DNA testing at the border – As the immigration crisis in the United States continues, further enforcement efforts are being carried out at the southern border in order to reduce the amount of people who abuse the American immigration system in order to gain an immigration benefit. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has announced that it will begin the use of DNA testing in order to verify the relationships between children and their alleged parents.
This term refers to instances where a child is brought into the United States with an adult who claims that the child is theirs and the child is later smuggled back into their country, where they will be paired with another set of individuals posing to be the parents of the child. In it’s press release on May 3, 2019, U.S. Customs and Border Protection released the following statement, “These groups have no concern for the welfare or safety of the children and family groups being smuggled to the Southwest Border. The U.S. Border Patrol has continuously warned about the existence of this type of illicit activity and exploitation of minors.”
Combatting Fraudulent Claims
Out of concerns for child trafficking, the Department of Homeland Security announced that it will develop a DNA testing pilot program, where a cheek swab and other biometric information will be obtained from individuals claiming to have a parent-child relationship with their accompanying minor. It is the hope that this kind of program will unveil fraudulent attempts made by individuals to obtain an immigration benefit.
Consider scheduling a consultation with an immigration lawyer at Gilles Law, PLLC. You can reach us at 980-272-8438 at our office in Uptown Charlotte. We are here to assist with your inquiries.
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