Government Released Thousands Of Illegal Migrant Children With Tuberculosis

A stunning new report revealed the U.S. government released thousands of illegal migrant children with latent tuberculosis infections into 44 states without treatment.

The revelation from court-ordered research showed almost 2,500 children with these infections were among nearly 126,000 migrant minors released. Government officials said the children are only in custody for a short time, and treatment takes three to nine months to complete.

In theory, the children are released to sponsors who will follow up with local health authorities before the infections become active.

In practice, however, the outcome is often quite different.

The Washington Times reported that local health officials are slow to receive notifications from the federal government. Further, the child is often already in the community before they learn of their medical case.

The Virginia Department of Health told the outlet, “We do not know how often the sponsors follow through on treatment. By the time outreach takes place, the child has sometimes moved to another state or area.”

Alarmingly, this news came at a time when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that tuberculosis cases nationwide are on the rise. A new agency report detailed that the number of U.S. cases is returning to pre-COVID-19 pandemic levels.

TB cases plunged 20.2% in 2020 during the peak of the pandemic only to bounce back 9.8% in 2021. This is from data published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

It is believed that the pandemic era saw many TB cases missed or misdiagnosed by health officials.

Some of the rise in new cases is reported among young children and people who just arrived in the U.S. The CDC also noted that the homeless and people either incarcerated or in long-term care facilities also saw a substantial increase in TB.

And now officials are letting thousands of unaccompanied alien children, or UACs, fall through the cracks. Federal law states that Homeland Security must discharge the minors quickly, which precludes long-term treatment for latent TB.

The agency often quickly loses track of the children, who end up in crowded shelters or other locations easily susceptible to mass infections. It is important that children with latent infections receive proper care and have sponsors willing to follow through with their treatment.

Even more disturbing, if that’s possible, is that the government is losing track of many thousands of vulnerable children. Latent infections or not, these minors should be either taken care of or sent back to their parents.