Report: Biden administration diverts more that $2B from health initiatives for Americans to instead help illegal migrants

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WASHINGTON, DC – The Biden administration has reportedly diverted over $2 billion that was originally intended for various health initiatives to behoove American citizens over to helping unaccompanied migrant children that have managed to cross into the country.

The rerouting of funds came via the Department of Health and Human Services, which is a move acting under the authority of the Biden administration that is trying to navigate the crisis impacting the southern border.

According to a report from Politico, $850 million that Congress had originally earmarked to restore the country’s Strategic National Stockpile is among some of the polled funding being redirected toward unaccompanied migrant children.

Said Strategic National Stockpile was the emergency medical reserve that was grievously strained in the response to the pandemic back in 2020.

Another $850 million that was originally allocated for a fund meant to expand coronavirus testing was also redirected to address the issues related to unaccompanied migrant children coming into the country.

From what Politico reports, an additional $436 million have been pulled “from a range of existing health initiatives across the Department.”

The Department of Health and Human Services had been issuing notices to congressional appropriators over the last couple of months that detailed this swapping of dedicated funds.

The fact that these measures are being taken helps illustrate the severity of the financial impact that the administration is forced to address after having intercepted over 20,000 unaccompanied children so far in 2021.

Mark Greenberg, who led HHS’s Administration for Children and Families between 2013 and 2015 and now serves as a senior fellow at the Migration Policy Institute, mentioned the following about the matter:

“They’ve been in a situation of needing to very rapidly expand capacity, and emergency capacity is much more expensive. You can’t just say there’s going to be a waiting list or we’re going to shut off intake. There’s literally not a choice.”

A spokesperson for HHS, Mark Weber, stated that the department is actively collaborating with the Office of Management and Budget to make sure that operations meant to tend to unaccompanied minor migrants is adequately funded while this crisis is ongoing:

“All options are on the table… This program has relied, year after year, on the transfer of funds.”

Yet the troubling element tying this all together is that while HHS has pulled money from the Strategic National Stockpile and funds set aside for COVID-19 testing to put toward caring for unaccompanied minor migrants, the department has also been seeking additional funding to address the pandemic.

As recent as May 12th, Health Secretary Xavier Becerra testified before a House panel defending a budget request seeking the allocation of $905 million for the Strategic National Stockpile:

“The fight against Covid-19 is not yet over. Even as HHS works to beat this pandemic, we are also preparing for the next public health crisis.”

Ironically, the Trump administration faced some pretty intense scrutiny back in 2018 after diverting millions of dollars that was intended for the likes of HIV and AIDS services and biomedical research to cover the expenses associated with the issues revolving around unaccompanied migrants that HHS had to tend to at the time – which didn’t even quite reach 14,000 that year.

The executive director of the Coalition for Health Funding, Erin Morton, noted that it is “concerning” whenever any sort of funding has to be pulled from its original intent to be redirected toward something unrelated:

“It is concerning any time funds need to be diverted from their originally intended purpose because of limited resources.”

“We have consistently asked our public health system to do more with less and we have underfunded essential programs that today are critical to addressing the multitude of challenges facing the country.”

And the monetary issues are just beginning, as a recent report from the New York Times alleged that the “administration estimated that it would need another $4 billion before the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30,” according to a leaked document obtained by the outlet.

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In other recent reports regarding issues impacting the southern border, we at Law Enforcement Today shared a report about Texas Governor Greg Abbott addressing the other part of the border crisis: the flow of fentanyl into the country. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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TEXAS – During a recent appearance on “Fox & Friends”, Texas Governor Greg Abbott claimed that there has been nearly an “800% increase April over April,” with respect to the amount of fentanyl that has been caught at the southern border by authorities.

To illustrate the severity of the amount of fentanyl apprehended along the southern border, the Texas governor stated that there has been enough fentanyl seized by authorities “to kill every single person in the state of New York.”

During the May 14th broadcast of “Fox & Friends”, Governor Abbott first levied criticism toward DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and the Biden administration for either being woefully inept regarding the crisis at the southern border – or they are simply gaslighting Americans into believing things aren’t that big of a deal:

“I don’t know if Secretary Mayorkas and the Biden administration either don’t have a clue what’s going on or they are purposefully misleading their fellow Americans because here are the numbers.”

“On the national level with regard to the Border Patrol, they apprehended last month—in the month of April, more than 170,000 people. That is a tenfold increase over the prior April where they apprehended about 17,000 people.”

Governor Abbott then shifted focus from the issues pertaining to unlawful entries into the country to that of another matter transpiring in tandem, which is the fentanyl that authorities have encountered and seized at the border as well:

“But I gotta tell you there’s a new dynamic about what’s going on at the border that Americans need to know about and that is increased apprehension of fentanyl coming across the border. Yes, there may be people coming across but there are dangerous drugs coming across the border.”

According to the National Institutes of Health, fentanyl is one of the most potent synthetic opioids, which also has given the drug the reputation of becoming one of the most associated with overdose deaths:

“Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid that is similar to morphine but is 50 to 100 times more potent. It is a prescription drug that is also made and used illegally.”

“Synthetic opioids, including fentanyl, are now the most common drugs involved in drug overdose deaths in the United States. In 2017, 59.8 percent of opioid-related deaths involved fentanyl compared to 14.3 percent in 2010.”

According to Governor Abbott, the Department of Public Safety have intercepted enough fentanyl along the southern border to kill every single person in New York by way of an overdose:

“We had almost an 800% increase April over April of the amount of fentanyl that has been apprehended by the Texas Department of Public Safety. We have obtained enough fentanyl coming across the border to kill every single person in the state of New York.”

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