Trump Administration Cutting English Classes, Legal Assistance, and Recreational Activities for Unaccompanied Migrant Children

Migrant children play soccer at the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children in Homestead, Fla., on April 19. The Trump administration is canceling educational and recreational programs at such shelters, saying the government has run out of funding for them amid a crush of migrants crossing the border. (Wilfredo Lee/AP)

The Trump administration announced that they are cutting English classes, legal assistance, and recreational activities for unaccompanied minors staying in federal migrant shelters, citing budget pressures.

The Office of Refugee Resettlement has begun to end funding for programs for the unaccompanied minors, according to a report by The Washington Post published Wednesday.

U.S. Health and Human Services spokesman Mark Weber, whose department includes the ORR, told the Washington Post that the programs being cut were “not directly necessary for the protection of life and safety, including education services, legal services, and recreation.”

The decision was sent to licensed shelters by the HHS via email last week, with lawyer Carlos Holguin telling the Washington Post that the defunding move may face legal action.

“We’ll see them in court if they go through with it,” stated Holguin. “What’s next? Drinking water? Food? . . . Where are they going to stop?”

Author and Southern Baptist minister Alan Cross denounced the decision by the administration, taking to his Twitter account on Wednesday to call the situation “Beyond frustrating.”

“While Evangelicals are debating Trump’s 16 min. visit to McLean Bible Church and David Platt’s prayer, Trump’s WH cuts education and recreation to thousands of migrant children in detention. WAKE UP PEOPLE!!! The total blindness is ridiculous. Intentional?” tweeted Cross.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski