Sunday, May 7, 2023

Crisis Of Enslaved Migrant Kids Should Disqualify Biden From A Second Term; Whistleblower Tells Congress that Govt is Delivering Migrant Children to Human Traffickers

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Crisis Of Enslaved Migrant Kids Should Disqualify Biden From A Second Term:
Biden’s first term has shown he is uninterested in and incapable of fixing our broken immigration system.
President Joe Biden officially announced his bid for a second term this week, despite having many policy failures in his first term — from record-high inflation to America’s diminishing global influence. Particularly, Biden’s disastrous open-border policy has caused so much harm to our nation’s security as well as U.S. citizens and migrants’ well-being that even left-leaning corporate media, which usually carry water for him, now demand accountability.
In her most recent report, Hannah Dreier of The New York Times holds the Biden administration responsible for causing the migrant child labor crisis and ignoring data and repeated warnings from concerned government workers and nonprofits. The White House responded by announcing this week that Susan Rice, the most senior White House official responsible for immigration, is stepping down. But Rice’s exit will not end the current crisis because the ultimate responsibility lies with Biden and the immigration policies he supports.
Since he took office, Biden’s open-border policy had led to historically high illegal border crossings, including by more than 250,000 children. Most came from Central America and were either sent by their parents or trafficked by smugglers to the U.S.
In 2021, concerned that the overcrowded shelters would bring bad optics for the Biden administration, Xavier Becerra, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), urged his staff to speed up releasing migrant children to their American sponsors. His underlings responded by loosening the vetting process of these sponsors.
Concern Among HHS Staff
Some HHS employees soon learned that “children were being released to adults who had lied about their identities, or who planned to exploit them,” the Times reported. “Adults were sponsoring multiple children, and minors were working instead of attending school.” Staff also became alarmed by how quickly they lost touch with migrant children’s whereabouts within a month of releasing them to their sponsors.
Once they were released, many migrant children (some are as young as 12) reportedly became indentured laborers. They were subjected to poor working conditions and grueling long hours in factories, fast-food restaurants, hotels, construction sites, and other business establishments throughout the United States. The only way these children could seek help was to call an HHS hotline. Consequently, reports of human trafficking to the hotline increased by about 1,300 percent over the past five years. --->READ MORE HERE
Whistleblower tells Congress that govt is delivering migrant children to human traffickers:
Tara Lee Rodas warned the US is the 'middleman' in a trafficking operation
A whistleblower who viewed first-hand what she testified is a "sophisticated network" of child migrant smuggling into forced labor and other forms of slavery is calling on Congress to act to crack down on the U.S. role in that network.
The hearing, "The Biden Border Crisis: Exploitation of Unaccompanied Alien Children," was held by the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration Integrity, Security and Enforcement and included Health and Human Services (HHS) whistleblower Tara Lee Rodas as a witness.
Rodas, who was detailed with HHS at an Emergency Intake Site in Pomona, California, on Wednesday told lawmakers about what she experienced on the ground.
"I thought I was going to help place children in loving homes. Instead, I discovered that children are being trafficked through a sophisticated network that begins with recruiting in their home country, smuggled to the U.S. border, and ends when [Office of Refugee Resettlement] delivers a child to a sponsor — some sponsors are criminals and traffickers and members of Transnational Criminal Organizations. Some sponsors view children as commodities and assets to be used for earning income — this is why we are witnessing an explosion of labor trafficking," Rodas said.
According to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) statistics, the number of unaccompanied alien children (UACs) who arrive at the border has swelled from 33,239 in fiscal year 2020 to more than 146,000 in fiscal year 2021 and 152,000 in fiscal year 2022. So far in fiscal year 2023, there have been more than 70,000 encounters of UACs.
When child migrants are encountered at the border, they are transferred into the custody of HHS and then united with a sponsor — typically a parent or family member already in the U.S.
But the administration has been hit by a number of New York Times reports detailing a rise in child exploitation, where children are forced into the labor force — sometimes to pay back their smuggling costs. It has led to concerns that, by transporting children to sponsors, the U.S. is involved in child trafficking. The Times reported how officials reportedly ignored signs of "explosive" growth in the child labor force. --->READ MORE HERE
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