Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX) appeared on “The Sara Carter Show “Thursday to talk about the latest developments in the border crisis. While he wasn’t allowed into a DEA intelligence facility in El Paso, Texas recently, he told Sara what he’s seeing in other immigration facilities.
About a month ago, Babin visited the Donna facility in Rio Grande, Texas, just on the opposite side of El Paso. “It was a facility that had a maximum capacity of 250 people,” Babin said. “5,700 kids were in this facility.”
There has been an uptick in illegal immigration overall, especially for children. The Department of Homeland Security recently began giving children exemptions to the Title 42 public health order, letting them into the country despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Lately, their situation is beginning to look more and more like “child abuse” according to Babin.
“Where are the democrats that shed tears and gave these impassioned speeches on the floor of the House of Representatives about how cruel and inhumane the previous administration was?” Babin said.
“Are you starting to think that those were crocodile tears?” Sara asked.
Babin also visited the Fort Bliss facility. The facility received its first 500 unaccompanied migrant children at the end of March. Now, Babin says they have almost 5,000 there too. “They don’t even have surveillance cameras, even around the facility there,” the Texas lawmaker said.
“You are 100% right when you call this policy, child abuse,” Carter said.
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IG Audit shows nonprofit wasted $17 million taxpayer dollars on hotels to not house illegal foreign nationals
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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