Americans are paying deeply for President Joe Biden’s open borders immigration policy, with more than $60 million a week spent on accommodating migrant children.
“[T]hose costs are expected to rise significantly over the coming months,” The Washington Post reports. Due to the Biden administration’s border polices, says the Post, taxpayers are paying for more than 16,000 migrant minors to be housed in federal facilities run by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) – a $60 million-per-week expense projected to cost $3.1 billion in a year.
Unprecedented numbers at border
Despite the Biden administration’s reluctance to label the flood of illegal immigrants at the border as a “crisis,” the situation Border Patrol agents are having to face is the worst ever.
In fact, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) disclosed that in March, more than 172,000 immigrants tried to cross the U.S.-Mexico border – up 71% from February. Among those, 18,890 were unaccompanied children, which CBP says smashed previous records set in May 2019 (11,475) and June 2014 (10,620).
The Post’s analysis pointed out that 7,700 beds in a network of permanent shelters were rapidly filled by HHS – translating to $290 per child, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
“The administration has quickly set up ten emergency shelters with 16,000 temporary beds for migrant children in convention centers and repurposed oil worker camps and military bases,” Fox News reports. “Currently, 8,500 children are living in pop-up sites, and 4,000 more are waiting to be transferred from border facilities.”
Besides paying for these forms of housing, taxpayers are also picking up the tab for lodging that most Americans could not afford to pay on a daily basis.
“The massive surge of unaccompanied minors during the border crisis has forced the Biden administration to spend $86.9 million of American taxpayer money over six months to house migrant families in U.S. hotels,” TheBlaze reports.
Breaking down the costs, the operating cost for one Texas migrant facility in Donna, Texas, was revealed by CBP officials to be approximately $16 million per month.
“The Donna holding facility was at 729% of its capacity last month, and there were reports that the boys had to take turns sleeping on the floor,” TheBlaze adds. “Another tent site is in Eagle Pass, Texas, and the Biden administration is reportedly considering opening another temporary facility in Arizona.”
The cost of emergency shelters reportedly is 250% higher than more permanent housing.
“[The heightened cost is] due to the need to develop facilities quickly and hire significant staff over a short period of time.” HHS Administration for Children and Families spokesman Kenneth Wolfe told the Post. “[The average daily cost per child is] approximately $775 per day – based on past experience.”
It’s only going to get worse …
According to an Axios report, the CBP estimates from leaked documents that by September, anywhere from 22,000 to 26,000 unaccompanied children will rush the border. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas assured in March that the U.S. will not deport unaccompanied children who break over the border.
“Some loving parents might send their child to traverse Mexico alone to reach the southern border – our southern border,” Mayorkas shared with CBS This Morning. “I hope they don’t undertake that perilous journey, but if they do, we will not expel that young child. We will care for that young child and unite that child with a responsible parent.”
In addition to the Pentagon recently giving approval to open a third military base to handle the migrant children surge, HHS published a report stating that migrant children and teens average spending 31 days in HHS custody before they are placed with a vetted family member or sponsor. This translates to $24,000 per minor on top of the money spent under the care the Border Patrol.
Packed in like sardines
After Joe Biden campaigned for a year blasting the Trump administration for holding “kids in cages” at border detention centers – which were constructed by the Obama administration – his administration is now housing children in those “temporary shelters” well beyond their designed capacity.
“Pressure on the Biden administration has increased as pictures and videos emerged from the Donna facility of the then-more-than 4,000 migrants in custody packed in ‘pods,'” Fox News recounted. “Each pod contained 500-600 migrants, while guidelines say there should only be 32 migrants in each pod.”
By the end of fiscal year 2021, up to 184,000 unaccompanied children are projected by CBP to reach the border.
Copyright American Family News. Reprinted with permission.