The Obama Administration has just shifted $167 million from domestic health programs that benefit Americans in order to fund programs which help illegal immigrants. The illegal immigrants in this case are young children.
Lifezette reported that “Barbara Clark, a deputy director of the department, sent a letter to congressional staffers indicating that HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell intends to shift $167 million to pay for housing, health care, schooling, recreation, and other services for unaccompanied minors until the current temporary spending bill expires Dec. 9.”
Breitbart reported that “The department’s Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) is overwhelmed with dealing with the surge of Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) crossing America’s border with Mexico,” and according to the Center for Immigration Studies the ORR has taken in 255 illegal alien youths into custody every day this month.
Barbara Clark mentioned in her email to congress that “As of November 27, 2016, the number of children in ORR care is approximately 11,200.”
Barabra Clark also mentioned in her email that:
“In brief, funds are needed to ensure that ORR can continue to provide shelter to unaccompanied children referred by DHS and other law enforcement agencies throughout FY 2017. With ORR’s balances depleted, and having exhausted the additional funding available through the full exercise of the Secretary’s transfer authority, ORR is not able to meet our legal and humanitarian obligations to shelter these children. HHS cannot continue to provide the services we are statutorily bound to provide and avoid a scenario where children are potentially stranded at the border without additional funding from the Congress.”
What is the cost of taking care of so may illegal immigrant children? $1.2 billion dollars have been spent in 2016 so far and the agency is asking for another one to two billion dollars more for 2017 depending on how many more illegal immigrant children make it across the border.
The $167 million dollars will be taken from vital health organizations in the United States.
Here is the list according to the Center for Immigration Studies:
- $14 million from the Health Resources and Services Administration, including $4.5 million from the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program and $2 million from the Maternal and Child Health program;
- $14 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for contagious disease prevention and treatment and other critical public health programs;
- $72 million from the National Institutes of Health, for research on cancer, diabetes, drug abuse, mental health, infectious diseases and much more;
- $8 million from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, for treatment and prevention programs;
- $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.
“Instead of funding ORR to essentially complete the job of the human smugglers who were paid by the parents of the youths to bring them to the United States in the expectation that they would be allowed to stay with their families, Congress should instead direct funding to the Border Patrol for temporary shelters from which the youths and their families can be swiftly returned to their home countries,” said Jessica Vaughn, policy director at the Center for Immigration Studies.
(H/T – Lifezette)
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