ICE Pregnancy Testing 10-Year-Old Migrants Due to Sexual Assault Risks
Homeland Security Secretary said girls who arrive abandoned are most at risk.
Migrant girls as young as ten years old will be tested for pregnancy after being taken into custody by federal law enforcement due to the high risks of sexual assaults from their journey into the US, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen declared.
Nielsen said that girls who arrive abandoned and without parents are most at risk.
The Security Secretary added that arrive as part of large smuggled groups are at risk of being raped.
"As you know, sir, very unfortunately because of the increase of violence, at ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement], when we have families with children, we have to give every girl a pregnancy test over 10. This is not a safe journey," Nielsen told the House Homeland Security Committee during a hearing.
The DHS secretary said the leaders of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras have requested they want minors who arrive alone to be returned to their home countries.
But the US government is not legally permitted to return minors due to strict child trafficking laws that are in place to protect children.
"Under the law, we cannot send children from other countries back except for Mexico and Canada. So the Northern Triangle governments have said to us... 'Please send us our children back, we want them reunited with our families and communities here,'" Nielsen said.
We warned you! Nancy Pelosi ‘Doesn’t Mind Human Trafficking,’ Trump Declares | Neon Nettle https://t.co/yMGcqJFbrB— Follow Qanon! UNITED WE STAND! (@FollowQanon) February 6, 2019
The Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 mandates minors from noncontiguous countries must be recognized for asylum, making it nearly impossible for that minor to return home.
In January, a new law enforcement unit intended to prevent human trafficking in the Rio Grande Valley was launched by Texas border officials.
The special Human Trafficking unit will look for forced labor in the agricultural sector, according to Hidalgo County District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez.
Jr. Rodriguez added that Rio Grande Valley is more prone to human trafficking because of its close to the border with Mexico.
The unit was funded by a $356,783 grant from the Buffett-McCain Institute Initiative to Combat Modern Slavery.