“Multicultural Crayons”: How HHS Pissed Away Our Money On Refugee Resettlement

Our friends and allies at Judicial Watch score another success by using FOIA requests to pry information out of HHS on the actual dollar cost of Obama’s resettlement program for “unaccompanied children” from various south American and Muslim nations.  Read how $22.8 million was spent.  And after you read this, help me figure out how to land the next federal contract to supply “multicultural crayons” to Big Brother.  Sounds like easy money to me ….

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State Dept. Redacts Big Chunks of $22.8 Mil Contract to Resettle Muslim Refugees

MAY 23, 2017

The U.S. government spends billions of dollars to “resettle” foreign nationals and transparency on how the money is spent depends on the agency involved. Judicial Watch has been investigating it for years, specifically the huge amount of taxpayer dollars that go to “voluntary agencies”, known as VOLAGs, to provide a wide range of services for the new arrivals. Throughout the ongoing probe Judicial Watch has found a striking difference on how government lawyers use an exemption, officially known as (b)(4), to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to withhold records. All the cases involve public funds being used to resettle foreigners on U.S. soil and Americans should be entitled to the records.

The (b)(4) exemption permits agencies to withhold trade secrets and commercial or financial information obtained from a person which is privileged or confidential. Depending on the government agency and the mood of the taxpayer-funded lawyers handling public records requests, that information is exempt from disclosure. In these cases, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) disclosed a VOLAG contract to resettle tens of thousands of Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) that entered the U.S. through Mexico under the Obama administration while the State Department withheld large portions of a one-year, $22.8 million deal to resettle refugees from Muslim countries. Most of the UACs came from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala and the Obama administration blamed the sudden surge on violence in the three central American nations. The agency responsible for resettling the minors and issuing contracts for the costly services is HHS.

As a result of Judicial Watch’s work HHS furnished records with virtually nothing redacted. 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.

HHS rightfully provided all sorts of details in the records, including the cost of 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 records show, and 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.

This has become a heated issue for the government which may explain why other agencies aren’t as forthcoming in providing specific figures, thus abusing the (b)(4) exemption. The State Department, for instance, redacted huge portions of records involving contracts with VOLAGs to resettle refugees from mostly Muslim countries. The files illustrate the disparate redaction treatment given by different government agencies to the same types of records. The State Department paid a VOLAG called United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) a ghastly $22,838,173 in one year to resettle refugees that came mostly from Muslim countries. Unlike HHS, the agency redacted information related to what the USCCB charged the government for things like furniture, personnel, equipment and other costs associated with contracts to resettle refugees. Why did one government agency hand over the same types of records that another agency claims are trade secrets? Judicial Watch is challenging the State Department’s (b)(4) exemption and will provide updates as they become available.

HHS and the State Department work with nine VOLAGs to resettle refugees and the voluntary agencies have hundreds of contractors they like to call “affiliates.” It’s a huge racket that costs American taxpayers monstrous sums and Judicial Watch is working to pinpoint the exact amount. Besides BCFS and USCCB, other VOLAGs with lucrative government gigs to resettle refugees are: Church World Service, Ethiopian Community Development Council, Episcopal Migration Ministries, Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, International Rescue Committee, U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, Lutheran Immigration Refugee Services and World Relief Corporation.

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12 Responses to “Multicultural Crayons”: How HHS Pissed Away Our Money On Refugee Resettlement

  1. Shar says:

    Boy they are really generous with our money. Judicial watch and Circa News are doing a great job bringing this information to light. I bet the Catholic Church gets a lot of money to care for the aliens. The Pope is a big believer in Social Justice. Need I say more?

    • Popular Front says:

      ‘Social Justice’ my ass. In MY Commonwealth you have the right to work and the right to pay tax. The Commonwealth will look after you if you’re hurt, or elderly and infirm but it won’t if you’re lazy. Everybody gets a job whether they want it or not. Too bad you have to shovel shit mac, maybe you should have tried harder at school.

    • vonmesser says:

      Pope gets nothing from CCB. They are quite left wing and Benedict slapped them down many times. Francis is more supportive of them.

  2. Terry says:

    What the hell are “multicultural crayons” ?
    It sure is costing us a lot of money to destroy our own country.

  3. Hardnox says:

    I want a refund.

    • upaces1945@gmail.com says:

      Donald Trump just gave a speech about that. I am paraphrasing…you’ll catch the drift. If the U.S. helps economically, you pay it back.
      My “words”There ain’t no such thang as free lunch!”

  4. I.R. Wayright says:

    I would bet you a pile of taxpayer dollars that the list of names of folks collecting this largess look very similar to some former employees of ACORN.

  5. Uriel says:

    Interesting that NOone has mentioned the billions sitting in a US run bank in Mexico overseen by EPA and State Dept. Last year that snuck out and I posted about it.

  6. clyde says:

    Sooner or later this government will run out of OPM. Then, the excrement will meet up with the rotating oscillating air movement device.