There are still more questions than answers about the plans for the old American Hebrew Academy (AHA) to house unaccompanied children who entered the country illegally.
A long list of questions was sent to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra from Republican members of the North Carolina congressional delegation, including Sens. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis and Reps. Ted Budd and Virginia Foxx.
One of those questions can be stated fairly simply: Who gets the money?
The lease on the extremely upscale facility is reported to be $10 million a year for five years or $50 million.
According to that letter, a publicly traded Chinese company Puxin Limited loaned the AHA $26 million with an agreement for the academy to become an international preparatory school, but AHA never made the transition and has been closed since 2019.
It has been reported that the interest rate on that $26 million loan is 18 percent.
So, if the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) of the US Department of Health and Human Services is paying $50 million to lease the AHA campus, is Puxin the beneficiary of that money?
Is the US government essentially renting the facility from a Chinese company that has been delisted by the New York Stock Exchange and rescuing Puxin from what appears to be a questionable loan?
On the local level, Chairman of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners Skip Alston and Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan have noted that the 800 employees of the proposed ORR facility would have a positive impact on the local economy.
It is also been reported that the ORR facility would house up to 800 children.
So, according to the reports, the proposed ORR facility for unaccompanied migrant children who entered the country illegally will have a one-to-one ratio of employees to children.
This is many times the ratio of faculty and employees to students at even the most expensive and prestigious prep schools in the country.
Has the number of employees been overstated or will the ORR facility have a one-to-one ratio of employees to children?