Senator Hawley Questions Acting DHS Secretary on Exploitation of Children at the Border

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Today, Senator Josh Hawley questioned the Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan about the exploitation of children at the southern border during a Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing.

Acting Secretary McAleenan confirmed that Congress has refused to provide the resources necessary to end the reign of cartels and smugglers at the southern border and stop the horrific abuses of children, including child recycling rings.

Highlighted Excerpt:

HAWLEY: I don’t think failure to act is really quite right. I think that’s way too generous. It’s refusal to act. Because Congress could act, they could act if they wanted to, but they don’t want to. That’s the bottom line. So we are dealing with children – I am the father of two little boys. The idea that you would have children recycled, purchased, used for profit by these cartels and by these smuggling rings, and that this Congress will just sit by and say, “We’re just not going to do anything. There really is no crisis. There is nothing we can agree on.” is absolutely unbelievable to me. It is the worst failure of leadership that I can think of. I mean it’s just absolutely stunning.