Immigration

Inspector General: Trump Regime Waived Background Checks at Migrant Children Camp

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The former head of the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Office of Refugee Resettlement, Scott Lloyd, is a religious quack who tried to block immigrant teens from obtaining abortions, but he's also a reckless asshole who placed thousands of children at risk of abuse.

According to a new report from the Office of the Inspector General at HHS, Lloyd waived full background checks when hiring staff to work at the largest detention camp in the country for immigrant youth.

In other words, we have no way to know if they've hired predators or abusers.

A new government watchdog memo says the Trump administration waived rigorous background checks for all staff working at the nation’s largest detention camp for migrant children.

The memo, obtained exclusively by The Associated Press, says the former director of the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement personally signed off on sidestepping requirements for child abuse and neglect checks at the tent city in Tornillo, Texas.

None of the 2,100 staff has gone through FBI fingerprint checks either, but the Tornillo contractor says staff are vetted in other ways.

Scott Lloyd was just recently reassigned to an explicitly faith-based office where he'll have no decision making power.

We don't know if his reassignment is related to the inspector general's findings, but it could be. This revelation could expose the Trump regime to even more legal liability, especially if any children at the facility have been abused by someone who was hired without passing a federal background check.

If your average daycare center did this, they would be shut down.

  • muselet

    Horrific. Simply horrific.

    –alopecia

  • Nefercat

    I’ve thought for a long time that these children were just commodities for trump and his fellow sociopaths, to be trafficked and profited from with no oversight or consequences.

  • Holy gods, this is bad. We already know of several recent cases of sexual abuse and neglect in Arizona detention camps run by private contractors. The next administration is going to have so many wrongs to right. I don’t know if Lloyd can be personally sued (I suspect not) but I sure do wish there was some way he could suffer some consequences on this. I’m flabbergasted.