(BrightPress.org) – Unaccompanied alien minors or UACs are kids who show up at the border without a parent or guardian. A new report from the New York Times suggests that these kids are being trafficked into grueling jobs and denied an education, while whistleblower warnings about their plight have been repeatedly ignored by federal agencies as well as the White House.
UACs can be of any age, but most of them are teenage boys who come voluntarily to the U.S. looking for work due to pandemic lockdowns severely damaging the economies of their home countries. They work under-the-table jobs, often in grueling conditions with long hours for pay Americans would scoff at. Many of them work in dangerous conditions as well, including handling caustic chemicals or in construction.
For years, whistleblowers tried to alert seniors at their respective agencies and some even tried to get the attention of the White House, but the problem has only continued to grow and media attention is sorely lacking.
Another crucial detail revealed by the NY Times report is that there was little or no oversight after these kids were released to their sponsors. Even when a single individual was sponsoring multiple children, not a single FBI, DHS, or Depart of Labor agent bothered to follow up on these kids. HHS officials realized that many of the children were missing. What happened to them and continues to happen to them as thousands more UACs come over the border is anyone’s guess.
While the NYT report focuses specifically on labor trafficking of teen boys, that’s by far the most moderate and mild outcome for these kids. The worst part is that this pattern of institutionalized child trafficking once detected and reported, would be ignored. Not only ignored, but multiple whistleblowers also reported they were fired after they reported the problem, suggesting some kind of cover-up.
Two whistleblowers who were not included in the report are Tara Lee Rodas who worked with the unaccompanied minor program at HHS, and Aaron M. Stevenson, a marine veteran who was at the DHS. Both whistleblowers worked with Project Veritas to release these details months ago but were curiously absent from the New York Times report. Interviews with them are available here and here.
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