The Biden administration’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is spending nearly $60 million per week to house illegal immigrant minors, reports the Washington Post.
The administration has filled the available beds in its already built shelters. Because of this, the administration has to shell out significantly more money to house the minors in temporary shelters. It costs around $290 per day to house each minor calculates the Washington Post, but that number is way off.
Kenneth Wolfe, a spokesperson for the HHS, says that the cost of creating a temporary site is 2 and a half times higher than the permanent shelters the HHS runs because of the “need to develop facilities quickly and hire significant staff over a short period of time.”
Wolfe told the Post that the actual cost is “approximately $775 per day based on past experience,” which is way over the Post’s calculations.
Before being released to a family member or sponsor, the average accompanied minor spends 31 days in HHS custody, which results in nearly $24,000 spent per minor.
By September, the Biden administration projects that 26,000 unaccompanied minors will illegally cross the border and require care.
“HHS is committed to ensuring all unaccompanied children referred to our custody are cared for appropriately,” said Wolfe. “To do so, we make every effort to ensure funds are used as effectively as possible to provide safe shelter and adequate services and that costs are contained to the degree possible.”