The Center for Immigration Studies’ (CIS) Jessica Vaughn today revealed the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) diverted $167 million from numerous programs to pay for the housing and care of those designated as unaccompanied alien children (UACs). With the latest border surge, HHS’ Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) is caring for a record number of illegal-alien minors. The shifted funds will cover just one month’s expenses, and the agency may need an additional $1-2 billion in fiscal year 2017.

In a blog, Vaughn wrote:

“An average of 255 illegal alien youths were taken into the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) every day this month, according to the latest figures the agency provided to Congress. This is the largest number of illegal alien children ever in the care of the federal government. To pay for it, the agency says it will need an additional one or two billion dollars for the next year – above and beyond the $1.2 billion spent in 2016 and proposed for 2017 – depending on how many more arrive. For now, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), where ORR resides, is diverting $167 million from other programs to cover the cost of services for these new illegal arrivals through December 9, when the current continuing resolution expires.”

Vaughn says HHS diverted funds from many programs, including:

o $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;
o $14 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for contagious disease prevention and treatment and other critical public health programs;
o $72 million from the National Institutes of Health, for research on cancer, diabetes, drug abuse, mental health, infectious diseases and much more;
o $8 million from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, for treatment and prevention programs;
o $8 million from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services;
o $39 million from the Children and Families Services Program;
o $4 million from the Aging and Disability Services Programs;
o $3 million from the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund, including more than $1 million from the Pandemic Influenza and BioShield Fund.

Under the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008, ORR is responsible for the care and placement of UACs. But under the law, alien minors are only considered to be UACs if they do not have family in the United States. Vaughn says many alien minors are brought to the border by smugglers paid by their parents, who often are living in the United States illegally. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., President-Elect Trump’s nominee for Attorney General, estimates that as many as 60 percent of surge minors do not qualify as UACs and should have been returned home.

The incoming Trump Administration will face the crisis the Obama Administration created. But in the short term, Obama’s HHS will be seeking additional funds for the UACs already in its care. The continuing resolution currently funding the government expires on December 9th so this may become an issue of contention over the next week.

Read more in Vaughn’s blog.

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Updated: Wed, Dec 14th 2016 @ 2:30pm EST

Jon 8777 of NY's picture

Well, when senator obama ran for President in 2008 and campaigned on fundamentally changing America all the non-thinkers never asked just what the heck that meant, well we now see what he meant.

Turn the United States of America into a divided nation based on illegal aliens, legal immigrants vs. American citizens, muslim radicals, vs. sanity, a national identity vs multiculturalism, common language vs multi-lingual languages.  Can anyone identify who we are as a nation.

A nation cannot be sovereign without secure borders and an immigration system that is not controlled and puts the needs of its citizens before foreigners needs.

It is way past the time to stop all immigration until we can straighten out own country.

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Robert 4907 of DE's picture

Let's hope President-Elect Trump and Sen. Sessions can put an end to all this waste on illegal aliens.  When we get rid of all the illegal aliens, we will get rid of all the problems that go with them.  THAT IS A FACT!

Robert 8682 of FL's picture

    The new government, without the old agenda, to destroy the USA, can simply return the ones who do not qualify, immediately, put the rest up for adoption, immediately, and wave the adoption fees!  That would save at least 1.5 billion off next years budget.

Van 0864 of VA's picture

The ones who really do not have family here still must show they're eligible for asylum. Otherwise we're inviting more to come in the future, especially if they're in the 16-17 range and soon eligible to work in the U.S.

Albert 3441 of PA's picture

After 8 years of immigration chicanery, these practices should surprise no one. We know quite well what his priorities are. Fortunately for us, he has only 50 more days to attain them.

Norman 8449 of TX's picture

More money thrown away. President Elect Trump is already softening his stance on this issue along with other related issues. This is ludicrous and illegal. We have laws not being enforced. Illegal Aliens do not have U.S. Constitutional Rights and do not belong clogging up our legal system and draining our resources. Catch and send back not catch and reward.

Debra 9260 of MD's picture

This is wrong, put it all back, shameful, we have spent so much money on illegals, very sick of the abuse now.  The abuse is thrown in the American people's face that it is becoming a very very intense and sore subject.  I want to have compassion but it is being overshadowed by the obvious abuse and the direct command you will pay for Illegals in this country...

Jeremy 1290 of CO's picture

What do you think of my new bright idea?  An offer to fast track migrants into citizenship if they;  A; pass citizenship tests, & B; agree to over time pay back in full any and all subsidies they and their family may have claimed over the lifetime of their residency in the US (payment plans like irs back taxes), & C; Agree to pay their part including retroactive dues since the day they first got here, into necessary systems like social security and welfare. /  You know, I grew up here in Thornton Colorado.  It's been half hispanic and half white for a long time.  I love the Mexicans, many are my dear friends, the natives at least.  All we want for the migrants is to pay their fair share.  I've been calling for some time, where are the citizenship drives?  Where is the great payback?  Let them stay if they agree to pay back all funds they may have drained from our systems.  In real estate terms this would be called a special assessment to pay for infrastructure during incorporation.  I think this is an applicable idea for the migrant issue.  Always with the request for new taxes to fund the underfunded overcrowded schools and systems.  No way, not until the people whom claim the primary benefit are also paying into these systems. /  There is no such thing as free, and funding people whom refuse to pay taxes is in fact; taxation without representation. / Thank you for reading, Jeremy.

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Van 0864 of VA's picture

"All we want for the migrants is to pay their fair share." No, the goal is to stop future illegal immigration. Your solution may have tougher penalties than others -- certainly tougher than the Gang of 8 bill -- but they're still a small price to pay to get what they came here for - the right to work in the U.S. It sets up the next wave seeking the next amnesty.

Vicky 3683 of VA's picture

Jeremy 1290 of CO:  In my opinion this would not work, they would agree to this, but who is going to enforce it.  Also, how would they determine the amount to be paid back? It would take several lifetimes for them to pay back for the benefits that have been provided by the taxpayers.  Depending on where you live the cost of a child's education from K-12 plus four years of college would be approx. $230,000.  

Malissa 7383 of GA's picture

Why are we even paying for this! If we CAN't ENFORCE the LAWS we have now, how can we enforce any new laws? In other words, they are here illegaly, why are WE supporting them? PERIOD! I am so sick and tired of our VETS that risk their lives, our police officers that risk their lives going without because of another illegal/refugee!!!!!!

Reginald 1360 of NV's picture
Issues indealing with the illegal immigration and finances are going to be more of a problem, If we don't act now and crack down seriously and basically on both of them