WASHINGTON, DC – The Biden administration has put a new spin on the Spanish phrase “mi casa es su casa” (my house is your house) by converting hotels into “casas” or homes for illegal migrants, all on the American taxpayer’s dime.
Earlier this year, it was notable that under the Biden administration the National Guard was forced to sleep in a Washington, D.C. parking garage during freezing winter temperatures.
https://t.co/TBoLweJhM1— James C Whitfield (@Ghostriderjimc) April 3, 2021
NewsMax reporter Emerald Robinson Monday March 22, interrogated White House press secretary Jen Psaki about Biden administration’s handling of illegal aliens versus National Guard troops
soldiers were transferred to a frozen parking garage in middle winter
More recently, homeless citizens were allegedly booted out of a shelter so illegal migrants, many infected with coronavirus, could move in.
Called it! When they kicked out the homeless AFTER making millions from Fed funds; they moving in unaccompanied migrant children to make more FED FUNDS. Remember City of San Diego rents for $1/yr from Port. https://t.co/H4DX8xGioD— JannetteVaught (@JannetteVaught) March 22, 2021
Immigrants will be moved into several hotels located near the borders in Texas and Arizona, with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) reportedly paying up to $99 per night for rooms.
In its rush to put migrant families in hotels after they come over the border, the Biden administration issued a no-bid ICE contract to a never-before-used organization that has questionable ties back to Biden transition and DHS officials, sources sayhttps://t.co/jYMrZVeDx6— Anna Giaritelli (@Anna_Giaritelli) April 8, 2021
The latest decision to secure hotel rooms comes as the Biden administration is seeing the biggest surge of illegal migrants at the border in decades, with a potential two million migrants coming to the U.S.-Mexico border this year, The Washington Post reported.
The cost? $86 million is the current estimate.
"Scores of National Guard members were forced out of a U.S. Capitol cafeteria resting area & into a parking garage nearby, putting them in close quarters with moving cars, exhaust fumes & troops potentially infected with the coronavirus"https://t.co/WjFOqmXzzH— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) January 22, 2021
The surge is putting a heavy strain on government resources and border towns, causing Biden to revert to the Trump administration’s use of hotels to house migrants.
The Trump administration used hotels to hold illegal migrants before expelling them and to prevent the coronavirus from spreading further in the U.S.
The border directive, which was adopted in March of 2020, was supposed to block the flow of most nonessential travel across the northern and southern borders.
The Trump administration also tested migrant children to confirm that they had not contracted the coronavirus before expelling them, according to ProPublica.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott told Biden he has a “Neanderthal-type” approach to COVID because he is okay with releasing COVID positive immigrants in the state. https://t.co/YZI9uGZzJV— Morris Robinette (@moraro456) March 5, 2021
The Biden administration was criticized last month by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and others for knowingly releasing illegal migrants who had the coronavirus into the U.S.
This in San Diego, California. Is anyone surprised? Also Biden signed off on $86 million for illegal aliens to stay at hotels. Nothing for homeless American's affected by the economy. I was born and raised in California but moved out 20 years ago. Cities there are shitholes. pic.twitter.com/emhDuuZxgb— Michael DeLauzon 🇺🇸 🦅 (@MichaelDeLauzon) April 6, 2021
According to a recent report by Washington Examiner, seven hotels are being converted into homes for migrant families:
“Immigration and Customs Enforcement is taking over seven hotels near the southern border starting Friday as the federal agency begins placing migrant families released from Border Patrol custody into the hotels.
“Hundreds of people who illegally came over the U.S.-Mexico border with a family member will be placed in hotels in El Paso, Texas, and Chandler, Arizona, this Friday as the Biden administration spends tens of millions of dollars to house people despite having its own holding centers, according to internal documents reviewed by the Washington Examiner.
“ICE has not revealed whether the families will be sent back to their home countries or released into the United States.”
Biden’s Border Crisis Produced The Largest Influx Of Illegal Aliens In More Than 20 Yearshttps://t.co/9iWuGachVD— The Federalist (@FDRLST) April 8, 2021
ICE has dubbed each hotel that is housing migrants as a “casa.” Phase one of the initiative begins this Friday where ICE will shuffle 600 people into hotels in Texas and Arizona.
Just a reminder: Biden Administration caused the crisis at the border and taxpayers have to foot the bill.— Catalina Lauf (@CatalinaLauf) April 6, 2021
Classic Government created problem, at the expense of the American family and worker.https://t.co/cVoVAOhuBc
Phase two will begin April 30, and 600 beds will be made available at additional hotels in other locations in Texas and Arizona, according to Washington Examiner’s report.
As if the illegal immigrant crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border were not bad enough, homeless Americans have been booted from a temporary shelter in southern California to make room for scores of migrants, dozens of them infected with COVID-19. READ: https://t.co/Eqmj9RXqNY— Judicial Watch ⚖️ (@JudicialWatch) April 8, 2021
All the hotels, which have familiar brand names, have been unofficially renamed by ICE, presumably to sound more appealing and homey.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott is demanding Joe Biden close a Texas border facility after allegations that children are being sexually assaulted.https://t.co/sUMEL1oNW4— Dinesh D'Souza (@DineshDSouza) April 8, 2021
Some hotels have amenities such as in-room kitchens and large pools.
Here are the seven hotels that Washington Examiner reported are being converted:
- One Best Western hotel was renamed by ICE as “Casa Estrella” or Star House, and 186 beds will be available for illegal immigrants. The hotel is near a Starbucks coffee shop and a couple of miles away from El Paso International Airport.
- Comfort Inn, renamed by ICE as “Casa Consuelo” or House of Consolation, will have 158 beds for immigrants.
- “La Casa de la Luz,” or House of Light, for the Holiday Inn will accept more than 200 people starting Friday. It is located 15 miles southeast of Phoenix in Chandler and has a large pool.
- Starting April 30, 107 beds will be available for families brought to the WoodSpring Suites in Pecos, Texas. “La Casa de La Paz,” or House of Peace, has in-room kitchens and living rooms rather than just bedrooms. Roll-out beds and cots are also being factored in the available beds at each hotel, according to Washington Examiner.
- The Hilton brand’s Hampton Inn, “Casa Esperanza” or House of Hope, and Wyndham’s Microtel, “Casa de Compasión” or House of Compassion, in Cotulla will hold approximately 338 people combined.
- Phoenix’s Sure Stay Best Western motel rooms will hold 142 people as the “Casa de Alegria” or House of Joy. It is located close to the city’s airport.
After three months, the Biden administration seems to be realizing the full scope of the growing crisis at the border during a pandemic. Yet, neither President Joe Biden nor Vice President Kamala Harris has visited the border to see the myriad of problems there for themselves.
What Crisis? @KamalaHarris wants cake!! Can you imagine if Trump had done this? Kamala reminds me of Marie Antionette. She doesn't give a damn about Americans! Truly selfish Btch!— Genie out of the Bottle 🇺🇸🇮🇱 ✡️ (@Sassy_Jeanie) April 8, 2021
WH Defends Kamala Harris Getting Cake in Chicago Despite Border Crisis Taskshttps://t.co/PeAE7DgNvv
Last month, ICE signed an $87 million contract to acquire and oversee an operation involving 1,200 hotel beds to house migrant families in Arizona and Texas, according to a separate report by Washington Examiner.
But Endeavors does have a former official from the Biden transition team in its ranks: former ICE official Andrew Lorenzen-Strait, identified as a potential broker in the deal by Rep. Andrew Clyde, who is tracking the contract, as well as two sources.https://t.co/jYMrZVeDx6— Anna Giaritelli (@Anna_Giaritelli) April 7, 2021
The contract was given to the nonprofit organization Family Endeavors, based out of San Antonio, Texas, which has no previous history as an ICE contractor, according to the report.
Step 4: "I didn't like Trump, but I wish Biden would do what Trump did." cc: @ScottAdamsSays— Joel Pollak (@joelpollak) April 8, 2021
"Anti-Trump New York Times Columnist Calls on Biden to Finish Border Wall" https://t.co/F8KRAHbkCX via @BreitbartNews
However, Family Endeavors does have a former senior official on the Biden transition team in its leadership: former ICE official Andrew Lorenzen-Strait, identified as a potential broker in the deal by Rep. Andrew Clyde of Georgia, who is tracking the contract, as well as two others with knowledge of the situation Washington Examiner reported.
Endeavors is pleased to announce the official appointment of Andrew Lorenzen-Strait as the Senior Director for Migrant Services & Federal Affairs at Endeavors!— Endeavors® (@EndeavorsOrg) January 21, 2021
The organization announced Lorenzen-Strait’s appointment as Senior Director for Migrant Services and Federal Affairs in January.
“These regulations will further empower agency employees and foster care providers to discriminate against children and families who are LGBTQ.”— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) February 23, 2020
A must read from Andrew Lorenzen-Strait, the executive director for migrant programs at @CompassionVann. https://t.co/mVCK9gEqan
The newspaper further reported:
“On Jan. 20, Inauguration Day, Family Endeavors announced that Lorenzen-Strait would become its senior director for migrant services and federal affairs, meaning that he would be the organization’s liaison to the federal government.
“Within two months, Lorenzen-Strait secured the contract.
Roxsana Hernández, trans woman w/HIV, died at an ICE detention center in NM after suffering abuse.— Reclaim Pride Coalition (@queermarch) February 13, 2019
Andrew Lorenzen-Strait, gay DED of ICE Enforcement & Removal Ops Custody Pgms, defended his agency, saying “LGBTI care is of paramount importance to us.”https://t.co/XyKWps3AH7 pic.twitter.com/BjmAjCwQzi
“Government contracts are supposed to be awarded through an open competitive process, outlined in the Federal Acquisition Regulation.
“Information obtained through the Federal Procurement Data System indicates that ICE never opened the contract to outside companies and organizations but went with an internal candidate who had significant insider connections.”
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi told reporters Wednesday that the situation at the border has improved since Joe Biden took office and that it is now on a “good path”.https://t.co/thSxv6bWBT— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) April 8, 2021
Before Lorenzen-Strait joined Family Endeavors, he served on the Biden-Harris transition team working on the DHS policy team, where he vetted political appointees for the Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees the care that unaccompanied migrant children are provided while in government custody, according to the report.
On Friday, LSSNCA Executive Director for Migrant Services, Andrew Lorenzen-Strait, spoke at the #ChildrensBestInterests symposium at American University @AUWCL @AILANational @AILANational pic.twitter.com/bgjGkj64vu— LSSNCA (@CompassionVann) February 18, 2020
When Washington Examiner contacted ICE about why the contract was not offered through a competitive process, the agency responded that the reason was due to “unusual and compelling urgency.”
Last August, The New York Times suggested that housing immigrants in hotels actually encouraged a surge of migrants:
“Government data obtained by The New York Times, along with court documents, show that hotel detentions overseen by a private security company have ballooned in recent months under an aggressive border closure policy related to the coronavirus pandemic.
“More than 100,000 migrants, including children and families, have been summarily expelled from the country under the measure.
“But rather than deterring additional migration, the policy appears to have caused border crossings to surge, in part because it eliminates some of the legal consequences for repeat attempts at illegal crossings.”
Before the pandemic hit, the private corporation, MVM Inc., was the primary company used to transport migrant families encountered at the border to family detention centers and hotels under the Trump administration, according to The New York Times.
The newspaper noted that MVM did not have much experience detaining migrant children and contacted Lorenzen-Strait, who was noted as “another former deputy assistant director for custody management at Immigration and Customs Enforcement, who worked with MVM during his time at the agency.”
"A transportation vendor should not be in charge of changing the diaper of a 1-year old, giving bottles to babies or dealing with the traumatic effects they might be dealing with.” – Andrew Lorenzen-Strait, former Deputy Assistant Director at ICEhttps://t.co/d07UEmMJp6— Daniel Castro (@castrotech) August 17, 2020
Lorenzen-Strait told The New York Times:
“A transportation vendor should not be in charge of changing the diaper of a 1-year old, giving bottles to babies or dealing with the traumatic effects they might be dealing with.
“I’m worried kids may be exposed to abuse, neglect, including sexual abuse, and we will have no idea.”
Fast forward a few months, Lorenzen-Strait is appointed the Senior Director for Migrant Services and Federal Affairs of Family Endeavors, which secures a contract without any competition and also has no previous history as an ICE contractor.
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