Newly released documents from the Department of Health and Human Services exposed incidents of physical and sexual abuse of unaccompanied migrant children intercepted at the southern border.
According to documents obtained by Fox News from watchdog group Judicial Watch, at least 33 instances of “sexual abuse” against unaccompanied minors occurred and were tied to voluntary agencies contracting with the federal government.
All of these sexual abuse incidents occurred during a one-month period between Jan. 21 and Feb. 25 of this year – the time President Biden spent tearing apart his predecessor’s immigration policies.
“These documents show that not only are there shocking reports of sexual abuse occurring in shelters for unaccompanied children, but that there is violence among the UACs themselves,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement.
“It is no surprise that Biden administration’s enabling of human trafficking has resulted in violence and the abuse of children,” Fitton continued.
Ten of the instances recorded involved both “staff” and “non-staff” sexually abusing unaccompanied children while 21 of the sexual abuse instances were between minors. Two sexual abuse reports were filed between an unaccompanied child and “other.”
The sexual abuse was widespread across the country in shelters housing migrant children who crossed the border alone, a dark reality which many of the children that the Biden administration is indirectly encouraging to come to America could face.
HHS withheld details on the identities of the alleged perpetrators and victims in the reports and did not provide Judicial Watch with incident reports on the abuse.
The documents also revealed Baptist Children and Family Services (BCFS) shelter in Baytown, Texas, had one unaccompanied migrant report that a 17-year-old Guatemalan boy had been physically assaulted by his roommate, who repeatedly punched his chest while the boy was lying down.
The document notes that the victim did not want to talk about the attack with shelter officials and was moved from his room for safety reasons. It was further revealed that the incident was not reported to either Child Protective Services (CPS) or local law enforcement.
The Biden administration hinted at the dangers these minors may be facing earlier this month by admitting to having fallen out of communication with thousands of unaccompanied migrant children.
The allegations of sexual abuse against minors in facilities have also been floated for months. The Judicial Watch records confirming those allegations were obtained through their Freedom of Information Act lawsuit the organization filed months ago in May.
Republicans have attempted to force Biden to make changes to make the chaotic border situation safer for all parties involved, but the president and his administration have made it clear that’s far from their top priority.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott demanded a San Antonio shelter be closed by the Biden administration amid sexual assault allegations in April.
“In short, this facility is a health and safety nightmare. The Biden administration is now presiding over the abuse of children,” Abbott said to reporter at the time, demanding the White House close the facility and calling on the Texas Rangers and Texas Department of Public Safety to investigate the allegations.
“The Biden administration caused this crisis and has repeatedly failed to address it,” Abbott said. “The administration failed to plan for the influx of children that they invited to come. Now they face allegations of despicable child abuse and neglect.”
Author: Ryan Fontane