Biden to Spend $86M of Taxpayers Money On Hotel Rooms For Migrants Amid Border Crisis
The crisis at the border spirals out of control
The Biden administration is set to spend $86 million in American taxpayer money on hotel rooms for the thousands of migrants coming over the United States-Mexico border.
As the crisis at the border spirals out of control, with over 13,000 unaccompanied minor children immigrants currently in custody, the Biden administration is now scrambling to manage the migrant families.
Axios noted that the “growing numbers of migrant families trying to come to the U.S. — in addition to already overwhelming numbers of kids crossing the border without their parents or legal guardians…appear to be straining government resources."
The Biden administration has now authorized Immigration and Customs Enforcement to purchase hotel rooms in Arizona and Texas.
“The Biden administration has awarded an $86 million contract for hotel rooms near the border to hold around 1,200 migrant family members who cross the U.S.-Mexico border, DHS officials confirmed to Axios,” per the outlet.
“The contract through Endeavors, a Texas-based nonprofit, is for six months but could be extended and expanded."
"The hotels will be near border areas, including in Arizona and Texas.”
CBP estimates that an increasing number of families are now making the dangerous journey after being invited by Biden.
Under Trump, asylum seekers were required to “remain in Mexico” pending a hearing in front of an asylum court.
But under the Biden administration, asylum seekers are allowed to enter the country to stay with family members while awaiting adjudication.
“The latest decision to secure hotel rooms comes as the US is seeing the biggest surge of migrants at the border in decades, pacing towards a potential 2 million migrants at the US-Mexico border this year," The Washington Post reported.
“Border officials continue to use a Trump-era order to quickly return many families to Mexico."
"But Mexico has limited capacity to take in migrant families and won’t accept some with young children, according to administration officials,” Axios noted.
“42% of families were expelled to Mexico last month — down from 64% in January and 91% in October, according to the data."
"More than 13,000 family members who crossed the U.S. border illegally have been allowed into the country since the start of January, many released into border communities.”