Immigration Officials Lose 1,475 Migrant Children
The government has misplaced 19% of children apprehended at the border, with some even sold to traffickers.
Here's the underlying news story. 1,475 of the over 7,000 children which ICE has seized from their parents are missing and unaccounted for – and will probably never be reunited with their parents.
I do not have words for how I feel right now. https://t.co/UXdWjb8TEV
— Yonatan Zunger ? (@yonatanzunger) May 25, 2018
We’ve covered before the evils of ICE and its inhumane treatment of immigrants — both legal and illegal — but the full breath of the unbelievable and inhumane damage that has been done is only now being revealed after it was discovered that federal immigration agencies have lost 1,475 children they have separated from their parents. That is almost a thousand and a half children completely gone due to the inhumane, bigoted and unjust treatment of them by the very same forces whose key concern should be the safety of other human beings.
Shameful. Unfathomable. Disgraceful. 1,475 children. Lost. Why isn’t this the biggest news story in America??? https://t.co/JbK8n1wYcj
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) May 25, 2018
Normally, when an unaccompanied child is discovered crossing the border, he is placed with a sponsored care taker, a la foster care. However, in this case, The Office of Refugee Resettlement stated that out of the 7,635 children placed with sponsored individuals, 1,475 of them could not be accounted for by Health and Human Services. That’s 19% of all children that have been taken in, completely displaced, with Frontline reporting that many of these children were placed into the hands of human traffickers.
That’s right. The immigration system under the current anti-immigrant cruel eye of the administration have taken children from their families and placed them into the hands of human traffickers. I’ll repeat that again. The American Government has placed children into the hands of traffickers. This is a story that should absolutely be getting more attention than it is and it bears repeating. Losing 1,475 children is an inhumane disgrace on par with any of the cruelties we have seen from the worst of history.
They're actually missing 1,475 children out of the 7,635 they tried to contact. That's out of the 40,810 children placed in 2017. The number is probably much higher.https://t.co/o4MAI7dWdo
— Cody Johnston (@drmistercody) May 25, 2018
Senator Rob Portman said of the system:
“It’s just a system that has so many gaps, so many opportunities for these children to fall between the cracks, that we just don’t know what’s going on — how much trafficking or abuse or simply immigration law violations are occurring.”
The checks meant to make the system work, such as check-ins after thirty days to make sure that the child is taken care of, have not occurred. This is one of the many examples of the system’s flaws.
Senator Maggie Hassan said:
“If a child is being, for instance, kept at home and abused by a sponsor, and a local school doesn’t even know the child is supposed to be going there, then some of the usual triggers that we have for protecting children can’t be triggered.”
It is an inhumane thing, and I hope it is not swept under the rug quickly. What do you think of this story, however? Let us know in the comments, or on Twitter at @WhatsTrending.