As reported every day in Refugee Resettlement Watch, all the major Christian denominations in the USA are neck-deep in collusion with the federal government — and specifically the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) — in settling thousands of Muslim immigrants in America every year.
The Feds contract with “faith-based organizations” — a.k.a. “Voluntary Agencies”, or VOLAGs — to manage the logistics of resettlement. The VOLAGs receive millions of dollars for their work, and get to keep a nice chunk of that to pay for salaries and “administrative overhead”. The rest goes to the maintenance of the culture-enrichers in their new homes. The initial grants typically cover the first six months of expenses. After that the localities are on their own, and have to support all the resettled migrants — many of whom are illiterate, have no skills, and speak minimal English — on the local taxpayer’s dime.
One of those VOLAGs is the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS). The folks at LIRS are seeking a candidate for a top position in their organization. The job offering below includes this thumbnail description of the VOLAG:
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) is a national faith-based organization with a 77-year history, a budget of approximately $58 million per year, and over 100 headquarters staff.
How much of that annual $58M comes from the Feds, and how much from the collection plates in Lutheran churches? Your guess is as good as mine. But one thing is clear: the LIRS is not proclaiming its faithfulness to the word of God, or its devotion to the Great Commission. The words “God”, “Jesus”, “Christ”, and “Christian” do not appear anywhere in the following text. Instead the LIRS proclaims “its expertise in implementing federal programs on behalf of refugees and migrants.” Wow, that’s true religion! It reads more like a corporate want ad or a federal job listing than anything involving the Christian faith.
Below is the entire job offering. It’s full of rich, meaty, multicultural material that cries out for additional analysis. But my time is limited, so I’ve just bolded a few sentences and phrases for further discussion:
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) is seeking a Director for Advocacy to be the lead LIRS strategist on advocacy, ensuring that the organization achieves its key overall advocacy goals. S/He establishes the advocacy priorities through a consultative process and deep listening so that they reflect cross-departmental and network-wide advocacy needs. S/He informs, inspires and engages colleagues and networks and maintains strong coalition partnerships and effectively leverages coalition action. The Director works to influence policy-makers in the Executive and legislative branches of the federal government to promote integration, protection and justice for migrants and refugees.
- Provide strategic leadership in LIRS advocacy. Identify and build strategy and support to bring about desired change in policies and practices. With clarity regarding the strategic landscape, identify and pursue priorities and approaches that will have the greatest impact
- Supervise Advocacy staff. Provide ongoing supervision of work, allocate responsibilities and adjust priorities for better impact, assess progress, provide and receive feedback, coordinate work, plan for the future
- Maintain excellent ongoing communication and coordination with the LIRS Baltimore office and especially with Outreach, Communications and the President’s Office.
- Ensure that internal LIRS responsibilities are met by the Advocacy unit, including contributions to planning, compliance with established procedures, provision of regular updates, provision of input into relevant decisions, etc.
- Meet and communicate with Congressional and Administration staff and officials, advocate that they promote and implement fair and humane refugee and immigration laws and policies, advance LIRS advocacy priorities, build LIRS credibility on key issue areas, raise up stories of migrants and refugees, serve as a resource to policy-makers
- Ensure that LIRS is represented in nonprofit advocacy coalitions, align with other nonprofits in promotion of LIRS advocacy issues, broaden consensus amongst other organizations, build and solidify support for the policies we endorse, prioritize and leverage coalition power to influence decision makers, the media and the public
- Ensure that LIRS is represented in working groups that address issue priority areas and where LIRS will have an impact; establish appropriate priorities for such participation
- Empower LIRS staff members to be advocates, channel their expertise to inform LIRS policy positions and improve advocacy recommendations, understand how laws and policies impact refugees, migrants and children, as well as our network partners
- Lead the Stand for Welcome campaign, educate empower and mobilize a growing number of Lutherans, refugees, migrants and other constituents around protection and integration of migrants and refugees
- Draft statements, letters, web site content, or resources on refugee and immigration policies or legislation targeted at Congressional committees, policy-makers and the public
- Plan advocacy convening’s [sic], collaborative events, workshops and advocacy meetings to facilitate constituent and partner participation and leadership in advocacy
- Serve as the primary liaison between LIRS and the ELCA Washington Office, ensuring a strong, effective and well-coordinated working relationship that builds on each other’s strengths.
- Deep commitment to LIRS’s core values and the ability to model those values in relationships with colleagues and partners
- Bachelor’s degree in political science, international affairs, or other related field; law or master’s degree or equivalent experience strongly preferred and seven years of increasingly responsible advocacy work experience with a demonstrated track record of success; expertise in federal legislative and administrative advocacy
- Expertise in immigration law and policy, and an interest in and passion for advocacy on behalf of refugees and migrants
- Ability to maintain and nurture collegial relationships with congressional staff, administration officials, coalition partners, non-profit partners and constituents
- Track record of successfully mobilizing constituents to take action
- Significant experience in successful nonprofit coalition work
- Excellent communication skills, especially writing and public speaking, and demonstrated ability to adjust communication styles to be clear and persuasive with different audiences
- Experience in training and supervising staff, interns and volunteers
- Ability to work collegially across departments and units
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications and relationship management software
- Experience with and commitment to working in a diverse workforce
- Ability to work well with others in small teams; effective meeting facilitation skills
- Travel domestically (up to 10%) to meet and learn from LIRS constituents, church leaders, network partners and migrants and refugees
- Flexibility and a sense of humor
Headquartered in Baltimore’s beautiful Inner Harbor, with offices in Washington, DC, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) is a national faith-based organization with a 77-year history, a budget of approximately $58 million per year, and over 100 headquarters staff.
LIRS is widely-recognized for its expertise in implementing federal programs on behalf of refugees and migrants living within the borders of the United States. Working with and through partners across the country, LIRS resettles refugees, reunites children with their families or provides loving homes for them, conducts policy advocacy, and pursues humanitarian alternatives to the immigration detention system.
Now let’s consider some specifics of what the LIRS says about this plum position (Their phrases are quoted in bold; the rest is mine):
The Lutherans don’t just take care of refugees, or assist them, or show compassion for them: they advocate for them. That is, they take up the refugees’ cause, whatever it might be — in many cases, Islam — and make it their own. They intervene on behalf of refugees.
This puts them in accord with the current policies of the federal government, of course, which aims to import as many Muslim migrants as it can. And it serves the institutional needs of the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, which needs to enlarge itself and expand its domain.
“Meet and communicate with Congressional and Administration staff and officials, advocate that they promote and implement fair and humane refugee and immigration laws and policies, advance LIRS advocacy priorities, build LIRS credibility on key issue areas, raise up stories of migrants and refugees, serve as a resource to policy-makers”
In case you were in any doubt that VOLAGs such as LIRS are arms of the DC bureaucracy, this should make it completely clear. The Lutherans engaged in this earnest work must consider themselves a resource available to federal policy-makers.
“prioritize and leverage coalition power to influence decision makers, the media and the public”
The LIRS considers “influencing decision makers” as part of its mandate. Not just monitoring their decisions and acting accordingly, but influencing them, as well as the media and the public. To that end they ally with other VOLAGs to swing their weight around.
“Draft statements, letters, web site content, or resources on refugee and immigration policies or legislation targeted at Congressional committees, policy-makers and the public”
The Lutherans want to help Congress do its job by influencing the content and crafting of legislation. Sausages must be made, so the LIRS wants to be part of the sausage-making.
Since its goal is to expand its own structure, that means that the aims of the LIRS and other VOLAGs will be written into legislation — if it is successful.
“Deep commitment to LIRS’s core values”
But what are “LIRS’s core values”? Spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Serving God, and rejecting Satan?
Or are they mainly out to maximize the number of “refugees” resettled, thereby expanding their agency and their power base?
“Expertise in immigration law and policy, and an interest in and passion for advocacy on behalf of refugees and migrants”
There’s that “A” word again. You must not only be skilled and diligent, you must be an advocate on behalf of the migrants. You must make their goals yours. And you must know all the ins and outs of the law and policy in order to do that.
Forget being an honest broker — that’s so 19th century.
“Flexibility and a sense of humor”
Do applicants for this job need the flexibility to consider that it may not be a good idea to import hundreds of thousands of Middle Eastern Muslims into communities all over the United States?
No, probably not that much flexibility.
As for a sense of humor — I don’t know about the job applicants, but I sure need one to help get me through all this dreadful bumf. Given the accelerating destruction of the American social fabric by programs such as this, and the somnolence of the American public, a good laugh is an urgent imperative.
That, and a bottle of single-malt Scotch.