by Brian Shilhavy, Health Impact News
Acting Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Mark Morgan testified before the Senate Homeland Security Committee recently.
In questioning by Committee Chairman Senator Ron Johnson from Wisconsin, Mark Morgan, who was also the top official at Customs and Border Protection during the Obama administration, revealed that a new pilot program began using DNA tests at the border to determine if the children coming across the border were, in fact, related to the adult accompanying them.
Senator Johnson: “We really do not have time to determine, is that the father, or a human trafficker — is that his daughter, or his trafficking victim?”
Mark Morgan: “It’s a challenge.” “That is one of the largest pull factors, and it’s not going to stop. We’ve been talking a lot of stuff — should we improve on our care and equality of that? Absolutely. But we’re still not addressing — that’s addressing the symptoms, and not the actual disease. And we need to stem the flow. And as long as our walls are already where they are, you’re going to grab a kid. That is your passport in the United States. They know that… and they’re exploiting that every single day.”
Senator Johnson: “I asked a question earlier about DNA testing. The few pilot tests we’ve had show what percentage of people coming in that we determine are fathers of the family? Do we have any sense of that right now?”
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