Alliance for a Safe Texas is calling on Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to investigate allegations that unaccompanied children who have crossed the southwest border are being trafficked within the states—with the federal government’s knowledge.

“While Texas alone cannot stop this unprecedented and unconstitutional collapse of the United States’ sovereign southern border, Texas must do all it can to end the exploitation of children occurring in Texas as a direct result of the failing border policies being advanced by the federal government,” said Sheena Rodriguez, president of Alliance for a Safe Texas.

Rodriguez is calling for an investigation into the matter and a “release [of] the general details of the investigation’s findings to Texas citizens.”

In November, Project Veritas released videos of conversations with children who described being used for forced labor and sex work. Information provided by a whistleblower in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services confirmed these accounts.

The whistleblower, Tara Lee Rodas, works for the U.S. Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity & Efficiency, and she volunteered to assist HHS in processing unaccompanied minors who come across the southwest border. She told Project Veritas, “the tax dollars of people who are listening [to this interview] are paying to put children in the hands of criminals.”

I said [to the command center executives], “We’re getting ready to send another child [to Austin, Texas],” and they said, “Tara, I think you need to understand that we only get sued if we keep kids in care too long. We don’t get sued by traffickers. Are you clear? We don’t get sued by traffickers.” So, that was the answer of the United States federal government. HHS did not want this information to get out.

According to HHS, more than 30,000 unaccompanied children have been released to sponsors in Texas. Rodas explained that “sponsors typically are not citizens. They’re not permanent residents. They don’t have a legal presence.”

After being released from HHS custody into the hands of these sponsors, thousands of children have gone missing. Rodriguez cited reports from Axios and Reuters that describe how the Biden administration has lost track of nearly 40 percent of unaccompanied minors released to sponsors, including dozens in Houston.

“The dangerous and neglectful failures of the HHS vetting process has been long documented, as divulged in a 2016 enate subcommittee investigation report,” explained Rodriguez. “Without addressing the known deficiencies within HHS guidelines, the Biden Administration proceeds to exponentially incentivize the exploitation of children by promoting intentionally destructive open border policies.”

As these open border policies continue wreaking havoc on Texas and the aliens incentivized to cross the border illegally, the Center for Renewing America has recommended Texas Gov. Greg Abbott use his constitutional authority to declare an invasion and begin repelling and returning illegal border-crossers to Mexico.

Meanwhile, the Texas GOP has made securing the border and protecting Texans one of eight priorities for the upcoming 88th Legislative Session, which begins January 10, 2023.

Sydnie Henry

A born and bred Texan, Sydnie serves as the Managing Editor for Texas Scorecard. She graduated from Patrick Henry College with a B.A. in Government and is utilizing her research and writing skills to spread truth to Texans.