A leaked Biden administration memo appears to signal the end of another successful border security policy implemented by the Trump administration.
According to a memo obtained by Just The News, the Biden administration intends to end the practice of familial DNA testing at the US-Mexico border, which, according to experts, played a crucial role in deterring the fraudulent entry of undocumented immigrants and combating child trafficking.
DNA testing was first implemented during the administration of former President Donald Trump and was utilized by Customs and Border Protection. It was a response to a court order regarding the separation of migrant children from their families and evidence indicating that drug cartels were exploiting children to establish fraudulent family units and facilitate illegal immigration across the border.
Just the News reported that a CBP memo sent to frontline border agents earlier this week stated that testing will terminate when the agency’s vendor contract expires at the end of the 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 said, according to the outlet.
In addition, the memo also states the collecting and testing of familial DNA is “separate” from “booking” DNA collection, which the FBI performs. Also, it says that BODE’s expiring contract “does not impact collections as part of the CODIS (Combined DNA Index System) program,” which the memo says will proceed “uninterrupted.”
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has identified numerous instances of fraudulent claims of familial relationships by undocumented individuals over the years. In 2022, the Government Accountability Office reported that as many as one in ten children tested were not biologically related to the undocumented immigrants with whom they crossed the border.
DNA testing had been used for decades to establish familial relationships between applicants, but the Trump administration did not begin to expand its use until 2019.
The previous administration employed over 400 test developers to increase testing capacity from less than 100 tests per day to over 2 million tests per day. The administration believed that fraudulent claims of familial ties were frequently used to obtain entry to the United States.
Critics argued that DNA testing was a violation of human rights and an invasion of privacy. In addition, there were concerns regarding the tests’ precision and potential for error. In addition, they asserted that the policy was unnecessary and ineffective at accomplishing its intended objectives.
The Trump administration proceeded to implement DNA testing as a requirement for some individuals seeking entry into the United States despite the controversy. The administration argued that the policy was essential for reducing fraud and preserving the integrity of the U.S. immigration system.
The Trump administration’s use of DNA testing at the border was part of a larger endeavor to implement strict immigration policies. Additionally, the administration implemented the “Remain in Mexico” policy, which required asylum applicants to wait in Mexico while their cases were processed in the United States, and the “zero-tolerance” policy, which resulted in the separation of families at the border.
A leaked “energy security” memo prompted the Republican leaders of two key House committees to launch an investigation into the Biden administration’s management of fossil fuel leasing practices last week.
In a letter, House Oversight Chairman James Comer of Kentucky and House Natural Resources Chairman Bruce Westerman of Arkansas informed Interior Department official Laura Daniel-Davis of an investigation. The correspondence criticized the DOI’s delays in issuing oil and gas leases, as well as Daniel-Davis’ recent memorandum placing climate concerns above energy security.
The letter was also sponsored by the chairman of the Oversight Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Energy Policy, and Regulatory Affairs, Pat Fallon (R-Texas), and the chairman of the Natural Resources Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, Paul Gosar (R-Arizona). Seventeen additional House Republicans signed the letter.
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“The Biden Administration has obstructed America’s energy producers in an effort to force a radical Green New Deal agenda on the American people,” Comer told Fox News in a statement. “The Democrats’ ongoing war against America’s oil and gas industry has only driven energy prices higher and families across the country are paying the price.” CONTINUE READING…