A spokesperson for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a division of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has confirmed the authenticity of a contract request for “escort services for unaccompanied alien children [UAC],” which was posted back in January, as reported Friday by Sara Carter of theBlaze.
Just this week, a similar contract request was posted at the FedBizOpps.gov website, under the heading "Transportation Services," which is a misnomer, as potential contractors are expected have the ability to feed, clothe and shelter male and female juveniles "ranging from infants to 17 years of age," as well as have the ability to handle a variety of dangerous situations that could occur.
An accompanying 55-page "Statement of Work [SOW]" reveals that "[u]nder current law and regulation, ICE does not have authority nor responsibility to detain unaccompanied children," rather, the description continues, "ICE is responsible for transporting these juveniles to the Department of Health and Human Service’s Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) shelters located throughout the continental United States."
According to the SOW, there are over 5,000 "escorts," with over 3,000 in Harlingen, Texas.
The "top destination location" for the children and young teens, according to the SOW, is El Paso, Texas, followed by New York City, Chicago and Miami.
The SOW mandates that potential contractors are unarmed, and gives detailed instructions on how to handle escape attempts, hunger strikes, hostage situations, or an "external attack." "If attacked," the SOW explains, the contractor "...should request assistance from the nearest law enforcement agency, continuing to drive until the vehicle is incapacitated."
The SOW also explains that some "incidents" are reportable, such as a death, suicide attempt, sexual contact (whether or not it is consensual), escape or "[a]n outbreak of a serious communicable disease..."
Spencer Case of the National Review reported,
"...in fiscal year 2011, about 4,000 minors arrived unaccompanied at the southern U.S. border, a number that increased to more than 21,000 in 2013. This fiscal year has already seen that number soar to about 47,000..."
The January request indicates the Department of Homeland Security seeks escort services for "approximately 65,000 UAC [Unaccompanied Alien Children]." Fifty percent of the travel would be "via commercial air." It is clear that the administration was aware of the repercussions of Obama’s decision to change immigration laws without congressional approval.
The taxpayer burden for this endeavor must be enormous.
The selected contractor(s) would also be responsible for meals, healthcare, clothing, medical care, and if needed, "temporary shelter locations (such as trailers) with shower facilities for juveniles who are pending placement with HHS when bed space is unavailable nationwide for extended periods of time."