Frankly I don’t know why the use of DNA testing at our southern border is still only a “pilot program” when we know that many trying to break into America have someone else’s kid in tow.
The other day I reported in my News Round-up on one pair of wannabe ‘new Americans’ exposed when DNA tests revealed that the child being escorted to the US was not related to the border jumper at all.
Now the Washington Examiner is reporting that in some cases on-the-spot DNA testing is being used to prove a fraud is being committed on us, however, it is only being used on a limited basis.
This reminds me of the shock the US State Department got in 2008 when they discovered that massive family reunification fraud among Somalis had allowed tens of thousands of Somali ‘refugees’ to get into the country illegally.
How could there be so many cheaters they wondered! See my extensive coverage that began in 2008 when the Wall Street Journal first reported the Somali family fraud.
From the Washington Examiner,
DNA tests reveal 30% of suspected fraudulent migrant families were unrelated
Some of the migrant families arrested at the southern border weren’t actually families.
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.
I don’t know why this is so complicated.
Test every ‘family’ group and if they are lying, put the whole bunch on a plane and send them back to their country of origin. It will be cheaper in the long run to test them and then fly some planeloads every day back to Honduras, Guatemala, or El Salvador than to detain and process them. Let their own governments find the kids’ real parents.