Heartland Alliance, a group that also lobbies for increased minimum wage and government healthcare, is now caring for over 400 unaccompanied alien children (UAC) crossing the border and entering the Chicago area.
Heartland Alliance (an ACORN-esque organization) is currently under contract with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for nearly $13 million to fund shelter services at Heartland’s nine facilities, which house about 429 of Central American minors that crossed the southwest border without legal guardians.
Another 319 children are in foster care in Illinois, Ashley Huebner, an attorney for the National Immigrant Justice Center, told the Sun-Times.
The group gets additional funding from the State of Illinois. The Comptroller’s office shows over $500,000 going to the group in the past five fiscal years.
Heartland Alliance also receives funding from corporate sponsorships, including from Harris Bank and Boeing.
In their 2012 financial report, Heartland Alliance says it raised and spent $86,793,110.
Heartland Alliance doesn’t just care for unaccompanied alien children (UAC) that have been transferred into Illinois. They assist homeless to find housing, they encourage the poverty-stricken to experiment with gardening and they also spend a considerable amount of time lobbying in Springfield – especially on getting dental care for Medicaid patients, raising the minimum wage and setting up state-mandated retirement accounts.
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