An Immigration and Customs Enforcement pilot of new DNA testing at the border discovered that approximately one-third of those tested were not biologically linked to their custody kids.
ICE conducted the pilot in El Paso and McAllen, Texas, a few days earlier this month, finding that about 30% of those tested were not related to their own children, an official told the Washington Examiner.
The official said it wasn’t step-fathers or adoptive parents instances.
‘Those were not the case. In these cases, they are misrepresented as family members,’ the official said.
Whether each family unit was tested during the pilot, or just those who raised some sort of red flag, is unclear.
The officer said some migrants refused the exam and admitted that when they discovered that their request would be exposed to DNA evidence, they were not linked to the kids they were with.
ICE said the Department of Homeland Security would examine the pilot’s outcomes to determine if fast DNA exams should be rolling out more widely.
After the administration of President Donald Trump backpedaled on’ family segregation’ in the presence of last summer’s huge reaction, the amount of family units arriving at the northern frontier has risen.
Current U.S. legislation and strategy implies that in most instances Central Americans who illegally enter the frontier with kids can request asylum and prevent long imprisonment.
The U.S. Border Patrol claims it has apprehended 535,000 people for illegally passing the border this year, with’ no indication that it is getting easier.’ Because of the huge pressure on the handling scheme, 40,000 of them have been transferred into groups, the organization said.
On Saturday, the Trump administration informed lawmakers that care for people traveling from Mexico to the United States will likely cost more than the $2.9 billion in urgent cash that was sought two decades earlier.
In a letter from the White House, acting budget chief Russell Vought said ‘the situation has continued to deteriorate and is exceeding previous high end estimates.’
Alex Azar, Secretary of Health and Human Services, said in a separate letter that needs for the account of unaccompanied children’ could grow further and be closer to the worst-case scenario proposed by HHS as the basis for the additional request.