During Wednesday’s episode of “The Sara Carter Show” podcast, Carter was talking about her recent trips to the U.S.-Mexico border to report on the deteriorating situation as detention facilities are struggling to cope with the surge in migrants—especially unaccompanied children—crossing the border.
“Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, who said there wasn’t a crisis at the border, he was lying,” she charged, going on to mention Mayorkas’s planned Friday trip to the border.
“He wouldn’t even allow the media to come with him when he came out here to the border, or follow him, or go into any of those facilities because he’s lying to you,” Carter continued.
Mayorkas, who was born in Cuba, “said there isn’t a crisis. There is a crisis at this border. And he even admitted himself that it’s going to grow exponentially,” Carter said before accusing the homeland security secretary of “gaslighting”.
Moreover, she went on to rail against Mayorkas and doubled down on her accusation that he’s lying.
“And now I’m here at the border,” Carter said, “and I’m saying, ‘Guess what, Homeland [Security] Secretary Mayorkas? Just because you have that title doesn’t make everything that comes out of your mouth true. It’s a lie. Why? Because I’m here on the border. Why? Because I speak Spanish and I talked to those kids, and I talked to the people that are traveling here. Why? Because I can see it with my own eyes. My eyes are not playing tricks on me. Why? Because we have documents that prove that what went on inside, and what is going on inside, that facility is plain wrong. And you cannot hide that truth. We are not stupid. And, and we’re gonna find out.'”
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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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