MCALLEN, Texas–Teenagers caught illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border are being transported via plane to states around the nation. One such state is Massachusetts, where a foster care agency is currently seeking foster parents to take the minors in.
Lutheran Social Services, located in Worcester, Massachusetts, is “the only program in the New England states that assists refugee and migrating youth exclusively.” The organization seeks out individuals, couples, and families willing to foster illegal immigrant minors from Latin America.
A spokeswoman from Lutheran told Breitbart Texas that foster parents receive financial assistance from the government at a “daily rate.” She said that the older the child, the higher the daily payment to foster parents.
“Most of our children are teenagers,” she said. “They have crossed the border, so they’re older. For youths who are 13 and older, [the payment to foster parents is] $24.79 per day.” $24.97 per day adds up to about $750 per month, but foster parents who take in more than one minor can collect thousands of dollars each month.
In addition to standard payments, foster parents additionally receive a “clothing allowance” for the minors every three months.
The spokeswoman pointed out that that healthcare costs for the illegal immigrant minors are “provided for” by the government, and that the children receive “education and tuition assistance.”
Lutheran’s website makes it clear that almost anyone over the age of 18 can collect payments to house an illegal immigrant child. Individuals must attend four brief classes before becoming a foster parent; this preliminary process can take as little as three months.
Lutheran isn’t the only foster agency seeking parents for unaccompanied minors in the country illegally. Earlier this month, Breitbart Texas reported on Crittenton Foster Care in Murrieta, which is offering up to $6,054 per month to foster parents.
Many U.S. citizens remain angered over the apparent lack of consequences for illegally entering the country. Rather than being turned away at the border, many illegal immigrants are instead invited to enjoy a slew of taxpayer-subsidized benefits including housing, food, English lessons, vocational training, recreation, and even legal counsel.
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