Biden’s Careless Migrant Sponsor System Sends Kids Into Slavery

Originally published by The Federalist and shared here with permission.

Mexico’s criminal cartels view unaccompanied migrant children as “the product,” and the Biden administration treats them as such. Our current immigration system is a modern-day slave trade.  

We can applaud The New York Times for finally exposing the left to the Biden administration’s indifference to the exploitation of migrant children. The paper’s report on migrant child labor gives a good start, but it fails to show the whole picture.

The NYT reporter, Hannah Drier, focuses on children, but the exploited includes everyone — men, women, and children — lured into the United States by promises of a better life, only to be trapped in modern-day slavery. Drier wrote at length about White House Cabinet officials, such as Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra, Domestic Policy Director Susan Rice, and even Vice President Kamala Harris, who have failed to protect migrant children from unsafe and inhumane conditions.

Under the cartels and America’s careless administration, young girls and women are used and abused in the sex trade until they are reduced to nothing.

The article said not a word about sex trafficking — about the ruined lives of young girls and women who never make it to honest work in a poultry or furniture factory, as they were promised. Under the cartels and America’s careless administration, they are used and abused in the sex trade until they are reduced to nothing.  

Other children and young adults are being forced into the grueling labor of meatpacking, agricultural, and hospitality jobs not mentioned in Drier’s article. America’s unaccompanied and unchaperoned minors are a bonanza for human traffickers.  

There is no American dream under the Biden administration. There is only victimization and abandonment. I touched on the government’s indifference to the commodification of migrant children in the Epoch Times last December. It has only grown worse since then. 

Conscientious citizens should recognize this as a moral failing. Modern-day slavery is just as impermissible as the slavery African-Americans endured. 

Former Project Veritas CEO James O’Keefe revealed the reality of our immigration system in interviews with victims of the modern-day slave trade and whistleblowers. One whistleblower, Tara Lee Rodas, exposed the lack of checks and balances in the immigration process. She revealed that sponsors, who typically are not legal citizens or permanent residents, threaten children, whom they call their “products,” with deportation to ensure their servitude.  

“The sponsor can hold up an ‘Order of Deportation’ to a [migrant] child and say, ‘This is your Order of Deportation. If you do not do what I say, when I say, I’m going to call ICE on you myself,’” Rodas said. “We [American citizens] are paying to put children in the hands of criminals.” 

These children are not being reunited with their families. We know from numerous reports that unaccompanied minors, like chattel slaves, are crowded into temporary housing upon arrival. We have seen pictures of blankets that look like aluminum foil and masses of bodies.

We are guilty because we lure them here with the imagery of a safe-haven nation conjured up by Emma Lazarus’ poem “The New Colossus.” We stopped being that nation decades ago.

Health and Human Services is supposed to find suitable homes for the children. In the government’s rush to rehome these children, they may be placed with a foreign national sponsor who has already laid claim to several children. At that point, the children — now the cartel “product” — are at the mercy of their sponsors. We know that HHS has lost track of thousands of children. For all HHS knows, the children could be chained up in someone’s basement — or worse, dead.

What went wrong? Truth be told, America dropped the ball decades ago.

In the minds of millions of migrants, America is a land flowing with riches. They come here as dreamers only to find themselves trapped in a nightmare. We are guilty because we lure them here with the imagery of a safe-haven nation conjured up by Emma Lazarus’ poem “The New Colossus.” We stopped being that nation decades ago.

Our failure to enforce our immigration policies and implement clear rules and expectations has created a travesty for those unfortunate enough to be trapped in our system. 

It is true that since the 1965 Immigration Reform Act, leftists have most vocally pretended to care about justice and fairness for people born outside the U.S. But it has been under both Democrat and Republican administrations that the federal government’s non-enforcement immigration policies have made it easier for people to come here.  

Common-sense measures for immigration reform never seem to advance in Congress under either party because, in hindsight, both have benefitted from the exploitation of humans. 

Perhaps Drier’s New York Times article will generate enough pressure for true immigration reform to rise to the top of the list of national priorities. Then again, for two years both parties have known about the modern-day slave trade taking place across our border, and story after story has not inspired any real national action.


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