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.”
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.