Outrage Follows Report Government To Spend $50 Million On Resort For "Young Illegal Immigrants"

Tyler Durden's picture

While we understand that there are many nuances in the ongoing illegal immigrant debate, and there are certainly two sides to every story, we can't help but wonder if the US government granting a $50 million award to BCFS Health and Human Services to house "young illegal immigrants at the site of the current Palm Aire Hotel and Suites" in Weslaco, Texas is the best use of government funding. As KRGV reported, " A center for unaccompanied minors set to open in Weslaco later this year will be the first of its kind in the nation, officials with a network of non-profits said.  A center for unaccompanied minors set to open in Weslaco later this year will be the first of its kind in the nation, officials with a network of non-profits said... Representatives with BCFS said the Palm Aire will undergo a multi-million dollar transformation."

Perhaps the reason why the public's attention has not only been picqued by this news, but has led to a broad wave of outrage, is that a cursory scan of the Hotel complex reveals accomodations which are inaccessible to millions of Americans, let alone "unaccompanied minor immigrants."

BCFS has a prepared reason why it needs the funding:

BCFS runs a temporary detention center for young illegal immigrants at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. BCFS began as an orphanage for Hispanic children in San Antonio in 1944


"Children ... who weren't able to go into other orphanages. They weren't allowed at the white orphanages, they weren't allowed at the African-American orphanages," said Krista Piferrer, with BCFS external affairs

Perhaps it is true that the BCFS was overdue an expansion, but that does not explain the need for tens of millions for its purported relocation into what is effectively a resort that has tennis courts, swimming pools, and saunas? Because a quick glimpse at the website of the Palm Aire Hotel indeed reveals accomodation conditions that many Americans - the kind that actually pay taxes - would be delighted to spend the rest of their lives in:


Guest room:



Tennis court:

Hotel bar:


Who runs BSCF? Meet Kevin Dinnin, President and CEO.

Dinnin is the foremost expert in the nation on medical needs sheltering and integrating people  with disabilities into emergency planning. Mr. Dinnin serves as the President and CEO of BCFS; under his leadership BCFS has provided services to those affected by crisis and disaster around the world with an array of mental health, medical and human service programs.


Mr. Dinnin served as the project executive for the FEMA guidance for Functional Needs Support Services in General Populations shelters, published in 2010. Additionally, he has been credited with developing the most comprehensive training manual for sheltering persons with medical needs known to be in existence and for establishing and maintaining the largest medical shelter capacity of any state in the US as well as developing the Texas Medical Shelter Task Force.  He served as the commander of the Health and Medical Branch of Texas Task Force Ike following the devastating hurricane in 2008, and served as commander for the final Galveston shelter operation for those impacted by Hurricane Ike. Recently, Mr. Dinnin led an incident management team response to Haiti following the 2010 earthquake where he implemented the Incident Command System in one of the largest Haitian hospitals.


Additionally, Mr. Dinnin has held numerous appointments with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services including a secretarial appointment to the National Advisory Committee on Terrorism following the September 11, 2001 attacks. He was selected by the Texas Division of Emergency Management to serve as Incident Commander of the West Texas Unified Command when more than 1,000 responders engaged in the FLDS incident in San Angelo, Texas.

In other words, a career government worker, who has extensive experience with the "proper" allocation of emergency funding. Or perhaps not.

The Gateway Pundit has more on this curious development:

The plan is to have the hotel ready for illegal alien children ages 12 to 17 by October 1st of this year, a mere two-and-half months from now. It is expected the average stay will be about fifteen days.


The Palm Aire Hotel and Suites currently advertises amenities such as two outdoor swimming pools—one Olympic sized—Jacuzzis, sauna, steam room, two racquetball courts, outdoor tennis courts, picnic area with grills and a fitness center with twenty machines and free weights.


Attracted to the space for outdoor recreation at the Palm Aire Hotel and Suites, BCFS spoke of building a soccer field at the hotel and adding a perimeter fence.


BCFS plans to employ 650 people at the Palm Aire Hotel and Suites, which would mean slightly over one worker per illegal alien child. According to the BCSF Website, the charity’s jobs pay from $10 to $45 per hour.


KRGV-TV quoted a BCFS spokeswoman about the purpose of buying the Palm Aire Hotel and Suites: "It’s going to be an intake facility, which serves as a lot like a hospital emergency room,” Krista Piferrer, BCFS VP External Affairs said. 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,” Piferrer said.”


BCFS plans for the facility to be “completely self-contained” with Piferrer telling KRGV-TV, ‘medical staff will be on hand so children with diseases or injuries will not be transferred to local hospitals.’


Piferrer told the Valley Morning Star the Palm Aire Hotel and Suites facility would ‘(provide) medical and mental health care, on-site educational programs, recreational programs and case management.’

The conclusion:

According to a Hidalgo County commissioner, the BCFS contract for the Palm Aire Hotel and Suites is an annual one worth $50 million per year. It is not part of the $3.7 billion emergency funding for the illegal alien invasion requested by the Obama administration as the bill hasn’t yet passed but it is a good indication of where the money will go.

Sadly, it is. Because when there is no strings attached money sloshing around the system, and when there is a sudden crisis that should certainly not be put to waste, what is assured is that the vast bulk of the funds will be almost certainly misappropriated, potentially making gentlemen like Dinnin exorbitantly rich (perhaps as reward for his years of service at DHHS), and at worst it will be misallocted with zero regard for the consequences: after all it is taxpayers who are paying for it.

And the last point is perhaps critical: because as noted above, the most disturbing revelation in this story is how painfully - for many - inequitable US public policy is and will be in the coming months and years as America's immigrant problem is addressed. Because while one may argue that children, illegal immigrants or otherwise deserve amenities, one can also understand why, rightfully, many honest, taxpaying Americans ask: "why don't we get comparable treatment by the government, at least we pay our taxes."

That, and also the fundamental question nobody has addressed: if immigrants know they can expect such white glove treatment, will it make them more or less likely to cross the border?

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midtowng's picture

This looks like bullsh*t

Ariadne's picture

Follow the reference links slug.

Manthong's picture

If they end up at places like that, they will trash them in a heartbeat.

But you know, it is looking likely that this wholesale importation of criminals and immigrants is a conspiracy to break the social order down to the point that the sheep will be screaming for federal law enforcement intervention, more gun control, more surveillance, less privacy, and more totalitarian repression of finance and social issues..  Cloward-Piven on crack.

This cannot be an accident.. case in point; a trainload of >1,000 illegal Central Americans IN MEXICO would be IMPOSSIBLE without collusion between the US and Mexican governments/state departments. This just does not happen in Mexico Unless, The U.S. Government says “Let Them Pass Through ! Obama and his U.S. State Department are doing this to the country ON PURPOSE!

And the Mexicans are happy to comply.. it fits in perfectly with their Reconquista dreams


ACP's picture

And if a US citizen attempts to enter, he'll be arrested for tresspassing and sent to jail.



Pladizow's picture

Guaranteed future votes!

Burn the fucker down before Oct 1st - Krugman would want it that way!

Liberal's picture

Yesss!  We need to take care of these future liberals!



eclectic syncretist's picture

Obama will be passing out the voter cards by the weekend.


Arius's picture

The key is not that anyone cares where poor immigrants go ...


THE KEY is that this resort most likely is going bankrupt and somone has the right connections ... ask them how much are they charging the government ...

Keyser's picture

FFS, put them in the FEMA camps... Oh wait, the FEMA camps are for your and I, while the illegals get a $50 million dollar resort... See how our tax $$$ are being spent... 

BobPaulson's picture

Is there any way to renounce citizenship so you get access?

Liberal's picture

Sure you can renounce your citizenship.  Just don't forget to turn in all your assets and money to Uncle Sam.  He'll gladly let you go once you do.

RevRex's picture

Let's not forget the EBT cards with a $5000 limit given to every illegal alien criminal......oh, and the bus ride to WalMart.....



but but but "boath party's hour the same an Busch did it two". right Libertardian voters?

Bad Attitude's picture

Not even the indigenous Free Shit Army will be treated this well. The iFSA is only useful to TPTB during elections.

Forward (over the cliff)!

Zirpedge's picture

That pool looks more like a Lazy River tube ride at your local waterpark. Does one side feed in from a tunnel across the border? 

Also the Pool/ Jaccuizi is lacking the required No Lifeguard on Duty / Undocumented Immigrant Capacity / No Undocumented Immigrant under 14 should use the jaccuzi without accomaniment by an adult signage. Very Irresponible of the developer.

Son of Loki's picture

Wait 'till the other 100 million poor central american people hear about this.

Manthong's picture

I wonder how conflicted the typically liberal Housekeepers and Hotel Service Unions will be when their members start catching scabies, head and body lice, whooping cough, Pneumonias, TB, MRSA Staff, Swine Flu and a host of other purposefully imported maladies?


Miles Ahead's picture



Hey, all you crybabies above are like the native americans who were crying when England started dumping their unwanteds into the penal colony over here.  Oh, I forgot, no... it was those nice little Pilgrims bringing pumpkin pies and cranberry sauce (the turkey was here already).

SoberOne's picture

Me llamo Lloyd.  Do I win a free vacacion?

remain calm's picture

I need to get down there and sign up as an illegal. I have a week of vacation coming up, my kids would enjoy it. Does anyone know if meals are included. If not I say bullshit and they must be racist. I am in.

Handful of Dust's picture

Where are Jesse Sharpton ? What about all those 'diverse' inner city poor folks these two should be yelling/rioting about not getting enuff money, while illegals are handed accomodations superior to full room and board at a university. My dorm room was not even this nice!


mjcOH1's picture

But it's for the little childrens!

Richard Chesler's picture

Nothing wrong with initially being nice to future debt slaves.

Another liberal initiatiave brought to you by bankster scum.


JCDK's picture

--- or just follow the future power in American elections. He is importing future democrat voters. Obama's mind cannot grasp anything more important than that.   Sort of Keynesian politics!  (To a dead mind outside reality.)


25or6to4's picture

@ Miles Ahead
Most Indian nations had the self respect to fight back the English and others to some degree. As far as I know, they certainly didn't build spas and resorts for them.

Miles Ahead's picture

Oh, I agree.  Them is my peeps (to some degree).  But after we found out that all that smokum peace pipe was bullshit it was too late.  Nothing to compete with those fire sticks.  (And disease, as the guy above said).

But now this new generation should be commended for building spas for them.  This ain't the Wild Wild West.  Kinder, Gentler, remember?  Let'em come; and let the chips fall where they may.  There's plenty of unused land from sea to shining sea, in particular places like Detroit; lotta empty houses there from what I'm told...

btw, 25 Or 6 To 4, what a song, really.  Chicago was one of the most influential things in my life, all things considered.

25or6to4's picture

Thanks fellow Chicago listener . You are correct that there is plenty of land however finances is another question. Yes, let them come on in but take away all government support and welfare programs first.

Miles Ahead's picture

Why everybody junking me?  A prophet is not without honor...

... save in his home. 

You guys better hope more Mexicans come over and perhaps they can replace them things you have over at TSA... they've found out that 90% of them have no idea that District of Columbia is in the USA!

@TSA Agent in Orlando never heard of "District of Columbia." Demanded passport because he didn't believe my drivers license was from US!?

— Justin Gray (@grayjustin) 

... and a whole host more!  I bet them Mexicans will get it right!

Miles Ahead's picture

Why everybody junking me?  A prophet is not without honor...

... save in his home. 

You guys better hope more Mexicans come over and perhaps they can replace them things you have over at TSA... they've found out that 90% of them have no idea that District of Columbia is in the USA!

@TSA Agent in Orlando never heard of "District of Columbia." Demanded passport because he didn't believe my drivers license was from US!?

— Justin Gray (@grayjustin) 

... and a whole host more!  I bet them Mexicans will get it right!

Manthong's picture

But it was a Brit that wanted to do it on purpose.

See: Disease as a potential weapon against Native Americans

Maybe Obama is taking his lead from Jeffrey Amherst. .   Just sayin'.

Never One Roach's picture

I've worked on several Indian reservations and let me inform you; they are desolate very depressing places and the Indians are [rightly or wrongly] very depressed usually. There's no free shit handed out to them there. They are the Forgotten Peoples of the Western Hemisphere.

slyder wood's picture

Yes, a lesson well worth remembering.....

But to put it in perspective it was actually the Spanish who were most effective at wiping out indigenous people and creating the mestizo population. Although there was plenty of violence against the indigenous most were wiped out by disease, some estimates of 80% or more. 

The 'infected blanket" theory suggested by Amherst was never supported by the military. They had a healthy fear of smallpox, especially in the outpost scenario.

FrankieGoesToHollywood's picture

New summer camp option for hispanic american families:  Drop your kid off, without ID, in the area.  Stop by a week before school starts and claim them.

Save_America1st's picture

hope they spend some of that money on very tall razor-wire fences that angle inwards, and concrete walls that go 50 feet deep under ground.  Helps to keep them penned in so they don't get out and do things like this:

EXCLUSIVE: Released Alien from Border Crisis Arrested for Alleged Murder, Kidnapping in Texas
Chief Wonder Bread's picture

La Raza is laughing their asses off at dumb-as-bricks 'muricans.

TheObsoleteMan's picture

Meanwhile homeless veterans get to stay in warehouse type mission houses, where scabies and other communicable diseases are rampant. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE SUCKERS!

CheapBastard's picture

The Vietnam vets I see under the highway overpass would give anything for the luxury of "warehouse" accomodations and some warm food in the winter.

knukles's picture

They oughta try this shit with hotels in some of the absolutely most liberal/Progressive neighborhoods in the USofA.
Let them fuckers saying "Oh yeah great idea, open the borders, humanitarian relief, etc." house the pestilence.

We already have immigration laws, budgeting laws, expenditure laws, etc.

This is the demonstration of the rule of law being dismantled by those sworn to uphold such...  breaking down completely.

ACP's picture

That's precisely why they aren't sent to lib neighborhoods. The govt sends them to red states or red areas within blue states, hoping to spark an "incident".


j0nx's picture

You sir are 100% correct. Every place they've been sent is a red state or a red enclave in a very blue state. Makes you wonder...

Miles Ahead's picture

"Makes you wonder..."

... where you received your education.  Probably the same university institution that most of the above were housed. 

You fall hook line and sinker for the talking heads who make their living pretending to be on the extreme right, and ignore how it is really Republicans first and foremost who have enabled the illegals former native residents coming back home. Think Ace!  What's better for small and medium enterprises?

Here: chew on this. (no need to spit out that tabacky first; it's all good)....

  • “Not only do immigrants help build our economy, they invigorate our soul.” - President G.W. Bush.
  • Ronald Reagan signed... the Immigration and Control Act... The law fundamentally recognized immigrants in the US and accepted them into the society.
  • In 2012, Texas Governor Rick Perry defended the law allowing undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition for college.
  • Reagan announced the North American Accord ... he advocated for the free movement of people between Canada, Mexico and the United States. This led to NAFTA - pushed later by George H.W. Bush.

And now, last but not least, Jeb Bush told religious conservatives that the future of the nation's economy depends upon immigrants in part because they "are more fertile" and create more businesses than native-born Americans. (He didn't mean Indians, I think he meant (whip) crackers...)

So you all keep drankin' that Rush Limbaugh, Ann Colter, Michelle Filipinho kool aid. Spiked with Southern Comfort... enfuckingjoy, while them new comers sip on that good ole Dos Equis Amber...

The_Dude's picture

illegals former native residents coming back home

Miles...these are aztec decendants....always been from Mexico...it is our obligation to help them get back home....


Miles Ahead's picture

So, where are all the non-Aztec Mexicans that we stole Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, and California from?  What were they, Incas?  I'm just askin'...

On a serious note, it's quite interesting how there emerges a nice, tidy, neat, response for all of the dirty laundry in our history.  They are all Aztecs descendants.  Nice.

This replaces my former favorite: "We actually saved lives.  If we didn't drop the big one(s) on Japan, a lot more people would have died as they all were taught to die before surrender".


The_Dude's picture

Everybody's nation/tribe/civilization has dirty laundry asshole, theirs (maybe yours) is no better...go clear your conscience with a .357 and quit pushing for things that will impact my family.....fucking pussy!!


TheReplacement's picture

I can vehemently tell you that is not true.  Lynn Mass. is not a red enclave.  Hell, there already were more signs in spanish than english there  five years ago.  Whether this is true of the rest I do not know.  It is not true of this one.