Thursday, September 22, 2022

Rep. Michael Burgess Demands Answers After Illegal Immigrant Children Go ‘missing’; Dozens of Migrant Children Reported Missing in Houston, Raising Alarms

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Rep. Michael Burgess demands answers after illegal immigrant children go ‘missing’:
Rep. Michael Burgess warned the Biden administration that it is endangering children and may be breaking the law after many illegal immigrant juveniles have gone “missing” in Houston.
Mr. Burgess, Texas Republican, said he was alarmed by a Reuters report earlier this month that said roughly 48 illegal immigrant children went missing from the Houston homes where the federal Health and Human Services Department had placed them with sponsors. Another nine children ran away from HHS-operated shelters.
HHS began a frantic effort to track the children. As of late August, 46 of them had been “confirmed safe,” Reuters reported.
Mr. Burgess, in a letter to HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra this week, demanded quick answers on what is going on, saying there were signs the department was putting kids in unsafe situations.
“These patterns have been brought to light by the Houston police chief after noticing an increase in missing UACs from the homes of their U.S. sponsors,” the congressman wrote. “Of even greater concern, dozens of these children have been released to similar addresses.”
The Washington Times has reached out to HHS for comment.
UACs, or Unaccompanied Alien Children, are juveniles who jump the border without a parent.
Under the law, UACs are to be quickly transferred from Homeland Security’s custody to HHS, which places the children in shelters until sponsors can be found. --->READ MORE HERE
Dozens of migrant children reported missing in Houston, raising alarms:
Federal and local officials are scrambling to locate close to a dozen unaccompanied migrant children, after Houston police raised concerns about dozens of migrant children reported missing in the Texas city since last year, according to U.S. government officials and related emails reviewed by Reuters.
The cases underscore the challenges for U.S. President Joe Biden's administration as it faces a record number of unaccompanied kids arriving at the southwest border it must safely and quickly release to sponsors in the United States.
Earlier this summer, a Houston police detective alerted the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) after discovering what looked like a pattern of migrant kids missing from the homes of their U.S. sponsors, according to an HHS official, who declined to be identified.
HHS is the federal agency that oversees the custody and release of children after they have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border without a parent or legal guardian.
In August, in a rare step, the HHS refugee office implemented an emergency supervisory review of releases of unaccompanied kids to non-parent sponsors in the Houston area, according to the HHS official and an internal email seen by Reuters.
The agency found that since late last year, 57 unaccompanied migrant kids had been reported missing in Houston, the HHS official, and two additional sources familiar with the situation, said. Included in the count were nine kids who ran away from HHS shelters in the Houston area, the official said. --->READ MORE HERE
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