It’s ironic that some of the illegal immigrant minors that the Obama administration claims to have rescued from “persistent violence in Central America” have been placed in abusive homes by the U.S. government. Some have even been forced to become prostitutes or personal slaves, according to a scathing Senate investigationthat’s ignited bipartisan fury.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was assigned with placing the tens of thousands of Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) that bombarded the country beginning in 2014 and some actually ended up with human traffickers. Others have been exploited for their labor and dozens sexually assaulted, starved or forced to work as practical slaves. In one case six Guatemalan minors were placed with human traffickers that forced them to live in a decrepit trailer and work 12 hours a day on egg farms in the rural Ohio town of Marion. Another Guatemalan boy was forced to work 12 hours a day for his Virginia sponsor to repay a $6,500 smuggling debt and a boy from El Salvador was released to his abusive father even though the kid told authorities the father had a history of beating him.
Turns out HHS doesn’t bother vetting the UAC sponsors, allowing some to house multiple unrelated children which experts say is a strong indicator of human trafficking. “HHS places children with individuals about whom it knows relatively little and without verifying the limited information provided by sponsors about their alleged relationship with the child,” the Senate report states, adding that “policies and procedures were inadequate to protect the children in the agency’s care.” The Senate probe also found that HHS did not conduct background checks on all relevant adults during the time period examined. “HHS’s longstanding policy was to conduct background checks only on the sponsor, and not on any other adult listed as living in the sponsor’s home or on the person designated as the “backup” sponsor. And if that check turned up a criminal history, HHS policy was that no criminal conviction could disqualify a sponsor, no matter how serious.”
The findings of the Senate inquiry have outraged both Democrats and Republicans, who are demanding that the administration protect the children. At a hearing last week Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill told the story of a 16-year-old girl who was placed with a man claiming to be her cousin. The man was completely unrelated to the girl and had paid for her to come to the U.S. as a mail-order bride. The Democrat senator fired off a few other atrocities and said similar examples fill the case files reviewed by her committee…”Vulnerable and traumatized minors abused by their sponsors or forced to engage in backbreaking labor for little or no pay while being housed in unsanitary and dangerous conditions.” Republican Rob Portman, the Ohio Senator who along with McCaskill spearheaded the investigation, said “It is intolerable that human trafficking – modern-day slavery – could occur in our own backyard. But what makes the Marion cases even more alarming is that a U.S. government agency was responsible for delivering some of the victims into the hands of their abusers.”
When tens of thousands of UACs suddenly began entering the U.S. through Mexico in the summer of 2014, the administration blamed it on the inhumane and dangerous conditions in their homeland, specifically “persistent violence” in the region. Most have come from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras and Judicial Watch has followed the influx closely and produced a number of in-depth reports based on reliable sources directly involved with the situation. From the moment the first few hundred UACs crossed into the U.S., Homeland Security sources told JW that the influx wasn’t spontaneous but rather a product of Obama amnesty rumors that had circulated in the three Central American countries. One Homeland Security source told JW “it’s all over the news in Central America that if you bring your kids north you have a free pass.” Border Patrol agents told JW that UACs were claiming amnistía (amnesty) upon their arrival.
Lack of ‘ATO’ Was ‘High Risk to Agency’
(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch today released over 1,000 pages of new documents that show federal health care officials knew that the Obamacare website, when it launched in 2013, did not have the required “authorization to operate” (ATO) from agency information security officials. These documents, obtained from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), come in two productions of records: a 143-page production and an 886-page production. The email records reveal that HHS officials had significant concerns about the security of the Healthcare.gov site leading up to its October 1, 2013, launch.
Judicial Watch obtained the HHS documents in response to a court order in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (No. 1:14-cv-00430)). The lawsuit was filed in March 2014, after HHS failed to respond to a December 20, 2013, FOIA request seeking the following information:
- All records related to the security of the healthcare.gov web portal including, but not limited to, studies, memoranda, correspondence, electronic communications (e-mails), and slide presentations from January 1, 2012 to the present.
On September 21, 2013, 10 days before the launch of the Obamacare website, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Information Security Officer Tom Schankweiler discussed with Deputy Chief Information Officer Henry Chao 17 initial “moderate” security issues findings and two “high” security issues. Two high findings and 3 moderate findings were resolved, according to the documents. The emails also show that a separate security analysis found 17 “high” security issues, prompting Chao to ask, “What are we actually signing off on…?” Schankweiler responded that the numerous security issues resulted in CMS Security Officer Teresa Fryer’s refusing to approve the “ATO” (Authorization to Operate), something he indicated he found out belatedly.
Months after Judicial Watch exposed massive security risks with the government’s healthcare.gov website, afederal audit reveals that the public employees responsible for overseeing the disastrous Obamacare site were not properly trained, failed to keep adequate records and stood by as delays mounted to millions over the original contract costs.
We’re talking an astounding $600 million in contracts to build the website for the president’s signature healthcare law. The government employees tasked with supervising the colossal project actually helped private contractors fleece American taxpayers, according to an investigation conducted by the Health and Human Services (HHS) Inspector General (IG). Most of the derelict employees work at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which manages federal healthcare programs including Obamacare. The IG determined there were widespread failures and poor oversight by CMS, which functions under HHS.
The Obama administration on Monday ordered all insurers to provide IUDs, the contraceptive patch and other birth control free of out-of-pocket charge to all women, rewriting the rules after reports that some insurance carriers were refusing to cover all types of contraceptives. Insurers must cover at least one brand of contraception in each of 18 different methods outlined by the Food and Drug Administration, such as oral contraceptive pills, the emergency contraceptive morning-after pill and intrauterine devices. Insurers can in some cases still impose costs to prod women to use generics rather than brand-name drugs, under the new guidance
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There comes a time in the course of human events that it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands that have connected them with another. America is fast hurtling toward that time.
The United States was founded on the republican principles of federalism (states’ rights) and representative government. Today’s government is “constitutional” in name only.
The undocumented usurper currently despoiling the peoples’ house has for six years shown utter disdain for the founding document. In a town hall meeting on Wednesday last, Barack Obama bragged that he has expanded his authorities “under executive action and prosecutorial discretion.”
But Article III of the Constitution lays out the chief executive’s authorities quite explicitly. There is no room for “expanding” them within the scope of the Constitution. The President is neither tasked with nor authorized to write law or change it. That falls solely under the scope of Congress, as outlined in Article I, Section 1. The executive’s role under Article III, Section 4 is to “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.”
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Sen. Rand Paul said Monday Fort Knox was being considered as a possible place to temporarily house some of the immigrant children pouring across the country’s southern border.
The senator’s office was notified that the Army post in central Kentucky has been under review as a place to take in an undetermined number of unaccompanied Central America minors.
The Kentucky Republican spoke out against transporting the children to Fort Knox. He says they should be treated humanely until being returned to their home countries.
Late Monday afternoon, Congressman John Yarmuth’s office confirmed the Department of Defense submitted Fort Knox to the Department of Health and Human Services as a possible location, but HHS says it is no longer considering using the army base. HHS makes the final decision about which facilities to use to house the children.
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