A senior official at President Joe Biden’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) cannot say with certainty how many unaccompanied alien children (UACs) the agency keeps in touch with after they are released to adult sponsors in the states -United.
During a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) questioned Office of Refugee Resettlement Director Robin Dunn Marcos about a labor trafficking pipeline of UAC which exploded under Biden.
Notably, earlier this year it was reported by the New York Times that at least 85,000 UACs lost contact with HHS officials after being released to adult sponsors in the United States
When asked how many of the roughly 430,000 UACs — who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border on Biden’s watch — HHS officials remain in contact with, Dunn Marcos said she did not have the figure under the hand.
The exchange took place as follows:
HAWLEY: How many children, right now, of the approximately 430,000 unaccompanied children who have crossed the border under this administration — it’s a staggering number — are you in regular contact with right now?
DUNN MARCOS: Senator, we have a number of different providers across the country…
HAWLEY: But what is the number, how many are you in contact with… you said child protection is your main concern, what is the number?
DUNN MARCOS: I don’t have the exact number.
HAWLEY: How can you not know? Why would you come to this hearing without knowing…respectfully, I would like you to do your job and not hand over children to human traffickers. Respectfully, that’s what I would like. I wish you wouldn’t facilitate the largest child trafficking ring in American history.
Similarly, Dunn Marcos told Hawley that background checks on adult sponsors are done in “some cases,” but not all. The percentage of background checks performed on all adults in a UAC sponsor’s household was also not provided by Dunn Marcos.
“I don’t have that number,” she said when asked for the number.
“Do you make home visits in these cases to see where these children are being released and who you are entrusting them to? Hawley continued, to which Dunn Marcos responded, “We don’t do house calls in every case.” »
Reports indicate that top Biden officials, such as HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra and former domestic policy adviser Susan Rice, have ignored warnings that UACs are part of a vast labor trafficking network work, as well as sex trafficking and general abuse at the hands of their adult sponsors.
As Breitbart News detailed, Biden tripled the influx of UAC into the United States, coinciding with the explosion in migrant child trafficking. During Biden’s first two years, nearly 300,000 UAC arrived at the border and were released into the U.S. interior with adult sponsors.
In April, an HHS whistleblower testified before Congress and warned that the agency was running a “multibillion-dollar child trafficking operation” in which UACs arrive at the border, are placed under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) custody before being sent to HHS. , then given to unverified adult sponsors – most of whom are not their biological parents.
“Some sponsors view children as commodities and assets that can be used to earn income. This is why we are seeing an explosion in labor trafficking,” the whistleblower said.
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