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Watchdog Groups Sue Biden Admin for Info on Paying Charities for Migrant Travel

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Biden’s Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Health and Human Services is being sued by two watchdog groups for their communications with Catholic organizations that have been involved with aiding migrants at the southern border.

News spread that the Catholic Charities were receiving reimbursements, funded by U.S. taxpayers, to buy plane tickets for migrants as well as other expenses to help them om “their journey” so they are not left on the streets.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday by Catholic Vote Action and Judicial Watch after the Departments failed to respond to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request made last September. “The Biden administration has refused to provide copies of communications between Catholic-affiliated charities and organizations at the border,” CatholicVote president Brian Burch said in a statement.

The purpose of the FOIA was to get communications between U.S. Customs and Border Protection and catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, the Humanitarian Center in McAllen, Texas, and the Diocese of Brownsville in order to gauge activity.

 

“American Catholics deserve to know the full extent of the U.S. government’s role in funding and coordinating with Catholic church affiliated agencies at the border, and what role these agencies played in the record surge of illegal immigrants over the past year,” Burch added.

National Review Reports that the Catholic charity “operated” its Humanitarian Respite Center to aid migrants who crossed the southern border into the U.S. last summer. Additionally ,”Sister Norma Pimentel, CCRGV’s Executive Director, stated in an interview with journalist Ali Bradley on February 3 that the organization is reimbursed with “taxpayer’s money” for some of their efforts.”

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Overdose death in IN apartment building leads officers to 13 migrants, mostly children, in basement squalor

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13 illegal aliens — most of them children — were reportedly living in an apartment building basement in Indiana, only found because of an overdose death. Officers of the Hammond Police Department were called to investigate the death of a resident in the multi-unit building. But during the investigation, officers discovered a large number of migrants were illegally living in the building’s basement, WGN-TV reported.

When officers arrived, they found 13 illegals from Venezuela — including nine children ranging in age from two months to 14 years, and two women and two men — living in the basement space.

Neighbors told the media that they had no idea that so many people were living illegally in the building as they never saw any of them outside the home.

Further investigation revealed that a local member of the clergy had arranged the illegal living quarters for the migrants. The clergy member was not identified publicly and he has not been charged with anything at present.

“The City of Hammond is not open to this type of illegal criminal activity and [they have] placed people in significant harm, including children,” said Hammond Mayor Thomas M. McDermott Jr. who insisted he would hold the clergy member accountable.

It has not yet been reported what the migrants will do, where they will go, and if the city will be on the hook to care for them.

Breitbart News reports that Hammond, Indiana, is just one of many cities in which large numbers of illegals have been found crammed into small spaces in squalid living conditions.

In March, New York City building inspectors discovered an illegal flop house for migrants in which some 70 of them were living in the cramped basement of a Queens furniture store. Through an investigation it was found that the building’s owner, a man named Ebou Sarr, himself an immigrant, was charging the illegals $300 a month to live there.

 

 

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