The House Homeland Security Committee has been investigating the spending habits of DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
The committee has recently released a report, which found Mayorkas guilty of massive “waste and abuse” of taxpayer dollars in his handling of the crisis at the southern border.
The report found massive overspending due to the cancelation of the border wall and housing costs for migrants.
Guilty as Charged
With Mayorkas leading the way, migrants have been getting housed at local hotels rather than using beds at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facilities.
Additionally, the halt in construction of the border wall resulted in millions of dollars or materials being sold off for pennies on the dollar, and that does not include the money that was paid to contractors for construction as well as security that had been assigned to watch the materials why they lay there rusting.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) tried to impeach Mayorkas, but the motion was blocked by Democrats and a few holdout Republicans who thought she had exaggerated the charges. This report, however, could change things if Greene can get some border Democrats to vote with Republicans.
After the report was released, a Homeland Security Committee staffer stated, “In keeping with the House of Representatives’ vote last month to refer articles of impeachment against Secretary Mayorkas to our Committee, we will be moving swiftly into impeachment proceedings in the new year.”
Rep. Greene added, “From halting construction on a bought-and-paid-for border wall to leaving detention beds empty and empowering anti-enforcement officials at ICE, Secretary Mayorkas’ reckless decision-making and open-borders policies have led to the waste and abuse of billions of taxpayer dollars.”
According to ICE projections, each bed would cost taxpayers about $142.44, while Mayorkas’ plan to house them in hotels costs $392 per night with Endeavors.
The company, Endeavors, has ties to the Biden administration via Andrew Lorenzen-Strait, its senior director for migrant services and federal affairs, who was with the company only a few months when Endeavors landed the contract, the biggest in its history.
Lorenzen-Strait is a former official at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement as well as having worked in the Biden-Harris transition team, so you can see why some ears are up over this.
This contract has also been cited by the Inspector General’s office, which released a report in April 2022 that stated, “ICE did not adequately justify the need for the sole source contract to house migrant families and spent approximately $17 million for hotel space and services at six hotels that went largely unused between April and June 2021.
“ICE’s sole source contract with Endeavors resulted in millions of dollars being spent on unused hotel space.”
I hope Mayorkas enjoys his Christmas because his life is about to get extremely miserable when Congress comes back from its holiday recess.