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ICYMI: Emmer slams Biden’s border crisis for putting ‘innocent lives’ at risk

WASHINGTON – Following reports that a child pornographer exploited the Biden administration’s lax immigration laws to smuggle in illegal immigrant children, Majority Whip Tom Emmer slammed Joe Biden and the Democrats in an exclusive statement to the Daily Mail for the humanitarian crisis they created by opening our southern border.

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Migrant 'smuggled child into the U.S. to use them in porn by lying that he was was their uncle': Republicans say 'horrific' stories like this will 'keep happening' if Biden doesn't enforce border laws
Daily Mail
Morgan Phillips
April 3, 2024

Republicans are outraged after federal prosecutors charged an unlawful immigrant with smuggling minors into the country and producing child pornography with one.

'If Joe Biden and the Democrats actually cared about addressing humanitarian issues, they would start by reversing their open-border policies that are exploiting children and fueling human trafficking. 

'Every day that their self-made border crisis continues is another day that innocent lives are put at risk,' Republican Whip Tom Emmer, R-Minn., told 

Natividad Aguilera Garcia, 37, of Shelbyville, Ky., stands accused of smuggling at least three illegal immigrants, including two who were juveniles. Garcia appeared in federal court for his arraignment on Monday.

The minor who was used in pornography is referred to as Minor A. 

Garcia had falsely told the federal government he was the uncle of Minor A and produced a fake birth certificate to back up the claim, the indictment says. The Biden administration's Office of Refugee Resettlement handed the child over to him under those pretenses. 

'These horrific stories are going to keep happening as long as President Biden and Secretary Mayorkas refuse to enforce our laws,' Homeland Security Chair Mark Green, R-Tenn., told in a statement. 

'These minors are regularly abused, exploited, and used by the cartels in all manner of inhumane ways. Once they arrive here, the Biden administration releases most of them to ‘sponsors’ with minimal vetting,' he went on. 

'As one witness told my Committee last year, "It’s been said that it is harder to adopt a cat than it is to sponsor an unaccompanied minor." President Biden, Secretary Mayorkas, and their Democratic enablers in Congress may see a political benefit in this crisis, but all I see are shattered lives and broken futures for some of the most innocent among us.'

According to the U.S. attorney's office for the eastern district of Kentucky, the scheme began on May 1, 2021 - four months into the Biden administration as illegal immigrants flooded the U.S.-Mexico border. 

A bombshell report put out in February revealed the U.S. agency responsible for the care of unaccompanied migrant children could not provide proof it had fully vetted U.S. sponsors before releasing children to them during an onslaught of migration in 2021. 

The report, issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services inspector general, found 16 percent of child case files in March and April 2021 lacked documentation of sponsor background checks by the HHS Office of Refugee Resettlement.

In 19 percent of cases where children were released to sponsors pending FBI or state checks, the case files were never updated with results, the watchdog found.

The report raised questions about the government's ability to vet sponsors - fears that were affirmed in the Garcia indictment. 

During the swell of migrants at the start of the Biden administration the HHS refugee office struggled to move children from overcrowded border processing centers to shelters or the custody of relatives. 

Garcia has been charged with one count of production of child pornography, one count of receipt of child pornography, one count of online enticement of a minor to engage in prohibited sexual activity, one count of transportation of a minor to engage in prohibited sexual activity, one count of encouraging illegal entry, one count of making a false statement to a federal agency, and one count of presenting a false document to a federal agency.

In recent years it has been revealed that undocumented children were working illegally at poultry plants and car suppliers after being released from federal custody. 

Migrant encounters at the border hit new record highs at the end of last year and stayed high through the start of this year. In February, border agents encountered some 190,000 trying to cross the border. 

Some 470,000 unaccompanied children have crossed into the U.S. since Biden took office, and border patrol has made 45,000 arrests of illegal immigrants with criminal records - nearly double that of the first three years of the Trump administration. 

Currently there are 617,000 non-detained aliens with criminal convictions or pending charges who are currently in the U.S., up from 407,983 in January 2023.