The Biden administration is forcing Americans to pay nearly $72,000 per illegal immigrant housed at hotel facilities.
After crunching the numbers on the massive $86.9 million contract that is set to be spent on 1,239 beds, it was revealed that the cost to U.S. taxpayers will be nearly $72,000 per border-crosser housed.
“That works out to $71,666.67 per migrant, paid by your tax dollars, meaning that you are now a co-conspirator to one of the largest smuggling schemes in history,” wrote Andrew Arthur, a fellow with the Center for Immigration Studies, a conservative policy research nonprofit.
“The $86.9 million contract provides 1,239 beds and other necessary services,” said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director Tae D. Johnson.
He added that a short-term contract was awarded to Endeavors, a San Antonio-based nonprofit organization, to provide “temporary shelter and processing services for families who have not been expelled and are therefore placed in immigration proceedings for their removal from the United States.”
Johnson also said that the families would receive a health assessment, including COVID-19 testing, and added: “Our border is not open. The majority of individuals continue to be expelled under the Centers for Disease Control’s public health authority.”
The message that the U.S.–Mexico border “is not open” is part of the Biden administration’s more aggressive posture after a wave of criticism that President Joe Biden’s rhetoric on immigration policy, which many felt welcomed mass immigration.
Republican Rep. Brian Babin said last week that Biden’s rhetoric was fueling a humanitarian and national security crisis.
“Come on up here, step one foot in, and you will be admitted,” Babin said, characterizing the thrust of the Biden administration’s messaging on immigration. “And, eventually, you will be on a path to citizenship and you’ll receive an education … you’ll get free health care, you will get even stimulus checks,” he added.
In recent weeks, the number of children and families caught trying to enter the United States illegally from Mexico has grown to magnitudes unseen since before the pandemic. Customs and Border Protection has noted a more than 100 percent month-over-month increase in February in two categories of illegal aliens — family units and unaccompanied minors.
After taking office, Biden proposed a pathway to citizenship for millions of people in the United States unlawfully, and promised in an executive order to “create a humane asylum system.”
Former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said in a tweet on March 24 that “Joe Biden and congressional Democrat leaders have managed our border so poorly they’re now having to spend your taxpayer money to house migrants in hotels.”
Biden, during his first solo press conference as President on Thursday, blamed the surge at the border on Trump and claimed that the vast majority of illegal border crossers “are being sent back.”
“Thousands, tens of thousands of people who are over 18 years of age and single have been sent back, sent home,” he told reporters. “We are sending back the vast majority of families that are coming—we are trying to work out now with Mexico their willingness to take more of those families back.”
Biden also spoke of a new plan to use a military facility to house unaccompanied minors.
A total of 16,513 unaccompanied illegal alien minors were in the custody of either Customs and Border Protection or the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as of March 23, according to the HHS Administration for Children and Families.