The Trump administration put them in cages.
President Biden, however, knows better than to treat fellow human beings like their lives are worth less than anyone else’s.
Thus, the announcement that the folks at ICE, the immigrations and customs enforcement agency that became a feared force of indiscriminate deportation actions during the reign of the prior president, would be securing hotel rooms rather than acquiring additional chain link fences to house the influx of refugee families seeking asylum in the United States despite the border being closed due to COVID restrictions.
With the Biden administration now ruling the roost at ICE, the agency has received an $86.9 million contract for hotel rooms near the border to provide temporary housing and processing services for families who have been placed in immigration proceedings for their removal after their asylum claims were rejected for whatever reason.
“The contract, through Texas-based nonprofit Endeavors, provides 1,239 beds and ‘other necessary services.’ The families will receive a comprehensive health assessment, including COVID-19 testing. The announcement comes days after White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Thursday that the White House planned to provide 2.5 million doses of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine to Mexico,” according to Fox Business News.
The CEO and President of Endeavors, Jon Allman, confirmed that the non-profit organization was contracted by the Department of Homeland Security to provide “critical services to migrant families, which is a continuation of services we have delivered to the migrant population since 2012” before referring any other questions about the deal to ICE spokespeople.
Despite the announcement, ICE acting director Tae Johnson went out of his way to reiterate the fact that the U.S. borders are not currently open.
“The majority of individuals continue to be expelled under the Centers for Disease Control’s public health authority,” the acting ICE director added.
That the Biden administration would find a more humane solution to deal with the humanitarian crisis that many people see as one of the greatest failures of many presided over by Donald Trump is not surprising considering how tragically flawed the prior administration’s policies were.
While the number of attempted border crossings has increased as news of Trump’s defeat makes its way to the prospective refugees, at least the Biden administration is treating the immigration transgressors with respect and human dignity, something sorely lacking in the actions of ICE and DHS under the prior regime.
Original reporting by Lucas Manfredi at Fox Business.
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