Saturday, August 02, 2014

Taxpayers Cover Cost of Flying Immigrant Children to Hawaii

Although 2,500 miles from the continental United States, Hawaii has joined the list of states temporarily housing unaccompanied minors from Central America who have illegally crossed into America through the U.S.-Mexico border. Who’s paying to transport the minors to Hawaii? You, the taxpayer. Kenneth Wolfe, a spokesman the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, said between Jan. 1 and July 7, eight minors were discharged from the unaccompanied alien children program to sponsors in Hawaii. Wolfe couldn’t offer any details on the ages and countries of origin of the children, where the children are now living, or who is sponsoring them in Hawaii. But he said the sponsors are “mostly family members of the child. In fact, more than half are parents of the minor.” Federal taxpayers cover the cost of transportation and housing for the refugee children, including airfare to Hawaii, Wolfe said. Federal taxpayers also pay sponsors’ costs of transportation, Wolfe said...more

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