Investigation sparks outrage: Feds handed immigrant children over to human traffickers

They had one job to do and they screwed it up.

After failing to conduct adequate background checks, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services handed over at least 19 immigrant children to human traffickers last year, a Senate report released Thursday stated.

The Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations reported that at least six immigrant children as young as 14 were lured into the United States with the promise of a better life and later discovered as victims of a human trafficking ring in Marion, Ohio.

“It is intolerable that human trafficking — modern-day slavery — could occur in our own backyard,” said Senator Rob Portman, Republican of Ohio and the chairman of the subcommittee. “But what makes the Marion cases even more alarming is that a U.S. government agency was responsible for delivering some of the victims into the hands of their abusers.”

The New York Times reported additional cases uncovered by the committee:

In addition to the Marion cases, the investigation found evidence that 13 other children had been trafficked after officials handed them over to adults who were supposed to care for them during their immigration proceedings. An additional 15 cases exhibited some signs of trafficking.

The report also said that it was unclear how many of the approximately 90,000 children the agency had placed in the past two years fell prey to traffickers, including sex traffickers, because it does not keep track of such cases.

 

“Whatever your views on immigration policy, everyone can agree that the administration has a responsibility to ensure the safety of the migrant kids that have entered government custody until their immigration court date,” Portman said.

When the news hit the streets, folks on social media were understandably appalled.

It’s been said many times before — if you want to screw something up, hand it over to the government. This is just one more example.

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