Illegal children-aliens who are entering the U.S. are increasing in numbers lately and the government is feeling the burden of supporting them looking to creative means to meet the needs, unfortunately at the expense of Americans.
An investigative report by the Washington Examiner reveals that in order to feed and temporarily provide shelter for youthful illegal aliens entering the country, the government is taking money from various health services meant for Americans to manage the unprecedented costs of taking care of illegal immigrants.
The most surprising revelation is that it would take feds to cut $167 million in domestic programs to cover just one month of the illegal aliens' needs. The young illegal aliens are reportedly entering the border at a rate of 255 a day. The illegal arrivals were brought to the country by human smugglers typically hired by the parents to bring their children to American soil- parents who are also currently staying illegally in the country.
Center for Immigration Studies Policy Director Jessica Vaughan disclosed that the increased number of illegal children aliens were taken into the custody of the Office of the Refugee Resettlement (ORR). ORR has been taking in new batches of children every day. The current children under the custody of the ORR marks the largest number of youthful aliens to be in the care of the federal government.
The situation has presented grave financial and logistical challenges for the government, and they have been managing only as a result of funds diversion taken from crucial health services under the Department of Health and Human Services which include money for Medicare, the Ryan White AIDS/HIV program, and those for cancer and flu research among others. The $167 funds taken from said health intended for legal citizens will cover the cost of services for the new illegal arrivals until December 9, after which the current resolution dealing with the problem will expire.
In order to continue the services meant for the illegal arrivals- and should more come in, the ORR says it will need anywhere between one billion to two billion dollars more next year. The projected additional budget needed is already way beyond the $1.2 billion spent this year and as proposed budget for 2017.
The budget needed will be used to pay for the shelter, health care, schooling, recreation and other services for the new illegal arrivals. It has also been a typical trend for the government to eventually lose contact to half of the number of illegal aliens it has taken care of.
Vaughan's sources have given a breakdown of the programs to be affected by the fund diversion and the specific amounts to be taken from these services as follows: $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.
Others to be affected include $14 million from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention for contagious disease prevention and treatment and other critical public health programs; $72 million from the National Institute 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.
Also to source from the following programs and budget: $8 million from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services; $39 million from the Children and Families Service Program; $4 million from the Aging and Disability Service Programs and $3 million from the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund including $1 million from the Pandemic Influenza and BioShield Fund.
No analyses accompany the investigative report that will explain why the number of illegal aliens has increased, and if security measures have relaxed to allow this, or even if this is related to the election outcome. What we can only assume so far is President-elect Donald Trump sure has his reason for making the issue of illegal immigrants a campaign issues given the economic and security costs to the U.S. and apparently has impact as well on the social services meant for Americans.