In a pilot program, rapid DNA tests have found that approximately 30 percent of migrant adults who crossed the U.S. border with children were not related to them.
The Washington Examiner reports that an anonymous official familiar with the pilot program told the publication, “There’s been some concern about, ‘Are they stepfathers or adopted fathers?’ Those were not the case. In these cases, they are misrepresented as family members.”
The Examiner writes, “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.”
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Earlier this month, Bongino.com highlighted an Epoch Times report about the large number of “fake families” crossing the U.S. border:
The Epoch Times reports that Yuma Sector Chief Anthony Porvaznik said Border Patrol caught 550 fraudulent family units in the past six months.
“And we know we’ve missed many, many more, simply because we’re overwhelmed with the sheer numbers,” Porvaznik said on April 17. “And so those are kids that are being rented, for lack of a better word, to an adult to format a fraudulent family unit so that they can be released in the United States and then that child will be recycled back to its country of origin—usually Guatemala, in our case here in Yuma.”
Porvaznik said adults are also changing their birth certificates so they appear to be minors, making it easier for them to stay in the United States.
“So there’s a huge fraud problem that’s going on with this process,” said the sector chief.
Raul Ortiz, Border Patrol chief for Del Rio, Texas claims these forms of human trafficking are happening every day across the U.S. southern border.
“You can walk through any of our processing centers and you can see that there are potentially parents, or adults with children, that there may not be a familial relationship,” said Ortiz. “There’s probably many more cases like that happening across all nine southwest border sectors on any given day. Really, if you think about it, it’s human trafficking.”