Audio from a Fort Bliss government shelter for unaccompanied migrant children reveals allegations of inappropriate behavior by staff towards minors.
In the recording, a federal contractor speaks to a group of employees during a training session at the shelter. She asks the group, “We have already caught staff with minors inappropriately. Is that OK with you guys?” They promptly respond “No!” in unison. Condemning the allegations, the contractor says, “If you catch them, especially if it’s a staff member, you separate that minor from that person immediately.” She continued, “If you don’t watch these kids and you’re not the one to step in, who is going to?”
According to employees at the shelter, including a doctor, there have been reports of “sexual activity,” although it is unclear if those reports include staff. With regard to complaints at the Fort Bliss shelter, a Health and Human Services spokesperson told NBC, “The care and well-being of children in our custody continue to be a top priority for HHS. Currently, children at the Emergency Intake Site at Fort Bliss meet with a case manager weekly and we have close to 60 mental health and behavioral counselors on-site working with the children. It remains our policy to swiftly report any alleged instances of wrongdoing to the appropriate authorities.”
The southern border has been met with a surge in immigrants after Trump-era border policies were reversed. Earlier this month, the Biden administration made plans to move $860 million in COVID-19 federal funds towards housing illegal immigrants.
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