NBC recently revealed what it costs taxpayers to keep migrant kids locked up in prison camps and tent cities separate from their parents and other family members or guardians. That tent city cost, in spite of reports that most or all of these kids have remained unshowered and have maybe brushed their teeth once since arriving, is a whopping $775 per kid per night.
“The cost of holding migrant children who have been separated from their parents in newly created ‘tent cities’ is $775 per person per night, according to an official at the Department of Health and Human Services,” NBC reports, “far higher than the cost of keeping children with their parents in detention centers or holding them in more permanent buildings.”
According to the official website, you can currently get a room at the Trump International Hotel and Tower New York for $595 per night (price may vary based on your browsing history). That’s right. They could be housing these kids in a Trump Tower for less than taxpayers are forking over to keep these kids in appalling conditions that have been compared to torture.
Even the suites start at $635 per night, and you know they have complimentary toothbrushes and bars of soap.
According to “officials,” the costs for these tent cities are high due to “the sudden urgency to bring in security, air conditioning, medical workers and other government contractors far surpasses the cost for structures that are routinely staffed.” Considering the poor conditions reported in these facilities, they’re still not doing enough.
Why not just put the kids in average hotel rooms, which already have air conditioning and showers and actual beds? If these kids are actually free to go whenever they please, as GOP Rep. Michael Burgess claims, then you don’t need security, you certainly won’t need contractors, and kids don’t tend to get as sick when they’re living in decent conditions instead of sweltering, overcrowded prison camps.
The better question is, whose pocket is all this tent city money really slipping into?
A cot in a tent city with a metal blanket, no toothpaste, no soap:— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) June 25, 2019
$775 per day.
A SUITE at the Trump International Hotel, DC:
$757 per day.
Someone is making a KILLING torturing children. pic.twitter.com/Gt8MYMjeJJ
What else could we get these kids for less than $775 per day? Let’s see.
- A premium view, club level room at the Disneyland Hotel.
- A week at an Airbnb for an adult, a child, and an infant in a seaside apartment in Martinique.
- A month in an average two-bedroom apartment in Arkansas.
- An inflatable hot tub.
- A five-night Carribean cruise.
You could also pay for two days in a detention center with the kids’ parents with a good amount left over.
There is no good reason to be doing this to these kids.