ORR embroiled in controversy about illegal alien minors getting abortions

This is yet another reason that Congress should review the entire US Refugee Program with an eye to trashing it or at least reforming it.

How is it that the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement is in the business of housing illegal alien minors (so-called unaccompanied children) in the first place, let alone be in the position of facilitating abortions when the kids get pregnant?

They are not refugees!

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Obama’s Director of ORR, Bob Carey, told Politico that he signed off on the use of federal funds for abortions three or four times a month during his tenure. Pictured here with Linda Hartke, CEO of the Lutheran resettlement agency which receives federal funding for unaccompanied minors.

Here is the story at Politico which I haven’t the time or energy to extensively analyze and comment on.

The gist of it is that the present ORR Director is saying the feds are not going to facilitate abortions for ‘minors’ in their care while the previous Obama Director (Bob Carey) did.

Of course all those interviewed for the story are lined up against Trump’s appointee.

AUSTIN, Texas — The Trump administration is preventing an undocumented, pregnant teenager detained in a Brownsville refugee shelter from getting an abortion in a policy shift with big implications for hundreds of other pregnant, unaccompanied minors held in such shelters.

She is not the first to be stopped, according to advocates who work with undocumented teenagers.

For the last seven months, the Health and Human Services Department has intervened to prevent abortions sought by girls at federally funded shelters, even in cases of rape and incest and when the teen had a way to pay for the procedure. The agency has instead forced minors to visit crisis pregnancy centers, religiously affiliated groups that counsel women against having abortions, according to documents obtained by POLITICO, interviews with sources involved in the Brownsville case and those familiar with the agency’s policy.

In some cases, a senior HHS official has personally visited or called pregnant teens to try to talk them out of ending their pregnancies.

“There is a pattern of unconstitutional overreach of power in a minor’s abortion decision,” said the teen’s lawyer, Brigitte Amiri of the ACLU.

The ACLU brought suit on Friday on behalf of the 17-year-old in the Brownsville shelter….


“What’s especially disturbing for us about this case, is that the child is in the custody of ORR [the Office of Refugee Resettlement], so she has no other choice, and she is stuck in a form of custody or detention,” said Michelle Brane of the Women’s Refugee Commission.

The “child” in question arrived illegally across our border, we expect her (all of them!) to be held in custody! But, that custody needs to be under a different federal agency—not one whose mission is supposed to be to care for refugees, not to care for illegal aliens!

Continue reading here.

By the way, you need to know that at least two federal contractors—the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service—receive money from you to take care of some of the ‘children.’  The UACs cost the US taxpayer at least $1 billion a year.

6 thoughts on “ORR embroiled in controversy about illegal alien minors getting abortions

  1. Anne,

    I suspect that the unaccompanied minors are used in child sex trafficking and these are just a cost of doing business passed off on taxpayers. It fits with the rest of the picture od child sex trafficking in the US.



  2. Abortions in Mexico are severely restricted ,with high mortality back alley procedure rates. No surprise that a desire for an abortion would be a big incentive for young women from Mexico or further south to make it over the border. I think migrants from Guatemala,Honduras and El Salvador got some kind of refugee status under the last president,so of course Catholic Charities and Lutheran Social Services didn’t waste the opportunity to gain federal contracts to “help”them. No matter what your views on abortion are,the whole situation is unacceptable. These two religious agencies should not be involved at all with these young women or children(I’m sure there are some pregnant girls in these centers younger than 17) unless they provide services with their own private funds. The U.S. government should not be expected to provide abortions for non citizens either,no matter what the cause of pregnancy or that claimed by an illegal migrant .Unless her life is immediately in danger from complications, this is no responsibility of our government.


  3. There is no reason why these people can’t be returned to their own countries where they can file for asylum at one of our embassies if they feel that they have sufficient evidence. But all things considered, I would rather they had an abortion at taxpayer expense rather than add another anchor baby to the mess. Perhaps providing abortions will discourage the Catholics and Lutherans from trying to dump these people on us in the first place.


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