Wisconsin Republican Senator Ron Johnson ordered the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to turn over all information related to contracts awarded to a group linked to President Biden.
The contracts, worth more than $600 million, were awarded to the Family Endeavors organization to handle migrants, and without competitive bidding that would allow other contractors to participate, reports the April 14 Washington Examiner.
ICE and HHS would have to turn over all emails and “any communications” between employees of these entities and representatives of the contractor group.
It is striking that the Family Endeavors official who managed the awarding of the contracts is Andrew Lorenzen-Strait, who worked on the Biden-Harris transition team.
Lorenzen-Strait helped vet and select HHS politicians, the department that awarded his organization the largest contract, for $530 million, to house unaccompanied migrant children in Pecos, Texas.
He also served in the same capacity for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Previously, Lorenzen-Strait worked at ICE for 11 years, with his boss being Tae Johnson, who is now the acting director of ICE and would have decided on the other $87 million contract.
The purpose of this contract is to procure and oversee, among other things, 1,239 hotel beds to house 80,000 migrant families in Arizona and Texas through September.
While Family Endeavor, as a non-profit entity, had already executed contracts with values of less than $1 million, its ability to fulfill contracts of the latter’s size is now being questioned.
Also of note is that seven of its executives earned salaries of up to $312,000 in 2018.
To award contracts of this importance without bidding, it is required to certify that it is under the pressure of an “unusual and pressing urgency.” ICE approved it without providing documents that would certify it so, and it is precisely on this shortcoming that Johnson’s investigation relies.
“The required justification and approval document for this contract notes that ‘Family Endeavors, Inc. is the only known source that is presently capably of meeting the Government’s urgent requirement[s]’ on this matter. Please explain how ICE made this determination,'” wrote Johnson.
On the other hand, the shadow of corruption covers others of Biden’s top officials, such as DHS Director Alejandro Mayorkas, who 10 years ago was involved in a scandalous multi-million dollar fraud linked to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
Mayorkas, as a DHS official under then-Vice President Biden, intervened so that 100 Chinese citizens would receive the Green Card that identifies immigrants as residents.
These applications had been rejected earlier by Mayorkas’ underlings at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency, according to Breitbart on Jan. 26.
But it wasn’t for free. The Chinese had to invest $141 million in now-bankrupt Green Tech Automotive, run in 2010 by Terry McAuliffe, an influential Democratic investor who was chairman of the Democratic National Committee and then governor of Virginia.
McAuliffe completed collecting the $141 million by the end of 2103. In 2018 the company filed for bankruptcy and was sued for fraud by several Chinese investors.