The illegal immigrants who were involved in a deadly California car accident last week reportedly paid up to $10,000 each to be smuggled across the U.S.-Mexico border.
13 immigrants were killed last week after an SUV filled with 25 suspected undocumented immigrants collided with a semi-truck in Southern California, near the border.
The Daily Mail has reported that the immigrants paid between $5,000 to $10,000 to be smuggled across the border, with Guatemalan immigrants paying the most due to the longer trip.
Authorities are still investigating the crash, however, locals told DailyMail.com that the area is notorious for crashes.
Sargeant Arturo Platero of the California Highway Patrol told DailyMail.com that he had never seen a crash so extreme.
“Me personally, I’ve never come across anything like that before. It’s extreme. Obviously, that vehicle wasn’t meant to hold that many people,” he said.
“We deal with crashes on a daily basis. Every day we see collisions and every day there are people who die as a result. But this magnitude, this is obviously something different.”
Officer Carlos Pitones of the El Centro sector said that President Joe Biden’s immigration policies are causing a rise in illegal immigration.
“It’s been picking up – it’s been really busy in the area,” he said. “Biden is having an effect.”
Moreover, border patrol authorities said that Biden’s immigration policies have encouraged more undocumented immigrants to attempt to smuggle into the U.S.
Border patrol numbers for the El Centro sector where the crash occurred show that 13,787 people attempted to cross into the U.S. illegally in Jan.– a 100% increase from 2020 when just 6,429 attempts were made.
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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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