Catholic Charities of San Diego has now received nearly $30 million from our federal government in 2023 for migration-related expenditures.
This week, the Department of Homeland Security announced another tranche of funding through the Shelter and Services Program (SSP) for nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), states and local governments that will assist illegal aliens at the border. The funding, which comes through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), is geared specifically toward non-federal entities that provide food, clothing, shelter, and other services to migrants who have recently entered and are awaiting immigration proceedings. Congress specifically stated that the funding could not be used for border security. For fiscal year 2023, DHS will provide $363.8 million of taxpayer dollars through this program, although it’s unclear how the money is actually spent by the NGOs and local governments.
In this week’s tranche of funding, DHS has allocated $77 million to 53 entities, with El Paso County and Catholic Charities of San Diego receiving the most at around $13 million each. The recent funding builds on the first tranche released in June when DHS doled out over $291 million dollars through SSP. In June, the New York Office of Management and Budget received over $104 million, or 36% of the funding. In total, DHS has used SSP and the Emergency Food and Shelter Program-Humanitarian Awards (EFSP-H) to grant more than $770 million of taxpayer funding to NGOs this fiscal year. DHS stated that, “supporting communities is a critical component of DHS’s efforts to manage encounters at the Southwest Border in a safe, orderly, and humane manner.”
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