(USNewsMag.com) – Familial DNA testing has been crucial in reducing child trafficking and stopping the fraudulent admission of numerous illegal migrants, but the Biden administration plans to halt it at the southern border.
A message from Customs and Border Protection (CBP) distributed to border officers during the weekend of May 20 said that testing would halt when the agency’s contract with its vendor expires. The document states that the contract between CBP and BODE Technologies for family DNA will expire on May 31, 2023.
While the volume of family arrivals at the border has increased dramatically over the last two years, data from Homeland Security indicates that border authorities have been doing less DNA testing among migrants. During the border crisis of 2019, when the CBP saw the same volume of encounters as they do now, DNA testing was much higher.
According to government statistics, more than 52,000 individuals crossed the southern border with their families in March 2023, but only a handful of DNA tests to confirm the adult and youth were related were processed.
CBP first started using DNA testing under the Trump administration. A judge ordered these tests after discovering that drug gangs were employing youngsters to establish false family units in order to smuggle illegal migrants over the border.
The FBI collects DNA at the time of booking, but the border patrol is responsible for collecting and testing DNA from close relatives. The FBI’s collecting efforts for the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) program aren’t affected by the expiration of the BODE’s contract.
Numerous efforts at family fraud by illegals have been uncovered by CBP throughout the years. Around one in ten of the kids examined in 2022 were discovered to be unrelated to the illegals who brought them with them, according to a study from the government’s accountability department.
Some studies indicate that upwards of thirty percent of illegals accused of engaging in immigration fraud had no blood ties at all.
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