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A ‘spiraling tsunami’: Trump tears into Biden’s border policy

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Former President Donald Trump on Friday went after President Joe Biden, accusing his successor of prompting a “spiraling tsunami” of crossings at the U.S.-Mexico border.

In an emailed statement, the 45th president blamed the current 46th for the surge in border crossing, which has spurred the opening of a pair of two overflow facilities for unaccompanied migrant children.

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“Our border is now totally out of control thanks to the disastrous leadership of Joe Biden,” Trump wrote in a lengthy statement. “Our great Border Patrol and ICE agents have been disrespected, demeaned, and mocked by the Biden Administration.”

“A mass incursion into the country by people who should not be here is happening on an hourly basis, getting worse by the minute. Many have criminal records, and many others have and are spreading covid. Interior enforcement has been shut down — criminals that were once promptly removed by our Administration are now being released back onto the street to commit heinous and violent crimes,” Trump said.

Here, the former president is referencing the recently reported release of migrants who had tested positive for COVID-19 in South Texas.

“The spiraling tsunami at the border is overwhelming local communities, depleting budgets, crowding hospitals, and taking jobs from legal American workers. When I left office, we had achieved the most secure border in our country’s history,” Trump continued. “Under Biden, it will soon be worse, more dangerous, and more out of control than ever before. He has violated his oath of office to uphold our Constitution and enforce our laws.”

On Firday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki fired back at Trump’s statements.

“We don’t take our advice or counsel from former President Trump on immigration policy, which was not only inhumane but ineffective over the last four years,” she said. “We’re going to tread our own path forward and that includes treating children with humanity and respect and ensuring they’re safe when they cross our borders.”

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Biden notably stopped construction of his predecessor’s signature border wall along the southern border. In February also, the president started to phase out the “Remain in Mexico” policy, under which around 71,000 Central American asylum applicants were awaiting rulings in Mexico. In some circumstances, asylum seekers who are permitted to wait on rulings inside the United States can receive work permits while they wait.

Back in January, border agents apprehended nearly 78,000 people, an increase from 36,679 in January of last year. Furthermore, each week last month, around 2,200 unaccompanied children were reported to have crossed the border.

On top of loosening Trump administration rules, Biden issued an order affirming the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which provides work permits and shielding from deportation to individuals brought to the United States illegally as minors, known as “Dreamers.” He also put forward legislation that would establish an eight-year path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants residing in the country.

Conservatives have criticized Biden’s proposed path to citizenship, arguing that the allure of citizenship would inspire more migrants to cross the southern border.

“I had a great relationship with Mexico, and its wonderful president, but all of that has been dissipated by the gross incompetence and radicalism of the people currently in charge. The Remain in Mexico Policy was incredible, but immediately abandoned by Biden, probably because it worked so well,” Trump also said in his statement.

“Likewise, our Safe Third Agreements in Central America were extraordinarily successful, so Biden foolishly ditched them too,” he continued. “We stopped payment of the hundreds of millions of dollars paid to them and then developed an excellent relationship that made our country and their countries more secure.”

The former president also claimed that the current administration has “given the smugglers and traffickers effective control of our border” and anticipated that the border crisis would only worsen.

“There has never been a time on our southern border like what is happening now but more importantly, what is about to happen,” Trump said.

“Now that Biden has implemented nationwide Catch-and-Release, illegal immigrants from every corner of the Earth will descend upon our border and never be returned. You can never have a secure border unless people who cross illegally are promptly removed.”

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IG Audit shows nonprofit wasted $17 million taxpayer dollars on hotels to not house illegal foreign nationals

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An audit report by the Inspector General shows enraging information as to exactly how millions of dollars from the American people were completely wasted.

One doesn’t need to read past the IG report’s headline to become furious: “ICE Spent Funds on Unused Beds, Missed COVID-19 Protocols and Detention Standards while Housing Migrant Families in Hotels.”

In summary, an unbelievable $17 million was wasted on not housing illegal foreign nationals. At the heart of the story is Endeavors, a nonprofit which has received half a billion dollars in taxpayer money “through no-bid government contracts to house foreign nationals who illegally entered the U.S. and were released by the Biden administration instead of being deported” reports The Center Square.

The audit evaluated the process used by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to grant no bid contracts to Endeavors and their compliance with federal law, the article explains.

The report evaluated an $86.9 million sole source contract first awarded to Endeavors earlier this year. The contract was awarded for six months to provide “temporary shelter and processing services for families who have not been expelled and are therefore placed in immigration proceedings for their removal from the United States,” The Center Square previously reported.

Months after it received its first no bid contract, Endeavors received a second $530 million contract and hired former Biden administration official Andrew Lorenzen-Straight as its senior director for migrant services and federal affairs, Axios reported.

The Center Square explains:

Sole source contracts are used when an agency can demonstrate the contract meets specific and justified criteria. If contracts don’t meet one of the criteria, they must be awarded through an open competitive process.

Endeavors has no professional history of providing housing services and has never provided beds or all-inclusive emergency family residential services, OIG auditors found. Those critical of DHS’ contract process argue the agency should be awarding contracts through an open competitive process to ensure that those bidding for funds can offer the services they claim they can provide.

Under the contract in question, for six months between March and September 2021, Endeavors was responsible for providing 1,239 beds and other necessary services in hotels. It used six hotels and repurposed them as Emergency Family Reception Sites to accommodate families staying less than three days while ICE considered conditions of release, including alternatives to detention.

The IOG made four recommendations for ICE to improve its contracting and oversight of hotel facility management and operations. “ICE concurred with one recommendation and didn’t concur with three. Based on information ICE provided in its response, the IOG said it considered one recommendation resolved and closed, and three recommendations administratively closed.”

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