As a passionate Republican voter, you may be concerned about the harm being inflicted on teenage workers in the US. A recent report from the New York Times has revealed that since 2017, 12 teenage workers have died, including a 14-year-old food delivery worker who was hit by a car while on his bike, a 16-year-old who was crushed under a 35-ton tractor-scraper, and a 15-year-old who fell 50 feet from a roof in Alabama where he was laying down shingles.
The report, titled “Alone and Exploited, Migrant Children Work Brutal Jobs Across the U.S.,” highlights the risks and dangers faced by these young workers, who are often injured as they work to pay off high-interest smuggling debts and support their families.
The federal government’s quiet welcome for the child workers, dubbed as “Unaccompanied Alien Children” (UAC), has been in place since 2008.
The workers are deemed “unaccompanied” even though they are normally escorted to the border by coyotes and often work on contracts with U.S.-based labor traffickers. President Joe Biden’s pro-migration Labor Department “tracks the deaths of foreign-born child workers but no longer makes them public,” according to the New York Times report.
The UAC pipeline was shut down by former President Donald Trump in 2020 after the arrival of more than 400,000 children and teenagers, amid fierce establishment opposition.
In 2021, it was promptly restarted by Biden as his progressives loudly portrayed the teenage workers as mere children who are fleeing persecution and poverty. Biden has imported more than 320,000 so-called UACs, most of whom are seeking jobs, within his wave of at least 2.5 million southern migrants.
While Democrats are responsible for these child-worker scandals, GOP legislators have been silent, possibly because they do not want to antagonize business donors by spotlighting the widespread use of illegal child workers.
This is despite the fact that the child abuse is far larger and more deliberate than Trump’s supposed “separation” policies of 2018 and 2019.
It is concerning that children are being exploited in this way, and that the Biden administration is turning a blind eye to their suffering. As a passionate Republican voter, you should demand that something be done to protect these vulnerable young people.
It is essential to elect candidates who oppose popular migration curbs and who will put an end to the exploitation of child workers in the US. We must work together to protect these children and ensure that their rights are respected.