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U.S. border authorities save infant, mother migrants

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Authorities in Texas on Tuesday reported that earlier this month they had saved a mother and her infant child, 6 months old, who had tragically been thrown out of a raft by smugglers.

This story comes amid a surge during the past few months in migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Significantly, a massive amount of those making the treacherous journey have been unaccompanied minors.

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) for South Texas posted to its Facebook page Tuesday afternoon that its Special Operations Group (SOP)—a Texas Rangers Division—helped U.S. Border Patrol in the operation.

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“On 03/16/21, this specialized group assisted U.S. #BorderPatrol in Roma with a 6mo female child who had been thrown out of a raft and into the Rio Grande River by smugglers,” the statement read. “The child’s mother had been assaulted by smugglers in Mexico resulting in a broken leg.”

Our South Texas Special Operations Group, Texas Rangers Division, are an integral asset in border security. On 03/16/21,…

Posted by Texas Department of Public Safety – South Texas Region on Tuesday, March 30, 2021

DPS’s statement did not elaborate further on the story.

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Texas DPS Lt. Christopher Olivarez described the rescue to journalist Sara Carter on Wednesday as an “example of true heroism” and touted the importance of various law enforcement groups at the border.

“DPS Troopers and Special Operations Group are vital in ensuring border security and public safety by deterring criminal activity and providing protection to those most vulnerable due to the current border crisis,” said Olivarez. “This is an example of true heroism from our Special Response Team rescuing this child and mother from criminal organizations who exploit them and have no regard for their safety.”

He also praised Texas Governor Greg Abbott for directing “valuable resources to the southern border” with the implementation of Operation Lone Star.

The SOP, TDPS explained in its statement, is a “specialized group is a highly trained tactical team whose primary responsibility is to carry out specific missions, usually along the Texas-Mexico border region or wherever needed.”

“The team is designed to conduct both overt and extended covert operations in remote areas where conventional law enforcement cannot operate,” the statement continued. “The teams focus is to gather intelligence, conduct interdiction, and disruption of criminal activity usually associated with drug cartels.”

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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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