Hotels For Illegal Migrants, while our homeless sleep in the streets.
Written by Peter Boykin on April 3, 2021
Hotels For Illegal Migrants, while our homeless sleep in the streets
Republican Sen. Marsha Blackburn is demanding answers from the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement over $86.9 million the agencies are spending to house more than 1,200 migrant families in hotel rooms.
Blackburn has a lot of questions for ICE, DHS on spending $86.9M on hotels for migrants.
The Biden administration, earlier this month, authorized ICE to spend $86.9 million through Texas-based nonprofit Endeavors for hotel rooms near the border to provide temporary shelter and processing services for families who have been expelled from the U.S. but have been placed in immigration proceedings for their removal.
Blackburn, R-Tenn., in a letter to DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and ICE acting Director Tae Johnson, is questioning the nonprofit’s past financial disclosures, and how the funds will be used.
Blackburn said that in 2018, Endeavors brought in “over $38 million in contributions and grants,” and noted that “IRS filings show that nearly $22 million or almost half of those contributions went to salaries.”
“This raises questions if half of the $86.9 million in ICE contract proceeds will likewise be allocated toward the employee and executive compensation instead of migrant services or housing,” Blackburn wrote.
“As the current contract stands, the cost to taxpayers for housing 1,200 migrant families for six months is about $71,000 per person,” Blackburn wrote. “For a family of four, that amounts to a shocking $284,000 — enough to buy a small house.”
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