Judicial Watch is coming through once again with yet another damning report of how the federal government is misusing taxpayer money and hiding it in the process.
Billions of tax dollars are being used to “resettle” refugees in America, mostly from Muslim countries, and the feds are using a loophole in the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to withhold records from public scrutiny.
Thankfully, Judicial Watch (JW) got a hold of some of the records “with virtually nothing redacted,” and what they found is anger inducing. JW found that Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services had hidden “large portions of a one-year, $22.8 million deal to resettle refugees from Muslim countries.” This deal also covered Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC), most of them from South American countries, and the money flowed through “voluntary agencies” known as VOLAGs. But as it turns out, hundreds of millions more have been spent in so-called resettlement efforts:
Disclosed were employee salaries of VOLAGs contracted by the agency to provide services for the illegal immigrant minors, the cost of laptops, big screen TVs, food, pregnancy tests, “multicultural crayons” and shower stalls for the new arrivals. The general contract was to provide “basic shelter care” for 2,400 minors for a period of four months in 2014. This cost American taxpayers an astounding $182,129,786 and the VOLAG contracted to do it was government regular called Baptist Children and Family Services (BCFS). The breakdown includes charges of $104,215,608 for UACs at Fort Sill, Oklahoma and an additional $77,914,178 for UACs at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.
Here’s a further breakdown of the costs via JW’s report:
- emergency surge beds ($104,215,608) for just four months
- food for the illegal alien minors and staff ($18,198,000)
- medical supplies such as first aid kits, latex gloves, lice shampoo and pregnancy tests ($1,120,400)
- recreation items such as board games, soccer balls and jump ropes ($180,000)
- educational items like art paper and multicultural crayons ($180,000)
- laptops ($200,000) and cellphones ($160,000)
- hotel accommodations for the BCFS staff was $6,765,000
- the salary for a 30-member “Incident Management Team” was $2,648,800, which breaks down to $88,293 per IMT member for the four-month period
“It was outrageous that the Obama administration spent nearly $200 million of taxpayer funds to provide illegal alien children with the types of extravagant high-tech equipment and lavish benefits many American families cannot even afford for their own children,” the report noted.
JW states other federal agencies are exploiting the FOIA disclosure exemption to mask the amount of money being used to resettle Muslim migrants. Both HHS and the State Department use VOLAGs who in turn have hundreds of contractors to help — or buy them new MacBooks? — with refugees.
“It’s a huge racket that costs American taxpayers monstrous sums and Judicial Watch is working to pinpoint the exact amount,” states the report.
JW is challenging the State Department on the abuse of the FOIA exemption.