Blackburn Slams HHS Over Missing Migrant Children Response, Demands Honesty

September 25, 2023

U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) is demanding honesty and transparency from Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra over the reports of his Department’s mistreatment of 85,000 missing migrant children.

This comes after Secretary Becerra and his Department stonewalled Senator Blackburn in her initial request for documentation about his knowledge of the potential child exploitation and the Department’s retaliation against whistleblowers.

Blackburn’s Initial Request For Documentation On This Crisis Was Ignored

“Your agency’s written response to my inquiry, which you did not even take the time to write yourself, was completely inadequate and an insult to the duty of oversight entrusted to the United States Senate. I asked you specifically about your knowledge of this crisis and your involvement in the alleged whistleblower retaliation that has taken place under your watch, yet your Assistant Secretary declined to answer a single question. Additionally, I asked you to provide the documents you received regarding the potential exploitation of these migrant children, but Assistant Secretary Hild failed to produce a single document."

HHS’ Resistance To Providing Information Speaks Volumes About Their Priorities

“Your department’s lack of urgency on this matter, and your continued refusal to provide information about the amount of time you spent in California instead of fulfilling your duties in-person, speaks volumes regarding your mishandling of this crisis…The American people, and the families of the 85,000 migrant children that this administration lost, deserve answers about your role in this grave dereliction of duty.


  • READ: Blackburn Puts HHS On Blast: ‘Nothing Compassionate About Turning A Blind Eye To The Victimization Of Children’
  • WATCH: Senator Blackburn Presses Becerra Over Losing Migrant Children Coming Into The U.S.

Click here to view the letter.