Skip to comments.Taxpayers spend $252 a day per child to house illegal aliens at four U.S. military bases
Posted on 07/04/2014 4:23:19 PM PDT by grundle
Full title: US spending $252 a day per child to care for young illegal immigrants, fourth military base now housing site
With communities across the country pushing back on plans to locate young illegal immigrants in their area, the federal government is looking towards military bases to house the thousands of children streaming across America's southwestern border.
The Department of Health and Human Services announced yesterday it was no longer considering a Federal Emergency Management Agency facility in Anniston as a temporary housing location for undocumented children. On the same day, the Department of Defense announced a fourth military base will be opened as a shelter site.
"It's the right thing to do," Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said.
The Pentagon has offered Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington, according to a report in Military.com. The base is home to a former summer camp which may be used as a housing location for as many as 600 children.
"We have offered this up to the Department of Health and Human Services to house the children while the Justice Department decides their fate," Warren said. "Those kids need a place to sleep."
Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas and Naval Base Ventura County in Southern California are currently housing as many as 2,572 children. The Military.com report said HHS has leased housing on the three bases for 120 days with an option to renew if needed.
High cost of care
Figures from Customs and Border Protection show 52,193 unaccompanied children age 17 and below - the vast majority from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras - have been apprehended at the southwestern border from last Oct. 1 through June 15. The cost for caring for the children is about $252 a day.
The total cost of care is expected to top $2 billion this year and will be covered through HHS.
"They're arriving exhausted and scared, in need of food and water," said CBP Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske. "Our agency and the Department of Homeland Security have mobilized to address this situation in a way consistent with our laws and our American values."
Kerlikowske said there have been more than 220 deaths along the southwest border this year, including 34 water-related deaths, or drownings.
Crap, $252 a day?! I make that net per week! I keep thinking of the old kid’s magazine, “Highlights,” where they ask, “what is wrong with this picture?”
Problem fixed. :)
So that’s why he is asking for $2 billion — to grease the wheels of this influx.
The number may be true.
What we don’t know is who is getting the dough.
As always, follow the money.
What crony of the Chicago Mob is tapping the gravy?
$2 per kid and $250 for Demonut Party ?
Take it out of the AF1 budget.
And this is just the cost before they’re turned loose on an unsuspecting, sleeping citizenry, to loot, rob, rape, steal, murder, and spread disease.
They could stick 4 of them into two beds in an Econo-Lodge for about 80 bucks, i.e., $20 per kid. But why would the government pay $20 when they could pay $250?
I totally agree. We need to treat these children humanely, but they cannot and must not be allowed to stay. Feed them, house them, and then deport them!
I have never paid that much for a hotel.......................
Now we can see all those PSA charity advertisement.
Just $1 a day will help feed a starving child...
That’s 252 per person less for classroom.
252 per person less for inner city black AMERICANS.
252 per person less for the elderly.
and on and on.
Thanks Obama. Thanks DC.
Is there a law that says we should house and feed illegal aliens? If they followed the law they would deport them.
That comes to $91,980 per year for ONE KID.
We should not be dividing families:
Send them home to mommy and daddy.
That’s really the cost to house all the scabies, lice, mites, tapeworms, TB, leprosy, ebola etc and the HAZMAT/CDC Teams to monitor them. Heh.
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