Earlier today, Wednesday, June 5, reports of the Trump administration rolling back funding for programs and activities provided to children who are unaccompanied by parents or guardians at migrant shelters near the border between the United States and Mexico, all of which are contracted out by the federal government.
The funding cuts will result in English classes, soccer programs, other recreational activities, and programs providing professional assistance to the unaccompanied migrant children for seeking legal help all being eradicated.
According to the Office of Refugee Resettlement, due to the widespread increase in children hailing from Mexico, South America, or Central America unaccompanied by guardians, parents, or other adults attempting to illegally enter the United States being caught by United States Customs and Border Protection agents, its already-small budget has been stretched beyond government officials’ imaginations as of recent.
The Office of Refugee Resettlement is a bureau within the United States federal government agency, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Evelyn Stauffer, an official spokesperson for the Health and Human Services Department, shared in a statement today that the Office of Refugee Resettlement had already begun informing all of the migrant detention facilities located near the border between Mexico and the United States to immediately start cutting expenses that were used to pay for programs that weren’t directly related to sustaining the lives of the detained children or protecting them from harm.
According to someone who works for one of the shelters located in one of the most southern portions of the United States who spoke with The Associated Press under the condition of anonymity that, since as early as May 30, the shelter had been informed by government officials that it would not be reimbursed for all of the expenses the facilities are required to incur to operate them.
Just one month ago, the Trump-led White House informed the United States Congress, as a whole, that the federal program funding the detainment of migrants who had been caught attempting to illegally make their way into the United States from Mexico could end up with no money in the bank as early as June 2019.
The Trump administration had asked Congress to consider pumping some $3 billion in additional funding to the migrant detention program, which is carried out across several facilities across the United States border with Mexico, though Congress has not yet approved the funding increase.