(Headline USA) House Republicans announced this week that they are launching an investigation into several of the non-profit organizations fueling the border crisis.
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas asking Mayorkas to provide information, communications, and documents related to the agency’s funding awards to NGOs at the southern border.
Jordan pointed to the DHS’s funding increases for NGOs, including an allocation of $332 million via the Emergency Food and Shelter Program to “assist communities receiving noncitizens released from custody as they await the outcome of their immigration proceedings.”
There has been little to no oversight of these funds, Jordan argued.
“Amid this crisis, there is also an increased risk of fraud, misuse, and abuse of funds because, due to current policies, FEMA is unable to ensure that humanitarian relief funds are not being wasted,” the Republicans wrote.
Jordan argued that NGOs are likely taking advantage of the administration’s loose funding guidelines to make a financial profit off of the border crisis.
“While Americans suffer the consequences of chaos at the southwest border caused by the Biden Administration, NGOs receive hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars through federal grants to provide free food, lodging, and transportation for illegal aliens to be released anywhere they want in the United States,” the letter said.
Republicans cited a recent inspector general report that found more than $110 million in federal funds had been fraudulently spent by immigration nonprofits.
“NGOs simply tell DHS how many illegal aliens they encounter, and funding can be awarded without any documentation or receipts,” Jordan wrote. “Federal funding for migration-related NGOs at the border has increased dramatically at a time when federal resources for border security and immigration enforcement and local resources for emergency response and medical care have been strained to the breaking point.”