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DHS Secretary Mayorkas claims to not know how many migrants were released into U.S.

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Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas appeared woefully unprepared before the Senate Homeland Security Committee Tuesday. He was joined by Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray and Director Counter Terrorism Sector Christine Abizaid.

First, Ranking Member Rob Portman (R-OH) read from the Rodney Scott letter. Scott is a Former U.S. Border Patrol Chief, who sounded the alarm on the border crisis via a letter that became part of the record of the hearing.

“He says in October 2020, he was told that 91% of total encounters were processed under Title 42 and people were expelled in a matter of 90 minutes,” Portman read. “A report I received in August of 2021 indicated that nearly 53% were granted exemptions to Title 42, with the majority being released into the United States.”

Meanwhile Mayorkas, when asked how many migrants were detained, deported, processed for expedited removal and or expelled, said he did not know.

“I do not have the data before me,” Mayorkas told the committee. Then, they all took a break from the hearing. But even after they returned, Mayorkas still didn’t have the numbers that multiple senators asked for. Yet he was fresh from a visit from the border’s Del Rio Texas section.

So Portman’s solution is to have more stern and clear messaging about the border being closed. According to him, nothing else seems to be working.

“This notion that this can all be solved by investing in Latin America, particularly in the Northern Triangle countries,” Portman went on, “I’m not against that. We’ve done a lot of it. 3.6 billion in the last five years. That’s not the ultimate answer.”

For instance, swarms of Haitian migrants have landed at the border. As a result the border crisis as progressed further than these Northern Triangle countries.

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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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