The Biden administration awarded $41 million in taxpayer-backed government contracts to a new nonprofit organization that is working with illegal immigrants to fight deportation. The Acacia Center for Justice, a Washington, D.C.,-based nonprofit, has currently taken six “legal services” contracts from the Department of Justice. According to the records, the contracts started on Sept. 1.
The contracts are worth millions of dollars, and they came to be only months after the nonprofit got a determination later from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in which it was stated that they would be exempt from taxes.
According to the group’s website, they are looking to provide legal support to those immigrants who are currently facing deportation as well as providing other legal assistance to immigrants across the United States. Outside of providing legal assistance they are also advocating for more programs and infrastructures that will work to guarantee that immigrants are being treated fairly and justly.
The Vera Institute and CAIR are in a partnership in the creation of the Acacia center. Vera Institute has for years provided legal support for immigrants while CAIR has an adult defense program that provides support to illegal immigrants. They also work to assist detained minors.
The Acacia contracts come at a time when the U.S> is facing a border crisis.
The number of immigrant encounters has been rapidly increasing. In August alone there were over 200,000 encounters. There was also an increase in immigrants coming from Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Cuba.
This fiscal year it is estimated that there have been over 2 million encounters.