It’s common knowledge that some of the illegal immigrant children who have come over the Texas border have been placed in foster homes, in Texas and other states. But many Americans might be surprised to learn that some of these “children” are 22 years old.

“Most of our children are 15 to 17 years old,” a spokeswoman for Texas Catholic Charities told “But some stay in our program until they are 22 years old. If they’re still working on getting their high school diploma, they can stay until they’re that age.”

The spokeswoman mentioned that foster families are given $40 per day to care for each immigrant they take in from Catholic Charities, with the federal government as the funding source. A foster family willing to take on the work and responsibility of caring for the maximum six children at one time can receive more than $7,400 a month. The immigrants in their care, meanwhile, receive taxpayer-subsidized education, health care, transportation, and an “allowance,” the Catholic charities spokeswoman said. She did not mention the amount of the allowance or how often it is given.

More than 50,000 unaccompanied children, adolescents and young adults, mostly from Central America, have arrived at the Texas border over the past several months, and federal officials are predicting the number may reach 90,000 for the year. Many are said to be fleeing gang violence, rape, and human trafficking in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. Some have been placed with relatives in the United States, whether or not the relatives are here legally or are among the estimated 11 million or more illegal aliens. Many of the young immigrants are still being housed at military bases and other federal facilities.

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