Jul 13, 2018

Child migrant housing and detention industry now worth $1 billion

Immigration has become a billion dollar business for HHS. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

The Department of Health and Human Services has turned housing and detaining immigrant children into an industry that sees nearly $1 billion annually, reports the Associated Press.

The big picture: HHS grants for shelters, foster cares and child welfare services for unaccompanied and separated children rose from a $74.5 million industry in 2007 to $958 million in 2017.

By the numbers: More than 11,800 children, ranging from a few months to 17 years old, are housed in 90 facilities throughout 15 U.S. states.

  • The agency requested a total of $500 million in bids for five projects with more to come in October.
  • Over the last decade, Southwest Key and Baptist Child & Family Services has received $1.39 billion in grant funding to operate shelters.

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Minnesota activates National Guard amid fallout from George Floyd death

A portrait of George Floyd hangs on a street light pole in Minneapolis. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

George Floyd, 46, moved to Minnesota to improve his life and become his "best self," but instead, he is dead because of Minneapolis police.

The latest: Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz declared a state of emergency and activated the state's National Guard in response to violent clashes over the past two days between police and protesters in the Twin Cities.

Trump signs executive order targeting protections for social media platforms

President Trump signed an executive order on Thursday designed to limit the legal protections that shield social media companies from liability for the content users post on their platforms.

What they're saying: "Currently, social media giants like Twitter receive an unprecedented liability shield based on the theory that they are a neutral platform, which they are not," Trump said in the Oval Office. "We are fed up with it. It is unfair, and it's been very unfair."