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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U.S. policy shift will allow taxpayer funding for projects in West Bank settlements

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The U.S. and Israel will announce tomorrow that they are expanding three agreements on scientific cooperation to include Israeli settlements in the West Bank, Israeli and U.S. officials tell me.

Why it matters: This is a substantial policy shift for the U.S., which did not previously allow its taxpayers' money to be spent in the Israeli settlements.

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  3. Business: Winter threat spurs new surge of startup activity.
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McConnell: Confirming Amy Coney Barrett will help GOP retain Senate

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) expressed no regrets about Judge Amy Coney Barrett's controversial confirmation, telling Politico in an interview that he believes the decision to place her on the Supreme Court just a week before the election will help Republicans retain the Senate.

Why it matters: With a week to go until Election Day, many Republicans are concerned that President Trump's unpopularity could cost them the Senate. McConnell has long viewed the transformation of the federal judiciary through the confirmation of young conservative judges as his defining legacy.