The Office of Refugee Resettlement may have to take money from refugees and HIV/AIDS programs in order to cover the cost of displaced children. According to documents obtained by Slate, the office needs more than 25,400 beds for minors by the end of the year that shows it is expecting a surge in immigrant children.
The organization apparently had been caught off guard by the separation policy and that the extra space needed to house minors could find the budget $585 million short in fiscal year 2018 and could increase to $1.3 billion in the first quarter of fiscal year
According to Slate:
To help cover these potential costs, the documents say, HHS will seek supplemental appropriations from Congress. The documents also indicate that HHS plans to pay for child separation by reallocating money from the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, which, according to its website, “provides a comprehensive system of care that includes primary medical care and essential support services for people living with HIV who are uninsured or underinsured.” Per the documents, the process of transferring those HIV/AIDS funds has already begun.
Money may also be reallocated from programs that benefit refugees—to the tune of some $79 million.