Virginia: 280K SQ FT Compound, 3K Jobs for Illegal Amnesty: Rent $647K Monthly
A 280,000 square foot compound in Alexandria, Virginia in the Crystal City neighborhood, will be rented by the government to ‘process’ illegals. It will cost taxpayers almost $647,000 monthly, before any other expenses are included. Another 3,100 government employees will be added to the federal payroll. The website, ArlingtonNow.com, quotes sources saying salaries at the facility will range from $34,400 to $157,100, and also identifies the building as “Crystal Plaza 4, a 46-year old office building.” Once again, Judicial Watch rings the bell.
UPDATE 3:06 PM CST: A commenter (many thanks) just left a link to Missouri Congresswoman Ann Wagner asking Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director, Richard Cordray, about the high cost of this building:
During a Congressional hearing on Tuesday, an angry Wagner asked him to explain who authorized a $215 million expenditure on the “untouchable” agency’s new headquarters, Cordray sounded eerily like former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who offered a similar response to questions posed in Congressional hearings last year about the 2012 murders of four Americans at the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
“Why does that matter to you?” Cordray condescendingly responded to Wagner’s legitimate question. More at Breitbart, including a video (and transcript) of Cordray interrupting Wagner “four times in 30 seconds.”
The numbers are breathtaking and include a $647,590 monthly rent bill for a new facility at 2200 Crystal Drive in Arlington Virginia. It will be the processing headquarters for two Obama amnesty plans—Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA)—that will allow millions of illegal immigrants to remain in the U.S. Last month a federal court in Texas blocked the amnesty order, but records show the administration is ready to pull the trigger if it succeeds in appealing the ruling.
In fact a few weeks ago Judicial Watch reported that, despite the court order, the administration continued working behind the scenes to quickly award multi-million-dollar contracts to firms that can expeditiously process millions of illegal immigrants. A Request for Proposal (RFP) from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) estimates that the population of potential requesters for the president’s deferred action will be “approximately four million people” and that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) anticipates the initial filing of “approximately five to six million forms” related to the amnesty order which also covers the illegal immigrant parents of U.S. citizens and lawful residents.
It’s clear in the RFP’s pricing spreadsheets that it’s a huge taking that will cost American taxpayers a chunk of change, but now we have actual figures provided by government sources close to the negotiations. The Crystal City headquarters will get $1.5 million in “renovations/furniture,” $4 million in “telephone/data electronics,” $2.6 million in “workstation/desktop equipment” and $850,000 in “security upgrade,” according to the documents reviewed by JW. Around $3 million will be spent on an immigration processing program known as Computer Linked Adjudication Information Management System (CLAIMS) and $900,000 will go to video teleconference equipment. The annual rent will be $7,771,082, the document shows, and on-site guard services will run over $1 million.
Other expenses include over $1 million for barcode readers and printers, $90,000 for overtime utilities and tens of thousands for things such as employee background checks, drug testing, “instructor travel expenses” to train new hires and basic training books. The projected payroll for fiscal year 2015 alone is $21 million for an initial 1,000 extra federal workers. If the court injunction is lifted, the document says, and the initial planning estimate holds true, USCIS “might ultimately need to increase its total program costs of between $324 and $484 million per year.” That’s based on the assumption that 60% of all individuals who may be considered for DACA or DAPA would elect to file a request, according to the government memo. Read more at Judicial Watch
According to this source, Crystal City is in the southeastern corner of Arlington, Virginia, south of downtown Washington, D.C. Office buildings and residential high-rises are connected to retail stores though a web of underground corridors. “A large part of Crystal City is an underground city.” Located in Crystal City are the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Marshals Service, the EPA and some “satellite” offices for the Pentagon. Within Crystal City is Pentagon City.