US And UK Authorities Now DNA-Testing Migrant Children

Both the UK and US are now using DNA testing on migrant children who have entered the country illegally, according to CNN and the Independent.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said Thursday that the agency would be using DNA testing as a "faster" and more reliable method of reuniting separated migrant children with their parents, reports CNN

"The safety and security is paramount and that it is not uncommon for children to be trafficked or smuggled by those claiming to be parents. To our knowledge this is a cheek swab and is being done to expedite parental verification and ensuring reunification with verified parents due to child welfare concerns," a federal official told the network - who would not say how long the DNA sampling has been taking place, whether the testing requires consent, or whether the samples are being stored in a database.

The expedited identification method has been employed in order to comply with a court order instructing the Trump administration to reunite separated children under 4 with their families by July 10, while children aged 5-17 must be reunited by July 26. The DNA testing will also ensure that children are not being handed over to someone falsely claiming to be a parent or relative, such as a human trafficker

HHS secretary Alex Azar told reporters on Thursday that slightly fewer than 3,000 children have been separated from their parents - around 1,000 more than earlier reports by the agency of 2,047. 

“We have to confirm that these are in fact their parents and we have to confirm they’re appropriate people to be having custody of these children,” Azar said in an appearance on Fox News Thursday. “We’re doing DNA testing on everybody who claims to be a parent of one of our children to confirm that.”

Azar also expressed frustration at the court-ordered deadline, arguing that it was extreme and artficial - and that HHS won't be able to be as thorough as possible in determining family relationships in just days and weeks. 

"That deadline was not informed by the process needed to vet parents, including confirming parentage as well as determining the suitability of placement with that parent," Azar said. 

"We will comply even if those deadlines prevent us from conducting our standard, or even a truncated, vetting process."

Two weeks ago, Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke with members of Congress about using DNA testing, said Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council.

“Sessions is talking to congressional members and is hoping for a legislative fix,” Perkins said, adding that the DOJ would like to see “just, fair and enforceable” immigration policies. To that end, “They are looking at how to use DNA tests in the field to verify they are parents and not traffickers," according to Perkins.

Sessions told Perkins “We know for a fact that a lot of adults taking children along are not related to them. [They] could be smugglers. They could be human traffickers. It’s a very unhealthy dangerous thing and it needs to end. We need to return to a good lawful system,” Sessions told Perkins on his broadcast.

UK authorities, meanwhile, has admitted that officials "wrongly forced immigrants to take DNA tests in order to settle their UK status," after previously saying that the identification method was "entirely voluntary," according to the Independent

The accusation against the Home Office comes a month after Caroline Nokes, the immigration minister, said in answer to a parliamentary question that any DNA was submitted on an “entirely voluntary basis”.

In one case, a letter was sent by the Home Office to an applicant’s solicitor stating that it was “imperative” they submit DNA evidence to confirm the paternity of their client’s child. This was despite the fact that the child already had a British passport.

The letter, seen by The Independent, stated: “In order to progress your client’s case it is imperative that your client submits the DNA evidence requested to confirm the paternity of your client’s child" -Independent

“In the absence of such evidence the secretary of state for the home department is unable to provide you with a specific timeframe to conclude this claim.”

The asylum seeker's attorney, Enny Choudhury, from the Joint Coincil for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) excoriated Noakes over her comments. 

“The Home Office already accepted my client’s child was British when it issued him a passport. Asking for DNA tests on top of that is an unlawful frustration of her application, delaying a decision by over two years, and all too typical of Home Office practices,” said Choudhury. 

In another example, a family of Vietnamese origin in Dover said that last year the Home Office demanded their children undergo a DNA test even though the UK consulate in Hanoi accepted that their father was a UK citizen when he registered their births in 2004, according to the Financial Times.

Meanwhile back in the USA...

DNA testing at the border has already sparked concerns from immigration advocacy groups. 

Jennifer K. Falcon, communications director for RAICES, a nonprofit in Texas that offers free and low-cost legal services to immigrants and refugees, called the move deplorable because collecting such sensitive data would allow the government to conduct surveillance on the children "for the rest of their lives." -CNN.

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Captain Nemo d… Fri, 07/06/2018 - 02:50 Permalink

1. Its rayciss to put a sombrero-looking hat on the photo. DNA won't show your hat.

2. What about the adopted ones?

3. The children issue is gone ... on to the next "big" story

Bokkenrijder css1971 Fri, 07/06/2018 - 03:42 Permalink

This is yet another example of "unintended consequences" of the dumb rednecks who voted for Trump because of course at a future stage the government will need DNA samples of EVERYBODY, 'in order to verify that they are not migrants...'

Illegal immigration is easy to solve: draconian punishments for the unpatriotic citizens who violate the law and EMPLOY illegal aliens, but no, the dumb rednecks want Trump and his Deep State buddies to build a police state with a Berlin Wall in order to 'fight' illegal immigration! Dumb fucks!

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HopefulCynical Bokkenrijder Fri, 07/06/2018 - 06:16 Permalink

No, this is a predictable consequence of stupid shitlibs who will seize upon anything, no matter how stupid, to try to discredit Trump. Kids were being protected from traffickers by separation; shitlibs whined. So now we're DNA testing to what? Right - protect kids from traffickers. Frankly, if we'd reign in the fucking deep state - drain the g**damn swamp - this wouldn't really be a big deal, in the grand scheme of things.

Captain Nemo d…

1. Its rayciss to put a sombrero-looking hat on the photo. DNA won't show your hat.

Thanks for the laugh. That's fucking great.

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Klassenfeind Son of Loki Fri, 07/06/2018 - 06:45 Permalink

"...but no, the dumb rednecks want Trump and his Deep State buddies to build a police state with a Berlin Wall in order to 'fight' illegal immigration!"

Yes Bokkenrijder, but the Trumptards don't realize that, and even if they do, they are in a permanent state of 'normalcy bias' and can't think 5-10 years ahead what future governments can do with Walls, DNA and waterboarding. They are the useful idiots for the Deep State and Israel and they don't even realize it.

They actively vote for a Deep State police state and in a few years time they'll wonder why they get waterboarded, their DNA taken, their cash seized in civil forfeiture and their sons sent off to fight foreign wars in faraway places.

Trump pledged to "make the military great again," Trump has promised to build a Berlin Wall on the border with Mexico, and Trump also thinks waterboarding is a great idea. These are not just my words, but these are the direct words of Dufus J. Trump;

Trump on waterboarding,

Trump on making military great again,…

Trump on building Berlin Wall on border with Mexico,

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lew1024 Klassenfeind Fri, 07/06/2018 - 16:06 Permalink

As compared to Shrub and Obama's expansion of NSA's spying and military powers inside the US, Trump has done trivial shit.

As compared to Shrub-Cheney's 9/11 and that whole coverup and Obama's string of faux and FBI-organized terrorist events, beginning with Sandy Hook, where nobody died and everybody knows it, but the media was fully cooperative in making it real, Trump is a paragon of honest openness.

Trump isn't perfect, but he is still so far better than Hillary would have been there is no comparison.

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MoreFreedom HopefulCynical Fri, 07/06/2018 - 12:11 Permalink

It will also have the effect, of mothers who cheated on their husbands, from immigrating so the father doesn't find out. Which I think is a good merit based test.   And it's also a disincentive for immigrants to not commit crimes and leave DNA evidence at the crime scene - making it harder for them to commit crimes.  A fair price to pay to immigrate, for which honest immigrants won't object. 

This isn't a justification to DNA test everyone, and won't be. They already fingerprint us to get a drivers license, which I think is a violation of the 4th amendment.

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artichoke Heros Fri, 07/06/2018 - 08:30 Permalink

No I think the Dems, in their typical recent stupid way, goofed.  It's good to collect the DNA because these kids, if they stay, are likely to have trouble adapting in our system, and we'll be glad to have them on file.

The information should be protected though, because it would be sort of unfair for it to be around if they decide to go back to their countries.  The way to avoid this is not to cross our border illegally.

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SoDamnMad Heros Fri, 07/06/2018 - 08:45 Permalink

No, but the pedofile Congress is in an uproar because fresh meat will no longer be delivered.

Actually this was to determine how many children are being given to coyotes who will deliver the children into the US with the belief if children get there then the parents have to be allowed in. 

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artichoke null Fri, 07/06/2018 - 08:33 Permalink

Actually we want to let them all back out.  But we have no way of verifying who is a true BFF and what that even means, vs. who is a coyote or other smuggler.  We're not going to get caught up in that, it's just an invitation to get bogged down in legal proceedings and excuses.

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SergeA.Storms Fri, 07/06/2018 - 02:56 Permalink

They are illegal by definition.  No civil rights at issue, it’s a swab for paternity to ensure child safety.  As far as tracking is concerned, we are all in a database.  Especially those of us commenting on ZH. ;P

Yen Cross Fri, 07/06/2018 - 02:59 Permalink

   Very good idea. I suggested this several weeks ago.

  Illegal aliens have no constitutional rights to privacy, as they are illegally entering sovereign territory, of which they are not a citizen.

 This will throw some wood in the spokes of smugglers, and also help the Libtards take some real pictures of families being re-united.

Sanity Bear Fri, 07/06/2018 - 03:32 Permalink

Look at this alleged reunion, filmed live by CNN. Ignore the false narrative - look at the kid's reactions.

He does not know who that woman is. Zero affection or recognition and won't even look at her.

artichoke Sanity Bear Sun, 07/08/2018 - 01:11 Permalink

Ewww I watched the whole awkward thing.  The boy was really creeped out when the man kissed him on top of his head, and supposedly according to CNN he's not even related to that man.  (CNN has to get their story straight.)

He wants nothing to do with either of them.  The woman is probably telling him in Spanish that she's his new supervisor or something.

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headless blogger Fri, 07/06/2018 - 03:33 Permalink

What kind of a parent would do this to their kid? They aren't escaping persecution, they are here to benefit off US taxpayers and they use their children like this. 

They are not fit to be US citizens. We have enough trouble without adding more. Send them back to their own nations to fix.

haruspicio Fri, 07/06/2018 - 04:19 Permalink

Very sensible suggestion. DNA test all migrants. If they are tested as kids, then when they come again as illegal migrants as adults, the authorities will know exactly who they are.