The Biden administration is spending more than $86 million to put migrant families in hotels along the southern border as the immigration crisis worsens.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement was awarded an $86.9 million contract last week for hotel rooms to provide temporary shelter and processing services for the thousands of migrant families awaiting proceedings for their removal.
The six-month contract provides 1,239 beds and “other necessary services.”
Each family will receive a comprehensive health assessment, including coronavirus testing. Other services the government plans to provide include: “victim services, therapeutic regiments, educational resources and mental health care,” according to Fox News.
Past administrations, including the Trump administration, have used hotel rooms to house migrants when there is no more room in migrant holding facilities.
The holding facilities are so overrun right now that unaccompanied minors are being held in cell-like spaces, where hundreds have been exposed to the coronavirus and assault.
Recently leaked pictures of one of these facilities showed thousands of migrant children lying on concrete floors with aluminum “space” blankets.
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ICE acting director Tae Johnson said in a statement that the border is “not open” and urged migrant families to return to Mexico and Central America.
“The majority of individuals continue to be expelled under the Centers for Disease Control’s public health authority,” he said.
President Joe Biden is reportedly trying to cover up the sheer scope of the influx by shipping the illegal immigrants away from the border, including some to the opposite end of the country.
Montana Gov. Steve Daines, a Republican, reported that some of the Biden administration’s shipments of migrants had arrived in his state, near the Canadian border.
Other reports over the weekend indicated that the administration could begin releasing illegal immigrants into the US without even providing them a court date for an asylum hearing.