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IRS 'trusted partner' joined at hip with La Raza

Posted By Aaron Klein On 02/13/2014 @ 9:05 pm In Politics,U.S. | No Comments

The Urban Institute, the IRS’ “trusted partner” for small nonprofit organizations to publicly disclose their financial information, has itself partnered with the radical National Council of La Raza, an open-borders advocacy group pushing immigration reform.

Earlier this week, WND broke the story that the IRS is officially directing all U.S. nonprofits whose annual gross receipts are $50,000 or less to file their annual financial information electronically with the liberal Urban Institute.

The institute collects what is known as Form 990, which provides the public with financial information about the organization. The form, called the e-Postcard in its electronic online format, is also utilized by the government to keep up-to-date with non-profits and prevent such organizations from abusing their tax-exempt status.

Now WND has learned the Urban Institute lists the National Council of La Raza as one of its “sponsors and partners.”

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In 2007, La Raza commissioned the Urban Institute to carry out a study of how the children of illegal aliens were impacted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids.

The institute’s findings were released in a 109-page Oct. 31, 2007, report titled “Paying the Price: The Impact of Immigration Raids on America’s Children.”

The cover of the full report featured an image of a terrified, crying Hispanic-looking girl.

The institute and La Raza held a joint press conference at the National Press Club to discuss the findings of the report.

Regarding the children of illegal aliens, the commissioned report concluded increased ICE enforcement has “put these children at risk of family separation, economic hardship, and psychological trauma.”

Having an “undocumented worker” parent arrested caused the children to experience “feelings of abandonment and showed symptoms of emotional trauma, psychological duress, and mental health problems,” the report found.

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The combination of economic hardship, isolation and the fear of arrest induced in illegal aliens’ “mental health problems such as depression, separation anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and suicidal thoughts,” according to the report.

The National Council of La Raza, or “The Race,” in advocates “comprehensive immigration reform,” calling for “the 12 million undocumented people in our country to come forward, obtain legal status, learn English, and assume the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.”

La Raza has opposed legislation to make English the official language of the U.S.

Former La Raza president Raul Yzaguirre reportedly declared in the 1990s that U.S. English, an organization dedicated to adopting the English language as the official language U.S. language, “is to Hispanics, as the Ku Klux Klan is to blacks.”

Cecilia Munoz, former senior vice president at La Raza, now serves as director of the White House Domestic Policy Council with specific focus on immigration issues.

The Urban Institute, meanwhile, has a long history of support for comprehensive immigration reform.

As far back as 1992, the group concluded in a 104-page report that heavy immigration would have “minimal” impact on the U.S. job market, arguing that immigrants actually create new jobs for U.S. citizens.

Those conclusions were rebutted by numerous economists at the time. The Christian Science Monitor quoted Rice University economist Donald Huddle in 1992 opposing the study, stating immigrants displace U.S. workers in some industries, cost the government billions in welfare and suppress wages.

Collects nonprofit data for IRS

The Urban Institute says it “gathers data, conducts research, evaluates programs, offers technical assistance overseas, and educates Americans on social and economic issues – to foster sound public policy and effective government.”

All nonprofits are required to fill out what is known as Form 990, which provides the public with financial information about the organization. The form is also utilized by the government to keep up-to-date with nonprofits and prevent such organizations from abusing their tax-exempt status.

Failure to complete Form 990s for three consecutive years automatically results in the loss of tax-exempt status.

The forms can be filed by larger organizations either electronically or by filling out and mailing a complete form manually. Most nonprofits whose annual gross receipts are $50,000 or less are required to electronically submit Form 990, which is also known as the e-Postcard.

In 2007, the IRS modified its Form 990, requiring more significant disclosures on corporate governance and boards of directors.

The IRS website directs all small nonprofits to fill out the electronic version of Form 990 at the Urban Institute’s website.

Reads the IRS website: “When you access the system, you will leave the IRS site and file the e-Postcard with the IRS through our trusted partner, Urban Institute.”

The Urban Institute’s partnership with the IRS goes back to 1997, when the nonprofit was contracted to digitize and help make the data associated with Form 990s more accessible to the public.

Also in 1997, the Urban Institute contracted with Philanthropic Research, Inc., which later renamed itself GuideStar, to digitize Form 990s.

Wealth distribution, public health insurance

The Urban Institute is a liberal think tank that advocates for public health insurance, wealth distribution and tax hikes for higher income-earners.

The Urban Institute says it “gathers data, conducts research, evaluates programs, offers technical assistance overseas, and educates Americans on social and economic issues – to foster sound public policy and effective government.”

The organization has released dozens of extensive reports advocating redistribution through taxes. The “Tax Distribution and Economic Trends” section of its website provides links to many of those reports.

The group is a proponent of the Carbon Tax, which has been criticized as too heavily taxing the United States while distributing funds to the Third World.

The group was a critic of George W. Bush’s tax-cut plans, claiming they disproportionately favored “the wealthy.”

A May 2006 Urban Institute report argues for socialized medicine, concluding “public insurance appears to offer the best financial protection from high out-of-pocket expenses and financial burden for low-income families.”

An entire page at the Urban Institute’s website is dedicated to the IRS tea party scandal, in which the agency was accused of targeting tea party-aligned groups with harsher scrutiny and holding up their applications. Urban Institute’s experts saw the tea party scandal as “small.”

Soros, anti-gun funding

The organization is financed heavily by Soros’ Open Society.

Just last year, Soros provided a $250,000 grant for “collecting data and conducting sophisticated empirical research and analysis on the impact of various proposals for housing finance reforms on low-income families, communities of color and underserved markets.”

Another Urban Institute donor is the Joyce Foundation, an anti-gun group where President Obama served on the board from 1994 to 2002.

Joyce gave a $400,000 grant to the controversial Media Matters progressive activist group in 2010, purportedly to “support a gun and public safety issue initiative.”

While Obama was on the Joyce Foundation board, the organization granted tens of millions of dollars to gun-control organizations. Also, numerous large grants were provided to a group called Leadership for Quality Education, which was run by John Ayers, the brother of Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers.

Also while Obama was at Joyce, the foundation gave numerous grants to the Small Schools workshop at the University of Chicago which was founded by Bill Ayers and is run by avowed communist activist Mike Klonsky, who served with Ayers in the Students for a Democratic Society.

With additional research by Brenda J. Elliott.


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