Biden Spent $20B On WHAT?!

Joe Biden

(5minnewsbreak.com) – A shocking report from Open the Books has disclosed that the federal government has expended a massive $20 billion in taxpayer funds on refugee resettlement programs over the last two years.

This period has seen an unprecedented intrusion of foreign nationals attempting to enter the United States.

The significant funding was channeled to the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), which operates under the Department of Health and Human Services’s Administration for Children and Families. The ORR’s stated goal is to assist refugees in becoming self-sufficient quickly after their arrival in the U.S. For the fiscal year 2022, the ORR received an eye-opening $8.93 billion, and the budget further expanded to $10.93 billion the following year.

These amounts cumulatively sum up to $19.85 billion in taxpayer funds, as highlighted by Open the Books. The budget proposal for 2024 maintains this trend, earmarking just over $10 billion for the ORR.

This funding surge is a significant increase from the $2.6 billion allocated to the ORR in 2021 at the onset of Joe Biden’s term.

Concurrently, the ORR has been under scrutiny for its inability to account for a large number of unaccompanied children amidst a rising tide of illegal aliens at the southern border. Since Biden’s inauguration, there have been attempts by over 10 million foreign nationals to cross into the United States.

Over the past two years, there has been an uptick in funding for Refugee and Entrant Assistance Discretionary Grants, which facilitate financial aid from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) funded by the ORR to eligible individuals. While $1.5 billion in these grants were dispersed between 2013 and 2023, the bulk of this spending has occurred in the last two years, amounting to over $400 million in 2022 and $615 million in 2023.

Within these grants, the ORR’s Preferred Communities Program has been a major beneficiary, accounting for more than half of the discretionary grant spending in 2022. This program aims to provide “intensive case management” to “extremely vulnerable individuals,” allocating federal funds to NGOs for services such as mental health support, transportation assistance, and help with immigration status.

Adam Andrzejewski, the Founder & CEO of Open the Books, has commented on the ORR’s grantmaking, suggesting that it serves as an incentive for mass migration to the U.S. “The grantmaking in particular is a powerful magnet for more people to keep flooding our borders; who would turn down not just a free lunch but a leg up on a new life?” he stated.

“This is creating an endless flow of people seeking help with anything from travel to health care to loans,” Andrzejewski added, highlighting the resulting spiral of spending and its wide-ranging impacts.

Former HHS Director of the Office of Civil Rights Roger Severino has criticized the HHS and ORR for veering away from their original refugee-resettlement mission, suggesting that they now provide a plethora of free programs that entice people to come to the United States illegally.

Notably, Robin Dunn Marcos, the current director of ORR, has past associations with two NGOs that have received substantial funding from the ORR. Marcos, who previously served for 23 years at the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and worked for the Church World Service (CWS), oversaw significant funding allocations to these NGOs in 2023.

Regarding the conflict of interest concerns, an ORR spokesperson stated that Dunn Marcos is recused from matters involving the IRC for two years from her appointment date in September 2022.

Despite the nearly $20 billion in funding to the ORR, the office has faced challenges in tracking up to 85,000 unaccompanied children placed with sponsors in recent years. Many of these children have reportedly been found working in violation of child labor laws, as revealed by an investigative report from The New York Times.

The spike in the ORR budget coincides with record numbers of foreign nationals, including a significant increase from China, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, and the Dominican Republic, attempting to enter the U.S. This issue is poised to become a focal point in the presidential election, as public opinion polls show that over 60% of respondents are dissatisfied with Joe Biden’s approach to border management.