Did the federal government know there would be tens of thousands of juveniles illegally crossing the border long before it actually happened? On Thursday, the conservative blog Weasel Zippers, acting on a tip from another conservative blog, posted a federal request for vendors to "escort" thousands of illegal juveniles that was originally posted in January, raising questions about what was known and when.
The request, which is still available as of this writing, calls for escorts to transport some 65,000 unaccompanied illegal juveniles to shelters run by the Office of Refugee Resettlement, a government organization whose mission is not to deport, but to provide "new populations with opportunities to maximize their potential in the United States, linking people in need to critical resources to assist them in becoming integrated members of American society."
"U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a component of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), has a continuing and mission critical responsibility for accepting custody of Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) from U.S. Border Patrol and other Federal agencies and transporting these juveniles to Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) shelters located throughout the continental United States," the ad says.
The ad further says: "Transport will be required for either category of UAC or individual juveniles, to include both male and female juveniles. There will be approximately 65,000 UAC in total: 25% local ground transport, 25% via ICE charter and 50% via commercial air."
The language would seem to indicate the federal government knew there would be a large influx of illegal juveniles long before it actually happened. A post at one conservative blog said that "if this doesn't prove that the entire mess with all the illegals flooding our country was planned by this administration, nothing ever will."
The ad also anticipates "awarding a five (5) year Fixed Price Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract vehicle consisting of a one year base period, and four (4) option years," meaning the flood of juveniles could last for some time.
Weasel Zippers said the advertisement contains "a lot of specificity" for something that had not yet happened.
"How could they know 65,000, even breaking down the percentages that would be covered by ground, charter and air transportation?" the blog asked.
It's also clear that despite the administration's rhetoric, a number will get to stay in the country, given the mission of the Office of Refugee Resettlement.
"The very language confirms the Obama regime 1) knew with specificity a huge influx was on the way and 2) they intended them to stay," the blog said. "Troubling to say the least."