With Money For Just The ‘Essentials,’ Federal Child Migrant Shelters May Cut Education, Recreation

The shelters housing unaccompanied minors who’ve crossed the border into the U.S. pay sports, crafts and classroom teachers to work with kids, but the Trump administration says there’s no more money for that.

By Rhonda Fanning & Laura RiceJune 6, 2019 11:48 am, ,

Federal officials say that the number of migrants, especially that of unaccompanied minors, has increased dramatically. Now, the Trump administration says there isn’t money to pay for anything “not directly necessary for the protection of life and safety, including education services, legal services, and recreation” at federal shelters housing child migrants.

Maria Sacchetti is reporting on the story for the Washington Post, and says the Trump administration is running out of money for immigration-related services.

“They have asked Congress repeatedly over the past several months for more money to expand shelters and care for the children, and Congress hasn’t passed that,” Sacchetti says. “It’s part of a bigger package that Trump wants for humanitarian aid, but also to crack down on the border, and that’s met with a lot of resistance from Democrats.”

What you’ll hear in this segment:

– How the increase in apprehensions of migrants at the southern border relates to the limited funding for unaccompanied minors

– How cutting recreation, education and legal aid for children could be a miscalculation by the Trump administration when it comes to immigration policy

– How the directive will affect the gym teachers, as well as crafts and classroom teachers, who work at the shelters


Written by Caroline Covington.