The Democrats have been raising hell for nearly two years about the Trump administration’s policy of separating children from their parents at the border. But what they don’t want Americans to know is that many of these so-called migrant families are nothing of the kind. Indeed, knowing that if they come across the border with a child in tow they will be given special consideration by Border Patrol, illegal aliens are grabbing any kid they can find. And now, with the help of DNA testing, the Trump administration is cutting through the ruse.
From the Washington Examiner:
In a pilot program, approximately 30% of rapid DNA tests of immigrant adults who were suspected of arriving at the southern border with children who weren’t theirs revealed the adults were not related to the children, an official involved in the system’s temporary rollout who asked to be anonymous in order to speak freely told the Washington Examiner Friday.
“There’s been some concern about, ‘Are they stepfathers or adopted fathers?'” the official said. “Those were not the case. In these cases, they are misrepresented as family members.”
In some incidents where Immigration and Customs Enforcement told the adults they would have to take a cheek swab to verify a relationship with a minor, several admitted the child was not related and did not take the DNA test, which was designed by a U.S. company.
The pilot lasted a few days earlier this month and was used only in McAllen, Texas, and El Paso, Texas. ICE said the Department of Homeland Security would look at the results to determine if it will be part of its comprehensive solution to border issues. Homeland Security has not issued a public statement on its intentions going forward.
Earlier this month, Acting ICE Deputy Director Derek Brenner told CNN that the DNA testing was part of a holistic approach to solving the border crisis.
“This is part of a larger investigative process,” Brenner said. “This is not screenings, this is not just random application of this, this is a pilot designed to assess the usefulness of this technology in an investigative process.”
The Department of Homeland Security said that from October 2017 to February 2018, “the number of cases of adults with minors fraudulently posing as family units to gain entry” went up a startling 315%. Using DNA tests to cut through the bull will hopefully be one of many tools we use to put this practice to a decisive end.