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‘It’s not funny’: Peter Doocy, Jen Psaki clash over migrants and reopening schools

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White House press secretary Jen Psaki and Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy on Wednesday clashed over the current surge of migrants at the southern border, specifically about unaccompanied minors in detention facilities and schools reopening when it comes to CDC guidelines for both.

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Peter Doocy: “You’ve been telling migrants from right there for a month now—all the way back to February 10—that now is not the time to come, but they are coming in bigger numbers every day. So, do you have a messaging problem?”

“Well, I would say that in the last administration, we had a morality problem,” Psaki replied, “and children were being pulled from the arms of their parents and kids were being sent back on a treacherous journey and that’s not the approach of this administration.”

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“Certainly we understand that means there will be more kids who are crossing the border,” she continued. “We made a policy decision that that was the right, humane step to take. But I think it’s also important for people to understand that the vast majority of people who come to our border are turned away, are sent back to their countries.”

Psaki went on to say that she’s talking about unaccompanied minors, adding that the Biden administration is focusing on ensuring the children have safe places to go with a variety of resources for them.

Doocy then pressed her about concerns that Biden’s immigration policies are encouraging more migrants to come to the border.

“Since the last administration is gone—tomorrow is 50 days of Biden—and there are migrants showing up wearing t-shirts that say, ‘Biden, please let us in’,” Doocy brought up, asking her, “Why doesn’t he come out and just say now is not the time?”

“Well, he actually did an interview with Univision about a week or a week and a half ago where he conveyed a similar message,” Psaki noted. “And we’ve conveyed that at every opportunity that we have.”

“We are digging our way out of a broken and dismantled system,” she added before detailing the steps the Biden administration has taken to face the developing situation and to reverse the Trump administration’s policies.

RELATED: ‘Lying to the American public’: Sara Carter slams Psaki on border crisis

Doocy challenged her regarding CDC guidelines pertaining to the migrant detention facilities that the press secretary mentioned.

“Does the White House think that it’s a problem when the CDC tells these migrant shelter facilities that they can be at full capacity if they are careful about COVID—many of them do,” the Fox News correspondent asked, “but when the CDC tells schools that they can open in person at full capacity, many of them don’t?”

“Is there a school in particular that you have as an example?” Psaki tried to clarify with him.

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“Are most of the schools in this country at full capacity with in-person learning?” Doocy rephrased his question.

“Is there a specific school, though, that is not following the CDC guidelines of implementing the mitigation steps so that they can reopen?” Psaki asked again.

“The CDC is saying […] every school can be at full capacity,” Doocy claimed.

Psaki explained that the CDC has given schools eight steps that they should take before fully reopening.

“But since [schools] are not all back, from an administration position, or from your perspective, have the Border Patrol unions and the [Department of Health and Human Services] unions been easier to work with than the teachers unions?” Doocy asked.

Psaki argued he was “mixing different circumstances,” but Doocy pressed her, saying they both involve “children all in tight quarters.”

She squinted her face and laughed at the comparison, which spurred the Fox News correspondent to say, “It’s not funny.”

Psaki went on to repeat what she said about the CDC’s mitigation steps for reopening schools, saying that the reopening of schools involves “different circumstances” than migrant facilities.

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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