Rep. Lisa McClain from Michigan has accused the federal government of assisting cartels in their human trafficking efforts by resettling migrant kids after she toured a holding facility that is located in her state earlier this week.
“What I saw, quite honestly, was sophisticated, organized illegal immigration,” McClain said on Thursday. “I choose those words very, very carefully because the system and the process that I observed was unbelievable.”
McClain, a representative for a district that is located north of Detroit, paid a visit to a facility run by the Department of Health and Human Services where 191 boys between the ages of 5 and 17 are currently being held after being brought up from the southern border.
McClain said that the facility is heavily guarded by 20 law enforcement officers who work the place in shifts, which is much more secure than the southern border.
“The facility is remarkable,” McClain said of the location that opened April 11. “It’s 350 acres of beauty. I mean, it’s manicured precisely. There are 17 homes that are in phenomenal condition. There’s a beautiful lake there. There’s an auditorium, a gymnasium, soccer fields.
“The medical treatment that they’re receiving is top-notch. They have 2 doctors from the [National Institutes of Health], there around the clock. They have a 1-to-8 supervision-to-child ratio, which, I mean, I gotta be honest, I didn’t, I didn’t expect to see. So from that perspective. I think we’re doing a really good job of treating these unaccompanied alien minor children with dignity and respect.”
The congresswoman’s office said the Albion facility is 1 of more than 200 facilities housing 19,789 unaccompanied alien children.
McClain recently tweeted about her visit, saying,”Yesterday, I toured Starr Commonwealth in Albion that is housing children who illegally cross the border. Tens of thousands of children are being smuggled and trafficked across our southern border and sent across our country. @POTUS must stop this crisis now. #BidenBorderCrisis.”
All except 5 of the 191 boys hadn’t been released to sponsors within a week of their arrival — much faster than the one-month average it took HHS to find family members to release children to during the 2014-19 humanitarian crises at the border.
“Some of them can’t even speak English. They can’t read. They can’t write,” McClain went on to say. “Understand, the taxpayers are paying them to come from the southern border, up to Michigan to then, in less than a week, to find family members across the country to then pay for them, again, to go live with their family members. … That’s pretty doggone sophisticated if you ask me.”
So far, 27 of the boys at the facility have tested positive for the coronavirus. The facility is currently testing children before they arrive and then every three days afterward.
“It is a testament that if we put our minds together and we really want to accomplish something that we can accomplish it,” the congresswoman said. “Once we get done taking care of the rest of the world, maybe we can focus on taking care of some of our children, you know, that are in foster care or have some mental illness. Maybe we can start putting America first again and our children first. I mean, look at the amount of tax dollars we’re spending. It’s unbelievable to me.”
It’s sickening, but Democrats are just as guilty of using these children as the cartels are, using them for votes and to increase their political power. They are just pawns to the left, good only for inflating voter rolls.