In a shockingly under-reported story, the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has lost track of almost 1,500 immigrant children, some of whom have been found in the custody of human traffickers.
After opening an investigation to determine the location of eight Guatemalan children, Senate Subcommittee Chairman Rob Portman found that HHS put the children into the custody of human traffickers who forced them to work a farm twelve hours a day without pay.
When you pair that with the new policy unveiled by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to rip children of illegal immigrants from the arms of their parents and place them in foster homes, it becomes abundantly clear that the members of this administration don’t give a damn about those children. To Trumpco, these living, breathing human beings are less important than the family dog. Witness the statement made by Chief of Staff John Kelly when asked about separating children from their mothers by NPR:
The children will be taken care of – put into foster care, whatever.
Whatever? What kind of answer is that? This from a man who was supposed to be a moderating influence on the disaster of Donald Trump.
Speaking of Trump, let us not forget that he stands accused of raping a 13-year-old at a party given by his pal, pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. Epstein, a billionaire convicted of soliciting prostitution from a minor, was given a sentence of one year under house arrest in his cushy Palm Beach mansion for crimes that would have put anyone without his financial means in prison for decades. Such is the power of money and influence. It should be noted that the lawsuit brought against Trump was dropped after the plaintiff received threats to her life. Sound familiar?
Which brings us back to those missing children. One doesn’t want to think our government would hand children over to human traffickers. But it did. One doesn’t want to think those human traffickers may not stop at forcing them to perform manual labor for no pay. But people who traffic in other human beings have no morality and, if the price is right, who’s to say that some of these unaccounted for kids haven’t been sold into sexual slavery? We are now dealing with an administration that considers the welfare of these children a matter of “whatever.”
This is not normal.
The cruelty of ripping children from their mothers’ arms is only eclipsed by the blatant disregard for human rights the Trump administration has displayed time and again. It will not stop unless we put a stop to it.
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