Former President Donald Trump’s border policy architect blasted the current administration’s southern border immigration policy he said enables child trafficking.
Trump’s senior policy adviser, Stephen Miller, based his allegation upon a report from the Washington Examiner that revealed staggering numbers of unaccompanied children crossing the border. According to U.S. Customs and Border Patrol data, 275,770 unaccompanied minors have been encountered at the southern border in the last two years.
“These astronomical numbers defy any historical comparison,” declared Miller in a Twitter post. “So overwhelmingly are the prior records exceeded that there is no reference point. Biden, with the unflinching aid of 50 Senate Democrats, is running the largest child smuggling operation our world has ever seen.”
Miller railed against President Joe Biden’s policy of resettling all unaccompanied minors who enter the country illegally with unvetted adult sponsors. The former presidential policy adviser alleges that policy makes Biden and Democratic Party lawmakers responsible for the largest child smuggling epidemic in human history.
“It has enriched virtually every major child smuggler in the hemisphere and far beyond,” Miller claims. “It has filled the ranks of MS-13. It has created a monstrous industry of vast global reach. And it has made America’s border into the world’s epicenter of labor trafficking, sex trafficking, and modern-day slavery.”
Between October 2020 and June 2022, the U.S. has released 201,950 unaccompanied children to sponsors, according to Office of Refugee Resettlement data.
Representative Fred Keller (R-PA) proposed legislation earlier this year to require sponsors of unaccompanied minors to be U.S. citizens. His bill would also require sponsors post a bond to guarantee the child appears at immigration hearings.
“The federal government under the Biden administration is placing [unaccompanied minors] with people that aren’t even in the country legally and haven’t even been vetted,” the Pennsylvania Republican said in an interview. “We’re taking a child, and we’re placing them in a situation where we don’t know the background of the people that are going to be tasked with caring for that child.”
His legislative offering followed soon after the Biden administration announced they would stop vetting the sponsors of UC crossing the border.
It costs less to send those children to unknown people who are themselves often illegal aliens than to build large shelters to house and feed them near the border while their asylum requests are processed. It does not seem wise, though.
Most Democrats agonize over allowing their children to attend sleepovers at a friend’s house even when they know the parents well. There does not appear to be an equal amount of concern about sending illegal aliens to live with strangers who agree to “sponsor” the unaccompanied minors who cross U.S. borders.
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