His administration’s actions have caused an unprecedented increase of border crossings, and now the results are coming home to roost. These regulations are causing a national child labour problem, the specifics of which would make Upton Sinclair blush, according to a New York Times investigation published on Monday. Even some people would consider it “cruel” and “inhumane.”
Numerous immigrant children, some as young as 12, are being employed illegally in factories, construction sites, and slaughterhouses. The Department of Health and Human Services has lost touch with more than 85,000 unaccompanied alien children since Biden took office, and caseworkers anticipate that about two-thirds of all unaccompanied alien minors will work full-time when they are released from federal care.
The White House’s reaction to the issue has been a master lesson in blame-shifting and deflection, so none of this comes as a surprise to them.
Senior Biden administration officials received warnings that migrant children were being placed in perilous and vulnerable circumstances in the summer of 2021. After that, the administration stopped the majority of immigration enforcement raids at workplaces, claiming that doing so would uphold “the dignity of the individual” and free up resources to target “unscrupulous employers.” How is that going for you?
According to the Department of Health and Human Services, which is in charge of finding guardians for migrant children, the organisation is not accountable for “protecting unaccompanied alien children from abuse and trafficking after placement with a sponsor.” Alright, then. Additionally, the officer in charge of the Office of Refugee Resettlement during the Biden administration testified before the House on Tuesday that foreign children in need of help may dial an 800 number.
We won’t hold our breath for the intense, nonstop media attention that this issue merits, which could force the government to change its mind. That was set aside for the measure used by the previous president Donald Trump to deter the smuggling of children over the border: separating parents from their children. That approach, according to Biden, is “a moral failing and a national shame.” It better captures the catastrophe that his own actions have caused.