DHS OIG finds millions in American Rescue Plan funds misused by NGOs, given to ‘gotaway’ illegal immigrants

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The Department of Homeland Security The Office of the Inspector General found that some $110 million from the American Rescue Plan for immigrants encountered at the southern border was misspent by nonprofits.

In some cases, it was given to illegal immigrants who evaded border guards.

The report shows how to make a file Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded $110 million in humanitarian relief funds earmarked under ARPA “to provide services to families and individuals DHS has encountered in the communities hardest hit by the humanitarian crisis on the Southwest frontier.”

As of the time of the review, $80 million had been awarded to 25 organizations in the border states, and IG reviewed $12.9 million in spending.

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Migrants stand near the US-Mexico border in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, December 19, 2022.

Migrants stand near the US-Mexico border in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, December 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez)

the desk It found that funds were not always used consistently with guidelines, that organizations did not provide required receipts and documentation and that some did not provide supporting documentation for those to whom services were provided. It determined that 18 groups that received $66 million in funding did not always comply with funding and enforcement guidelines.

The organizations were required to keep documentation of costs, migrants served each day, expenses incurred and proof of payment for purchases. In one sample, IG said 58% of the amount reviewed was missing documentation.

In addition, it identified that some of these immigrants did not have Department of Homeland Security meeting record, Which means they “escaped” illegal immigrants who evaded border guards rather than turn themselves in after crossing illegally.

IG said that of the 824 names it sampled, 197, or 24%, were ineligible to receive human services, and 154 had no encounter history.

“These problems occurred because FEMA did not provide adequate oversight of funds, instead relying on local councils and financial agents to enforce funding guidance and enforcement,” the report said. As a result, FEMA, in its capacity as chair of the National Council, cannot guarantee that humanitarian relief funds will be used as intended by the funding and application guidelines.

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Multiple Republican legislators They raised concerns about the use of NGOs at the border, suggesting that these groups misspend money and encourage or facilitate illegal immigration.

Amid a historic migrant crisis that overwhelmed authorities and saw more than 2.3 million encounters in fiscal 2022 alone, migrants are frequently processed and then released and handed over to NGOs who will provide care, services and transportation.

President Biden speaks with reporters before leaving the South Lawn of the White House aboard Marine One March 17, 2023, in Washington, DC.

President Biden speaks with reporters before leaving the South Lawn of the White House aboard Marine One March 17, 2023, in Washington, DC. (Anna Moneymaker / Getty Images)

In its report, IG warned that without additional oversight, organizations may “continue to use funds for services without providing the supporting documents required for compensation, increasing the risk of misuse of funds and fraud.”

It made two recommendations related to increasing oversight and implementing control measures for future appropriations. FEMA agreed to the recommendations and said it has since issued guidance to crack down on reimbursement of unsubsidized costs.

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In response to the OIG, the agency said it has established quarterly reports to “provide more oversight and updates on how money is being spent, thereby reducing risk and increasing transparency.”

It also creates funding application templates, provides additional requirements for definition and clarity on funding guidelines and creates a method for random site visits to organizations as well as other policy moves to verify funds are being used as intended. These moves are scheduled to be completed by June 30.

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