Illegal Immigrant Children Get First-Class Treatment at Taxpayers’ Expense

Stephen Dinan and S.A. Miller, Washington Times, August 14, 2014

From culturally sensitive music to special meals for the lactose intolerant, the organizations the federal government is paying to house and care for the children who have surged across the border illegally are taking pains to make sure they are as comfortable as possible.

Dietitians scrutinize the menus each day to make sure they include enough whole grains but not whole milk. Counselors offer life skills classes in Spanish, and intensive English language training, including use of the Rosetta Stone program. Doctors and dentists treat the children at taxpayers’ expense–often the first medical care of the children’s lives.

The children also are guaranteed phone privileges, including the right to call back to their home countries.

Some facilities go above and beyond. Yolo County, California, which has a grant to house several dozen of the children in its juvenile detention facility, provides an intercom system in each bedroom so children can talk with staff, but the system “also provides the opportunity for youths to listen to music that is sensitive to culture and preference.”

The federal government has been hush-hush about many aspects of housing and caring for the children. It has refused to provide a list of the 100 or so nonfederal facilities where the children are being sheltered.

But documents from the program give a glimpse of the breadth and scope of the effort, which is eating up an ever-larger portion of the Health and Human Services Department’s budget, jumping from $305.9 million last year to $671.3 million so far in fiscal year 2014.

The biggest grants this year are going to Baptist Child & Family Services, which is being paid $280.2 million; Southwest Key Programs Inc., at $122.3 million; and International Educational Services Inc., at $55 million. Translation services and charter airlines also are making millions of dollars from contracts to transport the children around the country, and to help overcome language barriers.


But public spending databases give a glimpse of many locations, and activists at NumbersUSA, an organization that wants a crackdown on immigration, have culled through the contracts, scrutinized press reports and solicited tips from residents to create a map detailing where children are being housed, sites under consideration and places where the government has had to back off.


The sites are concentrated mainly along the coastal states and southern border, but some are scattered throughout the Upper Midwest.


In Prince William County, which is part of the outer Virginia suburbs of Washington, the Youth for Tomorrow facility has been housing unaccompanied minors for several years. The surge has increased the number of children from two dozen last year to more than 60 as of late May.

The facility’s request for approval to expand created a public backlash. The county Board of Supervisors demanded more information to evaluate whether local taxpayers will end up on the hook for any of the costs.

Meanwhile, the facility hired off-duty police to provide security at the entrance, as a deterrent against the kinds of protests facing some other locations.

Some details can be gleaned from state and local reports. For example, Yolo County’s documents show the experience the facility requires for employees, and the thorough record keeping necessary to keep track of the children for the federal government.

Each child has a progress report that must be started by his or her 10th day in custody and updated every 30 days afterward. The files average 25 pages in length and detail every medical and mental health service, as well as educational testing results.

Yolo County supplied HHS with sample menus, noting that it had the ability to switch out a quiche dish with something more appropriate for a lactose-intolerant detainee, or one with a peanut allergy.


All facilities are required to provide schooling, with a particular emphasis on the English language.

Children are guaranteed the right to wear their own clothes, to have a private place to store belongings, to have guests, to send and receive uncensored mail, and to have phone privileges.

“UAC have the right to make phone calls to family members regardless of the family’s immigration status and includes family members located in the UAC’s country of origin,” HHS said in its work statement.

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  • willbest

    “Dietitians scrutinize the menus each day to make sure they include enough whole grains but not whole milk. ”

    Just Fing wonderful. 20 years from now when the food pyramid has been thoroughly discredited as a lie invented by some nitwit doctor and propagated by Big Ag, all these illegals are going to get to sue the US government (aka US taxpayers) for making them obese and suffering all the obesity related diseases.

    • Excellent point! The U.S. food pyramid, as I’m sure you’re already aware, has been discredited and most of the current advice on nutrition is nothing more than politically-correct nonsense.

      The attempt by Ancel Keys and others to discredit saturated fat, red meat, pork and real butter in the diet of Americans (with help from the federal government. of course) has only contributed to America’s obesity epidemic for the past 40 years.

  • MekongDelta69

    “Culturally sensitive

    We’ve devolved from the American Marlboro Man to the illegal alien Birkenstock Eunuch.

    • IstvanIN

      Aren’t Birkenstock a European invention? Do these people even wear shoes?

      • Ella

        If you have seen their 19% VAT taxes (24% in France), I’d wear the same shoes all year-around too with wool or no socks.

  • IstvanIN

    This is beyond words. To think Eisenhower had German POWs starved to death and buried alive after the surrender when the Germans troops were helpless and yet, now, we fatten up our invaders so they can better kill us.

    • Ike hated Germans and murdered a million of them after the war. That one was no hero and should never have attained the highest office in the land.

      • Ella

        The British also starved 6o thousand Germanic women and children mostly in concentration camps when male relatives fought for South African independence. Churchill served in a campaign against them in 2nd Boer War. I read Ike greatly admired Churchill. I’m not a historian, but the anti-German attitudes prevailed long before two world wars.

      • phillyguy

        He also had a lot of Americans killed, Normandy invasion and everything else that’s why patton hated him and Bradley.

        • mobilebay

          I cannot believe the last few posts. Does anyone have proof of these “alleged” actions on the part of Eisenhower? This is the first time I’ve heard these charges and I lived through WW11.

          • LHathaway

            I’m not sure what he is referring to. After the war, maps were redrawn and millions of Germans were forced to leave their homes and expelled, either because they were living as minorities in places like Check, Romania, Poland, Hungary, or were sent into the new Germany after the boundaries were redrawn. Russia kept millions of German prisoners, perhaps for up to 10 years after the war was over before releasing them. This may have helped them, actually, in that possibly they would have starved if returned to Germany right away. While I was living in German as a GI, I spoke to an old man on the train who had been kept a prisoner in Russia after the war. The Russians didn’t exactly keep them in the best of accommodations.

          • John

            Can’t include links here w/o getting modded but see my post above and google “Eisenhower death camps”. That’ll get you started.

          • Pro_Whitey

            I know of the allegations, might as well call them facts, mentioned by LHathaway regarding the forced movement of millions of ethnic Germans after the war as the Soviets redrew border lines. It is something to compare Germany pre-1914 to Germany 1919-1939 and then to Germany post-1945. A lot of territory to the east practically to the Russian border, was recharacterized as Soviet or Polish territory. I understand hundreds of thousands, if not millions, perished in that forced movement. However, I imagine Ike is not directly implicated.

            There is also Operation Keelhaul, where Soviet state residents who fought on the German side and were captured as POWs were “repatriated”, and many believe executed almost immediately thereafter. Again, Ike did not order the trigger to be pulled, but in this case he undoubtedly had a hand in turning over the POWs.

            As for the rest, I too have not heard of it, but I can see how people here, who have found out how much of recent history is crap, might be susceptible to allegations that go the other way. It would be good for those who make the allegations to provide some source so the rest of us can evaluate it ourselves. If we come to agree, then those alleging have gained converts.

  • exlib93

    Meanwhile, I cannot afford to see a dentist to look at a bad tooth. I would like to bash out the teeth of the illegals who receive dental treatment on my tax dollar. If I recall, there was a passage in Atlas Shrugged, where someone who lost a close relative after being denied treatment, in favor of a more well connected recipient who received a set of braces. The man punched out all the teeth of this recipient. A very satisfying read.

    • saxonsun

      I’d like to do a lot more than bash out their teeth.

    • ElGringo

      Bashing out their teeth is only the first step.

    • Ella

      I know the feeling. We dropped dental insurance being too expensive as regular health insurance increased by a few thousand over the years for a family plan. You can’t make the group paying taxes cover illegals and then, deny any coverage to the paying group. Citizens have become a subclass.

  • Blogger Viking Bitch has reported that the apartment complex she lives in (she has no job and is on welfare; she’ll never work again due to her resistance activities) has been contracted to turn itself into a mini UN. Mystery meat from all over the world are pouring into Salt Lake City as the Mormons (momos, she calls them) are reaping vast sums of cash for selling out the traditional US. She’s breaking her lease, by the way. Whites who sell out for cash are first on my list for trial and execution if we can ever get ourselves a white homeland.

    • John

      I’m sorry to hear she’s having such problems. I read her blog a couple of times a month and had no idea. Have to admire her courage and sense of honor. Truly a white person in the best of our traditions.

  • David Ashton

    Message to parents of the “third world” – send your kids to the USA for an expenses-paid ****star heavenly holiday they would never wish to leave.

  • Ella

    This reminds me of Katrina. Displaced New Orleans evacuees stayed in the Hilton hotels up to 6 months on tax-payer expenses and currently receive grants for middle class homes due to housing shortages in New Orleans from Katrina. Do the illegals have spa and resort access next with coupon vouchers for massages?

  • kikz2

    Here’s what the Catholic Diocese of NewOrleans and Dallas had arranged in the Allen Event Center this morning, close to where I live. yeah, we have Mexicans around here, more in Plano but this is ridiculous. These ‘disoriented’ Latins were wrapped around the bldg, and runnin across the street from where they’d parked to get into this, not a cop directing pedistrian or vehicle traffic in sight, and i know there is a sattelite office right there in the complex for the city………… i initially thought it was a White inspired school supply giveaway, as those are common this time of year… there was not an Anglo in the line… not one.

    if the catholics want “Latin America” in the exoburbs of Dallas to feel less “disoriented” they’d hold this event somewhere less White and more Dallas.. like where most of these people live… now I have to worry about a daughter at work all day as this ‘ministry’ goes on from 8A-8P. i wonder how many of these wonderful ‘disoriented’ Latin Americans will now shop in Fairview, I’m sure they can afford Macy’s… i had to come home and look it up on their website, as gee, there were no signs out, nor on the electronic one on the highway informing us all, why there are hundreds of ‘disoriented’ Latin Americans running all the area this morning……

    • mobilebay

      Please don’t send any more here to Central Texas.

      • kikz2

        my sentiment exactly……..yes, thank you.. we do.. in fact have enuff here in NE TX as well…. :/

  • mobilebay

    Yet a recent Fox poll states that 60% of Americans would like to see a pathway to citizenship for the new invaders and those who’ve broken the law for many years. No one asked me!

  • “From culturally sensitive music [Guatemalan rap] to special meals for the lactose [and Anglo] intolerant, the [bunco artist] organizations the federal government is paying to house and care for the children [some reportedly with gray hair] who have surged across the border illegally are taking pains to make sure they are as comfortable as possible [coyote Teddy bears]. Dietitians scrutinize the menus each day to make sure they include enough whole grains [hope not sandwich bread, now considered ‘racist’ in some schools] but not whole milk. Counselors offer life skills [best hand grips for Beast Train] classes in Spanish [and gang sign] …”

  • John

    Truman deserves a mention in there too as the psycho that approved the use of atomics on 2 non-military targets when it was completely uncalled for. If you haven’t read it already, “The Bad War” is an excellent short history of just how evil the allies were during WWII. The country was sold a bill of goods then, just as we were today with Saddam’s WMD and similar bull crap. Then, as now, it was the same evil minority squawking for the US to get militarily involved in something that was of no benefit to the country and none of our business to boot.