RACHEL CAMPOS-DUFFY (CO-HOST): Alright, well, the White House is promising to crack down on child labor after a New York Times report revealed massive exploitation of migrant children, many of whom are ending up in dangerous jobs right here in the U.S. Meanwhile, the Biden administration is dealing with an influx of unaccompanied minors after a surge last year of over 150,000. Here to react, Newsweek deputy opinion editor Batya Ungar-Sargon is here with us. So Batya, we've been covering a lot of the child exploitation going on in Africa because of green policy and how it's fueling child labor and very dangerous and, you know, horrible mine conditions there. But it's happening here.
BATYA UNGAR-SARGON (NEWSWEEK OPINION EDITOR): Yeah. I have to say. First of all, Rachel, you personally have been massively vindicated by this explosive report in The New York Times because when President Trump was actually effectively getting this under control, you said these are not, these kids are not being brought by their parents, and now we know that they're not. You got, of course, a ton of pushback for that, but it is absolutely true. They are being exported and trafficked by the cartels, and the Biden administration has effectively partnered with the cartels as a kind of, like, jobs program to import child slave labor into this country and undercut working-class wages.
CAMPOS-DUFFY: Yeah, and we have to talk about the complicity of corporations as well because these kids were not just found in, you know, some farm somewhere. They were found working in U.S., well-known, sort of brand-name factories in America. Others, of course, are working in slaughterhouses, cleaning it, horrible stuff. But 40% of the kids end up in child labor.
UNGAR-SARGON: That's absolutely correct. And so what you have here is this collusion between the Biden administration which ended all of President Trump's very effective border policies from day one, partnering with the cartels, partnering with corporations, and, you know, what you have here is just a total disregard for the well-being of the children, the well-being of working-class Americans.
CAMPOS-DUFFY: Yeah, so I want to show you this quote here from Xavier Becerra, of course, he's the HHS secretary, about the need to process these kids quicker as if they were, you know, factory widgets. It says, “If Henry Ford had seen this in his plants, he would have never” -- this is him admonishing his workers for HHS and the people processing the kids -- “If Henry Ford had seen this, he would have never become famous and rich. This is not the way you do an assembly line.”
UNGAR-SARGON: Yeah. I mean, the way that they talk about people. And all under the guise of compassion. Right? The Democrats like to act like they think about immigration compassionately. We have to have open borders. What about these poor people from other countries? The truth is they have enabled the most unbelievable cruelty. Children slave migrants, enslaved to cartels. Working class Americans having their wages undercut. Record deaths at the border we're seeing now, record numbers of migrants, 890 died on the border. I mean, just unbelievable cruelty all under the guise of their compassionate [unintelligable] --
CAMPOS-DUFFY: And by the way, the lucky ones end up as slave labor in a factory. Many of them are sex slaves, so it's just, it's horrible.