Trump Admin Looking to Reallocate Over $260M from Cancer Research and HIV/AIDS Prevention

September 20, 2018 - 2:38 pm

(KNX 1070) -- The Trump administration is looking to reallocate more than $260 million to cover the burgeoning budget used to house thousands of undocumented migrant children currently held in U.S. custody. 

The money reportedly will come from programs that fund cancer research and HIV/AIDS prevention. 

The request is outlined in a letter to Sen. Patty Murray, D-Washington, and other lawmakers. 

The letter states that HHS is reallocating up to $186 million from various places, and up to $80 million from refugee programs, as the number of refugees being allowed to enter the country annually, has been slashed. 

Department of Homeland Security has already moved more than $200 million to cover expenses of immigrant detention, including $10 million from FEMA.

The documents show a plan to take money from a variety of places, including $16.7 million from the child benefits program Head Start, $3.8 million from HIV programs as part of a bigger $16.7 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, $9.8 million from Medicare and Medicaid program operations, $2.2 million from maternal and child health programs, $5.8 million from the Ryan White HIV/AIDS program, $13.3 million from the National Cancer Institute and $87.3 million overall from the National Institutes of Health.

“HHS is utilizing the Secretary’s transfer and reprogramming authorities to provide additional funds for the care of unaccompanied alien children,” said HHS Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan said in a statement. “The funding will now likewise be used for increases in caseloads and unexpected surges in children needing care from our program. Unfortunately, the need for additional funds has grown since FY 2011, due to the continual increase of unaccompanied alien children at the border. These transfers are only a temporary solution to the sad consequence of a broken immigration system.”

As long as federal agencies are not taking more than 1 percent from a given pot of money or increasing another pot of money more than 3 percent, they are allowed to shift funds.