The Epoch Times reports that children are being “rented, bought, kidnapped, and recycled so that single adults, mostly men from Central America, can gain quick release into the United States after crossing the border illegally.”
The cost of these human trafficking schemes varies.
During a congressional hearing on July 18, acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Kevin McAleenan said “We’ve had indications … that it could cost anywhere from a few hundred—or even in some cases, less than $100—up to $1,000 or more.”
In one shocking instance, McAleenan claimed that a 51-year-old illegal alien bought a 6-month-old baby for $80 in Guatemala in order to facilitate his entry into the U.S. The man in question is a Honduran national who revealed this information to border agents after he took DNA test.
“We’ve seen all manner of smuggling organizations communicating to potential customers and to those crossing the border how to bring a child with them to be allowed to stay in the United States,” McAleenan stated. “They’ve been active in advertising, literally on Facebook and on the radio in Central America.”
Homeland Security Investigations, a division of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), deployed 400 agents to El Paso and Rio Grande Valley, Texas, in the middle of April. This was part of a process to interview families who Border Patrol suspected were fake.
In the last eight weeks, HSI officials have identified 5,500 fake families. Nearly 15 percent of these cases were referred.
According to McAleenan, agents have found 921 fake documents, and 615 individuals have been prosecuted for child trafficking or child smuggling.
The acting Secretary of DHS believes that this is only the tip of the iceberg.
He asserted that “tells me that we might be scratching the surface of this problem and the number of children being put at risk might be even higher.”
McAleenan added, “Everybody knows that if they bring a child, they’ll be allowed to stay in the United States—they call it a ‘passport for migration.’ I heard that directly from a gentleman from Huehuetenango, the westernmost province of Guatemala.”
In all the cases he has studied thus far, McAleenan has seen the same thing play out: “The subject stated that he made the attempt because he heard in his hometown that anyone traveling to the United States with a child will be released.”
According to McAleenan, more than 300,000 children have crossed the southern border since Oct. 1, 2018. The majority of them have entered with their family units, but 67,000 have entered as unaccompanied minors.
This is one facet of the immigration disaster taking place at the southern border.
Immigration reform is a must, lest the U.S. want a social headache that mirrors what’s going on in Europe.
So, it’s no surprise that GOP voters view immigration as the #1 issue heading into the 2020 elections.
For Trump to secure re-election and build a strong congressional coalition to pass immigration reform, Republicans at all levels must make immigration the most talked about issue during the 2020 elections.
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