If we are actually to believe the information we’re getting from the Board of County Supervisors regarding the detention of juvenile illegal aliens by Youth For Tomorrow, it darned well better match up with official documents that are being uncovered regarding the program. Otherwise, reasonable observers are just going to conclude that our government is lying to us and cannot be trusted.
We’ve been told that there are 80 illegal aliens being held at Youth For Tomorrow’s facility in Bristow, and that’s the extent of the program, and there’s no cause for concern. Documents reveal a startlingly different and rather disturbing picture that doesn’t at all mesh with what we’re being told. In reality, this program is growing in size and scope with no limit in sight as Youth For Tomorrow transforms itself from a charity that serves at-risk domestic youth into a federal contracting business seeking millions of dollars from the Department of Health and Human Services that is staffed with untrained and inexperienced personnel.
YFT started planning an unidentified “new program” at their facilities sometime before their Virginia Department of Social Services inspection on June 11, 2012. At that time their traditional program had dwindled to 30 participants, some of whom were still posing serious challenges to the staff and requiring assistance from the Prince William County Police Department. A few months later YFT was awarded it’s first grant with HHS (award# 90XR0021) on August 30th, 2012 in the amount of $1,851,760. A subsequent state inspection on September 12th indicated that 24 “Unaccompanied Alien Children” were in residence and being detained by newly hired staff members with no experience. Subsequent infusions of money by HHS allowed YFT to expand the program to 62 as noted in an inspection report dated May 17, 2014 and apparently to 80 currently, if the information we are getting is accurate. Funding from HHS has jumped to $8,314,702 this fiscal year under grants provided on a quarterly basis until they started becoming more frequent.
On January 23, 2014 personnel from YFT and the Virginia Department of Social Services toured five off-campus properties to determine whether they would be suitable for expanding their program. Corroborating information from anonymous sources indicate there may be eight additional residential facilities, and given the expansion on federal funding and the steadily growing number of participants that are documented in the program by VDSS, there’s hardly any question that as YFT pursues additional grant opportunities under Solicitation HHS-2015-ACF-ORR-ZU-0833 the number of illegal aliens being warehoused in the county will continue to grow. These juvenile illegal aliens, who have no parents or legal guardians in the United States will be released from YFT and most certainly contribute to the burdens currently breaking our schools as they are placed into foster care and enrolled (as the law requires) in Virginia’s Medicaid program.
Why the allowable capacity of 180 program participants under Special User Permits #PLN2003-00032 and #PLN2011-00209 lack the capacity to detain the number of illegal aliens contemplated by YFT isn’t certain, but given that YFT only had 30 program participants before transforming itself from what we all appreciated into something that deeply concerns us that would indicate that they need quite a few more than 150 spaces. Based on whatever size these additional facilities can accommodate, we could easily be dealing with hundreds as YFT starts raking in an obscene amount of taxpayer money to make all this happen, damned be the consequences to the rest of us.
No wonder there are juvenile illegal aliens flooding our border. With news of this lavish taxpayer-funded welcome mat being rolled out for them it’s a wonder the entire youth population of every Central American country isn’t rushing to Texas this very moment. Virginia has expanded this effort to three programs for detaining illegal aliens, one is at the Juvenile Detention Center for Northern Virginia in Alexandria, and the other at the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Detention Home in Staunton. The Youth For Tomorrow operation is the only one in Virginia lacking in secure detention facilities managed by security personnel regulated by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services.
So what do we make of the reassurances that juvenile illegal aliens under the control of Youth For Tomorrow won’t pose a safety and security issue for county residents? Given that YFT has a documented history of residents escaping, failures to report sexual assaults on program participants and even child abuse by staff members it is hard to actually be reassured. That YFT would even contemplate hiring staff members with no experience whatsoever to manage juvenile illegal aliens with unknown criminal histories is vastly problematic. But let’s allow the Virginia Department of Social Services render an opinion here, taken from one of their inspection reports:
The structured program of care at Chelsea House [one of the residences at YFT] is inadequate to meet the protection and supervision needs of the residents, both individually and as a group.
If this is what the state government program that facilitates this regime has to say, I wonder what an actually unbiased assessment might render. Perhaps the Prince William County Police Department, which meets quarterly with Youth For Tomorrow to review incident reports and evaluate the security situation will give us more than the empty promises we’re being peddled right now.
So what we know, based on available documents from our state and federal governments is that YFT is increasing the number of illegal aliens being held in the county as well as expanding the number of facilities being used in Prince William County to do so. We know that there are increasing impacts on state and county budgets as a result and that it has been in no one’s interest to provide the easily available detailed reports of security incidents at YFT facilities that reside right within county government. We know that the information we have been given so far is misleading (quite possibly intentionally so) and doesn’t match at all with the evidence unless you’re gullible enough to believe that it costs $103,000 per year to detain one juvenile illegal alien in Prince William County.
Our government is lying to us.
UPDATE: Youth For Tomorrow has applied with the Virginia Department of Social Services to operate two “Children’s Residential Facilities” in Marshall Virginia. I’m still searching for leads on the other locations where Youth For Tomorrow is placing juvenile illegal aliens in our neighborhoods without any notice. If you are familiar with federal grants programs I’d like to hear from you so I can run down some promising leads. Also, check out Virginia Virtucon for their take on some interesting coincidences that suggest Chairman Corey Stewart had knowledge of this effort long ago.
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