The Biden administration will “transfer” $ 860 million of funding earmarked for COVID-19 programs to help the department of Health and Human Services to cover the cost of placing thousands of migrant children remaining in U.S. custody. United States.
Secretary Xavier Becerra of Health and Human Services defended the transfer of the letter to the Senate and Senate Approval Committees on Wednesday. Becerra stated that “his department needs funding to ensure the safety of unaccompanied migrant children arriving at the border,” according to a report in the New York Post. “They also need to cover the costs associated with staffing shelters for children,” Becerra wrote. “
According to Bloomberg News, which breaks the story, “HHS costs for housing unaccompanied migrant children rose $ 1.7 billion as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, due to caution that the government has to do, ”thus rationalizing the use of The COVID-19 assistance funds for what is often perceived as an immigration issue.
Becerra told Congress that HHS needs the money not because the Biden administration has so far failed to manage a border crisis, but because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “put significant demands” on HHS and imposed severe restrictions on how migrant children could be housed to control the spread of COVID-19.
The funding would have gone to the National Institutes of Health, but Becerra assured Congress that the allocation change would not “disrupt or hinder the NIH’s planned activity.” – READ MORE
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