Migrants Feel the Pain of Biden’s Virtue

The party’s beliefs about the right thing to do regarding the border are the main contributors to an explosion of rape, human trafficking, prostitution, and child labor.

As James Varney recently reported for RealClearInvestigations, much of this human tragedy can be traced to the scores of executive orders and other new policies advanced by the Biden administration to encourage millions of migrants from around the world to come to America.

The carnage begins south of the border, where women and children heading north are victimized by predators. The New York Times reported last week that “Assault, robbery and rape have long been a grim risk of migrant journeys around the globe. But aid groups working in the Darién Gap [a jungle in Panama that links South America to Central America] say that in the past six months, they have documented an extraordinary spike in attacks, with patterns and frequencies rarely seen outside of war zones … Long-established aid groups, including Doctors Without Borders and UNICEF, with experience working in conflicts, say the attacks are organized and exceptionally cruel. Perpetrators beat victims and take food, even baby formula, leaving people battered and starving in the forest. And the assaults often involve cases in which dozens of women are violated in a single event.”

It is impossible to say how deeply such trauma will scar these victims. But that is only the beginning of the nightmare for many. To get to the United States, many migrants rack up debts with cartels and coyotes who provide passage. Repayment can require especially degrading forms of modern slavery. Varney reported: “A 2023 report by the conservative Heritage Foundation found arrests for human trafficking rose by 50% and convictions for the crime by 80% in the federal [Fiscal Year] FY2022. Of those trafficked, 72% were immigrants, most here illegally, the report concluded … The impacts are seen across the United States. The New York Post reports that a street in Corona, Queens [has turned] “into the city’s boldest open-air market for sex – one so popular with pervs that it’s advertised on YouTube. As police enforcement wanes and immigration surges nearly a dozen brothels have [also] set up shop along Roosevelt Avenue near Junction Boulevard.’”

Because these crimes are committed in the shadows and the federal government intentionally does not keep and/or share much reliable information about migrants, it is hard to know the extent of such suffering. The fate of the estimated half a million unaccompanied minors who crossed the border since Biden was elected is largely unknown, though it was reported last year that the government had completely lost track of 85,000 of them.

The Labor Department reported last year that illegal child labor cases rose by 44% between 2021 and 2022. The New York Times detailed the problem in an article headlined: “Alone and Exploited, Migrant Children Work Brutal Jobs Across the U.S.: Arriving in record numbers, they’re ending up in dangerous jobs that violate child labor laws – including in factories that make products for well-known brands like Cheetos and Fruit of the Loom.”

Muckraker.com founder Anthony Rubin says children climbing roofs during the day or manning factory assembly lines at night may be the lucky ones. He told Fox News that so many migrant children have arrived so quickly that the government is placing some in foster homes that “are dealing with serious sexual assault allegations …  A lot of times they [the children] are dropped into the hands of traffickers, sex traffickers, and much worse. And they’re driven across the country and dropped off at these homes and 85,000 have gone missing, and that’s what’s going on.”

All of this was predictable. From day one, the Biden administration was intent on demonstrating its virtue in comparison to Donald Trump. It sent the signal, come one, come all, without any plan for how to handle the inevitable influx. Is anyone surprised that criminal gangs are exploiting the migrants who answered the call or that women and children – many without much education or skills, saddled with debts to smugglers and others – would make money however they could through choice or force?

While the migrants themselves have ultimate responsibility for their actions, the lure of life in America, no questions asked, is proving hard to resist for people stuck in grinding poverty.

Regardless, the alleged cruelty of Trump’s policies is child’s play compared to what is happening across the country. Unconscionable, immoral, and depraved only begin to suggest the mindset that has enabled this suffering and allows it to deepen without remedy – or even comment.

Republicans have not demonstrated much care or compassion, either – using the migrant crisis to score political points while ignoring the human toll. But Biden is our president and his policies are a stain on this nation’s soul.

Like many Democrats, he believes it is enough to have the right feelings, never mind the consequences. If welfare programs destroy families, aggressive racial policies fail to lift up the poorest people of color, and woke ideology contributes to a breakdown of public education, well, ain’t that a shame.

Intentions must be measured by their results. Biden’s immigration policies have unleashed a humanitarian crisis that civilized people cannot ignore.

This article was originally published by RealClearPolitics and made available via RealClearWire.

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About J. Peder Zane

J. Peder Zane is a RealClearInvestigations editor and columnist. He previously worked as a book review editor and book columnist for the News & Observer (Raleigh), where his writing won several national honors. Zane has also worked at the New York Times and taught writing at Duke University and Saint Augustine’s University.

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  1. Author doesn’t seem to comprehend or want to comprehend that all of this is planned, systematic destruction of the United States by use of Cloward Piven strategy. Overwhelm the system with millions of grifting criminals from abroad, while American citizens reel from the effects of millions upon millions of criminal invaders overwhelming cities, towns and rural areas. Where is the “compassion” for elderly or disabled veterans thrown out of group homes in favor of foreign invaders? For our very own homeless, whose numbers increase daily because of this evil government? For school children overwhelmed by hordes occupying institutions of learning? Compassion for families coping with lost children and grandchildren from fentanyl poisoning? I’m channeling Tom Reagan; I looked into my heart, and I have none for these bastards. None at all. This government is succeeding, not failing. It is illegitimate and is perfectly accomplishing that which it set out to accomplish, the destruction of the United States of America. It is redirecting taxes from their intended purpose to fund this invasion. It is misusing tax funds. It abuses citizens, strips them of their rights and property, then engages in further tyranny by attempting to replace them with cheap, compliant imitations. It is deliberately staging this invasion against the country to create permanent ruling majorities. So, yes, I would gladly eliminate the Horde as it attempts to cross into the United States. It is a gaping mouth gobbling up everything in sight and stealing that which isn’t given. It is here to steal from every citizen his liberty and property, that which belongs to citizens, never invading barbarians. What is a military for, if not first and foremost to defend this country from invasion (also found in Article IV., Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution)? Isn’t that what it comes down to, all this talk for decades about “protecting our borders”? It means being willing to defend them with one’s life against those invading? I want invaders to fear American citizens more than the criminals from their homelands. Go! Get out!

    This is not immigration or migration. It is invasion and it is impossible to have any sympathy or compassion for those who traffic fentanyl into this country because they “want a better life”. I have no regard for those who have instigated this (including all of the phony-baloney “church” charities and non-profits which greatly profit from the demise of America and her citizens). I hate and despise them to the depths of my soul.

    There is a fallacy behind the justification of all of this: that poverty is immoral. No, too often people conflate poverty with the conditions which cause poverty. Alleviating poverty does not improve one’s character, and the people coming into America are the very worst people imaginable in that area. They are military-aged men recruited to do a job no American will do, which is to destroy this land. These invaders are the creators of conditions in their home countries, yet they feel they are entitled to walk streets of gold in “Amer-E-Ca” at citizens’ expense. It would be better for all if they did perish on the journey, since they will not remain in their own countries and try to improve conditions there. What do we have to do to get elected politicians and bureaucrats to experience the same fate as those invaders? I would relish reading about Democrats being subjected to the same conditions experienced by millions in the Horde, conditions which are taking root in America because of them.

  2. Your praise is far too kind and generous, sir, but I thank you.

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