by John Solomon and Addison Smith
The Biden administration is set to end familial DNA testing at the US-Mexico border, which has been key to preventing the fraudulent entry of many illegal immigrants and mitigating child trafficking, according to a memo obtained by Just The News.
The DNA testing was originally implemented in the Trump-era and utilized by Customs Border Protection – following a court order related to the separation of migrant children from their families and evidence drug cartels were using children to create fake family units to sneak illegal immigrants across the border.
But over the weekend, a CBP memo sent to frontline border agents announced the testing will cease when its vendor contract expires this month.
“The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) familial DNA contract with BODE Technologies will end on May 31, 2023 and all familial DNA testing will conclude on that date,” the memo reads.
The memo also states such collecting and testing of familial DNA is “separate” from “booking” DNA collection, which is done by the FBI, and that BODE’s expiring contract “does not impact collections as part of the CODIS (Combined DNA Index System) program,” which is expected to proceed “uninterrupted.”
CBP has identified numerous family fraud attempts by illegals over the years. In 2022, a government accountability office report found that as many as 1 in 10 of children tested turned out not to be related to the illegal aliens who were crossing with them.
Other reports have found as many as 30 percent of suspected migrant fraud families shared no familial relation whatsoever.
This is a developing story.
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John Solomon is an award-winning investigative journalist, author and digital media entrepreneur who serves as Chief Executive Officer and Editor in Chief of Just the News. Before founding Just the News, Solomon played key reporting and executive roles at some of America’s most important journalism institutions, such as The Associated Press, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, Newsweek, The Daily Beast and The Hill.
Addison Smith is a reporter and podcast host for Just The News. Previously, Smith hosted “In Focus with Addison Smith” on One America News Network and was a reporter at Campus Reform, covering liberal bias on college campuses. Addison has also worked with Liberty University’s Standing for Freedom Center as a social media manager and the College Fix as a student reporter. Both he and his work have been featured in Fox News, Daily Wire, Breitbart, NewsMax, The Blaze, One America News Network and more.
Photo “Illegal Immigration Processing” by CBP.