Illegal immigrant children are getting guitar lessons, an organic vegetable farm, electronic gadgets and a petting farm at a housing facility funded by taxpayers.
The federal government is supplying these amenities to thousands of unaccompanied minors who crossed the border from Mexico, a senator’s inquiry has found.
Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has written to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell seeking an explanation for her decision to award a contract to Southwest Key Programs, a non-profit that has received $368 million from Washington in the past six years. Of this, $122 million came from the Health and Human Services Department for services that include housing immigrant children who arrived without parents.
Grassley wants details about a federal grant that funnels $316 a day to Southwest Key Programs for each unaccompanied minor at a housing facility in El Cajon, Calif., near San Diego. The overall cost of the El Cajon facility was not disclosed.