WASHINGTON - Congressman Lance Gooden (TX-05), joined by U.S. Reps. Ronny Jackson (TX-13), Scott Perry (PA-10), Doug Lamborn (CO-05), Bill Posey (FL-08) and Matt Rosendale (MT-AL), sent a letter to President Biden seeking clarification on the administration's plan to prevent further child trafficking across our southern border. U.S. Customs & Border Patrol’s latest statistics reported 180,034 apprehensions at our southern border in May; unaccompanied children accounted for 14,158 of those encounters.
In the letter, Congressman Gooden emphasizes the lack of oversight for who these children are released to, which puts them at an increased risk for human trafficking:
"Since January, your administration has released over 22,000 UACs with little oversight, and 55% of them were not released to a parent or legal guardian. It is important your administration send a clear message for parents not to send their children here illegally, so they do not fall into the hands of human traffickers."
As the Biden-Harris Administration neglects the crisis at our southern border, Congressman Gooden continues to fight illegal immigration while preventing human traffickers and drug cartels from exploiting innocent children.
In March, Gooden introduced the End Child Trafficking Now Act, which requires DNA testing to confirm a familial connection between an adult alien and accompanying minor. Gooden also sent a letter to the White House in March, requesting that President Biden acknowledge the border crisis and reinstate the national emergency concerning our southern border. He is once again urging President Biden to take appropriate measures to address this crisis.
Click here to read the letter.