The United States Office of Inspector General announced an investigation into the Department of Labor for alleged violations of child labor laws involving migrants. “It is good that the Inspector General is investigating child labor violations resulting from the Biden administration’s open border and unaccompanied child enticement policies,” said Lora Ries, director of the Border Security and Immigration Center at The Heritage Foundation. “There should be many more investigations into this child exploitation.”
The inquiry into the Department of Labor comes as agency officials said in July that over the past months, the Department of Labor’s Wage Division concluded 765 cases involving 4,474 children employed in violation of federal child labor laws.
Foreign Desk News reports:
In addition to working in dangerous jobs, reports found that children were sent to houses of unscreened adults, with some potentially being registered as sex offenders or having a history of child neglect. The Department of Labor reported a 69% increase in child labor violations from 2018 and 2022. Several former HHS employees said they were fired from the agency after raising concerns about children’s safety.
Several government agencies and officials did flag the issue for the Biden White House. According to reports, the warnings were not marked as urgent and did not clearly outline the size and scope of the problem.
“Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has said repeatedly he will not turn back unaccompanied minors. Add to that Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra’s remarks that equate these children to widgets on an assembly line that simply need to be moved faster, and it is clear that this administration views unaccompanied minors as commodities, not children,” Ries told The Foreign Desk.
During a Senate hearing in June, Republican Senator Josh Hawley from Missouri stated, “This administration has let tens of thousands of children be sold into slavery…They are doing nothing about it.”
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“No city should be left to handle a national humanitarian crisis largely on its own, and without the significant and timely support we need from Washington, D.C., today’s budget will only be the beginning,” said New York City Democratic Mayor Eric Adams about his decision to make budget cuts as a result of the overwhelming migrant crisis.
However, those who will suffer from budget cuts to the city’s services to offset the cost of dealing with the ever-increasing number of migrants are those that are in place to make the city better.
“The cuts will see police freeze hiring and bring the total number of police officers below 30,000. It would further slash the education budget by $1 billion over two years and affect a litany of other agencies” reports Just The News.
Albeit, Adams admitted: “In all my time in government, this is probably one of the most painful exercises I’ve gone through.” More than 110,000 migrants have arrived in New York City over the past year, including roughly 13,000 sent from Texas by GOP Governor Greg Abbott as part of his ongoing bussing plan to send new arrivals to the U.S. to sanctuary cities.
However, similar to other leaders of sanctuary cities, Adams is unwilling to put his money where his mouth is. In September, Adams warned that the crisis would “destroy New York City” and begged the federal government to pay for his mess.
“I’m gonna tell you something, New Yorkers, never in my life have I had a problem that I didn’t see an ending to. I don’t see an ending to this,” Adams said at the time. “The federal government needs to do its job. We need the federal government, the Congress members, the Senate and the president to do their job: close the borders,” said Adams’ advisor Ingrid Lewis Martin insisted in early October. “And until you close the borders, you need to come on with a full-on decompression strategy where you can take all of our migrants and move them through our 50 states.”
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