After an over three-year delay on a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, government watchdog group Judicial Watch finally received pertinent documents from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regarding Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) processed by the Obama administration. The documents reveal that migrant minors allowed into the U.S. under Obama's tenure included admitted drug smugglers, murderers, MS-13 members, and prostitutes.
According to Judaical Watch, "Reports include 1,000 significant incident reports, revealing UAC 'refugees' admitting to murder for drug cartels, prostitution, and sexual predation."
The report breaks down the incident reports in four categories:
- UACs admitting to murder, belonging to MS-13, threatening others with rape, admitting to drug smuggling, molesting other UACs and seriously assaulting other UACs or staff;
- UACs who were raped and/or molested en route to the United States or in the United States;
- U.S. Government contractors and employees allegedly assaulting or having sexual relationships with UACs; and
- Other incidents, crimes, abuse and self-harm.
"The Obama administration presided over a humanitarian and public safety nightmare in its handling of 'unaccompanied alien children,'" said Tom Fitton, the president of Judicial Watch. "The incident reports also support the Trump administration’s contention that the UAC crisis, which continues, includes murderers, rapists, drug smugglers and human traffickers being routinely allowed into the United States."
The documents "are for the approximate six-month period May to November 2014," says Judicial Watch. The FOIA request was first issued in November 2014.
The watchdog group listed nine examples of processed alien children "admitting to murder, belonging to MS-13, threatening others with rape, admitting to drug smuggling, molesting other UACs and seriously assaulting other UACs or staff" including:
- A male UAC at a BCFS shelter in Fairfield, CA admitted that he was “forced to kill” while working for the Gulf Cartel in Mexico
- A male UAC being cared for at the Heartland International RC Facility reported that he had been an MS-13 gang member for a year before coming to the U.S.
- A male UAC cared for at the Heartland ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross) facility reported to staff that he had been “made to” kill three people by a drug cartel.
- A male UAC housed at the KidsPeace shelter (apparently a reference to the KidsPeace facility in Bethlehem, PA) reportedly told another male UAC there: “I am a rapist. I am going to rape you.”
- A UAC at Morrison Paso (Morrison Child and Family Services Center – Paso Secure in Portland, OR) informed a Youth Care Worker (YCW) there that “all of the kids here at Paso are snorting white pills” and that “some residents had brought [the pills] into the facility” and “all the residents are snorting the white pills and at all the times of the day”
- A male UAC in the care of Heartland ICRC reported that he was an MS-13 gang member who had been selling drugs. He told social workers that “the reason the gang members made the kids use drugs was to get them addicted.”
- A female UAC at the Sandy Pines (Jupiter, FL) facility attacked a staff member with a chair after being told to stop inappropriate sexual behavior toward another female UAC. After being restrained, she threatened to stab an unidentified person with a knife she kept in her room. The report concludes by saying, “UAC will continue to work on identifying and implementing coping skills to manage her mood.”
- A male UAC at a Baptist Child and Family Services (BCFS) shelter in Baytown, TX said he’d worked as a human smuggler, charging $6,000-$8,000 per person he crossed into the United States
- A female UAC at the BCFS shelter in Lackland AFB was alleged by other UACs to be the daughter of a coyote (human smuggler) and reportedly was passing information to her father via telephone from the shelter
As reported by The Daily Wire on Friday, the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security found that "almost half of the children who were five years old or younger and separated from adults at the U.S. border couldn’t be reunited with them because many of the adults were violent criminals, and some of the adults weren’t even the children’s parents."
Moreover, as reported in June, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirsjen Nielson said the "vast, vast majority" of children who head to the Southern border are not being separated by border security, but by their own parents and guardians. "The vast majority, vast, vast majority of children who are in the care of H.H.S. right now — 10,000 of the 12,000 — were sent here alone by their parents," she said. "That is when they were separated."