Made In Heaven (Or At Least Washington): The Refugee Industry And The Healthy Marriage Initiative

"How many of you are here today
because of

your faith?”
the keynote speakers shouted
inspirationally at a Washington DC meeting of

"refugee workers"
that I sat in on recently.

The attendees came from

whose names suggested they belonged to
one or other of the religions and

in America today.

Yet almost no hands went up in

After a moment`s silence, the
speaker—apparently deciding his audience was from the
militantly humanist wing of the refugee industry—asked
in a louder voice: "How many are here because of
deeply held

humanitarian beliefs?"

Again, almost no hands rose.

After an embarrassed silence, the
speaker had to move on to another topic.

Why did this happen?

Because the moving force in the

refugee industry
is the

The refugee workers go where they find

There are some radical levelers
working in the field, who won`t be satisfied until every
good and every woe known to mankind is evenly

But, although quite active, this
group is fortunately small. Most "refugee workers" are
in the business because it provides a

paying job,
for some a

very well-paying job.

Not that money is necessarily bad. After all, market forces could play a useful role
in the

world—at least, they could if the sources
of the non-profits` funds were private.

It`s not hard to imagine. With the
help of an

active media,
involved private donors would see how
their money is used and direct their giving to causes
they deem worthy. Fraudulent and ineffective charities,
deprived of their resources, would be forced to cut

But the U.S. refugee industry is
made possible by the (largely unwitting) American
taxpayer. Its policies are the work of employees of the
federal government, congressional committees,
government-dependent NGO`s and the U.N.

There`s no market-type feedback if
the pay is coming from the government. Why should
the government relinquish its role and eliminate its own

This co-dependant

“iron triangle”
relationship of government and
the creatures of government is classically illustrated
in the refugee resettlement industry.

Compassionate Conservatism:
the Bush Administration
is now fostering a whole new species of
government-dependent Non-Governmental Organizations
(NGO`s) with its

faith-based initiative

The refugee industry—pound for
pound the most successful grant-getting industry
ever—will be right there.

Oh, the problems we`ll solve. Even
the stubborn reluctance of African Americans to embrace
refugees from Africa will melt in the flood of
government handouts. In the words of Federal Office of
Refugee Resettlement (ORR) Director

Nguyen Van Hanh:

"The potential
assistance to African refugees by African American
communities is an interesting issue. There may be some
constraints and problems in this area, but it has
occurred to me that there are many African American
churches and faith-based organizations with social
concerns and programs. Now that faith based
organizations will be able to apply for grants, I hope
this may provide the impetus and vehicle for such
assistance." (from a speech given May 12, 2003)

Translation: give American blacks
more money and they too will go along.

Moreover, according to Dr. Hanh the
ORR is "inviting service proposals from faith-based
and community-based organizations."

"Community-based organization"? In
this context, that is the government term for
exclusively ethnic groups founded to promote exclusively
ethnic interests and hand out government money to its
exclusively ethnic clients.

To get a sense of the problem
consider that these are just a few of the things
for which ORR Director Van Hanh specified, in a recent
speech, the CBOs should be actively seeking


  • Support of community (i.e.
    ethnic) leaders

  • Training
    in "techniques for self-protection"

  • The spread of information on laws
    regarding child welfare,

    child abuse
    and child neglect

  • Information on healthy marriage
    education programs and partnerships with healthy
    marriage community and faith-based programs

Wait a minute! Did he really say
"healthy marriage education"
for refugees?

Yes, indeed he did. It turns out
that all you have to do is click

 and do a PDF `find` on `refugee`
for your chance at $1.7 million in grant money to
encourage healthy marriages for refugees.

Believe it or not: while the Bush
Administration hasn`t even begun to hand out the $1.5
billion dollars in "marriage money” envisaged in
its 2002 welfare overhaul, the refugee industry is
already planning to hire full-time workers to manage it

Perhaps there really is evolutionarily-selected
on the part of institutions like the
federal government. Obviously, for Leviathan as an
organism, with a selfish interest in its own growth, it
makes perfect sense to bring in more families that will
be dependent—and then to destroy intact American
families by making them pay for it.

Soon we may all be needing federal
training programs in

"techniques for self-protection.”

The other day, I asked one refugee
industry staffer how they were coping with the widely
publicized "layoffs" that have come with the
temporary downturn in refugee admissions.

But, according to her, there were
no layoffs at her New Jersey agency.

Her agency was increasing staff
because government "trafficking" money was coming
in. This funding is available due to the increase in

human trafficking,
including sex trafficking and
human slavery being imported into the United States.

Doubtless there will soon be

"unaccompanied child"
money and more "marriage"
money too.

Seemingly, only federal grants for
space research are off limits to the refugee industry.

Worried that the money pouring into
the NGOs will be used to lobby for, well, more money for
the NGOs?

How about this self-revealing
warning from the

U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops:

paid for time spent advocating with congressional
representatives for federal appropriations to support
refugee admissions and domestic services should be
charged to diocesan funding sources other than
those awarded from federal grants, including funds
passed through by USCCB, i.e., R&P, Cuban/Haitian, Match
Grant, INS children`s programs or any other
government-supported refugee programs and services."
(My emphasis.)

Translation: the congregation`s
donations go to lobbying the government. Obviously the
bishops realize that taxpayer money could be used. So
they want to make it plain that parishioners must pay to
lobby the government. Of course, money is fungible—and
the bottom line is the same: the taxpayer gets stuck
with the bill.

Media coverage of the Great Refugee
Ripoff is scanty, inaccurate and misleading.

The radically

Wall Street Journal recently
reported the annual cost of the refugee program at about
$750 million. [Open
Door: In a Riskier World, U.S. Recommits To Aiding
, Barry Newman, Wall Street Journal,
December 11, 2003]

In the past, the paper has divided
this purported annual cost by the average number of
entrants arriving each year, coming up with a
not-so-scary cost per refugee of $7,000. The paper has
even suggested this sum could be offered to the refugees
as "freedom loans." Yet:

The article neglects to note that
we can`t even get refugees and their "sponsors"
to repay their small

interest-free transportation loans.

Its estimate for the cost of
refugee arrival excludes the largest cost component of
the refugee resettlement program—ongoing

welfare costs
. Including the

welfare cost
drives the annual total up by a factor
of at least 10.

This doesn`t include the new
"marriage money”
and many other federal grant

One leader of a

tribal group
resettling in America recently
expressed the desire to settle in Washington, DC.

His explanation: being in the
nation`s Capitol means more

and proximity to the

good things
the government has to

give away.

At least someone has figured out
how the system works!

Allen (
him) is a recovering refugee worker