Biden Admin Secretly Paid $177M Contract to House Migrant Children in North Carolina
Children to be housed in a Hebrew school in North Carolina
The Biden administration secretly paid a for-profit company $177 million to house more than 1,000 migrant children in a Hebrew school in North Carolina, according to reports.
Government contract documents, obtained by the Washington Examiner, show the Department of Health and Human Services plans to hold up to 1,100 children and underage teenagers at the American Hebrew Academy in a residential neighborhood in Greensboro.
The use of no-bid contracts has drawn the ire of watchdogs over transparency and cost concerns.
"The main concern is that taxpayers' money will be wasted on higher-than-necessary costs. Competing contracts is a proven method to identify qualified companies and get the best prices for the work sought," Sean Moulton, a senior policy analyst at the Project on Government Oversight, wrote in an email.
"Contracts for large amounts should be competed for as much as possible because the potential savings to the taxpayer would be significant and well worth the extra work needed to oversee the bidding process," they added.
As The Washington Examiner noted:
The deal — made behind closed doors with New York-based Deployed Resources rather than through the normal public solicitation process — is the latest of backdoor payouts that President Joe Biden's administration has made in secret in its attempt to downplay its response to the worsening migration crisis at the southern border.
In this instance, the Department of the Interior submitted a justification notice on behalf of HHS, outlining why it awarded the massive contract without opening the process to others.
"Based on market research and a review of past contract actions, Deployed Resources has been identified as the best provider for this urgent and compelling requirement," the DOI document obtained by the Washington Examiner stated.
Despite the government citing rising migrant crossings and a lack of infrastructure to respond to the situation, the Biden administration refuses to acknowledge the situation at the border as constituting a crisis.
In May, almost 240,000 people were encountered trying to cross the southern border without permission, more than any other month in U.S. history.
Children between 13 and 17 will be held at the Greensboro school for roughly one month before they are released to adults in the United States, most likely relatives, and family friends.
More children from the border will be flown to the Greensboro shelter and held until release, reports added.
The children are "unaccompanied," meaning they came across the border without parents or guardians, often aided by cartels that charge their families thousands of dollars.
Deployed Resources signed the deal on May 26, and the $177 million is meant to cover operations for 12 months, though the school has been leased for five years.
Deployed Resources posted a hiring ad in May in an effort to bring on 800 workers to staff the facility by July when children were slated to begin arriving.
The 100-acre Hebrew school campus opened in 2001 to educate Jewish high school students. It ceased operations in 2019.
Its campus includes 16 dormitory buildings, 35 residential staff apartments, and an $18 million athletic center that features rock climbing walls, and basketball courts.
The federal agency will provide classroom education, mental and medical health services, case management, translation services, legal services, and recreational facilities.
Republican House members from North Carolina stated in a letter to HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra in June that they had not been made aware of the deal until now.