Millions of dollars allocated to fighting the COVID-19 pandemic will be funneled to the US-Mexico border as the Biden administration vows to direct $860 million towards illegal immigrant children entering the United States.
— New York Post (@nypost) July 7, 2021
“Health Secretary Xavier Becerra notified members of Congress on Tuesday that the department would reallocate the funds to cover increased costs in ensuring the safety of children arriving at the Southwest border, as well as staff attending to them at shelters, according to a letter seen by Bloomberg News,” reports Bloomberg.
“In a letter to House and Senate appropriations leadership, Becerra said that the pandemic has increased the program’s operating costs, requiring that children be quarantined and that emergency intake shelters have proper social-distancing measures in place to keep children and staff safe,” adds the website.
“Funding the program is always a challenge because it depends on how many children arrive in a year, and people never know what number that will be when they’re determining an appropriation,” said Mark Greenberg, an ex-Obama White House official.
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