If you thought the border situation couldn’t get more gnarly, well, think again. Picture this: a dramatic surge in child trafficking triggered by none other than our dear President Joe Biden’s recent policy shift. Quite the twist, huh?
A Policy Shift That Spells Doom
This isn’t just some wild speculation.. Lora Ries, a heavyweight at the Heritage Foundation’s Border Security and Immigration Center, warned the Senate Judiciary Committee about the potential catastrophe. She was talking about Biden’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) decision to hit the brakes on DNA testing of adults crossing the border with kids in tow.
Now, this might seem like an innocent, money-saving policy on the surface. But as Ries points out, the absence of DNA tests could open floodgates for a tidal wave of child smuggling and trafficking. All an adult has to do is claim to be a family, and voila! They’re in, no questions asked. That’s like leaving the front door wide open while you’re on vacation.
The DNA Test Savior We Didn’t Know We Needed
You might be wondering, “DNA tests at the border, huh? Who thought of that?” Well, the credit goes to President Trump’s DHS, which used rapid DNA testing back in 2019 to figure out whether the adults arriving with children were actually related to them. It turned out to be a game-changer, exposing a shocking number of fakes among them.
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It’s like one of those true crime shows where the culprit is caught thanks to some unexpected DNA match. But the Biden administration apparently doesn’t share the same appreciation for DNA science, choosing instead to ax this crucial security measure. Talk about a plot twist!
The Consequences Could Be Dire
Imagine hundreds, if not thousands, of unrelated adults posing as families with children to exploit a loophole and gain quick access to the U.S. It’s a terrifying thought, isn’t it? And it’s precisely what could happen without the safeguard of DNA testing.
Mark Morgan, a former Acting CBP Commissioner and current visiting fellow at the Heritage Foundation, thinks this move by the Biden administration is straight-up “unconscionable.” He warns that this will lead to more suffering and exploitation of vulnerable children. In his words, it “makes no sense.” And we’ve got to say, we agree!
Some Folks Aren’t Having It
In the face of this potential crisis, some lawmakers aren’t standing idle. Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) has introduced legislation requiring DHS to continue DNA testing for adult border crossers and migrant children. And it’s not just her; a team of Senators including Bill Hagerty (R-TN), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Ted Cruz (R-TX), among others, are backing her up. Rep. Lance Gooden (R-TX) is making similar moves in the House.
These lawmakers are rising up against the Biden administration’s decision, which they fear could worsen an already critical situation at the border. Blackburn herself said, “What we have learned from border patrol is that as many as 30 percent of all the children that arrived at the southern border are being trafficked.” Yikes!
A Bigger Picture
This is no isolated problem, folks. If you zoom out, you’ll see a terrifying panorama. As various media outlets have reported, a huge labor trafficking pipeline of Unaccompanied Alien Children (UACs) has been spreading throughout the U.S. And here’s the kicker: tens of thousands of these children have gone missing, and Health and Human Services (HHS) can’t locate them.
And so, as Biden gears up to drop DNA testing at the border, we can’t help but wonder: Is this the calm before an even bigger storm? Only time will tell. But for now, we’re left with a cliffhanger that’s as nerve-racking as it is infuriating. Stay tuned because this saga is far from over.