published : 2023-11-30
House Republican Proposes a Bold Measure to Combat Child Trafficking at the Southern Border
GOP Representative Ashley Hinson Highlights the Urgency to Address the Immigration Crisis
As the immigration crisis continues to escalate at the southern border, House Republicans are taking a bold step to increase transparency and accountability.
Led by Representative Ashley Hinson from Iowa, the party is introducing two bills aimed at stemming the flow of migrants into the United States.
One of the bills, known as the Preventing the Recycling of Immigrants is Necessary for Trafficking Suspension (PRINTS) Act, focuses on combating child trafficking.
Under this act, Customs and Border Patrol agents would have the authority to take the fingerprints of minors aged 14 and younger.
The supporters of the bill emphasize that fingerprinting children would help crack down on trafficking and prevent 'recycling,' where individuals falsely claim children as their relatives to appear as a family unit.
The urgency to address this issue is underscored by the heartbreaking reality that young children are repeatedly abused and trafficked by cartels.
Representative Hinson firmly believes that there is nothing compassionate about an open border and highlights the fact that the Biden administration has 'lost track' of over 85,000 migrant children, leaving them vulnerable to exploitation and further abuse.
To tackle this crisis, lawmakers like Senator Marsha Blackburn from Tennessee are also leading the PRINTS Act in the Senate, joined by Senator John Cornyn from Texas.
Senator Blackburn emphasizes that abusing and using a child repeatedly is one of the most heinous acts imaginable, and it is happening every day along the southern border.
The PRINTS Act aims to equip border agents with the necessary tools to identify victims of child recycling and stop this abuse in its tracks.
In addition to the PRINTS Act, Representative Hinson is leading another bill called the Southern Border Transparency Act.
This bill would require the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to issue reports on the number of migrants being paroled into the country at each point of entry, categorized by demographics and ethnicity.
It would also mandate the reporting of data regarding the outcomes of migrants' entry processes, such as expedited removal or voluntary departure.
Representative Hinson asserts that the Biden administration's asylum laws have grown too lax, contributing to the border crisis.
She believes that the expansion of catch-and-release and mass amnesty, coupled with loopholes in the asylum system, enable the abuse of the system by illegal immigrants.
The Southern Border Transparency Act seeks to shed light on these practices and inform the American people of the full extent of the border crisis.
Republican efforts to tighten asylum laws have garnered attention and concern from various stakeholders.
Fox News Digital reached out to the Biden administration for comment on the proposed measures, but as of now, no response has been received.
It is imperative that immediate action be taken to address the immigration crisis at the southern border, especially to protect vulnerable children from exploitation and abuse.