Every detained immigrant child held in one of Trump’s growing tent cities cost U.S. taxpayers $775 per night.
A report obtained by ABC News has found that keeping children in the tent cities is far more expensive than housing them in permanent facilities.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found that housing children in a permanent HHC facility cost $256 per person. Keeping children with their parents in detention centers is also far cheaper at $298 per resident per night.
An HHS official explained to ABC News that the tent city costs are higher because they require additional “security, air conditioning, medical workers, and other government contractors.”
Putting that number in perspective, it costs $5 million more per month to house 400 children in a tent city than a permanent facility.
As reported yesterday by HillReporter, a major Trump donor stands to profit for each child detained. The GEO Group, which donated approximately $1 million to Trump’s 2016 election campaign, is earning hundreds of millions by transporting children and housing them in facilities throughout the United States.
Not only are there costs associated with housing immigrant children, transportation has also become an increasingly costly issue. Attorney Michael Avenatti tweeted on Wednesday morning that children are routinely being transported more than 1,000 miles for detainment.
We are discovering that most of our clients have had their children shipped away across many states (1,000 miles is not unusual). Some are facing deportation without their children and do not know if they will ever see them again. This is permanently destroying families. #BastaSee Also
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) June 20, 2018
With the increasing costs of Donald Trump’s “zero-tolerance” policy, the American taxpayer is being stuck with a bill that is already exceeding more than $200 million annually.
What’s more, a CNN poll conducted by SSRS has found that tw-thirds of Americans disapprove of the Trump “zero-tolerance” policy while 28% approve. Once again, the entire nation is paying for a Trump policy that only his most fanatical supporters approve of enacting.
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James Kosur is the former Editor-In-Chief and co-founder of Hill Reporter. He recently served as an editor for Business Insider and various other publications. James and his partners sold Hill Reporter to a new owner in July 2019.