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Federal grant to USCCB to provide legal aid to unaccompanied minors

October 03, 2014

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The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops will receive a federal grant of over $4 million over the next two years to provide legal aid to unaccompanied immigrant children who have entered the United States.

The US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants will also receive a similar grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Kevin Appleby, director of the USCCB’s Office of Migration Policy and Public Affairs, told MSNBC that “I think it’s a recognition that many of these children have valid protection claims and they need legal representation.”

“It is a result of advocacy and raising awareness about why these children are coming and why they’re fleeing,” he added.


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  • Posted by: Bernadette - Oct. 06, 2014 4:23 PM ET USA

    The USCCB has been an agent for the U.S. govt. since the days of FDR and the offering of monies to the Church for running its charities. The bishops have been eager to take the money ever since; there is a price to pay for being a recipient of federal monies and we are finding that out with the HHS Mandate and now this latest lure.

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Oct. 04, 2014 4:43 AM ET USA

    Did the Mexican government decide without incentive to allow a flood of Central American children to enter its southern border and cross its country? Try crossing the 21-km checkpoint without proper identification. Not a routine happening. The USCCB should demand that those responsible for facilitating the transport of these children pay their legal fees, not the U.S. taxpayer. Why would the USCCB apply for a grant that would allow it to function as a de facto arm of the federal government?

  • Posted by: shrink - Oct. 03, 2014 8:03 PM ET USA

    If Mr. Kevin Appleby was virtuous, and willing to put his ego to side for a moment, he should ask himself why the Feds are willing to dole out money to the USCCB now, when the US govt is doing its best to compromise the Catholic Church with its ObamaCare mandates. Appleby should know that Federal money is BAIT—it is taint. It is not an humanitarian gesture, it is POLITICAL ploy. Appleby might realize that he and the USCCB are being USED as a POLITICAL pawns in a cynical game to bury the Church.

  • Posted by: [email protected] - Oct. 03, 2014 7:10 PM ET USA

    This is why we should not follow what the USCCB preaches as their actions speak louder than words for the 30 pieces of silver from the government. The USCCB has no regard for the impacts on society here or the country as a whole.

  • Posted by: unum - Oct. 03, 2014 6:44 PM ET USA

    USCCB's acceptance of the tax dollars of hard working people to pay for legal services for foreign nationals who have broken U.S. laws is immoral. By this action, the U.S. Church has become a partner in crime with a law breaking U.S. government that has granted amnesty to foreign nationals by edict rather than the law. By this action, the bishops are doing "Caesar's" work rather than God's.