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Federal agency spent nearly $20 billion to settle migrants all over the US: report

t was also reported that a majority of the money was given to nonprofits that would help migrants save up for large necessities such as a house or car.

Published: January 23, 2024 7:36pm

The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) spent almost $20 billion in the years 2022 and 2023 on refugee resettlement, according to a recent report. 

According to OpenTheBooks, the ORR, which is a part of Health and Human Services, spent $8.9 billion in fiscal year 2022 and $10.9 billion in fiscal year 2023 when migrant encounters at the U.S. southern border was at an all time high.

It was also reported that a majority of the money was given to nonprofits that would help migrants save up for large necessities such as a house or car.

"Potential migrants from an ever-broader range of countries are trying to enter the country by any means necessary, OpenTheBooks CEO Adam Andrzejewski, in a statement, according to local media.

"From Afghanistan to Ukraine to the infamous swell of Haitians huddled under a Texas bridge, the news traveling back home is: come to America," he continued.

The Washington Examiner reported that a large amount of the money is also being used to care for unaccompanied migrant children.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan subpoenaed the Health and Human Services secretary on Tuesday for data on unaccompanied migrant children coming across the southern border. 

"The Committee on the Judiciary continues to conduct oversight of the Biden Administration’s enforcement of federal immigration law," Jordan wrote in a letter to Secretary Xavier Becerra. "This oversight includes the examination of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), a component of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which is charged with the care and placement of unaccompanied alien children (UAC) encountered at the border." 

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