A 12-year-old Honduran boy seeking asylum in the United States has been “lost” in the system, illustrating what immigration experts say is a widespread problem of the government failing to keep track of the large number of vulnerable children flooding across the border.
The case of missing child “W” has been brought to light in a lawsuit filed in federal district court in Columbia, South Carolina, that names Gov. Nikki Haley, the S.C. Department of Social Services, Lutheran Services and World Relief among the defendants. World Relief is a division of the National Association of Evangelicals and, like the Lutherans and Catholics, is heavily involved in the resettlement of refugees and asylum seekers, getting paid handsomely to perform one of the government’s most secretive operations under the guise of humanitarianism, the suit claims.
The suit was filed by Brian Bilbro, a husband, father and taxpayer who lives near Columbia. It seeks to shut down refugee resettlement in South Carolina on the grounds that it amounts to executive overreach by the state and federal governments, which are secretly placing refugees and asylum seekers into local communities – often without vetting those responsible for their care. It also claims South Carolina’s freedom of information laws are being violated by nonprofits doing the government’s work.
But the bombshell revelation is the tragic story of Walter Alexander, aka Ordonez Campos, also known as “missing child W.”
The federal government has been “rubber stamping” the asylum applications of tens of thousands of child migrants like Walter since 2014, says Lauren Martel, the attorney representing Bilbro in the case. Their asylum applications are rushed through the system without taking time to ensure the children’s safety.
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