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originally posted by: LanceCorvette
a reply to: dntwastetime
Despite the #rant this is a very plausible explanation that ties everything together.
originally posted by: Elostone
And I'm only halfway down the first page.
do you have a source for that claim?
The last time the teen had known freedom was the night 2 1/2 years earlier when he crossed the Rio Grande and turned himself in to the U.S. Border Patrol. Authorities, alarmed by his acknowledged gang history, had held him without a hearing in a Virginia juvenile detention center.
But then a federal judge ruled that his rights had been violated.
So now, a day later, the 17-year-old suddenly found himself hugging the mother who had left him behind in Honduras as a boy and embracing half-siblings he didn’t know. He climbed into a waiting car and headed to a home in Kentucky he had never seen.
For immigration advocates, U.S. District Judge Elizabeth K. Dillon’s June 1 order was a major legal victory over the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), the federal agency charged with caring for children apprehended at the border without their parents. The decision could lead to the release of dozens, perhaps hundreds, of long-detained unaccompanied minors, they said.
The teen’s release was remarkable for another reason: Before coming to the United States, he had sold drugs and witnessed murders as a member of MS-13.
He was granted asylum shortly before being reunited with his mother. But he also knows his new life with his family in a two-bedroom trailer is precarious. The risk of being pulled back into MS-13 is real. For the teen, the greater threat is being targeted as a traitor.
“Hopefully,” he said last week, “God will keep that from happening.”
Center researchers reviewed more than 500 cases of MS-13 gang members arrested nationwide since 2012. We conclude that this resurgence represents a very serious threat to public safety in communities where MS-13 has rebuilt itself. The resurgence is directly connected to the illegal arrival and resettlement of more than 300,000 Central American youths and families that has continued unabated for six years, and to a de-prioritization of immigration enforcement in the interior of the country that occurred at the same time.
• We found 506 MS-13 members arrested or charged with crimes that were reported in 22 states. The most cases were reported in California (92), Maryland (84), New York (80), and Virginia (63).
• MS-13 crimes are not primarily petty nuisance crimes; 207 MS-13 members were charged with murder. In addition we found more than 100 accused of conspiracy/racketeering, and dozens of others for drug trafficking, sex trafficking, attempted murder, sexual assaults, and extortion.
• While most of the reports of MS-13 suspects in our case set did not include information on the immigration status of the individual, we could determine that 126 of the 506 suspects (and 38 of the 207 murder suspects) were illegal aliens.
• The median age of MS-13 gang members identified was 23, and suspects ranted in age from 14 to 57.
• The median age of their victims was 19, victims ranged in age from 14 to 74. Sixty of the victims were under the age of 18, including 52 of the murder victims.
• 120 of the 506 MS-13 suspects in our case set arrived as UACs (Unaccompanied Alien Children), including 48 of the murder suspects.
• The location of these MS-13 crimes corresponds with locations of large numbers of UACs who were resettled by the federal government.
originally posted by: Elostone
All children deserve to be protected and even one falling through the cracks of bureaucracy is too many.
We must keep in mind, however, that many of these "children" are in reality, are mid to late teenaged thugs and MS13 gang members.
Many are young adults claiming to be children. Once in the country they deliberately "go missing".
A top official from the Department of Health and Human Services came under fire during congressional testimony on Thursday over how the agency tracks unaccompanied minors after they are released to family or other sponsors inside the United States.
Steven Wagner, the acting assistant secretary of the agency’s Administration for Children and Families, faced a barrage of questions from senators on the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations over why HHS does not track unaccompanied minors who fail to appear at their immigration court hearings. The agency has faced increased scrutiny following a scathing 2016 report from the committee that found it failed to protect unaccompanied minors from traffickers and other abuses.
“It’s just a system that has so many gaps, so many opportunities for these children to fall between the cracks, that we just don’t know what’s going on — how much trafficking or abuse or simply immigration law violations are occurring,” said the committee’s Republican chairman, Sen. Rob Portman.
In 2014, at least 10 trafficking victims, including eight minors, were discovered during a raid by federal and local law enforcement in Portman’s home state of Ohio. As FRONTLINE examined in the recent documentary Trafficked in America, HHS had released several minors to the traffickers. The committee said the case was due to policies and procedures that were “inadequate to protect the children in the agency’s care.”