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

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Sara Carter went after White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Friday for labeling the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border a “crisis” instead of a “challenge,” accusing the Biden administration of lying about the situation, during a recent episode of her podcast “The Sara Carter Show.”

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“I don’t want to sound like a broken record here, but at what point does it become a crisis?” a reporter asked Psaki at a White House press briefing, in a clip that Carter played on “The Sara Carter Show” podcast.

“I would say I don’t think we need to meet your bar of what we need to call it,” Psaki replied. “We had the secretary of homeland security yesterday conveying it as a challenge.”

“We’ve provided numbers publicly about how serious that challenge is,” Psaki continued. “We of course, because we are approaching this humanely, and we are approaching this in a way where we will keep the children safe and in a great break with the past administration, and because we’re doing this at a time of COVID, that is even more challenge challenging because most of these facilities are at 40% capacity, hence the number of beds that are being being utilized.”

“But again,” she added, “we’re going to approach this without labeling, we’re going to approach this with policy, with humanity, and with a focus on what we can do to keep these kids safe.”

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“Oh my gosh, a ‘challenge,’ a ‘challenge.’ She doesn’t want you to know the truth. This administration is […] stunning. It’s stunning how they are consistently lying to the American public,” Carter charged.

“So while they have made you feel so horrible and berate anybody who doesn’t wear a mask, they’re letting people just stroll on into the United States—by the way, without identification on them, I saw it myself. In fact, the majority of people that come in don’t have identification on them,” the journalist claimed, referencing her trip last week to the border. “I saw a lot of people, and the people that I ran into were from Honduras, and El Salvador, and Guatemala. But there are so many people are arriving from other parts of the world.”

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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