Are U.S. Bishops Complicit in the Trafficking of Migrant Children? by Complicit Clergy

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By Complicit Clergy Staff, December 8, 2022

The Catholic Church is one of the largest recipients of government grants and contracts for immigration-related activities in America. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), which lobbies the government for ever-expanding migrant programs, received over $67 million in migrant-related funding in 2021, it’s second largest source of revenue that year. Likewise, the USCCB spent $69 million to provide “migration refugee services,” a figure representing 40% of the organization’s operating expenditures. These facts begs the simple question:

Is the USCCB is a religious organization whose mission is the salvation of souls or is it simply a non-governmental organization (NGO) at the beck and call of political operatives?

While Catholic organizations certainly provide many worthy services to migrants, there is no question that a substantial portion of their funds in recent years have been used to facilitate illegal immigration.

During the Trump administration, Catholic organizations received an average of $212 million annually in federal immigration funds. Under the Biden administration, this amount mushroomed to nearly $600 million in 2022, a nearly three-fold increase from the Trump years. This explosion in government funding corresponds directly to the dramatic increase in illegal aliens crossing our southern border.

It is estimated that over 2.6 million illegal aliens will cross our southern border in 2023, bringing the total number of illegal aliens entering the U.S. under the Biden administration to just over 7 million.

RELATED: New Study Reveals Catholic Charities Facilitating Biden’s Border Crisis


One of the unfortunate byproducts of opening the floodgates of illegal immigration has been a dramatic increase in the trafficking of migrant children. Project Veritas recently released a report revealing how American taxpayers are funding child trafficking at the borders. Tara Lee Rodas, a U.S. Department of Health & Human Services whistleblower, explains that migrant children are being exploited for sex and labor, stating that government funds are being used ‘put children in the hands of criminals’.


Complicit Clergy has completed an analysis of Federal monies awarded to Catholic organizations. We began by extracting all immigration-related grants and contracts from We then combed-through the data to identify and flag Catholic organizations. We eliminated sub-awards and sub-contracts made to Catholic organizations by Catholic organizations to avoid double-counting funding amounts. Finally, we identified the diocese in which each Catholic award was made. The results were then summarized by recipient organization, showing aggregate federal funding by year (see TABLE 1).

Between 2008 and 2022, Catholic organizations received over $3 billion for immigration-related activities. That’s a staggering number. Let’s put that number in perspective. A billion seconds ago it was 1959. A billion minutes ago Jesus was alive. A billion hours ago our ancestors were living in the Stone Age. A billion days ago no-one walked on the earth on two feet. Three billion dollars would have been enough money to fund the operating budgets of over 400 Catholic parishes over the same 14-year time period.


We took the transactions summarized in Table 1 and then filtered them to include only the “UNACCOMPANIED ALIEN CHILDREN” awards, the program specifically identified by Tara Lee Rodas as being most susceptible to child sex trafficking (see TABLE 2). Catholic organizations received over $97 million for this program in 2022 and a whooping $766 million between 2008 and 2022.

Bear in mind that these figures are likely understated due to 1) the inability to include state and local government funding sources, 2) the inability to clearly identify every Catholic organization receiving awards and 3) the likelihood that Catholic organizations are receiving funds used for immigration-related activities that are not specifically coded as one of the 16 programs included in our analysis.

It is unclear exactly what is being done with these funds, where Catholic organizations are taking the immigrants, and what portion of them are coming into this country illegally. This is likely one of the reason the federal government uses NGOs to do their dirty work when it comes to illegal immigration. In doing so, they avoid any detailed Congressional oversight.

In the final analysis, the Catholic Church in the United States, under the direction of our bishops, is directly participating in the settlement of illegal aliens, which could eventually open the Catholic Church to both criminal and civil lawsuits. In an ironic twist, the US Catholic Church has gained over $3 Billion for immigration activities, and also lost over $3 Billion to criminal and civil suits for the sexual abuse of children. Should it ever be discovered that the US Catholic Church’s involvement in the settlement of illegal aliens also involved the sexual abuse of children, the consequences would be devastating.

TAKE ACTION: Contact your bishop and demand that he stop the trafficking of migrants in your diocese.

Don’t accept the excuse that your bishop can do nothing about organizations like Catholic Charities because he claims not to have direct control over these organizations. Bishops have tremendous power over any organization branded as “Catholic” operating within their dioceses. Most of these organizations have bylaws committing to be obedient to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church. If a “Catholic” organization refuses to accept a bishop’s directives, he can publicly order them to cease using the name “Catholic” which has been done is several cases involving Catholic schools.

TABLE 1: Awards to Catholic Organizations for All Immigration-Related Services

Federal awards to Catholic organizations for immigration-related services from 2008 to 2022. Includes following CFDA program numbers: 19.018, 19.510, 19.511, 19.518, 19.519, 19.522, 93.566, 93.567, 93.576, 93.583, 93.598, 93.676, 93.784, 93.893, 97.010 and 14.421. Please note these figures do not include any STATE or LOCAL GOVERNMENT funding that may have been awarded to Catholic organizations. DATA SOURCE: You can download the detailed data extract used to create this report here. Sort the data using the arrows in the column headings. Horizontally scroll the table using the scroll bar above the TOTALS row at the bottom of the table. View additional records using the NEXT button at the bottom of the table.

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