Biden admin to shift $860 million from COVID fund to bolster migrant children housing efforts

Though the Biden administration has enjoyed protection from its allies in the mainstream media with regard to the immigration crisis at the southern U.S. border, a move made recently by the administration proves that the situation is still as bad, if not worse, than it was earlier this year.

According to The Daily Wire, President Joe Biden is drawing on money from a COVID-19 relief fund with the intent of transferring it to the southern U.S. border to fund the Biden administration’s efforts to house tens of thousands of migrant children. 

Blaming the pandemic

News of the reallocation of the COVID-19 funds was revealed in a letter that Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra sent to the House and Senate Appropriations committees on Wednesday.

According to Becerra, the HHS needs the funds “to ensure the safety of unaccompanied migrant children arriving at the border” and to “cover costs associated with staffing at shelters for these children.”

In his letter, Becerra attempted to justify the reallocation of the pandemic-related funds. He argued that since the cost to house unaccompanied migrant children had gone up as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, using the funds to accommodate migrant children is an acceptable strategy.

Becerra also did his best to spin the current situation at the border. He claimed that the HHS needs the money not because of the Biden administration’s failing immigration policies, but because of the “significant demands” imposed on the HHS by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

All-in-all, roughly $860 million will be reallocated to the new cause.

Background

As the New York Post reported, this isn’t the first time that the Biden administration has shifted funds in such a manner, that is, taking COVID-19 relief funds and reallocating them to the immigration crisis.

In March, the Biden administration reallocated $1.6 billion in COVID-19 funds. That money, too, was used to pay costs associated with taking care of unaccompanied, migrant children.

At the time, roughly half of the money came from funds that were originally intended to be used to rebuild the American Strategic National Stockpile following expected depletions as a result of the spread of the pandemic. The remaining half was intended to be used to expand COVID-19 testing.

It should be noted that it is unclear exactly where the latest $860 million is coming from, aside from reports indicating that the funds are part of some type of COVID-19 relief fund.

The number of unaccompanied migrant children in U.S. custody has dropped from its high of 22,500 earlier this year. But according to CBS News, as of two weeks ago, the number remained higher-than-normal at about 14,000.

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