Government reveals massive cost per month for illegal alien minors

Posted on Dec 2, 2016 in Politics

Government reveals massive cost per month for illegal alien minors
The Department of Health and Human Services seeking to rob Peter to pay Paul by raiding a number of its accounts to pay for a shortfall in funding illegal aliens. HHS needs $167 million to fund the Office of Refugee Resettlement for just one month to pay for housing, education, and medical care for illegal alien young people who are coming across America’s southern border at the rate of 255 per day.

According to Jessica Vaughn of the Center for Immigration Studies, sources have told her that the funding crisis has forced the director of the Office for Refugee Resettlement (ORR) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to squeeze funds from programs intended for American citizens and legal residents. Currently, the federal government has the largest number of illegal alien children in its custody in history.
ORR will need an additional one or two billion dollars for the next year, which is far beyond the $1.2 billion already spent in 2016 and the amount proposed for 2017, which will depend on how many more arrive. The diverted $167 million from other programs will cover the cost of services to these illegal aliens only through December 9, when the current continuing resolution expires.
Vaughn wrote HHS also has a surplus of $90 million left over from 2016, for a total of $261 million now available. But the department estimates that another $40 million to $165 million more will be needed.
Vaughn wrote that the money is for  “shelters, health care, schooling, recreation, and other services for the new illegal arrivals, who typically were brought to the border by smugglers paid by their parents, who often are living in the United States illegally.”
According to Vaughn, the following programs will be affected by the decision:
— $14 million from the Health Resources and Services Administration, which includes $4.5 million from the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, and $2 million from Maternal and Child Health.
— $14 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for contagious disease prevention and treatment.
— $72 million from the National Institutes of Health, for research on cancer, diabetes, drug abuse, mental health, infectious diseases, etc.
— $8 million from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
— $8 million from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
— $39 million from the Children and Families Services Program.
— $4 million from the Aging and Disability Services Programs.
— $3 million from the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund, including more than $1 million from the Pandemic Influenza and BioShield Fund.
HHS legislative liaison wrote to Congressional staff setting out the department’s dilemma:
In FY 2016, 59,200 unaccompanied children (UC) were referred to the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), 25,000 more than in FY 2015. ORR has experienced consistent month over month growth in the number of referrals of nearly nine percent since June 2016. As a result, ORR is currently funding more shelter capacity and has more children in care than ever before in the history of the program. …
During the first month of the new Fiscal Year, the trend experienced last fiscal year has continued. In October, 7,420 unaccompanied children were referred to ORR’s care, the third highest referral month in the program’s history. Last month, ORR served more children, with a higher number of shelter beds in operation, than ever before. The total number of children in care is nearly double what it was a year ago – an average of 10,154 in October of FY 2017 versus 5,823 in October of FY 2016.

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