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DNA Tests Find Apx 30 Percent of “Families” at U.S. Border are Fake

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.”

 

ICE to Begin Rapid DNA Tests in Crackdown on Fake Families at U.S. Border

U.S. Immigration officials will begin conducting 90-minute DNA tests on immigrants in custody who claim to be relatives, according to the Washington Examiner.

A DHS official told the Examiner that the DNA tests will start “as early as next week.”

The Examiner writes:

ICE told the Examiner it has seen 29 verified fake families, each with an unrelated child and adult, since April 18. Forty-five cases were referred for prosecution for fraud and the U.S. attorney’s offices accepted 33 of those referrals. The agency hopes the pilot will allow them to increase the number of cases referred to the Justice Department.

The debut marks the first time DNA testing of any sort has been at the border. Currently, ICE and Customs and Border Protection employees must use verbal statements and written documents to verify family connections.

On Monday, Bongino.com reported that children are essentially being “rented” by migrants who wish to appear as a family unit in order to cross the U.S. border.

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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.”

Border Patrol: Children are Being “Rented” to Fabricate Family Units at Border

A Border Patrol Sector Chief claims children are essentially being “rented” by migrants looking to appear as family units after they illegally cross 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.”

The Times points out the disturbing trend has skyrocketed since 2014:

In 2014, fewer than 1 percent of all men apprehended by Border Patrol in the Rio Grande Valley Sector had a child with them. That number now sits at 50 percent, according to Rodolfo Karisch, chief Border Patrol agent for that  sector.

For the full report, click HERE.

Pentagon Preparing to Build Barriers Along Southern Border

The Pentagon confirmed that it is preparing to build barriers along the southern border should the President declare a national emergency.

“The Department of Defense is reviewing available authorities and funding mechanisms to identify options to enable border barrier construction,” said Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Bill Speaks. “As there has not been such a declaration made, it would be inappropriate to comment further on those efforts.”

President Trump has repeatedly said he is willing to declare a national emergency to build the border wall if Democrats are unable to reach a deal to fund the government and border wall.

“We have the absolute right to declare a national emergency,” he said yesterday. “This is security stuff. This is a national emergency if you look at whats happening…and you just heard the statement they came in last week or this week from Pakistan…[border patrol] got them.”

The statement the President was referring to was made by Acting Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz who informed him yesterday that his border patrol sector had apprehended two individuals from Pakistan on Wednesday.

Ortiz said that while they apprehended 450 individuals on Wednesday, 133 of those apprehensions were people from countries other than Central America and Mexico.

“That includes individuals from India, Pakistan, China, Romania, Ecuador, Nicaragua and on and on,” he said.

TX Border Patrol Chief Reveals Startling Border Apprehension Numbers

A Texas Border Patrol chief dropped some startling numbers on the President yesterday when he described how many of those apprehended at the border were from nations other than Central America and Mexico.

Speaking to the President at the U.S. border in Mission, TX, Rio Grande Valley Acting Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz noted that while they apprehended 450 individuals on Wednesday, 133 of those apprehensions were people from countries other than Central America and Mexico–including two from Pakistan.

“That includes individuals from India, Pakistan, China, Romania, Ecuador, Nicaragua and on and on,” he said.

Ortiz said his sector has apprehended individuals from 41 different countries.

The border patrol chief noted that while it’s typical for family units and unaccompanied children to make up about 60 to 70 percent of border patrol apprehensions, “over the last couple of weeks where that number is less than 50 percent of the apprehensions we make here in south Texas.”

He continued, “So south Texas continues to lead the country in apprehensions as well as marijuana seizures in between the ports of entry so CBP and DHS are committed to both our border security mission as well as our humanitarian mission.”