Human Traffickers Using Kidnapped Children to Get Illegal Immigrants Into US
U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen reveals new practice
Human smugglers getting immigrants across the U.S.-Mexico border illegally using “child recycling rings,” U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen confirmed.
Nielsen said that the shady practice uses the kidnapping and passing around of children as a way of bypassing U.S. immigration laws, according to Fox News.
When an adult enters the United States with a child who has been kidnapped, it gives them the opportunity to lie and say they are family, thus using immigration laws which are lenient towards families to escape being deported.
“The smugglers are more active than ever before at advertising how to come into this country with a child. We’ve broken up so-called ‘child recycling rings,’ if you can believe it, in the last couple months, which is where smugglers kidnap a child, they give it to an adult to cross the border, [and they] present themselves as a family.
“Once they get in, because, as you know, we can only hold families for 20 days, they send the child back, and bring the child back with another family—another fake family, [meaning] another adult,” Nielsen told Fox News.
Nielsen issued a statement to the public about the practice
“Smugglers and traffickers know that our laws make it easier to enter and stay if you show up as a family. So they are using children as a ‘free ticket’ into America, and have in some cases even used kids multiple times—recycling them—to help more aliens get into the United States,” she wrote, via the DHS website.
“This goes well beyond politics. We must come together to find a way to tackle the crisis and reduce the flows, so children are not put at risk. Any system that encourages a parent to send their child alone on this terrible journey—where they are exploited, pawned, and recycled—is completely broken,” Nielsen added.
Last month we reported that Border Patrol agents were forced to release immigrant families apprehended at the southern border instead of transferring them to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to a senior Department of Homeland Security. I
CE Director Ronald Vitiello described how the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border has become so overwhelming that Border Patrol agents are letting families escape into the US and requesting that they attend asylum hearings rather than transferring them to ICE.
"CBP [Customs and Border Protection] is doing some of their own releases, and as the flow continues, we may have to start doing that," Vitiello said.
According to The Epoch Times: Nielsen wrote that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) apprehended or found 75,000 migrants in February, the largest in over a decade.
She predicted that the number would reach almost 100,000 in March.
She revealed that DHS resources are stretched, and the agency cannot control the huge caravans of people that are now frequently showing up at the border.
Nielsen also addressed the many children in the custody of DHS agencies. She said that number is 4,700.
Most are in custody with family, but 1,200 are unaccompanied alien children.
She also said many of these children are showing up at the border sick.
She was particularly concerned about the diminishing facilities open to house children within both the DHS agencies and the Department of Health and Human Services.
She reviewed the situation of a lack of facilities, personnel, support, and an ever-increasing flow of people and stated: “we are witnessing the real-time dissolution of the immigration system.”
In the letter, she requested Congress to grant additional resources so that the immigration system is not entirely overrun while proposing changes in the law that can both deter migrants from making the long journey and aid asylum applications from the applicant’s home country.
She urged bipartisan backing from Congress and restated the gravity of the matter: “This is one of the most serious crises the Department of Homeland Security has ever faced, and we need your help.”