Dream Deferred: The Urgent Need to Protect Immigrant Youth

U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary

By Jessica M. Vaughan on May 8, 2024

The border crisis resulting from the deliberate dismantling of effective immigration controls by the Biden administration is still festering, and should be one of the most urgent action items on the agenda of Congress. Last month, nearly 180,000 people were encountered after crossing the border illegally, according to Customs and Border Protection (CBP), of whom reportedly about 85 percent would be released into the country. Another 45,000 “gotaways” likely evaded apprehension after crossing illegally. Another 44,000 inadmissible aliens were allowed to enter in March under the administration’s unlawful parole programs, including via the CBP-1 appointment system. Also in March, six of the illegal border crossers who were apprehended were hits on the terror watch list.

Throughout the country, law enforcement agencies and journalists are uncovering a wave of disturbing incidents of child labor trafficking and other abuse involving thousands of unaccompanied minors smuggled into this country and released to largely un-vetted non-parental sponsors in Georgia, Ohio, Louisiana, Alabama, South Carolina, Michigan, Florida, and numerous other locations.

In conjunction with the mass catch and release policies at the border, the Biden administration has dismantled interior immigration enforcement to the point where even criminal illegal aliens face little threat of deportation, and remain here free to prey on new victims.