Last week, conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch published 224 pages of documents released by the Department of Health and Human Services that show every “significant incident report” recorded between May and November 2014 involving “unaccompanied alien children” under government supervision — and the results of this three-year-old Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request are shocking.
According to Judicial Watch, then-President Barack Obama oversaw a “humanitarian and public safety nightmare” in 2014, when thousands of immigrant children were abused, threatened, and even raped while in the custody and care of government officials.
With all of this, plus drug smuggling, violence, and cartel affiliation among detained immigrant children, it’s clear that President Donald Trump wasn’t lying when he said in 2015 that foreign countries “aren’t sending their best” to the United States.
“Not sending their best”
Americans who support so-called “sanctuary cities” and want to abolish the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) believe that all immigrants are peace-loving refugees fleeing unimaginable violence and oppression in their homelands.
But incidents involving unaccompanied minors that were reported to the Office of Refugee Resettlement over a six-month period in 2014 destroy this progressive fantasy.
These incidents fall into a category that Judicial Watch has dubbed: “UACs [Unaccompanied 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.”
The watchdog group provided numerous specific examples of the violence and disorder found in these immigrant juvenile detention centers in 2014, including:
- “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 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.'”
“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,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton explained.
A regime of violence
Unfortunately, immigrant children weren’t the only ones committing rape and perpetrating violence on other children during the Obama years.
“The Obama administration presided over a humanitarian and public safety nightmare in its handling of ‘unaccompanied alien children,’” Fitton said, referring to what the government watchdog group categorized as: “U.S. Government contractors and employees allegedly assaulting or having sexual relationships with UACs.”
Here again, Judicial Watch provided specific, disheartening examples to demonstrate just how bad things were under Obama, including:
- “A female UAC at a Boystown shelter claimed she had been raped by English-speaking men after being taken into custody by U.S. immigration officials and being transported to a shelter.
- A female UAC claimed that while at a Southwest Key shelter in Ventura County, CA, she and a group of other female UACs had been awakened early by staff members, taken outside and ‘wetted’ [a slang term referring to vaginal touching] by staffers who told her it was a ‘normal activity.’
- A male UAC at the Baptist Family and Children Services Shelter in Fairfield, TX, told a staff member that when he was residing at the Union County facility (likely in New Jersey), ‘officers verbally abused the minors and encouraged them to fight whenever there were disagreements.’ When a fight would break out, ‘staff would make bets and provide the “winner” with outside food.'”
A human rights problem
While the Trump administration has been forced to respond to nationwide protests targeting his “zero tolerance” policy against illegal immigration, the root of the problem may be attributed to the anti-immigration infrastructure that Obama established during his second term in office.
Not only did Obama fail to adequately care for these children, but his immigration reforms actually created the problem. Obama’s executive order creating Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) garnered the perception among immigrant children that they could stay here indefinitely.
In 2014, Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) rightfully called out the administration for “essentially incentivizing the flow” of unaccompanied minors who, once they arrive in the U.S., “effectively stay here permanently,”
Still, Obama was beyond reproof and could do no wrong in the eyes of his liberal supporters. The former president created the problem, actively allowed the abuse of children under his administration’s care, and then passed the buck to the Trump administration.
The Judicial Watch report serves as a definitive summary of the human rights abuses of a president who has escaped prosecution — even in the court of public opinion. Will he ever be held accountable?