington, D.C. She argues that Americans are obligated to open the floodgates at the southern border (since she turned out so great) and vehemently opposes what she calls “militant border enforcement.” To these border-sabotaging radicals, of course, any border enforcement is “militant.”
LIRS sounds like just the kind of extremist group you’d expect to be kept afloat by billionaire George Soros’ big bucks. But hold on to your wallets and your American flags, folks: In 2016, LIRS relied on $64.7 million in government subsidies from taxpayers — that’s you and me — to fund a whopping 96.2% of its budget.
LIRS is one of nine agencies that receives tens of millions of dollars to resettle refugees from around the world. The organization brags that it is “a vital arm of the United States refugee admissions program” that has worked with the State Department to import “over 500,000 refugees” to our country. One of LIRS’ most famous clients? Somalian-born Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, whose immigration, marriage and tax fraud problems I reported on in my column last month.
Lutherans sponsored our family, this all coming in full circle and it’s a blessing. Thank you for helping me make that cool connect 🤗
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) December 30, 2018
If only a fraction of LIRS clients share Omar’s contempt for our security and self-governance, you can see the trouble we’re in. And that’s just the caseload of one of the nine resettlement giants that together rake in an estimated $1 billion a year.
In addition, the Lutheran nonprofit is one of two specially designated groups (the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is the other) that is contracted by the government to provide social services and benefits (including “psycho-educational support” and “low-cost or pro bono immigration legal assistance”) to sponsor families hosting illegal immigrant children.
Disguised as compassion and Christian morality, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service’s activism is a profit-seeking machine — even as the agency has been plagued by allegations of mismanagement that prompted an external probe two years ago. Last week, the group unveiled yet another initiative: “United Sanctuaries of America.” You should know, especially if you are a citizen of faith who believes in the sovereignty of our country, that the following organizations are partnering with LIRS, possibly to erase our borders:
–New Sanctuary Coalition
–Hispanic Heritage Foundation
–League of United Latin American Citizens
–Washington Office on Latin America
–Mary’s Center and Hispanic Federation
–Gethsemane Lutheran Church
–Good Shepherd Lutheran
–Church of the Reformation
–Christ the Servant Lutheran
–Our Savior Lutheran
Bottom line: Open borders equals cash flow: more aliens, more grants, bigger paychecks.
Exit question: Will a single American elected official please stand up and challenge the continued public funding of this subversive religious racket bent on hoisting foreign flags and alien interests above our own?
Update: July 20, 2019. I have received tons of e-mail responses to my column, many from fellow patriots who are Lutherans who have known about the left-wing hijacking of their religion for years. There are also many Lutherans who have been unaware of the LIRS open-borders racket and are upset that I did not make a distinction between the ELCA, The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and the LCMS, the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.
I am told by conservative Lutherans that the LCMS does not support the work of LIRS. Yet, LCMS at past conventions has voiced support and celebrated LIRS (see here, for example) — and today, at the LCMS convention in Tampa, Florida there was a resolution on the table that would have “commended” LIRS.
A correspondent who was there wrote me:
I testified before the responsible floor committee this morning. I was followed by three other witnesses who shared my opposition to LIRS. The Chairman of the Committee shared that they had never intended to support LIRS secular political actions. Further, he said the committee had “heard us” and it was possible this resolution will never make it to the floor.
Thank you for your help with this, especially for drawing attention to this for us.
Another complaint from some readers is that I listed the Lutheran groups/churches that LIRS is partnering with on United Sanctuaries for America. Those come straight from LIRS’ website. If you don’t like that your organization/church is listed, take that up with LIRS, not me.
Remember these three things, dear readers:
1) Sunlight is the best disinfectant.
2) Knowledge is power.
3) Follow the money, find the truth.