The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are reallocating Ryan White HIV/AIDS funds to help make up for the increasing cost it’s taking the government to pay for child separation.
Slate.com has obtained internal documents from the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) by an unnamed source. In the ORR’s documents plans to account for dollars needed in the possible surge of more family separations are laid out in detail with precise reasonings.
In the documents obtained by Slate, ORR officials describe the budget implications of a potential surge in immigrant minors over the next three months. The ORR’s budgeting exercise is premised on the possibility that the agency could need as many as 25,400 beds for immigrant minors by the end of the calendar year. The documents do not indicate that ORR officials have specific knowledge that family separations will increase but do show that the agency is preparing for the possibility.
The internal documents estimate that if 25,400 beds are needed, ORR would face a budget shortfall of $585 million for ORR in fiscal year 2018, which ends on Sept. 30. Under this scenario, that shortfall would increase to $1.3 billion in the first quarter of fiscal year 2019, adding up to a total shortfall of $1.9 billion for the period between Oct. 1, 2017, and Dec. 31, 2018. The documents stress that these budget estimates represent maximum possible expenditures and that actual expenses may be lower. The Department of Health and Human Services did not respond to multiple requests for comment about these figures or anything else relating to the documents.
To help cover these potential costs, the documents say, HHS will seek supplemental appropriations from Congress. The documents also indicate that HHS plans to pay for child separation by reallocating money from the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, which, according to its website, “provides a comprehensive system of care that includes primary medical care and essential support services for people living with HIV who are uninsured or underinsured.” Per the documents, the process of transferring those HIV/AIDS funds has already begun.
To help understand the connection between the ORR and HHS, Slate.com wrote, “The ORR is an agency within the Administration for Children and Families, which is itself a division of the Department of Health and Human Services.”
The Slate.com article goes into full detail about the ORR documents indicating why they’re preparing for the surge, why they feel that the President’s Executive Order isn’t going to halt migrant children separation and much more.
Click here to read Slate.com full breakdown of the ORR documents in their article “Trump’s Office of Refugee Resettlement Is Budgeting for a Surge in Child Separations.“