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The Biden administration’s latest plan to end the border crisis is reallocating COVID-19 funds to house illegal immigrants.
According to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra, $860 million in intended COVID-19 relief funds will instead go towards illegal immigrants. Becerra told the House and Senate Appropriations Committees the cost of housing immigrants has increased due to the pandemic since immigrants are quarantined and socially distanced at shelters.
A Biden administration official noted the cost of providing shelter has increased by $1.7 billion. Becerra told the committee he conferred with the Office of Management and Budget and ensured the $860 million from the National Institutes of Health would “not disrupt or impede planned NIH activities.”
The Biden administration suggests the rise in cost is a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, however, the surge in immigrants due to the reversal of Trump-era border policies should also be considered. The Department of Homeland Security Secretary, Alejandro Mayorkas, said that the United States is on track to experience the highest number of illegal border crossings in 20 years.
Since removing previous policies, the administration decided to take in illegal immigrants and provide shelter. In March, Joe Biden’s administration secured an $86 million contract for hotels to house migrants that have made their way to the US border.
ARTICLE: ANTOINETTE AHO
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
PHOTO CREDITS: NEW YORK POST