DHS IG Will Open Investigation Into Biden’s $87M Contract To House Migrants In Hotels

The Department of Homeland Security just gave Joe Biden and the gang in the White House some terrible news – the IG will open an investigation into the Biden administration over an $87 million contract to house migrant families in hotels.

The DHS Office of the Inspector General will look into how Texas-based Endeavors was given a massive federal contract by the DHS agency Immigration and Customs Enforcement despite the fact that a senior director for Endeavors worked on President Joe Biden’s transition team.

Rep. John Katko (R-NY), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, issued the following statement: “I was pleased to see that the DHS Inspector General will be launching an investigation into the Biden Administration’s unclear and suspect process for selecting a contractor to place migrants in hotel rooms after illegally entering the country.

“The decision to award a massive, no-bid contract to the nonprofit Endeavors raised many questions including how an organization with no experience working with ICE could win a non-compete contract. 

“The Committee has been sounding the alarm on this for several weeks, and this investigation is a critical first step in delivering the transparency the American people deserve.

“It’s bad enough that this Administration has created a self-inflicted border crisis. Its response should now be focused on reversing the misguided policies that got us here – not engaging in activity that raises significant ethical questions,” he wrote.

From The Washington Examiner:

The contract in question was signed in March and gave Endeavors the equivalent of $352.64 per hotel bed per day to house approximately 80,000 migrant families through September.

Exactly 1,239 beds at seven hotels located in Arizona and Texas were rented for more than six months. The federal contract dubs the hotels as “emergency family reception sites” where families will be held up to three days before being released into the United States, with or without documents mandating they appear in immigration court.

Each hotel was nicknamed “casa,” the Spanish word for house. The agency shuffled 600 people into hotels in El Paso, Texas, and Chandler, Arizona, as part of phase one, which started in early April.

Phase two began April 30, and 600 beds were supposed to be made available in Pecos, Texas; Phoenix, Arizona; and Cotulla, Texas. The administration’s use of the rooms is an emergency measure to respond to the surge of families illegally crossing the border and being taken into custody.

A former senior official on the Biden transition team is an executive at Endeavors, Andrew Lorenzen-Strait. On Jan. 20, Inauguration Day, Endeavors hired Lorenzen-Strait as its senior director for migrant services and federal affairs, meaning that he would be the organization’s liaison to the federal government.

 

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