Grothman to Introduce Bill to Thwart Human Trafficking
Congressman Glenn Grothman (R-Glenbeulah) today released the following statement in response to news that the recently passed H.J.Res.31, a bill to fund the government, will relax laws intended to stop child trafficking:
“While a lot of the attention has been given to the wall, there is a very concerning provision in this bill regarding the illegal entry to the U.S. with children to avoid extradition. It appears as though this provision would allow criminals, including violent gang members, to avoid extradition if they have a child, any child, live with them. Given what we already know about immigrants renting other people’s children to get into this country, this provision furthers the incentive to rent other people’s children, likely putting them in harm’s way.
I have always been a strong opponent of human trafficking and this has the potential to greatly increase this problem.
Parts of the border, other than authorized ports of entry, are already controlled by Mexican drug cartels, which means that this provision has the potential to be a humanitarian nightmare.
It is my duty as a public servant to protect the most vulnerable among us, which is why I will soon be introducing a bill that will correct this egregious error. The main goal of this bill will be to protect the unaccompanied minors and stop the cartels and MS-13 from expanding their ability to exploit them.”
U.S. Rep. Glenn Grothman is serving his third term representing Wisconsin’s 6th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.