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The federal government’s fight against illegal immigration has led to booming business for a non-profit housing program that cares for migrant children separated from their parents.

Southwest Key Programs was paid at least $458 million in fiscal 2018 to house unaccompanied children, as President Donald Trump’s administration has enforced its “zero-tolerance” policy of prosecuting all who cross the border illegally.

The article goes on to state the following:

Southwest Key, which issued a statement Wednesday denouncing family separations, houses about 1,600 kids at 26 shelters in Arizona, California and Texas.

Eight of its Arizona shelters house migrant children, primarily from Guatemala, according to the non-profit.

The average stay at Southwest Key’s shelters has risen from 42 days to 52 days under Trump’s “zero-tolerance” immigration policy, an organization spokesman said.

Children at the shelters receive six hours of education a day, with playtime and counseling. As kids stay longer, the federal government pays Southwest Key more money.

USA TODAY also reported the following details:

  • Its publicly available tax-return forms show its total income was $96 million in fiscal 2013. By fiscal 2016, revenues had grown to $242 million. Now, the government is paying the organization $458 million.
  • As Southwest Key’s revenue has grown, so has compensation for Chief Executive Juan Sanchez. Sanchez’s compensation has nearly doubled since 2016, according to the organization. In 2017, Sanchez had a base pay of $889,360, additional pay of $21,000 and $566,371 in retirement compensation. The total package: $1.47 million.

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