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US to give migrants DNA tests to prove family ties

US to give migrants DNA tests to prove family ties
May 07
11:45 2019

WASHINGTON: US border authorities plan to give migrant families DNA tests to determine whether or not the adults and children are related, Department of Homeland Security officials have said.  A “Rapid DNA” test program is being launched in several places along the US-Mexico frontier, where tens of thousands of undocumented migrants have been crossing the border each month, many in family units asking for asylum.

US officials say some involve adults using unrelated children as a means of entering and remaining in the United States, and the new tests aim at preventing this.
They plan to take cheek swabs of the migrants and process them to prove a parent-child relationship. Those whose claims are fraudulent will be prosecuted, the officials said.
“We know the problem we are seeing, we know these are fraudulent family units,” an official said on condition of anonymity.
Nearly 190,000 people entered the country in family units without immigration documents between October and March, according to Customs and Border Protection statistics.

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