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SEPTEMBER 22, 2018

     Illegals are costing the people of this country,  The U.S. Health and Human Services Department will spend $360 million to expand the "tent city" for unaccompanied migrant children in Tornillo, Texas, by the end of the year. HHS published the spending supplement Tuesday in the Federal Register, a daily publication of official announcements. The move funds the expansion of the facility to 3,800 beds from its current population of 1,200.

     Tornillo, which opened on June 13, is a "temporary emergency influx shelter," according to HHS. On Aug. 22, the agency announced it would pay San Antonio-based contractor Baptist Child Facility Services $28 million through Sept. 13 "to provide shelter for potential increases in apprehensions of unaccompanied children at the U.S. southern border." A month later, the new announcement means BCFS will now receive $360 million through Dec. 31 for the facility located 35 miles from El Paso on federal property at the Tornillo international port of entry.

     Tornillo is a product of an exponential rise of detained migrant children. Last week the New York Times reported that 12,800 children are in custody -- up from 2,400 in May 2017, according to statistics collected by HHS and given to members of Congress. The increase is partly attributed to enhanced background checks the government says it requires to release children to sponsors in the United States. New rules require a sponsor to submit fingerprints of all people living in the household. Customs and Border Protection released figures last week showing the Border Patrol apprehended 4,396 unaccompanied migrant children in August, down from 5,083 in June.

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