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Arizona AG: Biden ‘incentivizing’ migrants ‘to break the law and come here’

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On Tuesday, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich (R) argued that the Biden administration is “essentially incentiviz[ing] people to break the law and come here” regarding the recent surge of migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border and President Joe Biden‘s immigration policy changes, during Tuesday’s episode of “The Sara Carter Show” podcast.

Joining host Sara Carter, the border-state attorney general discussed his office’s two immigration-related lawsuits against the Biden administration, as well as the deteriorating situation at the southern border and its knock-on effects. Carter herself had just returned from a trip to the border, where she had the opportunity to interview various migrants crossing it, including unaccompanied children.

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Describing his first and “foremost” lawsuit, Brnovich, who has served as his state’s attorney general since 2015, cited a Biden policy “that basically or essentially stopped deportations.”

“As a result of that pause [on deportations], you literally have people in this country that are supposed to be deported, that are still here,” said the attorney general, whose mother immigrated from modern-day Montenegro during the communist regime. “So there are approximately 1—1.2 million people that right now—right now, in this country—have deportation orders, that are supposed to be deported out of the United States, and are not being deported because of the Biden administration.”

Later, Brnovich went on to detail his second lawsuit, which he said pertains to “what I call what the Biden administration is doing to essentially incentivize people to break the law and come here”.

That is, he said, “by basically not defending—at the U.S. Supreme Court—a case that involves the public charge rule, which basically, […] it’s a law that’s been on the book for 100 years.”

“President Trump created […] restrictions on who can get a green card, who can get citizenship based on their ability to support themselves or their sponsor’s ability to support themselves,” Brnovich continued, calling it a “common-sense measure”.

Saying that “the Biden administration, even though they won at one of the appellate courts, has abandoned that appeal,” the Arizona Republican explained that “we’re trying to step in, and we’re saying this rule is constitutional, and that the Biden administration should be defending it at the Supreme Court.”

“And if they’re not going to defend it,” Brnovich added, “then I will defend it at the Supreme Court, just as I recently did with Arizona’s election laws…”

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You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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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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