According to a whistleblower who worked for the Department of Health and Human Services, the Biden administration has become the middleman in a multibillion-dollar trafficking operation.
They can’t blame this on Trump since this began in February of 2021 when the border became inundated with unaccompanied children and the Biden administration did not closely vet the alleged sponsors of the children These children are now forced to work in factories and some in the sex trade.
There are about 85,000 of these unaccompanied children that the Biden administration has lost track of. Officials in the Biden administration are passing the buck at record speed because they know what a disaster the Biden policy has become.
The smugglers recruit these children in their native country and bring them to the border. Once here the alleged sponsors, many of whom are known criminals put them to work in slaughterhouses, factories, and restaurants where they work off what they owe to the traffickers.
Whistleblower Tara Lee Rodas’s written remarks claim:
“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 [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.”
Jessica Vaughn, director of Policy Studies at the Center for Immigration Studies will testify:
“They have been carelessly funneled through the custody of U.S. government agencies and contractors, and handed off to very lightly vetted sponsors (who are usually also here illegally) in our communities without regard to their safety and well-being. There is no question that the system for processing minors who cross illegally is dysfunctional, and has been for some time, and needs to be fixed.”
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.
Up to 85,000 of these unaccompanied minor children or their sponsors can’t be contacted.
HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra is trying to blame Congress for the crisis.
“I have never heard that number of 85,000, I don’t know where it comes from and … so I would say it doesn’t sound at all to be realistic, and what we do is we try and follow up as best we can with these kids,” he said.
“Congress has given us certain authorities. Our authorities end when we have found a suitable sponsor to place that child with. We try and do some follow-up, but neither the child or the sponsor is actually obligated to follow up with us,” he said.
Becerra isn’t the only administration official passing the buck. Susan Rice, who worked as Biden’s domestic policy advisor, claims that no one ever told her of any problems.
“We were never informed of any kind of systematic problem with child labor or migrant child labor,” she said.
That’s a lie, as the whistleblower and other witnesses will testify before the Judiciary Committee subcommittee today.