Response Letter from U.S. Senator
After writing my U.S. Senators documenting my concerns about the failure of the HHS policies to properly vet sponsors of unaccompanied minors from sex traffickers, I received the following response. This is proof that our concerns about the Biden Administration being complicit in the enslavement of these forgotten, lost, minor children are legitimate. It is also proof that our efforts to speak out serve to shed light on the darkness and motivate actions towards deliverance. Let us continue to fight the good fight, not by the power of flesh and blood, but by the power, direction, and anointing of the Holy Spirit!
Thank you for contacting me regarding the safety of unaccompanied alien children (UACs). I appreciate having the benefit of your comments on this important matter.
The crisis on our southern border has continued unabated since 2021. From March 2021 to October 2023, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) encountered between 144,000 and 270,000 migrants every month - historic highs. Data published in the Washington Post reveal that the Biden Administration is only deporting a small percentage of the migrants. Instead, the Administration has a policy of large-scale releases of migrants into the interior, with the expectation that these migrants will later report to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for immigration court hearings that may not begin until up to a decade from now. Unfortunately, these failed policies have put the wellbeing of many vulnerable UACs at risk.
UACs enter the United States unlawfully and without a parent or guardian. The vast majority of these children are apprehended by the Border Patrol after crossing between ports of entry and transported to CBP facilities before being transferred to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which identifies and vets appropriate sponsors. Unfortunately, due to its mismanagement of the program, HHS has failed to properly vet sponsors, leading to widespread fraud and child trafficking. According to a February 2023 report by the New York Times, HHS has lost contact with over 85,000 children in the last two years - around one third of all the children the agency has placed in that time. These children have been found working long hours in unsafe conditions at meat packing facilities, manufacturing plants, construction sites, and countless other jobs where it is unlawful to employ minors. Others become victims of sex trafficking or are released to abusive sponsors with criminal pasts.
In April 2023, I requested that the Senate Judiciary Committee hold a hearing to better understand how senior leadership in both HHS and the White House failed to act on credible reports that children are being placed into exploitative situations. In October, the Biden Administration officials finally testified on the UAC program, yet their answers were troubling. The Director of the HHS Office of Refugee Resettlement admitted that the agency does not run FBI criminal background checks on all potential sponsors and was unable say what had happened to more than 300,000 UACs who had been placed with sponsors.
Unfortunately, the Biden Administration has decided to double down and recently proposed a new rule that would codify its failed sponsor vetting practices. I have joined 38 of my Senate Republican colleagues in an effort to oppose this rule. On December 4, 2023, we sent a letter to the Director of the HHS Office of Refugee Resettlement, laying out the problems with the rule. Our letter also makes clear that if HHS continues with the rule as proposed, we will introduce a Congressional Review Act resolution of disapproval to invalidate it.
Lord, we thank you for mobilizing these efforts by our elected officials. We lift up in prayer all these forgotten children. We pray deliverance and hope over them. We pray that what is done in darkness will be brought to light. We declare the plans, schemes, and word curses of the enemy concerning these little ones will be null and void.