Congressional candidate and federal financial expert’s review of data shows this “was no surprise” 


TUCSON, Ariz. (July 2, 2014) – An analysis of federal budget data clearly shows that the sudden influx of children at our country’s southern border was no surprise and, in fact, has been in the works for several years, according to federal financial expert Shelley Kais, a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Arizona’s hotly contested 2nd Congressional District (CD2).

“Section 462 of the Homeland Security Act and the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2008 authorized the Department of Health and Human Services’ Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) program, the purpose of which is to ‘provide care and placement of unaccompanied alien children who are in custody of federal agencies or have been apprehended at the border,’” Kais said. “Don’t be fooled. Accommodating the sudden influx of children at our southern border was planned a long time ago and none of this is a surprise to the president or Congress.” 

 Kais’ analysis shows that from 2011 to 2012, the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), the parent organization for the UAC program, had a 100-percent spike in the number of children entering the program. The children continued coming, resulting in an increase of 78 percent in 2012-2013 and 135 percent for 2013-2014. She further points out that ORR’s budget for the UAC provides funding to accommodate 60,000 children in FY 2014. 

 “This program is costing the American taxpayer $868 million in FY 2014, an increase of more than 400 percent since 2012,” Kais said. “Since the federal budget process often takes a minimum of 18 months to complete, this is further evidence that the invasion of young, illegal immigrants taking place at our border was no accident and has been in the works for some time.” 

Kais points out that even though the UAC is requesting the same amount of funding for FY 2015, there is a new twist: the president is requesting a no-year contingency fund for the expansion of shelters and other services. 

“A no-year contingency appropriation essentially gives the president a blank check since there is no set period during which the bona fide funding need must arise, nor a set period in which the funds must be obligated and disbursed,” Kais said. “If I were in Congress, I would not trust the president to use that authority wisely and do what is in the best interest of Southern Arizona and America.”

Kais says the data shows that the so-called crisis at our southern border “was planned and is clearly an effort on the part of the president to dictate immigration policy by exploiting the humanitarian nature of Americans. 

“Once elected, this will not happen on my watch. I will put my federal financial management and budgeting expertise to work looking out for the interests of Southern Arizona and the nation by following the money and not letting spending like this go unnoticed and unchecked,” Kais said.