Attorney General Ashley Moody urged President Joe Biden on Thursday to reconsider the cancellation of a law enforcement operation that targeted convicted sex offenders who reside within the country illegally.
In a letter signed by 17 state attorneys general, the coalition stressed that canceling Operation Talon may “embolden” sexual predators seeking entry into the United States and may aggravate sexual assault issues within immigrant communities.
The letter was also addressed to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and ICE Acting Director Tae Johnson.
“The reversal of a federal enforcement operation created to prevent the molestation, rape and sex trafficking of women, men and children is extremely concerning to me,” Moody said. “As Attorney General, not a day goes by where I am not focused on how to end sex trafficking, especially the rape and torture of children—which, as a mother, disgusts me. It should also disgust President Biden, and that is why I am calling on his administration to immediately reinstate Operation Talon, to protect vulnerable populations from sexual abuse and help us end the disturbing epidemic of human trafficking in this country.”
According to the letter, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested more than 19,700 illegal aliens with sexual criminal offenses, underscoring the operation’s importance.
The letter further noted that human trafficking and sexual assault are “endemic issues” within migrant communities and at the border.
“The overwhelming majority of victims of sex and/or labor trafficking in the United States were foreign nationals, not U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents,” the letter says, citing Polaris Project Data. “For cases in which citizenship status was known, 77.5% of trafficking victims (4,601 out of 5,939) were not U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents.”
In a press release, Moody described Biden’s decision as a “last-minute” cancelation.”
FOX News, meanwhile, reported that the Biden Administration had no hand in the program’s cancellation.
A copy of the letter is attached below.