The nation responded with outrage today after learning that the Department of Health and Human Services took $167 million from Medicare and other programs to pay for housing for the rise in illegal immigrants under the age of 18 who are swarming over the border at an alarming rate of 255 each day.
Medicare wasn’t the only program to have funds withdrawn from it, too. The HHS programs which also used to finance the illegal migrant housing are theÂ Ryan White AIDS/HIV program, and cancer and flu research programs.
The increase in illegal immigration began after Donald Trump was elected as President-elect.
The HHS is working to fund a $167 million project for the Office of Refugee Resettlement that is accepting youths, according to theÂ Center for Immigration Studies.Â Apparently, President Obama and his administration think it’s okay to take the money from those who have been paying into Medicare for their entire lives with the hope of some day seeing some of that money when they retire.
Policy Director Jessica VaughanÂ told the Washington Examiner that insiders have informed her that the funding crisis forced the department to squeeze programs for money. Why they didn’t give the people a say in this or any forewarning is beyond me.
“As of Nov. 27, the number of illegal immigrant children in the care of the Office of Refugee Resettlement was about 11,200. Critics of President Obamaâ€™s immigration policies long have questioned the administrationâ€™s approach to the unaccompanied minor surge, which has averaged 255 a day in the month of November.”
As Vaughan revealed on the CIS website:
“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 â€“ above and beyond the $1.2 billion spent in 2016 and proposed for 2017 â€“ 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.”
The $167 million, she said, funds “shelters, health care, schooling, recreation, and other services for the new illegal arrivals, who typically were brought to the border by smugglers paid by their parents, who often are living in the United States illegally.”
What’s more, the $167 million will only pay for just ONE month!
The temporary spending measure passed by Congress included $171 million for the Department of Health and Human Services to spend on services for illegal immigrant youths until lawmakers pass a permanent budget. The agency also has a surplus of $90 million left over from 2016, for a total of $261 million currently available, according to the Center for Immigration Studies.
Vaughan reported that her sources said the following programs are going to be drained to pay for the illegals, about half of which the government will lose contact with.
- $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.
- $14 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for contagious disease prevention and treatment and other critical public health programs.
- $72 million from the National Institutes 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.
- $8 million from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
- $39 million from the Children and Families Services Program.
- $4 million from the Aging and Disability Services Programs.
- $3 million from the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund, including more than $1 million from the Pandemic Influenza and BioShield Fund.
Are you outraged? Because you sure should be!