Former Biden Official Banned From ICE Contracts


( – It’s no great secret that having friends in high places can help someone walk the road to success. Unfortunately, former administration officials are notorious for selling their souls in the pursuit of a big payoff after they leave government service. Such is the case with a former Biden official.

Andrew Lorenzen-Strait worked for President Joe Biden’s transition team, holding interviews and vetting Health and Human Services appointees. He also worked on Biden’s Homeland Security policy team, where he may have gleaned information regarding the incoming administration’s immigration policy priorities and anticipated use of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) family facilities.

On July 27, the Washington Examiner reported that a high-ranking ICE official named Joshua Jones sent out a directive barring Lorenzen-Strait from working on any projects involving the agency’s ISAP-IV program. That program oversees alternative detention programs for illegal migrants released by ICE officials inside the United States.

As it turns out, Lorenzen-Strait brokered an $87 million contract with ICE officials to house migrants. Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-GA) and two other unnamed officials first identified Lorenzen-Strait as the intermediary behind the deal. Eventually, word traveled to ICE officials and, presumably, made the decision to bar him from any involvement with ICE contracts.

Perhaps the most disturbing underlying fact in this case is Lorenzen-Strait’s long term association with ICE. He worked for the agency for about 11 years ending in 2019; his last post involved overseeing all family detention centers. Curiously, ICE quit using those facilities once Biden assumed office earlier this year.

Where there’s smoke, one can usually find a raging fire, and there’s a lot of smoke surrounding Lorenzen-Strait — enough that the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General recently opened a review of his actions.

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