Senate looking at $1.94 billion to care for illegal minors

Senate looking at $1.94 billion to care for illegal minors

[Ed. – For a nominal 60,000 unaccompanied illegal minors, that works out to $32,333 per child in fiscal year 2015.  It also suggests we’re planning, without even a pretense of a Plan B, for all those kids to be here in 2015.]

Senate appropriators are moving toward a $1.03 billion spending increase to address the healthcare and shelter needs of thousands of unaccompanied alien children streaming across the nation’s southern border.

The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education approved a spending plan this week that includes an attempt to tackle what lawmakers described as “an emergency situation by any definition.” …

The 2015 spending proposal includes $1.94 billion for the Unaccompanied Alien Children program, a $1.03 billion increase over the comparable fiscal year 2014 level. In addition, the committee expanded the authority of agencies to transfer funds if current trends continue, providing additional opportunities to increase shelter capacity and offer critical support services for children in the care of the Department of Health and Human Services if necessary.

The subcommittee intends to offset the increase by cutting other programs in the $156.7 billion spending package. …

The Obama administration has reported that more than 47,000 children have illegally crossed the southern border unaccompanied by their parents since Oct. 1 — a 92 percent increase over the same period in 2013. More than 33,000 have been apprehended along the Rio Grande during that period.

In May alone, about 9,500 children were taken into custody by the Department of Homeland Security and transferred to the care of the Department of Health and Human Services — a more than 300 percent increase over May 2013 and 150 percent more than the total number of children in all of fiscal year 2011. Most are arriving from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

Authorities expect as many as 60,000 unaccompanied children will cross the Mexican border illegally by year’s end.

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