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Feds Strip Millions from Health Programs to House Young Illegal Aliens
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is stripping $167 million from health programs for American taxpayers to pay for housing the flood of children illegally crossing the southern border.

The department's Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) is overwhelmed with dealing with the surge of Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) crossing America's border with Mexico. During the last month alone, an average of 255 UACs per day were placed in the custody of the ORR after being processed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials, according to the Center for Immigration Studies Director of Policy Studies Jessica Vaughn. To pay for the costs associated with housing youths, HHS is asking for an additional one or two billion dollars above and beyond the $1.2 billion spent in FY 2016 and the proposed FY 2017 budgets.

For now, the department is making drastic cuts to health services for American citizens. Outgoing HHS Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell has directed that $167 million be cut from other programs to cover the costs of services for illegal immigrant minors through December 9 when the current continuing resolution expires, Vaughn wrote.

Barbara Clark of the HHS legislative liaison office notified Congress in a November 28 email addressing the issue.

Those cuts include:
  • $14 million from the Health Resources and Services Administration, including $4.5 million from the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program and $2 million from the Maternal and Child Health program;
  • $14 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for contagious disease prevention and treatment and other critical public health programs;
  • $72 million from the National Institutes of Health, for research on cancer, diabetes, drug abuse, mental health, infectious diseases and much more;
  • $8 million from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, for treatment and prevention programs;
  • $8 million from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services;
  • $39 million from the Children and Families Services Program;
  • $4 million from the Aging and Disability Services Programs;
  • $3 million from the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund, including more than $1 million from the Pandemic Influenza and BioShield Fund.

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