Desiring mercy, not sacrifice


By Greg Smith 

I was shocked when I saw the May 29 New York Times headline that read: “Were Migrant Children Taken from Parents, then Lost by the U.S.?” Once the shock wore off, all kinds of emotions began welling up: anger, disbelief, bewilderment and more. How could the United States government lose an unaccompanied minor, and in this case, almost 1,500 unaccompanied minors?

Turns out, as both the Times and other news outlets have since reported, the government didn’t really lose anybody. Rather, they “lost track of” some unaccompanied children, meaning the Department of Health and Human Services—which oversees the care of these children—was unable to account for 1,475 of the 7,635 children placed with sponsors when the department called to follow up on them.

Why? There are a number of reasons I’m sure, but some speculate that many immigrant sponsors may have simply refused to answer a call…

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