How a Trump Appointee Weaponized His Religious Beliefs to Deny Care to Immigrant Girls

By: Tina Vasquez, Rewire, October 27, 2017

When Scott Lloyd became director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), his appointment came with little fanfare—he was another “mid-level government bureaucrat,” according to immigration advocates.

But when news broke this month that he was stopping an unaccompanied immigrant minor in ORR care from accessing abortion care—and that it wasn’t the first time—he made national headlines.

A closer look at Lloyd’s background indicates that he may not only be unqualified and ill-equipped to lead ORR, but that he was another ideological pick by the Trump administration whose personal beliefs mirror those of anti-choice extremists and men’s rights activists.

Within hours of the hearing, the government watchdog group Campaign for Accountability, filed a complaint against Lloyd and released a statement calling on the Virginia State Bar to investigate whether Lloyd violated the Virginia State Bar Rules of Professional Conduct.

“Mr. Lloyd deliberately violated the U.S. Constitution and other federal and state laws to prevent unaccompanied pregnant immigrant minors from obtaining abortions,” the statement said.

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