Maybe they were safer in those “cages”?
The U.S. government has lost contact with thousands of migrant children released from its custody, according to data obtained by Axios through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.
Why it matters: Roughly one-in-three calls made to released migrant kids or their sponsors between January and May went unanswered, raising questions about the government’s ability to protect minors after they’re released to family members or others in the U.S.
Shockingly, releasing children being trafficked for migration purposes to their traffickers or associated contacts, wasn’t a good idea.
But that doesn’t mean that the Biden administration is about to stop doing it.
There was a reason that children being trafficked across the border were being detained. It was not only for our safety, but for theirs.
“This is very dismaying,” said Mark Greenberg, who oversaw the unaccompanied minors program during the Obama administration and was briefed on Axios’ findings. “If large numbers of children and sponsors aren’t being reached, that’s a very big gap in efforts to help them.”
But the good news is immigration policy got owned and you guys are closer to flipping red states? As a famous Pulitzer prize-winning New York Times journalist once said, “You can’t make an omelet without breaking some eggs.”
The data also indicates calls aren’t happening with the frequency they should. Between President Biden’s inauguration and the end of May, HHS discharged 32,000 children and teens — but the government placed fewer than 15,000 follow-up calls, according to the FOIA response.
Why bother? Just write off a few $800 million contracts with contractors to “care for them”.
And AOC is available to come and cry at a parking lot in your area.