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Biden’s Decision to End DNA Testing at Border Comes Back to Haunt Him

Posted on Monday, April 8, 2024
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by Andrew Shirley
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AMAC EXCLUSIVE

The DNA testing. Photo well plates at a scientific background.

A new report out from the Center for Immigration Studies, a leading immigration think tank, has revealed that the United States now has a record 13.7 million illegal immigrants. Of that number, a minimum of 3.7 million, or 27 percent, have entered the country just since Biden took office four years ago. By other estimates, the numbers are even higher.

Of all Biden’s policies that have enabled this unprecedented surge of illegal border crossings, the president’s decision to end DNA testing at the border may be one of the most consequential. Along with hampering the ability of law enforcement to detect fraudulent asylum claims, it has also given free rein to human traffickers to continue their victimization of migrant children.

When former President Donald Trump was in office, he pioneered efforts to use DNA testing to combat the practice of human smugglers pairing unaccompanied minors with single adults to exploit loopholes in immigration law that give preference to family units. Using new rapid DNA test kits, border authorities were able to determine in about 90 minutes if children traveling with adults were truly related to them.

Children paired with strangers to cross the border are often subject to horrific abuse, and many are trafficked once they enter the country. As The New York Times reported last year, many migrant children who cross the border without their biological parents end up working dangerous jobs for low pay. Others become victims of sexual exploitation.

In an initial three-day trial run for DNA testing during the Trump administration, nearly 30 percent of adults tested were crossing the border with someone else’s children, using doctored identifications. According to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), from April to June 2019, they identified “275 fraudulent families, uncovered 735 fraudulent documents or claims, and presented 553 individuals for prosecution to the Department of Justice.”

The stories of abuse and victimization uncovered by the program were truly horrifying. As former Trump Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan testified before Congress in 2019, in one case a 51-year-old man bought a child in Guatemala for $80 and then took him to the border to pass off as his son. DNA testing exposed the fraud and saved the child from further abuse.

Upon review of the program’s effectiveness, the Trump administration immediately sought to expand it to all border crossers, permitting DHS to request biometrics from immigrants regardless of age or nature of arrival. Under the proposed plan, in addition to identifying potential trafficking victims, DNA collected would be submitted to the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System, also known as CODIS. This comprehensive index allows law enforcement agencies at every level of government to identify known criminals.

However, instead of viewing the DNA testing program as a success, the corporate media and elected Democrats vehemently opposed it. For reasons that defy comprehension, when Biden took office, he quickly scuttled Trump’s plans to expand the program, with DHS announcing that it would immediately halt all efforts to “expand the collection of biometric data, including DNA samples,” even for verifying family relationships and identifying criminals.

According to Biden’s DHS, the decision was made as an explicit and “consistent” result of Biden’s February 2, 2021 Executive Order. In that decree, Biden called on agencies to improve the “naturalization” process by “eliminating barriers” – including, critically, reducing “fingerprinting, background and security checks.”

In other words, Biden explicitly halted the expansion of DNA testing, thereby allowing more people to abuse the asylum system and enter the country illegally.

Then, in June of last year, Biden inexplicably ended all DNA testing of family units at the border, opening the floodgates for a surge of child trafficking and fraudulent asylum claims. As reasoning for the decision, the administration only said that the government’s contract with the DNA testing company had expired, and they were choosing not to renew it.

In response, Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) introduced the End Child Trafficking Now Act, which would have required DHS to deport illegal alien adults who refuse to submit to a DNA test, mandated a maximum 10-year prison sentence to those claiming fabricated family ties to a minor, and criminalized “child recycling.” However, Senate Democrats have so far blocked any consideration of the legislation.

While Biden faced plenty of backlash over his decision to end DNA testing last year, pressure has only continued to mount as the border crisis has deepened. In March, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) sent a letter to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) acting Commissioner Troy Miller and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas citing whistleblower claims about DNA collection practices.

“Given the record number of illegal crossings, CBP encounters, and ICE detainees with prior criminal records, CBP and DHS’s continued failure to collect DNA on illegal immigrants is deeply concerning,” Grassley wrote. “This failure weakens our justice system and empowers criminals to illegally cross our border, jeopardizing American lives.”

With immigration shaping up to be one of the defining issues of the 2024 campaign, there are no shortage of Biden policies that will come back to haunt the president in his re-election bid. But Biden’s actions on DNA testing may be some of the most difficult to justify to voters.

Andrew Shirley is a veteran speechwriter and AMAC Newsline columnist. His commentary can be found on X at @AA_Shirley.

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Joe
Joe
3 months ago

How does this backfire on FJB? This is exactly what he and his puppeteers want, and they could care less about how it makes them look. Their goal is to stack the votes for the liberals, gain control, and ultimately flush our country down the crapper.

Patriot Will
Patriot Will
3 months ago

There is no positive reason to stop DNA testing. The only logical reason is that Biden and his open border miscreants want to keep hiding the child trafficking nightmare that is actually taking place. Biden is a monster who doesn’t even care what happens to innocent children. If Tens of thousands of children disappear, suffer, and die, because of Biden’s dysfunctional border policies — this is the price that has to be paid, so that Biden and his goons can keep on pretending that they are empathetic, loving humanitarians who are offering a safe haven for fleeing refugees.

Bonnie
Bonnie
3 months ago

After watching “Sound of Freedom”, I wonder how many little kids actually belong to the people holding their hands as they illegally cross the border. How many will be taken back to be used again or be pawned off to the next human trafficker to be abused? And the administration in DC is fully aware of this. They intentionally didn’t renew the contract for DNA testing. This is just evil.

Jim
Jim
3 months ago

biden needs to suffer the pain he has caused on millions of Americans and indirectly on millions of humans around the world.

uncleferd
uncleferd
3 months ago

President Biden is in office to serve himself, and certainly not the innocent children who are so badly harmed by non-relatives posing as their parents at our southern border. There is nothing that I know of to praise about President Biden.

Nick
Nick
3 months ago

Being a good Democrat Biden is a pathological liar and a pedophile. As vice president it requires a secret service detail to be and he loved to swim nude in front of them. Not only is he the worst president this country has ever had he is pervert. Suitable for. Laudes and awards from the Democrat Party

Amacer
Amacer
3 months ago

Biden is the poor sap who has to take all the blame his puppeteer(s) are doing. I pray we will eventually find out who is behind all of these outrageous Biden policies.

Thinking
Thinking
3 months ago

Well here is proof that ole Joe and those that pull his strings are replacing the population in America with bought voters from all over the world. And again the dems in the Congress okay his behavior. For they all want to be all powerful forever. Will the American citizen and legal voters see that? I doubt it because the actual numbers of illegals, unvetted, criminal and ill migrants are much more than what it says in this report. Wake up people don’t let the woke take over America. . We need to take it back from what the ultra left, the dems O and ole Joe have made of our dear USA, and bring back the America that was started by our forefathers.

Bob Chase
Bob Chase
3 months ago

Clearly the DNA test upset his agenda.

Bob L.
Bob L.
3 months ago

13.7 million??? 15 to 20 years ago even the government and media were admitting to 11 million. Besides the invasion in recent years, counting visa overstays, I’ve heard the real number is not 13.7 million, but between 35 to 40 million.

Tim Toroian
Tim Toroian
3 months ago

Slimy pig, and those who support him. The clue word is when this SOB uses “naturalization.”

William Hodge
William Hodge
3 months ago

How much longer can we suffer this fool. Every action by him tells the story of how much Obama and Obama hate the American people. Both should be tried and imprisoned for life. As for Obiden he can just be pushed over into a hole.

Albert Friedrichs
Albert Friedrichs
3 months ago

Nobody in his right mind would agree to a policy that is detrimental to We The People and those who want to become legal U.S. citizens. It was a good policy, finding family connections by DNA comparisons. The primary advantage is to protect the innocent.but the opposite is happening, creating a mountain of problems that doesn’t help the innocent

Jeri
Jeri
3 months ago

Good…may FJB be haunted for all eternity…he has earned it.

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
3 months ago

Too Boost crime & diseases

John
John
3 months ago

What do you expect from a pedophile loser like “Biden the Inept”.
He’s probably thinking he is going to get first sniff or who knows whatever his sick mind can think up.

Jerry
Jerry
3 months ago

Biden, or should I say O’Bama’s plan, is to get as many new Democrats into the country as fast as possible. Anything that would slow that process has to be eliminated. The quest for power blinds you to human suffering.

Bill on the Hill
Bill on the Hill
3 months ago

Rigged presidential elections have consequences with this being a prime example.
It should be understood Biden is NOT running the s**t show destroying America before our very eyes.
Two people immediately behind the scenes, we never see them & rarely if ever hear them, Susan Rice & Ron Klaine, they along with the entire Biden administration is former president Obama’s administration…We are in essence experiencing Barack HUSSEIN Obama’s 3rd term & it would appear everything is going along as they planned…
The amount of illegals now residing in EVERY state of America is simply staggering.
The southern border crisis is but one piece of a complex puzzle, The flights of planeloads of illegal migrants from central America has been non stop for for at least the last two years with planeload after planeload being flown in ( unannounced ) to every major airport in all 50 states now. They give them papers before entering the plane making them legal before they exit the plane in cities across US…
I’m writing from VT, it is estimated we have 10,000 illegal immigrant in state right now.
NH, 14,000, Maine, 15,000, CT 121,000, NY, well over 300,000, NJ, 137,000, CA, well over 3 million, FL, well over the 326,000 being reported imho, the numbers across the midwest states is staggering to say the least, I repeat, RIGGED ELECTIONS have consequences as these are the Democrats future voters as they are no doubt being registered to vote as fast as they can get it done…
God Bless America,
MAGA, AMERICA FIRST, if it ain’t to late already,
Bill… :~(

Robert Zuccaro
Robert Zuccaro
3 months ago

Jeffrey Epstein was a huge Democrat donor. ‘Nuff said. 5 years from now,nI predict Democrats will be trying to federally lower the age of consent to win the pedophile vote (“every vote counts”). After that they can argue lowering the minimum age to vote. What’s a few molested children when you get more Democrat voters? Its all they care about.

Dennis
Dennis
3 months ago

O

Clairetta
Clairetta
3 months ago

Personally, I think Biden is putting on a good act and really doesn’t suffer from dementia at all. I think it’s a plan to bring out at election time so voters will choose him because, if they had changed their minds about voting for another candidate, due to this, then they could, just as easily, decide to vote for him after all.
So hiding behind this dementia idea and someone or someones pulling the strings is all a farce. This way he won’t have to take responsibility for his decisions while still in office.
I may be off the beam, but election time will tell for sure.

Bandido Nomad
Bandido Nomad
3 months ago

Biden has failed at EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!! Let us hope he fails at breathing soon!

Mike McNally
Mike McNally
3 months ago

Everything this tyrant does kills people and destroys our country further and further every day. He needs to go now before it is too late .

Gil
Gil
3 months ago

And this is the candidate that Obama and Clinton are endorsing and even holding fund raisers for. What does that tell you about them? Hey, Joe Biden is a crook but at his feeble state of mind, he may not even know what is going on. Blame is on all three’s shoulders.

Joanne 4 justiice
Joanne 4 justiice
3 months ago

It’s true that Biden and Comrades have been and are
successfully PADDING the number of people who can and will vote illegally.! ITS CALLED HUMAN AND CHILD TRAFFICKING! I saw on line article about New York state’ planning to give illegals $$$ , driver licenses and voter ID.
, .

Myrna
Myrna
3 months ago

Recently there are reports that migrants are being turned around and sent back to southern Mexico. This could be an effort to show the border is no longer an issue.

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