The number of minors involved in the flow of undocumented aliens across the southern border of the United States is perhaps the most shocking aspect of the situation. In fact, it appears that a significant number of infants are lost once they enter the United States.
The current administration denies any wrongdoing in relation to the treatment of these minors.
Susan Rice, who left her position as adviser on domestic policy this week, responded to a report in The New York Times that her staff was shown evidence of a growing migrant child labor crisis.
“We were never informed of any kind of systematic problem with child labor or migrant child labor,” she said.
However, it appears that someone on the inside has discovered that not everything is as the administration has depicted it.
Fox News reports that at a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing on Wednesday, a whistleblower will warn legislators that the United States has become the “middleman” in a multibillion-dollar migrant child trafficking operation at the border.
The hearing, titled “The Biden Border Crisis: Exploitation of Unaccompanied Alien Children,” will be conducted by the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration Integrity, Security, and Enforcement and will examine the influx of unaccompanied alien children (UACs) at the southern border.
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) statistics indicate that the number of UACs arriving at the border has increased from 33,239 in fiscal year 2020 to over 146,000 in fiscal year 2021 and 152,000 in fiscal year 2022. There have been more than 70,000 encounters with unaccompanied minors thus far in fiscal year 2023.
When child migrants are apprehended at the border, they are transferred to the custody of Health and Human Services (HHS) and then reunited with a sponsor, who is typically a parent or family member already residing in the United States.
However, the Biden administration has been rocked by reports that officials have been unable to make contact with more than 85,000 child migrants, and more recently by reports that administration officials neglected signs of a “explosive” increase in child labor. A number of individuals have been compelled into servitude to repay smugglers and have labored in deplorable conditions.
Fox notes that three witnesses will testify at the Wednesday hearing: Tara Lee Rodas, a former HHS whistleblower and inspector general’s office employee; Sheena Rodriguez, founder and president of Alliance for a Safe Texas; and Jessica Vaughn, director of Policy Studies at the Center for Immigration Studies.
According to a copy of her written testimony obtained by Fox News Digital, Rodas will provide some context and warn of a problem that predates the administration but has grown substantially during the recent migrant crisis.
“Today, children will work overnight shifts at slaughterhouses, factories, restaurants to pay their debts to smugglers and traffickers. Today, children will be sold for sex,” she will say. “Today, children will call a hotline to report they are being abused, neglected, and trafficked. For nearly a decade, unaccompanied children have been suffering in the shadows.”
Rodas will also discuss her volunteer work at a California emergency intake site.
“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 being recruited in their home country, smuggled to the U.S. border, and ends when ORR 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’ written remarks show.
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“Whether intentional or not, it can be argued that the U.S. Government has become the middleman in a large scale, multi-billion-dollar, child trafficking operation run by bad actors seeking to profit off the lives of children.” CONTINUE READING…