The Biden administration will be paying nearly $90 million to house illegal border crosses in hotels in Texas. US Immigration and Customs enforcement signed the deal with a Texas non-profit as people continue to stream across the border, believing that President Joe Biden has given them an open invitation to come.
A mother traveling with her young son was asked why she decided to come north, and she told reporters that it was because she believed Biden had told them they would receive entry.
"Biden promised we can cross with minors," she said, as she headed back to her home country of Guatemala.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said that the message "do not come" could not be clearer. "This is not the time to come," he said, going on to say that "we are building safe, orderly and human ways to address the needs of vulnerable children, do not come."
The rates of migrants coming to the border is at a 20 year high. Unaccompanied children are admitted and housed in overflowing facilities as they await transfer to the Department of Health and Human Services. For $90 million, the Biden administration will get 1,239 beds, according to the New York Post.
ICE Acting Director Tae D. Johnson in a statement that the agency "has signed a short-term contract with the non-profit division of Endeavors 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."
Despite the policy of admission of migrants and unaccompanied children across the border, the Biden administration continues to say that the border is closed and that people should wait to come until they have more procedures in place.
Mayorkas had previously said that Biden's policies are not the cause of the massive influx of people trying to cross the border.
"What we are seeing is the result of President Trump's dismantlement of the safe and orderly immigration processes that were built over many, many years by presidents of both parties," Mayorkas said.
"That's what we are seeing, and that's why it's taking time for us to execute our plans to administer the humanitarian claims of vulnerable children. That's what this is about."
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