The House Omnibus spending bill contains $2.5 billion in available funding for federal agencies to accommodate illegal immigrant minors, relatives and self-professed refugees streaming across the border and into the U.S., a Congressional source tells MRCTV.org.
Specifically, analysis of the bill by the Congressional source shows four major expenditures on illegal aliens:
- $1.5 Billion to HHS for refugee and entrant assistance, available through September 30, 2017.
- $931.9 million for the State Department for Migration and Refugee Assistance, available until expended (of which not less than $35 million shall be made available to respond to small-scale emergency humanitarian requirements, and $10 million shall be made available for refugees resettling in Israel). Additionally, in the U.S. Emergency Refugee and Migration Assistance Fund, $50 million is appropriated and will remain available until expended. Of note, the text also mentions Syria and Burma with regards to Refugee Assistance.
Within the HHS spending, the bill provides $948 million - an $80 million increase over FY2014 - for HHS to continue to provide health and education services, including legal services, for Unaccompanied Alien Children (UACs) when they first arrive in the U.S. This also gives HHS expanded transfer authority.
It also contains $14 million in new funding to all “State educational agencies within States with at least one county where 50 or more unaccompanied children have been released to sponsors since January 1, 2014, through the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Refugee Resettlement.”