It’s so rotten it stinks. To thin taxpayers are stuck with these criminals. The Obama administration paid a Texas-based group more than $182 million to provide shelter services for illegal immigrant children at two military facilities for four months this summer.
The HHS paid the group, BCFS, nearly $76,000 per child to provide shelter at two 1,200-bed facilities maintained at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio and Fort Sill Army Base in Oklahoma, according to the government watchdog group Judicial Watch, which received documents laying out the expenses through a Freedom of Information Act request.
Most of the 90,000 UACs entered the U.S. this year, mostly from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.
Federal law requires that — rather than immediate deportation — minors from countries that do not border the U.S. be turned over to the federal health department while they work through the immigration court system.
The cost of the 1,200-bed Fort Sill facility totaled $104,215,608. Another $77,914,178 was spent to maintain the 1,200-bed Lackland Air Force Base unit.That is about $86,846 that American taxpayers paid per bed at the Fort Sill facility, which operated between June 12 and Oct. 18.
The documents that JD received shows 30 “Incident Management Team” employees were paid a total of $2,648,800 in total compensation over the four month period. That works out to $88,293 per worker.
Taxpayers paid $64,928 per bed for the Lackland facility between May 18 to Sept. 18.
BCFS expensed $18.2 million to provide three meals and two snacks per day to the 1,200 UACs and 822 staff at the Fort Sill facility. That comes to $75 on meals per day over the 120-day period. As Judicial Watch notes in their press release, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that it costs around $10 per day to feed the average American teenager.
According to the Tracking Accountability in Government Grants System, HHS paid BCFS a total of $288,801,735 in fiscal 2014.
BCFS, which was formerly known as Baptist Child & Family Services, failed to properly disclose $210,000 in lobbying expenses it has incurred since 2006. Much of the lobbying activity has been directed at programs to provide services to unaccompanied alien children. BCFS also appears to be the only group providing UAC services that has lobbied the federal government.