by Kristin Tate
Amid the border crisis, President Obama’s Health and Human Services (HHS) has been quietly releasing illegal immigrant minors onto U.S. soil. According to HHS’ Office of Refugee and Resettlement, a total of 30,340 unaccompanied minors have already been released from federal custody after being placed in a foster home. Although foreign minors have been set free in all 50 states, Texas has received far more than any other U.S. state.
As of July 7, 4,280 illegal immigrant minors were released in Texas.
It is easy to imagine that many Texas residents are frustrated and may feel unfairly targeted by the federal government–the illegal immigrants will impose many costs on the state. Texas’ schools, hospitals, and other public facilities will now be forced to accommodate the growing number of foreigners dumped in the state.
Several other states received a large number of the minors: New York: 3,347; Florida: 3,181; California: 3,150; Virginia: 2,234.
Other states, however, received very few. Only one illegal immigrant minor was released in Montana, while three were released in Vermont.
HHS’ process for deciding how many illegals are brought to each state is unclear. The migrants’ foster families, or “sponsors,” are often located through nonprofit organizations. Breitbart Texas has reported closely on the process of becoming a foster parent of a foreign youth.
The HHS website said, “Ensuring that a potential sponsor can safely and appropriately care for the child is a top priority. A background check is conducted on all potential sponsors, and steps are taken to verify a potential sponsor’s identity and relationship to the child. In some cases where concerns are raised, a home study is done. Before children are released to a sponsor, they receive vaccinations and medical screenings. We do not release any children who have a contagious condition.”
In some cases, sponsors can make up to $7,400 per month for housing up to six illegal immigrants at a time. The payments are dispersed by the federal government. A spokesman from Catholic Charities, one organization seeking out foster parents for the unaccompanied minors, told Breitbart Texas that the illegal immigrants are also provided with taxpayer subsidized education, health care, transportation, and an “allowance.”