The charitable group who planned to run a tax-funded Texas resort hotel to house Central American illegal immigrant teens, has withdrawn their proposal for the project. Baptist Child and Family Services told Fox News that they made the decision following a slew of negative media backlash.
Before rescinding the deal which came with $50 million in annual government funds, illegal immigrant children entering the United States would have stayed at the hotel, enjoying all the amenities — including two full-sized pools, free cable TV and Wi-Fi — funded by American U.S. tax dollars
The Obama administration awarded BCFS the contract to buy and renovate the Palm Aire Hotel and Suites to accommodate unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S. border, according to area news station KRGTV. The hotel is conveniently located near the border in Weslaco, Texas, just north of the Rio Grande.
Baptist Child and Family Services had planned to start housing the Mexican immigrants, aged 12 to 17, by October 1, with the average stay lasting 15 days.
“It’s going to be an intake facility, which serves as a lot like a hospital emergency room,” Krista Piferrer, Baptist Child and Family Services’ vice president of external affairs, told local TV station KRGV-TV. “We’ve all seen the photos and the videos of children in crowded Border Patrol facilities. What this site is going to allow to happen is quickly move those children out of Border Patrol cells and triage them.”
In addition to enjoying the amenities, BSFS had hoped to provide the immigrants with “medical and mental health care, on-site educational programs, recreational programs and case management,” under the Baptist Child and Family Services program, according to a statement the group gave
to the Valley Morning Star.
The BCFS $50 million per year annual contract for the Palm Aire Hotel and Suites is in addition to the $3.7 billion in emergency funding for the immigration invasion requested by the current administration. The bill is pending approval, however it is an indication of how and where funds will be allocated to address the immigration crisis.
Since the group has withdrawn its plans, it is unknown how or if the funds will be allocated elsewhere.
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