Erie, Pennsylvania – Approximately 150 unaccompanied migrant children from the U.S.-Mexico border arrived in Erie at 9 pm Tuesday night on a plane from El Paso, Texas, as reported by Erie News Now.
They will be housed in an emergency intake site for children ages 12 and under. Because the temporary shelter had to be modified and equipped, the cost per child is estimated at $775 per day, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
For children who will eventually be reunited with a parent or family member in the United States, a typical stay at the facility will last between 30 and 45 days. Other children may eventually be placed in foster care.
Established community based centers are estimated to cost less than $300/ kid per day, but due to the recent surge of migrants at the southern border, new emergency shelters are necessary to house the influx of unaccompanied children.
The new shelter in Erie has capacity to house 250 children, of which 150 beds were filled last night. At full capacity the facility will cost nearly $6 million per month to operate.
President Joe Biden’s administration is opening the temporary facilities in Michigan and Pennsylvania as the United States struggles to care for the surging number of children.
Biden’s administration is spending roughly $60 million a week to shelter illegal immigrant children who cross into the country from Mexico.