Biden's Border: Child Trafficking
Biden's border policies are a purposeful and abject national security failure, especially with regard to the protection of children. Because of lax border policies, cartels have become emboldened, and, as a result, more deadly drugs and more unaccompanied children are being trafficked than ever.
Take a look at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP) numbers below. These numbers reflect unaccompanied minors encountered at the SW border since Biden took office—almost 60,000 since October, 2022. There is an epidemic of child sex trafficking in the U.S. and insecure borders only aid and abet offenders.
The Number of Border Encounters is Staggering
Jessica M. Vaughan, Director of Policy Studies for the Center for Immigration Studies, an organization that tracks U.S. border policies and issues, testified in April 2022 before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security. Vaughan told committee members "the President has instigated a historic collapse of border security and immigration enforcement that has actually invited and facilitated human trafficking in numerous forms." Catch and release, loose regulation of guest worker programs, and failure to follow existing border laws all "enable trafficking to flourish."
2022 broke all records for illegal border crossings with 4.4 million known crossings and “another 1.5 million estimated ‘got-aways’ believed to have slipped into the country undetected,” according to the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) National Security Fellow Todd Bensman. In many cases, got-aways have criminal histories, according to the Center for Immigration Studies.
The sheer numbers of individuals crossing the border have caused distraction and utter chaos for the Border Patrol which, in turn, creates fertile soil for lawlessness, cartel activity, and criminal smuggling operations. According to the USCBP, there have been approximately 5 million illegal alien encounters since Biden took office. We are not even halfway through FY2023.There have been over 1 million encounters in just 5 months. That number does not include "gotaways", (those who eluded capture). The numbers are truly breathtaking and starkly different from the numbers during the Trump administration. In ALL of 2020, there were only just over 458,000 total encounters by CBP. There have been 6,008,157 encounters nationwide under Biden's watch. Again, we are not even halfway through FY2023.
Biden Focused on DEI not National Security
Biden has ignored laws and dismantled policies that are meant to mitigate the victimization of innocents. He and his DHS seem to be much more focused on integration and inclusivity (DEI) at the border than on national security. Make no mistake, when border security is not the top priority, children and minorities often suffer the most. Many legal minority wage earners in the U.S. lose jobs to low-earning illegal aliens and migrant workers in the U.S. on temporary work visas. Fentanyl overdoses continue to rise at alarming rates. A 2019 LATimes article on Fentanyl overdoses stated, "No other drug in modern history has killed more people in a year."
Illegal immigrants, especially children, are easily exploited. Some end up as "modern-day slaves" right here in our own country. According to reporting from humantraffickingsearch.org, Bladimir Moreno was sentenced to 118 months in prison for "leading a federal racketeering and forced labor conspiracy between 2015–2017, spanning multiple states." The forced labor conditions for seasonal Mexican workers were horrendous. An excerpt from the human trafficking search article on Moreno's abuse of seasonal workers is pictured below:
Biden's Abuse of Humanitarian Parole and Other Laws
Biden has abused humanitarian parole rules to legitimize illegal immigration. His newest executive order advocates expanding funding and programs for asylum seekers and refugees. Biden's DHS rarely uses expedited removal for unlawful entry into the U.S. Instead, he has expanded humanitarian parole to mean things it was never intended to mean. Humanitarian parole is a legal process with a narrowly defined set of restrictions. It is also temporary. The USCIS page states there must be a "compelling emergency" or "an urgent humanitarian reason or significant public benefit" to request parole. Obama expanded the "credible fear" claim definition, thus opening the floodgates for future administrations to abuse and exploit the policy. There must be a well-founded fear of persecution to qualify for this type of parole.
Biden ended the construction of the wall. He terminated Trump's Migrant Protection Protocols (Remain in Mexico), canceling agreements with "transit nations to offer safe haven to migrants and enforce their borders." During the pandemic, Title 42 was a total sham. Legal citizens suffered under crushing mask and vaccine mandates, and illegal aliens often entered untested and unvaccinated, mainly because Border Patrol didn't have the resources to enforce. All but the most "egregious criminals" have been allowed to stay in the U.S. since Biden took office. In many cases, taxpayers are footing the bill for their flights to interior U.S. locations.
NGO's Often Wittingly or Unwittingly Exploit Minor Children
Many well-meaning NGOs facilitate the process of transferring children to interior locations where parents are told they will attend school and receive good care. However, in many cases, these children are victimized or exploited. NGO's partner with the federal government, receiving significant grants of $120,000 to $1,000,000 to help illegal immigrants integrate. Biden doubled the funding for the Citizenship and Integration Grant Program to $20 million in 2022. NGOs have in many cases become useful tools to help circumvent lawful immigration rules and procedures. NGOs are being exploited to streamline the path to citizenship. And, in the meantime, these individuals often benefit from free education, medical services, tutoring, grants, job training, and social security numbers.
Under Biden, the increase in human smuggling and trafficking incidents has been nothing short of breathtaking. Judicial Watch just released a report stating there has been a 377% increase in human smuggling and trafficking and a 610% surge in fentanyl pills seized in Pinal County Arizona alone. Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb and the president of Yuma Regional Medical Center testified in a Congressional hearing in early March that the drug cartels are becoming increasingly powerful. In a separate hearing in February, Rio Grande Valley Chief Gloria Chavez told the Committee on Oversight and Accountability the cartels use drones to track federal and, in some cases have "17 times the number of drones, twice the number of flight hours, and unlimited funding to grow their operations."
Even at the normally relatively tame Northern border, drug smuggling has increased by 596% since FY2021, "including a 26% increase in fentanyl." There has been a 1,498 increase in Northern border encounters since Biden took office.
Foster Care and TikTok
It is well-known that unaccompanied minors are often prey to victimization in our foster-care system. It is very easy to exploit a child who is fearful of being sent back home after his or her parents have emptied their pockets to pay cartels and traffickers to help them cross the border. Sometimes the very state-contracted facilities meant to care for victims of sex trafficking are the facilities that end up trafficking children rather than protecting them.
TikTok videos would have you believe that "stranger-danger" and being snatched off the streets are common ways children are victimized by sex traffickers and predators. Unfortunately, according to humantraffickingsearch.org, this is just not the case. According to Julia Drydyk, CEO of the Canadian Centre to End Human Trafficking, "The chances of someone being kidnapped off the street and forced into trafficking, while anything is possible, is really not the dominant trend that we are seeing. I would say over 90 per cent of cases that we see through the Canadian Human Trafficking Hotline involve a trafficker that the victim knows and trusts and often loves.”
What are the Signs of Human Trafficking?
USCBP has published on its website information on human trafficking and why it often "entangles victims in a nearly impenetrable web." Unaccompanied minors who enter the U.S. without a caring adult are particularly vulnerable to exploitation. They are often impoverished and reliant on their captors from the get-go. They are often not easily identified by the casual observer. They can be easily exploited for labor, sex, or both—often in private homes. Our customs and border patrol employ a number of initiatives, to identify victims of human trafficking, including Blue Lightning, No Te Engañes/Don't Be Fooled, and Blue Campaign. Blue Campaign is a "national public awareness campaign designed to educate the public, law enforcement, and other industry partners to recognize the indicators of human trafficking, and how to appropriately respond to possible cases."
Signs of human trafficking include (DHS/CBP) website:
To report suspected human trafficking, we recommend reporting to your state’s human trafficking hotline and/or reporting to local law enforcement.