A Republican congressman from Oklahoma says that individuals associated with human traffickers have asked the Department of Health and Human Services to hand over unaccompanied alien children being housed at a facility in the state.
“There have been cases of people who have attempted to be sponsors actually being identified as associated with trafficking organizations,” Rep. Jim Bridenstine told National Review Online in an interview on Saturday, after visiting Fort Sill, a U.S. army base outside of Lawton.
“Not only the official, but the contractor as well indicated that that has happened, but they didn’t know how many times,” Bridentstine said.
Fort Sill and other federal facilities are being used to house the child immigrants, most of whom are from Central America. BCFS, which stands for Baptist Child & Family Services, is the contractor providing security for and maintaining the temporary shelter.
The facilities are being utilized to deal with an unprecedented surge of illegal aliens that have been apprehended at the southern U.S. border. Since Oct. 1, 57,000 unaccompanied children and at least 39,000 mothers with children have been apprehended.