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Percentage of Adults Expelled by Border Patrol Under Trump’s Title 42 Continue to Lower

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The Trump administration enacted Title 42 public health protections in March of 2020 in order to combat the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the Biden administration, “just 59% of single adult migrants encountered by Border Patrol agents in December were expelled via Title 42 public health protections – the latest in a steady decline in the use of the Trump-era order that allows for the rapid expulsion of migrants at the border” reports Fox News.

Title 42 was allowed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to allow for the rapid expulsion of migrants at the border. Immigration activists have chastised the measure and put pressure on the Biden administration to do away with it.

Although Biden has kept it in place, and not applied it to unaccompanied children, the percentage of individuals expelled under the order continues to drop. Fox News reports “the 59% of single adults expelled is down from 66% of expulsions of single adults under Title 42 in November and 75% as recently as August. At the beginning of the Biden administration, that number was significantly higher.”

“In the last month of the Trump administration, in December 2020, 58,944 of the 64,536 single adults were returned via Title 42, and in March 2021, shortly after the Biden administration took over, 87,579 of the 100,116 single adults encountered were returned” adds Fox News.

In a statement, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) did not directly address why the percentages are significantly reducing. A spokesperson said, “DHS continues to expel migrants under Centers for Disease Control and Preventions Title 42 authority.”

“Those who cannot be expelled under Title 42 and do not have a legal basis to remain are placed in expedited or full removal proceedings” they continued. “Our borders are not open, and people should not make the dangerous journey. Individuals and families are subject to border restrictions, including expulsion,” they said.

Fox News reports, “Some migrants from places such as Nicaragua and Cuba are being enrolled into the recently restored Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), but the number enrolled into the program — which sees migrants returned to Mexico — were less than 300 in December.”

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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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