The explosion in illegal-migrant child labor at work sites across the nation is the direct result of an anti-enforcement policy created by Vice President Kamala Harris when she was serving in Congress.
This policy has been included in every funding bill for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) since 2019 and it now rests on Republicans in the US House of Representatives to reverse course.
But will they?
During the first two years of the Trump administration, then-Sen. Harris was angry that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was working with US Health and Human Services (HHS) to run background checks on unaccompanied alien children (UACs) and their sponsors, and making arrests where appropriate.
This effort was in response to years of lax vetting of UACs and sponsors under the Obama administration, and the resulting child labor — a topic that received significant attention in a scathing, bipartisan report from the Senate’s Subcommittee on Investigations in 2016. . . .