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    Florida grand jury accuses Biden HHS of 'complete abdication of responsibility' for migrant children welfare

    Adam Shaw
    Fri, March 31, 2023 at 9:22 AM EDT

    A Florida grand jury that was empaneled after a request by Gov. Ron DeSantis last year is accusing the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) of a "complete abdication" of responsibility for the welfare of unaccompanied migrant children transported to the state -- amid a broader investigation into the federal government’s rehousing of UACs.

    The grand jury report concluded that HHS’ Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) is "facilitating the forced migration, sale, and abuse of foreign children, and some of our fellow Florida residents are (in some cases unwittingly) funding and incentivizing it for primarily economic reasons."

    DeSantis filed a petition last year for the Florida Supreme Court to "impanel a statewide grand jury to examine international human smuggling networks that bring aliens to the southern border, and ultimately to Florida."

    The 46-page report is the latest report to come from the jury, which has already released two such reports on illegal immigration. The latest report focuses specifically on the release of migrant children into the U.S. to sponsors.


    When unaccompanied children come to the border, they are currently turned over by Border Patrol to Health and Human Services (HHS) who will attempt to find them a sponsor within the country -- typically, but not always, a family member. While not unique to the Biden administration, it has become a major issue under the administration due to the massive surge of children coming to the border as part of the ongoing migrant crisis.


    The report described a "clandestine" process to facilitating the transport of child migrants into Florida. During a six-month period in 2021 it describes how more than 70 planes landed in Jacksonville, Florida at night time and that companies and others involved often received last-minute notices.

    "If an operation were ferrying terrorists or large quantities of narcotics, this is what it would look like," it said.

    The report faulted HHS for a lack of background checks and follow-ups both during the current administration and preceding ones. It noted that in FY 2021, ORR took custody of 122,700 children but only conducted 5,468 home visits.


    "Of the 245,515 children placed with sponsors between August 2018 and January 2022, only 1,835 received discretionary home studies—or less than one percent of cases," it said.

    It also cited instances where some sponsors apply to receive more than one child, including one address in Texas that had 44 children sent to it, while one sponsor in Florida had children sent to multiple addresses using different forms of his name. The report says witnesses described how some sponsors used the address of a strip club in Jacksonville, empty lots of open fields.

    The report also describes stories of alleged abuse that unaccompanied children received when they arrived at their sponsors’ homes, including one child being "pimped out" by an "aunt," some who had run away because they were being sold for sex, young children being left with an unknown male while a sponsor was working and children being forced to drop out of school and work to pay the debts for being smuggled into the U.S.

    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis listens as Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody speaks during a press conference at the Broward County Courthouse on August 18, 2022 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

    The report says that documents to prove sponsorship are rarely provided in person, and interviews are conducted by phone. The report finds that ORR "has a rather spotty record when it comes to vetting sponsors, and has intentionally gutted many of the protections for minors that were in place regarding the identities and backgrounds of the adults to whom they were given."

    "We believe this is why the agency does all it can to keep the public from knowing what is going on," the report says.


    It also faults the agency for what it says could be construed as the facilitation of the trafficking of children.

    "ORR and its non-profit partners may wish for us to trust their process and ignore the evidence and testimony presented. But what has been observed is the complete abdication of responsibility for the welfare of minor children they have transported to our state, then effectively abandoned, often to dangerous and illegal situations," the report said.

    In a statement, Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody thanked DeSantis for calling for the investigation into what she called "the Biden administration’s abject failure to protect unaccompanied minors in dangerous situations."

    "As a mother, I am outraged at how the Biden administration and others in authority have encouraged this nightmare through policy and are neglecting hundreds of thousands of children, subjecting them to abuse and sexual assault even after they cross the border," she said. "The federal government is knowingly aiding and abetting trafficking organizations and allowing horrific harm to happen to these children."

    "I am calling upon Congress to investigate and consider federal law to stop these misguided programs," she added.

    The grand jury issued recommendations including that it be made mandatory for any person in the state who obtains custody of a UAC to report it to the state Department of Children and Families and initiate proceedings to determine legal custody. They recommend making it a felony

    The report comes amid continuing concerns over the potential trafficking of UACs in the U.S. Most recently the New York Times published a deep dive report on migrants who had been released to sponsors but were instead trafficked and forced to work in dangerous jobs.

    HHS did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the grand jury report. However, at a Senate hearing earlier this month, HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra was asked about the Times report and numbers cited that the agency had been unable to make contact with over 85,000 UACs

    "I have never heard that number of 85,000, I don’t know where it comes from and …so I would say it doesn’t sound at all to be realistic, and what we do is we try and follow up as best we can with these kids," he said.

    "Congress has given us certain authorities. Our authorities end when we have found a suitable sponsor to place that child with. We try and do some follow up but neither the child or the sponsor is actually obligated to follow up with us," he said.



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    This is vile and disgusting. This is kidnapping for our government to keep or transport any of them.

    All these minor's need to be immediately handed over into the care and custody of their Embassy or Consulate to be processed and returned back home within 48 hours. Let them find their families back home.

    Find the illegal parents that are here, charge them with child endangerment, and deport them on the spot!


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    Florida Grand Jury Slams Joe Biden’s Child-Trafficking Program

    Florida Grand Jury Slams Joe Biden’s Child-Trafficking Program

    by NEIL MUNRO 1 Apr 2023

    President Joe Biden’s progressive deputies are smuggling children and teenage migrants to U.S.-based labor traffickers and employers, a Florida grand jury declared on March 30.

    The federal government “is facilitating the forced migration, sale, and abuse of foreign children, and some of our fellow Florida residents are (in some cases unwittingly) funding and incentivizing it for primarily economic reasons,” the 46-page report published by Florida’s Statewide Prosecutor’s Office said.

    The jury’s report, described as “stunning” by the Miami Herald, describes how foreign children and teens are delivered to employers via a relay-chain network of coyotes, cartels, federal agencies, government-funded nonprofits, and U.S.-based labor traffickers. The New York Times sketched the resulting child workforce in a dramatic article on February 25: “Cristian works a construction job instead of going to school. He is 14. … Carolina packages Cheerios at night in a factory. She is 15. … Wander starts looking for day-labor jobs before sunrise. He is 13.”

    “It’s outrageous that we are still talking about ending child labor in the United States,” Jessica Vaughan, the policy director at the Center for Immigration Studies, said.

    The labor trafficking is aided by many of the progressive groups who loudly denounce Americans’ concerns about illegal migration, Vaughan told Breitbart News:

    What’s shameful is that the [groups] attempt to take this moral high ground as if they’re actually helping [migrant] people, when in fact they’re drawing them into forced labor and other abusive situation. … The [groups] are openly in partnership with the government … [and] with the cartels, and they’re participating in the supply of cheap labor to the employers who benefit the most financially from this arrangement of replacing Americans with exploited migrants.

    “Every American should be proud to take up this cause of ending child-labor trafficking,” she added.

    But, she added, “we have to remember that there are some Republicans who … are also willing to [excuse this labor trafficking] under the myth that we need these workers.”

    The GOP legislators who are “offended by this … they’re the ones that really have to take up this cause,” she said.

    The Florida grand jury investigated the “Unaccompanied Alien Children” (UAC) program that Biden revived after he took over from President Donald Trump.

    The investigation was backed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is trying to show his bona fides on the high-profile migration debate.

    The grand jury was overseen by Attorney General Ashley Moody, who is a political ally of DeSantis. In March, Moody also persuaded a judge to block Biden’s massive “parole pathway,” which is intended to import at least 600,000 workers each year for the jobs and homes needed by Americans nationwide.

    Biden’s pro-migration deputies, nonprofits, and federal contractors hid much evidence from the jury about the child trafficking, the report said as it described the scale of the problem:

    Since January 2021, approximately 165,000 UAC nationwide have been given to someone who is not their parent or legal guardian, approximately 90,000 have been turned over to someone claimed to be a family member without DNA testing and without adequate document verification, and about 30,000 have been surrendered to someone to whom they have no known relation.

    One [delivery] address in Texas had 44 children sent to it; another had 25. One sponsor in Bonita Springs, Florida, had multiple children sent to multiple addresses, and he applied using different versions of his hyphenated surname. One address in Austin, Texas, had more than one hundred UAC released to a single-family dwelling

    ORR [the federal office of Refugee Resettlement] placed eight children with members of a human trafficking ring. The traffickers enticed the children to come into the United States, promising they could attend school. When CBP apprehended the children at the border and placed them in custody, the traffickers applied as sponsors, pretending to be family friends. Once HHS [the department of Health and Human Services] released the children to the traffickers, the traffickers forced them to work on an egg farm in Marion, Ohio for 12 hours a day, six or seven days a week. The children lived in poor conditions, and the traffickers threatened them and their families with physical harm and even death if they did not work and surrender their paychecks.

    Some “children” are not children at all, but full-grown predatory adults; some are already gang members or criminal actors; others are coerced into prostitution or sexual slavery; some are recycled to be used as human visas by criminal organizations; some are consigned to relatives who funnel them into sweatshops to pay off the debt accumulated by their trek to this country; some flee their sponsors and return to their country of origin; some are abandoned by their so-called families and become wards of the dependency system, the criminal justice system, or disappear altogether

    The report quoted a contractor’s employee who escorted teens and children from government shelters to the labor traffickers: “As one witness put it, ‘I was there. I saw what was going on. These people [ORR and its contractors] are aware of what’s happening. They aren’t naive—they’re complicit.’”

    The grand jury concluded that Biden’s reckless participation in the labor trafficking system may violate state law:

    This could be construed as facilitating the trafficking of those children, or at a minimum, abandoning them to neglect. To quote §787.06, Florida Statutes (4)(a) Any person having custody or control of a minor who transfers custody or control of such minor, or offers to transfer custody of such minor, with knowledge or in reckless disregard of the fact that, as a consequence of the sale or transfer, the minor will be subject to human trafficking commits a life felony[.]

    Moody has already won a major migration case and may sue to block the federal labor-trafficking network in Florida.

    The report was released as top Democrats, government-funded migration groups, and their media allies try to hide the problem and dodge the blame for the industrial-age workplace abuse created by their delivery of the coyotes’ child clients to U.S. employers:

    For example, Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) asked a token question about the child workforce during a March 28 hearing with the nation’s border chief, Alejandro Mayorkas. In turn, he provided a token answer, saying, “We are focused on addressing the employers who abuse these children and other vulnerable individuals.:”
    The Boston Globe publicized some of the excuse-making on May 26:

    For some children, earning money is a matter of life or death. Smugglers are often involved with international cartels, said Danielle Pocock, a human trafficking attorney at Ascentria Care Alliance in Worcester. If migrant youths don’t pay what they owe, the cartel may threaten to kill family members or kidnap the child, Pocock said.

    Diego Low, director of the Metrowest Worker Center in Framingham, has helped migrant children as young as 12 who are working on construction sites, including a 15-year-old who fell and broke his femur. But given that laws regulating staffing agencies are so weak, and the debt owed to smugglers is so high, Low usually only goes after the worst offenders.
    “If you come up here and owe $15,000 with 6 percent interest per month, what are you going to do?” Low said. “How are we going to pick a fight about them working too much?”

    “It’s like this open secret,” Adrian Ventura, said executive director of the Centro Comunitario de Trabajadores workers’ center in New Bedford. “Everybody knows that it’s going on.”

    “Honestly, I think almost everyone in the system knows that most of the [migrant] teens are coming to work and send money back home,” Maria Woltjen, executive director and founder of the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, told a ProPublica reporter. “They want to help their parents,” she said in a November 2020 article.

    “Many social justice organizations are falling all over themselves to expose child labor in other countries and demanding that American corporations stop using products made abroad with child labor,” noted Vaughan, adding:

    I don’t see anybody out there talking about boycotting Ben & Jerry’s, or divesting themselves of stock in [cereal] factories that children were working in, or calling for a boycott of Hyundai automobiles because of the child labor in their manufacturing plants. They will look the other way if it’s an [politically] inconvenient type of child labor.

    Extraction Migration

    The federal government has long operated an unpopular economic policy of Extraction Migration.

    This colonialism-like policy uses the “Nation of Immigrants” narrative to hide the extraction of human resources from poor countries. This policy reduces beneficial trade but uses the imported workers, renters, and consumers to boost Wall Street, federal tax revenues, and the economy.

    The migrant inflow has successfully forced down Americans’ wages and also boosted rents and housing prices.

    The inflow has also pushed many Americans out of careers in a wide variety of business sectors and contributed to the rising death rate of poor Americans.

    The lethal policy also sucks jobs and wealth from Heartland states by subsidizing coastal investors with a flood of low-wage workers, high-occupancy renters, and government-aided consumers.

    The population inflow alsoreduces the political clout of native-born Americans because it allows elites to divorce themselves from the needs and interests of ordinary Americans.

    A 54 percent majority of Americans say Biden is allowing a southern border invasion, according to an August 2022 poll commissioned by the left-of-center National Public Radio (NPR). The 54 percent “Invasion” majority included 76 percent of Republicans, 46 percent of independents, and even 40 percent of Democrats.
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    This is as sick as it gets
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