Biden administration spending $86 million in taxpayer money to house migrants in hotels: report

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With migrant facilities being overwhelming by the massive surge of migrants, the Biden administration’s solution to the border crisis is to house migrants in hotels, but it will come at a hefty cost to the American taxpayer.

The Biden administration has awarded an $86 million contract to pay for hotel rooms to accommodate 1,200 migrant family members who cross the U.S.-Mexico border, Department of Homeland Security officials informed Axios. The hotel rooms in border states such as Texas and Arizona will originally lodge migrants for six months, but “could be extended and expanded.”

The hotel arrangements will be organized through a San Antonio-based non-profit organization called Endeavors, which “connects vulnerable populations across the United States to a wide range of helpful services.” The Endeavors website states that they offer: “Direct care, migrant wellness support, case management, home study and post-release services, staffing, and holistic programming for unaccompanied migrant children and families.”

Migrant families attempting to cross the U.S. southern border spiked massively in 2021, rising from over 7,000 in January to more than 19,000 in February, according to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

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Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas admitted this week that the U.S. government is “on pace to encounter more individuals on the southwest border than we have in the last 20 years,” a statement that was echoed by a senior official with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Also on Saturday, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that it is opening another facility to house unaccompanied child migrants. The new facility in Pecos, Texas, will provide housing for at least 500 unaccompanied minors to begin with, but will expand to 2,000 children, according to Fox News.

“While ORR has worked to build up its licensed bed capacity to almost 13,500 beds, additional capacity is urgently needed to manage both enhanced COVID-19 mitigation strategies and the increasing numbers of UC referrals from DHS,” a spokesperson for the Office of Refugee Resettlement said.

“I got notified about an hour ago from HHS, that they’re opening up a new unaccompanied minor facility in PECOS, which is in my district, out in West Texas. This facility is going to house between 500 to 2000, unaccompanied minors, it appears as if they’re targeting unused man camps. These are oil facilities where workers, temporary oil workers, house when they’re operating in the oil gas industry,” Rep. Tony Gonzalez (R-Texas) told Fox News on Saturday. “There is no end in sight, I’m told there’s two other facilities, and they’re also looking at attending this crisis is getting out of control.”

The Biden administration will reportedly send as many as 3,000 unaccompanied migrant teens aged 15-17 to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas, for up to three months.

Earlier this month, a report found that one migrant facility was at 729% capacity, and there were allegedly children taking turns sleeping on floors and only allowed weekly showers.

On Friday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott lashed out at the Biden administration’s handling of the immigration crisis at the border. He slammed President Joe Biden for allowing a minor migrant facility to open despite having “unsafe water” and another facility with a COVID-19 outbreak.

“The Biden Administration has been an abject failure when it comes to ensuring the safety of unaccompanied minors who cross our border,” Abbott said in a statement. “The conditions unaccompanied minors face in these federally run facilities is unacceptable and inhumane.”

“The Biden Administration has no excuse for subjecting these children to these kinds of conditions,” Abbott decalred. “President Biden’s refusal to address the border crisis is not only enabling criminal actors like human traffickers and smugglers, but it is exposing innocent unaccompanied children to illness and potentially unsafe living conditions. The administration must act now to keep these children safe, secure our border, and end this humanitarian crisis.”

“The Biden Admin. has turned a humanitarian crisis into a complete disaster,” Abbott wrote on Twitter. “They were unprepared for open border policies.”

There were a record-high number of unaccompanied minors crossing the southern border in February.

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      1. Well said DD. And I agree with the article that Biden has foolishly charged into the open borders concept with a gross lack of preparation! And this non-partisan independent voter does not like what he has done on this issue! Now lets talk the other side. You and your president voted large corporations and wealthy 1-4% people big tax breaks which we had to borrow money from China to support and my grandson whom was just born in February 2021 will have to pay for! So tell me, which is the bigger sin? $86 million to house migrant children until the problem can be solved, or, $800 billion to grow the bank accounts of corporations and the uber wealthy who never had a problem in the first place?

    2. AGREE! biden and kam-kam both encouraged the mass illegal immigration to our border to be funded by the taxpayer!

  1. These same democrats held up your stimulus until some of you lost your companies and homes. These same democrats refused to pay for separate housing for elderly patients who tested positive for Covid instead sent them to nursing homes resulting in 150,000 dead in New York alone. The bottom line their not doing this because they care about these immigrants ! They don’t want to admit #realpresident Trump was right and their actions are causing more than just financial problems for us. Illegal immigrants testing positive with covid 19 are allowed to walk free into this country despite the fact we know they have no place to quarantine. No other country allows this at all as a matter of fact if you are a U.S. citizen or and immigrant here legally and have been out of the country you must quarantine for 14 days before being allowed in the public again.

    1. Gee, did you ever think that maybe by putting them up in hotels they can get them to distance some and just maybe use it to quarentine them and vaccinate them???

      1. Better question..will you want to stay in the hotel rooms after the illegals leave? I’ll bet they are trashed.

    2. You are correct. Everything the Democrats do is for revenge against president trump. If trump came into office and said im opening the southern border the Democrats would have build that wall in aheartbeat. We need to attack bidens tax revenue

  2. Not Biden’s money so he doesn’t care. They will lie, cheat and continue the corrupt election fraud just to get votes and spend millions of dollars of yours without a care! This all just has to be illegal.

  3. LOONEY TUNES! It would be great if those owning the hotels would tell **den to go straight to hell…and don’t let the door hit you on the way out. Maybe somebody would start a go fund me page fto cover the cost so the hotels could indicate full booking, reservations not being taken. This has gone way far beyond enough!

      1. Yes Poggy, that would be a real hoot! Or maybe those hotels are owned by corporations that got Trump tax breaks and maybe they are in people’s 401K plans!

    1. Yes they should in fact I think I’ll look into buying the hotels and kick the illegals back over the border wall. I may be able to buy 2 of those hotels

    1. So you value people based on whether or not they build the tax base. Well I am a Vietnam Era Veteran, I worked for 50 years but do not now, I am retired. I pay minimal taxes right now. I get free medical and prescriptions thanks to you tax payers, and I do thank you! Probably before the better half of you ran down your mother’s leg I was fighting for you! So, now that I do not mean much to the tax base, and collect tax payer money, what would you like to do with me sir?

      1. Mr. TLC,as A veteran in our great country you and every veteran deserve to have their medical, housing, taking care of by every American some of you gave your lives for this great country and those surviving veterans payed s price to protect the great people of America and protect the red white and blue and For that I thank everyone of you.

        1. we house and feed a illegals while our vets live under bridges.what idiot came up with that crap

      2. TLC you sir are in a whole different situation. Tou paid your fair share over and above these illegals. Thank you for your service. Btw I donate big time to veterans programs along with st
        Jude and no others

  4. All minors who came in our country illigaly should be sent home and save tax payers money for many years to come. Complete the wall now. no more hotels and military bases for illigals.

  5. These same democrats who won’t house our homeless citizens, treat our mentally ill, turn a blind eye to Antifa and BLM while pursuing all protestors who marched on our Capitol, and allow defunding of the police which continues to create record problems of murder and violence across the United States — these same democrats are intent on flooding our country with illegal immigrants who can be vectors for Covid 19, some of whom may be convicted criminals who continue to prey on the innocent in our country, and others who may be terrorists being seeded across our country for eventual activation deemed appropriate by their handlers. The democrats/liberals know no boundaries, have no common sense, have no fiscal sense ($86 million divided by 1200 migrant families equals almost $72,000 per family in hotel bills) BUT WILL CONTINUE TO DO WHATEVER ALLOWS THEM TO MEET THEIR LONG-TERM AGENDA — REGARDLESS OF WHAT HALF THE POPULATION OF OUR COUNTRY HAS TO SAY ABOUT IT. INVESTIGATE ALL IRREGULARITIES NOW, PURSUE ILLEGAL ACTS TO THEIR SOURCES, AND PUNISH ALL THOSE WHO WOULD COMMIT TREASON AGAINST OUR REPUBLIC.

    1. Scott,
      They should be executed for treason against the Citizens of the United States. There is no excuse for treating illegal aliens better than they treat American citizens. Born and Naturalized citizens get the smelly end of the stick while the illegals get treated like Kings. Biden does this to insult every American alive today, by his intents. The “surge aliens” should be in internment camps while they are vetted, then if they pass the vetting process, they should spend seven years as ” indentured servants” to learn to be Americans, or be deported back to their original location and circumstances. I would accept nothing less if I were President.
      America is rapidly going from the “land of opportunity” to the “land of destruction and disease” brought along by these people.
      Those of you who voted for Biden will suffer the most, I hope.

  6. This insanity goes on. The fool behind this and his handlers are so inept that what they have created is an attack on the existence of what this country stands for. Look at what has happened in North Carolina: alien non citizens living in this country have persistently broken our voting laws, demonstrating their inclination to freely engage in criminal activity. Punishing them is only a minor step in the right direction. The politicians who should be impeached for their heinous disrespect for the integrity of this country and their determined bootsteping toward tyranny should be stopped. Voting them out of office is the responsibility of those that love this country. The welcomed invasion of these undesirables defies common sense.

  7. Old “Stinky Fingers” Joe Should Have To Pay Hotel Bills Out Of His Pocket and MAYBE “Ice Cream” Nancy and”DR” Jill Could sweeten the pot too ~

    1. How about we all stay home and let these uneducated illegals work and pay taxes. Due to this outrageous situation only gives illegals a free ride and once they break a law coming in that gives them the incentive to break more laws. I’m refusing to go back to work for this reason to give the puppet more $ to import poverty. Last year I paid 11,212.00 in federal taxes this year I’m paying 0. If anyone can get away with not paying taxes please do so. I did alot of research on this and it works for some of us. Hide your income as much as possible we need to cut off the gravy train

  8. Tax all the big democratic billionaires to spend money supporting illegals. They are the ones that want them here. They, the illegals have no right to be here. They drain the economy, hurt our schools, kill our welfare programs our health facilities, housing market by destroy our neighborhoods by having 20 people living in a two bedroom house and on and on. Yet, the democrats encourage this. Why? Who is getting kick backs from the cartels? These same democrats want more drugs, pedophiles, prostitutes, criminals and terrorists coming across our borders. Why?

  9. Time to rise up, people. Or we’re going to lose this country.. And I for one did not fight just to see it dismantled before my very eyes. Lock and load, and let’s take her back. While there’s still something left worth saving..

  10. President Joe “ELMER FUDD” Biden is a total disgrace. Who the f**k does he think he is anyway??
    $86m of our tax payer monies being spent on hotels for illegals, not even citizens of the U.S. who haven’t put $1. into the coffers of tax monies. Let him pay for these stupid policies out of his pockets which he got from China anyway,.
    The American people should have some say in how our tax dollars are spent. His democrat spending is just a continuation of the Obama era, of which he is just a puppet…….If he hadn’t let them in, we wouldn’t have to put them up in hotels..
    Spending millions on the National Guard for more wasteful spending for which there is no need.
    Put these illegals on a boat and send them to China and I will be more than happy to spend my tax dollars. Let the N.G. go home where they need to be with their families not standing around with no orders for what they are supposed to be doing and be able to have their families cook nutriconal food for them,.

  11. Why don’t we take these illegal immigrants and stick them on the White House lawn they will be all fenced in with Barb wire and have the national guard protecting them or stick them in the garage and let them sleep on the floor like you made our troops do Democrats want them in here so bad let them stay in the White House and you people pay for them who gave you the right to use our taxpayer dollars to pay for illegal immigrants that you let into this country I’ll repeat from an earlier quote We need to lock and load and take out country back before there is nothing left to take back The domestic terrorists are be hind the fences in the White House.

  12. Hey Biden,
    Not with my tax money! House them with Soros’ money or your money. If either of you won’t, then get rid of them. Send them back to whatever pesthole they came from. They bring crime, they bring diseases we haven’t seen since the pneumonic black plague of the 14th Century. Those that have skills we need, let them stay as ” indentured servants” that may EARN their citizenship after seven years from those who would sponsor them, feed them, clothe them, care for them during that time. Have like a market so we can choose the strongest, the youngest, and the most loyal indentured servants to pay a fee for the best of the lot. The rest that aren’t chosen can do community service rebuilding our infrastructure that they have or will ruin. THAT is the only way I will accept illegal immigrants in my County or State.

  13. “Biden administration spending $86 million in taxpayer money to house migrants in hotels”

    Another good reason to refuse to pay your taxes this year.

  14. Again Biden/Harris chose illegal invaders over American Citizens! The TRAITOR AND ILLEGITIMATE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN who in my opinion is a DEMOCRAT, NAZI AND A COMMUNIST chose to use OUR TAX DOLLARS to house an invading army of illegals while doing nothing for the Homeless Veterans and other Homeless Citizens of our Nation!
    I am truly ashamed of those who voted for this traitorous pair simply because the news media hates President Trump for speaking the truth. I asked in the past what kind of idiot would vote for a traitor who promised to raise your taxes, open our Southern Border and eliminate millions of jobs. Now my question has been answered to America and the World.

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