With former President Donald Trump in the White House, liberals relentlessly attacked border security initiatives by claiming Trump was putting “kids in cages.”
Liberals used the oft-repeated trope to assert that Trump’s enforcement of federal law led to the improper separation of families and children being held in inhumane conditions in detention facilities.
Once Joe Biden became president, the “kids in cages” mantra disappeared. But that was only from the headlines, not in actual reality.
As the left-wing group Vera reported in June, “Though family separation is no longer explicitly used as a weapon in U.S. immigration policy, it is still a horrifying result.” The group noted that during Biden’s first year in office, a record 122,000 children were detained and in custody without their parents.
That same month, Politico reported that one of every three detained illegal immigrants was a minor, and that federal detention records showed “that conditions for minors have not significantly improved under President Joe Biden.”
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“Without broader changes,” Politico added, ‘many thousands of kids seeking protection will remain at risk for harsh, demeaning and sometimes dangerous treatment as their first experience of the United States” under Biden.
This week, U.S. Sen. Rick Scott and his fellow Republicans, Sens. Josh Hawley and Ron Johnson, demanded a hearing on the plight of illegal immigrant children under Biden.
In a letter to Democratic Sen.Gary Peters, chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, the trio noted a recent report by a whistleblower who claimed that Biden’s Department of Health and Human Services was knowingly transferring unaccompanied migrant children into the custody of criminals, including sex traffickers.
“This cannot be swept under the rug,” they wrote. “Congress must immediately take action to stop the atrocities this whistleblower claims are being committed by the federal government itself.”
The gist of the whistleblower’s claim was the minor migrants at an intake center in California were quickly shuffled in and out of the system to avoid additional scrutiny by law enforcement and lawsuits filed by immigration activists who would maintain they were detained too long.
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As a result, the children end up in “debt bondage” to human traffickers who showed up to claim them.
“It angers us that this Administration is more concerned about lawsuits than about protecting a child from sex slavery,” Scott and the other senators wrote.
“We have long known that the Biden Administration’s open border policies are fueling human trafficking and child sex trafficking, as migrants repay debts to the cartels who transport them to illegally cross the border. In committee hearings and briefings, we have repeatedly pressed HHS and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for information about human trafficking across our border and continuing into our communities. However, this Administration is either unable or unwilling to answer our questions.”
“The committee,” the lawmakers concluded, “can no longer continue to allow this Administration to dodge scrutiny over its inhumane border crisis.”