Shocking: Government Loses 1,500 Immigrant Children

The situation at the border is getting out of control, as thousands of immigrants try to enter the United States every year.

With the massive number of people to process after trying to cross the border, or after illegal entry, countless droves of American resources are needed.

Sadly, unaccompanied immigrant children are now paying the price for all those people who wanted to bypass the legal citizenship process.

Time Magazine reported:

Federal officials lost track of nearly 1,500 migrant children last year after a government agency placed the minors in the homes of adult sponsors in communities across the country, according to testimony before a Senate subcommittee Thursday.” 

From October to December, the Health and Human Services Department began making phone calls to track the status of children that were placed with sponsors after falling into US custody while trying to cross the border.

To the dismay of the agency, they

found 6,075 of the children were still living with their sponsors, 28 had run away, five had been deported and 52 were living with someone else. The rest were missing, said Steven Wagner, acting assistant secretary at HHS” according to Time Magazine.

Many officials are being attacked for not making reforms that keep these vulnerable children from falling into the hands of human traffickers, while others are saying there was a blatant disregard for the care of the children by the agencies in charge.

Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota was quoted by Time saying, “We are failing. I don’t think there is any doubt about it. And when we fail kids that makes me angry.”

In the years since 2013, the federal government has taken responsibility of 180,000 unaccompanied minors, placing them with parents or adults that meet agency standards.

During the children’s time in these homes, they are expected to attend school and be watched after while legal status is attempted in immigration court.

The adults who took over parental responsibilities of the immigrant minors made legal claim to their care, and therefore should be held liable for their whereabouts.

Not knowing if 1,500 children are safe or in the hands of perpetrators is a horribly unsettling feeling, and individuals have a right to be upset with the situation.

Ethical and humanitarian issues arise when children are in dangerous situations and have no defense for themselves; such as in the case of abortion.

Legal and illegal immigration is bringing in more people than any one government can practically and safely monitor, and now liberals are hollering from the other side of the line saying the agencies were in over their heads.

There was a dramatic “surge” of border crossings by unaccompanied minors in 2013, according to Time, that prompted further legislation to place and protect these children in danger.

In October and November of 2015 alone over 10,000 children crossed into the United States by themselves, mainly from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras; these countries still hold the highest number of children seeking asylum from violence and poverty.

Former President Barack Obama was concerned about how many children were trying to escape formidable conditions, and according to the Washington Post, declared a “humanitarian crisis.”

Despite knowing there were many children in need, Obama still waged war on those trying to protect against illegal immigrants entering the country.

Protecting our border, and staying within the judiciary process, would allow more resources to be available, and allocated to areas of genuine need.

During an AP investigation it was discovered that over two dozen unaccompanied children that were placed in sponsor homes were “sexually assaulted, starved or forced to work for little or no pay.” according to Time.

Since that time, HHS has made an effort to watch for at-risk kids in their care, and placing those in danger in post-placement services.

This was done for about one-third of unaccompanied minors, according to Senate Subcommittee on Investigations.

Under President Trump, we are seeing real hope for kids in the predicament of fleeing danger, or trying to seek legal status on their own.

Time Magazine reported:

Republican Sen. Rob Portman gave HHS and the Department of Homeland Security until Monday to deliver a time frame for improving monitoring.

These kids, regardless of their immigration status, deserve to be treated properly, not abused or trafficked,” said Portman, who chairs the subcommittee. “This is all about accountability.””

In addition to Sen. Portman increasing monitoring, President Trump has previously made an executive order to help the children coming into the United States by themselves.

The Daily Caller reported:

Trump signed an executive order in January 2017 that ensures the protection of undocumented minors. It stated, “The Secretary shall take appropriate action to require that all Department of Homeland Security personnel are properly trained…to ensure that unaccompanied alien children are properly processed, receive appropriate care and placement while in the custody of the Department of Homeland Security, and, when appropriate, are safely repatriated in accordance with law.”

The left wants to point the finger and blame conservatives who advocate for border protection, for not caring about the well-being of the individuals attempting to reside in the United States.

The reality is that liberal’s dangerous standards of reckless immigration policy, and advocating for illegals, many of which are violent offenders, have put our children, and children abroad, in danger.

Please let us know in the comments section what you think should be done about these missing children, or how the situation could be prevented for future scares.

 

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