A note from Congressman Randy Hultgren concerning the developing “unaccompanied alien children” crisis in the United States. I forwarded the January Request for Proposal from Homeland Security which a Friend of McHenry County Blog sent.
The date of the RFP seems to pre-date the massive Mexican border crossing.
Here is the email that Hultgren sent:
“Constituent input is a vital part of the political process—you are my eyes and ears on the ground.
“After you informed me of the ICE Request for Proposal (RFP) from January of this year for contractors to transport children crossing the border to destinations within the United States, I quickly got it into the hands of the House Committee on Homeland Security which was holding a hearing today entitled,
‘Dangerous Passage: The Growing Problem of Unaccompanied Children Crossing the Border.’
“The witnesses, including from DHS, FEMA and Customs and Border Patrol, were carefully selected to answer a variety of questions regarding the influx of unaccompanied alien minors who have come across the border in recent days.
“My colleague from Pennsylvania, Rep. Lou Barletta, asked DHS about the RFP and its prediction that ICE would need to prepare for 65,000 children in the coming year.
“DHS did not have an answer. [Emphasis added.]
“Rep. Barletta went further to inquire why, if the administration knew the influx was coming, they did not request an increased budget to handle the larger numbers.
“DHS had no response. [Emphasis added.]
“Please continue to be my eyes and ears as we work together to get to the bottom of this seemingly manufactured crisis.”
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Link to hearing: http://homeland.house.gov/hearing/dangerous-passage-growing-problem-unaccompanied-children-crossing-border
This morning shortly after 10 AM, Hultgren appeared on WLS Radio with John Kass and Lauren Cohen. The statement Hultgren made was a good one. I did not get to hear the question and answer part of the show.