Exploitation is defined by Merriam-Webster: “to make use of meanly or unfairly for one’s own advantage.”
There is no better term for what has been confirmed by Mexican law enforcement; people are attempting to purchase children to aid in illegally crossing the border into the United States.
Why is this occurring? Hank Berrien quotes Kirstjen Nielson, former Secretary of Homeland Security:
“First, under existing law, certain unaccompanied alien children from Mexico and Canada who enter illegally and have no valid claim to stay can be quickly returned home, but unaccompanied children from every other country in the world must be transferred to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) within 72 hours and then released to parents or guardians in the United States. This is a significant pull factor that encourages these children to make the dangerous journey north.
Additionally, when a child is apprehended with their parents, DHS is required – due to various court rulings – to release that child within 20 days. As I mentioned earlier, this effectively creates a ‘get out of jail free’ card for families and groups who pose as families. Unsurprisingly, word of this loophole has spread across the world. From October 2017 to this February , DHS saw a staggering 315 percent increase in illegal aliens fraudulently using children to pose as family units to gain entry into the country, compared to the previous year.”
What can be done to fix these incredible breaches of human decency?
Fix our broken immigration policies and send a message to the world; The United States is not a welfare program for all. When illegal immigration is not subsidized by tax dollars and the only path to citizenship is through the front door, dangerous border crossings and these types of heinous violations will decrease.