Florida grand jury issues scathing report on Biden's smuggling of migrant youths into the US

 April 2, 2023

A new report criticizes the administration of President Joe Biden for facilitating the smuggling of minors into the United States. 

The report comes from the state of Florida.

Last June, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) asked the Florida Supreme Court to impanel a grand jury to, according to Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody (R), "identify and investigate persons and international human-smuggling networks that move illegal immigrants, particularly children, across the Southwest Border into Florida and other states."

The court granted that petition. And now, a 46-page report has been released detailing the findings of the grand jury.

The findings

According to the report, during the last fiscal year, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) took custody of 127,447 unaccompanied migrant children. That's roughly five times as many as in 2015.

Overall, the number of unaccompanied minors that entered the U.S. since Biden became president is upwards of 250,000.

Illegal entry, however, is only a part of the problem. The other part is what happens to these unaccompanied minors under Biden's administration.

"This process exposes children to . . ."

According to the report, what happens to unaccompanied minors is that they are often left - by the U.S. government - with unvetted "sponsors."

The report states, "this process exposes children to horrifying health conditions, constant criminal threat, labor, and sex trafficking, robbery, rape, and other experiences not done justice by mere words."

The grand jury takes particular aim at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR).

It accuses the ORR not only of mistreating unaccompanied minors but of misleading the public about what exactly it is doing. The report states:

ORR asserts that children fleeing from danger are adequately identified, properly cared for, and reunited with their family here in this country. In reality, ORR is facilitating the forced migration, sale, and abuse of foreign children, and some of our fellow Florida residents are (in some cases unwittingly) funding and incentivizing it for primarily economic reasons.

"I am outraged."

Florida Attorney General Moody released a statement on the grand jury's findings, saying, "I want to thank Gov. DeSantis for standing up for children and calling for an investigation into the Biden administration’s abject failure to protect unaccompanied minors in dangerous situations."

Moody continued:

As a mother, I am outraged at how the Biden administration and others in authority have encouraged this nightmare through policy and are neglecting hundreds of thousands of children, subjecting them to abuse and sexual assault even after they cross the border. The federal government is knowingly aiding and abetting trafficking organizations and allowing horrific harm to happen to these children. I am calling upon Congress to investigate and consider federal law to stop these misguided programs.

It remains to be seen how the federal government will respond - if at all.

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