Steven Wagner, the acting assistant secretary of the agency’s Administration for Children and Families, told the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations in April that his agency lost track of 1,500 children whose parents are undocumented.
In many cases, the children were physically removed from their parents as a supposed deterrence to illegal immigration.
The PBS documentary “Trafficked in America” revealed in April how the Department of Health and Human Services released children to human traffickers.
The committee said the case was due to policies and procedures that were “inadequate to protect the children in the agency’s care.”
The committee’s Republican chairman, Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, stated in April how flawed the Trump agency is:
It’s just a system that has so many gaps, so many opportunities for these children to fall between the cracks, that we just don’t know what’s going on — how much trafficking or abuse or simply immigration law violations are occurring.