We knew Biden’s open border, pro-illegal immigration policies would be terrible for America and its budget. However, the full extent of those deleterious aspects might not have been immediately obvious. Well, now it is. According to Sen. Marsha Blackburn, the Biden Admin is spending $71,000 per migrant for illegal immigrant hotel rooms. Here’s what she wrote in a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and ICE acting Director Tae Johnson:
“As the current contract stands, the cost to taxpayers for housing 1,200 migrant families for six months is about $71,000 per person. For a family of four, that amounts to a shocking $284,000 – enough to buy a small house.”
The background of this is that Biden and his team signed a ~$87 million contract with a Texas non-profit called Endeavors, which is supposed to provide shelter and accommodations for illegal immigrants.
There are speculations that that “non-profit” is really just siphoning off money to employees. According to Sen. Blackburn, over half of its 2018 donations ($22 million out of $38 million) went to salary expenses rather than completing the mission of providing shelter to illegal immigrants.
Of course, whether the government should even be providing such accommodations to illegal immigrants is up for debate. I really doubt it; they should just be deported immediately since they’re illegally crossing the border and, in effect, invading our nation. But, were we to accept the absurd idea that it is the duty of the government to provide for illegals, the very least the bureaucrats could do is find a company that could do a reasonable job at efficiently spending our tax dollars. Spending $71,000 per person, or $284,000 per person, is not at all fiscally responsible. It is yet another example of the government profligacy that has turned our debt problem into a debt disaster.
We need to take Sen. Balckburn’s remarks about the profligacy at the border seriously and spend time investigating why the government is spending $71,000 per person to house illegal immigrants in hotels. Why is it spending so much in return for so little on something it shouldn’t be spending on in the first place?
The answer likely lies with government irresponsibility and corruption at Endeavors, which seems to simply be siphoning funds into the pockets of those who work there. But, only investigations can show what is actually going on. We must demand accountability.