Between the years 2012 to 2016, it’s been estimated that taxpayers spent more than $291 million funding “eight nonprofits that serve, protect or advocate for illegal immigrants,” according to an analysis of federal spending data and tax documents released by the Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group on Friday.
At least one of those eight groups endorsed Hillary Clinton for president in 2016.
Data obtained from USAspending.gov and IRS Form 990s show that “94 percent of the public funds — nearly $274 million — came from the federal government.”
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However, this is probably an underestimate, according to the report, which notes that “the respective 990’s of each implicated nonprofit for all five years were not always available,” and “those groups only represent a small sample of publicly-funded pro-illegal immigrant nonprofits.”
Here are the highlights of how that money was spent:
- A 2013 Urban Institute study showed that “at least 684 nonprofits nationwide provide some form of legal aid to immigrants.”
- The same 2013 study also claimed that more charities and more taxpayer-funded support were necessary to serve the growing “unauthorized population.” At the time, data showed that 111 nonprofits in California gave legal aid to as many as 22,973 illegal aliens.
- At the top of the feeding chain for government grants between 2013 and 2015 was Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), which received nearly $255 million — or 87 percent — of the total funding. According to the report, government grants accounted for 92 percent of the LIRS budget, and much of that money was awarded to house “individuals as they await a final decision on their immigration status.” The goal of the organization, according to its website, is to end detention centers, by seeking “community-based alternatives” so that “all migrants and refugees are protected, embraced and empowered.”
- Ranking number 2 on the list of eight most publicly-funded charities is The National Council of La Raza (NCLR), which endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, a first-time move by the Mexican-affiliated nonprofit. Data revealed that NCLR received an average of more than $5 million each year, having taken in more than $17 million between 2013 and 2015. Government grants accounted for only a small portion of its revenue.
- Third on the list is nonprofit legal defense fund Americans For Immigrant Justice, which data showed took in almost $8 million in government grants between 2012 and 2014. Taxpayer money “accounted for nearly 91 percent of its total revenue, and it annually received $2.6 million on average.”
- The Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc. (CLINIC) “initiated its “text4refugees” project with a federal grant of $525,000. Anonymous subscribers receive up to two texts per month from CLINIC about the citizenship application process.”
- CLINIC also “used a $550,000 federal grant to provide training for its affiliates regarding legal protection for female immigrants who faced domestic violence and sexual assault and ‘are often fearful to access legal services or law enforcement because of their legal status,'” stated spokeswoman Pat Zapor.
The DCNF only selected groups “with a national scope and focus that overtly assisted illegal aliens and dealt exclusively in immigration matters.” The study excluded local or state nonprofits, those more open about their intentional dealings with illegal aliens, and groups that handle more issues in addition to just immigration.
H/T: Daily Caller
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