WASHINGTON — As President Biden’s historic crisis on the southern border rages on, U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) is calling attention and demanding answers to reports that his administration wasted $17 million from the taxpayers’ money in empty hotel rooms, unused for illegal purposes. immigrants.
On April 12, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a report detailing their misuse of a sole-source contract with Endeavors to house migrant families, resulting in millions of tax dollars wasted. for unused beds. The report comes after the United States experienced the highest level of illegal and irregular migration on record, totaling more than 1.7 million encounters trying to cross the border illegally last year.
In a letter to DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Ernst and his colleagues write:These revelations raise concerns about the waste of taxpayers’ money, as well as the department’s plan to respond to another record year of illegal migration across our southern border..”
The senators are demanding answers to several questions about the extent of the crisis Biden’s DHS is facing on the border and their plans to deal with it. They also go on to say, “Additionally, in light of these troubling facts, we request additional information on how you allowed an agency under your direction to waste taxpayer dollars on empty hotel rooms for illegal immigrants. We expect you to fully investigate why this was authorized and to put in place appropriate measures to protect US taxpayers’ money..”
They conclude the letter with several additional questions demanding details about DHS’s actions and review processes in light of the report of egregious waste and failed planning.
To read the full letter from the lawmakers, click HERE.
Ernst criticized the Biden administration’s border policies and urged the administration to rethink plans to lift Title 42, calling the influx of illegal immigrants “an absolute national security disaster.” She also introduced legislation prohibiting the president from using veterans resources, through the Department of Veterans Affairs, for southern border operations to deal with the surge that could result from the repeal. of title 42 by the administration.