Joe Biden has taken his first step toward dealing with over crowding at child detention centers this week. With the federal immigration detention facilities running well overcapacity, the Biden administration has announced a plan to spend $89 million to put illegal immigrants into hotel rooms.
“U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) 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,” said acting ICE Director Tae D. Johnson. “The $86.9 million contract provides 1,239 beds and other necessary services. The families will receive a comprehensive health assessment that includes COVID-19 testing.”
The Biden administration will be spending $70,139.00 per bed according to the figure released by the department.
The Texas-based non-profit Endeavors will house migrant families who are not sent back to Mexico in seven different hotels starting in April. The funding covers COVID-19 vaccines, testing, transportation and legal representation.
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