The Biden administration is directing Border Patrol agents to dramatically decrease using DNA tests on apprehended migrants at the border, which was used by the Trump administration to identify “fake families.”
Border officials are now administering fewer rapid DNA tests among migrant families amid as the border crisis is raging under Joe Biden.
Washington Examiner reported:
More than 52,000 people came across the southern border as part of a family group in March, and no more than a few dozen people took rapid DNA tests to verify the adult and child were related, based on the federal numbers.
Data from the Department of Homeland Security revealed that 76 families have undergone rapid DNA tests out of the 92,000 families that have come over the border in the past six months since fiscal 2021 began in October.
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Three of the 76 families were found to be unrelated. DHS would not break down the data further to show if the majority of tests were administered under the Biden or Trump administrations, though 77,000 families of the 92,000 families apprehended at the border since October crossed after Jan. 1.
Officials told the Washington Examiner that ICE has been directed to release migrant families into the country or expel them to their home countries and only use DNA tests if it’s “absolutely necessary.”
“They are not doing it unless there is a significant suspicion. This administration wants these families and kids released quickly. That is their No. 1 goal, so they are not going to do anything to slow that process down,” one of the individuals said.
“With the volume, there obviously has to be a priority list of who gets tested since they can’t test everyone,” a second person said.
The Examiner added:
Federal immigration officials assigned to the U.S.-Mexico border began seeing an uptick in unrelated migrants posing as families during early 2019. Border Patrol agents who initially take people into custody would conduct interviews and review identifying documents.
Those whose statements or papers did not match up were transferred to ICE’s Homeland Security investigations agents to undergo in-depth interviews. From mid-April through May 31, ICE interviewed 1,126 people and uncovered 422 fraudulent paper documents or fabricated familial relations either by verbal statements or with bogus legal documents they had purchased from smuggling rings.
ICE presented 399 cases for prosecution to the Justice Department and has had 315 accepted.
The tests were used significantly less in the tail end of the Trump administration as the rate of families coming across the border dropped to less than 5,000 people per month, far below the 52,000 who came across last month.
According to a report from CNN, internal government calculations from the Biden administration project that officials expect to encounter an estimated two million people at the border in 2021.
“US Border Patrol encounters are also expected to be largely made up of single adults, who are being turned away at the US southern border as soon as they’re encountered under a public health order, and as a result, might also account for repeat crossers,” CNN reported.
A report from Axios reveals the Biden administration is projecting that the number of unaccompanied children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border could spiral from more than 16,000 this month to as many as 26,000 in September.