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Trump Raids Funds for HIV to Keep Immigrant Children Behind Bars

by Kilian Melloy
Friday Sep 21, 2018
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The Trump administration continues to demonstrate its priorities, and human rights of every stripe are quickly falling behind. The latest twist slams two community in one larcenous blow: The shifting of hundreds of millions of dollars into efforts to lock up immigrant children and away from Health and Human Services, including funds previously allocated to the Ryan White HIV/AIDS program and other monies intended for the National Cancer Institute, The Hill has reported.

The Hill also reported that, according to HHS, $17 million in "unspent funds" have already been diverted from the Ryan White HIV/AIDS program this fiscal year.

The Hill's article broke down how more than $260 is being taken from the Department of Health and Human Services to cover skyrocketing costs of detaining immigrant children. According to the report, the cash raid includes a loss of $13 million for the National Cancer Institute, while the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, has seen a drain of $5.7 million.

The article noted that HHS has confirmed the continuation of a "tent city" set up to house the kids. Appalling conditions in the detention facilities had been reported, and the tent city was initially meant for closure in July. But as the Trump Administration continues its policies, the numbers of detainees have soared.

Eric Hargan, the deputy secretary of Health and Human Services, put a spin on the situation, calling it "temporary:" and "the result of a broken immigration system."

Programs intended to help refugees will also see a hit, losing $80, The Hill article said.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Assistant Arts Editor. He also reviews theater for WBUR. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.


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