Official government incident reports obtained by Judicial Watch after three years of delay provide a clearer profile of the “unaccompanied alien children” who flooded the U.S. border during the Obama administration and continue to arrive, documenting that among them were admitted murderers, rapists, drug smugglers, prostitutes and human traffickers.
Further, a substantial number of the children were raped or molested en route to the United States or in the United States, and government workers and contractors were among their abusers.
“The Obama administration presided over a humanitarian and public safety nightmare in its handling of ‘unaccompanied alien children,'” concluded Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.
Significantly, he said, 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.”
Trump – who has faced fierce criticism for enforcing a policy in effect under Presidents Bush and Obama requiring that children of parents being prosecuted for illegal entry be temporarily put in the custody of HHS – has argued gangs such as MS-13 have “exploited the loopholes in our laws to enter the country as unaccompanied alien minors.”
Judicial Watch began investigating the matter in 2014 when a wave of “unaccompanied alien children,” or UACs, overwhelmed the government’s capacity at the southwest border. The documents from the Health and Human Services Department’s Administration for Children and Families were submitted to the Office of Refugee Resettlement from May to November 2014.
Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act request Nov. 12, 2014, but only now has received the documents.
The documents show that in fiscal year 2014 there were 24,680 Significant Incident Reports filed with the Office of Refugee Resettlement.
Separately, an investigation by Fusion in 2014 found an astounding 80 percent of women and girls crossing into the U.S. by way of Mexico were raped during their journey.
Judicial Watch broke down the incident reports obtained from HHS into four general categories:
- UACs 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;
- UACs who were raped and/or molested on the way to the United States or in the United States;
- U.S. government contractors and employees allegedly assaulting or having sexual relationships with UACs; and
- Other incidents, crimes, abuse and self-harm.
Examples of UACs 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 include:
- A male UAC at a Baptist Child and Family Services shelter in Fairfield, California, admitted he was “forced to kill” while working for the Gulf Cartel in Mexico;
- A male UAC being cared for at the Heartland International RC Facility reported that he had been an MS-13 gang member for a year before coming to the U.S.
- A male UAC cared for at the 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 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, reportedly told another male UAC there: “I am a rapist. I am going to rape you.”
Examples of UACs who were raped and/or molested en route to the United States or in the United States:
- A female UAC at St. PJ’s shelter in San Antonio reported that another female UAC attempted to molest her and four other female UACs, including trying to “put her hand between her legs.” The perpetrator was “redirected by staff”;
- A female UAC at Southwest Key in Conroe, TX, reported she was repeatedly raped on her journey to the U.S. resulting in her pregnancy and when picked up by U.S. Immigration, the guide claimed the UAC was his wife;
- A male UAC being cared for at the Southwest Key Program Antigua facility admitted that he had been a human smuggler himself for the past two years, since the age of 13/14, and was “paid $100-$200 per person that he crossed over” into the U.S.
Examples of U.S. government contractors and employees allegedly abusing, assaulting or having sexual relationships with UACs:
- A male UAC claimed a female teacher at Southwest Key shelter in Phoenix “seductively” massaged his leg, lay in his bed with him and exposed her genital area to him;
- 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, California, she and a group of other female UACs had been awakened early by staff members, taken outside and sexually abused by staffers who told her it was a “normal activity”;
- A female UAC reported an allegation of abuse by program staff at Sandy Pines Residential Treatment Center in Jupiter, Florida, claiming she had been in a “girlfriend relationship” with a female staff member.