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US awards huge shelter contracts amid child migrant increase

Added 05-05-21 11:22:02am EST - “Confronted with a stream of unaccompanied children crossing the border from Mexico, the U.S. government has awarded shelter-construction and management contracts to private companies that critics say may not be equipped to adequately…” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “US awards huge shelter contracts amid child migrant increase”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Confronted with a stream of unaccompanied children crossing the border from Mexico, the U.S. government has awarded shelter-construction and management contracts to private companies that critics say may not be equipped to adequately care for the minors.

Some of the companies have responded to natural disasters and more recently developed quarantine centers at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. Others have worked with U.S. border officials over the past few years to set up tented holding areas for migrants.

The new shelters are needed as the government finds itself with more than 22,000 children in government custody and insufficient workers to help release them to family members.

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In its haste to provide new facilities, the Department of Health and Human Services awarded the largest contracts - worth more than $2 billion - to two companies and a nonprofit without a bidding process and has exempted providers from the staffing requirements that state-licensed child facilities must meet, according to HHS and federal spending records.

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