ICE Pays $352 a Day for 199 Days to House 1,239 Illegal Families

Mish

In a no-bid contract, ICE will shell out nearly $87 million to shelter, feed, and transport 1,239 illegal immigrant families. I explain why the math is much worse than it sounds.

No Bid Contract for $86,947,271

Here is the Justification for the No-Bid Contract awarded to Family Endeavors Inc. (FEI), a non-profit corporation.

The $352 per day contract covers meals, transportation, language assistance, trauma care, and legal assistance. 

In short, the per day contract seems like a bargain, especially given the fact we are discussing cost per family, not per person.

The housing units are located in El Paso, TX; Cotulla TX; and Chandler, AZ.

The lead image is from U.S. to keep migrant families in hotels amid rush for space.

Over 170,000 Illegal Immigrants Flood the US in March, Most in a Decade

All things considered, the cost per bed seems reasonable until you ponder Over 170,000 Illegal Immigrants Flood the US in March, Most in a Decade. 

Biden wants to house illegal immigrants in churches, stadiums, and summer camps. 

His administration is also racing to expand capacity to humanely house a growing number of child migrants in emergency intake sites.

When Will Family Endeavors Inc. Release Them?

That's the key question and I suspect the answer is as soon as FEI can find family members or other willing parties to take them, perhaps even sooner. 

The Federalist comments "After three days of sleeping in the hotel, migrant families who entered the country illegally will then be freed into the United States with a court date to be determined."

Show up in court? Please be serious.

In terms of solving the problem, it’s like roasting marshmallows at the scene of the fire,” James Carafano, a national security scholar at The Heritage Foundation told The Federalist.

Biden's Plan

Now we see Biden's plan, but what happens after 199 days? And what do we do with the continuous flood of illegal immigrants?

If the families are kept for 3 days as per the Federalist comment, then we can apply the following math:

1,239 families * 199 days  / 3 days per stay = 82,187 families released into the US over the course of the next 199 days. 

Then what? Does the problem suddenly vanish?

Biden's plan is a face-saving, bucket-kicking fiasco, not a solution. 

Once the word gets out (and it probably has already) the flood of illegals attempting to get into the US will increase, perhaps dramatically.

Mish

Comments (43)
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shamrock
shamrock

Biden has already gotten every central american country to surge troops to their northern borders to stop people from leaving.

Sechel
Sechel

Seems the money would be better spent as assistance to improve the situation in the source countries

Greggg
Greggg

West Michigan nonprofit to temporarily house hundreds of unaccompanied migrant children.
All children will be tested for COVID-19 twice.

ALBION, Mich. – Up to 240 unaccompanied migrant children are headed to Michigan.

Nonprofit Starr Commonwealth in Albion -- between Battle Creek and Jackson -- will be giving children temporary shelter. The goal, the nonprofit said, is to unite children with their families or sponsors.

NotaSheep
NotaSheep

The money would be better spent on Claymore mines at the border.

strataland
strataland

Americans are a compassionate people. For those that are sick, hungry, homeless or unemployed, legal or illegal the US provides an abundance of free assistance. That is who we are and that should never change. However, our resources are not unlimited. The US and its tax payers cannot possibly provide for the world’s needs. The US is having difficulty providing for the needs of Americans. There must be a controlled, humanitarian and welcoming pathway to US citizenship coupled with negative consequences for those that ignore legal routes to living in America.

So long as America acts as a welfare state while failing to impose penalties on those that
migrate here illegally, there will be a massive increase in demand by the world’s population to illegally enter into the United States.

Sechel
Sechel

I'd prefer a resolution to the Dreamers than working to admit more immigrants as asylum seekers. Seems we had the basis of a plan four years ago. Better border security not a wall and permanent status for dreamers

PecuniaNonOlet
PecuniaNonOlet

“Then what? Does the problem suddenly vanish?”

Mish, you should now better....the “then what” is they are registered as voters ready for the 2024 elections. Its Dems forever!

America then returns to their natural owners...case closed.

Quanta
Quanta

Easy for Mish to sit on the couch and yap, "this is bad" , "that is bad". Offer your own solutions. What exactly is the humane solution when you have people lining up at the border to cross over illegally? I haven't found any, other than trying to improve the life in the source countries.

numike
numike

whats the problem? someone is making money

Eddie_T
Eddie_T

In Cotulla Texas, hundreds of immigrant children could disappear and they might never find them. Nothing down there but oil wells, giant prickly pear and Spanish bayonets and millions of tarantulas. A desert jungle. Hunting ranches with thousands of acres of rough country.

It’s like a place out of a Quentin Tarantino movie. Pretty desolate. Carrizo Springs isn’t much better....

davebarnes2
davebarnes2

Abolish ICE and problem is solved.

Dutoit
Dutoit

I think that we can compare this problem with that of covid-19. There a several ways to treat them.
In the case of covid, you have the european and american way : 500000 deaths in US, probably more than 1 million in Europe, with many hard and long restrictions of liberty, destruction of economy. And you have the asian way, 50 times less deaths for the same population, less restrictions and much less damage on economy.
In the case of immigration, it is the same (try to be an illegal immigrant in Singapore...). And at least in Europe, we can see the beginning of the consequences of the european and american way : creation of more and more no go zones, with hostile populations that have their own laws and try to impose them to the rest of the country. Maybe it will not be so bad in America, the foreign populations are not so different.

FromBrussels
FromBrussels

Trump was right : the world needs borders, a DOUBLE wall as far as the US is concerned, so does the worthless EU but what to expect from a overpaid, woke, yet ever so worthless bunch of parasites ! Thirty years after the fall of The Iron Curtain it must also be dawning on corrupt hypocrites like woke sleepy Joe that 'the world one village' was merely a idiotic illusion, creating terrorism, economic refugee crisis, pandemics etc, apart from bringing a sick, debt driven, frenzied, planet destructive capitalist system on the brink of collapse, and ALL this for the fckn benefit of the decadent happy few, amassing decadent and totally superfluous wealth in the process !

Rbm
Rbm

God guns abortion immigration. Seems majority of the news involves these topics since i started following politics around 97. As much complaining as both parties do about immigration you would think they could come together and pass some reform.

KidHorn
KidHorn

The best solution is to bring back indentured servitude. Someone can come to the US and eventually become a citizen in exchange for a work agreement. It worked great for hundreds of years.

Not that it could ever happen in todays cancel culture. It would be labelled slavery.


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