The Business End of Illegal Immigration – The Curious Case of Clint Texas, and The Abraham Lincoln Transitional Lodge…

A few days ago we noticed an article in a Texas newspaper highlighting a proposal to build a transitional housing facility for 3,500 illegal aliens.   The proposed facility name was noted in the media as “Abraham Lincoln Transitional Lodge“.

clint texas

Tornillo Land Co. owns the plot outlined in the application @15.6 acres.

The proposal was to build a complex on 15 acres located in/around Clint, Texas.   Here’s the general media outline(s):  (our research will follow)

This is the first Associated Press mention of the facility CLINT, Texas (AP) — Authorities are considering a bid to build a shelter in West Texas that would be the largest in the U.S. to hold unaccompanied children who enter the country illegally.

A number of sites in Texas and elsewhere are being considered as detention facilities for many of the more than 57,000 unaccompanied children who have entered the U.S. since October.

But with 3,500 beds, the proposed Abraham Lincoln Transitional Lodge southeast of El Paso would be far larger than other centers. A temporary processing facility in McAllen holds about 1,000 children.

The lodge’s marketing director, Charles McGuire, tells the Houston Chronicle ( ) that the principal backers of the bid previously have invested in housing for oil workers in Texas.

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services is reviewing the proposal (read more)

Yesterday Fox14 in Texas picked up the story and did a little more research – TEXAS – A private, unknown company or organization proposed to state and federal authorities to build a shelter, which could house 3,500 undocumented, unaccompanied minors just outside of Clint, Texas.

The site is proposed on the southeast corner of the intersection of Interstate 10 and FM 1110.  KFOX 14 obtained the application form from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Monday evening.  In it, the shelter is named the Abraham Lincoln Transitional Lodge.

More than 1,000 sinks and 1,000 toilets would have to be installed, according to the document.  A spokesperson for DFPS, the ratio of staff to a minor is 1 to 8. That means more than 430 people would likely need to be hired as staff.

“I just feel like these kids need different opportunities,” Cynthia Jimenez, who works in Clint, told KFOX 14.  The influx of illegal children looking for those opportunities are mainly from Central America as they are reportedly flee violence in their home countries.

Clint’s mayor agrees with that, plus there could be some good economic impacts.  Dale T. Reinhardt said.  But, he warns, there could be some unintended consequences. “How do we know there won’t be an outbreak of something? And how do we know it can be traced back to where it came from?” Reinhardt questioned.

While the potential director, Sergio Medina, declined to talk with KFOX 14 over the phone for a recorded interview, he did tell me he has vast experience in doing social work, including migrant child, and says he is a child advocate.

The application also says doctors and other medical staff would be on hand in the event of a child getting ill or an emergency.  Medina said he can’t talk much more about the shelter because he is waiting to get a contract, which is currently tied up in federal bureaucracy. (link)

Our research goes quite a bit further.

Hat Tip for some great Treeper sleuthing by Cetera, who was able to gain the initial child care facility application of Mr. Sergio Medina to the local government in Clint, Texas and forwarded it to us via email.

Against further research some of the aspects within the application don’t quite add up, and this ultimately might explain why Mr. Medina is currently avoiding sunlight.

The primary question we pondered was who would be backing or financing such an operation?

The follow up article by Fox14  indicates “a contract” tied up “in federal bureaucracy“.   Hmmm… perhaps an HHS contract similar to those we have outlined from HHS to BCFS-EMD or Southwest Key, or Catholic Charities ?

First lets take a look at the application:

Notice – included in the Child Care Licensing application Mr. Medina states his current employ is both part of his credibility, and part of his experience.   He states he is an “Associate Director” at Covenant House California.  The addresses match [200 Harrison St], and all of the identifiable details of the organization match, but there is no known affiliation with Mr. Medina.

We spent some time looking through all of the various affiliates and informational outlines of Covenant House.   A review of Covenant House list of executives and officers does not reveal Sergio Medina listed as any of the company officers.

So we go searching through the IRS filing 990 (2013) to locate, through their list of paid employees, his specific professional employment with Covenant House as listed on the application.

No luck there, as he is not listed in the 2013 tax filing either.

However, you might note they are 93.84% government funded.    They rely on government grants for over 93% of their operating revenue.   Taxpayer funds.   Which is a direct contradiction to their claim of being 80% funded by individual contributors.

covenant house

I digress.

Mr. Medina gets even more mysterious as you look toward the affiliate company listed on the actual application, “Watford Ranch” of 453 South Broadway, Nyack, New York 10960.  With Charles McGuire listed as CEO and Kelly Hering listed as COO.

Watford Ranch is a Service Workforce Housing Company – with few details available from their website, and the actual address listed on the application for them, which is part of the application for the Texas facility, is a private residence in New York.    This would indicate the Watford Ranch business is run out of the home of either Charles McGuire or Kelly Hering at the above residential address.

Mr. Medina lists various experience with refugee housing and settlements as part of his application for a license to house the UAC’s in his proposed facility.   Covenant House is the most recent but Catholic Charities is a former employer with relevant experience in housing illegal aliens.

Adding up all of the various bits of information it would appear Mr. Sergio Medina is applying to HHS for a grant to build the 3,500 bed facility in Clint Texas.   If granted we can presume he would then use Watford Ranch as the contractor to actually construct the facility.

This appears,  for all intents and purposes, to be an independent agent who has seen the lucrative side of using government grants to generate the non-profit taxpayer funded revenues, and chosen to try and generate his own income stream from a process similar to BCFS-EMD, SouthWest Key Inc. or Catholic Charities.

Building a temp housing facility for 3,500 UAC’s would generate an approved initial grant around $12.6 to $25 million with forecasted taxpayer revenues well exceeding $100 million in the longer term.

Understanding The Business of Illegal Immigration

UAC Heartland Human Care - Chicago

HHS (The Multi-Trillion Dollar Agency) was selected by the administration to facilitate the transition of illegal aliens into local communities. Doing so allows a massive amount of money to be shifted around inside the agency. (emphasis added in the article and after we’ll expand):

rahm-emanuel-6Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a former Obama administration chief of staff, wants to expand the city’s efforts to house young illegal immigrants from Central America, reportedly proposing to shelter an additional 1,000 of them by year’s end.

“The influx of unaccompanied child migrants is a growing humanitarian crisis that we can no longer ignore,” said Emanuel, according to The Chicago Tribune. “While we have our own challenges at home, we cannot turn our backs on children that are fleeing dangerous conditions.”

The mayor’s office says the federal government will pay for the youths’ shelter, education, health care, food, safety and social services¹.

ezikel emanuel_0-550x309Pelosi Rahm Emanuel

On the left Rahm Emanuel’s brother, Zeke – another Obama architect. On the right the legislative construction crew.

However, officials are trying to get Chicago lawyers to *provide free legal services² for the youths, who arrived in hopes of staying with U.S. relatives but now face federal deportation hearings.

[ ¹, ² *Remember, Obama and Eric Holder have created a taxpayer funded system to use AmeriCorps to represent the illegal alien families during legal proceedings. Remember also there are no deportation hearings – that part is pure conjecture.]

To be sure, Chicago has its own challenges, including a recent violent-crime wave in which at least 82 people were shot over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, with 16 victims dying.

The Chicago area already has nine such facilities, which according to the National Immigrant Justice Center have roughly *500 beds for illegal-immigrant youths³ already in the United States.

[³ *Remember, despite media reports these are not “unaccompanied youths”; they are with their illegal guardian, usually Mom. HHS own internal data show the average length of stay in transitional housing is 30 to 35 days and HHS spends about $36 to 40k in grant money for each child unit.]

City official have yet to disclose the locations of the new sites and how many they will need and must be retrofitted to accommodate the youths.

Emanuel, also a former Illinois Democratic congressman, announces his plan amid the national debate on what to do with the estimated 57,000 illegal youths who have illegally crossed the southern U.S. border during the past nine months.

They hope to stay in the U.S. based on a 2008 law, enacted to curb human trafficking, that allow youths from non-border countries to live here.

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Other cities and states have rejected housing the new arrivals, including the residents of the California city of Murrieta who held protests and turned away buses full of illegal border-crossers.

Earlier this month, Maryland Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley, a major Obama supporter during his re-election effort, called on the president’s administration to take a more “humanitarian” approach to the crisis.

The White House in turn purportedly leaked work that O’Malley opposed a plan to send some of the youths to a suburban Maryland facility. The governor responded by saying he fears the new arrivals would not be welcome at that particular site.

Emanuel policy chief Michael Negron told the Tribune that his administration is focused on facilities already equipped for residential use, including those once used as hotels and dormitories. (read more)

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The three primary recipients of the HHS UAC grants are these groups (BCFS, SouthWest Key, and Catholic Charities):

BCFS-EMD (Baptist Child and Family Services – Emergency Management Division) $280 million. (link)

BCFS 2014

South West Key Programs Inc $122 million (link)

southwest key hhs grants

Catholic Charities USA $20,724,716 / Catholic Bishops $28,850,211 Total: $49,574,927

US Conf of Catholic Bishops

…AND in Chicago alone – Heartland Human Care Services !!


UAC Heartland Human Care - Chicago

Remember, this is $27 million already sent to Chicago for UAC’s (Unaccompanied Alien Children). According to 2013 tax filings this organization gets 99.68% of revenue from Federal Grants.

That might surprise you, but it really shouldn’t. Chicago’s Heartland Human Care Services (HHCS) is well known to us because of the MASSIVE amount of Obama stimulus money they were given in 2010: $241,000,000 + (2010 pdf tax filing here)

Heartland 2010

Since 1980 Heartland Human Care Services, a Division of Chicago’s Heartland Alliance, has been led by Dr Sid L Mohn:

sid-mohn-newDr. Mohn is responsible for developing and implementing the strategic plan that allows the organization to meet its mission. Through his passion and vision, Dr. Mohn has helped Heartland Alliance and its partners become the premier service-based human rights organization in the Midwest.

Prior to his tenure at Heartland Alliance, he held positions with the Chicago Urban League, the Kane/DeKalb Counties Employment and Training Consortium, International Documentation, and La Casa Center.

Dr. Mohn is a graduate of Temple University, received his Master of Divinity from the School of Theology at Claremont, California, and his doctorate from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. He is a United Church of Christ clergyperson and a member of the Order of Ecumenical Franciscans.

Dr. Mohn is past Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Immigration Forum and is a member of the Board of Directors of International Social Services U.S. Committee for Refugees, Chicago Commission on Human Relations, and Global Chicago.

Here’s an article Mohn wrote for the Huffington Post on why Chicago is the perfect host for a previous NATO meeting. He’s a community organizer’s ‘community organizer’. I can literally only imagine the amount of graft within this Chicago network. $227,550 for “remodeling expenses”? Gee, I wonder who got that contract. $110,895 for legal services in Boston Mass? But the group operates in Chicago ?


Hopefully people are beginning to see the picture now.

There are many organizations openly advocating for the continuance of illegal immigration, and the housing, facilitation, processing and eventual placement of those illegal aliens. But what you don’t see, because the media will not report on it, is those same entities have a vested financial interest in the business of illegal immigration.

Just on this aspect of a border crisis alone, the “Unaccompanied Alien Children”, HHS has distributed grants totaling over $669,326,910.00  to contractors, groups, and entities whose entire existence is dependent on the continuance of the flow of illegals.

This includes actual “churches” and simultaneously faux “faith based” organizations who are receiving hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to keep the scheme operating.

Why would they want the border secure and the spigot turned off ?

And is it really “charity” when the IRS is used as the plate holder for the taxpayer “offering” toward illegal aliens.

How much has President Obama directed HHS to spend on supporting illegal alien “dreamers”  since his 2012 Deferred Action Executive Order:

$ 669,326,910.00 !!

so far.

and not a single penny of it through the budget or appropriations process.

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48 Responses to The Business End of Illegal Immigration – The Curious Case of Clint Texas, and The Abraham Lincoln Transitional Lodge…

  1. boutis says:

    It is a front for money laundering only it is taxpayer money instead of cartel drug money or the mob and gambling money. Organized crime will find a way.


  2. texan59 says:

    I don’t know if this will post but I found Medina’s LinkedIn profile.Gonna see what I can see about RISE in SanFran.


  3. CarolinaCowboy says:

    “They hope to stay in the U.S. based on a 2008 law, enacted to curb human trafficking, that allow youths from non-border countries to live here.”

    The law lapsed in 2011. In 2013 the entirety of the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act was attached as an amendment to the Violence Against Women Act and passed.[1] There are two stipulations an applicant has to meet in order to receive the benefits of the T-Visa. First, a trafficked victim must prove/admit to being trafficked and second must submit to prosecution of his or her trafficker. Because of this the law does not apply to immigrants seeking admission to the United States for other immigration purposes.


  4. labrat says:

    The obvious question is if Obama says these kids “can’t stay” and Congress is supposed to delay their vacations and “fix” the problem – why the hell would we need to build a 3500 bed border resort for UAC’s that are supposed to stop coming???


    • AdukeLAXobserver says:

      The answer would be Obama is lying like he lies about everything else. The vast majority of illegals flooding across the boarder now won’t be going back. And think about it this way. How long are they going to be here before they get a court date? I am sure their lawyers which we will be paying for will argue it will be cruel to send them back after they have lived here so long.


    • auscitizenmom says:

      That has been my question since I first heard about it.


  5. AdukeLAXobserver says:

    I am guessing the transitional in the “Abraham Lincoln Transitional Lodge” means they will be transitioning to life here, since there would be no need to really transition back to life back where they came from. And I have to say I am still amazed more citizens are not outraged at all the money we are borrowing to pay for the care of non-citizens.


    • joanfoster says:

      Citizens would be outraged “AdukeLAXobserver” if they knew this information. You won’t find this kind of research posted anywhere, including the Blaze, Drudge, Red State, etc.


    • michellc says:

      The problem is there are still many citizens without a clue as to what is going on and others who keep their mouth shut because the government is their meal ticket as well.

      Me and a friend were hitting the antique stores the other day and were talking about this orchestrated border crisis and a lady came up to us and said, “I’m not trying to be rude and wasn’t trying to eavesdrop but I couldn’t help overhearing your conversation. I’ve heard about the border problem, but I thought they were just being held long enough to find their family back in their country so they could be returned and I have heard nothing about diseases or diseased children being put into our school system, how could that be legal or right?” Without repeating the entire conversation, let’s just say that lady was given an education about what is going on. She left us outraged and wanting to know how we do something about it. We told her the first step is her letting everyone she knows the truth about not only who caused the “crisis” and the diseased kids that would be going to school with their children and grandchildren, but the billions being spent to do it.
      Then as we were paying the lady taking our money told us she overheard our conversation with the lady. She went on to tell us about a customer who comes in frequently that works for a non-profit. The non-profit is 98% funded by government grants, they operate several head starts, a meals on wheels like program, low income housing, income tax preparation, electric and gas assistance program, assist(ed) in signing up people for Obamacare, weatherization program and housing rehab program. So they have their hands in a lot of government money. This particular customer is the head of the weatherization department and according to the antique lady has said she makes $120,000 a year. That is a very good income especially for Oklahoma and she is provided with a company car and a housing allowance. (It makes you wonder what the director of the entire organization makes) It seems this customer came in telling how they were going to be assisting these “refugees” in housing and were just waiting on grant money to go into action. She was flabbergasted that people were upset about this because it created jobs, they were already doing interviews to hire 5 new people and that statewide there would be over 40 new people hired.

      Government money has corrupted a lot of citizens and the government ran schools and media has dumbed down another huge percentage of the people. Just with what that woman is talking about, this will be government money that is spread around, they will need to hire contractors to weatherize these homes they’re going to put them in, we can’t let them live in non-energy efficient homes you know. These homes will need new roofs, windows and doors, hot water tanks, toilets, refrigerators, washers, dryers and heating and air. Schools will be on board because that means more money for them. Some red states will put on a show of disgust and outrage and complain about how much money this is going to cost them, but in the end they’ll take the money from the federal government and do nothing to stop them from being placed in their state. Then they’ll raise our taxes telling us they have to pay for it somehow and will conveniently ignore the federal money they received.

      The love of money is the root of all evil and in this case the love of federal grant money is destroying the nation and the people who benefit, which that number grows daily are either too stupid to see it’s destroying our country or don’t care as long as they get their share.


      • Dixie Darling says:

        To summarize, we are being drowned by a tsunami of greedy people.


        • michellc says:

          I don’t know that it’s greed as much as living within their bubble and not being able to see what is happening outside their bubble or more like not caring as long as they keep getting their payday while getting to play the game of look how much we do to help.


          • Dixie Darling says:

            I’m not talking about the uninformed citizens….I’m talking about those entities which are operating housing in so many states for these illegal aliens. You’ve seen the figures SD is reporting. They are getting MILLIONS in government grants but they are willing to take down our country so they can retire and live a wealthy lifestyle. They think they can live in their ivory towers and none of this stench will affect them. And then there are those who take these illegals in as foster parents and who get obscene amounts per month to house them. And you think that’s not greed? They are in it for the money, period. They don’t care how this affects our country just as long as they get paid every month.


            • michellc says:

              I’m sure those at the top of these non-profits are greedy, but I’m talking of those like this woman, she’s not getting the millions, although she’s getting a pretty good chunk and the people who work under her. I think those people have convinced themselves they’re doing something good even if they get paid to do so and can’t comprehend why anyone would have a problem with it. They never stop to think that they’re living off the government just the same as the welfare crowd with the exception they do some work for their government handout.
              Just like this woman if she was working for a for profit business doing what she does, she would be making half of what she is making, if that. Because I guess she tells all her business, as the woman knew she only worked 5 hours a day, 4 days a week. Her job consists of reviewing grant applications, reviewing applications for assistance and prioritizing and scheduling and reviewing and signing off on invoices from sub-contractors and dealing with complaints. I find the latter kind of funny, complaints from people getting free stuff.


  6. remmy says:

    Gotta take the senate from the democrats in november.


    • Sharon says:

      Unless it’s given to conservatives with a spine, nothing will change. Harry Reid has only been able to do what he has done because he can count on a significant number of republicans to vote with him. He has not done what he has done without republican assistance.


  7. czarowniczy says:

    Of course there’s a business connection, there’s always a business (read: “M-O-N-E-Y) connection, else nothing would get done. There’s been a business (read:paying off Congresspersons) connection for many years as everyone from the folks looking to hire cheap domestic help, to major businesses wishing to hire cheap ‘Mexican’ labor to work businesses they can’t cheaply move to Mexico, have been supporting the illegal movement of Latinos here. As the previous wave becomes too expensive to deal with they just pony-up a new crop fresh over the border. Y’all remember my mentioning we were picking up illegals working on the Alaska Pipeline in the early 70s, 40 years ago, and how do you think those cheaper laborers and welders got from Mexico to northern Alaska? Damned hard to walk there. Now we’re at where we’re at.
    I have no (legal) idea how we’re going to sterilize Congress, in 2014 ofr2114 if we’re still even here. It can only be done through an engaged public and, unfortunately, the public seems to be engaged elsewhere. It seems that the only option available to us is to sink or swim, but that other option of making as many of the new immigrants into conservatives as we can is still open. We’ve been handed limones, time to start making conservadores de limón. Or something a lot like that.


  8. Col(R) Ken says:

    Why can’t we used those FEMA camps?


  9. John Galt says:

    I’m lol at his grade in differential equations. Course work took a distinct turn toward warm and fuzzy thereafter. I guess you don’t need high level math ability to fleece tax payers.


  10. czarowniczy says:

    Yoooo Hoooo – if anyone’s interested the DHS/ORR has a state-by-state listing of key contacts for ORR-funded programs at:
    Just in case you get bored and need someone to talk to about what’s going on.


    • Dixie Darling says:

      There is a lot of interesting stuff on that website, czar, including a listing of how many from what countries went to each state. The latest listing was from 2012 but that was sickening enough that I’m not sure I want to see 2013 and 2014.


      • czarowniczy says:

        Yeah, the inetesting thing about the ‘how many to each state’ is that I can’t get my system to bookmark teh page. I have every other page there bookmarked except that one. The ORR is sort of like being Little Nell and tied to the train tracks and being forced to watch the approaching train on closed-circuit TV.


  11. Cetera says:

    I’ve sent the link to this post to the Dale Reinhardt, the Mayor of Clint, TX.


  12. IntoTheFray says:

    What would be news to me is if there is/was a project, operation, or whatever you want to call it, done by the Obama Administration, that WASN’T corrupt.


    • IntoTheFray says:

      In other words, where is all of this corruption leading, and more importantly WHO is behind it? Does anyone think that a dope smoking kid raised by a dysfunctional family in a foreign country, with friends like Bill Ayers, raised to the position of POTUS all by himself? Who is running Obama and the Democratic party? Who’s behind the curtain? Have America’s leaders all become so corrupt for power and money that they are now willing to sellout America for their own personal gain? Apparently so. What I would like to see is someone, anyone, to get out in front of this. This FOLLOWING and reporting on every corrupt act (Are there any that aren’t corrupt?) by our politicians, both Democrat and Republican, is really getting old and I fear is playing into the “PLAN”, whatever that is. Corruption by our government…now the norm! Endless, useless investigations by our government…now the norm! Those held accountable…?


      • Dixie Darling says:

        Integrity is a thing of the past….and that filters down to all levels.


        • Dixie Darling says:

          So I guess this is how zero plans to spread the wealth and murder the middle class….this country will have nothing but us poor folk and the immensely wealthy willing to sell their souls and their country for the almighty dollar. Goodbye America……..


  13. Excellent article , puts it all into reality perspective of Mo Money from the taxpayer ! These entities or companies are needing to be vetted seriously ? Does anybody actually know who and what the BCFS really is ?i am not surprised some money grubbing developers would come out of the woodwork to cash in , completely unconcerned for the country or outcome . Greed and control have been the motivations for all we see falling part ?


  14. peachteachr says:

    Isn’t there a percent of the total grant that goes to the writer of the grant? I believe this is how it works in my county in say a federal grant for work at the local air port ( a grass field). In school systems and government agencies, you will often get a notice of money that MUST be spent before the end of the fiscal year. At that point it’s a free for all. I always think that you have to be spending gov’t money to scam money off the top. These “cats” are looking for lots of cream from these illegals.


  15. Lucille says:

    Perhaps we all are going to have to work overtime to keep from being overwhelmed and depressed by this knowledge of corruption and how little is being done about it. I know I certainly am. Does it seem to anyone else that worldwide crises are mushrooming completely out-of-control? It’s certainly a reminder to me that the cause of this chaos and corruption comes from the Father of Lies and his influence over the lives of Man.


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