Protecting Immigrant Children

This is outside the usual scope of this blog, but it is an important report on yet another failure of DHS. See: Protecting Unacommpanied Alien Children from Trafficking and Abuse.Thousands of children enter the U.S. annually unaccompanied by family or relatives.  These children are taken into custody and placed by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) pending immigration procedures.”Immigrant children at a private detention facility, photo provided by ICE

On the heels of concern regarding family separations at the U.S.-Mexico border, and the ongoing effort to reunify these families, comes this Staff Report from the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations of the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: ‘Protecting Unaccompanied Alien Children from Trafficking and Other Abuses: The Role of the Office of Refugee Resettlement.’

This report addresses concerns that the HHS has not adequately performed its duties in ensuring the appropriate and safe placement of unaccompanied alien children (UACs).  The Subcommittee investigation concluded that HHS “policies and procedures are inadequate to protect the children in the agency’s care,” in particular to protect them from human trafficking and abuse.

4 thoughts on “Protecting Immigrant Children

  1. Exactly what would you recommend that the United States do regarding unaccompanied minors reaching our boarder??? … Especially in light of million of children legally in this county who reside in dangerous cities and/or go to sleep every night with their stomach aching from hungry. In the short term, this country has a moral obligation to care for these children as they are victims as a result of an unfortunate situation. Over the long term, their parents and home country should burden the responsibility of their care. From a personal perspective, I feel for all who suffer, particularly children, but we are not and cannot be the world’s child care provider.

    America spends billions of dollars annually in foreign aid (including United Nation contributions) which in some cases, perhaps is not the wisest investment for this country. While it may seem brutal in approach, America must established priorities that include taking care of citizens first prior to allocating limited resources to individuals who are not citizens of this country. While the United States has vast resources compared to other countries, there are limits and considering our debt, we must be mindful of making long term commitments to those who are not citizens of the United States. Investments should be made in our urban and extreme rural areas who are in desperate need of help.

    • Amen! The parents or whomever that put these children in these precarious situations are to blame. They are not the taxpayers’ responsibility. Where is the indignation over American children who are in dire straits in our own communities? Or the separation of parents and children when parents go to jail? Children in so many cases are neglected, abused and left to their own devices by their so-called parents. Many children grow up with little to no care, attention, discipline and proper nourishment. Wild animals treat their young better. This particular problem re: our open border and illegals with so many others that are dominating the mainstream media are politically motivated.

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