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A Single Shelter For Migrant Children Is Costing The Government Over $500,000 A Day

October 30, 2018 / Justin Rohrlich

The full costs of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy are coming into sharper relief as contracts are renewed and federal spending data is made available. Newly released government figures paint a picture of runaway spending on detention facilities, which has siphoned millions of dollars away from, among other programs, Head Start ($16.7 million), the National Cancer Institute ($13.3 million), and the National Institutes of Health ($87.3 million). The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) oversees 100-plus shelters for unaccompanied migrant children in 17 states at a cost of more than $2 billion since 2015, and there doesn’t appear to be any end in sight.