Appearing on ‘Hannity’ Thursday night, Fox News contributor Sara Carter reported the disturbing murders taking place at the southern border. “I’ve been covering the border for a long time. The last several days have been absolutely shocking to me.”
Sara spent time with Texas Department of Public Safety special operations and law enforcement officers who shared that the “crime and increase in the brazenness of the drug cartels along the border” is something that they can’t even explain. The body of a murdered woman was found on the United States side of the southern border on October 26 with “cartel style” mutilations.
In an interview Sara conducted with one border patrol agent, he shared that criminal organizations are crossing the border using “professional type weapons” in what appear to be “methodical” acts of violence. In response to Sara’s question about why this is happening, he said, “You see these murders take place in Mexico with other rival cartel members, usually they do that to send a message to the rival cartels. But bodies showing up on the US side is something we’ve never seen before.”
Sara concluded her appearance by noting that since Governor Greg Abbott imposed the criminal trespass laws in Texas, there have been over 1,800 arrests of criminal trespass since July 20, and that is only a fraction of the 400,000 who have disappeared over the last fiscal year.
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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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