Oversight of Efforts to Protect Unaccompanied Alien Children from Human Trafficking and Abuse, Hearing Before the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, Second Session, August 16, 2018 [open pdf - 10MB]
This is the August 16, 2018 hearing on "Oversight of Efforts to Protect Unaccompanied Alien Children from Human Trafficking and Abuse," held before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Investigations of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. From the Opening Statement of Senator Portman: "Since 2012, more than 200,000 children without legal status have crossed our borders without a parent or guardian. These children are typically apprehended by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Then, within 72 hours, under law, DHS transfers them to an HHS [Health and Human Services] Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) facility. At this point, HHS becomes responsible for these children's care. HHS typically places these children with sponsors, which can be their parents or other family members, but also sometimes other, unrelated adults. In 2015, I learned that HHS had placed eight of these children with human traffickers. [...] The Subcommittee investigated, and we released a comprehensive report in 2016 finding that HHS failed to do basic background checks on the traffickers who came forward to sponsor these children. We also found that no government agency claimed any responsibility for these children once the government placed them with sponsors, even sponsors who are not the children's parents or legal guardians." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Richard M. Hudson, Robert Guadian, Jonathan D. White, and James R. McHenry.
S. Hrg. 115-675; Senate Hearing 115-675
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