By Danny C. | DCPeriodical | 11/29/19 |
According to documents released this week by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), from October 2014 to July 2018, a staggering 4,556 sexual abuse complaints were reported to the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR)—the HHS agency tasked with caring for unaccompanied migrant minors.
Jonathan Hayes, acting director of the ORR, denied the allegations, saying these incidences of sexual abuse occurred ‘between unaccompanied minors in custody’ and never at the hands of federal staff. The documents seem to imply otherwise. Staff, whether federal or state, were definitely involved.
Its important to note here that out of the 4,500+ complaints reported to the HHS from 2014 to 2018, only 1,303 were reported to the Justice Department.
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Democratic California Rep. Lou Correa called the revelations beyond imagination, and accused the Trump administration of being guilty of ‘a systematic cover up’ for failing to report this epidemic of child abuse before they were forced to through the Judiciary Committee hearing on the government’s family separation policy.
“The California Democrat said the government documented these allegations but failed to elevate them to the highest levels of the administration. It was only when House Democrats requested the documents in January that the government revealed the statistics, he added.”-CBS.
While he is right to be furious, something Congressman Correa’s partisan-slanted view clearly isn’t letting him consider is that two of the years documented in the HHS papers were under the Obama administration.
Contrary to HHS policy, under the Obama and Trump administrations’ reigns, only a small number of employees who allegedly committed the abuses faced consequences after their crimes were reported.
Some perpetrators, not nearly all, were ‘referred to law enforcement,’ while others were ‘removed from duty,’ only to be reinstated later on.
“One of the documents, which details the allegations of sexual abuse by adult facility staff during fiscal years 2015 and 2016, describes incidents in which unaccompanied minors reported they had been shown pornographic material, forcibly kissed, or inappropriately touched or fondled.”-CBS
This news harkens back to July when the Senate and House voted to pass a bipartisan bill aimed at spending $4.5 billion on the migrant situation along the US-Mexico border.
Four progressive Democrats—led by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY)—were heavily opposed to the bill on the grounds that they weren’t allowed to add measures to protect migrant children properly. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi did all she could to push moderate Dems to ram the bill through as fast as possible with no amendments.
“Measures sought by liberal members included those to ensure the health and safety of those in custody, limit the amount of time unaccompanied minors can spend at an influx shelter to 90 days, and reduce funding for ICE by $81 million.”–Fox News, 6/27/19.
In light of these most recently disgusting findings, perhaps Pelosi should have listened. But, then again, what kind of ethics can be expected from a woman who entered her government career broke and now has over a billion dollars in the bank?
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