• Jim Simpson

Dutch Ruppersberger Democrats Demand Open Borders in the Age of Corona

Updated: Apr 15, 2020

Every time we think Dutch Ruppersberger and his fellow House Democrats can stoop no lower in their efforts to endanger our economy and society, they break the mold. The latest is the wholesale lobbying effort by congressional Democrats and leftist open borders groups to swamp our nation with mass immigration in the middle of a pandemic.

Democrat rep Judy Chu (D-CA-27) proposed the No Ban Act last spring. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD-2) and 218 others co-sponsored the bill, which was placed on the House calendar for consideration in March of this year. Originally envisioned to block all of President Trump's travel bans, today it would have prevented the president from implementing his travel bans from China, Iran and Europe. The president has the authority, clearly articulated in the Immigration and Nationalities Act, to exclude any and all immigrant groups he deems not in the interest of the U.S. And these groups are clearly not in our interest to allow in today.

The House followed up last fall with the New Deal for Americans Act, essentially a declaration of open borders for all immigrants, legal and illegal. A Senate companion bill was proposed by Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) this March. Despite the threat from the Corona virus, a rogues gallery of open borders groups, many of which are funded in whole or part by American taxpayers, have been advocating for this bill. Breitbart listed many of them:

Academy of Medical & Public Health Services

Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice

America’s Voice

Arkansas Coalition of Marshallese

Arkansas United

Asian American Federation

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance

Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations

Bend the Arc: Jewish Action

Campaign-Urbana Public Health District



Community Change

Center for Popular Democracy (CPD)

Church World Service

Cities for Action

Coalition for Human Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA)

Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC)

Comunidades Unidas

Crosswas Consulting

El Centro de Igualdad y Derechos

Fair Immigration Reform Movement

Farmworker Justice

Florida Immigrant Rights Coalition (FLIC)

Global Cleveland

Global Detroit

Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center

Healthy Illinois Campaign

HIAS Pennsylvania

Hispanic Federation

Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama (HICA)

Homies Unidos

Immigration Hub


International Council for Refugees and Immigrants

Immigrant Legal Resource Center

International Refugee Assistance Project

International Rescue Committee

Junta for Progressive Action

Justice for Our Neighbors – Michigan

Kentucky Refugee Ministries

Latin American Coalition

Louisiana Organization for Refugees and Immigrants

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service

Maine People’s Alliance

Make the Road

Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition

Mauritanian Network for Human Rights in The US Mobile Pathways

Mujeres Latinas en Accion

National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum

National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development

National Immigration Law Center

National Korean American Service & Education Consortium

National Partnership for New Americans

National Skills Coalition

Nebraska Appleseed


New American Leaders

New York Immigration Coalition

Northwest Side Housing Center

City of Albuquerque Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs



Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition

Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste

Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada

Promise Arizona

Refugee Congress

River City Federal Credit Union

Rural Women’s Health Project

Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network (SIREN)

Somos Un Pueblo Unido

Southeast Asia Resource Action Center

SPLC Action Fund

Sunflower Community Action

Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition

The Legal Clinic (Justice for Our Neighbors Hawaii)

The Next100

The Resurrection Project

Treetops Collective



Unite Oregon

United Farm Workers Foundation

United We Dream

VAYLA New Orleans

Voces de la Frontera

We Are All America

Workers Defense Project

World Education Services

Taxpayer Funded Open Borders

Despite the corona threat, the State Department continued to usher in a total of over 5,800 refugees and SIVs (Special Immigrant Visa), between the end of January and April 15. SIVs are a special classification of refugee, in this case from Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam, that helped us, or claimed to have helped us, in the wars in those countries. (As with all refugee programs, there is rampant fraud in the SIV program that no one bothers to investigate).

The State Department works with nine private, tax-exempt, refugee resettlement contractors and their 300-odd subsidiaries to resettle all classes of refugees. The nine contractors are:

Church World Service (CWS)

Ethiopian Community Development Council (ECDC) (secular)

Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM)

Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS)

International Rescue Committee (IRC) (secular)

US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) (secular)

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (LIRS)

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)

World Relief Corporation (WR)

The refugee contractors, led without exception by secular leftists despite the religious connotations in some of the organization's names, depend on a constant flow of money from the federal government to support and expand their businesses, and are constantly lobbying for open borders, amnesty and an endless flow of refugees.

The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) received 89 percent of its $56.7 million revenues in 2018 from taxpayers. It's top nine executives receive $1.8 million in compensation collectively, with its CEO receiving over $310,000. This is for simply administering a federal grant, which most of them could do in their sleep. Underlings and volunteers do all the real work while allowing the leaders to hobnob with their DC insider friends.

Church World Service (CWS) is a subsidiary of the Communist front group, the National Council of Churches, which is in turn a subsidiary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), infiltrated by the KGB in the 1970s. CWS receives over 62 percent of its revenues from taxpayers and its top six executives earned over $1.1 million.

CWS CEO Rev. John L. McCullough advocated normalizing relations with Communist Cuba for years and led a delegation to Cuba in 2014. He praised former President Obama when Obama finally did normalize relations with the Communist state. CWS facilitates the Cuban/Haitian Entrant program, a component of refugee resettlement that supports people primarily from Cuba. It also works with the Cuban Council of Churches, another subsidiary of WCC, in selecting and importing Cuban refugees. Since the Cuban government decides who stays and goes, most of these "refugees" almost certainly do double duty as Cuban agents in place in the U.S. Over the past four years, 186,000 Cubans have immigrated to the U.S. under this and other programs.

Despite their "non-profit" tax-exempt status, refugee contractor "profits" can be measured by the financial assets they have amassed over the years. For example, in 2018 HIAS total expenses were $44 million. They took in revenues of $50 million. Their net assets totaled $49 million, enough to run for a full year without a single donation. Why are they always screaming for more money and more refugees?

HIAS Director Mark Hetfield received over $300,000 in 2018. He typifies the resettlement contractors' radical Left leadership and is blatantly anti-Isreal. He is on the board of directors of J Street, an Astroturf, phony Jewish organization funded by people like George Soros that advocates on behalf of the Palestinian terrorist group HAMAS. He favors the Boycott, Divestment, Sanction (BDS) movement against Israel and supports noted anti-Semites like Linda Sarsour.

HIAS used to be called Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, and devoted itself to resettling Jewish refugees fleeing Hitler's fascists. But Hetfield shortened it to HIAS, stating that the original name was "exclusionary and outdated." Today HIAS advocates most ardently for Muslim resettlement, ignoring Jews, and allowing rampant anti-Semites like Ilhan Omar to immigrate to the U.S. and infiltrate our power structure.

Revolving Door

The leadership of these resettlement organizations underscores the incestuous, revolving-door nature of their relationship with government agencies that oversee the refugee resettlement program. From 2012 until the election of President Trump, Ann Richard was the Director of the State Department Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM), the organization that directs the refugee resettlement program. Prior to that she was vice president of government relations and advocacy at the International Rescue Committee (IRC), one of the largest refugee contractors. Current IRC president, David Miliband, receives over $900,000 in salary. He is a socialist and the brother of former British Labor leader "Red Ed" Miliband.

Current USCRI president Eskinder Negash was director of the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) from 2009 to 2015, Prior to that Negash worked for the USCRI from 2002 to 2009 as Chief Operating Officer. He also worked as VP and chief administrative officer at the International Institute, which is an affiliate of USCRI, for 15 years.

Like many of the refugee contractor leaders, Negash was originally an Eritrean refugee. Negash replaced then USCRI president Lavinia Limon in 2017, who had run the organization since 2001. Before that she was director at ORR from 1993 to 2000. Today Limon supposedly directs Immigration and Refugee Services of America, an organization residing at the same address as USCRI, which has received $83 million since 2016, but is not listed anywhere in the USCRI records and provides no separate IRS tax filing required of such groups. USCRI begs for an independent audit, but no audit of any refugee contractor has been done in the 40 year history of the program. The symbiotic relationship between government and these contractors probably explains much of the reason.

So while we are all dealing with the shutdown of the economy and the threat from the corona virus, all these groups can think about is how to pad their bottom line and advance their open borders agenda. If there ever was a time for change, this is it! I will fight this program tooth and nail. Refugee resettlement was once a voluntary operation and refugees had to prove they could fend for themselves, not become the public charges so many are today.

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