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USA: Officials testify on protecting unaccompanied immigrant children01:25

USA: Officials testify on protecting unaccompanied immigrant children

United States, Washington DC
August 16, 2018 at 22:11 GMT +00:00 · Published

SOT, Jonathan White, US Department of Health and Human Services: "I would have to get back to you on whether anyone has lost their license to because that's a state question. We have absolutely removed every child from a facility where there was a credible allegation of abuse." *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE*

Homeland Security, Health and Human Services, and Justice Department officials testified on efforts to protect unaccompanied immigrant children from human trafficking and abuse during a hearing in Washington DC on Thursday.

Officials aired their concerns about reports of missing immigrant children, the vetting of child sponsors and immigration judge vacancies.

"If a sponsor turns out to be a safety risk to a child despite the best efforts of the federal government to make sure that sponsor is well suited, " US Senator for New Hampshire Maggie Hassan said.

"If that child isn't coming to school and the school knows a child supposed to be, the school can investigate," Hassan added. "The school can save a child from abuse or neglect and trauma, but not if they don't know that the child is there."

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SOT, Jonathan White, US Department of Health and Human Services: "I would have to get back to you on whether anyone has lost their license to because that's a state question. We have absolutely removed every child from a facility where there was a credible allegation of abuse." *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE*

Homeland Security, Health and Human Services, and Justice Department officials testified on efforts to protect unaccompanied immigrant children from human trafficking and abuse during a hearing in Washington DC on Thursday.

Officials aired their concerns about reports of missing immigrant children, the vetting of child sponsors and immigration judge vacancies.

"If a sponsor turns out to be a safety risk to a child despite the best efforts of the federal government to make sure that sponsor is well suited, " US Senator for New Hampshire Maggie Hassan said.

"If that child isn't coming to school and the school knows a child supposed to be, the school can investigate," Hassan added. "The school can save a child from abuse or neglect and trauma, but not if they don't know that the child is there."

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