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{UAH} The Pentagon confirmed that video showing a triangular UFO is real, taken by the US Navy - report

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{UAH} Cops Tackled a Grandma With Dementia Picking Flowers, Bodycam Footage Shows

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{UAH} WHAT WOULD MAGUFULI (RIP) DO TO THIS PETROLEUM AUTHORITY OF UGANDA?

Picture: How the Petroleum Authority of Uganda, a whole government agency, responded with typo's and poor english to the important issues I raised concerning Uganda's oil resources. Yet the Twitter bio of the individual says he is a "Communications Specialist, and the Corporate Affairs Officer for the Petroleum Authority of Uganda. Mind you I had also complained about the probable incompetence of the individuals handling the countries oil on behalf of the people of Uganda, and this gentleman decides to open his mouth and remove all doubt about that possible state of affairs in the government agency. What would Magufuli do if this government agency was in his country and responding arrogantly, unprofessionally, with smear, and in public, to the countries citizenry?

I have been publicly attacked on Twitter yesterday Saturday in a very stupid manner by the Petroleum Authority of Uganda for what I wrote a few days ago concerning the countries oil exploration project. An entire government agency, supposedly public servants dutifully serving the citizens of this country and answerable to them, individuals expected to be the professionals and knowledgeable experts who should be informing the people of Uganda including myself, about the national resource and what it will mean for the people and their economy, that state institution actually had nothing substantive to respond regarding the important public interest issues I raised, and instead only demonstrated fully the empty heads that I had said they possibly were.
Today, I would like to further table a quick comparative analysis on crude oil export versus a Ugandan refinery.
On average, one barrel of crude oil (159 litres) passing through a refinery will produce:
- 73 litres of petrol,
- 35 litres of diesel,
- 20 litres of jet fuel,
- 6 litres of propane,
- 34 litres of other products like butane, asphalt...etc, and
- 1 kg of sulphur.
If you check the retail price of all these products, you will find that just one barrel of refined oil produces upto $650 US Dollars of added value products.
Now compare that to selling just crude oil at todays international price of $60 dollars per barrel?
Remember I had noted that if we consider how from those $60 dollars, the oil companies will get 70% of that revenue (which is $42 dollars), and Tanzania charges $12.77 as transit tax per barrel of crude oil, the two totalling to 55$ from the $60 dollars, Uganda will therefore be left with peanuts of only $5 Dollars per barrel of its own oil.
How brain dead does one have to be not to be able to see the difference between getting just $5 dollars from every barrel of crude oil, or basking in an estimated $650 dollars from the same barrel of oil after refinery?
And while usually people around the world think of the big sales of petrol, diesel, jet fuel and propane, those four products fetch just $120 Dollars from each refined barrel of crude oil. The refineries don't tell anyone that each barrel of crude oil produces one kilogram of sulfure. And if you check the retail price of pure sulfure on the market, it actually sells for $500 US dollars per kilogram.
Meaning that we get more from selling the kilo of sulfure produced from the barrel of crude oil, than we get from selling petrol, diesel, jet fuel and propane combined (just $120 dollars). So even if we dumped these fuels and just took sulfure, the country would be earning an average $500 US dollars from each barrel of crude oil after refinery instead of just $60 dollars per barrel of crude oil.
By any standards the business case for a refinery is about ten times smarter for Uganda (and the region), and the country is therefore squandering billions of dollars in the least productive, and least value added option regarding Uganda's oil exploration prospects.
Let me hereby remind the people of Uganda, and it is fairly noticeable to any keen observers, that the only individuals excited about the country's oil prospects these days are those who are getting contracts in the oil projects. This is because it is only them who stand to gain from the country's oil while the rest of the nation is not seeing anything for them from this resource, be it improved government services, better education and health facilities or government investmenting in new world class infrastructure projects around the country.
As I said last time, it is now cleàr that the cost of extracting the crude oil from the ground and getting it to the volatile international market exceeds the revenue that will be made from the oil. Yet this is something they should have inquired, calculated and known from the start, and then taken the appropriate decisions.
It is for this reason that I hereby declare that there is a major blue collar fraud going on in broad daylight against the people of Uganda on this oil, a scam where only a few individuals and their companies have their napkins on around their necks ready for "eating" to their fill from oil contracts and subcontracts. Therefore mark my words when i say that the people of Uganda around the country will leave empty-handed from this oil adventure. And as the saying goes, "this is going to end in tears" for the people of this country!

Signed: Mr. Hussein Lumumba Amin.
Kampala, Uganda.

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{UAH} Nigerian parents, teachers disappointed only Ghanaian students topped 2020 WASSCE


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{UAH} The ROBERT Mugabe quotes

Our further maths teacher gave us an assignment and wrote on the board, "problems to solve " these questions were above me, and I took it to one of those witch doctors that use to comment on our post that, they can solve all problems. So let him help me solve it, he said my son, this very further maths is the one that made me to leave school to become a native doctor.. this one is above me..

Comrade Robert Mugabe

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{UAH} SLA uplifts 102 tons of ‘printed material’ to Uganda, but refuses to give details


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{UAH} REMEMBER HOW FREAKY LIFE BECAME UNDER OBAMA? -> Looks like they all stalled till the president left office

‘Whoa!’ rapper Black Rob dead at 51

Black Rob in 2015 in NYC.Brad Barket/Getty Images for iHeartMedia

Harlem rapper Black Rob, born Robert Ross and the Bad Boy artist best known for his 2000 hit “Woah,” has died at the age of 51.

The death was confirmed by former label mate Mark Curry, who posted an emotional video message on Instagram Saturday.

“Rob passed away about an hour ago,” Curry said as he walked down the street with tears pouring down his face.

“I don’t know where to begin, but I thank everybody for the donations.”

He added, “We’ve lost a lot [of] legends and we can’t afford to lose anymore.”

Curry had last week shared a GoFundMe appeal to help Ross “find a home, pay for medical help & stability during these trying times.”

The appeal was launched after the hip-hop community grew concerned about Ross, who had remembered the late DMX from a hospital bed, in a series of videos that described his many medical problems.

Ross’s series of Instagram posts were shared by DJ Self last week.

“I’ve been dealing with this for five years. Four strokes. I don’t know what to tell you… I don’t have no house to live in,” the rapper said.

Black Rob joined Puff Daddy’s Bad Boy Records in the mid-’90s, and will be forever remembered by his infectious, hook-laden single from his debut album “Life Story.”

“Whoa!” peaked at 43 on the Billboard Top 100, but the summer party jam continues to be heard blasting from car stereos in neighborhoods across the five boroughs more than 20 years later.

Black Rob was also well known for his verse on P Diddy’s “Bad Boy For Life,” alongside Curry.

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                 Thé Mulindwas Communication Group
"With Yoweri Museveni, Ssabassajja and Dr. Kiiza Besigye, Uganda is in anarchy"
                    
Kuungana Mulindwa Mawasiliano Kikundi
"Pamoja na Yoweri Museveni, Ssabassajja na Dk. Kiiza Besigye, Uganda ni katika machafuko"

 

{UAH} DONALD J TRUMP IS THE ENEMY OF INTERNATIONAL PEACE ->Part two

Biden keeps Trump’s cap on refugee admissions despite saying he’d expand it

President Biden signed an executive order on Friday to keep last fiscal year's numbers in place.Getty Images

President Biden has opted to retain the Trump administration’s 15,000 cap on refugee admissions to the US despite earlier proposing that the cap be expanded to 62,500.

Biden signed the executive order on Friday to keep last fiscal year’s numbers in place, but broadened the regions from which the US will accept refugees to include parts of Africa and the Middle East, reinstating countries banned under former President Donald Trump.

President Donald Trump banned refugees from certain countries in the Middle East and Africa while in office. AFP via Getty Images

“The United States has a proud, bipartisan tradition of providing refugees protection through resettlement. In this time of great global need, the United States must demonstrate its robust commitment as a nation by resettling the world’s most vulnerable refugees,” he said in a statement.  

“As we face the largest global refugee crisis in history, with 29.6 million refugees worldwide, resettlement serves as a critical tool in providing protection to those fleeing persecution because of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.”

The move was a significant walk-back from the State Department’s proposal to Congress in February aiming to allow for more than 60,000 admissions for the fiscal year ending this September.

A senior White House official told the New York Times the decision to keep the numbers in place comes as the administration faces bipartisan criticisms for the surge of migrants at the southern border.

The decision to keep the numbers in place has been met with sharp pushback from progressive lawmakers who blasted the Trump administration’s policy as restrictive and urged Biden to rethink his decision.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), a co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, blasted Biden for breaking “his promise to restore our humanity.” 

“While this administration inherited a broken immigration system that was gutted and sabotaged by the previous president, it is on all of us to fix it — quickly. A critical step to doing so is reversing the attack on the refugee resettlement program,” she said in a statement.  

“I appreciate that President Biden eliminated geographic allocations but this is not sufficient. Each day that passes without signing the Emergency Presidential Determination is another day of signing off on Trump’s cruel policies. President Biden must raise the cap, restore regional allocations, and resume resettlement based on vulnerability.”

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) referred to the move in a tweet as “completely and utterly unacceptable” arguing the administration was upholding “xenophobic and racist policies.”

“Completely and utterly unacceptable. Biden promised to welcome immigrants, and people voted for him based on that promise. Upholding the xenophobic and racist policies of the Trump admin, incl the historically low + plummeted refugee cap, is flat out wrong. Keep your promise,” she tweeted. 

Rep. Illhan Omar (D-Minn.) pointed to a recent letter calling for the Biden administration to act more swiftly on increasing the numbers, calling the reversal on their earlier proposal “shameful.” 

“As a refugee, I know finding a home is a matter of life or death for children around the world. It is shameful that @POTUS is reneging on a key promise to welcome refugees, moments after @RepSchakowsky @RepJayapal, myself and others called on him to increase the refugee cap,” she tweeted. 

And Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, argued the cap prevents “the Department of State from admitting vetted refugees currently waiting in the system who do not fit into the unprecedentedly narrow refugee categories designated by the Trump administration” and hinders the administration from moving forward with its goal to allow of allowing 125,000 refugees in coming months. 

“The United States has a proud, bipartisan tradition of providing refugees protection through resettlement. In this time of great global need, the United States must demonstrate its robust commitment as a nation by resettling the world’s most vulnerable refugees,” he said in a statement.  

Under the withering criticism, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki later Friday issued a statement that sought to pin the blame on the Trump administration and promised more refugees would be let in in the future.

“For the past few weeks, [President Biden] has been consulting with his advisors to determine what number of refugees could realistically be admitted to the United States between now and Oct. 1,” she said. “Given the decimated refugee admissions program we inherited, and burdens on the Office of Refugee Resettlement, his initial goal of 62,500 seems unlikely. 

“While finalizing that determination, the President was urged to take immediate action to reverse the Trump policy that banned refugees from many key regions, to enable flights from those regions to begin within days; today’s order did that.  With that done, we expect the President to set a final, increased refugee cap for the remainder of this fiscal year by May 15.”

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On the 49th Parallel          

                 Thé Mulindwas Communication Group
"With Yoweri Museveni, Ssabassajja and Dr. Kiiza Besigye, Uganda is in anarchy"
                    
Kuungana Mulindwa Mawasiliano Kikundi
"Pamoja na Yoweri Museveni, Ssabassajja na Dk. Kiiza Besigye, Uganda ni katika machafuko"

 

{UAH} DONALD J TRUMP IS THE ENEMY OF INTERNATIONAL PEACE ->Part one

Little steps: Team Biden finally starts imitating Trump’s successful border policies

Joe Biden and Donald Trump Getty Images

After months of denials and inaction, the Biden administration has finally taken one baby step away from the disastrous policies that brought the worst border crisis in decades.

In a deal strikingly similar to the one President Donald Trump orchestrated in 2019, Mexico and the Northern Triangle countries have agreed to better secure their own borders to curb the flow of migrants headed toward America.

Mexico will maintain 10,000 troops at its southern border; Guatemala will add 12 checkpoints along the migration route through the country and send 1,500 more police to its border with Honduras, while Honduras will increase its border troops for a total of 7,000.

This comes after President Joe Biden unilaterally junked Trump’s agreements with these nations to stem the tide, only to see US border detention facilities overrun with thousands of unaccompanied children.

Sadly, Biden shows no sign yet of restoring Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” agreement, which prevented migrants from roaming this nation during the months or years that US courts reviewed their asylum claims (rejecting most of them).

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei have both attributed the crisis to the message that Biden sent around the world with his words of welcome and repeals of successful Trump policies.

Yet now Team Biden is even reconsidering its all-out rejection of Trump’s “wall.” Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is pondering Customs and Border Protection’s request to fill gaps in unfinished parts of the wall that allow a constant stream of immigrants. (Mayorkas is already defending Immigration and Customs Enforcement and advocating for more deportations.)

Little steps for little feet: Maybe Biden will eventually start putting reality ahead of ideology on other fronts.

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                 Thé Mulindwas Communication Group
"With Yoweri Museveni, Ssabassajja and Dr. Kiiza Besigye, Uganda is in anarchy"
                    
Kuungana Mulindwa Mawasiliano Kikundi
"Pamoja na Yoweri Museveni, Ssabassajja na Dk. Kiiza Besigye, Uganda ni katika machafuko"

 

{UAH} THE FRAUDLENT CAVES

Biden appears to cave on 15K refugee cap under pressure from left, Democrats

The White House reversed course on President Joe Biden's 15,000 person cap on refugee admissions after backlash from Democrats.Bloomberg via Getty Images

Just hours after President Joe Biden signed an executive order that would retain the Trump administration’s 15,000 person cap on refugee admissions Friday, the White House reversed course on the matter, apparently caving after facing strong backlash from Democratic lawmakers. 

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki announced late Friday that the White House will unveil a number higher than the 15,000 cap on May 15. That came about two hours after Biden signed an order maintaining the 15,000 cap.

“For the past few weeks, [President Biden] has been consulting with his advisors to determine what number of refugees could realistically be admitted to the United States between now and Oct. 1. Given the decimated refugee admissions program we inherited, and burdens on the Office of Refugee Resettlement, his initial goal of 62,500 seems unlikely,” she said in a statement walking back the president’s actions. 

“While finalizing that determination, the President was urged to take immediate action to reverse the Trump policy that banned refugees from many key regions, to enable flights from those regions to begin within days; today’s order did that.  With that done, we expect the President to set a final, increased refugee cap for the remainder of this fiscal year by May 15.”

The executive order signed earlier in the day kept the current cap, set last fiscal year, under former President Donald Trump, in place, but expanded the regions that the U.S. will accept refugees from to include parts of Africa and the Middle East, reinstating countries banned under the Trump administration.

President Joe Biden speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC on April 15, 2021.Bloomberg via Getty Images

The 15,000 cap fell far below the number laid out in a proposal provided to Congress earlier this year —  62,500 refugee admissions for this fiscal year which would be raised to 125,000 in fiscal year 2022 — sparking fury from Democrats, especially those on the far left, who argued the numbers were “restrictive” and “shameful.”

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), a co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, accused Biden of breaking “his promise to restore our humanity.” 

“While this administration inherited a broken immigration system that was gutted and sabotaged by the previous president, it is on all of us to fix it — quickly. A critical step to doing so is reversing the attack on the refugee resettlement program,” she said in a statement.  

Rep. Pramila Jayapal, a co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, accused President Joe Biden of breaking “his promise to restore our humanity.”Getty Images

“I appreciate that President Biden eliminated geographic allocations but this is not sufficient. Each day that passes without signing the Emergency Presidential Determination is another day of signing off on Trump’s cruel policies. President Biden must raise the cap, restore regional allocations, and resume resettlement based on vulnerability.”

Progressive firebrand Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) took to social media to accuse the Biden administration of upholding “xenophobic and racist policies.”

“Completely and utterly unacceptable. Biden promised to welcome immigrants, and people voted for him based on that promise. Upholding the xenophobic and racist policies of the Trump admin, incl the historically low + plummeted refugee cap, is flat out wrong. Keep your promise,” she tweeted. 

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claims President Joe Biden is “upholding the xenophobic and racist policies of the Trump admin.”Pool/Getty Images

And Rep. Illhan Omar (D-Minn.) noted progressives recently sent a  letter to Biden calling for the administration to act quickly in its promise to increase the cap. 

“As a refugee, I know finding a home is a matter of life or death for children around the world. It is shameful that @POTUS is reneging on a key promise to welcome refugees, moments after @RepSchakowsky @RepJayapal, myself and others called on him to increase the refugee cap,” she tweeted. 

A senior White House official told the New York Times the initial decision to keep the numbers comes as the administration faces concerns over its handling of the surge of migrants at the southern border. 

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On the 49th Parallel          

                 Thé Mulindwas Communication Group
"With Yoweri Museveni, Ssabassajja and Dr. Kiiza Besigye, Uganda is in anarchy"
                    
Kuungana Mulindwa Mawasiliano Kikundi
"Pamoja na Yoweri Museveni, Ssabassajja na Dk. Kiiza Besigye, Uganda ni katika machafuko"

 

{UAH} AND THIS IS WHY I IMMIGRATED TO THIS COUNTRY THAN UNITED STATES ->The stupidity has died in 24 hours when we have not even taken a God Damn Street

Ontario walks back new police powers following backlash

The Ford government has walked back sweeping new police powers a day after they were announced.

Solicitor General Sylvia Jones says officers will no longer have the right to stop any pedestrian or vehicle to ask why they are out or request their home address.

Instead, she says, police will only be able to stop people who they have reason to believe are participating in an “organized public event or social gathering.”

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On the 49th Parallel          

                 Thé Mulindwas Communication Group
"With Yoweri Museveni, Ssabassajja and Dr. Kiiza Besigye, Uganda is in anarchy"
                    
Kuungana Mulindwa Mawasiliano Kikundi
"Pamoja na Yoweri Museveni, Ssabassajja na Dk. Kiiza Besigye, Uganda ni katika machafuko"

 

{UAH} FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME DEMOCRATS AND CNN HAVE A PLAN FOR GUN REFORM -> Start blowing up white kids And you think Mayimuna Kenyi attacks the president out of ignorance huh !!!!!!

Police reform comes when 'white people's kids start getting killed'

CNN host Chris Cuomo claimed on his show that police reform won't take place until white children "start getting killed." Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images

CNN anchor Chris Cuomo said gun laws and police reform will happen when "white people's kids start getting killed."

The host of "Cuomo Prime Time," who just last month claimed on-air to be "black on the inside," claims to have the answer on gun and police reform.

"Shootings, gun laws, access to weapons. Oh, I know when they'll change," said the anchor. "[When] your kids start getting killed. White people's kids start getting killed."

Cuomo at one point in the monologue attempted to affect the hypothetical accent of a confused white parent, asking: 

"What's going on with these police? Maybe we shouldn't even have police," he said, before directly addressing the whiteness of his audience:

"That kind of madness. That kind of mania. That will be you. That will be the majority. Because it's your people," said Cuomo, while looking into the camera.

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On the 49th Parallel          

                 Thé Mulindwas Communication Group
"With Yoweri Museveni, Ssabassajja and Dr. Kiiza Besigye, Uganda is in anarchy"
                    
Kuungana Mulindwa Mawasiliano Kikundi
"Pamoja na Yoweri Museveni, Ssabassajja na Dk. Kiiza Besigye, Uganda ni katika machafuko"

 

{UAH}

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{UAH} BBC News: Indianapolis FedEx shooting: Who were the eight victims?

I saw this on the BBC and thought you should see it:

Indianapolis FedEx shooting: Who were the eight victims? - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-56789254

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{UAH} Justice Department sues Trump ally Roger Stone, alleging millions in unpaid taxes

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{UAH} Lawyers: DOJ defence in Trump defamation suit is 'dangerous'

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{UAH} THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO PROBLEM AT TEH SOUTHERN BORDER

Border Democrat calls on Biden to return unaccompanied teenagers to Mexico

by Anna Giaritelli, Homeland Security Reporter 

A House Democrat who represents a congressional district on the Texas-Mexico border called on the Biden administration to stop taking unaccompanied teenagers into custody and instead follow the Trump administration's policy.

“There is no perfect fix here. The administration is doing the right thing because the law requires that we process unaccompanied minors," Rep. Filemon Vela said in a statement obtained by the Washington Examiner. "However, we are in the middle of a pandemic and our systems are being overwhelmed. At some point, it is important to take a practical approach."

"Thirteen percent of the [unaccompanied children] are under the age of 12," said Vela, whose district is in the Rio Grande Valley, the busiest spot for illegal crossings on the entire border. "One logical approach to this situation would be to return the older teenagers to their home country and provide funding for an effort supervised by the United Nations to properly care for those teenagers upon their return. Then, once the pandemic is under control, you could phase the program back in so that there would be some semblance of control over the process. I think that this would help relieve the current burden.”

Last March, at the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Border Patrol began immediately returning all adults and children to their home countries in an effort to avoid filling detention centers with people amid the coronavirus pandemic. In January, President Biden stopped sending single minors under the age of 18 back to their home countries. Since then, the number of children coming over the southern border has exploded and is expected to surpass levels seen during the 2014 and 2019 surges, with federal agencies opening a handful of influx detention facilities.

Border officials expect 117,000 children will arrive without parents or guardians in 2021. The number is higher than the 68,000 taken into custody during the 2014 surge of unaccompanied children and the 80,000 who arrived during the humanitarian crisis at the border in 2019. As of last Thursday, HHS had 9,562 children in its care and another 4,500 in U.S. Border Patrol custody waiting to be transferred to HHS.

When children cross the border between land ports of entry intended for use by vehicles and pedestrians, they are taken by Border Patrol agents to regional stations for processing. The stations were built to hold adults for no more than three days before they are transferred to other agencies or returned south of the border. Children are to be quickly turned over to HHS, which oversees shelters where children will be held an average of one month while the government looks for adults based in the United States who can claim custody of the children.

HHS and the Border Patrol have opened several influx facilities in Texas, in the form of buildings and tents, to accommodate the thousands being taken into custody each week. All children will go through immigration proceedings in court, but the process can take years due to a significant backlog.

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On the 49th Parallel          

                 Thé Mulindwas Communication Group
"With Yoweri Museveni, Ssabassajja and Dr. Kiiza Besigye, Uganda is in anarchy"
                    
Kuungana Mulindwa Mawasiliano Kikundi
"Pamoja na Yoweri Museveni, Ssabassajja na Dk. Kiiza Besigye, Uganda ni katika machafuko"

 

{UAH} CROCKS ARE BACK INTO THE SWAMP

ICE gave $87M no-bid contract to business with Biden ties, raising conflict of interest questions

by Anna Giaritelli, Homeland Security Reporter  

 

The Biden administration did not solicit bids for a multimillion contract to house migrant families in hotels and instead gave the massive contract to an organization whose leadership has ties to the White House, including one official who was on the Biden transition team.

In its rush to stand up facilities to hold families who come over the southern border illegally in rising numbers, the Biden administration signed a deal that a member of Congress and people with knowledge of the matter said presented a conflict of interest and wasted existing government facilities.

Last month, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (an agency of the Department of Homeland Security) signed an $87 million contract to acquire and oversee an operation involving 1,200 hotel beds to house migrant families in Arizona and Texas. The contract was given to the nonprofit organization Family Endeavors, based out of San Antonio, Texas, which has no previous history as an ICE contractor.

But Family Endeavors does have a former senior official on the Biden transition team in its leadership: former ICE official Andrew Lorenzen-Strait, identified as a potential broker in the deal by Rep. Andrew Clyde of Georgia, who is tracking the contract, as well as two others with knowledge of the situation.

On Jan. 20, Inauguration Day, Family Endeavors announced that Lorenzen-Strait would become its senior director for migrant services and federal affairs, meaning that he would be the organization’s liaison to the federal government. Within two months, Lorenzen-Strait secured the contract.

Government contracts are supposed to be awarded through an open competitive process, outlined in the Federal Acquisition Regulation. Information obtained through the Federal Procurement Data System indicates that ICE never opened the contract to outside companies and organizations but went with an internal candidate who had significant insider connections.

“The bid was not advertised for competition, as is the norm,” said one person who is familiar with how ICE brokered the deal with Family Endeavors.

“Unless certain exceptions apply, an agency must compete the contract,” said Carol Thompson, a partner with the Washington-based Federal Practice Group law firm.

The only exception, Thompson said, was in the case of an emergency, such as disaster relief. In that case, ICE would have to provide a “Justification and Approval” document explaining why it did not compete the contract; a failure to do so would likely result in disciplinary action against the ICE officials who signed the deal, and the contract would be canceled.

ICE published its reason for not competing the contract after being contacted by the Washington Examiner Wednesday morning. It cited "unusual and compelling urgency" as the reason for not complying with federal contract law.

“Though the situation at the border might warrant the use of the [exception], I find it hard to believe that there were no other vendors that could have been at least considered for the award," Clyde, a Republican, wrote in a letter to ICE leadership late last week that was obtained by the Washington Examiner.

ICE said in a statement that the hotels are intended to be "short term, and generally less than 72 hours." It did not comment on questions related to Lorenzen-Strait.

“I am gravely concerned given that ICE did not compete this contract award, that this is Endeavors' first contract with ICE, and that the contract award amount far exceeds any previous award amounts with this organization,” Clyde wrote.

Family Endeavors had had contracts with several other federal agencies, including the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Federal Acquisition Service. However, the contracts were valued at less than $1 million, except for one that was $1.4 million. Family Endeavors took in $43 million in 2018, according to tax documents from that year. Its $87 million contract is more than double the money it took in last year. Despite its nonprofit status, its seven top executives made six-figure salaries in 2018, as much as $312,000 that year.

“It seems pretty profitable for a nonprofit,” said a second person who was familiar with the situation.

Before Lorenzen-Strait joined Family Endeavors, he was on the Biden-Harris transition team working on the DHS policy team, where he vetted political appointees for the Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees the care that unaccompanied migrant children are provided while in government custody.

Lorenzen-Strait worked at ICE starting in 2008 through May 2019, where his last responsibility was overseeing the 45,000-person capacity detention facilities. His immediate boss at the time was Tae Johnson, who has since been promoted to become the acting director of ICE and would have the final say on the $87 million contract. Lorenzen-Strait spent the second half of 2019 overseeing “100 partners in 39 states across the country who provide child welfare services to refugee and migrant children who are unaccompanied or separated from family” at the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services.

Another ICE official, Claire Trickler-McNulty, used to work for Lorenzen-Strait before he left ICE in 2019. Trickler-McNulty was given full authority over acquisitions and contracts despite working outside that office, a move that the first person said was “extremely unusual.”

Endeavors’s chief operating officer is Chip Fulgrum, the former chief financial officer at the DHS.

Clyde asked Johnson to give him answers by Thursday as to whether Lorenzen-Strait preemptively proposed a contract to Johnson and any other involvement in the deal.

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On the 49th Parallel          

                 Thé Mulindwas Communication Group
"With Yoweri Museveni, Ssabassajja and Dr. Kiiza Besigye, Uganda is in anarchy"
                    
Kuungana Mulindwa Mawasiliano Kikundi
"Pamoja na Yoweri Museveni, Ssabassajja na Dk. Kiiza Besigye, Uganda ni katika machafuko"

 

 

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