Friday, June 22, 2018

"Obama Administration Handed Child Migrants Over to Human Traffickers"

The information did not cause every deadhead celebrity to lose his mind, but it is certainly worth noting. And, consider the source, Eric Levitz of New York Magazine, hardly a member of the vast right wing conspiracy. The story was published in January, 2016.

How quickly we forget, especially when remembering gets in the way of our most fanatical beliefs.

Levitz reported on the result of a Senate investigation of Obama administration policy toward child migrants. Apparently, it was handing some of them over to human traffickers:

The United States government placed an unknown number of Central American migrant children into the custody of human traffickers after neglecting to run the most basic checks on these so-called “caregivers,” according to a Senate report released on Thursday.

In the fall of 2013, tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors traveled to the U.S. southern border, in flight from poverty and gang violence in Central America. At least six of those children were eventually resettled on an egg farm in Marion, Ohio, where their sponsors forced them to work 12 hours a day under threats of death. Local law enforcement uncovered the operation last year, prompting the Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations to open an inquiry into the federal government’s handling of migrants.

As it happened, the images of tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors crossing the border with impunity, reinforced by similar images from Germany less than two years later, gave is the Trump presidency.
Is this anecdotal or indicative?

“It is intolerable that human trafficking — modern-day slavery — could occur in our own backyard,” Senator Rob Portman, Republican of Ohio and the chairman of the subcommittee, told the New York Times. “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.”

It need not have been intentional. It could merely have been an example of basic, fundamental government incompetence:

As detention centers became incapable of housing the massive influx of migrants, the Department of Health and Human Services started placing children into the care of sponsors who would oversee the minors until their bids for refugee status could be reviewed. But in many cases, officials failed to confirm whether the adults volunteering for this task were actually relatives or good Samaritans — and not unscrupulous egg farmers or child molesters. The department performed check-in visits at caretakers’ homes in only 5 percent of cases between 2013 and 2015, according to the report.

And finally,

The agency placed 90,000 migrant children into sponsor care between 2013 and 2015. Exactly how many of those fell prey to traffickers is unknown, because the agency does not keep track.


Sam L. said...

Our media "betters" have declared Obama "The Great and Good" as perfect. There can be NO stain on his name.

Assistant Village Idiot said...

If only Obama knew, comrade.

Ares Olympus said...

"Local law enforcement uncovered the operation last year, prompting the Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations to open an inquiry into the federal government’s handling of migrants."

We'd all like to know what this nearly 2.5 year old investigation found. I see Snopes has a newer summary, and apparently issue still ongoing. As a result of the investigation, HHS and the Department of Homeland Security entered into an agreement to hammer out a joint plan that would address the issues raised in the report. As of 26 April 2018, that still had not happened according to Portman, who released a statement blasting the agencies for their failure to take action.

Ignatius Acton Chesterton OCD said...

I am sorry to sound so cynical, but greater human trafficking demands a greater government response to deal with an ever-increasing problem against a well-funded, clandestine, nefarious, invisible international organized crime empire, requiring more enhanced legal methods (RICO) and more federal agents to enforce laws not currently being enforced. I don’t see how this isn’t standard Democrat ideology at work. Never let a crisis go to waste.

Ignatius Acton Chesterton OCD said...

Ares, we all bow to your easy access to wisdom on these issues.

Anonymous said...

Yes, and: