United States Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri is seen in this video grilling a Health and Human Services (HHS) officer Ms. Robin Dunn Marcos regarding the practices of the office in handling child care and trafficking cases.
Sen. Hawley accuses the HHS of releasing children to labor traffickers without providing them with proper support and resources. He asks Ms. Marcos about the practice of giving a “know your rights” presentation to children before turning them over to labor traffickers, and if she truly believes that this helps the children in such situations.
Sen. Hawley also asks Ms. Marcos about documentation requirements for sponsors, background checks on adults in the household, and home visits in cases of released children. Then, Sen. Hawley references a New York Times report that was published earlier about the children in HHS’s care, and asks Ms. Marcos about any conversations she had with Secretary Xavier Becerra about the risks faced by these children. The NY Times report claimed that the Department of Health and Human Services under the Joe Biden administration ran an assembly line for the release of unaccompanied minors to human traffickers.
Finally, Sen. Hawley highlights the contrast between the stated concern for the safety and well-being of children and the reality, with over 85,000 minors being trafficked. He questions the Secretary about the number of kids in regular contact with them and asks them to provide comprehensive case management. He concludes by asking the officer to stop facilitating the largest child trafficking ring in American history.