US Agents Become Traffickers: 1 in 8 Illegal Alien Children Are Placed With Criminals

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COMITAN, MEXICO: Two undocumented El Salvadoran children, four year-old Rosi Aviles (L) and brother, seven year-old Elmi Leodan Aviles (R), are cared for by the Beta Group in Comitan, Chiapas, Mexico as their deportation is processed, 28 June 2001. The children were found by the National Institute of Migration along with their fourteen year-old cousin as the three traveled through Tuxtla Gutierrez. The three children travelled through Mexico en route to the United States, where their parents are alleged to be located. Los ninos indocumentados de origen salvadore?o, Rosi Aviles (I) de cuatro a?os de edad y su primo Elmi Leodan Aviles, de siete a?os, se encuentran bajo custodia en las oficinas de Grupo Beta en Comitan, Chiapas, para ser deportados de vuelta a su pais por la frontera sur de MTxico, el 28 de junio 2001. Los ni?os fueron encontrados por el Instituto Nacional de Migraci=n junto con otro primo de 14 a?os, cuando los tres viajaban solos en un autobus el pasado 24 de junio en Tuxtla Gutierrez. Los tres menores transitaban por Mexico en ruta a los Estados Unidos, donde presumiblemente radican sus padres. AFP PHOTO/Janet SCHWARTZ (Photo credit should read JANET SCHWARTZ/AFP/Getty Images)

There are tens of thousands of illegal immigrant minors crossing into the United States and one in eight are placed with criminals because the US government doesn’t have time to screen them and check their histories.

The US has delivered these innocent children into the hands of perverts and other criminals. Some of the minors are used in sex crimes.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman, told Sunday’s Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson, that federal authorities have confessed the problem to him.

Attkisson: One whistleblower apparently told your office, out of a sample of 29,000 adults allowed to take these children, 3,400 had known criminal histories. That’s about one in eight. Aren’t the sponsors supposed to undergo background checks?

Grassley: They’re telling us they don’t have time. Well, it’s the government’s responsibility to be responsible for the safety of these people, and you wouldn’t tolerate it in any other environment, you surely shouldn’t tolerate it even for undocumented workers.

Texas Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar said that border country federal officials are overwhelmed by the influx of illegal youths and have decided to just turn them over to guardians who are convicted felons and abusers.

“Once they come in, I think we have an obligation as a country to make sure that those juveniles don’t go from a very difficult situation into the hands of somebody that can take advantage of them. And I think we need to do a better job at making sure that we ensure the safety of those kids,” he said.

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