United States to give migrants DNA tests to prove family ties

Kelley Robertson
May 6, 2019

Migrants, part of a caravan of thousands from Central America trying to reach the United States, return to Mexico after being hit by tear gas by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials after attempting to illegally cross the border wall into the United States in Tijuana, Mexico November 25, 2018. This new training would reduce the number of people who pass the asylum stage, reducing the number of overall cases.

"Forensic documentation carried out by the nonpartisan clinical experts in Physicians for Human Rights' volunteer Asylum Network over the past 30 years has shown that asylum officers and judges who have the appropriate expertise to assess trauma and persecution are critical to ensuring that asylum claims are evaluated fairly", said Kathryn Hampton, who coordinates Physicians for Human Rights' Asylum Network program.

It's not yet clear when the Trump administration will begin training agents, but sources said the White House wants to move forward with the plan "ASAP". Now, most of the people coming are Central American families that can not be easily returned.

"By fraudulently entering as a family unit or unaccompanied minor, illegal aliens can exploit loopholes in immigration laws to enter the USA and avoid detention", ICE said in a statement Monday.

United States 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 said Wednesday.

The memorandum includes measures that would charge fees to individuals applying for asylum in the USA and fees for asylum seekers to receive work authorizations. They are also calling on officials to immediately revoke work authorizations when people are denied asylum and deported from the country. But most Central American migrants fleeing general violence and corruption ultimately do not qualify for asylum.

Facing resistance from Democrats over the billions he requested for the wall, Trump declared a national emergency earlier this year in a bid to secure the funds without lawmakers' approval. "Those calls usually take two to five years due to the current 900,000 cases waiting to be decided by fewer than 500 immigration judges nationwide".

This isn't the first time word of this plan has made news.

"You have people coming up, they are all met by the lawyers", he said, "and they say, say the following phrase, "I'm very afraid for my life". and then I look at the guy, he looks like he just got out of the ring, he's the heavyweight champion of the world". Less than 25 percent of non-black American minority groups said it is "too hard" for foreign nationals to make asylum claims in the U.S. That policy is being challenged by lawsuits.

Those so-called "fear interviews" are the first official step in the asylum process for immigrants who appear at the border seeking temporary citizenship status.

This week, the President issued a policy memo outlining strategies to address the severe deficiencies plaguing our asylum policy, which illegal immigrants are increasingly abusing in order to skirt our normal immigration procedures.

Mr. Trump has previously sent military personnel down to the border, although these forces do not interact directly with migrants, but provide logistical support and assist in repairing and building fencing.

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