Trump Administration’s Immoral Separation of Families Cost Taxpayers $200 Million

MCALLEN, TX – JUNE 12: Central American asylum seekers wait as U.S. Border Patrol agents take groups of them into custody on June 12, 2018 near McAllen, Texas. The families were then sent to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) processing center for possible separation. U.S. border authorities are executing the Trump administration’s zero tolerance policy towards undocumented immigrants. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions also said that domestic and gang violence in immigrants’ country of origin would no longer qualify them for political-asylum status. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Published July 23, 2018

WASHINGTON —  The tally for the Trump administration’s immoral separation of families at the southern border of the United States is adding up quickly. POLITICO is reporting the cost to American taxpayers will exceed $200 million. The funds will be diverted from line items already allocated to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

According to POLITICO, the cost to house a child overnight is approximately $800 per night. Then you have to add in the cost of case managers and other support staff, which will come in at about $10 million. When you add transportation costs assocaited with children being sent to other states in the country, the cost rises even more. Simply housing more than 2,500 children separated by the Trump administration has cost more than $30 million in the past two months.

“This is not a policy we should be pursuing,” said Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), one of two American Indians in Congress, the Labor-HHS-Education subcommittee chairman, criticizing the administration’s plan to split families at the border.

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