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Josh Hawley Tears Congress Apart For ‘Refusal’ To Address Immigration Crisis

Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley vehemently criticized lawmakers for failing to address one of the darkest results to emerge from the current immigration crisis: child smuggling rings.

“It seems to me that the exploitation of children by cartels, human smugglers on the scale that you’re describing is absolutely unbelievable, and quite frankly, the refusal of this Congress to act to do something about this humanitarian crisis is absolutely unbelievable and absolutely indefensible,” Hawley said during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday.

The hearing featured testimony from Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan. The DHS chief broke down how the immigration crisis is escalating and how Congress must make take action in order for the country to manage the hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants reaching the U.S.-Mexico border.

Thousands of migrants are appearing with a child, he said, knowing full well that current U.S. laws will allow them to released out of detention before their case can be processed.

“In May, we had 88,000 families cross the border. That’s incentivized by the fact that they can’t be held for the full court proceeding,” the acting secretary told the committee. “It’s not a great leap of imagination to think that people might try to exploit that fact and bring a child who’s not their own — maybe even the same child more than once.”

McAleenan said his agency has uncovered three “significant” child smuggling operations in recent time. The same children are used numerous times by smugglers to bring in different migrants. In one child smuggling ring, eight children were used to bring 36 different adults into the U.S.

In another notable example given during the hearing, a 51-year-old man who was subject to a DNA test admitted to law enforcement that he actually wasn’t related to the six-month-old child he brought along with him. That man, in fact, had paid roughly $80 to rent the baby.

“They advertise it. They promote it,” McAleenan said of migrant smugglers who promote their services to locals. “It’s ubiquitous in Central America – advertisements on radio, advertisements on social media. … This is a very well-known fact.”

Hawley, a first-term senator, made the case that the immigration crisis was more than just innocent people in search of a better life.

“We’ve heard it said that crossing across the southern border is an ‘act of love,’ but for the cartels, it’s an opportunity for exploitation of children. It’s an opportunity to cash in,” Hawley said. “It is about profit. It is about money. It’s about their criminal enterprise.”

Hawley then ripped Congress for its “refusal” to pass legislation that would fix the humanitarian crisis.

“The idea that you would have children recycled, purchased, used for profit by these cartels and by these smuggling rings and that this Congress would sit by and say, ‘We’re just not going to do anything. There really is no crisis. There’s nothing we can agree on,’ is absolutely unbelievable to me,” he stated.

“It is the worst failure of leadership that I can think of,” Hawley said.

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  • CharlieSeattle says:

    Trump must declare Martial Law seal the Mexican border with troops and ban the Democrat Party.

    Then he must arrest the DNC/e-GOP/DOJ/CIA/FBI/IRS/BLM/CAIR/SPLC/MSM/Big Tech “DEEP STATE” bad actors for the crime of Seditious Conspiracy.

    Seditious conspiracy (18 U.S.C. § 2384) is a crime under United States law. It is stated as follows:

    If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined or imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both.

    For a seditious conspiracy charge to be effected, a crime need only be planned, it need not be actually attempted.

    • Bill says:

      The DNC has been seditious for years. It would be nice if AG Barr can get the ball rolling on them. If not, I’m ok with Martial Law. We are at the end of our rope. If something isn’t done now we won’t get a nother chance like this again…

    • cheryl D. says:

      Charlie, That’s what I’ve been saying, for over a year.

  • SusanP says:

    One quick law Congress could pass that would put a huge dent in the child trafficking. Make DNA tests mandatory for all “families” claiming asylum and only those who prove through DNA to be a real family get on the USA side of the border. No body is released inside the USA until AFTER they have had their asylum hearing.

    • Evangeline says:

      The DNA test is a great idea. Wonder how much that will cost us tax payers though. Now with Trump’s new deal with Mexico, they will all be waiting in Mexico for their hearings.

  • Hillbilly says:

    Congress should WANT to go to the border to PROVE this is not a crisis. Its easy to sit in Neros thrown and pretend it doesn’t exist. Put the VICTIMS in front of Congress to tell their stories. If they believed proven liar Ford how can they deny proof of true sex trafficked victims?

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